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"With a clean, declarative prose style that is entertaining without being fluffy, the author ably chaperones the reader through ninety years'-worth of the undead." Richard Gavin --At Fear's Altar

"If you buy just one huge, fantastically gruesome, incredibly informative and lovingly put together book of Zombies this year, then make it this one."Keith B Walters --Books and Writers

"The definitive undead resource book ... a fun, entertaining and very informative breakdown of one of horror's most-loved boogeymen (and boogeywomen)." --Cinesploitation.com

The author's expertise and love for the genre shine through... one of its strengths is the analysis of how the zombie myth has shifted over the years in order to reflect the most prevalent current fears in society. --Blood and Vegetables

Illustrated throughout with great, ghastly photos and other images, Vuckovic's labor of love offers enough to satisfy the appetites of both rabid enthusiasts and casual followers. --Fangoria Magazine

"No one knows horror like Jovanka Vuckovic and no one is better suited to lay out a gory smorgasboard of zombie history.  This is going to be bloody delicious!"  
Jonathan Maberry – NY Times Bestseller and multiple Bram Stoker Award winning author of PATIENT ZERO and ZOMBIE CSU

"Horror to Jovanka Vuckovic is as much about preservation as it is enjoyment. She is the modern equivalent of Forry Ackerman, but her breath is much better."
Steve Niles – comic book author, novelist, Creator of 30 Days of Night

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ZOMBIES! An Illustrated History of the Undead is the first book to take a long, putrefying look at the entire zombie phenomenon. From origins in Haitian voodoo zombie lore and the literature of Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe, the undead began to slowly seep through the pulp magazines and silent cinema of the early twentieth century, and on to classic 1970s and eighties undead flicks like Lucio Fulci's Zombie and George A. Romero's legendary Dawn of the Dead.

Written by famed horror expert Jovanka Vuckovic, and featuring an exclusive foreword from Romero himself, ZOMBIES! brings you all this and more, coming right up to date with movies like Zombieland and [Rec], the new wave of zombie novels, The Walking Dead comic book and TV show, and even zombie walks. Despite numerous attempts to assign the rotting corpses permanently to their graves, there is no end in sight to our thirst for the horror and drama that the undead provide. ZOMBIES! is a fascinating and visually arresting roam through a still-vital sub-genre.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312656505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312656508
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ren Andronico on May 23, 2011
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I did not know of this books existence until the internet critic Cyrus from Spill.com but I am thankful to him. This book is a easy yet very smart read, all the more so when you consider that a good chunk of the book is pictures.

After a brillant intro in which a interesting connection between voodoo, slavery, and US occupation of Haiti is made; the author spends most of the book going over the basic history of zombies in film from 1932's "White Zombie" to 2009's "Zombieland. Individual films of particular importance or quality are looked at in detail in terms of plot, styles compared to pervious films, and their impact on the course of zombie film history. After that the last few chapters briefly touch on zombies in comics, books, t.v., and video games.

For an person who would like to learn about our friendly neighborhood mindless and/or mind-controlled undead should give this book a look.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 15, 2011
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Perhaps the most popular Zombie fever advocate is movie director George A. Romero who began the current craze with his classic Night of the Living Dead in 1968. Since then Zombies are a feature of comic books, novels and movies. However, though this terrific reference book devotes about Zombies in the recent decades, the fun in this collection is the less known earlier periods. Thus the first four chapters are insightful and fascinating as the roots in Haiti, the literature of Poe and Shelley; the early films like the Living Dead and of course the Romero flesh feasts. Ironically though the slaves whispered of the dead walking at night, it is in the late nineteenth century the first zombie mania became an American public phenomena due to the work of journalist Patrick Hearne. The next wave is kicked off by EC comics, Romero and the Spanish zombie invasion. Finally there is choices when one enters Zombieland as readers will enjoy being on the menu due to the graphic illustrations enhancing the engaging historical look at peeling flesh via all types of multimedia sources; just keep hand lotion handy.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Blake Northrup on May 13, 2011
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So far this book has been very detailed about the beginnings of the Zombie genre and is a good read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary P Deocampo on May 6, 2011
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If y'all are like me and are tired of the whole Vampire THIS, Zombie THAT, nonsense as of late...

Have got some good news for you.

Award-winning Writer,Artist,Critic,Editor,Filmmaker of the upcoming short film

The Captured Bird, and all around BAD A$$,

Jovanka Vukovic,comes to the rescue with ZOMBIES!An Illustrated History of the Undead.

Vukovic is the perfect representative to be our tour guide through this awesome journey of Zombieville(I hear it's nice there in the fall but the over barring locals can sometimes make you want to run for the hills).

This book not only gives the us an interesting history of zombies,with its origins in Haiti,but takes the reader from early literature to it inception on the silver screen in the 1930's -to present day.

It was in the latter part of the 60's when a young filmmaker by the name of George Romero introduced audiences to a new renaissance of zombies. A chapter is dedicated to Romero and his everlasting influence on the zombie culture. Romero is and forever will be "The Godfather of Zombies".

Hell ,you need another reason to get book..The Godfather himself,wrote the forward.

In my opinion Romero's words alone are well worth price of admission here.

Jovanka also delves into how the zombie culture has gone transmedia ...not only infecting novels,comics , movies,television,gaming ,mobile devices,social networks,flash mob/zombie walks ...it's a epidemic that is indeed growing.

This book is written in a fashion that not only informs the reader but entertains us.

Jovanka's vast knowledge in horror truly flexes its meaty muscle here.

If Yale taught a class in Zombism 101...this would be the text book.
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As others have noted, this is a surprisingly scholarly and serious discussion of the whole zombie phenomenon -- from its historical roots, through its evolution in public perception through films and other media. It's a quick read -- I would have liked it if the author had delved a little more deeply into the more impactful and/or revolutionary developments in zombie lore (e.g., "NOTLD," "DOTD," "The Walking Dead," etc.), but it is still a fresh and informative contribution to the genre. I recommend it for the library of any devoted zombie-phile.
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