Zombie Products

 The Zombie Survival Guide
Date: 2003
Source: Wikipedia

Abstract: The Zombie Survival Guide, written by American author Max Brooks and published in 2003, is a survival manual dealing with the fictional potentiality of a zombie attack. It contains detailed plans for the average citizen to survive zombie uprisings of varying intensity and reach, and describes "cases" of zombie outbreaks in history, including an interpretation of Roanoke ColonyThe Zombie Survival Guide was also featured on The New York Times Best Seller's list. 

The book is divided into six separate chapters, a list of fictional attacks throughout history and an appendix. The first chapter 'The Undead: Myths and Realities' outlines Solanum, the fictional virus that creates a zombie, along with details on how it is spread (such as through an open wound, when coming in contact with infected blood or saliva), and treatment of the infected (such as suicide or amputation of the bitten/scratched limb, though amputation rarely works). The middle of this chapter explains the abilities and behavioral patterns of the undead and the differences between "voodoo" zombies, movie zombies, and zombies created by Solanum.

In subsequent chapters, the book covers Weapons and combat techniques, places where an individual can find safety and how to survive in a zombie infested world. The guide concludes with a fictional list of documented zombie encounters throughout history. The oldest entry is 60,000 BC, in Katanda, Central Africa, although the author expresses doubt to its validity. Instead, he presents evidence from 3,000 BC in Ancient Egypt as the first verifiable instance of a zombie outbreak. The most recent entry is 2002, in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Some of these encounters make reference to historical events, such as Roanoke Island.

This is a sample "Outbreak Journal", with the author noting a covered-up zombie outbreak being seen on the local news and the preparation steps he takes in the event that the outbreak worsens. The following pages are blank entries, for the reader to use as a basis for their own notes on surviving zombies.

Card Deck
Random House released a deck of flash cards containing the same information as the book. It was released on July 22, 2008.

Random House published The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks, a tie-in comic written by Brooks. This book illustrates some of the recorded attacks, but not all. It was released on October 6, 2008. Brazilian artist Ibraim Roberson illustrated the book.

Film Adaptations
Both The Zombie Survival Guide and The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks, as well as 
World War Z have been confirmed to be produced as live-action films. Brad Pitt, who is to star in World War Z, also confirmed that the producing studio, Paramount, has also been given rights to The Zombie Survival Guide and The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks, and are planning on adapting both of them as movies after World War Z is released and that he is going to portray Max Brooks in all three films. World War Z is due for release in theatres on June 21, 2013, The Zombie Survival Guide is set for a 2014 release, and The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks currently has no release date set (Wikipedia, 2012).

 Hornady® Zombie Max Handgun Ammunition
Date: 2012
Cabelas (PHOTO)

Abstract: Lock ’n load with Zombie Max. From Hornady’s Z-Max "Zombie" green-tip bullets to the "zombie-apocalypse survival tips" on the box, this ammo is sure to start fun conversations. Even better, its top-quality Hornady components ensure accuracy and smooth cycling through semiautomatic firearms. Per 20. 
(Cabelas, 2012) 

Title: Zombie Bullets In High Demand Following Flesh-Eating Attacks
Date: June 7, 2012
CBS Detroit (PHOTO)

Abstract: Worried about a zombie attack? Buy zombie bullets.

Talk about zombies and a possible zombie apocalypse has increased due to recent gory accounts of drug-induced, flesh-eating attacks in the news.

Stores across the U.S., including in Metro Detroit, are getting in on the undead action by selling Zombie Bullets, made by Hornady Manufacturing.

In promoting the product on their website, Hornady suggests, “Be PREPARED – supply yourself for the Zombie Apocalypse with Zombie Max ammunition from Hornady! Loaded with PROVEN Z-Max bullets… MAKE DEAD PERMANENT!”

So, will this ammunition actually defend against the things that go bump in the night?

WWJ Newsradio 950′s Zahra Huber spoke with company spokesman, Everett Deger, who said, while the bullets are real, they’re only meant to be used on targets and not on people (or zombies).

Deger said company president Steve Hornady came up with the idea for Zombie Max bullets because of his love for zombie movies and shows.

“After it gained some acceptance among some of us here in the company got on board with the idea we decided just to have some fun with a marketing plan that would allow us to create some ammunition designed for that … fictional world,” Deger said.

He said the Zombie Max and Z-Max bullets are Hornady’s most successful products.

“This is probably one of the only (product) launches that we’ve seen when people who are not in the hunting and shooting industry will go out and they will purchase this,” Deger said.

“I mean, I’ve heard of guys who buy it just because they think the packaging is cool and they set it on their cube and they don’t even own a gun,” he said. ”It has that sort of cross-market appeal, which I think is rare to find these days, where you can actually sell something that will transcend not just one market but go into several.”

In Michigan, the bullets are available at Cabela’s.  You can find other retailers selling Zombie bullets at this link (CDB Detroit, 2012) 

Title: MSU Offering Course On Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse
Date: March 13, 2012
Dateline Zero

Abstract: We’d all like to imagine that we would handle a stressful or frightening event with the cool-headed decorum of James Bond, or Captain Picard, or possibly Simon Pegg’s character in Shawn of the Dead. (What was his name? Shawn-something, I suppose.)

But the truth is, we tend to fall apart in the face of new and unexpected catastrophe.

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In the name of preparedness and understanding, MSU is offering a course on surviving the zombie apocalypse. Because one just doesn’t know what tomorrow might bring.

Actually, the zombie apocalypse is just a snappy title given to a class on “Catastrophes & Human Behavior.” While the classroom discussion will include hypothetical questions concerning a zombie uprising, the course will also look at how to deal with earthquakes, plagues, falling meteors and other doomsday scenarios.

