The Search For the Zombie Air-Fresheners

Considering that zombies have to stink, I love the irony of offering zombie-themed automobile vent air-fresheners.

My friend Stacy, who is working on a zombie novel when she isn’t busy teaching English in the public school system (and whose work I will be profiling when she finishes it!) informed me about the existence of zombie apocalypse-themed vent sticks for your car. As soon as I learned the location where she’d seen the item (they are sold in a three-pack), and had scolded her for not picking one up for me, I hurried over to purchase one for myself. Stacy knew I loved zombies, but she wasn’t aware of my love for kitsch. Whereas she had been lamenting the oversaturation of all things zombie in pop culture, I luxuriate in it.

The product comes from a company called Driven By Refresh. (Note to said company: It isn’t necessary that you compensate me for the free plug I’m giving you here in this article—but if you insisted upon doing so it would be a nice gesture.) The “zombie apocalypse” three-pack comes with green-faced Psycho Stu, Cletus Clown, and Roger, the most personable of the trio. The vent sticks are “black out” scented, which smells like licorice and spices. Not at all like a real zombie, in other words—but would you really want zombie vent sticks that come with an authentic zombie aroma?

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of Evil Cheez Productions ( - - specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. And he really likes vampires and werewolves. Like, a LOT.