World War Z Brad Pitt Trailer Released

Yesterday the new trailer for World War Z was released. Looks like lots of action but also a lot of obviously computer generated zombie hordes. I hope they work a little more on the CG before the movie is released. The movie that this trailer presents is quite different from the original trailer released last year. The new trailer you can actually sit through.


 
Check out the old trailer below – if you can sit through it. Shortly after that release they realized they needed to change the movie’s feel, moving away from the book’s format.
 
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Zombies Don’t Eat Dead Meat

The Undeading is an attempt to break the Guinness World Records® record for the largest CPR training session ever, As part of their campaign, the Heart and Stroke Foundation released their “CPR Makes You Undead” video. It’s surprisingly well done and worth a watch – you may need the skills for the upcoming zombie apocalypse. You can ignore the advice to call 911, because their lines will be busy…

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Dish Network Took my Zombies Away

Dish Network and AMC Networks are battling out their differences in court this fall, but wanting to bring attention to their side of the story, AMC has released a video hoping to take a bite out of Dish and encourage them to settle out of court. The video features zombies walking around New York as paramedics, firemen, postmen and regular folks scaring unsuspecting citizens. A punchline at the end reads “Zombies don’t belong here – put them back on TV!” while a zombie drags a Dish Network satellite dish across the sidewalk. Not too subtle and very effective – the video has over 4 million views in 5 days. They’ve even set up a website, putzombiesback.com to help with the campaign – and to help you switch your cable provider so you can watch The Walking Dead on October 14th.
 

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Is the Zombie Apocalypse Here?

With all of the strange news lately – cannibalism, raged-out people throwing intestines and chewing attacks, the media is alive with talk of the coming zombie apocalypse. This has moved the zombie apocalypse prediction date very close, less than a year out. Usually, this much zombie activity on the Internet happens only as Halloween nears.

If this were an actual zombie apocalypse, this is how it would start – seemingly random events of crazy attacks, government denial, and most importantly, people seeking news and advice on search engines. The ZAPD formula is based on this kind of information, and statistics are available on the ZAPD statistics page

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Signs the Zombie Apocalypse has Started?

We Zombie tracks news reports and search engine queries, looking for signs of the impending zombie apocalypse. Yesterday, a man in in Miami was fatally shot when he refused to stop eating the face of another man. When a police officer ordered him to stop, he looked up, growled, and continued eating. While these are the kind of news reports we’ll see in the weeks leading up to the zombie apocalypse, this is probably an isolated incident. Police are speculating that “bath salts” may have been a cause of the man’s behavior, but we’ll never really know for sure.



There are reports of four similar incidents in Miami recently, which police are also blaming on bad LSD. Could this be some diabolical viral experiment carried out on homeless people? Certainly it is possible, but I think we would be seeing more than one of these cannibalistic attacks. Either way, this was a sad, horrible event that should never have happened. The Huffington Post has the story.

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Darker, Harder, Faster, Deeper – Walking Dead Season 3 Promo

Andrew Lincoln says season 3 is “The pace of it is darker, harder, faster, deeper.” Norman Reedus says it is “Omninous, dark and gloomy.” Can’t wait for Season 3 – check out the promo AMC just released – hope the details keep coming. Ernest Dickerson directed the finale of season 2 and is back to direct the opening of season 3.

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British Columbia Issues Zombie Apocalypse Preparedness Info

Looks like the BC Office of Emergency Information has released a campaign to get us prepared for the impending zombie apocalypse. The site has several videos to demonstrate how some simple tips such as having gas in your car, an emergency kit and a plan can ensure that we survive the first wave of attacks.

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Interview with Dana Fredsti, Author of Plague Town

Plague Town is the first in a series of novels from Dana Fredsti, and if this first book is an example, the series is destined for greatness. I reviewed the book earlier, and working through email I was able to ask Dana a few questions about the story, herself, and her writing life. I hope you enjoy her answers as much as I did.

WE ZOMBIE: Dana, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us here at We Zombie: I just finished reading your new novel, Plague Town, and enjoyed it so much I wanted to talk to you about the book. I’ve read that you have been an actress, writer, director,  protector of exotic felines, and that you are actually quite good with a sword. Tell us how the Plague Town book was conceptualized – was it created based on your past experiences?
 

DANA FREDSTI: The actual original concept for Plague Town came from Lori Perkins with Ravenous Romance, who approached me about writing a trilogy that would be “Buffy.  But with zombies.  And different.”  Like the Egg Shen quote says, it started very small.  I jumped at the chance. I definitely used some of my own experiences to build Ashley’s character, as well as the setting and some of the other characters, but much of it was made up on the spot as I wrote.

I also thought in broad strokes about what made Buffy so popular and connect with so many people and tried to incorporate those elements into the book without having any thing that would raise cries of “BUFFY RIP-OFF!” Hopefully I was successful.

WZ: OK, I’ll just come right out and ask this – Is Ashley Parker who you  secretly want to be, deep down inside?
 

