Friday, December 15, 2017

Do Zombies Remember Their Lives?

One of the most interesting questions in the field of Zombie research is - Do Zombies Remember Their Lives?  Since Zombies can only be killed by destroying their brains, it stands to reason that zombies do have brain function.

Photo by http://www.cgpgrey.com [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

What do Zombie Brains Do?

 Zombies have very busy brains.  Zombie brain functions are used to handle involuntary tasks like breathing, circulation, and processing sensations from nerves.  The Zombie brain handles the five senses:  sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell.  The Zombie brain must also propel Zombies towards satisfying their hunger by eating humans.

Do Zombies have Conscious Thoughts? 


When observing television and movie depictions of Zombies, it is easy to come across hints that Zombies might have some residual memories.  According to Yahoo Answers respondents, in The Walking Dead, there are small hints like a young child Zombie clutching her doll or Morgan's wife trying to return to her home as a Zombie.


Do Zombies have Conscious Thoughts? 



To me it seems like Zombies have flashes of recognition or sadness when they look into the faces of the living.  In his short story, Dog Walk of the Apocalypse, author Alexander Z Pain actually has newly re-animated Zombies say a word or two.  Of course, these aren't complex expressions.  It seems like zombies may have some fleeting moments of conscious thought, but their brains have been so scattered by death and reanimation that they cannot act on these thoughts.  Over a period of time, a zombies conscious thoughts are diminished more and more.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Stopping Zombies with a Gate

If you are going to stop Zombies from entering your community or your property, you are going to need walls, fences, and gates.  However, too many gated communities lack full fencing around the property, lack proper walls, and even lack a sufficiently strong gate.




A gate does no good if Zombies can push it down or walk right around it.  If you are going to buy a house or rent an apartment, make sure that the gate is strong enough to be worthwhile obstacle.  If it isn't going to stop intruders or stop zombie hordes, why pay for it?

Sunday, November 5, 2017

An Interview with Alexander Pain - Author of Zombie Complex.

I recently had a chance to catch up with my friend Alexander Pain.  Alex managed to finish his great American Zombie novel.  He recently published Zombie Complex:  The Battle for Chattahoochee Run.




Why did you write the Zombie Complex?

I've lived in gated communities for years and I've always wondered if they could be defended against Zombies.

If Zombies came to your community would you bug in or bug out?

My city can barely handle heavy traffic on Halloween.  A zombie apocalypse qould be the last traffic jam most of mt neighbor's would ever sit in.  I'd hole up for as long as the baked beans in the cupboard last.


Does your community have everything you need to survive?


No.  Unless you live off grid in the mountains with your favorite goat, you have to to out and get a few things.  In Zombie Complex, a lot of the action happens outside the gates.

What's your latest anti-zombie weapon?

I'm no Negan, but I did find the coolest black baseball bat the other day.

Did you draw inspiration from The Walking Dead? 

I love that series.  But, the TWD characters ran from Atlanta. The folks in Zombie Complex chose to stay and fight.  Zombie Complex stands alone and is not part of the TWD universe.

What was the most fun for you in writing Zombie Complex?

Writing combat scenes was kick ass.  I got to combine my love of martial arts and weapons.  I really hope readers will enjoy them.

The Zombie Complex features many characters from India.  What motivated you to have characters from such a far away place?

I've been working closely with Indian workers for many years and living near them as well.  I've felt the frictions between American and Indian cultures and felt the consequences of the shift towards a global workforce.  I've also seen the wonder and excitement of young Indians discovering our country and its freedoms.  It seemed like an area that was ripe for exploration.

Why should readers take a chance on reading Zombie Complex?


There is no risk involved.  About 16 chapters are available for preview.  Right now, the book is free with Kindle Unlimited.  And, in a world full of $12 paperbacks, the Kindle version is a steal.  I hope people download Zombie Complex and tell their friends!

Is there more to come after Zombie Complex?


I sure hope so. I plan to get a paperback version out.  I'm also working on short stories and hopefully another novel.  There's lots to explore!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Zombie Fighting Tactics - How to Ambush Zombies

Zombies aren't the most aware of creatures.  They'll walk into almost any trap you set.  It should be relatively easy to ambush them right?  Not necessarily.  Since zombies travel in groups, sometimes very large groups, you have to choose your ambush site carefully so that you can get the Zombies, but they can't get you!

Zombies on this Raised Roadway Can't Get You Without Tumbling Off of the Roadway

One key thing to do is try to attack Zombies when they are in a position that they would hurt themselves in any attempt to get at you.  For example, if you can find a position to shoot zombies as they walk across a raised highway,  the Zombies will naturally walk towards you and off of the overpass in an attempt to get at you.



