Tag: the modern secular self


Zombie Isolation: From the World


Zombies have very little connection to the world they inhabit. Human beings engage the world through our senses, but, except for the sense of smell, zombies have inferior sensory engagement with their surroundings.  Although it is likely that one of the recently "turned" will have visual acuity similar to that...

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...

Something Wicked This Way Shambles?


Zombies function in many ways like a traditional monster, in that they represent the opposite of how we like to think of ourselves. In other words, they transgress boundaries and challenge the identity of the modern self. Their otherness is tailor-made to terrorizes the residents of a world that is...

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...

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...

The Modern Identity and the Monster


The horror story in general, turns fear, “whether personal or social, into a specific type of monster; and seeks to contain and destroy it” (Worland 17). The zombie is the most popular monster in our modern horror stories.  So the walking dead must be a product of some collective anxiety...