Facts In The Case Of M Valdemar by Edgar Allan Poe, George Walker (Illustrator)
When I first read Poe’s story I could not escape the idea that this was another zombie episode in literature. Since the publication
of William Seabrook’s book The Magic Island (1929) the zombie has captured the imagination of popular culture. Seabrook claimed to
have witnessed the resurrection of a dead man and this sparked renewed interest in pushing the boundaries of life. The zombie in
culture is a metaphor for our fears about medical science and the implications of tampering with the building blocks of life. In
this respect Poe’s story is a timeless cautionary tale.