Q. How can I increase my chances of survival?
A. One simple step is to keep away from other people. Without people there can be no zombies.
Q. What is the connection between the Voodoo zombie and the flesh-eating zombie of popular culture?
A. Other than a shared name, absolutely nothing.
Q. Will zombies actually eat me, or will they just bite and chew?
A. Research suggests the neuromuscular activity required for swallowing may be too complex for a zombie.
Q. Will we see any warning signs before the dead rise?
A. Unfortunately, entire populations could be infected with the zombie sickness before anyone even knows there’s a problem.
Q. How come Zombie Awareness Month is in May and not October?
A. Unlike witches and vampires, zombies are not otherworldly creatures. They are made of flesh and blood. Don’t forget to wear your gray ribbon.
* Many more questions about zombies—including why not all of them are undead—are answered inside the book.
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Table of Contents
Section 1 Zombie Basics 1
1 Definition of a Zombie 5
2 Voodoo Zombies 9
3 Zombie Evolution 13
4 Living Zombies 20
5 Vampires 28
6 Beer-Goggle Zombies 33
Session 2 Zombie Science 41
7 The Zombie Brain 46
8 Zombie Blood 54
9 Zombie Hunting Technique 59
10 Defensive Reflex in Zombies 68
11 Zombie Eating Habits 73
12 How Long Have We Got? 79
13 Infection Sources 89
14 The End Is Nigh! 99
15 Zombielike Creatures 106
Session III Zombie Survival 111
16 Water to Drink 115
17 Protective Shelter 122
18 Food to Eat 131
19 The Human Threat 138
20 Systemic Collapse 147
21 Your Own Worst Enemy 154
22 Prepare or Perish 161
23 Building Your Team 169
24 Weapons of War 175
25 Travel and Communication 183
26 What Are Our Chances? 191
27 The Global View 197
28 Past Outbreaks 203
Session IV Popular Culture 211
29 Why Are Zombies So Popular? 217
30 At the Movies 220
31 Zombies on the Small Screen 234
32 Zombie Video Games 237
33 Zombie Literature 244
34 The Dead Walk 251
35 Fun with Zombies 256
36 Zombie Organizations 269
37 The Wrong and Ridiculous 276
38 Final Thoughts 283
Why I Love Cemeteries (And You Should Too!)
By Matt Mogk
There's a lot we won't know about the coming zombie apocalypse until the dead actually rise, but one thing we can be sure of: people make zombies. No matter what else is in the mix, without people there can be no reanimated shambling corpses trying to hunt and eat other people. So the best advice for increasing your odds of staying alive is, quite simply, to keep away from pretty much everybody.
If you live in a city that may be easier said than done, but there are still some good options. Stay away from public buildings, transit stations, or large retail stores - they are all people and hence, zombie, magnets. Instead, consider heading for the nearest cemetery if you're caught outside in a zombie outbreak. In good times and bad, almost no one ever thinks to go to the cemetery.
And if you're worried about the dead bodies in the ground, don't be. Contrary to popular belief, zombies don't rise from graves. It's simply not possible. Just imagine being buried inside a covered box under six feet of dirt. You wouldn't be able to claw your way out no matter how much time you had on your hands. Because zombies are similar to humans in physical ability, they're in the same boat. Not to mention the additional problems of advanced decay and embalming rot.
So when the dead rise, I'll meet you at the cemetery. But do me a favor and keep it to yourself. The last thing we want to do is draw a crowd.