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Reviewing, Researching, Investigating And Examining The Real Truths About The Zombies Of Today

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by Chase Mason

There are many books out on the shelves of book stores today that try to actually explain away the zombie myths and truths that so many chatter about them directly on many web sites, chat rooms and blog's.

But as we all know nothing more can explain the actual horror of such strange walking dead atrocities then first hand reported as real accounts with the actual reanimated dead.

Many today believe from the movies they watch of course, that real zombies happen because of a strange experiment gone terribly wrong concerting the movements efforts to procure the perfect biological chemical weapons.

They also might foolishly also believe that the fatal bite of such manufactured living dead creatures can and will turn others into the walking hungry dead, with an undying appetite for human brains.

A popularized today zombie is often depicted as a creature that appears in books and popular culture typically as a reanimated dead or a mindless human being. The bite which is always deadly then turns the victim into it's kind upon the persons imminent death.

The modern conception of the zombie almost entirely comes to light today tracing it's direct legend and history to George A. Romero's 1968 film Night of the Living Dead.

 

In his many fantastic horror films, the genius that is Romero "bred the real zombie of old with the vampire persona of today, and the horrid result of course is the hybrid ghoul-like brain and flesh eating plague monster". This entailed an apocalyptic vision of an altered perception of monsters that are made by biological means that have come to be so fondly referenced to and known as "Romero zombies". Night of the Living Dead made no real open reference to the creatures as "zombies".

In the dark cult film they are referred as dead "ghouls" on the TV news reports.

However, the word zombie is used by Romero in his 1978 script for Dawn of the Dead, including once in dialog.

This might as some connect "retroactively fits (the creatures) with a possible Haitian/African prehistory, formally introducing these particular zombies as a new archetype or breed".

Zombie Truths

True stories of zombies originated in the Afro-Caribbean spiritual belief system of Voodoo, which told of the people being controlled as laborers by a powerful dark secret black magic spell. As of today many still fear the practice of such and as we are aware of it certainly still is practiced in secret in many locations around the world.

Zombies became a popular device in modern movies and horror fiction novels and comics. Many largely credit this because of the success of George A. Romero's 1968 film Night of the Living Dead. which has as we know spawned more dead creatures to devour the living then any other movie of it's kind.

Zombies are regularly encountered in many of our 21st century horror and fantasy themed fiction and entertainment. But reported during the evacuation of New Orleans from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The many guards on duty claimed that during the great mass exodus they had many paranormal experiences with ghosts in haunted New Orleans Schools and buildings. The matter of this actually made the local news and then caught mass media attention. Sort teams are believed to have encountered the real walking dead. They might be what some might call tall tales, but many guardsman might just have a strange tale to tell.

The same is believed in the wake of the Haitian earthquake of 2010 that a few real zombified beings have been reportedly witnessed by many.

Real Zombies are typically depicted as mindless, shambling, decaying corpses with a hunger for human flesh, and in some cases, human brains in particular. But as we can see by researching this not all zombies are the same.

White Zombie (1932) is an American horror film, first released on August 4, 1932. It was the first film to feature zombies, and is often described as the first zombie film. The film was produced independently by minor silent film makers Edward Halperin and Victor Halperin, from a script by Garnett Weston. Victor Halperin directed, and the film was distributed by United Artists.

White Zombie

 

 

As of 2009, zombies are challenging vampires for their popularity.

The Top Ten Best Selling Zombie Books Of All Times!

REAL ZOMBIES WALK THE EARTH IN THE TALES OF THE PAST AND PRESENT

As of resent years, zombies are crawling out of their tombs and deep graves and are now openly challenging vampires for their centuries of un dying popularity.

Today one hears many fictionlized tales of the walking dead, and reported as real life accounts, to too often not just passed down in strange oral traditions.

As we are are of many feature length films such as those made popular by Romero's many fantastic living dead movies, historical documentries, television shows, and comics. They directly portray these re animated corpses as nothing more then a creeping virus that plauges in the 21st century. Including a undying lust to eat human brains.

The top ten great books listed here are what many believe to be the definitve sources for all that is truly leaving its zombified mark in the world today. And by all accounts, real Zombimania seems likes it is here to stay.

