I attended Zombie Fest 2008 a couple weeks ago. If you’d like to hear about it, check out the trip report I wrote for SCI FI Wire. And if you’d like to see some of the zombies I ran into while there, check out my Tor.com post, which includes a full photo slideshow.
Why do we love a good zombie rhyme?
Writer John Scalzi’s blog, Whatever, includes a zombie-inspired post that allows readers to ponder an abundance of similar questions, including:
“What do zombies like to eat? (BRAAAAAAAAAAINS.)”
“What do vegetarian zombies like to eat? (GRAAAAAAAAAAINS.)”
“What do vegetarian zombies eat when they’re on vacation in Jamaica? (PLANTAAAAAAAINS.)”
Scalzi asks readers to expand on his list, and over two hundred have posted questions that probe the natures of rhyme, the universe, and the undead. Zombie rhymes are everywhere: how many will you find?
Caught without your Pistol? Rifle? Revolver?
The Zombie Combat Club urges civilians to ease their dependency on firearms and concentrate on alternate forms of self-defense. Club goals are simple: "to educate the public on effective hand-to-hand combat techniques to eradicate the threat of the living dead."
The club provides, free of charge, a wide variety of combat manuals that include analyses of training patterns, descriptions of combat techniques, and details of zombie anatomy. Each section offers elaborate diagrams, safety statistics, and estimated risks of infection that one should anticipate while engaged in various styles of combat.
In the event of a zombie infestation, statistics show that 98% of survivors will need to defend themselves without a firearm. The ZCC asks, "Will you be ready?"
Good news! Apparently if there’s a zombie apocalypse, the folks at International House of Pancakes will save us:
Photo by my mom, while on vacation in Florida earlier this month.
Last weekend, I appeared alongside David Barr Kirtley on Jim Freund’s Hour of the Wolf radio program on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York to discuss The Living Dead and Seeds of Change. Dave came along and read his story from The Living Dead, "The Skull-Faced Boy."
Here’s me, relaxing in the studio as Dave reads his story:
And here’s Dave reading:
You can listen to the whole show by streaming it from the WBAI’s website, or you can download the following MP3s. Dave edited down the show into an abridged “good parts” edition for your listening pleasure:
Part 1 – Discussion
Humorous zombies?, Joe Hill, Owen’s King’s Who Can Save Us Now?, Seeds of Change, The Living Dead cover art
Part 2 – Reading
"The Skull-Faced Boy" by David Barr Kirtley, read by the author
Part 3 – Callers
Andy Duncan, Zora Neale Hurston, George Romero, From Dusk Til Dawn, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead
Relentless undead got you down? Sick of the zombie hordes clawing at your doorstep? Afraid to go out at night because of a shambling stalker who just doesn’t get the message that you’re just not into brains? If so, it might just be time to get a paranormal restraining order.
For just $5, you can lay all your fears to rest. This legal document will require that all members of the living dead keep at least 100 yards away from you at all times. Or else.
If your concern is zombies, act fast–the judge presiding over zombie cases is only in session during the month of October. However, restraining orders against other supernatural annoyances, such as Bigfoot or Death, are available year-round.
This is seriously like the best claymation ever.
Thanks to The Living Dead-contributor Adam-Troy Castro for the tip.
I recently posted about this zombie survival quiz, but a few of the questions bugged me enough that I wanted to refute the quiz’s answers. I take issue with one of the questions–one asking which is best: a machete, baseball bat, crowbar, carpenter’s hammer, or lead pipe. The answer key reveals that crowbar is best, because it’s useful for other purposes (prying open doors, etc.), machete second.
I said baseball bat, which it ranks third, but I disagree with their assessment and I’ll tell you why. To a regular person like me, I think the baseball bat would be the best of these items to use as a weapon. Why? Because it’s familiar. I know how to use it and though I’ve never swung one at a person’s head, I understand how best to do so.
If you encounter a real zombie, you should keep your distance and you shouldn’t try to play with it, because, you know, they’re driven by an insatiable hunger for human flesh. But io9 has dug up a few zombie games that are perfectly safe to play with.keep looking »