Posted: July 7, 2010 by shopfrontcontemporaryarts in fifteen or over
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All excerpts from “Reconsidering Death: A Brief History of the Zombie Phenomenon” provided courtesy of author Dr. Jeremy Tuckwell. All rights reserved.

…After the H1N1 ‘Swine Flu’ virus swept the globe in 2008 the world was once-again well versed in the potential severity of pandemics. The European economies in particular were the first to feel the ongoing ramifications that such an interruption to the flow of people and capital across and within their borders would cause. Latter, in the wake of the latter global financial crisis cash-strapped governments worldwide were ill-prepared for the most catastrophic virus to strike the human race.


The virus was first witnessed and identified in poultry farms in New South Wales. In September of 2010 whole farming communities saw chickens, geese and ducks contract a strange disease that sent them into what could only be described as a ferocious rage. The infected livestock exhibited few signs of illness except a slight fever and disconcerting lethargy before they suddenly attacked and ate their fellow fowl. Except for a murderous rage and voracious hunger for flesh they possessed no instincts for self-preservation.

When these animals were inspected by scientists their respiratory, circulatory, and neural processes had completely stopped. Hasty cell tests made at the time indicated, however, that some kind of metabolic function was perhaps present.

All conventional forms of sedation proved ineffective against the animals that were technically dead…


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