THE SHIP OF SILENT MEN (1920) – Written by Philip M Fisher. The crew of a ship called the Lanoa set out from Hawaii. A few days later an abnormally powerful electrical storm strikes, leaving the area unusually cold in its wake.
The men on board the Lanoa don’t have much time to ponder that before they begin receiving distress signals from a ship identified as the Karnak. Even though the message indicates that the death of the entire crew seems imminent, the Lanoa receives the message again later, after assuming the Karnak met with disaster.
The Lanoa investigates and eventually arrives alongside the Karnak, whose crew is shambling around performing their normal duties but in a very sluggish manner. An away team from the Lanoa rows over to see what is going on when the Karnak’s crew refuse to respond to any attempt at communication.
SPOILER: It turns out a few lightning bolts from the freak lightning storm struck the radioactive ore the Karnak was transporting. In typical weird fiction fashion that combination killed the crew but kept them animated as zombies.
The away team from the Lanoa learns the zombies do not take well to attempts to take them away from the duties their bodies are conditioned to carrying out. Ultimately our heroes escape the ship of silent dead men in time to avoid going down with its undead crew.
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