Wednesday, 7 December 2011

War Against the Walking Dead

We’re read our survival guides, played our zombie killing first person shooters and we think we have an idea of what to do. In fact, those who are clued-up and have followed Sean’s advice in The Official Zombie Handbook (UK) have their 90 day survival plan well and truly sorted. But what happens once we stumble out of our fortresses after the initial 90 days?

Somehow we’ve got to take this country back from the flesh-eaters and in the chaotic collapse of the world as we know it we need an orderly roadmap to get us back in control. Zombie survival expert Sean T. Page's War Against the Walking Dead is just that roadmap.
More than just a survival guide it explores the research of many esteemed scientists, supported by historical examples, to provide infallible advice on the practical application of military doctrine against an enemy without fear, remorse or a heartbeat. It teaches us how to take back our world, house by house, street by street and shire by shire - to free ourselves from an occupation of the undead.
From communing with the spirits of the recently deceased to understand what makes them tick, small and large-scale combat maneuvers and the terrifying discovery of the devastating phenomenon of the ghoul meta-horde, to the practical application of the microlight. This book is encyclopedic.
War Against the WalkingDead yields a very British brand of dark comedy, laughing in the very face of fear, to lift a text with otherwise deadly serious undertones. It is an essay in the exploration of traditional methods of warfare, coup and insurrection in the context of a world overrun by the undead. It is a crowning achievement that should be in every zombie survivalist’s library and its text might mark what could just possibly be our finest, or last, hour.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Outpost by Adam Baker

Outpost - Adam Baker's 2011 debut novel is a bitterly and chillingly bleak tale of isolation and desperation set on a derelict refinery platform in the Arctic Ocean.

They took to job to escape the World. They didn't expect the World to end.

Hope is dashed in one of the most inhospitable places on earth time and time again. Just when you think things can't get any worse another bombshell is dropped. The crew battles the environment, starvation, despair and something far more sinister as the world around them falls apart and they are left to fend for themselves through the long, dark Arctic winter.

The book's prose, punctuated with bold staccato exposition, pulls you through the tale at breakneck pace. The tale plays out like a classic 80's sci-fi action-horror with justified comparisons to The Thing, Alien and The Abyss.

Outpost is an edge of your seat tale about survival in the face of overwhelming odds but it is also about finding yourself and facing your demons.

It is a zombie novel, but not a typical zombie novel. City streets, military bases and farmhouses are replaced with the harsh chill of the Arctic and the science fiction undertones keep it fresh and engaging.

Outpost is easy to read and it is clear to see why Mr Baker has caught the attention of the mainstream. Outpost is a book that your auntie or uncle might read on holiday, you don't need pre-conceived notions about zombies or science fiction to tear through it like a pack of hungry ghouls and the characters are sympathetic, believable and engaging.

Turn down the lights and be sure to wrap up warm.

Outpost is published by Hodder & Stoughton.

Adam Baker's highly anticipated second novel Juggernaut is scheduled for release in February 2012.

Juggernaut. Released in Feb 2012

Friday, 18 November 2011

Zombie Science 1Z - Live Lecture

"Zombies" they say, "...why that's just not possible."

If I had a pound for every time someone had said that, I'd have... well, a field trip to Poundland that's for sure.

For many who take an interest in the undead rising from the grave to feast upon us, topics such as:

What causes zombieism?
Should zombies walk, or run?
Wouldn't zombies simply rot away? or
What is the best way to kill a zombie?

...have been the fuel of many an armchair debating society's discourse.

If only we had science to back up what we know, from instinct, to be true. If only.

Zombie Science 1Z is the answer to our prayers. At last, an established scientist, with a white lab-coat and pens in his pocket no less, is willing to put his head above the scientific community's parapet and stand firm in the face of the inevitable horde.

Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Zombie Science 1Z.

Zombie Science 1Z is a lecture format show, complete with course notes, that educates and entertains. Split into three modules: The Zombiesm Condition, The Cause of Zombieism and Preventing and Curing Zombiesm. Doctor Austin, Theoretical Zombiologist of the Zombie Institute of Theoretical Studies (ZITS) uses real-world examples to explore the science and the fiction of the shambling abomination we (think we) know and love. There are even online exams you can take.

