Real Zombies - Reviewed By Nick Redfern
Come To Fate Magazine
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Fascinating
May 13, 2010
This review is from: Real Zombies,
the Living Dead, and Creatures of the Apocalypse (Paperback)
The zombie has captivated the American
imagination, but where is the basis in reality? "Real Zombies: The
Living Dead, and Creatures of the Apocalypse" journeys through history
into accounts of real zombies. Witchcraft, voodoo, necromancy have all been
practiced in someway around the world, and Brad Steiger argues that there
may be more to it than many think. From relation to vampires and mummies,
to the zombie army of Hitler, many out there theories and ideas are presented,
making "Real Zombies" a truly fascinating read.
Real Zombies, the Living Dead, and
Creatures of the Apocalypse
By Brad Steiger
Reviewed by Brent Raynes
Real Zombies, really?? When we think of zombies we generally
think in terms of Hollywood horror films of complete and unadulterated fictional
content, not at all in terms of anything remotely resembling reality itself,
in any way, shape, or form. Unless, that is, it falls within the category
of Voodoo practices wherein unsuspecting victims are drugged, hypnotized,
or brainwashed somehow. But, alas, that masterful genius of realms dark
and mysterious, the legendary Brad Steiger himself, once again illuminates
and educates our impoverished mentalities and imaginatively deficient belief
systems with a comprehensive historical and global perspective on the "zombie"
reports, issues and beliefs that the vast majority of us didn't even realize
could be found on the real side of the fence.
Naturally, "real zombies" do not simply fall
into a single category at all. Brad documents and explores multiple multicultural
case histories from multiple perspectives. Zombie type traditions can be
found from all over the world, in China, Japan, the Pacific islands, even
India and Persia. Brad shares with us spell-binding supernatural tales of
the restless dead, of assorted hideous monsters and beasts, of curses, hexes,
exorcisms, demonic possessions. There are a good number of first person
Brad's frightening narratives include the Devil Baby of
Bourbon Street, complete with horns and a tail; Black Mama Couteaux and
the great zombie war; Baron Samedi and Maman Brigitte, Kind and Queen of
the Zombies; from the bayous of Louisiana the swamp child of Mama Cree;
and a multitude of others.
Not recommended for reading just before bedtime.
Visible Ink Press
43311 Joy Rd., #414
Canton, MI 48187-2075
2010, 300 pages, US 19.95
Review: Real Zombies
Steiger's Real Zombies A Real Bloodshot Eyeball-Opener
Zombies, as a rule, are corporeal bodies that should be
dead but are not. Like every good monster, the zombie has accumulated a
host of stereotypical characteristics: in this case a craving for brains,
lack of motor coordination, and a tendency to fall apart literally
-- in a crisis.
What I like about Brad Steiger's new book, Real Zombies, the Living Dead and Creatures of the
Apocalypse (besides its gonzo title), is that he refuses to be limited
by Shaun of the Dead-style zombie convention. Steiger is known for
his encyclopedic exploration of ghosts, vampires and werewolves, and he
lends the same exacting scrutiny to this look at reanimated corpses -- and
Although he begins with a thorough grounding in the zombie's
Voodoo origins, including recipes for anti-zombie potions (got toad?), he
makes forays into the related territories of grave-robbing ghouls, devil-babies,
funerary customs and even cannibalism. Some sections, such as a speculative
chapter on a possible ancient wolf cult in Kentucky, veer even farther from
the title's implied subject matter, but I like that the book works as an
informative mother lode for researchers (read, me) as well as providing
some truly chilling narrative.
I'm still feeling creeped out, for instance, by the story
of Creole Voodoo woman "Black Cat Mama Couteaux" who was rumored
to keep hundreds of human souls in clay jars in her New Orleans basement
in the 1800s. Brrr.
Steiger has been writing about mystical things for fifty
years and nobody does it better. And if you need another reason
to put this book on your personal shelf, just think of those anti-zombie
recipes. You won't want to be without them when the creatures of the Apocalypse
- Review Of REAL ZOMBIES By Haunted America Tours
- Real Zombies, the Living Dead, and Creatures of the
- By Brad Steiger
- In ... Real Zombies, the Living Dead, and Creatures
of the Apocalypse, Brad Steiger [presents] more then just a comprehensive
and unsettling study.
- Steiger directly addresses, explores and brings forward
into the spotlight the many strange traditions too often shrouded in secret
throughout the world.
- His mission I believe is to dispel the normal sordid
beliefs and misunderstandings and the more then just common depictions
of what we believe to be the real zombies today.
