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Halloween is coming, and with it hordes of the undead. They will be descending upon your doorsteps in countless, shambling, ravenous hordes.

Do you have a plan?

They will show up hungry, demanding of you not flesh, but candy. Metric tons of it.

You can:

1) Hide–leave your lights off. Don’t open the door. You never know who’s out there these days. Play dead.

2) Open your door, pass out sweets, embrace the fun of it. Make it not about death, but life. People long for community, connection. Make it happen!

3) Go outside–embrace your neighbors, get to know them. You might find they’re not so different after all. Chances are very good that most people you meet aren’t satanists out to hex you. The point is: how are we to be salt and light if we’re not interacting with people outside the household of faith?

4) Go to your church’s harvest festival–but invite your neighbors. Salt set apart by itself has no savor.

4) Along with candy, procure and pass out copies of Clay Morgan’s excellent book, Undead: Revived, Resuscitated, Reborn. In it he tells, in a wise, witty, well-researched yet accessible, way tales of the undead from the New Testament. In fact, read it for yourself, and you may just find yourself better prepared to face those undead hordes coming for your candy.
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Just my $.02, folks.

What do you think?

This is Stephen King’s Danse Macabre, a scholarly yet accessible study of the horror genre published some thirty years ago. King knows his stuff, and it shows. The scope of his book is vast, encompassing nearly all things horror from the the last (at the time) thirty years–books, films, etc.

In his introduction, King calls the book his Final Statement on the genre. It is indeed a book length paean to a genre he so obviously loves. In the book, he contends that “horror appeals to us because it says, in a symbolic way, things we would be afraid to say right out straight with the bark still on; it offers us a chance to exercise (that’s right; not exorcise but exercise) emotions which society demands we keep closely in hand.”

Which brings me to Clay Morgan.

Like Stephen King before him, he has written a great book about the undead. Also like King’s it’s scholarly (Morgan is a professor and historian), yet accessible–and chock full of zombies, vampires, and other things that gives us frights, and go bump in the night. Also like him, Morgan views the undead allegorically: they are us (or were us), and represent many things:

Unrestrained id

Rampant consumerism

The unredeemed life.

It is this last with which, as he looks at six tales of the undead from the New Testament, Morgan deals the most.

But it is no dry, dusty tome full of dead men’s bones; rather, like Stephen King, Clay is clearly a pop culture aficionado. He knows his Zombieland, Night of the Living Dead, and the Walking Dead.

But he also knows his Bible, and his purpose in writing this book–along with providing an entertaining ride though history–is simply to point out that the same Jesus who brought the dead to life in New Testament times still raises the living dead today.

Do you know him?

Undead: Revived, Resuscitated, Reborn is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers.

Have you read Undead? Do you watch zombie shows/movies?

You can find Clay on the Internet on his blog, ClayWrites. Information about his book is available at Undead. You can follow him on Twitter @UndeadClay