The course is intense, but I hope to graduate soon.
In his mission to educate the masses, Doctor Austin takes us into the once-forbidden secret world of clipboards and bunsen burners. We caught the last night of Doctor Austin's current run of live shows at The Courtyard Theatre as part of the London Horror Festival.

Zombie Science 1Z was the perfect evening's entertainment and our journey home was sustained by a wonderfully tasty Swiss roll, although we narrowly missed out on the cauliflower (you probably had to be there!). It was a pleasure to meet Doctor Austin. A convergence of great minds... well, more like he blinded me with science whilst I grinned and then said. "Your Zombie show is EPIC!"

Doctor Austin and Zombie Ad. "and crossbows." he said.

If you missed Doctor's Austin's spectacular lectures this year do not despair, much of his life's work is contained within his book Zombie Science 1Z from Severed Press available now at Zombie Shop.

Zombie Science 1Z by Doctor Austin, available at

We're pretty sure he'll have something special planned for 2012. Zombie Science 1Z was a superb night out and highly recommended for all zombie enthusiasts. Visit the ZITS website and be sure to follow Doctor Austin's Zomblog for up-to-the-minute articles and information on future shows.

Please be careful out there and remember, in the words of Doctor Austin.

"You can always make new friends, but there's no cure for Zombieism."

"Knowledge... and crossbows." he said.

Now, please wash your hands.

Zombie Shop

Friday, 4 November 2011

The Official Zombie Handbook (UK) by Sean T. Page

We've read the books, played the games and even acted out our survival simulation. But, do we really, and I mean REALLY, know what to do when a zombie attack turns this green and pleasant land into planet terror?

The Official Zombie Handbook (UK) is the Ministry of Zombies answer to this worrysome question.
Read this book and avoid becoming a cheap meat-snack for the zombies!

There is no escaping immediate comparisons with Max Brooks’ The Zombie Survival Guide. Whilst Brook’s guide is best enjoyed washed down with a beer and some pretzels, Page’s work is the perfect accompaniment to a nice cup of tea and a packet of custard creams.

Split into easy to digest sections, The Official Zombie Handbook (UK) brings the prospect of surviving an onslaught of flesh-eating undead very much into our rather British world of double-decker buses, the welfare state, cricket on the green and a distinct lack of easily obtainable firearms.
The only thing missing is a section on how to queue during the zombie apocalypse.
The Official Zombie Handbook (UK) is a must read alongside the deeds to your Victorian sea fort (so obvious I don’t know why we never thought of it).
It skirts a very fine line between meticulously researched detail laced with subtly dark humour and a paranoid survivalist mantra. Which is, in our opinion, exactly the way any guide to surviving a zombie apocalypse should be.

You can WIN a FREE copy of The Official Zombie Handbook (UK) signed by author Sean T. Page over at the Zombie Shop facebook page. Competition ends 6th November 2011.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Zombie Boot Camp

The world as we know it has changed. Ever since the rise of the undead the ever-present menace of a single mistake, a needless error or a moment of carelessness hangs over us like Damocles' blade.

Governments have fallen, military order has been wiped from the face of the globe. Now we, the people, must take up arms and join the fight against the shambling horde.

Destroy the shambling horde.

Zombie Boot Camp
Based on the success of their legendary SWAT Team Package and their wickedly over-active imaginations Ram Training are now offering a truly unique Zombie themed experience.

Ram Training's Facility - Apocalypse... Now.

At their 'secret' training facility in Worcestershire you are issued with genuine Kevlar Body Armour and a Kevlar Ballistic Helmet. You get to handle an unbelievably realistic feeling M4 Carbine Paint Marker and semi-automatic airsoft pistols. To supplement your unlimited ammo you are also be issued and instructed in the use of pyrotechnic anti-personnel hand grenades.

"Lock and Load people!"

Zombie Response Training
Room clearance, patrolling and vehicle entry and exit drills are all part of the Zombie Boot Camp experience.

Do as he says. You're in safe hands.

Can 3 hours of basic training prepare you to take the fight to the undead?

Will you laugh in the face of danger, throw your pyrotechnic grenade into the midst of the zombie horde then follow up with a rapid burst of rifle fire?

Zulu down!

