It sounds like the name of a band–I think it is, actually–or a really fun cheesefest of a movie, an ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES done right–but the Zombie Cucumber is actually a plant, or an actual plant, I should say, and a dangerous one at that. “Zombie Cucumber” is the common name for DATURA STRAMONIUM, along with such handles as “Devil’s Weed”, “Moon Flower”, and “Thornapple.” I will continue to call it Zombie Cucumber because that’s the name I prefer.
In the book THE SERPANT AND THE RAINBOW, a non-Fiction effort that inspired the underrated Wes Craven film of the same name, Botanist Wade Davis identified Zombie Cucumber, or “Zombi” Cucumber as it is known in Haiti, as an ingredient used by a BOKOR, or a practitioner of Voodoo black magic, to create zombies. Like, REAL zombies. Here’s how it works: The prospective zombie is poisoned with a concoction containing Zombie Cucumber and Tetrodotoxin, among numerous other unpleasant ingredients (like human remains). They fall into a deep comatose state approximating death and are buried. Then the BOKOR slips in and digs the “deceased” up–maybe waiting until said pseudo-deceased person awakens inside his coffin to do it. The victim is at this point either suffering from brain damage, or is administered further doses of Zombie Cucumber to keep him in a brain-addled state, or both. The zombie is then capable of performing rudimentary tasks, like working in a sugarcane field. The Scientific community remains skeptical, but the accounts of such things happening are plentiful, including numerous eyewitness accounts or encounters with such zombies, and would seem to refute the refutation.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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