SDFiles #011 – Origins: Zombies Part 1

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George A Romero’s zombies introduced the zombie as we know it today

This is our first of many Origins episodes, and the first part to Origins: Zombies.  There is so much to learn about zombies that we had to split it up into multiple episodes. Check out our outline of notes below, and stay tuned for Origins: Zombies Part 2

Zombie \ˈzäm-bē\a dead person who is able to move because of magic according to some religions and in stories, movies, etc. (Merriam-Webster)

Date unknown (about 18th Century BC?)

Epic of Gilgamesh – - Ishtar threatens to unleash undead from the Netherworld to eat the living

 

Dates: unknown – present day

Haitian zombies – “Zombi” is also another name of the voodoo snake god Damballah Wedo, of Niger-Congo origin

 

1818

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein sparked the modern concept of undead: vampires and zombies, etc.

 

Late 1800s

Ambrose Bierce and Edgar Allan Poe write undead-themed novels, and although they weren’t specifically zombies, they influenced future authors’ imaginations.

 

1920-1930

H.P. Lovecraft wrote several novelettes about zombies and the undead, including his most popular zombie-related work:  Herbert West-Reanimator

  • Cool Air: (Wikipedia) A doctor keeps himself alive for 18 years after his death by machines and keeping his body cold.
  • Herbert West-Reanimator: (Wikipedia) It featured scientifically reanimated corpses, with animalistic and uncontrollable temperament. Herbert West is the inventor of a special solution, or “reagent”, that can resurrect the dead

 

1950s

Tales from the Crypt featured many stories with zombies, including adaptations of Lovecraft’s stories.

 

1954

Richard Matheson – I Am Legend. This novel later was adapted into a movie in 1964, The Last Man on Earth, and then again in 2007, I Am Legend, and a direct-to-video production in 2007, I Am Omega.

 

1968

Night of the Living Dead – George A. Romero.  Inspired greatly by I Am Legend.

 

Podcast Episode #179 – Four Horsemen

Four Horsemen of Podcasting. Well, one is a woman.

Four Horsemen of Podcasting. Well, one is a woman.

Headlines:

Zuke’s Favorite: Worst logo ever!

Schmidty’s Favorite: Thor at Amazon Customer Support

Zohner’s Favorite: Dancing Groot is on the way

Amber’s Favorite: Mini Star-Lord

 

SCaM Show – Episode #50

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SDFiles #010 – Houston UFO

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Courtesy of WKRG Alabama Channel 5 News

Tune in this week as we talk about the Houston UFO, possibly linked with sightings from the ISS.  Also, blood red rivers in China, aliens on the Moon, and Uranus.

Be sure to tune in next week for our first Origins episode featuring Zombies!

UFO

Other Strangeness

Podcast Episode #178 – Flaming Birds

"IT BURNS! YOUR CLEAN, RENEWABLE ENERGY BURNS!!"

“IT BURNS! YOUR CLEAN, RENEWABLE ENERGY BURNS!!”

Headlines:

Zuke’s Favorite:  Fish Playing Streetfighter

Schmidty’s Favorite: If Up were from Michael Bay

Zohner’s Favorite: First naked ice bucket challenge