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October 1st, 2010 by
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After days, weeks, nearly a fortnight, of planning, Zombiepalooza is finally upon us, and I can’t tell you how excited I am.

As you may or may not know, Zombiepalooza is an event running from October 1st until October 31st here at my blog. It’s going to be filled with guest blogs, short stories and flash fiction from thoughts of amazing authors, and tons of giveaways. Okay, the weight of the prizes won’t literally equal a ton, but there are a lot of giveaways. (I’m even kicking off this post with a signed paperback giveaway, but I’ll talk more about that in a minute.)

For the full calender of events, please check out the Zombiepalooza tab at the top, or click: here. (It’s too much to post. Because it’s a LOT of things.)

Here’s is one treat you’ll find under the Zombiepalooza tab from Bards and Sages Publishing:  Everything from angels to zombies since 2002

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Zombiepalooza is celebration of all things zombie and Halloween (but mostly zombie.) To start of the month, I tried to come up with a recommended reading/viewing list of all things zombie for those that may not be familiar with zombies, or even with those that are but forgot about certain awesome zombie things.

If you’re wondering how I contabulated the lists, it was by a highly scientific system called “my own personal preference” and “Google.” So it’s very accurate that these are THE best.

Recommended Viewing
  1.  Dawn of the Dead (2004)
    1. Probably one of the greatest remakes of all time. I laughed, I cried, I got seriously grossed out. Plus the guy who plays Phil on Modern Family is a total trip. 
  2. Shaun of the Dead
    1. Somehow this movies manages to be both hilarious and downright tense and frightening. It’s a hard combo, but Simon Pegg is a genius. 
  3. 28 Days Later
    1. Right before, as in like 20 minutes, I saw this movie in theaters, I got my rook pierced and a tattoo, and this became my most intense movie viewing experience of all time. But even when I’m not in crazy pain, I still love this movie.
  4. Army of Darkness
    1. Too, too much fun.
  5. Dawn of the Dead (1979)
    1. Some people think this is better than the remake. Those people are wrong. But this is a good movie.
  6. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    1. The one that started it all. Kinda. Okay, so George Romero didn’t invent the zombie, but he did make a classic film that really invented the genre as we know it today.
  7. Dead Alive
    1. The cover alone creeps me out.
  8. Plan 9 From Outer Space
    1. Maybe not so much a “zombie” movie or even a “movie” as a hilarious travesty of film by the “brilliant” Ed Wood.
  9. Planet Terror
    1. Robert Rodriquez knows how to make an awesome zombie flick.
  10. Zombieland* 
    1. *I haven’t actually seen Zombieland because of my current issues with Jesse Eisenberg (he knows what he did), but I want to see it, and generally consesus via the internet is that if you like zombies, you should see Zombieland

Recommended Reading
  1. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
    1. Hands down, the best zombie book ever.
  2. The Zombie Survival Guide  by Max Brooks
  3. Monster Island by David Wellington
  4. Marvel Zombies: Graphic Novel by Robert Kirkman and Sean Phillips
    1. I’m not a huge fan of Marvel Comics, but any series that has Peter Parker eating Mary Jane is pretty awesome. Plus, it has an Army of Darkness  cross over.
  5. Pride & Prejudice & Zombies by Jane Austen… and some other guy
    1. I don’t know if  I approve of mash ups in general, but this one, I kinda dug.
  6. Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament by S. G. Browne
  7. Unicorns vs. Zombies by Holly Black*
    1. *I haven’t read this yet. ($9.99 on Kindle? Yeah, right). But I keep imagining how awesome it is. 
  8. Hollowland by Amanda Hocking **
    1. **I wrote this. So my opinion is biased. But I do recommend that you read it ๐Ÿ™‚
 You may be asking yourself, “What if I’m not a zombie fan? What are recommendations for some good clean, horror fun for the month of October?”

Well, I’m glad you asked. Here are my general recommendations for all things scary.
  1. Pan’s Labyrinth 
    1. No movie has ever freaked me out more as an adult. Because of this: 
  2. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
    1. I saw this movie twice in theaters. I never do that. But I loved this movie. It has Ted Levine! And really, really horrible creatures! But the sequel might be the worst movie ever made.
  3. The Lost Boys 
    1. Not scary at all. But awesome.
  4. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    1. The original or the remake. Doesn’t matter. I love them both.
  5. Nightmare on Elmstreet (1984)
    1. I didn’t appreciate Freddy’s genius until a few years ago. Now I imagine that if Michael Ian Black were a pedophile that got burned alive, this is what he’d be like. He’s very funny. 
  6. Friday the 13th (1980)
    1. Yeah, it’s horrible. That’s why its awesome.
  7. An American Werewolf in London
    1. This movie really grossed me out as a kid. The werewolf transformation… is disturbing. But I love this movie anyway. And fun fact: I don’t even like werewolves. And it has the Dr. Pepper guy.
  8. Ernest Scared Stupid
    1. No movie has ever given me more nightmares this one. It’s supposedly a film for “children” but I saw this when I was 10 and it still terrified me. It could be because of massive fear of trolls (truth), but that troll was really scary. Really.
  9. The Exorcist
    1. Classic terror.
  10. Anything by David Lynch. Eraserhead and Blue Velvet are my top picks. His movies make my skin crawl and I get nauseous. That man is the true master of horror.

