Thursday, 18 September 2014

Zombie Uprising - District 26 Zombie Airsoft Experience in Chesterfield

Zombie Shop attended the launch event of Chesterfield based air-softers Tac-House Spartan's brand new adrenaline-fueled Zombie Experience

Zombie Uprising: District 26


This is our story.

As we pulled up to the gate the armed security personal waved us down. This is it, Zombie Uprising: District 26. Through the restrictive acoustics of their gas-mask they directed into the compound where we parked up and awaited instruction from the other security personnel.

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We saw other nervous faces peering out of their vehicles as a military land rover raced out of the undergrowth in a blaze of blue flashing lights. An armed escort leapt out and lead us into the undergrowth towards a command and control centre. We checked in with the sound of the infected ones echoing across the compound and little was said as we were directed into a transport. Once fully embarked we headed back out from the relative safety of the undergrowth.

District 26

As we burst through into the open the devastation became apparent, there really was no more room left in hell and the dead were walking the earth. Attracted by the sound of the vehicle a group of undead shambled towards us, a horde of blood-soaked corpses lumbered towards the land rover as it headed towards an impressive industrial complex.


Keeping clear of the walkers the land rover pulled up outside a set of large gates which opened as we arrived and more security personnel waved us in. Out we jumped and raced inside the gates, the ever present threat of the undead at our heels. Once inside the gates slammed shut and horde pressed against the barrier.

We received a overview of the situation. Selected due to our immunity to the airborne strain of the virus, we would be able to enter the contaminated zone without fear of being infected, unless of course the undead touched us or bit us, and in that case it was curtains.

A senior security adviser split us into deployment teams and briefed us of our mission. Time was of the essence, so after some brief weapons training and equipment issue, we were as ready as we were ever going to be.

We were assigned an armed escort who would lead us into the complex, but due to the nature of the infection he could only take us so far. We were in radio contact with control, "Red Team standing by.", all personnel present and ready, weapons locked and loaded, check. Stand by, Stand by.

Guns trained on the door, we headed into the dark, damp expanse of the abandoned complex.
Deep in the underbelly of the infected zone we heard them; moaning, groaning, shuffling and crawling... towards us. Through shadowy corridors and rooms we were lead until there out of the dark the rotting corpses lumbered, catching our escort off guard. A scuffle broke out and more of the undead joined the feeding frenzy as he fell. In the panic we raced to the only escape route we could find, a confined exit in the wall that lead to a staircase, in the dark, alone!

For the next couple of hours we raced from place to place in the abandoned complex. Making sporadic radio contact with HQ we explored the vast complex, fighting and fleeing the undead the whole time, hearts in our throats, fingers on triggers, breath ragged and short.

Stage by stage we came to understand the layout of the complex, finding clues and getting input and orders from control. We met up with the other teams, albeit fleetingly, and the undead lurched out of the dark as we raced our separate ways in pursuit of our individual team missions.


With ammunition low and adrenaline high the teams finally gathered in one place, defending each other with what little firepower we could now muster to keep the horde at bay. Our mission complete, we radioed control to request back-up. Command and control were being forced to abandon HQ, but they promised to send the land rovers to extract us.

As the final vehicle loaded the last of the survivors I was thrown a shotgun by one of the escaping survivors, and proceeded to unload the remainder of its shells into the oncoming horde, I kept them at bay but could not reach the rear doors myself, so instead of waiting to become a cheap meat-snack I ran... in the direction of our extraction.


As the motorised way out of this hell-hole set off it was all feeling very Black Hawk Down as jogged away from the destruction with a horde of walking corpses at my heels, 100 yards out from the extract point, with a horde of zombies on our tail, the driver stopped to pick me up.

As we pulled into the command and control centre we were inspected by a scientist, 'processed' and segregated very quickly; some to a military tent, others, including myself ended up in an outside fenced area. Once the dust settled it didn't take long to check our wristbands and realise it hadn't ended well for some of us. Let's hope the sacrifice wasn't in vain!


Do you think you've got what it takes to take on the horde at District 26, Will you survive?

Book your experience at Zombie Uprising through Zombie Shop now!

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Zombie Uprising - District 26, Zombie Airsoft Experience in Chesterfield - Trailer

Zombie Shop was previleged to attend the launch event for a fantastic new Zombie Experience, Zombie Uprising in Chesterfield, and we even got to experience the adventure first hand.

We had an amazing time and our full after action report follows soon. For the time being, here's a taste of the awesome undead horror we were subjected to!

Will you survive the Zombie Uprising?



