On The 13th Day Of Halloween… Ghost Stories (1931)

Ghost Stories 8_9_1931

Ghost Stories 8_9_1931

With Halloween around the corner, you should know some horror trivia… so you can look smarter than the average bear at the party. Here’s a bit of backstory about how zombies entered our mainstream fascination.

The 1931 August-September edition of the Ghost Stories publication contained a story titled, “Salt Is Not For Slaves,” by G.W. Hutter. Incidentally, Hutter was actually Garnett Weston, who, based on the strength of the mentioned story, ended up writing the script for the first zombie movie, White Zombie (1932).

What’s the connection between “Salt” and zombies? Well, zombies of course. But not the type of zombies we’ve come to know and love. These were the voodoo, Haitian type of zombies.

In “Salt Is Not For Slaves” an old Haitian woman tells a story to another character about an ill-fated love affair doomed by voodoo and a slave rebellion. It’s not exactly the same, but White Zombie does involve love, voodoo, and Haitian zombie slaves. Here’s the film’s synopsis: A young man turns to a witch doctor to lure the woman he loves away from her fiance, but instead turns her into a zombie slave.

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