DF: Heck, no!  I really don’t want to be in the middle of a zombocalypse, no matter how seductive the idea of raiding a shopping mall might be. I like the question, though, because a lot of people have asked if Ashley is based on me.  I am very good with swords (of various types), I can shoot a gun (although I don’t have nearly as much experience as I’d like), I  can hold my own in a verbal confrontation if I have to, and I would definitely go back for the cats.  If there’s anything about Ashley I’d love to have as my own, it’s the wild card enhanced strength/agility/senses.  I’m starting to feel the aches and pains of impending age and I resent it bitterly.  Other than that, though, I have to say I really like who I am, where I live, and what I’m doing with my life.  I’d like to think Ashley would mature into someone like me!

WZ: I like the way the first half of the book has two stories going at once that later merge. At the end of each chapter, after following Ashley’s story, we get to read about the action on the zombie front, which you’ve set in italics. It works well in this book – how did you come up with this format?
 

DF: When I started writing Plague Town, the first thing that popped into my head was the quote by Egg Shen  from Big Trouble in Little China, “That’s how it always begins.  Very small.” Once I ‘d written that down, I knew I wanted to show Plague Town’s “patient zero.”  Maggie and her family are the beginning of the plague and I grew attached to the idea of following them on their undead journey. I almost kept Maggie alive (in a zombie sense) till the end of the book, but decided other stories needed to be told, not just hers.
Also, the problem with writing in first person is you only have the main character’s point of view, so I wanted a way to show what else was happening in Redwood Grove and thereabouts.  So the italicized “interludes” became a way of doing that.

WZ: Where did you get your military knowledge, for example, knowing the level of kick an M-4 rifle has compared to other guns?
 

DF: I pestered friends and family in the military with questions.  I also got tons of info from my wonderful ex, Brian Thomas, who is a weapons handler in films as well as a history buff, and my friend and fellow author T. Chris Martindale, who is a firearms enthusiast (and if you haven’t read his horror novels, you are SO missing out).  I also googled extensively and watched YouTube gun demo videos (sent to me by T. Chris). I still made some mistakes, though, and am determined to get it all correct in Plague Nation.

WZ:  How does your writing process work? Do you have a set time or a certain place where you write? I’ve heard that writing can be lonely, but it seems like it would be fun with all the great characters and stories being imagined.
 

DF: Well, my idealized writing routine would be something like this: I arrive home after work to find the house sparkling clean, my felines staring up at me adoringly as they clear a path to my office, which is a cozy nook of a room overlooking the ocean. Food magically appears to sustain me as I write for three to five hours every night, the gentle purrs of the cats and some sort of music serving as white noise to drown out any distractions as my
characters beckon me on to tell the tales of their adventures.  I wear some sort of lounging pajamas made of silk, of course, and have character notes and plot points carefully posted on three by five cards, which I move around on the wall until they make sense.  The words flow until interrupted by a delicate yawn, which signals it’s time for bed.

The reality is I get home from work, immediately spend an hour cleaning up over beloved felines as they attack broom, mop and litter scoop because Mom’s home and it’s PLAY TIME!  Then I make some sort of dinner for me and my boyfriend (he chops things, but isnt much of a cook), and throw myself down on the couch in the living room and turn on my laptop. I shoo random cats off my laptop (and lap) so I can work without arms pinned down, turn on music and re-read work from the night before.  I try to coax my characters,
now all missing in action, to come back so I can continue a: chopping through an overgrown jungle of ideas that make no sense or b: wander a barren desert until something, anything, springs to mind and kickstarts the evening’s writing process.  I try to ignore the sound of random cat fights or things falling over in other rooms (do I really want to know what they did? No, I really don’t) and forge ahead until a jaw-dislocating yawn cracks my face in half and I fall face forward on the living room coffee table,
ready for bed. This generally happens anywhere from 9 to 10pm, no matter how into a scene I might be. I go narcoleptic at a certain point and there’s not much I can do about it.

On weekends I tend to start writing at 2pm and go until I can’t write any more. I’d like to start earlier, but the mornings and early afternoon tend  to be relegated to exercise (beach walkies!), household stuff, and catching up on emails and social networking. The rest of the routine (cats, etc.) is pretty much the same.  And it’s not really that lonely because I have the afore-mentioned felines keeping me company, as well as my boyfriend (also a writer), who works on his stuff next to me on the couch.

WZ: Dana, I want to thank you again for the interview; you’ve provided some great insight into the book and you as an author. In closing, can you tell us a little about book two – Plague Nation? How about giving us some hints on what we can look forward to.
 