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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Horrify Me - Professional Horror Portraits

Horrify Me is an incredible new Horror Portrait Service that takes the concept of family-friendly smiles, back-lighting and capturing a 'unique moment you will treasure forever' turns it in it's head, stabs it through the heart with a wooden steak, douses it in holy water and dashes out it's brain!
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The creator of Horrify Me, Rick Jones, has a passion for horror movies. He is also an exeptionally talented photographer, graphic designer and he's even built his own full size R2 unit in his workshop (major win in fan-boy territory).

Rick combined his passions and after he secured a couple of book covers for Lisa Richardson's Blog of the Dead series decided to offer one of the coolest services we've ever seen.

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Ever wanted to show your darker side? Want to transform yourself a flesh-hungry Zombie? Horrify Me gives you that chance.

Horrify Me is massively gruesome fun and photo shoots can get pretty messy. You'll need to bring your own costumes or outfits and althgouh Rick and the team can do thier best at keeping your clothes clean you'll probably want to bring something you don't mind getting more than a little fake blood on.


This is classic horror like the movies you know and love made photo-real.

Rick says "Some modern horror movies are pretty rubbish to be honest. Sparkly vampires? Romantic zombies? No thanks.

I like to keep my horror portraits 'old school' which reference the golden age of 1980s horror. I create proper 'Romero' zombies: Ugly, rotten, blood drenched ghouls, lost in a tragic thoughtless existence, that have nothing attractive about them whatsoever. They're the living dead, not broken-hearted lost souls from chick-flicks!"



A standard photo shoot with Horrify Me covers up to three people and larger groups are available with a small additional cost per person, so get a few mates together and you can share the fun and the cost too.


Whilst our interest is very firmly in the zombie camp Horrify Me don't just do zombies. If demonic possession or blood-sucking vampires, the scary kind not the sparkly ones, are more your thing they're just as good at bringing that horrific vision to life... undead.


Horrify Me are based in Dover, Kent, and whether you're in the mood for a scary portrait, are an odd couple, want to get freaky with your friends, show the world your frightening family, your creepy kids or are looking for a horror themed party event (stag or hen parties welcome) one of their studio shoots is a fantasticly fun and gruesome way to spend a a few, most likely messy, hours.

Want to get that little bit further? For an additional cost you can even get your own personalised movie poster.



You'll get a minium of 5 amazing prints from your photo shoot and Horry Me offers a comprehensive print service that includes canvas, acrylic display prints and even posters.

No sense in waiting, book your own Horrify Me Zombie Photo Shoot now!

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Saturday, 14 June 2014

SCARdiff 2014: City of Horror Giveaway

SCARdiff is Cardiff's annual expo celebrating all things horror: books, comics, movies, cosplay, the works.

2014′s event is an ALL AGES show, scheduled for Sunday 19th October at a brand new venue, Cardiff Masonic Hall

Zombie Shop have teamed up with the SCARdiff crew to offer a free copy of City of Horror to one lucky horror fan. Book your tickets before 27th June for a chance to win yourself a copy and show your friends once and for all that if the zombies come, you're tripping them first!


Zombie Shop will be demoing a number of Zombie Board, Card and Dice Games at SCARdiff this year.

City of Horror is a backstabbing survival-horror game. A shambling horde is invading the city. The goal is to survive the assault. (Un)fortunately, surviving often means sacrificing some of your fellow players to the undead...


 Each player controls several characters with different abilities; these characters can move to various limited-capacity locations, which they can then barricade and scavenge for items and weapons. Critical situations, such as zombies breaking in and eating a character, are resolved using vote.

 The basic game mechanics are the same as Mall of Horror, but City of Horror differs in both materials and game play in a number of ways: the city map changes each game, twenty characters are included, they can use antidotes (or die if there aren't enough to go around), action cards become more scarce as the game progresses and you can gain points with other stuff than surviving characters...

Early bird tickets for SCARdiff are just £6.66, book your now at SCARdiff.co.uk


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Thursday, 12 June 2014

Phil Watts, Zombie Killer

David Allen is a UK paramedic who spends a great deal of his working life trying to bring people back from the dead. Dave and his shift partner have spent countless hours discussing the best places to hole up, how to dispatch zombies and how to survive when… that’s right when, not if, the zombie apocalypse begins!


Phil Watts, Zombie Killer. Available for download on Kindle now.

Allen’s first Zombie novel contains strong language, violence, sexual imagery and some very dark humour aimed at the mature reader. If features zombies, cannibalism, guts, gore, and the demise of a good number of the population of Plymouth.

"Imagine one day you are a paramedic trying to bring people back from the dead, and the next day they are coming back from the dead by themselves, then trying to bite you.


