ZOMBIES! From The Walking Dead to World War Z to Plants vs. Zombies, they have become a multimedia pop culture sensation. But this isn't the first zombie boom--in the 1920s and 30s, stories of voodoo zombie masters, mad scientists animating corpses, and evil sorcerers raising undead armies first began to appear in books, in movies, and in the pages of the pulp magazines. This volume collects twenty creepy tales from pulps like Weird Tales, Dime Mystery, and Terror Tales by writers like H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, August Derleth, Manly Wade Wellman, Henry Kuttner, and E. Hoffmann Price. From genuine horror classics like "Herbert West--Reanimator" and "Pigeons from Hell" to rare and hard-to-find tales from the notorious shudder pulps, this anthology edited with an introduction by Jeffrey Shanks is one that no zombie fan should miss!
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Jeffrey Shanks is an archaeologist, historian, and scholar of early 20th century popular culture and speculative fiction. In particular, he specializes in the history and literature of the pulp magazines and early comic books. He has published a number of popular and scholarly articles on pulp writers like Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Comic Book Collectors Association and is the co-chair of Pulp Studies for the Popular Culture Association. Most recently he has written or co-written chapters for several academic volumes including Critical Insights: Pulp Fiction of the 20s and 30s and Undead in the West II: They Just Keep Coming. His chapter “Hyborian Age Archaeology” in the book Conan Meets the Academy: Multidisciplinary Essays on the Enduring Barbarian won the 2013 Robert E. Howard Foundation Award for Best Article. Jeffrey is currently co-editing the critical essay collection Weird Tales: The Unique Magazine and the Evolution of Modern American Horror and Fantasy.
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