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My name is Alexander Pain. I’m a historian of sorts. I chronicle the future yet to come. It’s a future filled with shuffling hordes of zombies. These fearsome–yet pitiful–creatures have but one mission: destroy and consume humanity. In their quest to destroy us and snuff out the spark that makes us special, the Zombies also unite us. They force the living to set aside long held differences and work together to survive. When the zombies come to cities, we can’t be Black, White, Asian, Indian or Hispanic. The best we can hope to be is alive today, tomorrow, and for some of the next week.
Born in Scotland, Apricity immigrated to Canada as a child, but not before being bitten by the entertainment bug. In her formative years, the singer was a pageant show participant, auditioned for Britain’s icon tv show Top of the Pops, and also appeared on kids’ programs like Fun Factory before eventually comfortably settling into the world of musical theatre.
“It was being involved in different facets of entertainment that put me on the path to who I am today,” Apricity says. “Seeing people willing to invest their time and energy into me was inspirational. And now, I’m investing in myself. It’s been a tremendous amount of work but I’ve loved every minute of it.”
He’s turned thousands of people into brain-eating zombies and you could be his next victim client. All he needs is a high-resolution photograph of your face which he will then re-make with paint and a pen. On his canvas, your eyes will sink into deep sockets, your lips will partially rot away, and untethered skin will slide off shiny, blood-red muscle.
Zombie Portrait artist Rob Sacchetto is a 25 year veteran freelance artist and he has been illustrating custom zombie portraits full-time since 2006. He was the first artist to offer a custom zombie portrait service and his commissions remain the most sought after. In fact, Sacchetto was commissioned to create a zombie portrait for Greg Nicotero; the co-executive producer, director and special effects make-up designer on AMC’s The Walking Dead. In addition, the staff of The Talking Dead also recently commissioned Rob to create a custom zombie portrait for show host Chris Hardwick.
Rob’s work as appeared in Stuff Magazine, Rue Morgue, Fangoria, Maxim, HorrorHound, National Geographic and more. His work has also been featured on G4 TV, Discovery Channel, Space, IFC, Starz, and Reviews on the Run and numerous other video media outlets. Rob himself has appeared in the zombie documentary ‘Zombiemania’ as a zombie authority, sharing time with George Romero, Tom Savini, Max Brooks and other zombie-culture notables and he has been interviewed for articles appearing in The Daily Mail, The Toronto Star, The Huffington Post, Wired, AOL News and Yahoo News.
Since starting ZombiePortraits.com Rob Sacchetto has created THOUSANDS of zombie portraits, but each an every one is horribly special.
Sacchetto’s empire of zombie art further expanded in 2009 to include daily zombie-themed illustrations. Rob posts these original zombie drawings to his “Zombie Daily” blog every day. Since starting the zombie art project Rob has created more than 1500 original zombie sketches. Sacchetto’s “Zombie Daily’ project also led to the publication of books by Ulysses Press, exclusive Books-A-Million products, puzzles, greeting cards as well numerous other zombie products.
Zombie Daily continues, and Rob even allows zombie fans to request customized zombie illustrations and, for a nominal fee, zombie fanatics can keep the original zombie artwork.
Solomon has been an educator for the last 24 years at the elementary and middle school levels. Growing up in New York, Solomon was constantly surrounded by family and friends. It was then he developed an affinity with suspenseful and scary movies. When he first got his hands on Stephen King’s The Dark Half and Dean Koontz The Bad Place, he knew that he wanted to someday write books of horror and suspense except instead of writing for adults, he would focus on kids and young adults.
A Ghost in the Attic (2019) sat on his computer for nearly 20 years before Solomon got the nerve to revisit Samson O’Keefe’s world. A Ghost in the Attic deals with very real situations such as being the new kid, the loss of a loved one, and dealing with bullies. More importantly, it is a story about unexpected endearing friendships. And, yes, there’s that ghost in the attic to deal with.
If A Ghost in the Attic is the book that Solomon always wanted to get published, then award winning Feasters: An Apocalyptic Tale (2020) is the story he’s always wanted to write. It’s much more than a story about zombies, vampires, and the apocalypse. Feasters is a story about social acceptance and the importance of family and the bonds that tie us together as people.
Solomon resides in Southern California with his wife and three children.
Daniel is an award-winning and bestselling multi-genre author. He made his debut in the post-apocalyptic genre and quickly became known as a must read with his hit The End Time Saga. His deep passion for history has inspired him to tackle the historical fiction genre with launch of the bestselling and award-winning Northern Wolf Series.
He is an avid traveler and physical fitness enthusiast. He fulfilled a quest of iron by worshipping at the shrine of Arnold Schwarzenegger, in Graz, Austria, an experience he will never forget.He is an avid traveler and physical fitness enthusiast with a deep passion for history. The works of George R.R. Martin, Steven Pressfield, Bernard Cornwell, Robert Jordan, and George Romero, have inspired his work.
He is a proud member of the Horror Writers Association, Military Writers Society of America and the Historical Novel Society. Although a Midwesterner for life, he’s lived long enough in Virginia to call it home.
Interview with Kelley from Zombie Dollz
So you know zombies can be creepy. And dolls can sure as hell be creepy as well. Now, what if I told you someone combined both of them? Yeah, creepy zombie dolls, that you can buy.. Made inside a haunted church… Welcome to our interview with Kelley from Zombie Dollz.
Hi Kelley, could you tell a bit more about yourself?
I am a long time horror enthusiast with an obsessive concentration on zombies. I enjoy lengthy discussions on zombie apocalypse survival. It’s the creative aspect of survival that appeals to me, anything can become a weapon. My favorite survival idea has been surrounding our home with treadmills, might work and would be fun to watch zombies fly in the air after wandering onto it.
I think there’s a meme about that! I really wonder if that would work, it just might. But we’ll have to think of something for the corners I guess.
So, how did this project get started?
The Zombie Dollz Store started with a trip to my local thrift store. I was shopping for creepy dolls to use for my Halloween display. I stumbled upon a huge porcelain doll collection that had been donated. There were clowns, Victorian women in fancy gowns, school girls, brides, pouty children and more. Many were still in boxes, untouched. Something clicked in my head about how weird variety of dolls that was, a cross section of eras and life. My warped mind responded, “Yeah, but each one of you could be inflicted with a zombie virus”. I knew I wanted to create that story for each doll. I loaded my cart with those dolls and Zombie Dollz was started.
Inspiration comes when you least expect it. Where do you get the source material from now? Are they still coming from thrift stores, or are these now homemade?
