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Zombies: A Field Guide to the Walking Dead Paperback – September 1, 2008
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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?Read more ›
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.Read more ›
This book was mainly just a lot of research about zombie legends from around the world and the history of grave robbing and famous zombie figures throughout history and famous grave robbers. The book did touch on modern zombie films and zombie comics as well. And the author does get another star in my book for doing such excellent research on the topic.
However I wasn't looking for research, I was looking for something more along the lines of Max Brook's famous survival guide but with a different spin. If that's what you're looking for, you may want to look elsewhere. If the title had been different like, "The History of Zombies," or "Zombies Throughout History." That would be a more accurate title.
I'm sure some people will love this book, but it just wasn't for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I appreciate books written by Bob Curran!! I like his way that he talks about these monsters. He also adds great zombie stories and illustrations as well.Published on May 25, 2014 by Danny R. Steglich
this is an excellent book for zombie fans and mythology students. it is a field guide to reanimated corpses for investigators like my self. excellent art work. Read morePublished on May 5, 2012 by psycho headhunter
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... Read morePublished on September 20, 2010 by J. Urquia
If you want to find out about Zombies and the walking dead then this is a good book to check out. very informative.Published on May 9, 2010 by Rick G. Sibole
Way more than you ever wanted to know about zombies from the point of view of a cultural anthropologist and folklore specialist. Read morePublished on April 10, 2010 by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed reading the book although it's a bit different from what I initially thought it was. I did still enjoy the informative nature and do recommend it.Published on December 11, 2009 by Chipy1kanoby
This is not at all a bad book - it's generally a quick, good read. I think that the illustrations detract, but that is just me. Read morePublished on December 8, 2009 by Ina Deaver
I purchased this book to help prepare myself for the impending Zombie apocalypse that any reasonable person knows is coming. Read morePublished on January 12, 2009 by ConsumerAdvocate (dakotad555) at (gmail) dot (com)