This is no sudden crush, no quick fling with the undead. It’s an infatuation that began back in 1962 when Bela Lugosi starred as a Haitian Vodou master who is enlisted to zombify a beautiful young woman. In 1968 George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, achieved cult status and spawned a new generation of zombie flicks that fed the flame and a steady rise in popularity that is just beginning to hit mainstream. A new rash of zombie-related books, movies and video games are the most recent outbreak in a quickly spreading fascination that is nowhere near peak. The zombie obsession is no anomaly. Zombies are merely the latest and, possibly, least exploited expression of a horror craze that has long captivated national and international audiences and is rapidly lengthening its reach.