With Zombie Boot Camp's training you too can stride effortlessly over the bodies of the fallen, through the smoke and carnage, confident that one less zombie roams this planet.

Want to hear more about Zombie Shop's experience at Zombie Boot Camp, our fight alongside the legendary Sean T. Page?

Watch this space for Zombie Ad's full after action report.

Stay frosty, watch your six and get ready to go loud.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

'Batter up!' - Diabolical Pitch on Kinect

Grasshopper Manufacture, the Japanese games developer, has finally revealed the true identity of its secret project, formerley known as Codename D - enter Diabolical Pitch.

Corporate sports and zombies? - they're sure to make a killing.
Diabolical Pitch has been in development for over 12 months and is touted as another superb example or core gaming on Kinect, in which players pitch balls and swing the quintessential zomb-busting weapon, the baseball bat, in a chaotic game of rounders gone rotten.

The skull-splitting combination of baseball and the undead features two player support in an epic battle of athletes against the undead.

Diabolical Pitch is due for release on Xbox live before the end of 2011.

Strike One!!!

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Deep Silver Raids Piggy Bank for Dead Island Launch

Deep Silver have well and truly raided the coffers in a bid to ensure Dead Island gets stamped into the very fabric of zombie culture and becomes a household name.

Dead Island - Trouble in paradise.

So, can their zombie themed rpg-first-person-shooter-basher compete with the likes of this year's mammoth releases?

The holy console trinity of 2011: Modern Warfare 3, Gears of War 3 and Battlefield 3 (what is it with the 3's at the moment?) are going be challenging hulks to go toe to toe with.

Dead Island - Katana vs Asylum freak!
Deep Silver say the Dead Island campaign is 'The biggest global marketing spend in the history of Deep Silver'. Something tells us their investment will be secure, as long as they deliver on the goods.

Expect to see TV slots hitting prime time starting this week and all the way through September and, with the profile expected to be sky-high, next time you tell one of your Mum's mates you like zombies, don't be surprised if they reply 'You mean like those things in Dead Island?'

Dead Island - zombies just want hugs.
A huge range of exciting Dead Island 'stuff' should also be hitting the streets any second now, including the Dead Island Book by Mark Morris.
So... time to book an all expenses paid luxury break in paradise? Not sure about that but we'll first in the queue when the game comes out on September 9th 2011.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Dead Island: The Book by Mark Morris

Deep Silver are pulling out all the stops for their much awaited first person zombie survival game Dead Island.

Scheduled for simultaneous release with the video Game, Dead Island: The Book comes from the pen of British Fantasy Award winning author Mark Morris. Mark is known for his Doctor Who and Torchwood tie-ins, as well as a string of horror releases and is sure to attract a big following, even outside the realms of the electronic gamer.

Dead Island: The Book, by Mark Morris

A once-in-a-lifetime dream holiday turns into an apocalyptic nightmare for guests of the five-star Royal Palms Resort on the island of Banoi. What begins as an escape to a tropical paradise becomes a fight for survival as a mystery outbreak suddenly and unexpectedly turns holiday makers into the flesh-hungry undead. Four very different individuals are somehow unaffected by the virus and must use anything and everything at their disposal to take out the undead and survive the outbreak.

Dead Island: The Book is be released by Bantam Books on 8th September 2011.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

World War Z - Glasgow in Ruins

As filming for World War Z gets underway parts of Glasgow will be in ruins for the next couple of weeks.

Glasgow or Philadelphia - Picture from
Last month an open casting was held to recruit a horde of local zombies and now a cast and crew of around 1,200 will be shooting scenes in George Square and other locations across Glasgow city centre.

Glasgow was chosen as a location for World War Z because of the architecture, wide roads and layout, which is grid based like most US cites.

Iconic yellow cabs and UK bollards. Picture from

The film is set in Philadelphia so false shop fronts, traffic signals, road signs and American cars were being brought in to complete the illusion.

US road signs waiting to be installed. Picture from

The production is likely to bring in excess of £2m to the local economy according to Glasgow City Council.
City Council leader, Gordon Matheson said: "We are ready to welcome the World War Z production to Glasgow."

"There is great anticipation in the city ahead of such a huge film coming here."