Thrift stores and auctions are great sources for materials. I bring abandoned objects back from the dead. I dismantle each doll, dye and distress their clothes and repaint each doll. I use clay to alter their bodies and will sew new outfits if needed. I want each doll to tell the story of who they were and what has happened since. I’m drawn to the contrast of creepy and cute. A doll can be grossly disfigured, yet still beautiful. Seeing the beauty still is most important in my art.
They really are brought back from the dead. Do you have any other horror themed projects?
Several years ago we bought an abandoned country church that the locals say is haunted. We’ve been remodeling it and turning it into our future home. A lot of my dolls are created there. I have a picture of our ghost, it’s pretty freaky. So in ways that is our main horror project, but otherwise it’s Halloween. I love Halloween and was even married on Halloween. Our reception was a masquerade party. I enjoy decorating for Halloween. We have an elaborate display that we have created by hand.
Wait, you have a picture of your ghost? Inside your haunted church that is now your home?
This is our church. I was just taking random pictures inside. The picture before and after were normal, nothing on the lens. It was a nice day, no reason for the camera to be blurry. It’s such a classic “Casper” image.
Why zombies? What is it that really appeals to you?
Wow, great question. I think I like zombies because it’s a disaster that in my mind could happen. The idea of zombies is equalizing, it could happen to anyone. We strive for these perfect, glamorous lives filled with money and material things. Then one day you’re stricken with a zombie virus and now you’re an altered version of yourself. Now, a relentless pursuit of human brains is your main goal. Creating these dolls is satisfying. They are living their second life as zombies after being discarded.
Thank you so much for this interview Kelley, I love your story and product!
Thank you Frank for this opportunity. Sitting down and really thinking about my process has provided me with a wonderful reflective afternoon. I appreciate that.
You’re welcome, so to direct people to your amazing project, let’s drop some links below:
Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ZombieDollzStore
Interview with the Zombie Apocalypse Store
Tell me how you came up with the idea of your store?
The zombie store was conceived in 2011 at the peak of the economic downturn in Las Vegas, which was ground zero for the entire US downturn. Las Vegas fell harder than just about anywhere else because it had grown faster ,and nothing grows forever. The economic climate was dismal and it was felt by most living here, as tourism was also greatly affected. It was time to temporarily change course from our previously successful artificial grass business and open a zombie themed fun and functional store that would help us survive whatever was to happen next. Success was immediate and word rapidly spread around the world about the Zombie Apocalypse Store in Las Vegas.
What do you find most challenging about your running your store?
The most challenging aspect of the store is getting people who think they aren’t interested in the zombie genre to come in. There truly is something here for everyone.
We see that you have a zombie apocalypse kit, what’s in it?
We have several options for zombie survival kits. Our most popular is our Bug Out Section where you can build your own kit for your personal and family needs.
Tell me about some of the highlights of your store.
Highlights of the store include animatronic zombie props and a completely themed shopping environment.
When your friends/family hear about the store, what do they say or ask?
A surprising amount of people including friends and those we meet regularly have already heard about the store. Many have not yet been there but most are glad when they finally do come in.
The interest in zombies and zombie activity seems to be growing. Why do you think that is?
I’m not quite sure what drives the zombie genre as a whole. There certainly is a horror fan component as well as a survivalist aspect. Many consider zombies sexy! Go figure!
What would you tell someone who is thinking about visiting?
Anyone considering visiting us should absolutely do so. It is the perfect blend of fun and function. Fun zombie novelties and products interspersed with functional survival items such as knives, machetes, bug out stuff, real handgun and rifle ammo Plus, Plus!
If they have any questions where should they go?
Questions and comments to [email protected].
Interview with Solomon Petchers
Today we have the pleasure of interviewing Solomon Petchers. A teacher, zombie slayer and author of children’s books. Not just about zombies, but zombies and vampires.. In one book!
Hi Solomon, so being a teacher, was it a natural choice writing for kids?
I’ve been a teacher for 24 years (mostly in elementary and middle schools 4-8th grade) and I’ve read some really good literature over the years with my students either prescribed by the district or in literature circles.The kids were always drawn to the scarier books like R. L. Stine or Mary Downing Hahn to name a few. So the audience of kids and young adults are right in my wheelhouse. I mean, why should the adults have all the fun. As I develop my skill set, I tend to cater to the slightly older kids in the Young Adult category. Also, I grew up in a large family with lots of cousins. We would spend hours scaring the heck out of each other. So, with my upbringing and my career, this audience is a very natural choice for me.
What would be the main difference in writing for adults or children?
The difference between writing for children and adults would be in the content. Although in my own reading, I don’t mind some gratuitous gore. I welcome it. But, being a teacher for so long and a father of three kids, I don’t find it necessary to go over the top for children and young adult horror or ghost stories. The other difference is I think if children and young adults can walk away thinking my stories are so much more than zombies, vampires, or ghosts and there’s a lesson to be learned, then it’s I’ve done my job as a storyteller. My stories tend to be more about friendships and acceptance.
So in your bio I read that your first book had been on the shelves for 20 years, how were you able to get back to that story?
Man, this is something I’ve really had to come to terms with. So, I’ve always loved storytelling and writing. In my freshman year of college, I took a creative writing class I was really excited about. After turning in a short story I worked really hard on, my professor came to me and told me, “Solomon, you should consider choosing a career that didn’t involve writing words.” Man, I was deflated! Talk about the power of words! Anyway, fast forward a few years around 1996, I’d written some short stories and finished A Ghost in the Attic. I didn’t let anyone read it. I printed it off and stored it in a box. My professor’s words still sat at the forefront of my mind. There was no way it would ever get farther than that. In 2017, I found it in one of the moving boxes filled with miscellaneous stuff in it. I read through it and said, “Why not?” I had to retype the entire thing because it was printed out. After a lot of help and editing, A Ghost in the Attic was independently published in 2019.
That’s a terrible thing for a professor to say about someone’s passion. Writing is an art, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What advice would you have for people wanted to get into writing?
It was crazy. I remember it feeling like a gut-punch. I’m sure it wasn’t pretty grammatically, and I don’t even think she got past that. Ironically, I wasn’t a stellar English student. Advice? Writing is certainly a grind, especially in the beginning of a project, but if you have a story to tell, write it. Upon hearing that I’m published, people often tell me they have always wanted to write a book, but don’t know how. I tell them to just start. Words turn into sentences. Sentences turn into paragraphs. Paragraphs turn into chapters. Before you know it, chapters turn into books! But, it will never happen unless you start. Once you get going, it takes on a life of its own.
That is very true. So your book “Feasters: An Apocalyptic Tale” had zombies and vampires in it, why the combination?
