Tag: Monsters


The Diagnosis


If we are going to set about finding a cure for the zombie infestation, we need to understand why they are here in the first place. Zombies, like any other monster, attacks an identity that is unsure of itself.  The popularity of the zombie suggests that it is our collective identity...

The Zombie Fighter: A New Kind of Hero


I love superhero movies.  Last weekend I went to see the new Captain America movie and loved every minute of it.  I can't wait for the next Spiderman either.  I like the heroes of literature too--Beowulf, Van Helsing and Aragorn.  I think it's an essential character trait of every hero that he...

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...

Why Zombies are Disgusting


Zombies are disgusting--open wounds, fluids running out of their orifices, and what’s that stuck in his teeth, a piece of Barbara? Acording to the theorists, identity--that which is me--is understood in relationship to the Other--that which is not me. The boundaries between the two are important in understanding the self....

Testing the Boundaries


Zombies are thouroughly physical, completely physical monsters; there is nothing in them that is spiritual, supernatureal or even superhuman. The zombie reflects reality as it is understood by modern man: one bereft of transcendence. Ideally suited to shamble through a purely physical world, the zombies terrorize the residents of this world--that's...

Zombies Ain’t Got No Soul


In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many in the west were coming to terms with the death of God, as declared by Nietzsche, by transferring their faith to a new master and savior: technology and science. But with the events of the Second World War, most particularly the Holocaust and...

Zombie Apocalypse


The word apocalypse is often equated with downed power lines, collapsed buildings and the looting of electronics stores (which doesn't make much sense given the downed power lines). Add a huge herd of zombies to the mayhem and you have the zombie apocalypse. "Apocalypse" (Ἀποκάλυψις) is a Greek word meaning...

Zombies—A New Kind of Monster


The idea of the dead walking among the living has been around for a long time. In Inferno, Dante meets Fra Albergio who tells him of traitors like himself who are dead before their bodies die. Dante is horrified; he has seen one of these men the friar describes, one...