How to Make a Zombie

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Pages: 272
Subject: Popular Science
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: black & white illustrations

How to Make a Zombie

The Real Life (and Death) Science of Reanimation and Mind Control

Frank Swain

A super-duper rollicking investigation of the social myth and scientific reality of zombies, from the ingredients of Haitian zombie poison to raising decapitated dogs from the dead, and from behavioural control using brain-implanted electrodes to parasitic wasps and nefarious viruses that take over others' bodies.
9781851689446 (6 Jun 2013)
RRP £8.99 / US$15.95

The Book

Join a notorious pop science punk as he investigates real zombie reports from around the world. It's terrifying!

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.

Additional Information

Subject Popular Science
Pages 272
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations black & white illustrations


About the Author

Frank Swain is the founder of SciencePunk, the popular SEED ScienceBlogs site devoted to the weird and wonderful fringes of science. As a science writer, he is preoccupied with how our innovations shape our future and ourselves. His work has appeared in New Scientist, Arc, Slate, Stylist, Wired, the Guardian, Eureka and more, and on BBC Radio 4 and Bravo. He lives in London, and this is his first book.


"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