Undead Obsessed: Finding Meaning in Zombies
By: Jessica Robinson
Genre: Nonfiction, pop culture
Date of Publication: October 31, 2014
ISBN-10: 1620155923; ISBN-13: 978-1620155929
Number of pages: 202
Cover Artist: Greg Simanson
Zombies. I can take them or leave them. But I know people who was OBSESSED with them. Do not get between them and the latest episode of The Walking Dead.
So what’s the deal with all the zombies?
Jessica Robinson explores just this question in Undead Obsessed: Finding Meaning in Zombies. Setting her apart from the zombie horde, the author focuses on the zombie/science nexus.
This non-fiction book starts with a zombie overview, looking at both today’s definition and zombies through various cultures and historical periods. (I learned a lot of fun facts in this chapter). But the author really gets going on the scientific questions. How is the zombie pathogen transmitted? Where can you get fresh water after a zombie apocalypse? How might zombies be used in biological warfare?
This exceedingly well-researched and thorough exploration of zombiedom is an original take on the genre. The feel is a bit academic. It’s not exactly a light read. Instead, it’s for the seriously undead obsessed. If you’re among them, then this might be one for your bookshelf.
Jessica Robinson’s obsession with zombie films started when she was in junior high. Horror films are a great lens to examine concerns society has about modern science. Let’s face it, when it comes to horror movies, science has a bad reputation. Blind ambition, experimental serums, and genetic experiments are often blamed for the giant monster terrorizing the city or the reason aliens are taking human prisoners or the cause of the dead rising from the grave to consume living flesh.
Using film, literature, and interviews with experts, Robinson examines how zombies portray real-world fears such as epidemics, mind control, what may or may not exist in space, the repercussions of playing God, and the science behind the fears. Robinson’s goal is to explore how zombies become a metaphor for our fears of science and what could happen if science gets out of hand.
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About the Author:
Jessica Robinson is an editor by day and a zombie-killer by night (at least in her books). Since the first time she watched Night of the Living Dead, she has been obsessed with zombies and often thinks of ways to survive the uprising. In addition to her nonfiction book, under the pen name Pembroke Sinclair, she has written YA novels about zombies and the tough teens who survive the apocalyptic world. She has also written nonfiction stories for Serial Killer Magazine and published a book about slasher films called Life Lessons from Slasher Films.
You can learn more about Jessica by visiting her at http://pembrokesinclair.blogspot.com/