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Cathren Whitney will be your guide through the Zombie Apocalypse.
Cathren Whitney will be your guide through the Zombie Apocalypse.

Hello fans, friends, furries, and foes of the Zombie Apocalypse!

You may be interested to know what the above image is all about.

Well, it’s kinda simple, and kind of brilliant: Mad About Undead You, my zombie apocalypse love story novel, is being rebranded as Zombie Ever After.

I love the new title and the amazing new cover (cover reveal coming soon!) and think this is going to get the book in front of many new eyes.

Thanks to everyone who has participated in the branding research and testing, and especially the relaunch.

I hope you enjoy the new version. There are a few tweaks here and there, but most importantly, there is now a MAP!

With this cool map, you can visually track where the escapades Donovan Codell and Cathren Whitney  take them in the terrain in and around San Francisco.

It’s like a game board for the zombie apocalypse, and Donovan and Cathren are the pieces.

Well, y’all, I was going to comment on — and, yes, even make light about — the zombie in Miami in this post, but after investigating it further, the shocking details seemed to over the top even for this blog. If you want to read about the gory details (and the even more gory pictures that have started to surface) a brief splash in the Google pool will turn up more than you need.

Image by Jayel Aheram via Flickr

However, little did I know that the zombie in Miami was just the tip of the iceberg…

The Zombie in Miami – And more Proof the Zombie Apocalypse is Here

…this latest incident is not so much a warning shot as it is another in a disconcertingly intensifying stream of zombie-invoking headlines — all from the past two weeks, and all from the Sunshine State.

It all started on 5/16 with an ominous story about a “mysterious rash” at McArthur High School in Hollywood that launched a HazMat investigation. Twleve students and two teachers were treated and released. The source of the rash remains unknown.

Flashfoward two days: HazMat crews were called in to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to determine the source of an “unknown chemical” that sent five people to the hospital. Theories abound, but an exact cause was not confirmed.

On 5/20, the first real sign of trouble: 41-year-old Dr. Zachary Bird, was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol near Orlando and charged with felony battery charges for spitting blood in a patrolman’s face. He was also “extremely agitated and enraged,” and repeatedly banged his head on the patrol car’s plexiglass partition “until he bled.”

A few days later, another mystery rash was reported at yet another Broward County school. A HazMat team was once again called in to investigate, and once again left without any concrete answers.

The following day, a “disoriented” Canadian man was arrested aboard an American Airlines plane after he inexpicably attempted to rush the cockpit. The plane had just landed in Miami.

On Saturday, an unidentified homeless man had some 80% of his face bitten off by 31-year-old Rudy Eugene.

And here’s the bad news: Whatever’s happening in Florida appears to be spreading. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign tweeted the following the following warning to its students last night: “Hazardous materials released at Institute for Genomic Biology. Escape area if safe to do so. Otherwise seek shelter.”

And in Hackensack, New Jersey, today, a man was rushed to the hospital after he reportedly cut out his own intestines and threw them at police officers.

…More at Grab Your Boomstick: The Zombie Apocalypse May Actually Be Upon Us – Gawker

This is it. This is how it starts. People, how many zombie movies do we have to watch before we recognize that the apocalypse is upon us!!

Photo by Hannah Plumer

My daughter Hannah is packing zombie tools for yet another of her annual trips to the dark jungles (and cheerful meadows) of Central America. I’m not at liberty to disclose her destination, but let’s just say it’s fraught with danger. And danger (at least on this blog) can only mean one thing: Zombieeeeees! To prepare for her inevitable (and eagerly anticipated) encounter with said zombie hordes, she has packed accordingly:

Hannah’s Zombie Tools

Here’s what she has packed, (left to right):

  • Handsaw: Sharp, light, easy to carry and easy to cut with.
  • Collapsable shovel: For collapsing the thin skulls of zombies. Also light and easy to carry.
  • Archeologist’s trowel thingy: Perfect for gouging, stabbing, and throwing.
  • Machete: THE item for any zombie toolkit. It’s practicality speaks for itself. Essential.

Not shown, but equally important (just barely visible along the top of the picture): a bottle opener ring (can be used as a last-resort weapon for scratching furiously) and a flask. Note that this is not an ordinary flask. The black skull indicates two things. One, I’m a bad-ass. (As if having a complete zombie killing kit didn’t say that already…) Two, I have drinks available should none of the above weapons do the trick — who’s in?

Take this post as a warning and learn from Hannah’s preliminary zombie tools kit: be prepared, be vigilant, be smart. And if all else fails, get shit-faced. Seriously, you want to go out like that sober? 

(By the way, in case you haven’t figured it out, my daughter is an Archeologist specializing in Maya civilization, culture, and artifacts. Especially bones. She digs bones. And yes, not included in the kit, but carried separately are a whip, pistol, and fedora.)

Just had to share this with you. While trolling around reading stuff about zombies — ERRP!! — I mean, while working hard at my professional career as author, thinker, and influencer, I came across this neat little video. Yeah, it’s commercial. Yeah, it’s promotional. But the host is cute, and the Zombie Swag is fun (gotta gift that umbrella!). If you like, subscribe to the series and or watch more on YouTube here:  http://www.youtube.com/show/cheapcoolcrazy?s=1 .

