"Do you ever think of the undead? The ghostly ones crowded under their gravestones? The restless dead, millions of them, there under the ground?"
— Arch Oboler, "Introduction to Horror" (from the 1962 album Drop Dead! An Exercise in Horror)
"Your deaths shall serve where your lives could not."
— Typhus, the Herald of Nurgle, at the Damnation of Hive Sibullus, Warhammer 40,000
When I was in high school my teacher told me that there are more people alive today than have ever lived. Don't worry; she lied, then got cancer. (Not my fault.) We live atop a mountain of corpses. The Earth is swimming in humans, above and below the ground, so when I see you trying to raise the dead, I'm torn. On the one hand, I recognize your despair. On the other hand, do you really want to spend the rest of the week fending off a Zombie Apocalypse as the Earth vomits up her dead? AGAIN? Come on, man, think this through: every time you try this, we end up fighting zombies. I hate zombies. Just put the syringe down.
In the Known World, the dead do not rest easy. Vampires lurk in haunted castles in the sinister forests of Sylvania. Necromancers seek to escape their mortality by searching for forbidden knowledge within the pages of accursed books. In lost pyramids buried beneath the desert sands of the Kingdom of the Dead, the Liche Lordsrule over legions of corpses, their servants as they were in life. Armies slain in the poisoned wilderness of the Chaos Wastes do not lie dead as others do. Often they return to a ghastly unlife and bring terror to former comrades among the boundaries of Kislev. In he musty crypts of dead noblemen, tomb robbers freeze in terror when they hear the clink of silver rings and movement behind them. And behind all this towers the gigantic shadowy figure of Nagash, the Great Necromancer, who in ancient days rivalled and challenged the gods themselves.
"These stones. Always in their combat arenas. Do they have a strengthening function? Or are they mere legacy of a forgotten time and realm? The Hive never stopped honing their strength. They missed the point of being dead! Haha, ahh, I've heard it said that 'that which does not kill you makes you stronger', but what does that mean in the face of immortality?"
These days, it's kinda hard just to make the buried stay Our subject's not alive, but he fakes it anyway We told him he was dead, and he'd better lie down But he just waved at us as he shambled into town