Book Review: Zombies

BookReviewLogoIt may be a little too late for the Halloween season but if you’ve got a horror fan on your holiday gift list, Roger Luckhurst’s Zombies: A Cultural History (Reaktion Books, 2015) would make a perfect present! (Although you might want to ditch the atrocious dust jacket first.)

25102561Luckhurst starts with the zombi as an element of Caribbean — more particularly, Haitian — folklore before the twentieth century, touching on the activities of American anthropologists including Zora Neale Hurston, and ends with a brief discussion of the current popularity of the zombie in productions like The Walking Dead and the Resident Evil film and game franchise. In between, Luckhurst discusses the rise of the zombie in the pulps of the ‘20s and ‘30s and the lasting influence of George Romero’s shoestring production The Night of the Living Dead. The text is liberally illustrated and Luckhurst’s notes should provide any interested reader with plenty of additional reading. Continue reading “Book Review: Zombies”