Know Ends: The Zombie Invasion

Posted By:  Tina Walker Davis
Date Posted:  9/6/2013

William AkinThe zombie infection has become widespread—the “living dead” can be found in movies, television, videogames, books, even the nightly news. Zombies have shambled a long path from their beginnings in West African sorcery to become potent symbols of social upheaval and societal collapse, as well as certified box office gold. But behind the myths and celluloid, even stranger creatures lurk in the various documented cases of people seeming to have been truly “zombified.”

Thursday, September 19, 2013 • 6:00 p.m.
East Bend Library

Join author and occasional monster-hunter William Akin as he takes a deeper look at the idea of the zombie and how it has come to be such a prominent part of our modern cultural landscape. His September 19 presentation at the East Bend Library is free and open to everyone, though all attendees must be in possession of at least one brain. No biters, please.

A displaced Hoosier, William Akin abides in the Pacific Northwest, perched on the edge of an extinct cinder cone, alongside his wife, two daughters and a dog with which he has a rather ambivalent relationship. He hasn’t a strong grasp on the differences between prose and poetry, nor myth and truth, often confusing them hopelessly. His work has appeared in a variety of journals, including Glimmer Train, The Wayfarer and Storylandia, among others.

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