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Zombies Invade Downtown Des Moines for Fourth Annual "Zombie Walk"

On Saturday, hundreds of Iowa residents gathered in Des Moines for the city’s fourth annual Zombie Walk, an event and fundraiser for the Central Iowa Shelter and Services. The walk was preceded by Iowa City’s zombie march that raises money for local Eastern Iowa charities.

These events were founded at the beginning of a so-called “zombie craze”, when obsession with zombies went from subculture to mainstream. But unlike similar horror-genre fads, like the vampire mania of a few years ago, zombie culture has persevered.

Walk participants share why they love zombies, and zombie expert and best-selling author, Max Brooks, tells Iowa Public Radio why zombie culture is here to stay, in Iowa and the rest of the nation.