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Why zombies are real

By Paul Broks   January 2003

Mrs O’Grady is showing me photos. There are three albums on the coffee table. There she is at Katie’s wedding: nervous and neat in a pale green suit. Two months on, there she is at Stephanie’s. Beige this time. “I feel guilty,” she confides. “I still haven’t told Steph. I suppose I should, don’t you think?” “Yes,” I say. “She’ll understand.”

Mrs O’Grady grabs my arm and leads me to a corner and stands back, a picture of curiosity. She steps forward and stands back again. She can’t make me out. The facial musculature shapes apprehension, building to dread. Then…

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