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(October 20, 2008 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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If I were to pick a Halloween monster to be afraid of, I’d have to pick the living dead. Sure vampires and werewolves are freaky, but the living dead, or zombies, are a class unto themselves. After all, they are the only “monster” that can really exist!


In the movies and in books, zombies are the living dead animated in gruesome ways after death. The zombies can take on the world and feel no pain as they get hacked to bits in rather disgusting hacker movies. Skin falling off, hair falling out and missing limbs is all part of the game with zombies. They even show up in children’s books, although in Harry Potter, the living dead were called inferi.

True Living Dead

I read a news story recently where a woman was admitted to the hospital with what she thought was terrible indigestion. She later died in the hospital and was declared dead after paddles and CPR failed to bring her back to life. Later, when her body was placed in the hospital morgue, it was noticed that she was breathing!

She has brain damage and other health problems as a result of dying (she had a heart attack apparently) and then coming back to life on her own, and is planning to sue the hospital. But her experiences show us that even in our advanced medical times, there is such a thing the living dead. (I’d be terrified to work in a morgue, by the way. I’m not afraid of the corpses, but I’d probably have a heart attack of my own if one suddenly came back to life.)

Legends of Living Dead

There are many stories of the living dead dating back thousands of years. In the middle ages, when an individual died, the body was buried with a string tied around a finger or toe. The other end of the string was tied to a bell above ground. If the bell were to start ringing suddenly, those living nearby would know that the body below the ground was suddenly moving again. If this were the case, the coffin would be dug back up and the now living person removed. This practice, or versions of it, is still used in certain parts of the world.

While I’m sure most bells stayed very quiet, there might have been a few that range over time. After all, there have been many coffins discovered from the more turbulent times in our collective history that bear scratch marks on the inside of the lid. Those scratch marks were caused by fingernails as the coffin’s occupant tried desperately to escape his grave.

From the stories of Shakespeare to the Voodoo legends, sleeping powders and potions have existed for hundreds of years that can reduce an individual to a state of death, or near death, without truly killing her. Juliet is just one of many characters who appeared to be dead and was buried. Other tales involves girls who fall victim to bewitching powders and fall “dead” and are buried without ever actually dying. Well they do die eventually, I suppose – alone inside a buried coffin.

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Netherlands, The
Posted On: October 28, 2008
I'm a bit scared of zombies... because I've seen dawn of the dead and that didn't please me at all. I could laugh about some zombies because they were pretty funny, but I'm still scared of zombies. And living dead? pls don't talk about that, I've heard enough stories. That one with the fingernails in the coffin. She was buried because her parents thought she was dead and.. few months later the bell began to ring pretty hard en the parents didn't hear that. So she died, the parents discovered it when the bell was fallen on the ground. or something like that.
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Grangerland, TX
Posted On: October 26, 2008
Oh yeah, mythbusters did a thing on if someone could actually wake up in a coffin screaming to get out. But that was busted. Limited air and the lid of the coffin crushing under the weight.

Wow, I'm so glad you did a article on this. The living dead are my favorite above all else. Though I would hate to see a rotting yet living corpse in real life. I would throw up for sure. xP
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Brookhaven, PA
Posted On: October 26, 2008
zombies are slow and you just have to shoot them in the head or take there head off but there sussposed to come in big groups
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United Kingdom
Posted On: October 26, 2008
Zombies are creepy. You have to burn them to kill them properlly.

I'm hate to be dead then wake up and find myself in a morgue or in a coffin. I hate small spaces.

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United Kingdom
Posted On: October 26, 2008
That would make an awesome story, actually. (:
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Posted On: October 26, 2008
Creepy. o.o

Yeah, I read about that. People would fall into a coma, and the doctors would pronounce them dead due to the fact that people who are in comas have so slow of a heart rate that you can't hear their heart beating.

They would wake up later, six feet under.

Scary much?

[Good article by the way!]
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Posted On: October 26, 2008
1st comment!!!
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