Hello, friends. You may not know that there could be such a thing as a “world-renowned zombie expert,” but that is just what I am.
- Intro to Zombies
- The Living as Minority
- Zombies as Cannibals
- Zombies and Consumerism
- She’s Not Your Mother Anymore
- Zombies and Modern Fears
- Zombies and Religion
(Below is the full text of my Sun essay. Above is the cool layout they used for it in the print version of the paper.)
Why Zombies Just Won’t Die
The zombie is what society fears.
Brad Pitt’s World War Z, which opens this week as the most expensive zombie movie ever made, may feature a type of undead menace that’s brand-new to the genre — socially cooperative revenants, able to make bridges to scale over high walls or to herd humans together for easier hunting — but the new film is just the latest example of the zombie as a cinematic reflection of underlying fears in a society, as it has been during every era since its inception in 1932.
Take that first zombie movie, “White Zombie” starring Bela Lugosi …
Listen to my fun interview on talk radio WMAL in Washington, DC!
They pronounce my name wrong and say I’m writing a book I’m not writing (there already is a Complete Idiot’s Guide to Zombies), but it doesn’t matter—fun was had by all. If I sound a little groggy, that’s because the interview took place at 4:05 a.m. Vegas time. Oy.) Click on the WMAL logo to listen!
There is also a YouTube video of my face for 10 minutes whilst we talk in the background. Who wouldn’t want to watch that?
Zombies from A to Z
There are slow zombies, and there are fast zombies. But moviegoers may never have seen the likes of the latest breed of the undead, coming at you in “World War Z” on Friday: the swarming zombie.
In the Brad Pitt-produced adaptation of Max Brooks’ best selling novel …
Zombie Walks are a recent street culture phenomenon. Karina Wilson explores their gruesome appeal.
Blame it on the Zeitgeist. Sean Hoade is an Instructor of English at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where he teaches a class entitled Zombies! The Living Dead in Literature, Film and Culture. He thinks “American” and “Zombie” make a good match.
“Zombies are creatures without a past,” he says. …
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Alabama zombie expert Sean Hoade fleshes out truths of the undead
Tuscaloosa resident and author Sean Hoade is an internationally renowned zombie expert. No, seriously. Folks in Canada, Germany and Brazil have all knocked on the doorstep of his temple of undead knowledge, he says.
In summer 2007, Hoade began teaching his class “Zombies! The Living Dead in Literature, Film and Culture” at the University of Alabama …
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Top 10 Brain-Eating Zombie Movies
So what makes a great zombie movie?
We sought out the opinion of international zombie expert and University of Alabama instructor Sean Hoade, who says that, first, a great zombie movie must have a tangible moral center.
“In Dawn of the Dead, as in most superior zombie flicks, this center lies with the human characters …”
Zombies are among us … and that’s OK!
According to Sean Hoade, a University of Alabama English instructor who’s taught a popular interim course titled Zombies! The Living Dead in Literature, Film and Culture, if zombies seem to be everywhere nowadays, well, that’s kind of the point.
They’re the villain that multiplies like a virus, an undead, cannibalizing monster swarming by numbers, relentlessness and self-replication, not reliant on intellect, strength, charm or skill.
Zombies may be, after the Titanic, the world’s biggest metaphor. …
Much like David Hasselhoff, I am HUGE in Europe. Germany, to be exact.
“The Zombie Is The New Vampire”
The European wrote about zombies and me. The original German is after the jump, but first, here’s a handy and extremely amusing translation! Thanks, Google!
“The zombie is the new vampire”
The undead have a sensational rise behind and are now the archetypal monsters of our time. Sean Hoade, an expert on the zombie in the literature at the University of Alabama, explains why. …
More German fawning! Only this time, no translation! You’re welcome!