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I've been reading a couple of academic books on the subject of zombies in film and other media, and there is this one statement which academics keep insisting upon which I sense is incorrect, namely, that there is little to no mention of zombies in Western narrative until the zombie films of the 1930s and 1940 brought this exotic concept to American audiences.

While I make no claim to being the Josie Campbell of horror, I seem to have absorbed from my reading the impression that revenants and the fear of the dead being reanimated is a universal fear. I can't recall where I read this specifically--perhaps that scholarly book about burial rituals and vampires which all bookish horror fans seem to have read at some point?--but I seem to recall that, at least through the Anglo-Saxon period, and possibly through the Elizabethan period, a ghost was not a disembodied spirit but the actual animated body of the dead person (as described in
this Wikipedia article on draugr
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draugr
and I didn't even know that there is such a person as
The Viking Answer Lady, who can meet all your undead needs
http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/ghosts.shtml

Then there is the Wikipedia entry for revenant

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A revenant is a visible ghost or animated corpse that was believed to return from the grave to terrorize the living.[1] The word "revenant" is derived from the Latin word, revenans, "returning" (see also the related French verb "revenir", meaning "to come back").
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And didn't Greek necromancy involve summoning and enslaving the embodied dead, not just their spirits?

These descriptions seem to indicate that there *was* the equivalent of the zombie in Western narratives, and that the distinction is one of semantics.

What do other fans of the gothic think?
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Writers of zombie fiction may find this useful, as it cites an actual medical paper,and this could also be a great way to teach kids about disaster preparedness
http://emergency.cdc.gov/socialmedia/zombies_blog.asp
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[From the announcement e-mail by ACB]

This Sunday, October 31 is Halloween 2010! Celebrate the horrific holiday (as well as the passage of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act) with ACB Radio as the web-based radio station streams the full movie
Night of the Living Dead
(George Romero's original 1968 film)
completely audio described!

Tune in at 8:00 pm EDT at
http://www.acbradio.org/world
for the film with all of the classic film's spooky horror described in full by the
American Council of the Blind's
Audio Description Project.

Produced in collaboration with VITAC, the nation's largest captioning company, it's also available for free at VITAC's website:
http:// VITAC.COM - Night of the Living Dead
and on VITAC's YouTube channel:
VITAC - You Tube - Night of the Living Dead
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Kes: The idea for this story came to me pretty much fully formed as soon as I read the title of this anthology, which is due out in September: _Unicorns Vs. Zombies_ edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (Margaret K. McElderry, September 21, 2010)
http://www.amazon.com/Zombies-vs-Unicorns-Holly-Black/dp/1416989536

Bane was standing by the shore of Lake Despair contemplating the inky shadows of its icy depths when he first saw the little girl coming out of the Fearful Forest.

Granted, the kid was difficult to miss, what with the cotton candy pink pigtails and the fuschia backpack being shades rarely found in nature, at least, not in the sort of nature Bane considered to be natural.

Let other unicorns go all lavender-maned emitting silvery light out of their asses--Bane preferred the eternal twilight of ageless pine forests and the blue-black pool of an ancient bottomless tarn which Bane felt were the natural complements to his own jet black mane and sleek sooty flanks. Shine some darkness in the world, that was Bane's motto.
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I've been waiting for this movie to show up on NetFlix Webstreaming for a long time, as the Norwegian Nazi zombies concept just appealed to me, but I kept misremembering the plotline, because my brain kept wanting to throw in Vikings, 'cause really? Vikings versus Nazi zombies! just sounded like something that should happen.

But that's just my weird brain, there are no Vikings in this film. There are *lots* of Nazi zombies, though, and a group of really stupid kids who say things like "We should split up!" (Rule 1 of horror films: never split up). The film also makes good use of the scenery of isolated snowy mountains. On the other hand, there are maybe two scenes too many featuring intestines, and it may be some while before I eat sausage again.

If you are searching for a cheezy horror film, "Dead Snow" may amuse you.
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Don't I always say that Halloween and Valentine's Day are flip sides of the same holiday? It's all about fear, chocolate, and costumes.

As time goes by, this only seems to become more and more true. CHeck out the Monster Librairian Valentines Day special
Love is Undead
http://monsterlibrarian.com/Valentines.htm
featuring reviews of a number of paranormal romances, including a title which is just going to stick in my brain all weekend: _My Zombie Valentine_
which of course scans perfectly to "My Funny Valentine." In the music video playing in my head, an undead Bobby Darren is singing this to a zobmie Gidget--they're so cuuuuuute!

Re the subject line: this was a weirdly seductive song I found way back around Halloween, but I can't remember who sings it.

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