This is very interesting and since it looks like the virus has already run one course maybe we are just being told we have the flu. I wonder if the zombie virus has to inflect us multiple times before it is strong enough to take over? How many cases of the flu have I had over the last 5 years? Now I am worried. Thanks for the heads up. Stay alive.
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I think the idea of a zombie apocalypse is most terrifying and can make a great story if people do the research on the subject and stay real with it. People who go see zombie movies expect them to be violent with lots of killing and close calls that’s what makes it on the edge and exciting. let the zombies take center stage and do what they do.
Cool information and well written. I love zombieresearch 😉
Very informative, a necessary resource in the ongoing war against the undead.
Hey, thanks for the comment on my blog! I’ve actually come across your blog before and absolutely love it!
Is there any hope for Zombies? I mean, afterall, they’re people, too. Can they be cured? Are we even trying to look for a cure? There might be some serious bioethics issues here if we’re not even considering investing in medical research on their behalf. What is the Zombie Research Society’s position on this?
Extremely interesting blog, a necessary tool should be ever have a zombie outbreak. Added to my blog roll in order to spread the word.
I always thought the idea of the zombie came from the bible. Some verse in revelations that states the dead shall rise again…and the whole judgment thing…yada yada yada.
Zombies are (sort-of) mentioned in the bible, but not central players. But I wouldn’t say that it’s the start of a Zombie literary tradition. Will do a post on this, though. Very interesting. Good point, Janine!!!
World War Z is actually a dramatization of an outbreak that occurred in Chaumont in 1925. (France as a location of activity was curiously omitted from both the book and the movie.) The French, were ill-equipped to counter the threat at the time have suffered devastating losses after WWI. Oddly enough, from second hand accounts it appears that an intact German Division from Stuttgart aided in the suppression and disposal of the outbreak.
From the samples retained it became apparent Zombie-ism is a viral condition. The best analogy I have heard is to compare their life cycle to that of some arthropods. Egg nymph and adult. The role of the adult in most (zombies as well) is to reproduce. In the case of zombies, the virus is transferred through a fluid exchange during a bite. The developmental stages then occur over a compressed period of time, usually 4 to 5 hours. Flu ( also a virus) like symptoms, give rise to elevated body temperature, then a form of dormancy,in which all body functions other than motor responses ceases. The re-animated corpses then attempt to propagate the virus by finding other hosts. Their behaviour over time has been mistakenly thought as an attempt to secure nourishment. They are incapable of metabolizing nourishment. This makes the zombie an energy sink. Each zombie has a finite life,(that may extend into years) depending on the energy reserves available at its inception. Just like mad cow disease, they can be frozen and revived. Viruses as incredibly resilient and resistant, but they do have limited duration and depend on vector to propagate.
Wow that’s good lot’s of people are asking where did the idea of a zombie come from did someone just make it up like vampire crap. ur right book of revelation
Do Zombies arise from literature? On a storytelling dare one rainy weekend in early 19th century Switzerland, Mary Shelley created Frankenstein and another one of her buddies in the group, Lord Byron’s physician, wrote the first Vampire story (the story that inspired Bram Stoker years later). Who made up Zombies?
Great question, Gwynedd. I’m going to be doing a post on this in the near future, but the short answer is, no. The modern Zombie does not come out of any notable literary tradition.
Thanks for the kind words re: my Re-Animator review at Blog Lagoon. Here’s a collection of some more zombie reviews:
Keep up the nice work! I’m a fan.
-The Gill Man
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Love the new look! keep it coming
Thanks- it’s more in keeping with the new Zombie Research Society website:
Loving the new design!
Proud new member of the Zombie Research Society. I’m really excited to be part of the team!
Hey – sure thing! Useful resource you’ve got here. Keep it up!
Really interesting and original zombie blog! Added to my blogroll, look forward to reading further research. Any help for when the inevitable outbreak happens is a good thing!
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