Month: January 2013


“Mommy, where do zombies come from?”


Previous Zombie Posts: A New Kind of Monster A Brief History Ain't Got No Soul Zombies are our monsters; they scare us.  We are modern and we are secular, so our monsters will be just the sort of creature that would be scary to a modern, secular audience.    Because they...

Zombies Ain’t Got No Soul


Previous Zombie Posts: A New Kind of Monster A Brief History 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).  As a very popular figure in modern narratives, the zombie is the embodiment...

A Brief History of the Zombie


Previous Zombie posts: A New Kind of Monster   Before it became the monster against which the modern secular self was constituted, it was  a monster against which African and Carribean selves were clarrified. It has undergone a few small but significant changes in its short history. The zombie has two basic...

Zombies: A Whole New Kind of Monster


"Apocalypse" (Ἀποκάλυψις) is a Greek word meaning "revelation."  In popular culture we often equate the word apocalypse with zombies.  "The zombie apocalypse" actually means "that which zombies reveal."  Zombies reveal some very interesting things about us, our society, and how we understand ourselves and our society. This has always been the...

Enlightenment Dualism


"No religion should ever be involved with anything other than its own place of worship, where worshippers can believe and practise anything they deem fit, far away from enlightened, logical, reasonable people."** Where did this idea come from? Both Bacon and Descartes trusted in reason to be the arbiter of...