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The Real Zombie:

Zombies In Just Real Plain English

Ancient myths are filled with references of people either returning from the dead or visiting the afterlife and living to tell the tale.



Zombies on the Bayou St. John

Many locals, perhaps hundreds, of all classes and races (even in antebellum days) knew of grand Voodoo Zombie rituals often held at the so-called "Wishing Spot" on the bayou St. John. This is where the blood of roosters was poured into the black Bayou to feed the spirits. And many so called witness said real Zombies were made.



The Reverends Zombie Bottle

A Bound Reverend Zombie Bottle From New Orleans.


The many dreaded Zombies danced as commanded by their masters. In honor of The great snake Zombi being the symbol of the Voodoo god slithered at their feet, and a bizarre belief in Voodoo cursed zombies a nd the ability to capture a spirit in a Zombie Bottle was forever said to be quite real. >>>> Read More here now!

Story By Quentin Victor Garrets

Artwork Ricardo Pustanio


In 1962, according to his death certificate, the Haitian peasant Clairvius Narcisse died near his home village in the Artibonite Valley. Though physically strong and rarely ill, he had begun to have difficulty breathing after a dispute with his brother over a piece of land. Weakened and nauseated, he began to spit blood and died two days later. His body was buried in a small rural cemetery.

Clairvius Narcisse: ZOMBIE

Clairvius Narcisse Zombie -- In 1962, according to his death certificate, the Haitian peasant Clairvius Narcisse died near his home village in the Artibonite Valley. Though physically strong and rarely ill, he had begun to have difficulty breathing after a dispute with his brother over a piece of land. Weakened and nauseated, he began to spit blood and died two days later. His body was buried in a small rural cemetery.

Clairvius Narcisse The Zombie

In folklore, a zombie or zombi is an animated human body devoid of a soul. In contemporary versions these are generally reanimated or undead corpses, which were traditionally called "ghouls". Stories of zombies originated in the Afro-Caribbean spiritual belief system of Vodou.

On the Caribbean island of Haiti. They are some who has been raised from the grave by real voodoo priest, often used as slave labour for the rest of their un-natural life. Zombies can move, eat, hear and speak, but they have no memory and no insight into their condition. There have been legends about zombies for centuries, but it was only in 1980 that a real-life case of Clavirvius Narcisse was so documented.

This Zombie story begins in 1962, in Haiti. Narcisse was turned into a Zombie by a a real Voodoo Priest, The story goes that he was turned over or sold to him by his actual brothers, because Clairvius refused to sell or hand over to them his share of the family land.

Soon after Clairvius "officially" died, and was buried. However, he had been later secretly unburied, and was actually working as a zombie slave on a sugar plantation with many other zombies.

In 1964, his zombie master died, and he wandered across the island in a psychotic daze for the next 16 years. The drugs that made him psychotic were gradually wearing off. In 1980, he accidentally stumbled across his long-lost sister in a market place, and recognized her. She didn't recognise him, but he identified himself to her by telling her early childhood experiences that only he could possibly know. >>>>>>>>> Please read more here now!

Zombies and Haitian Law
A law that seems to condemn zombie creation went into effect in Haiti in 1835 [ref]. Article 246 of the Haitian Penal Code classifies the administration of a substance that creates a prolonged period of lethargy without causing death as attempted murder. If the substance causes the appearance of death and results in the burial of the victim, the act is classified as murder.


Narcisse's story was popularized in the book The Serpent and the Rainbow by Wade Davis, who is currently an "explorer in residence" for National Geographic. Although many are critical and suspicious of Mr. Davis' work, since his morals, as detailed in the book, prevented the necessary scientific experiments to prove his hypothesis that Clairvius Narcisse was drugged with a neurotoxin that simulates death. The poison apparently used was derived from the puffer fish, which produces a well known and highly documented neurotoxin (tetrodotoxin) that produces paralysis and in modified form can mimic death through reduced metabolism and heart rate. The secretions of the poisonous cane toad Bufo marinus were apparently used as an anaesthetic companion drug, while the resuscitating, mind-controlling drug was said to be made from the weed Datura stramonium.


Eighteen years later Narcisse strolled into the marketplace of his home village. Along with others who were found wandering near the city of Cap Haitian, he claimed that he had been dug out of the ground by men who beat him cruelly, then forced him into slave labour as a Zombie. He was one of the infamous "Walking Dead," long considered to be mere figments of superstition in the island nation of Haiti where Voodoo is practised.