DF: Plague Nation is going to see the spread of the zombie outbreak outside of the 100 square mile quarantine zone around Redwood Grove into the rest of the United States and adjacent countries/continents. I’m gonna kill at least one familiar character (I say that so callously, but I assure you I will not be happy while killing this particular character) and introducing new ones, and setting up plenty of challenges for Ashley and her fellow wild cards. One of my favorite things to do at any given time is imagine how I’d use a particular place/setting for my books and I’m definitely going to have a chance to put some of my ideas on paper … or in my computer, rather. Sigh.  I just carbon-dated myself, didn’t I?  :-)

To learn more about Dana, visit her website or better yet, read Plague Town and find out for yourself why Dana Fredsti is a bright, shining star in the zombie cosmos.

 
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Zombies Fear the new Chevy Cruze?

According to a new commercial from Chevy, zombies fear the Chevy Cruze more than any other car. I don’t know about you, but that’s not what I’ll be driving when the zombie apocalypse happens. Sure, it’s a great car – perhaps great for before the apocalypse, but I need a little more road clearance, protection, and power. You can only drive in circles for so long.

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Interview with Chris Wade, Author of Promiscuville: Rise of the Dead

I was able to interview Chris Wade about his new book, Promiscuville: Rise of the Dead, which I recently reviewed. The book promises to be a big success, and I hope we see more zombie fiction from Wade in the future. The interview took place over email, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

WZ: Thank you for taking some time to answer questions about your book, Promiscuville: Rise of the Dead. You’re not a new author, but I think this is your first work in the zombie genre, right? When did you start writing and what led you to writing this book?
 

CHRIS WADE: This is my first zombie fiction book yeah. I started wriitng as a kid, very odd surreal little stories, and I also used to do zombie comics when I was about 13 because I was mad on Romero’s films, especially Day of the Dead. I started giving writing a proper go in 2009, when I did a book on the ex Stranglers singer Hugh Cornwell, which he sold on his tour and Hound Dawg Magazine, a free arts thing I still do now when I get the chance. I’ve done a range of stuff, books on Romero’s films and fiction audiobooks with comedians like Rik Mayall and Charlie Chuck, but I have always wanted to craft a zombie story and I finally started it at the back end of last year. I finished it in February and I really enjoyed doing it.

WZ: What is your process for writing – do you have a routine time of day, place, etc.? How do you stay motivated?
 

CW: I have an office that I almost religiously go to and I always write something every day. I get up early too, around 7 or 8 everyday and always go check emails and do things in the office until dinner time and then see where I go for the rest of the day. It’s a kind of natural thing for me really, so there’s no conscious decision made to devote time to writing. I stay motivated because I can always find something to write, whether it’s a song, something towards a novel, an article for the magazine, a review or a short story.

WZ: I have to ask about the book’s setting: the town and its characters. A crazy lady who allegedly killed her husband, perverted psychiatrists, secret criminal gangs, unscrupulous people – are you making a statement about sin and what happens to bad people who do bad things? Perhaps a zombie apocalypse will equalize things?
 

CW: Yeah that is exactly what I was going for and I am glad that is easy to pick out from all the chaos. Certainly I love zombie gore but I wanted to make some points about society too. England is not in a good way at the minute and I wanted this to be reflected in the book. The class system and its snobbiness is explored with the two characters Reginald And Stanford and I even touch on the lootings  that happened in England last summer with some hoody type criminals who take advantage of the zombie outbreak and raid the shops. That careless and materialistic side of society bothers me too. But I was imagining how people would react if hell rose out of the badness and gave them a taste of their own medicine.

WZ: Why did you name the town Promiscuville? There’s very little sexual activity going on there, at least overtly.
 

CW: There’s a lot of sexual activity going on there because there’s a lot of prostitutes and perverts there; what a lovely little place eh? My girlfriend came up with the town name because it sounded mucky and scummy, which that place really is. I just loved the name. I thought it was very unusual sounding and maybe would get people wondering what it’s all about.

WZ: What are you working on now? Are there more zombies in your future?
 

CW: Maybe next year I want to start another book in the Promiscuville series, following other characters at the same time. There’s an audiobook of Promiscuville coming out soon and I’ve got other projects that need sorting out first, but I would love to revisit the genre again when I can. I loved writing about zombies so much!

WZ: Do you think you will survive the zombie apocalypse? Would you want to?
 

CW: Not sure about this. I was always a fast runner so maybe if it was Romero zombies I’d be able to run away from them, but if it was rage type zombies I’d be fucked. I would literally soil myself in fear so I am not sure how long I would last. I’d like to think that something inside would take over and I’d become a tough guy, but it just doesn’t sound right me even saying that. I’d quite like to see what being a zombie was like, although sometimes when you switch on day time TV I think that feeling is pretty close to zombification.

WZ: Thanks again for the answers, and in closing, is there anything you want to say to your fans or do you have any inspiring words for those wanting to become a writer?
 

CW: As advice I would say write what you enjoy, not what you know. Apart from that, I would maybe starting your own publishing house, screw the big wigs! (Down with Thatcher too! Oh, it’s 2012…) To people who’ve enjoyed any of my work, I really appreciate it, after all, it’s what any writer loves.  Thanks again Bill

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