With recent revelations of the movie's synopsis showing the film set during the outbreak, rather than during with the aftermath, as in Max Brook's 2006 novel, fans are worried, but aren't we always?

Every big budget zombie movie in recent years has been a financial success. The future of such a large-scale production could have implications for the zombiephiles wish-list of movies we'd love to see made.

Mr Pitt, the undead eyes of the world are on you now.

Friday, 5 August 2011

How to Kill a Zombie in Melee

Useful advice. A cricket bat, baseball bat, or a simple piece of 2 by 4 may be your best friend in the event of the zombie apocalypse, especially in a country where gun laws prevent a proliferation of firearms.

How to Kill a Zombie in Melee - Picture from Harcos Labs

Important Note: Avoid the final element of step 3 if you have loosening of the stool.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Zombiesque - Zombie Anthology

When it comes to genre fiction, anthologies are not necessarily at the top of the list. The majority of compilations typically herald from the pens of a number of he genre's best and brightest, one can't help feeling that the tales are often disparate, unconnected and only loosely connected by subject matter.

It all honestly, the same might have been said for Zombiesque, although in this case, there really is a distinctly common thread binding more than just the pages together.

Zombiesque - Zombie anthology.

Zombiesque contains 16 original stories about the lifestyles of the living dead. It is not a collection of stories about surviving the apocalypse, nor is it a gathering of abstract tales loosely based around the zombie theme, Zombiesque is the zombie's side of the story.

Whilst the concept of 'thinking' zombies might appear to fly in the face of canon for the apocalyptic flesh-eater fan the book kicks off with 'At First Only Darkness' by Nancy Collins. The subject matter could be straight out of a Romero movie, only this time we're seeing things from the shambler's point of view.

Things do get a little more abstract. 'Gimme a Z' is a story about a cheerleader who won't let death kick her off the team and it comes from the pen of Seanan McGuire, the author of the superb Newsflash Trilogy as Mira Grant, which has rapidly become one of the most talked about zombie trilogies created.

Laslo Xalieri's 'The Confession' is a brooding yarn that takes the concept of the thinking zombie to the level of Wellington's 'Monster' trilogy. The dark tale treads heavily on the coattails of Poe and brings a heavy dose of horror to boot.

The tales are well written and most importantly they are page-turners, less an exploration of eloquent prose (although 'Zombie Zero' takes a fair stab) and more pure storytelling.

Some tales might not sit so well with zombie purists, the holiday resort where visitors can become temporary zombies, an undead Nascar driver and a zombie cheerleader are about as far away from the Night of The Living Dead as many might wish to tread.

If you can get around the concept that zombies might actually think, at least in some way of another, Zombiesque is well worth a read.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Zombie Walk Aftermath

This past weekend was Zombie Walk weekend. Not one, not two, but THREE Zombie Walks, that we know of, took place.

Dublin Zombie Walk 2011 - Pre-walk zombiefication.

Dublin - Ireland, Birmingham - England and San Diego - USA all held host to massive zombie walks.

Birmingham Zombie Walk 2011 - Photo by Alex Weston Photography
There's tons of pics and videos at each of the event sites pages, so be sure to check 'em out. It would seem that they were all HUGE, got tons of press coverage, outdid themselves and promise to be even bigger next year. Looks like Zombie Walks are here to stay.

San Diego Comic Con Zombie Walk 2011 - Image from Entertainment

Dublin had tons of undead goodness!

Birmingham Zombie Walk 2011 raised over £1,800 for Birmingham Children's Hospital.

San Diego Zombie Walkers had a huge impact at Comic Con 2011.

Get Yer Zomb On!

Monday, 25 July 2011

The Walking Dead: Season 2 Trailer from Comic Con

Very little introduction needed here. Check out the latest trailer first seen this week at San Diego Comic Con.

AMC's small screen adaption of Robert Kirkman's never-ending zombie story continues and Sheriff Rick Grimes returns for Season 2.

The Walking Dead Season 2 premieres on October 16th on AMC.

"It's all about slim chances now. And a slim chance is better than none."

Image and Video is Copyright © 2010-2011 American Movie Classics Company LLC. All rights reserved.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Brimingham Zombie Walk 2011

Seems like you can't go anywhere these days wthout Zombies being there.

