This one goes along with similar posts I’ve made about how the word “zombie” has entered the popular vernacular. In carnie and wrestling parlance, zombies are so “over” that the mainstream is pretty much rotten with them. (Ba-dum-bum-ching!) See my recent post about “zombie houses,” for example. ( Now we have zombie BUSES to go along with them. It’s apparently a pretty common scam. I’d never heard of it before, though, so I’m betting most of you hadn’t, either.

Here’s how it works. The owner of a bus or a fleet of buses— let’s call his outfit “The Happy Bus Company”—maybe has been cutting corners where safety is concerned. Y’know, to save a little cash. But Happy Buses gets busted when one of their buses has a bust-up—an accident. The owner then comes up with a new company name, say “Awesome Buses.” He repaints all his buses, slaps the new company logo on them, and it’s back to the roads—with no improvements made in terms of the safety issues. The Awesome Bus that people are riding in is really a Happy Bus come back as a zombie!

Next week I’ll probably go back to talking about THE WALKING DEAD. Until then, beware of the DRIVING dead! Caveat Emptor, y’all!

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.