July 2nd, 2012
Zombies: Why are we so obsessed?: “The Internet remains abuzz over the undead,” writes English professor Eric Wilson in a recent Huffington Post piece about why people are drawn to fictionalized monsters. “Maybe our obsession with zombies is a reflection of our fear of a pandemic virus that will transform us into flesh-starved corpses. Or perhaps we are afraid of a global financial collapse that would result in cannibalistic hordes haunting burned-out cities. Or possibly portents of nuclear terrorism scare us into nightmares of ubiquitous death.…”
Wilson is the author of many books, including, most recently, “Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck: Why We Can’t Look Away,” an exploration of the origins and uses of morbid curiosity.