Birmingham, England is no different.

This Saturday 23rd July, Birmingham's annual 'Walk of The Dead' takes place.

Birmingham Zombie Walk 2010. "Say Braiiins!"

Birmingham's 3rd annual zombie walk kicks off at 3.30pm in the Broad Street area, finishing at a Zombie Themed party at city club Subside. They have even created a special 'Cocktail of The Dead' just for the occasion.

There will be all sorts of fun activities taking place from around midday.

For a small cash donation, professional volunteer make up artsists will 'zombiefy' you, so you can be sure you'll be getting a great zombie look, and it's not just for hardcore zombie fanatics either, this one's for the whole family.

Jamie Chapman. Birmingham Zombie Walk Event Organiser.

Event organiser Jamie Chapman, 21 said "It's a family event and we will be having children, teenagers, adults and families all come along."

"This is the third year of the zombie walk and it has gown bigger each time."

"There will be losts to do, including a zombie raffle and a best-dressed zombie competition."

Tickets go on sale for the zombie raffle from 12pm till 3pm, £1 per strip and there is over £500 worth of prizes to give away. Last year's event raised £850 for charity and they hope to raise even more tomorrow for Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Find out more about the walk on the Birmingham Zombie Walk Facebook page. Or by visitng the Birmingham Zombie Walk 2011 Webpage.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Planet Terror

"Humanity's last hope... rests on a high power machine gun!!?"

Planet Terror "A Kick-Ass Zombie Movie" - The Sunday Sport

If someone told you that Rose Mcgowan would be hotter than hell with just one leg you might be forgiven for replying "..erm...excuse me?" If they then said that she'd be even hotter still with an M16 M203 in it's place you might say "...erm... ok." and walk away slowly. But that was before Robert Rodriguez made Planet Terror.

Planet Terror - Rose McGowan - Crackshot!

Planet Terror Synopsis
Less than happily married doctors William and Dakota Block (Josh Brolin and Marley Shelton) find their nightshift inundated with townsfolk ravaged by gangrenous sores and a suspiciously vacant look in their eyes. Among the casualties brought in is Cherry Darling (Rose McGowan), a go-go dancer whose leg was ripped clean off during a roadside attack, and El Wray (Freddy Rodriguez), a mysterious drifter with a past. Cherry Darling  might have been knocked off her feet and down on her luck, but she hasn’t danced her last number...

When the mysterious virus turns the hospital patients into enraged bloodthirsty maniacs, Cherry and El Wray lead a gang of accidental soldiers out into the gore-filled night, hurtling towards a destiny that will leave millions infected, countless dead and a just the last lucky few heading for the last safe corner of PLANET TERROR.

Rose McGowan and Marley Shelton

Planet Terror is no typical zombie movie. It's fast-paced with comic book action and a healthy topping of grindhouse cheese. The 'missing reel' gag is a hilarious concept, but we can;t help wondering if the movie would actually be better if the footage was included. Watch a second of third time and it just bugs you.


Quentin Tarrntino - It's him, just in BDUs!
Loose yourself and it's fantastic fun with superb performances and some of the coolest cameos you ever thought possible. Dip out out the 'I'm along for the ride' mindset and you might be left thinking it's all just a bit silly.

It's a beer and pretsels flick, superb for a zack-attack quick fix and the eye candy and innuendo are first class. Plant Terror gets a Zombie Shop seal of approval.

Monday, 18 July 2011

Dublin Zombie Walk 2011 - 23 July 2011

Zombies and good causes go hand in hand, obviously. There's the eradication of the human species on one hand and then there's Zombie Walks for charity on the other.

Look Dead, the zombies are coming!!

"Look Dead, the zombies are coming!!!"

The Dublin Zombie Walk takes place this Saturday, 23rd July 2011, in Dublin, which is good, because being called the Dublin Zombie Walk, Dublin is where the majority of zombie lovers in the local area are gonna rock up in their zombie threads.

Find out more at the Dublin Zombie Walk 2011 website.

Not sure exactly what to do on the day? Check out the Dublin Zombie Walk 2001 FAQ.