Ha ha! The short answer is why not! Honestly, I’d never heard of combining zombies and vampires before. I thought how much fun would this be? Zombies are my favorite and I’ve always wanted to write in the genre, but I wanted it to be non-traditional. As I was writing Feasters, the story developed into a social awareness piece where the Vampires were discriminated against by humans so much so that legislation was put into place. Some unscrupulous scientists set out to try and eradicate vampires. In their effort, the zombie apocalypse happened wiping out both humans and vampires except for the few “lucky” enough to survive. When our teenage Vampire heroes meet up with some humans who aren’t what they appear to be, they are forced to make decisions. Save them or serve them up to the Feasters. Like every good zombie story, zombies tend to weave their way through the story and pop up when least expected. It becomes more a man vs man (vampire) story instead. I just finished the sequel, and the stakes are even higher!
That is a very interesting take on the genre. Are there any other genres you would think mix well with zombies?
Well, I’ve wondered about advanced zombies (zombies that adapt over time) and aliens. I see this more as a comedy. You know, having traveled light years to conquer Earth and subjugate humans only to find mindless zombies that won’t submit because they’re id driven with primitive desires only to feed. In the end, the few aliens left escape Earth but little do they know a few zombies are hitching a ride.
What are your plans for the future? Will writing always be a hobby?
My plans are to attempt to churn out a book every 12-16 months and see what happens. I love teaching, for sure, but a part of me would love to write full-time. There aren’t enough hours in the day to write and promote and design as it is.
Very true, people often don’t realize how much time all of this takes. Are you also a zombie prepper? Or were you among those scavenging for toilet paper this time last years as well?
Man, was that crazy! Really, toilet paper was the first thing on peoples’ minds? It wasn’t in my top 10 items I’d use for survival, but it makes sense. Think about how bad that would be to run out of toilet paper. Although, I will say, we did barter toilet paper with some neighbors for some other useful items. It was funny because at the beginning of quarantine, friends, family, and fans who read Feasters reached out to me and said, “You predicted this!” I got a kick out of that. I’m not a zombie prepper, however, as we know there should be two types of plans for every house. Know what to do when there’s a fire, but more importantly, know what to do when the apocalypse happens.
That concludes our interview, we’re very happy to host this and have Solomon share his story in the community. To check out his work, please follow any of the links below!
Interview with Mario Pun from the Zombie Apparel Shop
Hi everyone, today we have an Interview with Mario Pun from the Zombie Apparel Shop for you. The Zombie Apparel shop specializes in custom designed, zombie themed clothing. So naturally, when we at Zombie Guide found out about this, just had to go find out more.
First of all, who is the team behind this? How did you all meet?
I am a single man team as of right now.
And you do all of this by yourself, that is very impressive! How do you find the people to promote your work? Are they friends of yours?
Everyone published on my page is a customer. Some friends who supported me and a lot of new people through networking in my area of South Florida. Some of the people that I got in contact with was through social media, ones with big names.
So, how did the idea to make zombie themed clothing start?
I came up with the idea of zombie apparel about 3 years ago, but I just actually started making the clothes January 14, 2020. I always drew all my life and liked to create dark themed art with my own life experience through them.
What was it that made you start the business after those three years?
So I wanted to start with a set amount of money put up, with paperwork already done with all the business aspects already done, and that seemed like it would never happen due to just how life was going. So I said screw it, I have to start from somewhere. So I started out with just t-shirts and it grew from there to where I’m at now and I have WAY more in store for my line in the future.
That’s the right attitude, otherwise there is always something to wait for. Is all of this custom made? And where do you get the ideas for designs from?
Yes, so basically my process is have vendors for garments. So I purchase garments whole sale. Draw my designs by hand, then get them graphically made and lastly print the designs on the garments accordingly.
So that really is a business you’re running out of your own home? How do you estimate what clothes to buy and their sizes?
Yes, and honestly. I started my business homeless. I was sleeping in my rental car and my friend would let me stay in his room on this chair. Which I’m still working through but greatness is coming. My rental SUV is FILLED with boxes. I had to invest into a mini storage for stuff that is unprinted. I make sure to get sizes from S to 3XL because I have a wide variety of customers when it comes to sizes
Wow, starting a business while homeless, that’s impressive! So the webshop, is all of this done by you?
Yes, I started off with a BigCartel website for the first 3 months and I then switched to Shopify where everything was much easier for personal use and making of the website.
Did you ever look at using other retailers? Or was that the original plan?
I actually still constantly look at different retailers for garments. Too many options that different retailers provide that some don’t.
The mission statement is really interesting and a very positive take on hardships in life. How do you see possible future products that might tie into this?
I actually feel like that is what my brand is exactly about.
Mario, thank you for the interview! To help spread the word, below are the links to your shop, Instagram and Twitter. If anyone is still looking for a real original zombie themed gift for Christmas, definitely go check this out.
The Shop: https://shopzombieapparel.com/
An Interview with Daniel Greene
To continue our interview series with awesome zombie content creators, today I have the honor of presenting you author Daniel Greene. He’s an avid fitness enthusiast, so much even that he visited the holy shrine of body building, the home of Arnold Schwarzenegger in Austria. Besides all of his books, Daniel has more ideas in his head than there is time to write. So let’s not waste another moment of his time, ladies and gentlemen: An Interview with Daniel Greene!
To start with a quote from your author bio ” He fulfilled a quest of iron by worshipping at the shrine of modern bodybuilding, the childhood home of Arnold Schwarzenegger, in Graz, Austria, an experience he will never forget. “
What happened there? Did you actually go to the gym he trained in and did some reps? What’s the story behind that?
The answer is an emphatic, yes. I was fortunate enough to spend my 30th birthday in Germany and Austria for Oktoberfest and as a part of this vacation we made a pit stop in Graz. Thal is technically where Arnold grew up, but his gym was quite a few miles away in Graz. We went to his childhood home first, which has been turned into a museum. Had a beer on his back porch, then drove, not rode a bike like Arnold did as a child to his gym. Another bodybuilder, named Kurt Marnul, owns the gym. He is a big supporter/mentor of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Unfortunately he wasn’t in when we stopped by, but my now wife and I hit the gym for a few reps. Not a full workout, but just a few reps to say we worked out where Arnold did. The whole experience was unforgettable and we loved having such a unique experience.
That’s really awesome. Since it’s a museum now, do they still have the same equipment there? Or is it very much a modern gym with a few memorial items?
The gym is still an active fitness facility, but Arnold’s childhood home has been turned into a museum. They have his Conan the Barbarian sword, Austrian tank uniform, and a giant sculpture of him doing a twisted bicep/back pose. I’m sorry to say I don’t know the proper pose name.