The defibrillator; great for bringing people back from the dead. Not so good for making the dead even more dead.
This is what has happened to Phil Watts. Now he is holed up in a looted superstore, besieged by thousands of zombies.


Knowing he is probably going to die Phil writes his Last Will and Testament although the only possessions he has are the clothes he is wearing, a Glock pistol with two rounds of ammunition and two blow up sex dolls he has promised to rescue.


Phil Watts, Zombie Killer is about how he came to be there, and what happens next."


Phil Watts, Zombie Killer is a scarily plausible, dark humoured and disturbing insight into the minds of real paramedics during a zombie uprising. The measures taken in the book have been discussed, planned and debated on many a night shift.


The measures taken in this book have been discussed, planned and debated on many a night shift.
Phil Watts, Zombie Killer is decidedly adult; Imagine Lock, Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels meets Shaun of the Dead, and contains copious amounts of explicit language, violence and sex with dead people. What more could you ask for?


Phil Watts, Zombie Killer is available to download now on Kindle.


The sequel to Phil Watts, Zombie Killer should be out later this year.

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Thursday, 29 May 2014

20 Questions with Sean T. Page

Sean Page is a zombie survival expert and has provided consultancy to private industry and governments around the world on what to do in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Admittedly, few of them actually asked for the advice in the first place.

Sean founded the Ministry of Zombies in 2009 to raise awareness of the zombie threat and stop the uninformed becoming cheap meat snacks and published The Official Zombie Handbook UK, War Against the Walking Dead and The Haynes Zombie Survival Owners Apocalypse Manual. He is banned from most government buildings and some people think he's a bit weird.

Here at Zombie Shop, on the other hand, we think of Sean as the unrecognised guardian angel savior of mankind and all round badass.

We've battled the undead horde by Mr Page's side in the deep park depths of military bunkers, and witnesses him fight back against the walking dead on more than one occasion and can attest to his skills, knowledge... and maybe just a little bit of that weirdness.

So when we recently had a chance to get inside the head of UK's leading zombie expert, we'd be brain-dead to refuse.

Sean Page with his most recent bestseller.
1 Why Zombies and how did you become the expert you are?
Zombies are the best monsters for writing. They’re a blank canvas & you can pretty much do anything with them. My time hanging around morgues & cemeteries has made me an expert at all things ‘undead’. I wouldn’t say it’s done me much favours in other areas as I am a bit weird now. But, zombies I know about.

2 Do you mostly write in the morning, daytime or the witching hour?
Evenings mostly. I like to be quiet & locked down. Also, during the day I’m grafting so the any writing needs to be done in the evening & at night. I probably don’t produce as much work as other authors.

3 Which author has had a major influence on your work and why?
David Moody & Max Brooks for sure. Both cool dudes. Different kinds of writer but both kings of entertaining readers. That’s what I like. I think most folks to be entertained. They work hard & they want something to relax or scare them!

4 Which book do you think everyone should read?
I like 1984. I mean it’s not a laugh a minute read but it’s one of those stories that will stay with you. One day I’d like to try a mash up & ruin it with some teenage vampires or zombies.

5 Do you think non-fiction is finally getting the recognition it deserves?
Not really. I read Pippa Middleton’s party book & it was shit. However, the SAS survival handbook was good. It’s a strange world like that. I’d like to have of combination of Pippa Middleton & the SAS handbook – now that would be a good read.

There is no combination of Pippa Middleton's party book and the SAS Survival Manual, so here's the next best thing.

6 Zombies – slow or fast and can some really fly?
Must be slow for me. I loved 28 DaysLater but for me in books & movies, I like em slow & menacing. I love the build of thousand of walking corpses – that really helps build the tension.

7 Blunt instrument, firearm or blade?
Blunt instrument every time – unless you are trained in the use of firearms, they’re more of a danger than a help. I say a trusty cricket or baseball bat is best. Blade wise, a cleaving sword might do as well.

8 If you could save just one luxury, what would it be?
Coffee for me. I need it to live. I know I have a problem & I’m dealing with it. But, that’s what I’d save. Coffee for sure.

9 What do you think is most likely to cause a zombie outbreak?
Mutated virus for sure. We’ve had a few close misses but it’ll be a virus which causes the big one.

10 What is your number one piece of advice for surviving a zombie apocalypse?
Preparation. With just a few hours of zombie training per week, you can drastically increase your chances of survival. So, get organising your 90 day survival plan with rations & stores now.

11 If you were a character in someone’s work of fiction, what would be your opening line?
Mmmm....good question. My last words, just as I’m dying, would be “It must’ve been the pate” I’d then keel over in a comic death scene.