The Dublin Zombie Walk is a MASSIVE charity walk in aid of the Irish Cancer Society & the RNLI. You can donate directly from the Dublin Zombie Walk 2011 website, so even if you can't make it and you want to support these causes, drop in and hit their donate button.

When we say MASSIVE, we mean MAHOOZIVE with a capital Z!

Over 12,000 people have confirmed attendance.

The walk starts at St. Stephens Green (Leeson Street Entrance) at 2pm.

Tell your friends, tell your family, tell the world!

Wind down after all that undead shambling. Be sure to stick around for the greatest Gorelesque After-Party in Irish history in the Button Factory starting at 5pm.

Dublin Zombie Walk T-shirts and Badges designed by Rianne Rowlands will also be available.

It's not just a horde of zombies shambling the streets (despite that being awesome enough for most.)

They'll have stalls, cakes, face painters, fire breathers, jugglers, stilt walkers, dancers, badges, t-shirts and a whole load of zombie surprises!

Friday, 15 July 2011

Trailer Park of Terror

Rednecks and Zombies! A head-on collision that’s more hillbilly undead than gore-stained overalls on a reanimated Alabama rattlesnake.

Trailer Park of Terror - Zombie Slasher

This definitely ain’t about Karma!
Noma is a trailer Park Queen - when her boyfirned is killed by the local trailer park bullies, Norma makes a pact with the devil and takes her revenge...
Six troubled high school students and their chaperone are returning from a reteat when their bus crashes, stranding them in the middle of Trailer Park Hell... literally!
Trailer Park of Terror - The Reapers are coming.

Trailer Park of Terror is more ‘Wrong Turn’ than anything that resembles an ‘of the Dead’ tribute. It's far more likely to appeal to fans of the black comedy slasher-flick genre.
The movie gets off to a superb start but falters a little as it drifts into a formula of teenager meets grisly end due to crimes of morailty, but Nichole Hiltz plays a fantastic lead as the good girl gone bad. The set-pieces are well executed, if a little cliched, and there's even a big fat scary zombie lass to rival Dawn of The Dead (2004)

Nichole Hiltz - Trailer Park Queen... of the Damned.

Trailer Park of Terror is based on the Imperium Comics Series of the same name. With top-notch special effects and a scorching southern-fried soundtrack. Those who know their country music will welcome Trace Adkins cameo as 'The Man', and the film's director, Steven Goldmann, is known for his country music videos. This movie is slick, well shot and nasty fun for the hardcore horror fan.

Trailer Park of Terror - Trace Adkins as 'The Man'

It's not one for apocalyptic Romero die-hards, Trailer Park of Terror is a welcome excursion from the typical zombie flick. Zombies that talk? These Reapers play slide guitar!

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Zombie Cupcake Recipe

Zombie cupcakes - The tasty delights of a cutesy cupcake combined with the brain-munching awesomeness of the walking dead. What better way to celebrate a gruesome birthday, creepsome anniversary or spooksome Halloween?

Zombie Cupcake - "He's coming to get you Barbara."

Zombie cupcakes are a delightful way to enjoy a delicious snack and a wonderful way to share your passion for zombies and horror with friends and loved ones (without subjecting them to a 10 hour marathon of cult cinema classics), it's a fun activities for kids of all ages too.

Wash your hands and roll up your sleeves! "Spooooonnnnges!!!"
Zombie Cupcake - "Braiiins!!"
Zombie Cupcake Ingredients (makes 12)

100g (4oz)         Butter or margarine
100g (4oz)         Caster sugar
100g (4oz)         Self-raising flour (sifted)
1/2 tsp                Baking powder
1/2 tsp                Vanilla essence.
Zombie Cupcakes Method

Preheat the oven to 180/gas mark 4
Place 12 paper cases into a cupcake/muffin tin
Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
Beat in eggs one at a time
Add vanilla essence
Fold in flour and baking powder
Bake in the oven for 10 - 12 minutes until slightly browned
Cool on a wire rack.
Decorating Zombie Cupcakes

Fondant icing – for modelling shapes (follow instructions on packet)
Glace icing (follow instructions on packet)
Food colouring – Red, green, black & blue, but go wild
3 x Oreo Cookies – crushed
Toothpicks, for modelling
Small, clean brush – one specifically for food is most appropriate
Chocolate stick, dessert stick or Poky.

