From Dungeons and Dragons: Monster Manual I, the Zombie was an undead creature, a corpse animated by evil magic-users or clerics.
“… typically found near graveyards, in dungeons, and in similar charnel places.”
Popular before George Romero’s man-eating variety, the Zombie was a favorite D&D addition. It represented the misery and evil and death is not mercy. The Zombie’s slow, lumbering pursuit shows no emotion, no hope. They are easy to set theatrics and develop your adventure’s atmosphere. Effective in small or large numbers, Dungeons and Dragons was an early adopter in the “zombie craze”.
Important facts: Holy water scores 2-8 hit points of damage.