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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies

by Matt Mogk


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The most comprehensive zombie handbook ever published—with a foreword by Max Brooks! In one indispensable volume, Matt Mogk busts popular myths and answers all your raging questions about the living dead.*

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451641578
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 09/13/2011
Edition description: Original
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword xi

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

Notes 287


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.

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