I was recently reading my friend's blog and am going to now talk about zombies.
First, I'm going to point out how awesome harpsichord music is. Theremin music is also amazing, but is associated strictly with aliens, just as xylophone music is associated with skeletons and their harmonically clanking bones. Harpsichord music is great for all sorts of imagery - from vampires and werewolves to Baroque burlesque houses, it's a versatile and powerful little instrument. Back to zombies.
1871, of W. African origin (cf. Kikongo zumbi "fetish;" Kimbundu nzambi "god"), originally the name of a snake god, later with meaning "reanimated corpse" in voodoo cult. But perhaps also from Louisiana creole word meaning "phantom, ghost," from Sp. sombra "shade, ghost." Sense "slow-witted person" is recorded from 1936.
Zombie. Zombies. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzombeeeez. ZOMBIE!!!!