What’s in a Zombi...

“On her tray was a single tall blue drink. I peered through the crowd in the direction that she’d pointed a skeletal thumb and saw the guy she was talking about looking back over his shoulder at me with a big grin on his face. One of his front teeth was missing, a little black door...

White Zombie: The Movie

Ah, Béla, Béla from Lugos—the Hungarian actor from a little town outside the western border of Transylvania, who made a big splash in Hollywood as Count Dracula in the 1931 movie, starred as Murder Legendre, the Haitian voodoo master in control of a crew of zombies, in White Zombie the...

4. Pachinko Palace (3)

It was a dance, a tango over ice in a midnight-blue sea. In this, as in many things, Ryu was an artist, his satisfaction apparent in the performance of the act. Ryu used various methods to take his partners to the very brink of annihilation and drown them in sweltering salvation. “Ryu,...

Looking at Lovecraft

“Sometimes I believe that this less material life is our truer life, and that our vain presence on the terraqueous globe is itself the secondary or merely virtual phenomenon.” —H.P. Lovecraft, “Beyond The Wall of Sleep” Maybe it was the “night gaunts”...

Real Live Zombies

This zombie story is real: the hunt for a zombie “formula” that takes a young ethnobotanist to Haiti. This is the very formula that  Clément was after and the reason he, too, went to Haiti. The young ethnobotanist, who was fascinated by psychoactive drugs, advanced the...