Zombie Escape Amsterdam


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Have you ever heard of an escape room? Being voluntarily locked up in a room with a bunch of friends. You have an hour the time to try to get out. And if you don’t? You fail the game and they just let you out.

Sounds a little anticlimactic doesn’t it? We also had that idea, so we came with something new: Zombie Escape Amsterdam

In our escape room the atmosphere and fear for the zombies is real. Were you are normally pretty comfortable in an escape room, here you really want to get out. With zombies closing in on you, you have to keep focused on all the puzzles en riddles in our laboratory. What kind of genetic modification experiments did these professors preform? Challenge your will power and courage in this escape room full of miserie and mystery.

Opening begin September in Amsterdam.

Www.zombie-escape.nl

+31207527722

info@zombie-escape.nl

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Guest Post: Michael Peirce


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    I’ve been writing intermittently all my life jumping from magazine stuff to commentary. I first trained on screen plays long ago.  Never thought I’d be writing about the Zombie Apocalypse.

 

I’d hit a patch of rough road, when a friend came to me and said he’d dreamed I wrote a musical about the Z-poc.  At first I thought he was just trying to give me something to do to get me back on track – but he handed me a song he’d written – that he’d remembered from the dream.  So – I wrote the musical and included his song.  I quickly put together another fifteen songs to work into the phases of the musical with a script and some ‘glue’ music and six months later I had something.

 

It was to be, or should I say, is to be (God willing) a multi-media production with a sixteen piece orchestra plus a band playing what I call ‘Southern Symphonic Metal.’   Short version – I couldn’t scrounge the resources to pull it off.  What to do eh?

 

So I have derived a novel from it.  I call it “Red Dirt Zombies: The Fight for the River Line.”  I thought I was writing a simple zombie-apoc story where the twist was one state, Georgia, fighting and winning. Nothing to it I thought, since I had the script as a starting point; a sort of rough draft.   A musical is much harder, right?

 

Then I started to really engage with my characters and the challenges they would face. No matter what else, I was determined I would not add to the glut of literature concerned with lone survivors scrambling for a can of beans while using exotic weapons they just happened to find, to fight bandits and zombies.

 

With the premise that Georgia would fight and win I had to figure out what gave the state an edge and how my characters would exploit that edge. I started considering the social implications, mental health crisis, and interaction with central government, at least until central government no longer existed.

 

Particularly harsh, for me, was the realization that while I’m very much a 2A type, that somehow I would have to reconcile Martial Law with the very real need for all to be armed and the fact that everyone would be suffering from extreme PTSD.  Because of the mass insanity, despair and paranoia, suicides and shooting accidents could actually threaten human viability. How would this be handled post war?

 

One of the solutions is a place called the Q-Zone.  It’s based partly on the Austrian Grenzers of Hapsburg times – part time farmers who patrolled the frontiers.  In Georgia – the frontiers are called The Final Line – the trace where our forces halted their attacks and declared victory.  We’re not sure what is out there really, and comms are shot since the US government went down in a nuclear frenzy early in the war.

 

The Q-Zone is a place for mind blown soldiers to “Come Down Slowly,” which I took from the musical, which has a video add with a smarmy recruiter noting that chill pills and ammo are free in the Q-Zone and no mental health exam required.   It’s a place where two young kids who have been lovers try to figure out what that means since they’ve forgotten how to be ‘normal people.’   I base it on a song called   “Life in the Q-Zone: PTSD for Lovers.”

 

Not clear yet if the Q-Zone will fit in this first volume which centers around the fight my central characters are involved in – for the North River Bridges defending Roswell as the Zs flood down from ‘Pill Hill’ where the hospitals are.  It’s where we take a stand and it’s do or die on the river line.  There the Armed Citizens, National Guard and State Defense Force people have the fight of their lives.  And the first two battalions of the upgraded SDF earn their ‘Whispering Death’ patches.

 

Somewhat to my surprise I have found that all the work I’ve done will not fit in one volume so I’m probably looking at a trilogy.  I’m working on a much different nonfiction piece I’d like to get out the door as well, plus I have to push all my new plotting back into the musical, but I learned as a contractor it’s always better to have too much work than too little.

 

I’ve submitted a short story / novella version of this first volume to ATZ and would be very pleased to be published there.  It’s called “Alice’s Posse” and introduces most of the key characters and the story line.

 

This will be no surprise to other writers but my characters took control of this work and ran with it.  Sometimes I couldn’t believe what was coming up – I’ve grown to love them in a way and it certainly took me off on some strange paths.