I tried to think of books that scared me.  I’ve read all of Stephen King, and while I recommend it, none of it ever scared me. I could only come with one book that actually freaked me out and gave me nightmares.

Grubs by David McAfee. I’ll admit that it didn’t help that I’m predispositioned to hating maggots more than anything (except trolls), but the book is still subversively creepy. It’s got a lot of camp, but it’s still good. It’s sorta like Slither, only better because it doesn’t have Elizabeth Banks.

But my lists of scary aren’t definitive, of course and I’d love to hear what everybody’s favorite scary movies are. That’s what the comments section is for. ๐Ÿ˜‰

On that note, David McAfee is generously giving away a signed copy of his hit book 33 A. D. For more information about David or his books, please visit:

Jerusalem, 33 A.D. The vampires of the era have long sought to gain a foothold into Israel, but the faith of the local Jewish population has held them in check for centuries.

When one of their own betrays them to follow a strange young rabbi from Galilee, the elders of the vampire race dispatch Theron, a nine hundred year old assassin, to kill them both.

The rabbi’s name is Jesus. Killing him should be easy.

“33 A.D. by David McAfee is a wildly original, non-stop pulse pounder that tells the story of a vampire assassin whose mission is to kill Jesus of Nazareth. In a genre mired by clichรฉ stories, this stands out as something bold and new.”

    Jeremy Robinson, author of Pulse and Instinct

The giveaway for the paperback of 33 A.D. has the same rules as the other Zombiepalooza giveaways –

1. To enter to win, comment on this blog, leaving an email address to contact you in case you win.

2. The giveaway runs from now until October 28th at midnight. On October 29th, winners will be chosen by and contacted. They have 72 hours to reply before the prize defaults to the runner-up.

3. Only one entry per giveaway. (But you can enter as many different Zombiepalooza giveaways as you want.)

4. US only. Sorry to our international friends. ๐Ÿ™

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  • Kelly W. says:

    Alright these contests are crazy. I’m so glad your giving away so many things in honor of Halloween. It truly is my favorite holiday. Thanks!

  • M.A.D. says:

    Mary DeBorde
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    That is a perfect list of zombie movies … 28 Days Later is one of my personal favorites, although 28 Weeks Later wasn’t too bad, either lol

    I’m new to your blog but you had me at *zombiepalooza* hehe
    So I had to sign up to follow you in GFC!

    oh, PS…
    In Dead Alive I HAD to stop watching during the puss/pudding scene at the dinner table. Thought I was gonna hurl LOL One of these brave days I’ve got to finish that movie ;D

  • Amanda says:

    I had nightmares of the troll from Ernest Scared Stupid too! The movie itself was hilarious but that troll just freaked me out! I think it was all the snot and sticky goo that I would not want ever touching me.

  • EmilyK says:

    I absolutely love zombie movies! There’s just something about them – certainly not the warm and fuzzies.

    emilyking630 [@] yahoo [.] com

  • Andrea I says:

    I’m looking forward for the month of Zombiepalooza. This looks like a good book to start it off.

  • I am always looking for the next book to scare the you-know-what out of me. The last one to do it and do it well was Daniel Hecht’s The City of Masks — I was seriously creeped out several times during the book and a scene during the great reveal at the end has stuck with me for years. For someone who loves the cold — like me — its the ultimate bad way to die.

    The book 33 A.D. look really great and I hope I win — I’d love to be scared witless again.

    Thanks for the chance to win,
    Greg “The Undead Rat” Fisher

    theundeadrat (@) gmail (.) com

  • Christina says:

    I love all films with zombies. For some reason they strike a chord with me and I can’t get enough of them. Shaun of the Dead is by far my favorite since it’s hilarious and Simon Pegg is awesome. Pan’s Labyrinth is an awesomely creepy movie that gave me nightmares so I loved it.

  • Jon King says:

    See? Eisenberg’s general Michael Cera-ness that would normally be annoying is actually a nice contrast to Woody’s crazy (and I don’t think Woody Harrelson was “acting” in this movie). And the rules for surviving a zombie appocalypse…they work just fine for the regular world, too.
    Glad you saw, and liked.

  • I finally watched Zombieland, guys. And I liked it. I mean, Eisenberg is still lame. But everything else was good.

    Except Emma Stone doesn’t seem like the kind of girl that would wear that much makeup in the Zombie apocalypse.

    But I still enjoy her.

    I haven’t seen Fido either. Netflix keeps telling me to watch it, and I keep agreeing with them, and then watching MST3K instead.

  • bluefrog says:

    Very good zombie recommendations. I thought “Grubs” was awesomely creepy, too.