Tag: Characteristics of the Zombie


Zombies and “Fullness”


I always get it when I am sitting with dear friends enjoying good food and conversation. I sometimes get it while walking alone in the woods on a clear fall day. Some people get it when they are listening to music or viewing a painting. It can be evoked in the...

Not Evil, Just Hungry


The zombies are leaderless, but they are also, more or less, motiveless. Frankenstien’s monster sought inclusion in community, Count Dracula was driven by conquest, but the zombie’s motivation is far baser. Alsford says that villains are motivated by “the desire to dominate, to subsume the other within the individual self...

I’m Out of Ammo!


An individual zombie is almost no threat to any healthy adult. It can be easily outrun or dispatched by a decent blow to the head. What makes zombies a threat is that there are so many of them and their bite results in the absorption of their victims into the...

A Brief History of the Zombie


Before it was our monster, the zombie was an African and a Caribbean monster. As it moved from place to place it changes because the identity it challenged was a different identity. (Read "A New Kind of Monster"). The zombie has two basic characteristics: it is a reanimated corpse of one...