Zombie houses - homes abandoned, but still owned - are on the rise in the United States.
Unsuspecting homeowners have had their wages garnished, their credit destroyed and their tax refunds seized. They've opened their mail to find bills for back taxes, graffiti-scrubbing services, demolition crews, trash removal, gutter repair, exterior cleaning and lawn clipping.
In some cities, people with zombie titles can be sentenced to probation, with the threat of jail if they don't bring their houses into compliance.
The zombie metaphor has become one of the most popular of our time. Should we call our era The Zombie Years?