For the 31 days in October, counting down to Halloween, I’ve decided to share my favorite monsters or ghoulies or ghosts, in no particular order.

Day 1: Zombies are everywhere, permeating every form of pop culture. Just when you think the zombie craze is dying off, it rises again. Zombies vary greatly, from voodoo mind control in 1932’s “White Zombie” starring the great Bela Lugosi, to the flesh eating risen dead, aka Modern Zombie, started by Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead.” Zombies are terrifying because zombies are us. If a friend or loved one doesn’t make it, that person is now trying to kill you.

Did You Know: The English word “zombie” is first recorded in 1819, in a history of Brazil by the poet Robert Southey, in the form of “zombi”. The Oxford English Dictionary gives the origin of the word as West African, and compares it to the Kongo words nzambi (god) and zumbi (fetish).

My Zombie top 5: Dead Snow (Film 2009), Resident Evil 2 (Video Game 1998), Marvel Zombies (Comic Book 2005-2006), The Walking Dead (Television 2010-Current), and Grave Titan (Magic the Gathering M11).

31 Days of Halloween