Zombies & Philosophy

Eating Your Brain: 21st-Century Zombies

Rebecca Housel on terrorism, evil and Hannah Arendt.

George A. Romero’s The Night of the Living Dead (1968) is often perceived as the first zombie film, but zombies have existed in the American consciousness since as early as 1929, when journalist William Seabrook (1884-1945) published The Magical Island. Seabrooke is credited with introducing the word ‘zombi’ into the American vernacular. A few years later, Bela Lugosi (1882-1956), who first appeared on screen as Dracula in 1931, starred in the 1932 film, White Zombie. But it was the 1954 novel by author Richard Matheson (b.

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