Faith and the Zombie

Critical Essays on the End of the World and Beyond

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About the Book

Themes of faith and religion have been threaded through popular representations of the zombie so often that they now seem inextricably linked. Whether as mindless servants to a Vodou Bokor or as evidence of the impending apocalypse, the ravenous undead have long captured something of society’s relationships with spirituality, religion and belief. By the start of the 21st century, religious beliefs are as varied as the many manifestations of the zombie itself, and both themes intersect with various ideological, environmental and even post-human concerns.
This book surveys the various modern religious associations in zombie media. Some characters believe that the undead are part of God’s plan, others theorize that the environment might be saving itself or that zombies might be predicting life and hybridity beyond human existence. Timely and important, this work is a meditation on how faith might not just be a forerunner to the apocalypse, but the catalyst to new kinds of life beyond it.

About the Author(s)

Simon Bacon is an independent scholar based in Poznan, Poland. He has authored and edited many volumes on vampires, monstrosity, science fiction and media studies.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Simon Bacon. Series Editor Kyle William Bishop
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8053-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4764-7
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Contributions to Zombie Studies