THE TOP TEN ZOMBIE BOOKS OF ALL TIMES

Brad Steiger has dug up the perfect zombie to investigate, separating the fictions from the facts.

I highly recommend this work as the perfect comprehensive best seller to any library of occult and and paranormal sciences.

A must have for all serious students and researchers of true Zombie Lore and legends.

1. Real Zombies, the Living Dead, and Creatures of the Apocalypse By Brad Steiger

Real Zombies, the Living Dead, and Creatures of the Apocalypse

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Reviewed by Chase Mason

In the world today there is no book other then Real Zombies, the Living Dead, and Creatures of the Apocalypse Brad Steiger more then just comprehensive and unsettling study.

In truth I recommend this as it is the first generation Zombie Book Of It's kind!

Steiger directly addresses, explores and brings forward into the spotlight the many strange traditions too often shrouded in secret throughout the world.

His mission I believe is to dispel the normal sorted beliefs and misunderstandings and the more then just common depictions of what we believe to be the real zombies today.

In this book I feel Mr. Steiger has set a high precedence for others to dare only to follow.

I believe that this book will be the standard by which what many new zombie trends will now forever emulate, copy and measure.

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Brad Steiger is what I call the Grande Master of the Paranormal world with his more then many excellent works over the years that have touched the publics haunted curiosity bone.

Real Zombies, the Living Dead, and Creatures of the Apocalypse is not an exception to this rule. If you have not read this more then excellent book, I suggest you do so today.

Through Steiger's many well researched and respected volumes over the years of real eye opening insights, he has brought many new researchers and supernatural investigators to the popular front of the paranormal community today. Including myself.

In a recent radio interview the American Necromancer and student of the Occult Lisa Lee Harp Waugh stated:

"In his very well written newest best selling definitive book, Real Zombies, the Living Dead, and Creatures of the Apocalypse, Visible Ink Press." "Mr. Steiger tears down the myths and taboo's and plainly opens the doors to what many actually fear concentrating the real endeavors of those that practice the black arts of voodoo hoodoo zombification."

"Steiger explores the real truths and legends in the world of real human zombie research of today."

"And I am more then glad I personally could contribute the tales I have learned over the years, because they needed to be told before they became lost in history forever."

"This more then just exceptional exquisite work. The pages filled with art and tales that actually features many chilling first hand accounts and passed down stories of reported real-life zombie encounters from past and present."

"And in reading this you might just start be come a true believer in what real reported Zombies are all about."

...Lisa Lee Harp Waugh 2010

 

Real Zombies, the Living Dead, and Creatures of the Apocalypse

 

This more then fascinating assorted collection includes the stories by Haunted America Tours Senior writer Alyne Pustanio of the evil spawn of Satan, The elusive supernatural "Devil Baby of Bourbon Street", a monstrous creature complete with sharp horns and a long pointed tail that still lurks in the shadows of the New Orleans dark haunted alleys and neighborhood streets.

Black Mama Couteau the often thought of as very strange and real evil Texas Voodoo Queen and the stories of her and the great zombie war, this tale is told by by Lisa Lee Harp Waugh the well known American Necromancer.

In Waugh's recounting of these Texas tales and obscure stories that she heard growing up in the very haunted town of Marshall, Texas. Waugh relates a curios snippet of an army of many hundreds of zombie soldiers battling for the supremacy of their queen.

True or not such urban zombie legends will make you think twice about what the real power of Texas Voodoo Hoodoo Can do.

And don't forget to investigate the swamp child of Mama Crete, who still roams the bayous of Louisiana.

In addition to the stories, a variety of zombie-related facts are directly explored and laid bare, including strange weird ceremonies to create such beings and actual initiations, zombies throughout history, sacred zombie and voodoo-related sites, and zombies and monsters of the Bible.

Fully illustrated by several fantastic artist book contains great eye popping artwork by the none other then the always wonderful talented mind of intense dark graphic artistic endeavors of the great Bill Oliver.

The macabre masterpieces of New Orleans Mardi Gras Float for the New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade Krewe Of Mid City and a contributing artist for hauntedamericatours.com, Ricardo Pustanio.

The methodical and very strong works of the unforgettable team of father and son Wm. Michael Mott and Ryan Mott are also featured.

The featured well written contributions of Alyne Pustanio.

The always lively American Necromancer, The always controversial Lisa Lee Harp Waugh.

HPI's lead investigator, an avid paranormal world explorer extraordinary, Paul Dale Roberts, and HPI's lovely superstar the ever beautiful Shannon McCabe.

And special attention should be paid to to the beliefs, tales and understandings of real zombie lore of Chris Holly, the one and only Laurie lee Mistycah, The ever aware Angela Thomas, The insights of Pastor Robin Swope, The ever direct Jackie Oliver, the enlightened Julie Cole, and the extraordinary talented psychic medium Tuesday Miles.


About the Author

Brad Steiger

Is the award-winning author of more than 100 books, including Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Houses; Real Vampires, Night Stalkers, and Creatures from the Darkside; and The Werewolf Book. He is a regular radio guest on the Allan Handelman Show, Coast to Coast, and Jeff Rense's Sightings. He lives in Forest City, Iowa.

His direct no nonsense approach and genius in "Real Zombies, the Living Dead, and Creatures of the Apocalypse", raises the bar to a height that is certainly hard for other undead books to try and hurdle.

 

2. The Zombie Survival Guide

The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Many today look at this as being the bible or handbook to what real zombies are all about.

Fully illustrated and exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.

 

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

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Top 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack

1. Organize before they rise!
2. They feel no fear, why should you?
3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
4. Blades don’t need reloading.
5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
9. No place is safe, only safer.
10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.

Don’t be carefree and foolish with your most precious asset—life. This book is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now without your even knowing it. The Zombie Survival Guide offers complete protection through trusted, proven tips for safeguarding yourself and your loved ones against the living dead. It is a book that can save your life.

 

3. Zombies: A Field Guide to the Walking Dead

Zombies: A Field Guide to the Walking Dead

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BY Bob Curran (Author), Ian Daniels (Illustrator)
New Page Books; September 2008
1601630220

Reviewed by Christopher Balzano


In the paranormal world there is a movement to classify and understand everything. Local and national titles look to shed light on all the dark places of the world and demystify what we have always had a hard time explaining. What happens to those elements of the supernatural that cannot be classified easily? They often get lumped together and fall into the heading, the unexplained within the unexplained. Zombie stories usually end up there, and Zombies: A Field Guide to the Walking Dead by Bob Curran looks to explore that crack and see where these stories might live.

Dr. Curran has long been known in the field for his titles on British myths and vampires, and he has previously touched upon the subject of the undead, but Zombies is his first work to explore the phenomena from a literary and sociological angle. It would be hard to give a complete picture of the history of the undead without this approach, and Curran’s academic side allows the reader to be firmly placed with both feet on the ground while understanding there might be something behind the folklore that rings true.

Zombies tells the history of the supernatural being, from ancient Egypt to fairly modern times, all the while offering the reader a chance to admit the stories might be nothing more than the remains of oral history. Zombies are such a crucial element to some cultures, and the collected accounts say something about the societies that create them. In uncovering some of these old myths, Curran has a platform to discuss the issues of those cultures. This at times can be redundant, but the stories themselves keep the reader invested.

One of the more historically relevant chapters of the book recounts the people who made their living in the early days of European medicine by stealing bodies. From hopeful young doctors to kings of the lower classes, these hunters looked to advance our understanding of the human body, and line their own pockets, by digging up and dragging the dead. Curran lifts some of the darker characters in history to the level of twisted Robin Hoods, and the comparison is both eerie and literary brilliant. The same hand skillfully tells the tales of the half-dead, or criminals who were unsuccessfully executed and lived to tell the tale.

The book follows in the tradition of field guides by New Page and other publishers who merely look to get the information out there, and for that reason should not be purchased by people looking to zombie hunt or to use it as an actual field guide. There is little mention of stories in the past decade and very little attention given to American cases. The book is much more about the big picture and less about scary stories to keep you up at night.

Zombies: A Field Guide to the Walking Dead is proof there is still room in the paranormal field for books that look at the old mysteries, and acts as a reference book for people who have a general interest in the unexplained. Dr. Bob Curran uses the vehicle of zombies to tell is something about ourselves, and if zombies do in fact say something about who we are, perhaps the fact they continue to escape a clear classification points to just how mysterious our civilization is.

4. Zombies for Zombies: Advice and Etiquette for the Living Dead By David P. Murphy

Zombies for Zombies: Advice and Etiquette for the Living Dead

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So, you've been bitten by a zombie?

Bummer.

But there's no need to panic! Yes, your life will be undergoing a major transformation, but this doesn't have to be the end-all it once was when the Disaster first hit. There have been significant breakthroughs in the last decade in helping you keep significant parts of your wit and dignity. Together we can limit the damage.

Zombies for Zombies is a motivational guide designed specifically to make a profound difference in your accidental, strange new life. You say you don't want to become another one of those ghastly creatures you see on the news out in the Tempe Containment Zone? You don't have to—if you follow the great advice inside, including:

  • How to dress for your new lifestyle Handy recipes for brains
  • Fitness ideas for keeping you somewhat energetic
  • New skin-care techniques to help ward off "rotting flesh syndrome"
  • How to overcome that darned zombie social stigma
  • Dance steps for the motor-impaired

Completely Revised and Updated Since the Containment Zone Disaster!

"Face it, being bitten by a zombie is inevitable. Thanks to this indispensable book, we can finally stop making survival plans and start making the most of our new lives as zombies. Even for the uninfected, Zombies For Zombies is a scream."
—Daniel H. Wilson, author of How to Survive a Robot Uprising

5. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Zombies By Nathan Robert Brown

 

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Zombies

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The "New Vampire"...

The Complete Idiot's Guides(r) have explored the world of vampires, werewolves, the paranormal, and now the latest book in the "creepy" series is The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Zombies.

This book brings the world of zombies chillingly to life-in a manner of speaking-covering everything readers need to know about them. The book includes:

•The voodoo zombie, the viral zombie, and the whole zombie family.

•What zombies and the delicious fear of them say about human psychology.

•Zombies in American culture: in film, from the Romero classics to the Living Dead flicks that are so bad they're good, and in fiction, video games, comics, and more!

•The zombie survival phenomenon-of course they're not real, but that doesn't stop people from having loads of fun pretending they are.

About the Author
Nathan Robert Brown is a doctoral student of mythological studies at University of Texas at Arlington. His academic and professional works have led him to do extensive research in the areas of world mythology, folklore, urban legends, ancient civilizations, and world religions. Nathan is the author of such books as The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Werewolves, The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to the Paranormal, The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to World Mythology, Fallen Angels of Vengeance, and World Religions at Your Fingertips.

6. Zombies: Encounters with the Hungry Dead

Zombies: Encounters with the Hungry Dead

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From a master of zombie fiction and a founding father of “splatterpunk” comes a mind-bending anthology of 32 new and classic stories from both renowned writers and rising stars

In the tradition of Black Dog & Leventhal's bestselling

Vampires and Ghosts, this anthology of 32 stories is set in a world where the dead have risen from the grave to consume the living. This rich collection showcases the best of the genre—from short-story masters such as Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, and Poppy Z. Brite; zombie stalwarts such as David J. Schow and Jack Ketchum; “bizarro” founders such as Carlton Mellick III; and popular up-and-comers such as Max Brooks and S.G. Browne—and will satisfy the insatiable hunger of zombie fans everywhere.

A series of captivating essays about zombies in folklore and in popular culture by John Skipp, award-winning zombie anthologist and author, enrich an already extraordinary collection by discussing the past, present, and future of the living dead. And a resources section encompassing the best of long-form fiction, movies, websites, games is included for any reader interested in learning more about the wider world of the undead.

Sure to sate the hungriest zombie fans with classic as well as contemporary servings of tangled entrails and other unspeakable meals, Zombies: Encounters with the Hungry Dead will be shambling out of bookstores in October 2009.

 


About the Author
John Skipp is a New York Times bestselling author and editor, whose 18 books have sold millions of copies in a dozen languages worldwide.  His first anthology, Book of the Dead, laid the foundation in 1989 for modern zombie literature, bringing George Romero's vision of the dead next door to new levels of scope and intensity.  He later edited three more zombie anthologies, including Mondo Zombie, which won the Bram Stoker Award for best anthology.  From splatterpunk founding father to hilarious elder statesman, Skipp's legendary horror works include The Light At The End, The Scream, Jake's Wake, and The Long Last Call.


Customer Reviews

Great Collection as long as you haven't already read a lot of zombie anthologies...5
Skipp's tastes and skills as an editor have evolved considerably since his Book of the Dead collaboration days with Spector. That seminal collection and its sequel Still Dead are highly prized collectibles viewed as being the foundations of modern zombie lit. (Those who have read stuff from Permuted Press' den of hacks understand what a mixed legacy this is...) The tendency towards mindlessly excessive sensationalism and lack of meaning in modern zombie fiction also can be seen in the first two Skipp & Spector books, so as anthologies they were both awesome and also a bit tiresome.

The years since these initial releases have not been kind to those zombie fans who value both literary quality and horror. Basically we have Brooks' World War Z and arguably David Wellington. Besides these two, we have mounds and mounds of shoot-em-up rip their guts out stuff that is part of the bipolar nature of the horror section at Borders. We have lame romantically idealized vampire / demon bodice rippers meant to appeal to goth chicks cutting junior hs classes, and at the other extreme there's zombiepocalypse end o the world entrail munching stuff meant to appeal to the nerdy guys reading Fangoria and Guns N Ammo in the back of study hall. It was pretty interesting to see a new Skipp anthology out; would he continue to wallow in nihilistic gore or would he seek a new path?

I am happy to say this new collection is balanced and entertaining, and shows a lot of talent without being much gentler or kinder. There is a two section divide, "classic" zombie tales with usually single cases of reanimated corpses like the old fashioned pre-Romero stuff, and then the more modern zombie plague stuff. To be precise, we have 12 "classics" and 20 "Romero" style tales.

The classics are what gives this anthology its dose of literary merit - the truly spooky and subversive "Lazarus" by Andreyev leads things off, and then we have some classic old school pieces by Sturgeon and Bloch, along with a witty tale by Saunders. The excerpt from King's "Pet Sematery" is going to be a tad confusing for those unfamiliar with the concept of that novel, but it still works as a stand-alone and is much better than the mediocre and over-anthologized "Home Delivery" tale also by King.

The Romero section also has a few surprises. Those of you who don't own "Book of the Dead" will be reasonably pleased to find that 9 out of the original 16 tales in that book are found herein. The good news is that they are probably the best portion of that original book (with the exception of the excluded Bryant "Diner of the Damned" piece which I loved.) The bad news of course is that if you do own that volume, you are now informed that you already own 9 out of the 34 stories in this book. There are 4 pieces from "Still Dead" in here also, so if you own both of the original S&S anthologies, you may want to think twice about picking this one up.

We also have a few pieces from the more recent "Mondo Zombie" anthology that 20 people in America bought, not including myself so I was happy to see these, except maybe for the somewhat annoying "Sparks Fly Upward" abortion rights piece that adds a tinge of odd political sensibility to a genre that IMO should not see any stump speeches except when someone gets a limb gnawed off...

Speaking of politics, I am thrilled to report that there are no "zombie political action campaign" (ZPAC) pieces here as were seen in Adams' uneven "Living Dead" anthology. That volume had zombies rising to vote for an anti-Second Amendment politician, zombies rising because of racist violence, zombies rising to protest hate-mongering in the War on Terror, zombies rising to protest anti-environmental corporate behavior, zombies rising to protest lack of affordable day care for the poor and middle class...well, only kidding on that last one. Blech. Thankfully we also have zombies in all of the Skipp stories, unlike three pieces in the Adams collection which, well, had no zombies in them. The absence of civics lessons and the presence of the subjects of the anthology's title in all of its stories is reassuring, at least in comparison with the other big collection of recent years.

How about overall story quality? Actually, surprisingly enough, I was very impressed. The Adams book though it had its flaws was a good read because of the high editorial standards exercised, and I was thinking Skipp was going to be more tolerant in letting kind of pulpy stuff in, but his collection though occasionally nasty, is of uniformly high quality. You may not like all of the stories, but they are not as deriviative and simplistic as some of the original Book of the Dead tales were, and they are head and shoulders above the various low budget zombie fic anthologies being cranked out by RPG companies and vanity presses.

Some of the pieces herein are elegant even in mainstream literary terms - the Bradbury piece, the Saunders one (which is pretty funny as well) and even the neat aqua-zombie story by Steve Duffy. Skipp also wins praise for his thoughtful and enthusiastic notes for each story. The "media and historical reference" section in the back of the book is both incomplete and kind of meandering so view this as a reading book not a reference one.

The only real problem with this anthology is that if you have been following the field of zombie anthologies diligently, you will already have read most of these stories. By my count, of the 32 stories here, a person owning Book of the Dead, Still Dead, and Adams' The Living Dead will have read 16 stories herein, i.e. ½ of the volume. If you don't own these earlier collections, or maybe if you just own the recent Adams one, this collection is a good buy.

Table of Contents (oddly not given by the publisher either on Amazon or on their own website)

"Old School Zombies" voodoo, usually single corpse events, supernatural causes

Lazarus by Leonid Andreyev
Dead Men Working in the Cane Fields by William Seabrook
The Return of Timmy Baterman (from Pet Sematery) by Stephen King
The Emissary by Ray Bradbury
A Case of the Stubborns by Robert Bloch
It by Theodore Sturgeon
Lie Still Sleep Becalmed by Steve Duffy
Bitter Grounds by Neal Gaiman
Sea Oak by George Saunders
The Late Shift by Dennis Etchison
A Zombie's Lament by S.G. Brown
Best Served Cold by Justine Musk

"Romero Zombies" plagues en masse, intestines, bullets in the head, etc.like the modern era films, etc

The Dead Gather on the Bridge to Seattle by Adam Golaski
The Quarantine Act by Mehitobel Wilson
The Good Parts by Les Daniels
Bodies and Heads by Steve Rasnic Tem
On the Far Side of the Cadillac Desert with Dead Folks by Joe Lansdale
Like Pavlov's Dogs by Steven Boyett
Jerry's Kids Meet Wormboy by David Schow
Eat Me by Robert McCammon
The Visitor by Jack Ketchum
The Prince of Nox by Kathe Koja
Call Me Doctor by Eric Shapiro
The Great Wall by Max Brooks
Calcutta Lord of Nerves by Poppy Z. Brite
God Save the Queen by John Skipp and Marc Levinthal
We Will Rebuild by Cody Goodfellow
Sparks Fly Upward by Lisa Morton
Lemon Knives N Cockroaches by Carlton Mellick III
Zaambi by Terry and Christopher Morgan
The Zombies of Madison County by Douglas Winter
Dead Like Me by Adam Troy-Castro

7. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

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“The end was near.” —Voices from the Zombie War

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.

Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.

Most of all, the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event. Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader, but the effort is invaluable because, as Mr. Brooks says in his introduction, “By excluding the human factor, aren’t we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn’t the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as ‘the living dead’?”

Note: Some of the numerical and factual material contained in this edition was previously published under the auspices of the United Nations Postwar Commission.


Eyewitness reports from the first truly global war

“I found ‘Patient Zero’ behind the locked door of an abandoned apartment across town. . . . His wrists and feet were bound with plastic packing twine. Although he’d rubbed off the skin around his bonds, there was no blood. There was also no blood on his other wounds. . . . He was writhing like an animal; a gag muffled his growls. At first the villagers tried to hold me back. They warned me not to touch him, that he was ‘cursed.’ I shrugged them off and reached for my mask and gloves. The boy’s skin was . . . cold and gray . . . I could find neither his heartbeat nor his pulse.” —Dr. Kwang Jingshu, Greater Chongqing, United Federation of China

“‘Shock and Awe’? Perfect name. . . . But what if the enemy can’t be shocked and awed? Not just won’t, but biologically can’t! That’s what happened that day outside New York City, that’s the failure that almost lost us the whole damn war. The fact that we couldn’t shock and awe Zack boomeranged right back in our faces and actually allowed Zack to shock and awe us! They’re not afraid! No matter what we do, no matter how many we kill, they will never, ever be afraid!” —Todd Wainio, former U.S. Army infantryman and veteran of the Battle of Yonkers

“Two hundred million zombies. Who can even visualize that type of number, let alone combat it? . . . For the first time in history, we faced an enemy that was actively waging total war. They had no limits of endurance. They would never negotiate, never surrender. They would fight until the very end because, unlike us, every single one of them, every second of every day, was devoted to consuming all life on Earth.” —General Travis D’Ambrosia, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe

From the Hardcover edition.

8. The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks by Max Brooks

The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks

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Those who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat it.

From the Stone Age to the information age, the undead have threatened to engulf the human race. They’re coming. They’re hungry.

Don’t wait for them to come to you!

This is the graphic novel the fans demanded: major zombie attacks from the dawn of humanity. On the African savannas, against the legions of ancient Rome, on the high seas with Francis Drake . . . every civilization has faced them. Here are the grisly and heroic stories–complete with eye-popping artwork that pulsates with the hideous faces of the undead.

Organize before they rise!

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VOODOO HOODOO ZOMBIES

According to New Orleans paractioners of Vodou, a dead person can be revived by a bokor or Voodoo sorcerer. Zombies remain under the control of the bokor since they have no will of their own. "Zombi" is also another name of the Vodou snake god Damballah Wedo, of Niger-Congo origin; it is akin to the Kongo word nzambi, which means "god".

There also exists within the voudon tradition the zombie astral which is a human soul that is captured by a bokor and used to enhance the bokor's power. These spirits or ghosts or often kept in jars or special Zombie Voodoo Hoodoo Bottles which can often be bought outright for special protections from all sorts of evils. 

In 1937, while researching folklore in Haiti, Zora Neale Hurston encountered the case of a woman that appeared in a village, and a family claimed she was Felicia Felix-Mentor, a relative who had died and been buried in 1907 at the age of 29.

Hurston pursued rumors that the affected persons were given powerful drugs, but she was unable to locate individuals willing to offer much information.

She wrote:
“ What is more, if science ever gets to the bottom of Voodoo in Haiti and Africa, it will be found that some important medical secrets, still unknown to medical science, give it its power, rather than gestures of ceremony.”

Several decades later, Wade Davis, a Harvard ethnobotanist, presented a pharmacological case for zombies in two books, The Serpent and the Rainbow (1985) and Passage of Darkness: The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie (1988). Davis traveled to Haiti in 1982 and, as a result of his investigations, claimed that a living person can be turned into a zombie by two special powders being entered into the blood stream (usually via a wound). The first, coup de poudre (French: 'powder strike'), includes tetrodotoxin (TTX), the poison found in the pufferfish. The second powder is composed of dissociatives such as datura. Together, these powders were said to induce a death-like state in which the victim's will would be entirely subject to that of the bokor.

 

Davis also popularized the story of Clairvius Narcisse, who was claimed to have succumbed to this practice. Many who research the subject as Davis did believe that ancient altered sates of consciousness through the use of medicinal plants and the chemicals of mixed drugs nave roots in perfecting the art of zombifying actual individuals.  

Symptoms of TTX poisoning range from numbness and nausea to paralysis, unconsciousness, and death, but do not include a stiffened gait or a deathlike trance. According to neurologist Terence Hines, the scientific community dismisses tetrodotoxin as the cause of this state, and Davis' assessment of the nature of the reports of Haitian zombies is overly credulous.

Scottish psychiatrist R. D. Laing further highlighted the link between social and cultural expectations and compulsion, in the context of schizophrenia and other mental illness, suggesting that schizogenesis may account for some of the psychological aspects of zombification.

 

Other organizations such as Zombie Squad use the genre as a way to promote disaster preparedness and to encourage horror fans to become involved in their community, through volunteering or hosting zombie themed charity fundraiser.

The 1954 publication of I Am Legend, by author Richard Matheson, would further influence the zombie genre. It is the story of a future Los Angeles, overrun with undead bloodsucking beings. Notable as influential on the zombie genre is the portrayal of a worldwide apocalypse due to the infestation, in addition to the initial conception of vampirism as a disease (a scenario comparable to recent zombie media such as Resident Evil). The novel was a success, and would be adapted to film as The Last Man on Earth in 1964, as The Omega Man in 1971, and again in 2007 as I Am Legend. Although classified as a vampire story and referred to as "the first modern vampire novel",

Legend had definitive impact on the zombie genre by way of George A. Romero. Romero was heavily influenced by the novel and its 1964 adaptation when writing the film Night of the Living Dead, by his own admission. Critics have also noted extensive similarities between Night and Last Man on Earth, indicating further influence. Night of the Living Dead, a taboo-breaking and genre-defining classic, would prove to be more influential on the concept of zombies than any literary or cinematic work before it.

Regarding speed, zombies in recent popular culture have considerably increased their locomotion, as exampled in recent movies like 28 Days Later (and its sequel, 28 Weeks Later), the Dawn of the Dead remake, House of the Dead, Zombieland and the video game Left 4 Dead.

In contrast, zombies have historically been portrayed as slow.

Zombies in comics

The fictional Disney cartoon character Bombie the Zombie, created by Carl Barks, first appeared in the Voodoo Hoodoo strip in 1949. Bombie had been reanimated by an African voodoo sorcerer, and was sent on a mission to poison Scrooge McDuck. Later on Don Rosa reused the character in his own McDuck stories.

Robert Kirkman, an admirer of Romero, has contributed to the recent popularity of the genre in comics, first by launching his self-published comic book The Walking Dead, then by writing Marvel Zombies in 2006. In response to its competitor's popular series, DC Comics' Geoff Johns introduced a revenant-staffed Black Lantern Corps, consisting of the maliciously animated corpses of fallen DC metahumans during its current Blackest Night story arc. DC Comics continued producing zombie comics on their digital imprint Zuda Comics.

The Black Cherry Bombshells takes place in a world of all where all the men have turned into zombies and women gangs fight with them and each other. The Amazing Joy Buzzards from Image Comics presents Hollywood Zombies who have been zombified by the villain Hypno who are attacking the band.

Terminal Press updated the classic adult film Debbie Does Dallas with a Zombie Apocalypse makeover in 2008. They also published "I Hate Zombies" and the Zombie anthology series "ZombieBomb!", featuring creators from comics, television, movies and music offering their interpretations of the Zombie genre.

 

List of zombie video games From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Zombies and horror have become so popular that many songs and bands have been based on these flesh-eating ghouls; most notably, the musician Rob Zombie has incorporated zombie aesthetics and references into virtually all of his work. Zombie references crop up in every genre from pop to death metal and some subgenres such as horror punk mine the zombie aesthetic extensively.

Horror punk has also been linked with the subgenres of deathrock and psychobilly. The success of these genres has been mainly underground, although psychobilly has reached some mainstream popularity. The zombie also appears in protest songs, symbolizing mindless adherence to authority, particularly in law enforcement and the armed forces.

Well-known examples include Fela Kuti's 1976 single Zombie, and The Cranberries' 1994 single Zombie. Producers have acquired the rights to Michael Jackson's Thriller for a proposed Broadway musical, "complete with dancing undead."

London based band Brontosaurus Chorus created a zombie themed music video for their song 'Louisiana' in October 2009. The song "Re: Your Brains" by Jonathan Coulton is a song from the perspective of an office employee turned zombie.

It can be found in the easter-egg-style jukeboxes in the game Left 4 Dead 2. American Underground rapper Aesop Rock used a Zombie theme for his single "Coffee". The video features Zombies much like that of Night Of The Living Dead With Aesop Rock himself becoming a Zombie in the process The Halifax based band Uncooperative Death labels themselves as Zombie Metal, even naming their upcoming EP "Zombie Dragon"

Send More Paramedics were a horror hardcore band from Leeds. The band played what they described as "Zombiecore...a fusion of 80s thrash and modern hardcore punk", with lyrics heavily influenced by zombie movies. On-stage, they dress as zombies and claim to be members of the living dead.

 

 

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