There are several possible etymologies of the word zombie. One possible origin is jumbie, the West Indian term for "ghost". Another is nzambi, the Kongo word meaning "spirit of a dead person." According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word entered English circa 1871; it's derived from the Louisiana Creole or Haitian Creole zonbi, which in turn is of Bantu origin. A zonbi is a person who is believed to have died and been brought back to life without speech or free will. It is akin to the Kimbundu nzúmbe ghost.

Haitian Zombie Powder

Salt and Zombies
According to Haitian folklore, feeding salt to a zombie will return it to its senses. Often the zombie then attacks the bokor who created it or returns to its place of burial and dies. Ironically, tetrodotoxin works by blocking the sodium channels in muscle and nerve cells. However, there is no known cure for tetrodotoxin poisoning, and the amount of sodium in a few grains of salt is unlikely to have any physiological effect on a poisoned person.
Davis traveled to Haiti at the request of Dr. Nathan S. Kline, who theorized that a drug was responsible for Narcisse's experiences as a zombie. Since such a drug could have medical uses, particularly in the field of anesthesiology, Kline hoped to gather samples, analyze them and determine how they worked.

Davis learned that Haitians who believed in zombies believed that a bokor's sorcery -- not a poison or a drug -- created them. According to local lore, a bokor captures a victim's ti bon ange, or the part of the soul directly connected to an individual, to create a zombie. But during his research, Davis discovered that the bokor used complex powders, made from dried and ground plants and animals, in their rituals.

Davis collected eight samples of this zombie powder in four regions of Haiti. Their ingredients were not identical, but seven of the eight samples had four ingredients in common:

  • One or more species of puffer fish, which often contain a deadly
  • neurotoxin called tetrodotoxin
  • A marine toad (Bufo marinus), which produces numerous toxic substances
  • A hyla tree frog (Osteopilus dominicensis), which secretes an irritating (but not deadly) substance
  • Human remains
In addition, the powders contained other plant and animal ingredients, like lizards and spiders, which would be likely to irritate the skin. Some even included ground glass.

The use of puffer fish intrigued Davis. Tetrodotoxin causes paralysis and death, and victims of tetrodotoxin poisoning often remain conscious until just before death. The paralysis prevents them from reacting to stimuli -- much like what Clairvius Narcisse described about his own death. Doctors have also documented cases in which people ingested tetrodotoxin and appeared dead but eventually made a complete recovery.


A zombie is a creature that appears in folklore and popular culture typically as a reanimated corpse or a mindless human being. Stories of zombies originated in the Afro-Caribbean spiritual belief system of Vodou, which told of the people being controlled as laborers by a powerful sorcerer. Zombies became a popular device in modern horror fiction, largely because of the success of George A. Romero's 1968 film Night of the Living Dead.



Some zombie fans continue the George A. Romero tradition of using zombies as a social commentary. Organized zombie walks, which are primarily promoted through word of mouth, are regularly staged in some countries. Usually they are arranged as a sort of surrealist performance art but they are occasionally put on as part of a unique political protest.

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The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead


The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead


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.

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 fundraisers.



This is an short film about 3 guys in a car during a zombie outbreak. It has some gore, cannibalism, and comedy. Definately a great flick.

According to the tenets 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 zombi astral which is a human soul that is captured by a bokor and used to enhance the bokor's power.





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.


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.[5] 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.

A philosophical zombie is a concept used in the philosophy of mind, a field of research which examines the association between conscious thought and the physical world. A philosophical zombie is a hypothetical person who lacks full consciousness but has the biology or behavior of a normal human being; it is used as a null hypothesis in debates regarding the identity of the mind and the brain. The term was coined by philosopher David Chalmers.

Zombie computer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A zombie computer (often shortened as zombie) is a computer attached to the Internet that has been compromised by a hacker, a computer virus, ...



In New Orleans Zombies are thought to be very real entities. They are not just the re-animated bodies from the St. Louis Cemeteries but they can be too spirits of ghosts trapped in Bottles. Many local ghost stories urban legends and olden time tales do talk of about real Zombies coming out of the dirty oven wall crypts in New Orleans Cemeteries. As do they tell of cursed and hexed Zombie Bottles doing their sole masters bidding.

This is a Zombie story I will tell. It is often told by many of the locals. I have never seen it in print or heard it on a Ghost Tour. But I will tell it to you as I heard so many times in my life. This real Zombie Story Pre dates The reign of Marie Laveau as queen of the Voodoos by only a few years possibly by 5- 8. The Voodoo Queen in this story is none other then Sanite Dede the reigning Voodoo Queen just before Marie Laveau assent.