Speaking of health and fitness, which is as you mention important in the zombie apocalypse. How much is your routine adapted to an apocalyptic scenario?
I’m kind of a fitness nerd. I usually hit the gym five days a week. It’s a habit I built early in life primarily for sports, but it’s something that I’ve loved for a long time and look forward to everyday. I used to run and lift a lot, but I sustained a few injuries over the years and had to tone it down on the running front. I am big on cross-training.
Daily, I usually do some sort of interval running/cardio, rowing, or elliptical. Then I hit a bunch of multi-function high rep lifts with a good amount of weight. As far as training for the apocalypse goes, you are going to need some excellent interval-style fitness. Assumedly, you will be fighting for survival whether that’s fighting zombies or other people, fighting gets your heart rate sky high. You are going to have to be relatively comfortable with this kind of stress on your body to increase your survival. This means getting yourself way out of that comfort zone, working your muscles and lungs past fatigue because in many cases you will be conducting a running fight, meaning you will be under immense stress, then on the move, under immense stress, and on the move again in a state of heightened awareness which brings on it’s own stress factors. I will also say having good strength is important. You want to have any physical advantage you can get over any potential opponents. I feel that if you train out of your comfort zone, these situations may be less stressful and hopefully survivable. No amount of physical training can guarantee survival, but it can help.
Absolutely, doing interval training is key for combat related scenarios. It’s what they had us do in the army, several miles of interval rucking, an obstacle course followed by some range time or medical evacuation. In a zombie apocalypse you’d have to stay silent most of the time, round a corner and BAM zero to one-hundred in a split second. Fight for your life and right back to being completely silent, controlling your breathing and possibly running away. Just lifting some weights and snapping Instagram pics isn’t going to cut it. So now we’re both training before the apocalypse, do you think physical training will still be needed during the apocalypse? Or do you believe the setting on its own would be enough to stay in shape?
I would say definitively yes, but it depends on if the situation stabilizes or not. Our soldiers in the US military do a certain amount of maintenance training in the field. But if you don’t have a secure place where you can turn it down a notch and train that’s just not feasible. If you are in a survival situation, then training doesn’t make sense. What I would expect to see during the apocalypse is military/law enforcement trained individuals attempting to do on the spot firearms/tactics training of people within their group to try to enhance the chances the group survives encounters with infected or hostile parties. I know we switched gears a bit there, but that I think it should be mentioned.
Ow I totally agree on that, it would mostly be improvised on the spot training. So to get back on topic, you say you were influenced heavily by 80s action movies and people like George Romero, what do you think was the final trigger that made you become an author?
I do feel there was a Golden Age for action films and it was the 80s. I grew up watching movies like Alien, Predator, Terminator, and Dawn of the Living Dead (I know that’s late 70s and yes, it’s my favorite). I guess those things just stick with you. My palate broadened over time for both movies and books, and I fell in love with work by Pressfield, Martin, and Cornwell. I’ve been an avid reader since I was young and eventually I decided that I wanted to give it a go. I started writing on my iPad without an external keyboard…You can imagine how long it took to write End Time.
Ha, that’s a fitting title than huh?
Yeah, a long time, but I graduated to a keyboard, and then finally a computer. Now, I look at my production schedule and the series I’m gearing up to release and I shake my head. I just don’t think I will have time to get to them all done in my life!
Time is a finite thing.. As someone who likes to travel, what would you say is the ideal place to be during the zombie apocalypse?
That’s a tough one. A well-supplied island, with proper water filtration preferably surrounded with fresh water, just makes it a bit easier. I wouldn’t want to be alone. I’d love to have close friends/family there, people you can trust to watch your back. I also think it would be cool to be in a castle, but we don’t have many of those in America. Maybe I’ll build one…haha.
Good one! I’d also go for an island or a boat with sails on it. This is very dependent on the environment. Taking friends and family with you is a must though. You’ll want a night watch schedule so you don’t get surprised by other people who want an island.
I also want to say, that one of the worst places I can think of to be is an airplane. In the first book of my zombie apocalypse series, The End Time Saga, there is an extended multi-chapter scene with an outbreak on a plane. Number two would be an elevator…
Insert level from Left4Dead2… I can totally see the elevator doors open and they’re just staring at you. Imagine being in a county jail cell while the staff turns into zombies. Or on a cruise.. Basically any place you’re trapped with them would suck. Shit.. The mirror house in a theme park! What place would you actually WANT to run into zombies? Like a firing range or..
Cruises already have potential for a viral outbreak! Mirror house. I just watched Stranger Things 3 the other day, (SPOILERS) we’ll just put it this way, I was yelling at the T.V. for Hopper to put a bullet in the dude’s head. I was like come on, you know better. Sure enough the guy had body armor, although he hid it well for the 80s.
As to your question, I’d want to fight zombies in a location where they were pinned in and I could shoot them from very far away. But secretly, I would love to be on horseback with medieval armor on bashing my way through a horde with a battle-axe. Even better, a contingent of other armored knights with me. You know, your boys and such, riding to battle with some heavy metal playing in the background..
You mention history as a particular interest, is there any era that you’re particularly interested in?
History was one of my majors at university so I’ve always had a deep passion for it. I’m also a big fan of epic fantasy novels like Game of Thrones and Wheel of Time which both weigh heavily in history. I love Cornwell’s Saxon Tales so I lean toward the Viking Age and Medieval era, but I am also very interested in early American history from European discovery through the American Civil War.
And on that note, I have to mention that this fall I will be coming out with a brand new historical fiction series that follows a band of misfit Union cavalrymen as they lock horns with the master horseman J.E.B. Stuart and his Invincibles at Gettysburg. It’s called Northern Wolf. I’m really excited about this series, as it follows this band of rookie Union soldiers, as they become veteran warriors over the course of the war. Tons of adventures and battles, I even bring viewpoint chapters in from the legendary commanders of the war like Custer, Hampton, and Kilpatrick. So the writing really morphs over the series, the first novel is a coming of age tale, the second novel an internal struggle over what kind of soldier the main character wants to be, a noble warrior or an unruly savage. Northern Wolf will be out in September and the sequel Northern Hunt will release in November of 2019.
And to finish on a zombie note, the fifth book in The End Time Saga titled The Holding will be out in December of this year. I have a big fall season coming up!
Thanks for having me!
Thanks for coming on! As a history enthusiast, I will definitely keep an eye out for the release of Northern Wolf. If people are interested in your work, what’s are the best places to go?
