Sunday, February 9, 2014

Do You Need a Shotgun to Fight Zombies?

With the return of "The Walking Dead" to our TV screens, thoughts naturally turn to defending the old homestead against zombies and other miscreants.  The shotgun has a fierce reputation as a devastating close-quarters battle weapon.  When loaded with buckshot, a shotgun is more than effective against zombies ...or more realistically... home invaders.


If you are interested in learning more about shotguns, check out my guide:



Monday, October 14, 2013

A Poor Man's Guide to Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse

Preparing for a Zombie Apocalypse on the Cheap!

When funds are tight, it can be a challenge to prepare for any disaster much less a Zombie Apocalypse.  But, when there's a will, there's a way. It's always tough to prepare for an emergency when your personal finances are tight. But, the Zombies don't care if you are chronically under-employed. They don't care if you are recovering from a layoff or whether you are trying to rebuild your 401K. All zombies want is to eat your warm juicy guts and protein-filled brain! Disasters just don't wait for your family to be in tip-top financial shape.

By Yves Tennevin (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Fortunately, there are ways to prepare for a Zombie apocalypse on a low budget. Here are some inexpensive Zombie Apocalypse preps:

Baseball Bat. The good old fashioned aluminum baseball bat lasts forever. It will still be good for bashing zombies long after the last ting of a softball home run. I've got two aluminum bats at my house for Zombies or other home defense situations. They are cosmetically challenge, but cost less than $4 each at the Atlanta Union Mission thrift store.


Survival Knife. If you have to dispatch zombies, you might want a knife-a really big knife. Fortunately, Harbor Freight Tools sells their hefty Gordon 8-inch survival knife for about $8 on sale. The hollow handle is packed with matches, fishing line, hooks, and even a sewing kit. You never know when such things will come in handy. Zombies tend to wear very tattered clothing. This knife looks similar -


Firearms. Many people want a firearm, but are put off by high prices. If you want a firearm for home defense, you can start with a brand new Hi-Point .380 or 9mm semi-automatic pistol for less than $170. If you buy used, prices can be much less. Hi-Point firearms have an unconditional lifetime warranty. If you encounter malfunctions at the range, you can ship it to them for a free repair. They may not be beautiful, but Hi-Points are reputed to go bang regularly. You can also buy a variety of used single-shot shotguns for less than $120.

First Aid Supplies. One good Zombie bite can condemn you to the realm of the walking dead. But, in any apocalypse, you are going to accumulate plenty of scratches, scrapes, and cuts. No matter how the world ends, you are going to want a first aid kit. Fortunately, First Aid kits are inexpensive. The basic 70 piece Johnson & Johnson Safe Travels First Aid kit sells for around $8.00 at your local drugstore. You can also pick up basic first aid supplies at stores like Dollar Tree. Just throw a few basic first aid supplies in your basket on every visit and your home hospital will be off to a good start. They have bandaids, bandages for sprains, aspirin, disinfectant and more for a dollar a package.


Water and Food. In any survival scenario, you'll want to have a stockpile of clean drinking water and food. When Zombies are roaming the neighborhood, you'll probably want to eat at home rather than going to your local greasy spoon. You can buy eight packs of bottled spring water at the Dollar Tree or cases of bottled water at your local grocery store. Canned goods are also inexpensive source of emergency food and last a long time. Just remember to pick up extra can openers at the dollar store.


While the return of the hit AMC series, The Walking Dead, to your television screen may capture your imagination and turn your thoughts to zombies, a little time spent preparing for the imaginary zombie threat can actually help you prepare for other more likely emergencies and natural disasters.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Why Read when You Can Shoot Zombies?

I've been reading quite a few Zombie stories on my Barnes & Noble Nook Color, but now authors have some competition.  Sometimes, it's more fun to shoot Zombies or slash 'em with a big friggin' knife.  Fortunately, there's an App for that!  Read my review here -


By Andrew Braithwaite from Melbourne, Australia (Contemplative Chef Zombie) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Zombie Lit Review: Saving Jebediah - Another True Story of the Zombie Apocalypse

I just finished reading another good short Zombie novella:  Saving Jebediah - Another True Story of the Zombie Apocalypse by Doug Ward.  It's the tale of a man, Max Talbot, who finds his small town overrun by Zombies.  He is determined to reach his elderly uncle Jebediah's remote mountain cabin and save him from rampaging zombies.  This is the story of that journey!

By Jarek Tuszynski (Jarekt) (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons


It's a free e-book on the Barnes & Noble Nook and it's available here:  Saving Jebediah - Another True Story of the Zombie Apocalypse by Doug Ward.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

A Classic Anti-Zombie Weapon - The Baseball Bat

One classic anti-zombie weapon is a true American classic:  the baseball bat.  Last week, I bought a softball bat at a Goodwill thrift store for only $2.92.  It's a heavy aluminum job and it has seen better days.  But, if a baseball or softball game should spontaneously erupt, I'll be ready.  I'll also be ready for zombies, ninjas, burglars, rabid dogs, and various other threats.  Joe Biden would be so proud of me!

Baseball Player Cy Seymour looks ready for Zombies back in 1903.


Sunday, March 31, 2013

Short Story Review: Z is for Zombie

I just finished reading a short story/novelette called "Z is for Zombie" by  Nick Miller and published by John T. Arant.  It's a free e-book available on my Nook from Smashwords.  It's also patterned after the television show "The New Girl" which stars Zoey Deschanel.  Since I don't watch the show, I probably missed a few inside jokes in the story.

However, I didn't let this didn't slow me down and dove right into the story.  It's a quick read, written in a light, humorous, jazzy style about a young man who lives in Rythm City.  His city is hit by a strange meteor that zombifies a zoo animal, other animals, and many people in the city.  The transformation into a Zombie is addressed and how that might affect a relationship is explored in a light way.

Overall, this story was a bit oddball.  But, that's what makes Zombie Lit fun.

Here's the link:  Z is for Zombie


By Amber Ragland (Amber Ragland) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Dollar Store Shopping for the Zombie Apocalypse

With the recession, everyone's household income is down.  Budgets are tight.  You might be financially tapped out before the Zombies even show up.  But, don't despair you can still be prepared for the Zombie apocalypse.

First of all, you can get a perfectly good bat at the Thrift Store for less than $5.00.  It'll be totally scratched up aluminum bat.  But, any bat you bash zombies with is going to get just a tad scratched up. 

Once you've got your basic weapon, you can get the rest of your supplies at the dollar store.  Seriously, they've got a lot of the basic, food, water, and medical supplies that you'll need for The End of The World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI).  This article has a complete run down on useful dollar store survival supplies:


By Pete (http://www.flickr.com/photos/doviende/38016238/) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons