Friday, May 13, 2011

Zombie Love (Again)

I just heard on the auld virtual grapevine that May is National Zombie Cultural Appreciation Month. Why am I only finding this out now?!* Anyway, I realise the ‘national’ part refers specifically to the US but, the way I see it, undead pandemics tend to be a worldwide phenomenon so I don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t be appreciated globally too. Plus, it’s a great excuse to indulge in a little zombie love.

I was going to make a list of my top five favourite zombie films to mark the occasion, but then I realised it’d just be a list of Romero flicks working in chronological order from Night of the Living Dead downwards (or should that be forwards?).  Since that’d be rather dull, I’ve instead decided to celebrate some of the other aspects of undead ‘culture’ out there in Geekland.  So, without further ado, here are just some of my favourite titbits. Enjoy!  

*Ok, so I actually found out two days ago - when I wrote this post. Argh! Cheers again Blogger for deleting it, comments and all. Ah well, at least I had it saved in drafts :)  

Zombie History
To understand any culture, as they say, you should look to where it came from. And according to the owner of this vintage map, “while no one can precisely pinpoint the first resurrections of the living undead, historians and scholars agree that Pittsburgh was the birthplace of the modern undead phenomenon.”  He goes on to explain that the grandson of the cartographer, one Mr Romero, later went on to make educational documentaries on various undead uprisings. Very excellent indeed.

Zombie Art and Décor
Ok, so there’s tons of this stuff out there to suit all tastes. These are just a couple of my choices for a chic and pretty plot:

Zombie Literature
Not literature about zombies, literature by zombies! Well magnetic fridge poetry anyway, with this set specifically tailored for the undead vocabulary from ThinkGeek. And for those lacking in the imagination department (which zombies are wont to do) they also have a great wee guide to haiku for the verbally challenged:

Zombie Food
Find out how to make these brainy treats in this photo-tutorial.

Zombie Fashion
For any style-conscious undead gals out there looking for something for that summer wedding:

And to scrub up before hand, how about this bubble bath which “soothes and freshens dead and decaying flesh”: 

Zombie Music
I’d say their gigs would be good craic.

For Little Zombies
To keep the wee monsters amused while mammy’s out hunting for fresh flesh.

And Finally…
For those of you who aren’t as excited about a possible apocalypse as some of us, there’s plenty of protective products out there to calm your nerves. Like this lovely soap:


JJ Beazley said...

Good. I was intrigued by the zombie post. I have several posts missing since it came back up again, and I've noticed there are coments missing on other people's blogs. Google admitted it was human error that caused the problem. Somehow, I find that comforting. Thought about you today when a woman from your way made a request on Classic FM. Great accent.

JJ Beazley said...

This comment was left on the 'Where did my post go?' post, and it's turned up here.

I think Romero might have taken a controlling interest in Google.

Róisín said...

Ah JJ, don't chat. My head's away with it tonight, as my ma would say. The draft I had saved was a bit messy so I was copying and pasting it all into a new post, or at least what I thought was a new post ('twas the this one, obviously enough). At least I think that's what happened, no idea how I managed it...

Heathen said...

Very strange goings on...there are comments missing from some of my posts as well.

These are great finds Roisin! Who doesn't love a good zombie apocalypse?

Astrid Maclean said...

I think you are qualified to be the zombie queen this month for sure and I think Blogger is doing a zombie dance with who knows who at the mo, it seems to hit all of us...

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

You just made my 14 year old son laugh with this post, friend! Sooo fun! Blessings.

Jeanne said...

I am beginning to think that you and I are cut from the same cloth - our thought processes are all too similar! :0)
Love this post! And all the awesome cool tidbits you have shared with us! :0)

Lynn said...

What a fun post, Roisin.
Zombie Haiku. I love it!

Gypsea Tree {Steam Spectre} said...

This is hilarious! One of my favorite "date nights" with my fellow involves ordering in for dinner, consuming a fair amount of alcohol, and zombie hunting via the Xbox.
I also will often contemplate the layout of my apartment and how I would best prepare it for the -ahem- "impending" zombie apocalypse. Unfortunately the new place is filled with skylights, so I don't think I will last very long.(well you know- as a human)
I love how you finished the post off with such pretty soap...

Gypsea Tree {Steam Spectre} said...

True zombie-style I think that google just ate my comment. ;-(

TheBlakkDuchess said...

OMG... How did I not know it was Zombie month??? @_@
Oh yes... because I live under a rock... ahem...
This is by far one of my favorite posts! I love zombies as much as I plan for the inevitable zombie induced apocalypse... XD
Happy National Zombie Cultural Appreciation Month!!!


Della said...

I love the dress.. and the Beatles record..and the intriguing map. Lots of inspiration here for a spooky post some time in future. For now it's been just too sunny here and I haven't been able to make my rounds. Hope you are well, Roisin.

Danni said...

Hello missus! I've been quite a bad visitor (I feel like we both say this quite a bit, lol!) and this whole blogger outage and losing comments thing really threw me for a loop. But, I loved all the zombie goodness and must live under the same rock as Annalee, I had no idea it was zombie month either!

I've left you an award on my blog, should you want to play along:


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