Amazon Link to End Time: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CSOU6S6/
An interview with AM Geever
Ladies, Gentlemen and ghouls, I present you: An interview with AM Geever ! Well, an interview at least. At Zombie Guide Magazine, we’re all about the people who create content. To support people like you who want to pursue their own path, we’re here, dead AF, not going anywhere. So today we’re starting a new tradition of interviewing awesome people from the zombie community. As I’ve already given it away, here’s A.M. Geever!
Hi Anne and welcome to ZGM, let’s start with a quote from your website:
“If you want to survive the Zombie Apocalypse, sign up for A. M. Geever’s Love in a Dead Age Survival Tips Newsletter.“
When people sign up for your newsletter, what kind of tips would they get? Maybe a free one for the readers?
I try to offer practical suggestions that will help your average person who is maybe dialed in a little bit about zombie apocalypse prep but is not a full-on prepper. So… everyday weapons. Maybe you don’t own a gun, but how about a crowbar, tire iron, or pickaxe? All of those things will kill a zombie if you use them correctly. Do you have a rendezvous location, and is it fortified, near a natural water source, and stocked up with lots of food, water, and fuel? Or, do you even have a zombie apocalypse survival team? Have you thought about it? Have you talked to the people who you think would be good team members? After my newsletter readers get the basics down, then we’ll move on to more complicated survival tips, like where to buy property, how to fortify your bug out location, and medical care for the lay person.
That sounds really good, I just signed up, very much looking forward to your tips!
Great! I hope that you find it helpful.
” I enjoy stories of survival in extraordinary circumstances and how people react to finding themselves in seemingly impossible situations. What brings out the best and the worst of human nature? Do people always break good or bad, or is it a bit of both? “
This is an interesting take on the genre and actually part of the reason Zombie Guide exists. Is there a particular reason for your interest in these scenarios?
I think that how people act in a given situation almost always breaks down like this: 10% of people always do the right thing, 10% of people always do the wrong thing, and the 80% that is left can go either way depending on the circumstances and other influencing factors (including peer pressure – and that’s adults I’m talking about, not teenagers). We all want to think we’ll do the right thing all the time. Or at least I do, but I have no idea how far I will go to survive in an extraordinary survival situation, just like most people. Maybe a Navy Seal knows how they will act, but they’re also like, what, less than one percent of the population? I think that the veneer of civilization is very thin and that when push comes to shove the social norms that influence behavior – for good or bad – can fall to the wayside. The one thing I have faith in the human race to do is to always make things worse.
That’s very true, it’s a good reference to the Maslow Pyramid of needs. The idea is that when the basic needs at the bottom aren’t met, people won’t care about anything else. I fully believe in this, for example, if you’d take a billionaire out into the desert. Not give him or her any water and after long enough, they’ll trade it all for a bottle of water. Have you ever been in a situation like that? Even if it’s not that extreme?
Luckily, no, but I agree! People will go to extremes to live.
Since you’re a fan of George Romero films, what was it at the time that had you so attracted to his work?
Two of my older brothers, Mick and Joe, were hugely into zombie movies. I don’t recall my oldest brother Patrick being into zombies per se, but all three of them and a couple of my sisters really loved the old horror movies, especially from the 1950s: THEM, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Invaders from Mars, The Thing, Creature from the Black Lagoon. Also the 1970s Hammer Studios Dracula movies with Christopher Lee, I remember watching them a lot. And my younger brother Justin also loves all this stuff, since he was indoctrinated just like me! So there was this really well-established cult of Sci-Fi/Horror/Scary Movies in our house growing up.
As I got older I realized that Romero had all this social commentary in his films. He used a mall and the zombies gathering there to critique the mindlessness of American consumer culture. And in the very beginning of Dawn of the Dead he’s explicitly dealing with racism and police brutality. Night of the Living Dead (my favorite) has an African-American hero in a film made in the late 1960s, just a few years after the Civil Rights Act when millions of African-Americans were finally able to throw off the shackles of Jim Crow and vote. That was pretty audacious casting. And what happens to him? He is killed, by people who are supposed to be coming to his rescue! I mean, just check the news… the parallels to the present are inescapable. I grew up in a very politically engaged family so this stuff really resonated with me. And the chance to do it myself, like Romero did? I cannot pass that up.
And then there’s just being from Pittsburgh. If you’re interested in the zombie genre there’s no escaping George Romero’s influence. Even people who don’t like zombie movies know about him. And no, I have not been to the Century Three Mall. I think you have to cross a bridge to get there from where I grew up and despite being the City of Bridges, Pittsburghers don’t like to cross them unless we have to.
Ha, that’s funny, why is it that people from Pittsburgh don’t like crossing bridges? Google didn’t really show any collapses in your area. Also now that you mention zombies in a mall, as a reference to consumerism.. We once held a black Friday contest, people had to shoot the best picture of people behaving like zombies. We offended more people than we entertained that day.
The bridges are kind of a joke and kind of not. It’s more how people kind of stick to their own part of town, you know? And here there are three rivers that are involved. There’s the Allegheny on the north side of the City of Pittsburgh proper, and the Monongahela on the south. They meet at “the point” in downtown and form the Ohio River. So if you’re in the South Hills neighborhoods/suburbs you’ll go into town and neighborhoods in the city proper, but rarely over the Allegheny to the north unless you have a reason. And vice versa with living north and crossing the Mon. I was in my early thirties before I started to get to know any of the South Hills and that was because a friend was living there. In my defense, I had spent almost ten years in the San Francisco Bay Area, from 23 to 32, but even if I had been in Pittsburgh, if there hadn’t been a reason I would never have gone there and there are still neighborhoods that I know the name but have no idea where they are because they’re way out south or west of the other side of the Mon river. I joke about how if you’re from the North Hills and you cross the Mon and go through the Liberty Tubes (Tunnel), it’s like an old map where you fall of the edge into the territory marked “Here be Dragons.” Same thing for the people in the South Hills but in reverse.
Yes I can see how bridges could also work as a dividing wall. Those little regional rivalries are everywhere. Now, your bio mentions your family isn’t into zombies. Having some bait walking around so you can get in the car might be useful.. But having living family members might also be nice.. Are you somehow prepping your family as best you can?