- In this book I feel Mr. Steiger has set a high precedent
for others to dare only to follow.
- I believe that this book will be the standard by which many
new zombie trends will emulate and be measured.
- Brad Steiger is what I call the Grande Master of the
Paranormal world with his more then many excellent works over the years
that have touched the publics haunted curiosity bone.
- Oh and of course Brad Steiger has his finger on the true
exact pulse of all that is naturally paranormal, extraterrestrial and supernatural.
- Real Zombies, the Living Dead, and Creatures of the Apocalypse is
not an exception to this rule. If you have not read this more then excellent
book, I suggest you do so today.
- Through Steiger's many well researched and respected
volumes over the years of real eye opening insights, he has brought many
new researchers and supernatural investigators to the popular front of
the paranormal community today. Including myself.
- In a recent radio interview the American Necromancer
and student of the Occult Lisa Lee Harp Waugh stated:
- "In his very well written newest best selling definitive
book, Real Zombies, the Living Dead, and Creatures of the Apocalypse, Visible
Ink Press." "Mr. Steiger tears down the myths and taboo's and
plainly opens the doors to what many actually fear concentrating the real
endeavors of those that practice the black arts of voodoo hoodoo zombification."
- "Steiger explores the real truths and legends in
the world of real human zombie research of today."
- "And I am more then glad I personally could contribute
the tales I have learned over the years, because they needed to be told
before they became lost in history forever."
- "This more then just exceptional exquisite work.
The pages filled with art and tales that actually features many chilling
first hand accounts and passed down stories of reported real-life zombie
encounters from past and present."
- "And in reading this you might just start be come
a true believer in what real reported Zombies are all about."
- This more then fascinating assorted collection includes
the stories by Haunted America Tours Senior writer Alyne Pustanio of the
evil spawn of Satan, The elusive supernatural "Devil Baby of Bourbon
Street", a monstrous creature complete with sharp horns and a long
pointed tail that still lurks in the shadows of the New Orleans dark haunted
alleys and neighborhood streets.
- Black Mama Couteau the often thought of as very strange
and real evil Texas Voodoo Queen and the stories of her and the great zombie
war, this tale is told by by Lisa Lee Harp Waugh the well known American
- In Waugh's recounting of these Texas tales and obscure
stories that she heard growing up in the very haunted town of Marshall,
Texas. Waugh relates a curios snippet of an army of many hundreds of zombie
soldiers battling for the supremacy of their queen.
- True or not such urban zombie legends will make you think
twice about what the real power of Texas Voodoo Hoodoo Can do.
- And don't forget to investigate the swamp child of Mama
Crete, who still roams the bayous of Louisiana.
- In addition to the stories, a variety of zombie-related
facts are directly explored and laid bare, including strange weird ceremonies
to create such beings and actual initiations, zombies throughout history,
sacred zombie and voodoo-related sites, and zombies and monsters of the
- The book also contains great eye popping artwork by none
other then the always wonderful talented mind and ... dark artistic endeavors
of the great Bill Oliver, as well as the intense macabre masterpieces of
Ricardo Pustanio, who is also a top designer for New Orleans Mardi Gras
Float for the New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade Krewe Of Mid City and a contributing
artist for hauntedamericatours.com.
- The methodical and very strong works of the unforgettable
team of father and son Wm. Michael Mott and Ryan Mott are also featured.
- The featured well written contributions of Alyne Pustanio.
- The always lively American Necromancer, the always controversial
Lisa Lee Harp Waugh.
- HPI's lead investigator, an avid paranormal world explorer
extraordinary, Paul Dale Roberts, and HPI's lovely superstar the ever beautiful
- And special attention should be paid to to the beliefs,
tales and understandings of real zombie lore of Chris Holly, the one and
only Laurie lee Mistycah, The ever aware Angela Thomas, The insights of
Pastor Robin Swope, The art of Jackie Williams, the enlightened Julie Cole,
and the extraordinary talented psychic medium Tuesday Miles.
About the Author
Is the award-winning author of more than 100 books, including Real
Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Houses; Real Vampires, Night
Stalkers, and Creatures from the Darkside; and The Werewolf Book. He
is a regular radio guest on the Allan Handelman Show, Coast to
Coast, and Jeff Rense's Sightings. He lives in Forest City, Iowa.
His direct no nonsense approach and genius in Real
Zombies, the Living Dead, and Creatures of the Apocalypse raises the
bar to a height that is certainly hard for other undead books to try and