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 HistoryTo 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 DécorOk, 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:
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:
Find out how to make these brainy treats in this photo-tutorial.
Zombie FashionFor 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 MusicI’d say their gigs would be good craic.
For Little ZombiesTo keep the wee monsters amused while mammy’s out hunting for fresh flesh.