Posted By John Sears on April 5, 2014
Hello out there, Zombies and Zombie Allies! Apologies for the relative dearth of content the last few months; it’s the end of my second year in the school of the law and there are midterms to take, finals to study for, and my law-related job is training me to handle actual clients and their cases.
So far, no Zombie clients per se. Bit of a letdown there.
Other than that, we’ve been biding our time. The art director got a new day job recently, learning the ins-and-outs of a different kind of activism with a firm here in Madison. We also took a trip back to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, which H.P. Lovecraft had previously indicated might be home to lost, ‘deformed’, possibly Undead humans.
We didn’t see any, alas.
Speaking of known Anti-Zombie author H.P. Lovecraft, we’re making a trip to New England this summer to get a better feel for the man’s work. As is fairly-well known, Lovecraft was the author of ‘Herbert West, Re-Animator’, which was made into a classic but tragically Anti-Zombie film.
However, H.P. Lovecraft wrote many other stories dealing, mostly unkindly, with the Undead in one form or another. ‘The Case of Charles Dexter Ward’ involves extensive necromancy, for example, and serious Undead labor rights violations. ‘Cool Air’ is a more sympathetic take on Undeath, perhaps; ‘In the Vault’, ‘Pickman’s Model’ and ‘The Thing on the Doorstep’ also feature the Differently Animated in one form or another.
So the ZRC will be hitting the Massachusetts area to get a feel for the plight of the Lovecraftian Undead. We encourage any in the area to contact us; we’d love to network a little.
As for longer-term and larger-scale plans this year, as previously announced, the ZRC will be going to The Diabolique International (Formerly Dark Carnival) Film Festival this fall, and undoubtedly making a trip to Nightmare on Chicago Street around Halloween.
We may work in a convention during the summer, and I have some projects to get underway once the school season is out.
In the meantime, keep using our resource page and speaking out for Zombie Equality and the Differently Animated! After all, you, dear readers, are the real, if not necessarily beating, heart of this movement.