 

One strange path was my zombies.  My characters assume not surprisingly, that it is some sort of bio-warfare bug. Perhaps it is, perhaps not; but they cannot isolate it or identify it.  All I know is that when these corpses rise they are the nastiest daggone critters you can image.  They are fueled by hate for the living and a simple head shot may not do the job – you shoot these things to pieces.  They are so full of hate and rage they don’t even mass up tightly because they can’t stand each other.  This is about evil.

 

Research was fascinating – I walked all the North River Line along the Chattahoochee – Roswell is truly a beautiful place.  Went to the (fictional) Battle Headquarters at the Roswell Courthouse, the Cultural Center and visited the Governor’s Mansion.  Talked to all sorts of folks and found that among police and soldiers you will find many zombie fans!

 

Atlanta has this massive store of people who almost seem to hope you’ll ask them for assistance.  A very genteel Southern lady at the Mansion nodded politely but sternly reminded me not to let my zombies get on the antique furniture!

 

I need a book cover.  I know what it looks like – I can see it in my head.  I need a “Whispering Death” shoulder patch – crossed rifles with a skull pointing left with a bony finger extended in the universal ‘shhhhhhhh.’   I need a web site and I have to decide on some publishing options – all that seems very daunting some times.  But as our spec ops types like to say, “The only easy day was yesterday.”

 

Most all, I have to finish this ‘final’ edit.  So far I’m on track for the end of August.  I hope everyone likes it.  It’s been a trip.

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Michael Peirce (Talbot)

    As a writer I originally apprenticed under a screen writer through five screen plays.  When in Hollywood eh?   I wrote much of the dialogue for those and for the sports script, a song called ‘Here’s Johnny Thunder.” Years later I turned on a baseball game and saw Chipper Jones for the first time and exclaimed, “It’s him!  Johnny Thunder!”

 

My personal study guides at the time were “Rolling Thunder” and “Alien,” both of which became well known movies.  I read the screen plays, I read the novels, saw the films – it was a blast.  A great learning experience but it didn’t take me very far.

 

Ultimately I’ve published in several formats including “Soldier of Fortune,” “Rockwell-Rothbard Report,” and “Destiny Magazine” off the top of my head.  I was also a columnist at LewRockell.com, the libertarian website, for four years.

 

Being published and paid for it is a trip.  I remember living in a cheap motel in Bell, California, where my landlady and her friends were all rooting for me!  My first check was photo-copied on their wall!

 

Additionally, I have been a restaurant manager, a musician/songwriter, a soldier in an African war, a private security agent / bodyguard, a bouncer, a programmer and project manager.  I’m self-educated since I’m easily bored and college seemed silly to me as a young know it all.  I’ve studied military history all my life.

 

I’m currently working on my Z-poc books and another called “Observations” about the sort of bizarre situations and people I encountered in Hollywood and Africa.

 

This link will take you to some of my music.  The two songs that are part of the Z-poc Musical are called “I See My Death in Your Faces” and “Life in the Q-Zone: PTSD for Lovers.”  I play the instruments and my friend Courtney Hamlet does the vocals.  http://www.bandmix.com/miketalbot/

 

Guest Post: Kris Ashton


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The difference between real and fictional horror

 

Those who don’t like horror movies often ask, “What’s the appeal? Why do you get off on such horrible things?”​​

As an aficionado of horror, both good and bad, for more than 30 years, I’ve long believed this question revealed more about the person asking it than anything else. Fictitious horror and real-life horror are completely different things.

Whether it’s someone tortured to death by a serial killer or a regular person watching a loved one die from a terminal disease, the end result is the same: emptiness. The serial killer’s thrill fades and there is only a body to dispose of; the regular person is left with nothing but grief and perhaps a guilty sense of relief that they no longer have to watch their loved one suffer and waste away.

Fictitious horror, especially the movie kind, provides the opposite. As many before me have noted, it is the equivalent of riding a roller coaster at a fun park – it offers the illusion that something terrible is happening, but in the end it stops and when reality asserts itself again it looks better than it did going in. A good horror movie offers a form of catharsis and helps us appreciate our everyday existence.

I’ve always got a rush out of horror movies. Even as a child, when I could barely stand to watch the most frightening scenes, there was a partition in my mind separating reality and fantasy. Some people don’t seem to have that partition, and they are the ones who tend to ask that question in the first paragraph.