Sunday, August 20, 2017

Zombie Fighting Tactics - Get Over It

Zombies don't care if you are black or white, liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat, Nazi or Antifa.  They think we are all tasty!
Long Time Dead - By Martin SoulStealer from London, England (Long Time Dead) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
If you are human and alive and the Zombies come, you are going to have to set aside your differences with other people, you are going to have to let past injustices go, you are going to have to set aside hatred, and you are going to have to work hard together in order to survive.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Zombie Preps - Taking A Walk

If the Zombie Apocalypse (or #Zompoc) happened tomorrow, it would be bedlam.  Tens of thousands of people might be forced to flee their homes.  Highways would be jammed and might become impassable.  If you stay in your vehicle, you'll be overtaken by the zombie hordes.  Your alternative is to walk!

Zombie Hoard at the Big Chill - photo by Jez Nicholson [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


If you need to walk during the stress of a disaster, you'll be glad if you are used to walking or jogging during more peaceful times.  So, one of the least expensive preps for a Zombie Apocalypse becomes very, very, simple.  All you need to do is get up from your computer, grab a bottle of water, and go for a brisk walk.

If you have been sedentary for awhile, your first walk should probably be slow and of limited duration.  But, if you walk regularly, you can start adding time and distance to your walks.  After awhile, you'll find yourself in shape and ready to walk to actual destinations.  To start a walking program, take it slow, buy a decent pair of shoes, and check with your doctor if you have any health issues.

Since walking can be a bit boring, you may want a tangible way to keep track of your progress.  You might start a walking diary or participate in a 10,000 steps program through your employer. The key is to get started.  Remember:  the Zombies will feed on the slowest and those with the least endurance first!


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Zombie Fighting Tactics - Using Firearms Against Zombies

When it comes to fighting Zombies, it's natural to assume that you'll prevail if you have a firearm.  You'll reason that you can use a firearm to deliver precision shots to the head that will put Zombies down permanently.  Firearms also offer a powerful advantage in that they can be used to dispatch Zombies from a distance.



Key Numbers to Know When Using Guns Against Zombies


However, the advantages of firearms in a Zombie fight can be deceiving.  You have to consider firearms use by the numbers.  Here are some of the numbers that you'll want to consider:

1) Your firearms magazine capacity.
2) The number of accessible and loaded magazines.
3) The number of Zombies in sight.
4) The distance to the Zombies.
5) The effective range of your weapon.
6) The time it takes to bring your weapon to bear.
7) The number of accurate head shots that you can make per second.
8) The time it takes for you to reload your weapon.
9) The number of Zombies within earshot of a gunshot.

A Zombie Horde - By Martin SoulStealer from London, England (The Horde) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Firearms Use Scenario - Zombie Apocalypse


Let's say you are in a developed urban area.  You have a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol with 15 rounds load and two additional loaded 15-round magazines.  You encounter a group of 30 zombies who are about 100 feet away from you.  Each zombie can cover 50 feet in 5 seconds.  It takes you two seconds to change magazines.  You can get off one accurate head shot per second.  In ten seconds you can kill 10 zombies, but 20 remaining zombies reach you.  If you double your rate of fire, you kill 20 zombies, but 10 zombies remain to kill you.


Zombie Math  - Why People Lose Against Zombies


The math gets even worse.  Once you start shooting, you might attract the attention of all the zombies in a 1000 foot radius.  Even if you attract 90 more zombies from 1000 feet away, if they move at you, they can reach your location in only 1 minute and 40 seconds!  Even if you survived the first assault, you now have to face a second wave with less ammunition.  Each shot is a beacon for more zombies to come your way.



Firearms Tactics Against Zombies

Here are a few tactics that may help you avoid being overwhelmed by Zombies:

1.  Concentrate Firepower.  When using a guns against Zombies, it doesn't pay to take on Zombies alone.  If you have multiple shooters, you have a higher rate of fire and a better chance of dropping the Zombies before they reach your firing position.

2. Shoot and Scoot.  Once you start shooting in an urban or suburban area, you are going to attract more and more Zombies.  To avoid getting swarmed, have a plan to rapidly exit the area to avoid being ovewhelmed.

Spartan APC SWAT Team Vehicle - By Jamesw007 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

3. Fire to Redirect Zombies.  Since Zombies are going to be attracted to the sound of gunfire, consider fighting them at a location away from your home base.  If you are going to shoot at Zombies, pick a battle location that will draw Zombies away from your camp.

4. Use Sound Suppressors.  Anything that you can do to minimize the sound of your firearm will help to minimize the number of Zombies that will be drawn into the fight.  You can pay the applicable taxes and get the permits needed to own a sound suppressor or you can improvise by sound proofing shooting positions.