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Zombies: The Recently Dead

Zombies: The Recently Dead

What are Zombies?

Read, Watch, or Listen for more about Zombies

Link to The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks in the Catalog
Link to The Burning World by Isaac Marion in the Catalog
Link to Zombieland Motion Picture in the Catalog
Link to Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve in the Catalog
Link to The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey in the Catalog
Link to Warm Bodies Motion Picture in the Catalog
Link to The Enemy by Charlie Higson in the Catalog

Zombies Through History

The zombie, often portrayed as an undead, flesh-eating, decaying corpse, has enjoyed a popularity surge in recent years. Whether they’re devouring their prey in The Walking Dead or getting their groove on in Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video, zombies dominate pop culture. But are zombies real? Unlike many other monsters—which are mostly a product of superstition, religion and fear— zombies have a basis in fact, and several verified cases of zombies have been reported from Haitian voodoo culture.

A zombie, according to pop culture and folklore, is usually either a reawakened corpse with a ravenous appetite or someone bitten by another zombie infected with a “zombie virus.” Zombies are usually portrayed as strong but robotic beings with rotting flesh. Their only mission is to feed. They typically don’t have conversations (although some may grunt a little).

The Ancient Greeks may have been the first civilization terrorized by a fear of the undead. Archaeologists have unearthed many ancient graves which contained skeletons pinned down by rocks and other heavy objects, assumedly to prevent the dead bodies from reanimating.

Zombie folklore has been around for centuries in Haiti, possibly originating in the 17th century when West African slaves were brought in to work on Haiti’s sugar cane plantations. Brutal conditions left the slaves longing for freedom. According to some reports, the life—or rather afterlife—of a zombie represented the horrific plight of slavery. Continue reading from The History Channel

Link to Monsters in Literatures Resource Guide Series