Now, does the foregoing sound a touch complacent, even condescending? I wouldn’t have thought so – until I started watching season five of The Walking Dead.

In its third season, this magnificent TV show about the zombie apocalypse introduced a newborn baby called Judith. There was some drama as she came into the world, but then the associated problems one might have while caring for an infant in a dystopia full of mindless cannibals faded into the background. I was so disappointed with this* that I had a go at addressing it in a story of my own, ‘Teething Problems’, which will appear in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine later this year.

The debut episode of season five, however, more than made up for any previous deficiencies.

A quick but necessary aside: in Danse Macabre, Stephen King talks about “psychic pressure points”. The horror writer (or filmmaker’s) job, he says, is to get through the reader’s mental defences and poke these pressure points, thereby evoking terror or horror. My defences, however, had always been nigh on impregnable, so while my heart rate might increase at a particularly terrifying or gory scene, horror never discomfited me.

Little did I know that becoming a father (and nearly two years bonding with my daughter) had put an enormous chink in my mental armour.

In that episode of The Walking Dead, baby Judith is put in serious peril. My heart rate rose, the adrenaline flowed… but I wasn’t enjoying myself. For the first time in my life, I wanted to stop watching, because the empathy was just too strong. What if that was my baby? How could he threaten such an innocent creature?

For those brief couple of minutes, I could sympathise with those on whom I had looked with such disdain for so long.

But I got through that scene and – spoiler alert** – so did Judith. When the episode finished and I returned to the real world, what I felt was elation and a more intense love for my daughter than ever before. So I wasn’t totally wrong. Fictional horror had, once again, done its job. It had given me a new appreciation for what I had.

True-life horror doesn’t do that. It doesn’t restore us; it leaves us bent and scarred, even if there is ultimately a happy ending. Which is yet another reason why those who try to blame horror movies (etcetera) for society’s ills are some of the greatest fools on earth. Not only are they wrong, they don’t know why they are wrong and are too ignorant to ever find out.

* I was a little disappointed, for much the same reason, with the otherwise brilliant 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake.

** I was very slow to abandon DVDs and join the digital download revolution. But when a MASSIVE spoiler from season five appeared on my Facebook feed, I decided – at least where The Walking Dead was concerned – the time had come to embrace change.

Kris Ashton

Kris Ashton is an Australian author best known for his works of dark speculative fiction. His new horror novel, Invasion at Bald Eagle, is available now at www.grandmalpress.com/Invasion.php

Website: http://kris-ashton.wix.com/spec-fic

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#WinterofZombie is Coming…


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This is more or less a teaser for ya…

Once again, November will be Winter of Zombie blog tour time and this year I am opening it up to not only the great zombie authors I’ve worked with in the past, but the new ones as well!

Starting September 1st (or around there) I will begin accepting zombie authors onto the list who are interested in participating in the event. A few things you need to know before you send me a message in September, though:

1. You have to have RELEASED a Zombie book. Seems common sense, but…

2. Your Zombie release has to be out before October 15th so I can get all the material for it well ahead of time. Unfortunately, I will no longer accept authors promoting books being released in November or beyond, since it’s (quite frankly) a pain in the ass to update posts, especially when you’re talking 150+ posts I put together for the month. You need to have everything ready to go as soon as I ask for it. 

3. You’ll be expected to do a Spotlight On interview, 2 (or more) Guest Posts and a teaser for your Zombie release. You’re also expected to share all of the other posts each day and spread the word. 

4. The goal is only 35 Zombie authors, and we had three times that many not able to get in during the Summer of Zombie event, so this will be a First Come First Served type of deal. I make ALL decisions and if you’ve been on previous tours you know I don’t take kindly to slackers and those who only promote themselves (those people won’t be on the tour again)

5. Got it? September 1st send me an e-mail to  armandrosamilia@gmail.com with WINTER OF ZOMBIE in the subject line and any questions you have and tell me you want in. I’ll begin putting the list together and asking for material asap. I create a secret group for the authors involved and all the info will be there, too. Deadline will be October 15th for all material to be in. Gives you plenty of time if accepted. NO EXCEPTIONS this year, either. You’re either 100% in or you’re not. 

6. The actual event page (where all the actual posts will go and people can join and read all of them) is now live ahead of time at WINTER OF ZOMBIE on Facebook. Join it and feel free to add all of your fans and friends, too! 