I think my bio might be a little misleading, and I’ll have to take another look at what I said in it because as you can see, that is obviously not the case! My parents? No interest – at all. Neither of them read my book even though they were both very proud of me when I hit that milestone of finishing. For my siblings who aren’t so interested, mostly my sisters, I still talk to them about zombies. And the various conventions depending on which author/tv/movie Universe one is in… I was just doing that with my sister Teri tonight. She thought I was ridiculous, and she may be right. But I do talk to them about zombie, and there’s the Pittsburgh Romero influence, so I think they all have a good foundation even if they would say that they don’t. And they’re all smart and quick studies. I’m super lucky to have a very tight relationship with all of my sisters and brothers, there are nine of us in all. I know every single one of us would do whatever it takes to keep the others alive. And when you get right down to it, that’s probably the most important quality of anyone on your zombie apocalypse survival team.
So are your brothers involved in your prep plans? Or do they more or less have their own thing going on. I can imagine living in The United States there might be distance between you.
We have no plan, really, which is abysmal. We usually come up with something after watching a zombie movie and doing an at least hour long post-mortem, and what we’d do if it were to happen, but that’s as far as we ever get. We keep threatening to really come up with a plan but still haven’t.
One of my best friends from childhood lives an eight of a mile from me, same neighborhood, and he’s like MacGuyver, from the TV show? Our neighborhood is called Glenshaw and I call him Glenshaw MacGuyver. He can do any and everything: carpentry, electrical, plumbing, fixes cars, has his own little cement mixer. He’s a super smart guy. I don’t know if he’s familiar with guns but if anyone can learn on the fly, it’ll be him. I figure if I can make it down the hill to his house, I’ll be okay. Otherwise, I’ll be shuffling along with the rest of the zombies.
Agreed, a lot of people will have a very useless skill-set during the apocalypse, while other will thrive. This interview has been a lot of fun for me, thank you for that!
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Interview with Hilton Ariel Ruiz from Zombie with a Shotgun
We all love the shotgun as a weapon against zombies. But, what if the zombie picks up a shotgun? Today we have an interview with Hilton Ariel Ruiz from Zombie with a Shotgun. Yes you read that right, the zombie has a shotgun!
Hi Hilton, thanks for agreeing to do this interview. So who is the team behind the game?
Hilton Ariel Ruiz: Creator and Producer
Fredrik “fedde” Mattsson: Game Designer and Art Director
Jimmy Brunnberg: Game Designer and Programmer
Thanks! So you went from comic books, to movie and now a video game. How did it all start?
It actually all started from a web-series that was created on 2012. It was created into 5 parts where the very 1st episode went viral. Going viral was very important as it made all the parts fall into place.
Social media was also a big part of the success. Due to the presence on social media, we established thousands of supporters that wanted to know more about Zombie with a Shotgun.
As ZWAS was making its waves on social media, I found an amazing artist by the name of Simone Guglielmini (Known for Near Death and BreakNeck). Him and I hit it off very well as we discussed ideas for a comic. Eventually the 1st issue of Zombie with a Shotgun was created with a total of 5 issues as of now. Ian Miller came on board as well to create some of the issues.
Now with the web series and comics we wanted to take it the next step up, which was the feature film. I’ll tell you…that was not easy.
Working on social media to promote ZWAS, I found Kyle Hester, an actor and producer to come on board to help with the campaign for feature film. We worked through 3 campaigns to raise money to create the feature for Zombie with a Shotgun.
It took us 3 years to complete the project and of November 28, 2019 we released the feature of zombie with a shotgun on Amazon and other streaming platforms, and now the game.
That’s a long road, but worth it given the awesome result. Where did the idea for the zombie instead of a human character come from?
As a filmmaker that loves the horror genre, I always wanted to do a zombie film, but with my own interpretation where the zombie was the main focus. The idea came from growing up in the 80’s during the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the people that were affected were treated as zombies. Everyone was afraid to be near them and no one cared about treating them, unless big money was involved.
Wow, I was not expecting that as a reason. That’s very noble and inspiring. What are your goals for the future? Will there be more movies, or games?
Yes. We’re hoping to go on another campaign for the sequel sometime next year. Stay tuned….
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An Interview with Cedric Nye, Author of the Zombie Fighter Jango Series
Cedric Nye, a.k.a Jango Black, is a man of many talents. An author, a weapons expert, a survivalist, a self defense instructor, a motivational speaker, a philanthropist and maker of many very very cool things. His zombie apocalyptic book series is something quite different from the typical undead story. All three of his books are available on Amazon. The first one being “The Road to Hell is Paved with Zombies”. This story chronicles a lone man, Jango, as he makes his way through the beginning days of the zombie apocalypse. Jango, however, is probably unlike any man you’ve ever known.
His story continues in “Jango’s Anthem: Zombie Fighter Jango Book 2” and the newest release “Rage and Ruin: Zombie Fighter Jango Book 3” with all the action, gore, wit, and zombie fun you hope for and much more. Cedric Nye is definitely a unique author and one you should check out. Not only an author though, Nye is also a craftsman who handmakes a variety of rope based self defense and survival items.
Read on to get a glimpse into the mind of the Zombiefighter himself.
ZGM: What inspired/inspires you to write?
CN: “That is hard to explain. I kind of feel like every cubic inch of everything that exists has a story just beneath the thin veneer of our accepted reality. I like to pick at the edges, and tell the story that my perceptions tell me needs to be told. Plus, fuckin’ Robert E. Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs.”
ZGM: Well, as that response just goes to show, you certainly have a style all your own. Tell me about Jango.
CN: “Jango is the best of us, and the very worst of us. He is what a human being becomes when the weight of trauma crushes a child so much that they are burst apart at the mental seams, and then re-born from the crucible of pain. Jango is a complete lack of indecision. When he decides upon a course, he lays waste to whatever gets in his way. He will kill a woman as quickly as he will kill a man if he feels threatened, or if he thinks a killing is needed. Jango is the pain-taker, and without him, the other personalities that dwell in his pain-haunted mind would not survive. The other personalities have never felt pain, that has always been Jango’s job. They can never take hold of the flesh because of the pain. The pain would kill the others.”
ZGM: Which is an interesting twist on hollywood’s usual scenario. Where the personalities are created to be the pain takers.
CN: “Jango would be a sociopath if it were not for the crude code of conduct he has created for himself. Jango never shied from pain, he embraced it. That was why the others came, to save him from the Abyss. Can you imagine the evil that someone like Jango could wreak? If he went full-on Dark Side, he would be hell on earth.”
ZGM: So they are his conscious?
CN: “The other personalities contain the key elements of a human being. Diogenes is sentimental, Alby is nurturing, the beast is the child, innocence.”
ZGM: All the things Jango doesn’t think he has?
CN: “They are completely separate entities, personalities. They have a responsibility, each of them does. To keep the light alive in Jango. His job is to carry the weight of the world, to take the pain, and to kill. They really are separate personalities. They talk with each other, have secrets, notice different things.”
