We all know the zombie apocalypse is inevitable. But what is life like during and after the the walking dead rule the earth? One academic thinks he has the answer. Baylor University English professor Greg Garrett explores the reality of a zombie-filled life, how to be a leader and good teammate, and the bonds of society in his new tome Living With The Living Dead: The Wisdom Of The Zombie Apocalypse.
When humankind faces what it perceives as a threat to its very existence, a macabre thing happens in art, literature, and culture: corpses begin to stand up and walk around. The dead walked in the fourteenth century, when the Black Death and other catastrophes roiled Europe. They walked in images from World War I, when a generation died horribly in the trenches. They walked in art inspired by the Holocaust and by the atomic attacks on Japan. Now, in the early twenty-first century, the dead walk in stories of the zombie apocalypse, some of the most ubiquitous narratives of post-9/11 Western culture. Zombies appear in popular movies and television shows, comics and graphic novels, fiction, games, art, and in material culture including pinball machines, zombie runs, and lottery tickets.