Hey guys, have you read The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks? Oh course you have, no self respecting zombie movie fan can possibily admit to not reading it. I mean, do you know how to identify the 8th hour of the infection? You know, Hour 8: Numbing Of Extremities And Infected Area, Increased Fever [103-106 Degrees], Increased Dementia, Loss Of Muscular Coordination? Hmmm? You knew that, right? Yeah, of course you did.
Well anyway, Max Brooks has gone out and written another book based on the 'Z' word, this time setting it 10 years after the end of World War 'Z', where humans battled zombies for the fate of the Earth, and the movie rights have already been snapped up by Brad Pitt's production company in the US. I guess that means Max must be a very happy man indeed.
So, to publicise the launch of the title on 14th September, the publishing company have approached us to see if we can help them round up a dozen or so zombies who'll be happy to turn up for the day and, you know, be the undead. The deal is you'll get made up professionally and get fed and watered, and then get asked to wander around London with a filmmaker and photographer snapping away as you hand out especially printed copies of 'The Deadly Terrorgraph' with some kind of appropriate zombie headline splashed across it.
So, how good is that? You'll need to bring you own clothes (nothing that you don't mind ruining by caking it in blood) and you will get paid, but it won't be all that much as they're really looking for real zombie fans, people that would kill to do the make-up for the day and make like the living dead. You know who you are.
If you interested (who wouldn't be?) mail a photo of yourself with a brief blurb explaining your zombie credentials (like, how many times you've seen Dawn of the Dead) to Suzannah@duckworth-publishers.co.uk and see how you do.
And obviously make sure you keep the 14th September free, because that's the big day.
WORLD WAR Z An Oral History Of The Zombie War by Max Brooks
Since the end of official hostilities, numerous attempts have been made to document the Zombie War. World War Z is the definitive account of the technological, military, social, economic, and political details through survivor's stories of how civilization went from the brink of extinction to a universal victory against the living dead.
The documentation of the Crisis in the United Nation's Postwar Commission Report, while somewhat factual, only seemed to tell half the story. Critics, analysts, and survivors agreed that the real tragedy of the plague years has yet to be told. Until now. Max Brook's captivating histography, World War Z is a factual, compelling, and moving account of one survivor's extraordinary journey around the globe to document the ten-year Zombie War that almost caused our extinction. Brooks's remarkable retelling of the Dark Years is a revealing look at the world when it was on the edge of death. In gripping details, Brooks marks the beginning of the enormous uber-plague that brought the dead back to life, taking us back to where it all started where the first outbreak of the plague was recorded, conveying the sheer terror and the confusion caused by the first victim's wounds and how it was confused with an outbreak of African Rabies. Capturing frightening testimonies with chiefs of staff, military personnel, doctors, researchers and ordinary citizens. Brooks documents the days of the Great Panic and the initial hysteria that spread throughout the world. From those who faced the undead, some of the still-discussed issues you will be enlightened about from World War Z include: how the Walking Plague was initially covered up by corrupt governments, why the Department of Health and Human Services downplayed the Great Panic, the ultimate uselessness of the still controversial Zombie Protection Act and a zealous American President's mistake in putting his party's needs in election year ahead of the safety of his people.
By documenting numerous stories from around the globe, World War Z tells about the sacrifices people made to defend their cities, towns, and villages from a plague that seemed virtually impossible to stop. Giving us an exclusive look at the key military strategies of commanders in the filed and the military intelligence that helped them take our world back, an important window is opened for us onto the battle of all battles as Brooks replays it all before us.