The Cranberries- Zombie



Nature vs. Nurture?
jimson weed
Photo courtesy USDA
Datura stramonium, also known as jimson weed or zombie's cucumber
In Japan, puffer fish is a delicacy called fugu. Served raw and prepared by a competent chef, it contains only enough tetrodotoxin to cause tingling and lightheadedness. If a chef makes a mistake while preparing the fugu, the result can be deadly.

But when people eat toxic servings of fugu and recover, they are poisoning victims -- not zombies. Davis's theory is that culture and belief cause some Haitians to believe that they are zombies after recovering from the powder's effects. Some bokor also describe feeding zombies a paste that includes Datura stramonium, locally known as "zombie's cucumber." Called jimson weed in the U.S., this plant causes fever, hallucinations and amnesia, potentially strengthening a victim's belief that a real transformation has taken place.


A True New Orleans Zombie stories? Is there such a thing?

The Real Reverend Zombie

A long tall tale often told is how a white rich well respected married and very handsome Reverend once was turned in to a real Zombie because of his scorned slave girl mistress, with a little help help of Sanite Dede of course.

Sanite Dede

Sanite Dede

Sanite Dede was once in her time the most powerful of all the Voodoo queens. As a young woman from Santo Domingo she bought her secret hex's and hoodoo Voodoo to New Orleans. She often would hold rituals in her brick lined courtyard on Dumaine and Chartres Streets, just walking distance away from the St. Louis Cathedral. The rhythmic beat of the drums could be heard inside the great church during mass the day the Reverends Zombie walked the French Quarter street!

A young handsome black thick bearded reverend lived in new Orleans at this time. With his striking blue eyes and and handsome German features. All the ladies that saw him fell in love. But for all practical purposes and the outside world he was a man of the cloth and faithful to his beloved wife. But unknown to all he was involved in a secret affair with the slave girl of a wealthy Bywater plantation owner.

The sordid affair went on for over 3 years and none knew of it except he and the slave girl. The Slave girl fell in love with him the first time she saw him and would always watch him because his striking good looks overwhelmed her. She came to him one day after their long secret affair had blossomed to words of love and a possible future as his house slave. She demanded that he take her as his on slave that day. The Reverend went to her owner that day asking for her as to be donated to him as his to own.

But this did not happen for the slave owner would not part with her as a donation as the reverend asked him to. He demanded more cash then the reverend could afford. Some say she was also mistress to her owner and his greatest prize.

Then one day two weeks after this another young slave girl from another plantation came to him and said that the one he was involved with was pregnant with someone's bastard child.

He hurried to her master and told her master that she was a voodoo woman and she had put a spell or hoodoo on him and his family for them to die. The reverend went on and on telling her owner and his wife how she had bewitched him too, to try to take her as his slave also.

Upon hearing the news he had her master take and brutally beat her. Her master then had them cut out her tongue and gouge out her eyes.

A fellow house slave who knew her secrets and affairs brought the story to the great Voodoo Queen Mama Sanite Dede as she was called by many. And upon hearing this the Great Voodoo Queen was enraged. Dede told the slave that came to her, " I will fix him good this Reverend." "This so called good man of God will walk the French Quarter 'till great angel Gabriel sounds his golden horns last blast."

The Voodoo of Sanite Dede

Three days latter the poor slave girl died from the beating. And that night so did the Reverend for no apparent reason. Word spread quick as it always did in the old French Quarter. In the 1800's Funerals and burials happened immediately in the summer month of August. The family had little time to buy a fresh white washed tomb in St. Louis Cemetery number 1, so a person from his large wealthy congregation gave his wife one to help her out. Laid out dressed in his Sunday best, dark suit, white Reverends collar starched stiff and bright around his neck, he laid in state ever handsome.

In his front large parlor facing Bourbon Street, the room draped in miles of expensive black crepe from France his wake began. To his home his large congregation came to pay their last and final respects on this hot humid Friday afternoon. His wake was solemn of course, and many shed real tears not because he was known as a bad man, but because he was actually deeply loved by his large congregation. But as the the afternoon went on and the sun began to set the long procession passed the coffin steadily. Then in the midst a dark figure of a tall woman stopped and crouched over his expensive black lacquered coffin. Bending low as if kissing him with her hands covering and moving over his face. Many were in shock including his wife, sister and the whole congregation over seeing such an act.

As the dark veiled figure moved away from the casket a loud gasp filled the room. "The Dark Lady" had pried open his mouth and bitten off his tongue and sucked out his eyes from their very sockets. No one moved as she turned and almost floated across the room, all were frozen in their spots as she headed out of the door. Either because they were so stunned or under some devil woman's curse or hex. No one saw her face or could identify her from the way she moved. But many thought she was The queen of the Zombies the great Ghede, Mama Bridgett come to exact some dark secret toll or pact that he may have made in confidence while alive.

