Dead Love: The Southern Zombie

So, I am looking for zombies in the marshes here in South Carolina where the Gullah rumors fly about boo hags and haints. The bottle trees do a pretty good job of catching the spirits, according to my friend, Martha. She says if the wind whistles over the bottles, you’ll hear a low moan—the sound of trapped spirits mourning their imprisonment.

The Gullah are the descendants of African Americans who inhabited the  low country areas of South Carolina and Georgia, many of whom came to the coastal plain and Sea Islands as slaves. They are the keepers of a dark set of secrets.

If I find a zombie, I will let you know. I am waiting for the haunts to howl.

—Erin Orison, DEAD LOVE/the Daily Slice