By Flea - Be A Survivor
Max Brookshas done a much better job at preparing the masses for the ZPAW (Zombie Post Apocalyptic World) than I ever could but I will throw in my two cents on the subject. I can see the emails already, this guy is off his rocker, zombies don’t exist. Don’t be so quick to dismiss, ever see The Serpent And The Rainbow? I fully understand that there are no zombies shambling around now eating brains and rising from the grave but who is to say it can never happen. Does a zombie EVEN need to be dead? I know most of you have seen 28 Days Laterand that proves my point nicely.
Anyone in an altered state or infected by some disease now becomes your “zombie”. Sometimes fantasy is the best indicator for reality and there are lessons to be learned from those fantasies. Many of these lessons can be applied in situations not only dealing with the undead but also the living. The classic way to kill a zombie is to destroy the brain in some fashion…hmmm my hunch is that works on the living as well, possibly not on those with nothing between their ears but I digress.
The two classic types of zombies are:
Shambler – slow moving, slow to react and usually only dangerous when in large numbers.
Runner – this would be the 28 Days Latervariety where they run at full speed, never tire and generally scare the shit of everyone. This is generally worst case scenario in my opinion because your options are limited due to their dexterity and speed.
Regardless of the type of foe you face one thing is certain you need to be prepared.
1.) Clothing should be tight fitting and cover your body, don’t give them anything to grab onto. Make sure to wear glasses of some kind to prevent splatter from entering your bloodstream through the eyes.
2.) Hair should be short, once again to prevent grabbing and holding while you are consumed alive.
3.) Communications should be via handheld radios for short range and HAM radio for long range.
3a.) For the love of God don’t move your party to a place based on some recording that is continuously playing over the frequencies. That “place” has most likely been overrun or will be manned by hostiles (like rogue military looking for helpless females to "mate" with or a crazy biker gang that has already resorted to cannibalism).
4.) If you find a good place to hole up (like a frickin MALL!), stay there until you absolutely have to move.
5.) Weapons should be two fold, something with bullets and a backup that operates on pure muscle power. Have a short barreled rifle and a sidearm and back them up with something like a nice aluminum baseball bat for some manual brain bashing.
Golden Rule: Always save one bullet, it really would suck to get eaten alive.
I was contacted the other day by some enterprising individuals who are writing some zombie fiction in blog form and are being sponsored by Permuted Press.
You can read the email below:
Chris here from Dead Meat. I was looking at your blog and thought, "well our novel is a survival story.. why not?" So I figured I'd send you the link and let you take a peek.
Dead Meat chronicles the journey of two survivors--Gavin and Benny--as the town of River’s Edge falls to pieces around them. The destruction of River’s Edge begins with an influx of rodents and “rabies” cases leading to a quarantine of the city. Those who remain in town are attacked and fed upon by packs of the living dead. Labeling the infected residents “bees” for their tendency to travel in swarms, Gavin and Benny must do their best to survive the chaos in River’s Edge while making their way north in search of sanctuary. No one knows what waits outside River’s Edge, but Gavin and Benny know that to survive, they must escape.
The novel is based more on the emotional side of surviving a zombie outbreak than the "guts and glory" side. We are sponsored by Permuted Press. If you decide to read it, let us know what you think. If you like it would you be interested in reviewing it or maybe even interviewing us? Anyway We hope to hear back from you.
Thanks for your time.
Chris & Patrick Williams"
The story is called DEAD MEAT and you can click the link and read it for yourself.
...that is all.
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