ZGM: Is that to suggest they know things Jango doesn’t? Possibly about his past?
CN: “They knew about Sonja. They know things. And stuff.”
ZGM: So that can be expected to get even more interesting as the story moves along?
CN: “Oh, yeah. Book 4 starts right off with some Revelations.”
ZGM: Yea, this one ended with quite a cliffhanger.
CN: “I apologize to my readers for that, but it just happened. I was as unhappy about it as you.”
ZGM: Yea, well, at least you got to see what happened. Anyways, let’s go back a bit, to your first book. I think it would be safe to say it made quite the splash in the otherwise semi family friendly world of zombie literature. At the time.
CN: “I freaked some people out, for sure. People were genuinely offended by Jango and some of his actions because their perceptions of the world do not encompass what survival really is. Survival boils down to one thing: Not Dying.”
ZGM: A lot of the novels around were very much what we were used to, a group of survivors making their way along, fighting off zombies. Then here you come with this Conan like madman just killing shit and blowing stuff up like whatever. Not to mention the non violent, R rated section of your first book. It must have gotten you some interesting feedback.
CN: “Yeah. That turned some of the TWD purists off. The fact that my Zombies are fast as hell, and Jango himself. I got some interesting emails.”
ZGM: They would be fast though. At least at first.
CN: “One guy was so upset about what Jango does in the beginning, at the Hotel. He thought what happened to the old lady was so wrong. He told me, “That’s not right! You need to change that part!”
ZGM: You definitely do try to make anyone like Jango. Quite the opposite actually.
CN: “Jango survives. That is the very essence of him. And, the harder things get, the harder he gets.”
ZGM: But we have certainly seen him reach out for more than that on several occasions. Sonja, Vanessa.
CN: “And there it is. When he (Diogenes) attaches to someone, that person becomes an extension of his own flesh. His survival then becomes linked with theirs. Jango will die to save someone he feels attached to. He has absolutely no boundaries but those he makes for himself.”
ZGM: It would appear he instinctively assumes everyone else is the same way.
CN: “Jango assumes that everyone is out to get him. Before the Z-Virus started making corpses rise, he kept iron bands of control on himself because he feared the consequences. He feared the pills and the restraints that places use on people like him. It isn’t paranoia so much as survival instinct run amok. He is stuck in the red zone of PTSD, permanent fight or flight.”
ZGM: We have gotten so little of what Jango did before the Z Poc. We know a bit about his childhood and that he’s been alone for a long time and been through a lot of hard shit way before the dead began to rise. But we haven’t actually gotten to know about him.
CN: “He IS who he is, at a cellular level. The trauma that he endured changed him, changed his DNA. Look up the studies on epigenomes and cellular response. Jango is a real-life Hulk, and there are others like him out here in our world. Forever straining against the chains of their own will.”
ZGM: So he prefers to have no past? He is his survival? Nothing more, nothing less?
CN: “He just doesn’t care. There could be naked titties in his face, and he would get distracted by a pretty bird, or an imagined threat. He erases the spot he just vacated almost as quickly as he vacates it. He is the most selfish person you could imagine. But he is also the most giving and altruistic. When he does something for someone, it is done completely without guile or pretense.”
ZGM: You said once that he was mostly from yourself.
CN: “Yeah. If you strip away the restraint, and this veneer of civilisation that I wear like a whore wears makeup, you get a little taste of Jango. When I was a kid in the State system, I was sent to a lot of places. They put me in place after place, each one worse than the last. Me, a broken child. Broken so badly by what happened when I was 4 that I took years to be reborn from that crucible of pain.”
ZGM: I’ve heard some stories before. In my brief glimpse of the system. I know things can get pretty bad in those places.
CN: “Yeah, it can get ugly. I was in the State Hospital at one point after I trashed the security at a place called The Alamo. The Alamo was a fucking horror. But it was better than the State Hospital.”
ZGM: Why did you do that?
CN: “There was a chi-mo working the kiddie ward at the Arizona State Hospital (ASH), and he tried to feel me up. I remembered then, briefly, what had happened to me as a little kid, and I snapped. Trashed the security? Because they tried to pull me off of a guy that had tried to take my shit.”
ZGM: Did you at least break his face a little bit?
CN: “I beat his head lumpy. He was bigger than me, and had threatened me a lot. I was so little back then. Everyone in those damned places was bigger than me. So, when security came, I slammed them, crushed them down like bugs. Then I went to ASH. ASH is where the chi-mo was. He tried to feel me up, so I put him down.”
ZGM: Right. Seems fair.
CN: “It took six men to hold me down, but they held me down and the nurse gave me a shot. I woke up in 5 point restraints.”
ZGM: It is always helpful when wastes of life like that reveal themselves to someone who will do something about it.
CN: “Those restraints… they used them punitively. I was calm as long as no one put hands on me, but they left me in those restraints for 13 days.”
ZGM: Like, straight? 13 days straight?
CN: “That guy didn’t lose his job, nothing happened to him. Yeah, 13 days in a row. They hosed me off, slammed a tube down my throat to feed me, and that chi-mo even got to feel me up a couple of times. When I raged at the restraints because of him, the nurse came with a shot.”
ZGM: I sincerely applaud your current self restraint. I can’t imagine living through some shit like that and still giving any fucks at all after.
CN: “It is what it is. That’s my point. I appear selfish, I appear superficial, but if I dig, I start to get ugly. Jango doesn’t look behind because that way lies madness.”
ZGM: Ok, why don’t we lighten things up a bit? Jango likes weapons. You demonstrate your immense knowledge of a good number of different weapons in your books.
CN: “Oh yeah.”
ZGM: You seem to know a lot about a lot but clearly you favor a certain, surprisingly simple weapon. Your stick. How did you come to adopt the stick as your weapon of choice?
CN: “Well, most violence takes place at a very personal level. Very close. I like the stick because I feel like it is, wait, no, I KNOW that it is the FIRST weapon primitive man ever picked up and used. The stick came before the fist, even. the fist is science, a stick is raw and primal. When you blend the science of combat with the raw primitive nature of the stick, you get one hell of an effective fighting system that anyone can use. A stick just feels right. I like knives a lot, and fire is an excellent equalizer, but the stick, that is sacred.”
ZGM: We know you love fire. Particularly explosions.
CN: “Explosions really allow fire to get more accomplished.”
ZGM: That is a very accurate statement.
CN: “Haha! Fire kills everything.”
ZGM: Do you have any experience with real explosives? I remember when I was in high school, my boyfriend and his friends would buy propane tanks, go out to the cornfields and blow them up.
