Review: ZOMBIES! An Illustrated History of the Undead

If y’all are like me and are tired of the whole Vampire THIS, Zombie THAT, nonsense as of late…
Have I got some good news for you.
Award-winning Writer,Artist,Critic,Editor,Filmmaker of the upcoming short film

The Captured Bird, and all around BAD A$$,

Jovanka Vukovic,comes to the rescue with ZOMBIES!An Illustrated History of the Undead.

Vukovic is the perfect representative to be our tour guide through this awesome journey of Zombieville(I hear it’s nice there in the fall but the over barring locals can sometimes make you want to run for the hills).

This book not only gives the us an interesting history of zombies,with its origins in Haiti,but takes the reader from early literature to it inception on the silver screen in the 1930’s -to present day.

It was in the latter part of the 60’s when a young filmmaker by the name of George Romero introduced audiences to a new renaissance of zombies. A chapter is dedicated to Romero and his everlasting influence on the zombie culture. Romero is and forever will be “The Godfather of Zombies”.Hell ,you need another reason to get book..The Godfather himself,wrote the forward.In my opinion Romero’s words alone are well worth price of admission here.

Jovanka also delves into how the zombie culture has gone transmedia …not only infecting novels,comics , movies,television,gaming ,mobile devices,social networks,flash mob/zombie walks …it’s a epidemic that is indeed growing.

This book is written in a fashion that not only informs the reader but entertains us.

Jovanka’s vast knowledge in horror truly flexes its meaty muscle here.

If Yale taught a class in Zombism 101…this would be the text book.

Not just filled with fact after colorful factoid…this book is splattered with deep,rich,almost delicious photos…not only a great resource but a beautiful edition to devour.

Thank You, Jovanka!!!

You have renewed my faith not only in all things scary and ghoulish…but have shown me that

the zombies genre is far from reaching its dead (or in this case undead) end.

’til next time Cabrones!


Gary “El Boy” Deocampo provides insightful profiles & reviews with his own original tongue-in-cheek, macabre, fan-boy style.

Gary was born in the City of Angels and raised on a healthy diet of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Night Gallery, The Hammer Horror Films, and his favorite, Universal Studio’s Monster Movies.

But alas, it was a film that was released in the winter of 1973, where his love and perception of all things Horror would personally change him forever. William Friedkin’s, The Exorcist was that film. To this day The Exorcist still gives him the heebie-jeebies.

Presently, his affinity for the horror genre has broadened and spans the globe. His love and appreciation for director’s Takashi Miike (Audition) and Chan-Wook Park (Old Boy) from the Far East to Sweden’s Tomas Alfredson (Let The Right One In) to his favorite, Mexico’s very own Guillermo del Toro (Cronos, Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth).

In his spare time he likes to exercise and/or exorcise his inner demons. The little devil still resides in the City of Angels, in a suburb founded by Puritans (!) with his lovely and patient wife, his two equally lovely and patient children, two hounds and his pet Cthulhu.

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