Zombie Cupcake - Gravestone.
Modelling Monstrosities On Your Zombie Cupcakes

Mix the fondant icing for modelling and make up some brains, tombstones, eyes and hands, use a toothpick to add detail where required
Mix the glace icing. We added a dash of black food colouring for a suitable pallid flesh tone
Apply the glace icing to the cupcakes – press in the modelled features as it cures
For the tombstone or hand cake, dip the semi-cured glace icing into the crushed Oreos, use a dessert stick to hold the feature in place
Put a drop of each food colouring colour on a plate and go to town on decorating the cakes. Less is more, and a drop of fresh clean water with help the colours blend and run into the cracks on the fondant icing.

Zombie Cupcakes - Under construction.
Sit back, relax and enjoy with a nice cup of tea and wait for all this to blow over.

Zombie Cupcakes - Yummy!

If you're looking some more awesomely undead ideas for zombie cupcakes, check out the following books.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Zombie Card Games and Board Games - Part 3

So, you ate all the survivors in Humans!!!, survived Zombiegeddon, and you were the last one to die an unimaginable death in Zombie Survival: The Board Game. Your buddies are on the way over and nobody's got to be anywhere soon.

Zombie Game Face On!!
The beer fridge is stocked, the chips are down and the salsa is chilled to perfection. What we playing this time?

If you like your zombie board games with just a smidgen more depth and re-playability

Last Night on Earth
Flying Frog Productions' Last Night on Earth is quite possibly the coolest zombie board game on the planet. It is a perfect mix of survivalist strategy, gun-toting action and long-term re-playability. Set in the sleepy town of Woodinvale you get, among other things, a cast of eight small town heroes (more than you can play all at once), a modular board with a double sided centre-piece, and some of the best miniatures seen (scaled at around 28-32mm, for those who play zombie skirmish games) it even comes with a CD soundtrack to get you in the mood. The mechanics of the game are pretty easy to pick up, but there's enough complexity that is might take a game to get a it right, but once the rules are squared away the possibilities are endless. Best of all the game is scenario based, with 5 scenarios included to get you going and there are currently four more official Last Night on Earth web scenarios. Last Night on Earth has a cinematic action-horror feel so make sure you have plenty of popcorn to hand. The feel and quality of the components are superb and it's a game you can play again and again.

Flying Frog Productions Last Night on Earth - Zombie Board Game

Last Night on Earth: Hero Pack One
Want more?  Last Night on Earth: Hero Pack One brings you four new fantastic characters, cards and miniatures, ten new game cards and a brand new scenario.

Last Night on Earth - Hero Park One

Last Night on Earth: Zombies with Grave Weapons
Still want more? Last Night on Earth: Zombies with Grave Weapons provides 14 plastic zombies, featuring seven new sculpts, to add to your horde and comes with two exclusive new weapons only available with this set.

Last Night on Earth - Zombies with Grave Weapons

All Things Zombie
All Things Zombie from Lock 'n' Load games is based on Ed Teixeira's 2006 Origins Award-Winning miniatures game of the same name. All Things Zombie is a name synonymous with zombie tabletop gamers the world over as one of the finest sets of zombie gaming rules available. All Things Zombie, otherwise known as ATZ, is all about real life in an unreal world. It can be played as a one off game or, when it really comes into its own, as an ongoing campaign in which the same survivors develop from game to game, if they survive. The game features counters in place of miniatures and despite some issues with a small percentage of copies from the first print run, ironed out in the second run, the production is good and the artwork top-notch.

All Things Zombie - Zombie board game by Lock 'n' Load Games

All Things Zombie is designed for 1-6 players, yup that's right, ONE to six. Where ATZ really stands out is its playability as a solo game. No spider solitaire and, in the opinion of many, it's possibly best as a solo game. That's not so common these days. All Things Zombie is scenario-led and the rules cover so much it skirts the boundaries of being RPG-lite and actually works if you want to run it that way.
All Things Zombie - Zombie

If you want a more in-depth board game you can play solo, fancy an RPG-lite session or like the idea of a zombie skirmish game and don't have the time or modelling skills to build your own zombie infested city, All Things Zombie fits the bill perfectly.