AMC The Walking Dead
David Hills, BGS
The zombies we see represented in modern western
literature and movies are most often based on the Medieval
European revenant. However, unlike the modern zombie
apocalypse, a revenant story was usually a very personal
tale of the recently dead rising to harass their families and
In later stories, revenants became victims or perpetrators of
terrible crimes. (Murder, witchcraft and heresy). Many of
these tales have much in common with those of vampires.
Nachzehrer - German
Gjenganger and Draugr - Scandinavian
Vetala - Hindu
Jiang Shi - Chinese
Pontianak – Indonesian and Malay
Gashadokuro – Japanese
Zombi – Haitian
Middle East – Walking Corpses (Bible)
Wendigo – Native American
In more recent times the zombie appeared several times in
fantasy themed novels, such as the 1929 book, The Magic
Island, by William Seabrook. This novel has been
credited with introducing ‘zombi’ into American speech.
The grandfather of the modern zombie genre is writer/
director George A. Romero, best known for his series of
satirical horror films about zombies or ghouls, starting
with Night of the Living Dead, which was inspired by the
novel, I am Legend, by Richard Matheson.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1JdPvyy93I Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBv7cC_qU30 Warm Bodies
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQOBc2RYCL4 The Infects
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMWDV2rJHKM The Enemy
Fear of being eaten - cannibalism.
Loss of control and loss of individuality. Becoming
one of the herd, or that we already are one of the herd.
The monster is Us, but still Other. Both more
comfortable and scarier.
Slow creeping, inevitable death which does not stop.
Nowhere to hide, and no matter how many you
destroy... there are always more!
Conflict between Science and the Military.
Spawned countless imitators
in movies, computer games,
novels / graphic novels, music.
Allows us to examine these and other scary images
and ideas from a safe distance.
AMC The Walking Dead
- The Return Man
- Warm Bodies
- World War Z
- This Book is Full
Novels The Walking Dead
Pride and Prejudice