Articles Published the Week of April 2nd

Joe Ollmann on The Abominable Mr. Seabrook

I've always enjoyed Joe Ollmann's comics, but his new book The Abominable Mr. Seabrook is really something else. A graphic biography of William Seabrook who is best known as the man who introduced zombie into the English language, but he was a writer and traveler in the vein of Hunter S. Thompson and the new journalists. He traveled through Haiti and Africa, talked about zombies (in a way which was considered over the top but many of his arguments and observations have been proven by others), was interested in voodoo and treated it seriously, wrote about alcoholism and drying out. He was immensely successful, but he was never the writer he wanted to be. It's a fascinating life and it's a fabulous book.

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