The History Channel will premiere Zombies: A Living History tonight, October 25, 2011, at 8pm.
The two-hour documentary will explore the origins of zombie myths and lore, from the Viking Age to the Black Death in Europe, both of which spawned legends of the dead walking the earth, and all the way up to the present day fears of a zombie apocalypse.
You can watch the trailer for this program here below.
Featured will be many authors of zombie fiction including Max Brooks, J.L. Bourne, Jonathan Maberry and Roger Ma, as well as Daniel W. Dreznor, professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and Dr. Steven Schlozman, psychiatrist on the faculty of at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and author of the fiction book The Zombie Autopsies.
Information about the program is strangely missing from the History Channelâ€™s website, except that it is listed in their TV schedule with no clickable links, but more info can be found on the showâ€™s Facebook page. Hereâ€™s a chilling quote from there: â€œSince the beginning of time they have embodied our deepest fears and today their power to frighten us is more potent than ever before. They are the monster that history cannot kill.â€
If youâ€™re like me and have more than a passing interest in the undead, tune in to the History Channel tonight and be sure to watch the extended trailer below.