Zombies and Cigarettes

Rafa Martínez’ short film Zombies and Cigarettes. In Spanish! With subtitles!


Idiot impersonates a zombie to scare people in downtown Miami, is nearly shot (Duh)

Sometimes I feel like stupidity should be a capital offense. For one prankster, it nearly was.

It is well known that ZOMBIES ARE EFFING SCARY.

What’s even more scary is a homeless guy chewing on someone’s face. Which happened in Miami a couple of weeks ago.

So, in a town where this horrible cannibalism JUST HAPPENED, an idiot (Yes, he has a name, but I just can’t write it) dressed up like a zombie, covered himself in blood, and chased kids and teenagers, growling threats. He recorded it all and put it on YouTube for your amusement, calling it a ‘prank.’

Here’s the thing. He nearly gets beat up when the population fights back. That’s the part that made me laugh.

So, watch the video, and here’s your question for the day:

If he had been beaten up, or killed, would it have been self-defense? Discuss.

Author Jesse Petersen is “Living with the Dead”

Exciting stuff. Today, awesome zombie author Jesse Petersen joins us on the Demon of the Week blog  to talk about her LIVING WITH THE DEAD series.

Here’s the premise of MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES:

A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse.

Meet Sarah and David.

Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they’re on the verge of divorce and going to couples’ counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things – the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client’s throat.

Meet the Zombies.

Now, Sarah and David are fighting for survival in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. But, just because there are zombies, doesn’t mean your other problems go away. If the zombies don’t eat their brains, they might just kill each other.

Intro! Tell us about yourself and your books

I live in Tucson with my husband and two cats. We enjoy playing XBox, spending time with our nephews and exploring the great outdoors. My series, “Living With the Dead”, is about a couple on the verge of divorce who must use a dead marriage counselor’s advice to escape the apocalypse and maybe even save their marriage. MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES, FLIP THIS ZOMBIE and EAT SLAY LOVE are the books in the series. Keeping up with me on twitter @jessepet or one Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/AuthorJessePetersen is a great way to keep up with me and what’s going on in my world.

What inspired you to write MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES?

I really enjoy zombie movies, especially funny ones and the scene where Dave and Sarah have to kill their former therapist just popped into my head and I was off.

What was your favorite part of writing it? What did you find hardest?

I love writing in general. The writing part itself is not “hard” neccesarily. I think the whole publishing process is the hardest part really. It’s pretty much out of an author’s hands at that point.

Tell us about your zombie influences.

Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland are my biggest influences.

Zombies are pretty horrible–why do you think zombie comedies work?

Darkness always has to have light. That’s what makes us human.

Do you ever feel like a zombie?
Some mornings, sure.

I once suggested that the reason for the current rise of zombie horror is our fear of the loss of individuality (uh, and our brains). Do you think that there’s anything else contributing to the current trend?

Zombie novels and movies tend to get popular during times of economic crisis. Take that as you will.

Are you doing another zombie book next?

That really depends on what sells next. I have a monster book and some ideas for zombies. But what comes out is really determined by what a publisher will buy. We’ll just have to see.

Zombie Bite Calculator

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And now, they bring you The Zombie Bite Calculator, to tell you how long you have between when you get bitten and when you will start nomming down on the other members of your zombie-huntin’ party.

(About an hour and a half for me. You’ve been warned.)