Zombies as portrayed in the movie Night of the...

Zombies as portrayed in the movie Night of the Living Dead (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With Google only a few years from controlling the world (no, in a good way![1. I say this because I know Google is watching me right now… In a good way!]), it’s comforting to know that they have the upcoming/inevitable zombie apocalypse covered. And mapped.

Zombie Survival Map

According to Mark Wilson (tongue firmly in cheek)  talking about the zombie survival map over at fastdesign.com:

I remember a simpler time. A time when a trip to Costco was a frolic, the only challenge was filling the minivan with microwavable hors d’oeuvres without removing the baby seat.

After the outbreak, everything changed. I saw a man murdered for the last box of mini quiches, a soggy thing soaked in its own condensation. While I’d like to consider myself a better man, I hid underneath a set of 50%-off patio furniture during the whole scene, clutching an oversized three-pack of Heinz close to my chest. Was the red on my flannel his blood, my blood, or a just bottle I squeezed too hard? I didn’t know. I don’t ever want to know.

So, it’s where we all are headed. It’s the human destiny. Read more at fastdesign.com, and view the interactive zombie map he’s talking about here: mapofthedead.com.

http://youtu.be/EULZ93vWnTs

For all you Walking Dead fans[1. After last season’s final episode, who isn’t a fan now?!], there’s a new kid on the web. The show is called “Deader Days” and it’s about a zombie just trying to get along in the modern world.

The Walking Dead at Work

Deader Days focuses on Daryl[2. Played by Jayce Basques], who is an HFZ, or “higher functioning zombie.”What this means is, because he can still talk and act somewhat like the living, he is allowed to hold down a job, live amongst the living, and so on. In fact, he has civil rights.

Daryl is a recent victim of a still-just-a-rumor contagion that creates, allegedly, the undead. The show, at least the premiere episode, shows Daryl interacting with his roommates and co-workers. But, despite his attempt at acting normal, he is still a flesh-craving zombie. And, well, he’s dead.[3. Or “undead,” depending on your position on the subject.]

I donated to the production of this show (but asked for anonminity, I have no idea why), and I’m glad I did.  Consider donating if the team at Metronome Pictures goes for another round of funding via IndieGoGo.

Let me know what you think after you watch and leave a comment!

Poster of Romero's seminal zombie movie, Night of the Living Dead

I’ve been thinking about zombies lately. Well, I always think about zombies. But lately I’ve been thinking a LOT about zombies and the whole zombie apocalypse thing. It’s become quite an obsession with me, and I think I finally might have an idea why.

Zombies ‘R’ Us

There are two main reasons, in my opinion, that people like me are a bit obsessed with the creatures, and it’s because it’s so personal. What do I mean by this? Well, zombies are out to get us, and they will, eventually, do so. Run as we might, fortify our homes, they will get us. It may take years, maybe a whole lifetime, but they will get us. Of course, by “zombies,” I don’t mean zombies, but what they (in my opinion) represent:

Death and Zombies

First of all, we are all scared of dying (I guess there might be some exceptions out there, but I think this is a safe generalization). There is one simple reason (well, two). First, we simply don’t want to die. Most of us like it here, with our friends and family and lovers and pets and all of our stuff. It’s pretty good, most of the time.

Second, we all have this problem with dying, no matter what your religion or belief system. We simply don’t know what happens after we die. Not definitively. We have our ideas, our (desperate) hopes. But none of us really know. So the zombie phenomena, if you want to call it that, is a way for us to deal with our own deaths, it’s one way for us to “face” it (without truly facing it at all).

Because, in life, we continue to run from death, trying to outrun it, just as in the zombie stories and movies, where the heroes try to outrun the inevitable, too, in the form of zombies. In zombie fiction, everyone but us (“the hero”), and perhaps our significant other and a handful of hangers-on, dies. By relating and internalizing the role of the “hero,” we effectively conquer death while, at the same time, beating the crap out of the things that fly at us in the night: monsters from the grave.

The Zombie Apocalypse and the End of the World

As for the zombie apocalypse, let’s face it, there’s really nothing more frightening to any of us — atheist, born-again, Jesus fanatic, terrorist, average Joe — then the thought of the end of the world. Each for our own reasons. The loss of everything we know, all we hold dear, all time, history, the very existence of mankind. And yet…

Is it just me, or do we all, in some small way, wonder if we’d survive, be the hero of our own adventure? It’s the ultimate survivalist fantasy. But which, unfortunately, none of us would survive.

Final Thoughts on Death and Zombies

So we trudge through our days, trying to forget about death following so closely behind us. Trying not to think about our loved ones, our friends, our children, our parents, followed so closely, too. We hope to beat back the death and survive against all odds. Zombies free us to think about zombies and conquering them, and to avoid thinking about our own inevitable rotting corpses. Since the battle against Death can’t be won (at least not yet), I’m looking forward to a zombie apocalypse.

I’m planning to win that battle, how about you?
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