Ashland University Professor Publishes ‘Zombie’ Translation

 Ashland University Professor Publishes ‘Zombie’ Translation

8/28/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Richard Gray, associate professor of foreign languages at Ashland University, has published a book translation titled Zombies: An Anthropological Investigation of the Living Dead (University Press of Florida 2017).

According to Gray, this book is a translation of forensic pathologist Philippe Charlier’s scientific investigation of zombie culture and Haitian Vodou called Zombis. Enquête sur les morts-vivants (Tallandier 2015).

Appearing on numerous radio and television programs in France, Dr. Charlier is a renowned expert in forensic science throughout Europe. He is arguably most famous for his 2012 pathological examination of the embalmed heart of King Richard the Lionheart.

With the July 2017 death of George Romero, father of the zombie film culture, an understanding of the “real” Haitian zombie has become increasingly more important.

“In addition to 19 chapters in which Charlier explores the zombie phenomenon in Haiti “avec son double regard de médecin légiste et d’anthropologue”/“with his dual perspective as a forensic pathologist and as an anthropologist,” my translation of his work includes an author’s preface written by Charlier himself, Translator’s Notes, a Glossary of Haitian Créole terminology, and a Translator’s Afterword,” Gray said. “This book will be of interest both to scholars of Francophone Studies as well as to professionals in the field of forensic science.”

On Oct. 25, 2017, at 7 p.m., Gray will present a talk on his book in the Ronk Lecture Hall in the Dwight Schar College of Education. The talk is free and open to the public.

Gray said the book is available through online bookstores and additional information on the content of this book is posted on the University Press of Florida website at

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