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How to Make a Zombie: The Real Life (and Death) Science of Reanimation and Mind Control [Paperback]

Frank Swain
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6 Jun 2013

Join a notorious pop science punk as he investigates real zombie reports from around the world.

The search for the means to control the bodies and minds of our fellow humans has been underway for millennia, from the sleep-inducing honeycombs that felled Pompey’s army to the Voodoo potions of Haiti. Now, Frank Swain, the force behind Science Punk, has joined the quest, digging up genuine zombie research:

 • dog heads brought back to life without their bodies

• secret agents dosing targets with zombie drugs

• parasites that push their hosts to suicide or sex changes

• the elixir of life hidden in an eighteenth-century painting

This mind-bending and entertaining excavation of incredible science is unlike anything you’ve read before.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (6 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851689443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851689446
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Swain serves up a ghoulish treat - the real-life zombies of science and nature! Packed full of bizarre research and jaw-dropping tales, his book succeeds in being simultaneously entertaining, informative, and slightly unnerving, since it turns out that the zombies are, quite likely, you and I." Alex Boese, bestselling author of Elephants on Acid and Electric Sheep "Frank Swain's gripping book reads like a non-fiction version of a Stephen King novel - you'll stay up all night reading it with goose bumps and the lights on." Michael Shermer, New York Times bestselling author of The Believing Brain and columnist, Scientific American "From attempts to reanimate animals from death to mind control experiments and brain-hacking parasites, this delightfully macabre book explores the reality of zombie mythology. Science punk Frank Swain has pulled off a masterful feat in this broad-ranging and fascinating book. Braiiiins!" Lewis Dartnell, Research Fellow, University of Leicester, and author of Life in the Universe

"No one will nod off during this grand tour of sorcerers, necromancers, secret societies, and people who mess with brains and the black market in body parts…. Swain has a juicy cast of contenders responsible for such activities, and he presents them with point-by-point progress, leaving the facts to wow readers but providing both moody and electric atmosphere." Kirkus Reviews

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"Swain serves up a ghoulish treat – the real-life zombies of science and nature! Packed full of bizarre research and jaw-dropping tales, his book succeeds in being simultaneously entertaining, informative, and slightly unnerving, since it turns out that the zombies are, quite likely, you and I." Alex Boese, bestselling author of Elephants on Acid and Electric Sheep

"Frank Swain's gripping book reads like a non-fiction version of a Stephen King novel — you'll stay up all night reading it with goose bumps and the lights on." Michael Shermer, New York Times bestselling author of The Believing Brain and columnist, Scientific American

"From attempts to reanimate animals from death to mind control experiments and brain-hacking parasites, this delightfully macabre book explores the reality of zombie mythology. Science punk Frank Swain has pulled off a masterful feat in this broad-ranging and fascinating book. Braiiiins!" Lewis Dartnell, Research Fellow, University of Leicester, and author of Life in the Universe

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4.0 out of 5 stars A nicely detailed book 31 July 2014
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I wanted some light reading while in hospital; this is a very entertaining book: showing how Man would like to manipulate our brains; and how other species in nature take over other living things.
You will learn something from this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Factual Ents 31 Oct 2013
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It's a bit like having a cup of tea H. P. Lovecraft and Neil deGrasse Tyson. A charming pragmatic look at the science and history of zombie-making.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fun 9 Aug 2013
By Judy
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This was a present but the recipient has been absorbed in it since he got it and I've been promised a read when he's finished. Full of information and quite dark. A trail of zombie related facts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, creepy and utterly real 20 July 2013
By Hoops13
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Forget Hollwood zombies - Swain takes us on an entertaining romp through freaky historical science, where real life examples of 'zombieism' in humans and especially in nature are far more terrifying than the shambling walkers of The Walking Dead.

Written with pace and superbly well-researched, How to Make a Zombie... will make you think completely differently about the nebulous concept of 'death', and will leave you literally itching with the knowledge that micro-organisms could be slowly turning you into a zombie at this very moment.

I'd highly recommend this book for those with a curious mind, and a strong stomach.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  5 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars for science buffs and zombie lovers. 3 July 2014
By Todd J. Glosier - Published on Amazon.com
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This one is fun! Only the first chapteror so deals with the Hatian zombie legends, the rest covers the long hunt for immortality and how/if you can bring the recently dead back to life
Facinating stories of early efforts at reanimation, experiments in Victorian times with the bodies of executed felons and corpses recovered by grave robbers.
Stories of the early Soviet efforts to transplant dogs heads and keep them alive and how this lead directly to modern techniques for harvesting and maintaing organs for later transplantm, including heart lung machines.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helping to connect the dots! 11 May 2014
By Olosnah Crafts - Published on Amazon.com
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Ever wonder why Pregnant people should never change litter boxes?
Ever wonder how Zombiefication works?

This book has a lot of information on it that I have not read anywhere else. Most of what I connect from this books are so called myths or legends from my childhood. While reading this book I felt I was reading an in-depth Wikipedia article. There is too much information in this book for me to reiterate, but it even talks about how rabies works with a possible way to work through it. I am hoping that appropriate citizens will use this book to further there thinking,but I feel that all Veterinarians should read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book, fast shipping 21 Sep 2013
By Daniel J. Dilley - Published on Amazon.com
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I just started the book, but so far it is interesting, covering the Haitian zombies and beginning of the cinematic zombie and now experiments with resuscitation.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars gotta read this 6 Nov 2013
By gregory salhoff - Published on Amazon.com
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short read again she will send this to me when she is done reading I look forward to reading this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars None 7 Jun 2013
By Jack - Published on Amazon.com
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this is a very funny book that i really enjoyed reading and was extremly entertaining!YOU NEED TO READ THIS!!!(Needs more credit)
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