"It must've been the pate!"
12 How much does music play a part in your creativity?
Not much. I like STEPS & they’re crap. I don’t get much done to music.

13 If you had to live in a clich├ęd alternate reality would you choose medieval fantasy or futuristic sci-fi?
Futuristic sci-fi. I’d love a hover car. I’ve always wanted one. I tried to make one out of an old Toyota Prius. It didn’t end well & a lot of people got hurt. I can’t say too much as there’s still legal action pending.

14 If you had a super power, what would it be?
Invisibility – but not the kind where you have to run round starkers. I want to be fully-clothed when I go snooping.I’d also like to be able to cause mischief when invisible. Nothing serious, just dropping an orange on people’s heads – that kind of thing.

15 Star Wars, Star Trek or Sci-Fi curious?
I came out as Sci-Fi curious a few years ago. Up to then I was all Star Wars. Now I’m out & proud I can say that I like both, with a bit of Babylon 5 mixed in. You used to get put in prison for that kind of stuff.
"You used to get put in prison for that kind of stuff."
16 Do you think roleplaying and video games are good practice for the impending zombie apocalypse?
The ones where you have to gather resources & fortify are best. The ones where you are constantly battling with a team with an average age of 9 & more ammunition than a regiment is not so good. You gotta get out there & learn some real survival skills.

17 Do you see the influx in zombies in entertainment as good thing or will it simply dilute the serious message you need to get across?
I gotta admit I love it. I try to write to entertain people. Many of my readers are young & they don’t want preaching. If there is a message in my books it’s bloody well hidden. Nah, joking aside – it’s brilliant to have so many books, movies & games out there.

18 Dead Island, Dead Rising, Left 4 Dead, Call of Duty Zombies or ‘They just haven’t made one quite right yet’?
For me, Dead Island came as close as you can. What a game – I love it & the expansion Riptide. I just liked the whole scenario, the missions & how the level of difficulty increased. The range of weapons was great as well. Ideally, I’d like a more open, free-play world but this game was brilliant.

19 Do you have a guilty pleasure you are willing to share? An interest completely unrelated to zombies?
I love trekking & travel. It’s a great chance to try out those survival skills. I’ve been all over the world climbing things but I love the desert the best. Zombies would just crumble & die there...it would be a great place to hide out.

20 What’s next for Sean Page?

The last six months have all been about aliens. I am preparing an Alien Invasion Manual for Haynes (the car people). I now wear a tin foil hat everywhere & am always on the lookout for clones or implants. David Icke was right – it’s a scary world.

The Truth is out there... somewhere.
Sean isn't kidding when he says he loves trekking and travelling. He's just spent 7 days surviving in the Sinai desert, exploring haunted ruins and dancing... mentally as a continuation of his Omega Man adventures!

You can see Sean's video blogs of this and his previous Omega Men escapades over at the Ministry of Zombies website.

When the apocalypse goes down. We want Sean T. Page on our Zombie Survival team!


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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Safe House: 24 Hour All Things Zombie Tabletop Zombie Wargames Marathon

Safe House - You have one right?

Welcome to the first annual Safe House event.

Safe House... will you survive the night?
Safe House is an Edinburgh based 24 hour tabletop zombie wargames marathon, hosted by Simon Hunter from Project Zeke Miniatures and James Brown from Hive City Terrain, to raise money for The Sick Kids Friends Foundation

The first Safe House event will run from the 5th to the 6th of July 2014, from midday to midday.

Players taking part will be canvassing for sponsorship for their participation in the event using using the JustGiving donations platform. For those of you who don't know, donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving - they'll never share them with anyone or send you unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. They'll make sure Gift Aid (an additional 25%) is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer, too. That means more money goes to the charity, faster, with JustGiving.

Check out and donate at this year's Safe House Just Giving Team Page.

 Safe House participants will not only embark on a constantly changing campaign through an ever expanding story of zombie survival using Two Hour Wargames' All Things Zombie: Final Fade Out and its accompanying supplements. And they will be doing so in suitably post apocalyptic surroundings and with all the trappings that go with it: isolation, barricades, canned food, the rapidly deteriorating aroma... you get the idea.

The event will be held in an "abandoned" office block (don't worry, it's safe and we have permission), appropriately furnished for the end of days.

Players will only be allowed minimal breaks (nature can't be ignored after all) and will be spending the rest of their time rolling dice, engaged in the campaign and trying to stay awake.

Safe House is the first event of its ilk in Edinburgh and with your support hopefully we can make it a resounding success. Everything going to plan, we hope to host Safe House events each year in support of The Sick Kids Hospital, a cause close to all of our hearts.

Want to take part? Contact Simon and James at the Safe House Facebook Page


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