The Lovecraft series continues with another one of his secondary revisions. (Yes, I am slowly working on writing up some new material.)
Raw Feed (2005): “The Disinterment”, Duane W. Rimel [and H. P. Lovecraft], 1935.
I found this 1935 story interesting because it describes zombification in pharmaceutical terms much like Wade Davis discovered it to be in his The Serpent and the Rainbow. Unfortunately, I don’t know enough about the fictional uses of zombies to know if this is really innovative. (The Encyclopedia of Fantasy was not a real help.)
The narrator’s surgeon friend was of the same vein as Lovecraft’s Herbert West except he actually does experiment on his friend.
The horrific “revelation” at story’s end — that not only has the narrator’s friend given him a zombie drug and dug him up but also transplanted his head to another body — is hardly a surprise. Still, that’s hardly uncommon for Lovecraft’s solo efforts. Continue reading