The dead Reverend was buried on Saturday early long before the sun had time to rise over the Crescent City. But in his new grave he did not stay. As the Great St. Louis Cathedrals bells struck noon on that very Sunday he was seen with arms stretched wandering stiff limbed behind the great Cathedrals garden.

All the people even if they did not know him in life knew he was a dead man walking and they were very much afraid. So then the many slaves and Creoles all ran to the Dumaine Street home of Mama Sanite Dede for help. For they knew she alone would have a solution.

Dede opened her door to the pleas and cries for help of those that gathered in fear before her. "Please help us Great Mama Dede, you come see the dead man walk Bourbon Street to do no good!" A old free man of color said. " I seen him come out of the St. Louis Cemetery with my own two eyes." said a white woman dressed in her Sunday finery.

Dede shook her head slowly looking at the cobble stoned street then at the crowd. and asked " Do anyone here know who it is?" the crowd shouted "YES " it's the dead Reverend buried yesterday morning come back from the dead to kill us all! Dede said, " This may take some time ... I must prepare a Hoodoo Voodoo Veve and a strong hex so big to stop this." " You good people need go lock your children and old and your self behind closed doubled locked and bolted doors." " And tell all you see on the way to do the same." Within a few moments the beat of the great voodoo drums filled the French Quarter. So Loud they were they shook the statues in the great Cathedral.

The Reverends' Zombie

The Reverends Zombie


The streets were emptied in minutes as word of the Reverend Zombie walking the French Quarter streets reached far and wide. Even the police stayed away fearing they too would become Zombies if they came in contact with him.

The pounding drums grew stronger and stronger and the beat faster then what a mans heart could before bursting of fear. All the french Quarter residence hiding like when a terrible Hurricane hits the city today.

As the hot afternoon sweltered like it does only in New Orleans a terrible squall blew in from the shores of Lake Ponchartrain. Some will still tell you of the the terrible great storm that lasted all night. The thunder shook the city as the voodoo drums did earlier. A nd many say they heard the drums still beating between the great rumbles and thunder claps. They pounded until the first light of day broke over the mighty Mississippi River.

No one really knows now what Mama Dede and the pounding of the voodoo drums did that day to rid New Orleans of the Reverend Zombie, You know she kept her secrets well. And none know if she really did anything at all. As for the Reverends Zombie... Some say she had him bricked up in a wall in a building on Toulouse street, others say on Orleans behind the Cathedral in a corner building of red new brick. For Zombies cannot cross a line of red new brick and everyone in New Orleans Knew that.

The next day after that nights long hard rain was gone so was The Reverend Zombie.

3 years went by and the story faded away... until one day during Mardi Gras season someone saw him again stumbling his way down Bourbon Street in the cold morning light. Many ran once again to Mama Dede for help knowing full well the strange figure was the Reverend come back again.

"I smelled the dead man walkin." one said. "Is it the Reverends Zombie Dede asked? One woman said, "Yes Mademoiselle, I do know! Yes it's him I recognize his clothes as a man of the cloth!" " And I smelled the stench of death!" " Don't be afraid Mama Dede told the crowd. It's the dead Reverend Zombie just looking for his eyes!" " He'll be gone by dawn!"

Reverend Zombie Today In New Orleans

Many say over the years they have seen him stumbling... a real dead man walking through the French Quarter. Also along Bayou St. John and Uptown alike The Reverend certainly gets around. None have seen him recently but some say he is till a haunting the city.

Some have said he was washed away in Hurricane Betsy in 1965, others say Hurricane Katrina finally did him in. Some say he guards the tombs of Mama Dede and Marie Laveaus' so that if someone like another voodoo queen who would want to come to pick their bones for a hoodoo voodoo hex and JuJu, he will kill them them on the spot!

But when visiting, "Please keep your eyes peeled" when your in New Orleans... Reverend Zombie might be seen " Always, Just looking for his eyes and tongue!"

About Quentin Victor Garrets

Garrets Is a native New Jordanian that collects oral stories passed down through the generations. '

Also See: VIOLETTE WITH EYES TO DIE FOR! Among these tales one of the most tragically gruesome is that of Little Violette whose name rings through infamy, forever associated with the epithet “The Zombie Child.”


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White Zombie


A young man turns to a witch doctor to lure the woman he loves away from her fiance, but instead turns her into a zombie slave." Directed by Victor Halperin, written by Garnett Weston, 1932. Film in public domain available at Archive.org and Public Domain Torrents. «