Halloween celebrates the gory and the grotesque. But according to Matt Simon, author of "Plight of the Living Dead: What Real-Life Zombies Reveal About Our World--and Ourselves," the world is full of gruesome creatures year round. There's the jewel wasp who manipulates a cockroach’s dopamine, turning its living body into shelter and food; the horsehair worm who grows inside a cricket’s stomach, persuading it to hurl itself into a body of water. And there are humans, about a third of whom may carry a parasite that's linked to risky behavior and schizophrenia. We talk to Simon about nature’s body snatchers and and their grisly habits.
Science Journalist Matt Simon on Body Snatchers, the Undead and 'Real-Life Zombies'
Matt Simon, science journalist, WIRED; author, "Plight of the Living Dead: What Real-Life Zombies Reveal About Our World—and Ourselves' and "The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar: Evolution's Unbelievable Solutions to Life's Biggest Problems"