Our Zombies, Ourselves: An Undead Reading List

As school children, department stores, and garden centers make preparations for the season ahead, our thoughts turn to cooler evenings and falling leaves. This coming season always inspires me to indulge in my love of horror characters, including those undead antagonists,zombies. To learn more about these frightful fantasies, check out this post by Longreads author Erin Blakemore.


When you think of zombies, it’s likely you envision something like the flesh-eating, immortal creatures created by George Romero, who defined a new genre of horror with Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead. Thanks to Romero, who died this week at the age of 77, the zombie movie has become more than a chance to feel scared. It’s also an essential lens through which we can view pop culture, politics, and society. In honor of the great director, here is some our favorite writing about the terror of the living dead.

1.“Why Black Heroes Make Zombie Stories More Interesting,” by Matt Thompson (NPR Code Switch, October 2013)

One of Romero’s most famous narrative coups was casting a black actor as the hero of his 1968 film, Night of the Living Dead. It was a decision that turned a run-of-the-mill horror movie into a…

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3 thoughts on “Our Zombies, Ourselves: An Undead Reading List

  1. Hi Amy, do your thoughts turn to the zombies in the fall season because of the change to darker skies and cooler weather? Is it because you have more time for TV and books on the subject than you would in summer? I fear I won’t sleep if I pursue that reading list! 😉

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    1. Hi Christy. Falling leaves and shorter days always make me think of Halloween, which in turn inspires me to think, and write about, monsters of all sorts. Some of my favorite movies involve monsters like zombies and mummies, and I like to break them out around October to share with family. There are only a few that I won’t watch alone or at night!

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      1. OK now I understand ~ Halloween is spooky so it makes sense! Thanks for explaining and for the kind notes on social media ((sending hugs to help protect you from the scary monsters))

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