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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601630220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601630223
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,234,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bob Curran is a broadcaster, writer, teacher, and researcher who has written a number of books including Vampires, Encyclopedia of the Undead, Walking with the Green Man, Celtic Lore & Legend, and Lost Lands, Forgotten Realms, all published by New Page Books. Curran was born in a remote area of Northern Ireland and has held a number of jobs--grave-digger, journalist, musician, and hospital porter among them. He travelled in many parts of the world, exploring the cultures and traditions of other peoples before returning to Northern Ireland to take several University degrees. He currently lives in Northern Ireland with his wife and young family.

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Bob Curran is a broadcaster, writer, teacher, and researcher he has written a number of books including Vampires, Encyclopedia of the Undead, Walking with the Green Man, Celtic Lore and Legend, and Lost Lands, Forgotten Realms, all published by New Page Books. Bob was born in a remote area of Northern Ireland and has held a number of jobs--grave-digger, journalist, musician, and hospital porter among them. He travelled in many parts of the world, exploring the cultures and traditions of other peoples before returning to Northern Ireland to take several University degrees. He currently lives in Northern Ireland with his wife and young family.

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Mostly boring information that is either well known or of minor interest.
R. Pearce
If you are at all interested in the supernatural and the afterlife/living dead, this is a book you should have on your reference shelf.
Patrick S. Dorazio
Still, the book presented information that I did not have previous knowledge of but didn't really need it.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JE Farrow on September 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
[This review is part of my 31 Days of Halloween series.]

BBRRRRRRRRR...this is a spooky book--and a great source of supernatural history. The book jacket suggests lurid tales of the grave--and the contents deliver. The sensationalist "feel" of ZOMBIES is reflected in the graphics of Ian Daniels, and is maintained even in the fonts, chapter headings, and page numbering.

What a Great Pumpkin stuffer!

Author Bob Curran is a very gifted writer & researcher who has the rare talent to convey in popular style a treasure trove of historic material dating back to pre-history. This work documents the history & evolution of the Zombie. The universality of this myth may come as a surprise to readers.

ZOMBIES also features Ian Daniels' sci-fi/neo-gothic/Lovecraftian fantasy illustrations. Some are highly sexually charged. My personal favorites are Frankenstein, Constance Whitney, (body snatchers & murderers) Burke & Hare, Baron Samedi (who I actualy met once during Mardi Gras) & Zuvembie.

People interested in the paranormal will LOVE this book. People who love history will be impressed with this book--and people who love scary stories will really love this book.

ZOMBIES is FUN!

Here's a little taste:

· Did the Passion of Isis serve as a source for the Frankenstein story?

· Everyone knows that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead--but what became of Lazarus afterwards?

· The Holy Grail is a pagan symbol of resurrection that predated Christianity. Did it hold the Elixir of Life? How did it become Christianized?

· In the late 1800's a wealthy woman named Constance Whitney rose from the dead. What did her contemporaries write on her tombstone?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Graves VINE VOICE on August 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm usually a big fan of Bob Curran, in many of his books he has shown a happy talent for telling a spooky story exploring the truth behind them but still leaving that sense of creep that makes them fun in the telling. Unfortunately it has abandoned him here.

Although starting out by mentioning zombies in the current mythos of shambling animated cadavers, Curran spends nearly the first third of the book talking about not the horror or fear of the dead rising and walking as much as religious tales of the dead coming back to life which is a rather different matter entirely. Yes it involves people put in a tomb and then leaving it but returned to full life by the glory of god is not the same thing.

As Curran moves down the time line he gets into Scandinavian myths about wilder men coming back from the grave as evil beings but misses some very interesting points about burial customer designed to keep such people in the grave. If he missed then it doesn't say much for his research. After that come early Christian stories where he tells them without comment or exposition making them suddenly stand out from his earlier parts of the book.

There are also `facts' put forward that make little sense. For example on page98 he says that in 1662 the Massachusetts Assembly passed a bill against practicing magic "following the alleged outbreak at Salem." All well and good but since the assembly was acting more than 30 years before the Salem witchcraft trials clearly something there is not right. Once you catch out one serious and easily checked factual error you find yourself starting to question the other facts put forward.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Skip on January 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
The book was not what I expected and is dull. It seems to be a paper for a graduate college class that was put in print. Information is repeated and the spelling and poor English usage reflected no or poor proof reading or non existent editing. Still, the book presented information that I did not have previous knowledge of but didn't really need it. I found the book dissatisfying and suggest Max Brook's books to anyone that is wanting a good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Mason on December 29, 2011
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First off, I'm a huge fan of everything zombie. My first zombie film was Romero's Night of the Living Dead. I read many reviews on this book and purchased it. It's has GREAT zombie HISTORY and research information. This is by NO means a FIELD guide. A field guide is used to find pertinent information for immediate use. Survival field guides, medical field guides, etc. The title didn't ruin it for me, the area that it covers is broad. It's a great read, but most chapters are very brief. They could've made it a bit bigger and put more info in in the sections that are quite short. Just because a book is smaller doesn't make it a field guide. Good purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Urquia on September 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is supposed to cover zombies in general and that is fine, but the art itself does not make merit to the topic mentioned, some of it looks ridiculous and there is also a female version from Frankenstein which is supposed to look nice but does not make sense when the book it narrating about the male one.

Also they cover information about Jesus and at that point it felt awkward, I'm not Cristian nor anything and I'm not sensible to these kind of things, but I'm reading a book about zombies and there is a mention on Jesus being resurrected and all... I know some people can go ballistic over such topic in the book.
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