CN: “Not really, but I would be good at it. You can put a little draino in a bottle, and add aluminum foil to the Draino. Then, you put a balloon over the top and the balloon will fill with hydrogen. They burn explosively. Fire and vehicles are really underrated as far as weapons go.”
ZGM: I agree
CN: “It is important to study on violence, in all its many varieties. There is no chance to study when it is go time.”
ZGM: I don’t know much about explosives myself. I know how to set things on fire, but blowing them up takes a bit more skill. You gotta be ready for anything.
CN: “To make an explosion, all you have to do is contain a combustible material, and ignite it. If it burns faster than the pressure can vent from the container, it will explode.”
ZGM: Giving out free science lessons. So anyways, zombies.
ZGM: Why zombies?
CN: “Because they are the TRUTH about humanity as a species. When you strip away all of our contrivances, all of our sophistries and rationale, we are nothing more than a plague on this planet. We are mindless consumption, and self-destroying organism bent on our own extermination.”
ZGM: We are pretty pointless, aren’t we?
CN: “I am not sure. My scale of measurement is so small in the grand scheme of things that I am unable to see the “big picture” clearly.
ZGM: I don’t think there is one. I think shit just happens, and then more shit happens.
CN: “Well, I am also unable to believe that. Nature, while not scripted, does not seem to lack purpose. There is a general direction to things, quantifiable and recognizable. The earth is the perfect distance from the sun, and our atmosphere is just right so that we can LIVE. The Machine works way too well to be an accident. For me, Zombies are a vehicle to shed light on the horrors that humans inflict on each other.”
ZGM: Statistically speaking, in an infinite universe, it was bound to happen.
CN: “What are the defining characteristics of the traditional Zombie?”
ZGM: Violence, cannibalism, mostly mindlessness
CN: “Mindless what? Consumption. Mindless consumption and unending hunger for the flesh of humans.”
ZGM: Yeah, that too.
CN: “You become a Zombie by being bitten by a Zombie, or by dying. These are all blatant metaphors for abuse and neglect, and the effects those things have on the psyche. If a child is abused, they are irrevocably changed by that. Some of them become Zombies, and they feed on their fellow man. Junkies are drug-zombies, baby-rapers are raper Zombies, and so on. Consuming the flesh of their fellow humans’ souls, and making more Zombies. They feed on your goods, your money, your self-esteem.”
ZGM: That’s why Jango has no trouble killing people and zombies alike? He has always thought of most people as zombies?
CN: “Yeah. He knows what darkness lurks in his fellow man. He assumes everyone is a twist until proven otherwise.”
ZGM: Guilty until proven innocent?
CN: “No, just a threat until proven otherwise. Jango doesn’t judge. He just does. Well, I guess he judges a little bit, but not as guilty or not guilty. Threat or non-threat, twist or not.”
ZGM: Seems a bit more fair.
CN: “It’s predators that are Jango’s meat.”
ZGM: So in your newest book you’ve started to kind of evolve your zombies into different types.
CN: “Two different types, yeah. Ones that behave more like traditional Zombies, in the sense that they slowly decompose, and move no faster than a normal human. They are the Goobers. The Jacks do not rot. The Z-Virus has forced a change in the human DNA, and they are something new. No longer dead humans. The Jacks are fast, blur-fast. And stronger than any human. Now, when a human first turns into a Zombie, that zombie is very fast, but uncoordinated. After a year or so is when you can start telling the difference between a Jack and a Goober. See, the meat either rots, or mutates.”
ZGM: Kind of like Resident Evil. So does that make Jango a super highly functioning Jack?
CN: “Uhhh. Well, no. See, the Jacks are humans whose immune systems LOST the battle against the Z-Virus. Jango’s immune system WON.”
ZGM: So, he’s a third kind? Like Alice.
CN: “Yeah, I guess so.”
ZGM: You seem less than satisfied with that comparison.
CN: “Shit! No, I am not unenthusiastic about the comparison, I am just shocked that the comparison had never once occurred to me!”
ZGM: It only just occurred to me.
CN: “I have read all of the RE books, and seen the movies, yet I never once noted that correlation. That is how closed off the Jango-portion of my brain is!”
ZGM: Jango’s world is a whole other place in your mind?
CN: “Yeah, chained up in the back where the Beast sleeps. If I don’t keep that part compartmentalized, I get a little too Jango!”
ZGM: That’s what we do. Write about it, instead of just going nuts.
CN: “Yeah, pretty much!”
ZGM: What’s your favorite zombie movie?
CN: “My favorite Zombie movie is probably Dawn of the Dead (Not the most recent one). My favorite Zombie book is a tough one.”
ZGM: What about your favorite zombie book? Or even just favorite book, in general?
CN: “This Immortal by Roger Zelazny. It is the mofo.”
ZGM: What new book are you working on?
CN: “It’s a new series. A post-apocalyptic western. Hard-core as hell. Should be cool.”
ZGM: That sounds really cool. Like, the zombies hit in the old west or people revert to old west lifestyle after the zombies hit in modern times?
CN: “More the latter.”
ZGM: How did you get started making self defense items?
CN: “I started with just the Tommy Knocker because there are a shortage of self-defense items that actually work, and that anyone can use with minimal training or ability.”
ZGM: Yes. I think a lot of people think their pocket knives are going to do them a lot more good than they actually will in a self defense situation.
CN: “Most people can’t bring themselves to actually slash another human being, even when that human is attacking them. An impact device, on the other hand, well, people are more than willing to smash a mofo’s head in. It comes much easier. More natural, I suppose.”
ZGM: So tell me a little more about the different kinds of things you make.
CN: “Walking sticks, fighting sticks, Monkey Maces, Nunchaku. Basically, most impact weapons.”
ZGM: And then you have the corresponding videos showing how to use some of these things?
CN: “Oh yeah! I believe in empowering people with their own self-defense and security. The police will not protect you, they usually arrive AFTER you’ve been killed.”
ZGM: So, what thoughts would you like to leave us all with?
CN: “Be good to yourself, hold your head up high, and be fierce in the defense of your spiritual turf. Never let anyone else create the definition of who you are. Do right, and be right. Now, if you are a piece of shit abuser, rapist, or other kind of twist, please feel free to fuck yourself with a handful of broken glass, eat shit, and then die.”
And there it is, words of wisdom, from the Zombiefighter himself. For more of Cedric Nye’s general awesomeness check out all the self defense items for sale through his Camp Verde Rope and Gear Facebook page, look for his videos on YouTube, and definitely read the Zombie Fighter Jango book series; The Road to Hell is Paved with Zombies, Jango’s Anthem, and Rage and Ruin.