The Fungi. Oh, the Fungi.

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    Lilyn G
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    The cordyceps fungi seems to be the new terrifying thing from nature that’s going to cause the zombie apocalypse according to pretty much any zombie book you read lately it seems like. While it’s not exactly that here in Agents of Dreamland but “something similar”, what do you think of the whole fascination with the ‘zombie fungus’? What’s going to replace it?

    Who would have thought even ten years ago that fungi would be the next big scary thing in fiction??

     

    And was that scene where the chick’s face burst with spores not absolutely disgusting? Ewwwwwwww.

     

    Another question for this thread (from JB Rockwell): One thing that confused me was why the aliens turned people into mushrooms and if it was purposeful or the result of some contagion. Like, did the mushrooms later become aliens? Were they some kind of food?

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    JB Rockwell
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    Is it bad that I’ve been obsessing over the fungi problem? I still can’t figure out the point. Obviously, it takes humans out of the equation, so maybe this is just the aliens’ way to clear out the pesky local populace and make room for themselves? C’mon’! What is this fungus amungus??!!

    • #27370

      S.A. Barton
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      I think the point was that it was happening because of unknowable alien motives, maybe simply a pod people thing, and the actual focus was “this is horrifying, isn’t it?”

      I kind of stopped trying to figure out the why behind anything in this one, because it seemed to me it was pretty much the Lovecraftian ‘unknowable alien-mind insanity’ thing.

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    Lilyn G
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    I don’t think the people were turning into food. I think the spore were like… Fertilized eggs or alien babies.

  • #27371

    JB Rockwell
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    So, the people become hosts and alien babies birth from the spores? Or maybe the fungi is a transition state before humans turn into aliens? And what the hell is with Standish the soothsayer and his missing brain??!!

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      Lilyn G
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      I think so. And The missing brain was another Lovecraft thing.

  • #27379

    GracieKat13
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    I think with this type of stuff it’s partly the ickiness of exploding puff-ball faces and the infectious nature that always seems to pop up with that.

    I don’t read many zombie books so I didn’t even know it WAS a thing with zombies.

    And yeah, anytime anything pops that shouldn’t is just ‘ugh’ and gross. It always makes me gag somewhat.

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      Lilyn G
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      Oh yes, definitely a thing. Most notable is Girl with All the Gifts

  • #27387

    Michael Hicks
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    love fungi zombies! This is a trend I am perfectly A-OK with!  😀

    I cannot account for the timeline of transformation or how infections works and the hosts mutate and what not. It’s an issue I would certainly enjoy seeing expanded on. The concept itself comes from Lovecraft’s “Fungi from Yuggoth,” which I haven’t read yet, but it’s certainly on my radar now.

    It’s been pretty neat to see Lovecraft’s influence in modern horror. I’ve been enjoying these various Lovecraftian stories over the past few years. If you’re in need of more fungal apocalypse, check out William Meikle’s Fungoid from DarkFuse.

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      Lilyn G
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      I intend on picking that up at some point.

  • #27419

    GracieKat13
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    Also, (and I really hope I’m hitting the reply right so everyone can see it ok) I do believe in the video game The Last of Us it’s some kind of fungal infection that is doing the zombie thing but I’m not sure. I haven’t played it yet.

  • #27421

    Michael Hicks
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    Yup! That was indeed The Last of Us. I believe the cause of the dragon scale in Joe Hill’s The Fireman was fungal related, too.

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      Lilyn G
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      Yes – the Dragonscale was fungi of some sort. He just didn’t pull referencing Cordyceps into it, I believe.

  • #27445

    JB Rockwell
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    So let me get this straight: every last one of these apocalyptic stories can be settled with some Neosporin.

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      Lilyn G
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      SHHHHHH!! That’s State Horror secrets right there JB! LOL

  • #27451

    JB Rockwell
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    Blast! Uhh…nooooo. That wouldn’t work at all. Flaming trains. Yes-yes. That’s the ticket…

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