Real Zombies, the Living Dead, and Creatures of the Apocalypse

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Visible Ink Press, May 1, 2010 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 336 pages
Featuring 30 chilling stories of reallife zombie encounters, this comprehensive and unsettling study draws upon traditions found throughout the world to dispel common depictions of zombies as lurching, flesheating automatons made popular by countless movies and books. This fascinating collection includes the stories of the Devil Baby of Bourbon Street, a monstrous creature complete with horns and tail that still lurks in the shadows of the Big Easy; Black Mama Courteaux and the great zombie war, involving hundreds of zombie soldiers battling for the supremacy of their queen; and the swamp child of Mama Cree, who still roams the bayous of Louisiana. In addition to the stories, a variety of zombierelated facts are explored, including ceremonies and initiations, zombies throughout history, sacred zombie and voodoorelated sites, and zombies and monsters of the Bible.
 

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Contents

The Zombies Are Coming
1
Zombies vs Vampires
13
Mummies and Zombies
27
Out of Africa
41
How to Make a Zombie
51
Witchcraft and Voodoo
63
Voodoo Deaths
73
Damballah Wedo and the African Pantheon
83
The Sin Eaters
167
Wendigos Crave Human Flesh
175
Recipes to Feed Hungry Ghosts
187
Eating Human Flesh as a Religious Experience
197
Hitlers Quest to Zombify the World
205
CIA Experiments to Create a Zombie Nation
219
Golems and Tulpas Psychic Zombies
233
Zombies and Voodoo Magic around the World
241

King and Queen of the Zombies
91
Marie La Veau Voodoo Queen Eternal
103
Black Cat Mama Couteaux and the Great Zombie War
109
Curses Spells and Hexes
117
The Devil Baby of Bourbon Street
133
Voodoo Children
139
Little Violette the Zombie Child
157
Zombies and Monsters of the Apocalypse
263
Azazel and the Watchers Slavemasters of Earth
275
Does the Rise of the Zombies Herald Armagedon?
285
The Voodoo Queens and Kings of New Orleans
297
Bibliography
305
Index
307
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Brad Steiger was born Eugene E. Olson in Fort Dodge, Iowa on February 19, 1936. He graduated from Iowa's Luther College in 1957 and the University of Iowa in 1963. He taught high school English before teaching literature and creative writing at his former college from 1963 to 1967. His first book, Ghosts, Ghouls and Other Peculiar People, was published in 1965. He became a full-time writer in 1967. He wrote or cowrote over 150 books including The Johnny Cash Story, The Country Music Scrapbook, The Hypnotist, The Chindi, Alien Rapture: The Chosen, Atlantis Rising, and Four-Legged Miracles: Heartwarming Tales of Lost Dogs' Journeys Home written with Sherry Hansen Steiger. He wrote biographies on Greta Garbo, Judy Garland, and Rudolph Valentino. Valentino served as the basis for the 1977 motion picture Valentino and Unknown Powers was adapted into a documentary, which won the Film Advisory Board's Award of Excellence for 1979. He received several awards including The Genie for Metaphysical Writer of the Year in 1974 and the Dani for Services to Humanity in Philadelphia in 1977. He was inducted into the Hypnosis Hall of Fame in 1987 and won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the National UFO and Unexplained Phenomena Conference in Minneapolis in 1996. He died on May 6, 2018 at the age of 82.

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