Armand Rosamilia

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Guest Post: Kevin Bond


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Why You Should Carry A Rock in the Zombie Apocalypse

We’ve all seen the meme: “Quick! The first thing on your left is your weapon in the zombie apocalypse! What is it?”

It always ends up being a paperclip, a coffee cup, or a guitar pick, and unless you’re Riddick, none of those are going to be useful for killing zombies.

Of course, a kitchen knife isn’t far away, and you’ve probably got a baseball bat in the garage. Those of us who are more prepared may have an arsenal for backup, gun enthusiasts and knife collectors. You might even have a detailed plan for how to survive the zombie apocalypse.

I’m going to propose a different line of thinking, though, and I guarantee you’ve never thought of it before:

You should carry a rock in the zombie apocalypse.

Not a boulder, not a rock the size of a soccer ball. Just a simple stone that will fit into the palm of your hand. And it’s not a big deal if you lose this stone. It’s very easy to find a new one.

Why?

Because it will save your life.

You can carry a rock in the palm of your hand, out of sight, and it becomes a projectile weapon. You’ll need to train yourself to aim well, so throw a lot.

You could throw a knife too, but a knife is not necessarily expendable, and it’s harder to throw a knife straight than it is to throw a rock. And again, rocks are easy to find.

If you don’t have a spring-assisted knife or a straight blade in your hand already, then if you get a sudden surprise, you may not have enough time to get your knife out and ready. Holding on to a small stone means that you have an instant weapon for instant surprises, like zombies, or thieves.

A stone is much more dense than your hands, so bashing someone’s face in with it will do much more damage than you could do with your hands.

Plus, if you find yourself in a sudden end of the world situation, and you haven’t prepared for it, you may not have a weapon. Having a rock will give you something hard to hit with.

Thousands of years ago, it was common for people to be killed by stoning them. The blunt force trauma from multiple rock projectiles was enough to do major damage to a person.

You don’t need to have fancy weapons to kill someone if you have to. Carrying a rock can provide you with an easy way to distract a zombie or a person who wants to kill you or wants your stuff.
Even if you’re not under a sudden attack, it’s not noticeable that you’re holding something (go for a thinner, smooth rock), so as long as you have good aim, throwing it at the person should give you enough time to escape.

I guarantee this will work, because no one is thinking like this. Throwing rocks at people is just so unheard of.

Remember when you were a little kid and you were throwing rocks at other kids on the playground? No? Well then, I guess I was the weirdo. Anyway, your mom scolded you, and it’s kind of ingrained in your head not to throw things at people.

No one is going to suspect that you’re prepared to throw a rock at them. Practice throwing, and your impact will send them a very clear message.

There may be times when you don’t want to escape, but instead want to steal whatever that person has (remember, it’s the end of days, and just about anything goes) before they steal from you and leave you for dead. In that case, hitting them with that rock will hurt and distract them long enough for you to close in for the kill.

In case you run into a group of scavengers, though, your best bet is to run and live to fight another day.

For zombies, it doesn’t matter if that rock hurts them, because it won’t kill them, and it won’t send them down to the ground unless you throw a really mean rock. The distraction is what you’re after. Hit them to slow them down so you have enough time to grab your zombie-killing weapon, or to give yourself enough time to run past them.

For multiple zombies, throwing a rock won’t work. For groups of zombies I recommend just hightailing it out of there.

You can also use a rock as a noise distraction, for zombies or people. Use it to trick your pursuers into following the sound, or to distract them from your sneak attack!

I hope I’ve convinced you to add a rock to your arsenal of zombie weapons. It’s an easy item to get, and it has a couple of good uses in certain situations. Give yourself this edge against your enemies, and happy surviving!

 

About Kevin: Kevin Bond is the author of HelpZombies.com, a zombie-themed survivalist website. It is expanding to include makeup tutorials, survival guides, product reviews, and even a zombie shop!

Reblog: Armand Rosamilia Interview with Rudes review


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Armand Rosamilia, author of the Dying Days zombie series, is interviewed: 

http://www.renereviews.com/interview-with-author-armand-rosamilia/

Scrivener Soapbox Interview: TJ Redig Chats With Armand Rosamilia


TJ Redig swears he had an oh-so-metal discussion with Armand Rosamilia, the author of the Dying Days series, the Keyport Cthulhu series, theFlagler Beach series, the Metal Queens series, and God-only-knows how many other things.

TJ Redig does not lie… 

http://www.tjredig.com/scrivenersoapbox/2015/5/16/2015-06-10-61-armand-rosamilia

Author Armand Rosamilia