From the course catalog:

The question at the center of this course is, “How do humans behave in catastrophic times?” Does their behavior change in the midst of trying to survive and the decisions they face? We will examine major catastrophic events from the past, look to potential future events, and consider a concept for increasing our chances of survival.

The way I imagine myself reacting to a horrific situation involves a great deal of self-confidence and some manly sweat soaking into my shirt — looking all hero-like. The reality, however, would involve me curled up in a fetal position, and my cloths soaked in my own piss.

I get that about myself. But a class like this would help me understand why, and possibly how to deal with that. Sounds interesting! (Dateline Zero, 2012)

Title: Safe House: Zombie-Proof And Stylish To Boot
Date: June 8, 2012
Source: CNET

It was just over a year ago that the CDC told the public how to prepare for a zombie apocalypse, tongue firmly in cheek.

Today, it ain't so funny. Following the stunning case in Miami, Fla., of a drug-addled man eating another man's face, there have been reports of horrifying cannibalistic crimes in Texas and Maryland.

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Naturally, there's a Google map of these and other incidents foretelling zombie doomsday.

Ridiculous? Yes. But even the CDC weighed in on it, with spokesman David Daigle reassuring everyone that there's really no such thing as zombies.

Oh but there are more things in heaven and earth, CDC, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

That's why this home by Polish architect Robert Konieczny of KWK Promes looks very inviting just now. And it's a tad cozier than the apocalypse-proof condos in a missile silo that I wrote about the other day.

The Safe House has walls one and a half feet thick and was built in 2009 in a small village outside Warsaw. An unlikely spot for a zombie uprising, perhaps, but maybe zombies like such bucolic farmland.

Konieczny's clients wanted security above all, and the most striking feature of the house is its ability to transform. Part of the exterior walls, 7 feet high and up to 72 feet long, can retract from the driveway area, where they form a protective courtyard, to seal off the lower floor. Check it out in the vid below.

An anodized aluminum shutter 45 feet across rolls down to protect the rear of the house, while 9-foot-tall shutters swing shut upstairs. There's even a drawbridge that can cut off access from the roof terrace above the adjacent indoor swimming pool.

"The whole building is a concrete monolith, while its mobile parts -- for the sake of considerable size -- are light steel trusses filled with mineral wool. As a result, the building is perfectly insulated when closed," KWK Promes says. "The whole house as well as the mobile elements are clad with cement-bonded particleboard."

I'm not sure that would keep out an army of determined zombies, but it could keep them at bay until help arrives.

Provided you aren't the last human left alive (CNET, 2012)

Title: Zombie Apocalypse Theme Park Could Take Over Abandoned Neighborhood In Detroit
Date: July 2, 2012
Huffington Post

Abstract: Why wait for the zombie apocalypse? One man wants customers to experience the terror now.

With soaring budget deficits and population on the decline, Detroit has become a laboratory for testing out creative solutions for cities, like urban farming and pedestrian-friendly greenway trails.

Mark Siwak says he has his own idea for bettering the city -- a live-action zombie theme park set in one of Detroit's abandoned neighborhoods.

Paying customers would be chased by a growing horde of zombies (all professionals) through a cordoned-off, desolate section of the city, seeking shelter in abandoned homes and factories and businesses.

Z World creator Siwak, who has launched a fundraiser on IndieGoGo (he's raised $2,200 of the $140,000 needed to meet his goal), says that the city of Detroit needs to consider creative solutions to areas of urban blight.

Mayor Dave Bing's long-touted campaign promise was the implementation of the Detroit Works Project, which could ultimately relocate residents from blighted districts to more populated areas in an attempt to centralize city services. Spread across 140 square miles, Detroit proper is so large that the entire cities of San Francisco and Boston, plus the borough of Manhattan, can fit inside its borders.

And Siwak says, with all that land, there's room in the Motor City for a zombie theme park. He even compares his idea to the city's famed Heidelberg Project, in which artist Tyree Guyton transformed the empty homes of his neighborhood into a large-scale art installation.



But some critics have shrugged off "Z World" as an exploitative and insensitive ploy to profit off the glamorization of Detroit's problems. Curbed Detroit blogger Sarah Cox wrote that Siwak's plan "sounds a lot like all that fun we had during the 1960s race riots. It is nice to know that Z Land is finally going to capitalize on our love of adrenaline rushes and nostalgia. Now even visitors from the 'burbs can 'wonder if they will make it through the night.'"

Siwak told CBS Detroit that "the city can only have so many urban farms or similar uses for vacant plots.'

And while he's far away from his funding goals, not to mention permission from the City of Detroit, he says he's already getting resumes from Detroiters who'd like their next 9-to-5 to focus on eating brains and staggering through the streets.

On his site, Siwak assured, "while zombies are great, the real neat thing about this project is the potential to inject some life into a forgotten neighborhood - with the opportunity to work with neighborhood groups and organization."

This wouldn't be the world's first live-action zombie role-play game, though Detroit's proposal is almost certainly the most expansive. In Atlanta, thrill-seekers wielding paint ball guns will pay as much as $30 to play hide-and-seek with undead zombies in a formerly abandoned truck stop rechristened as the Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse, opening Sept. 28. Over on the other side of the pond, wish.co.uk offers zombie combat mission experiences with training from military veterans and movie-grade special effects (Huffington Post, 2012).
Title: Hyundai's Zombie Survival Machine
Date: June 18, 2012
Fox News

Abstract: Hyundai is looking toward the future.

Unfortunately it’s a bleak future, where humanity is on the verge of extinction brought upon by the Zombie Apocalypse, but, hey, you’ve got to plan for everything, right?

The automaker has teamed up with the creator of the “The Walking Dead” comic book series, Robert Kirkman, to create a Zombie Survival Machine based on its new Elantra Coupe, which will be unveiled at San Diego Comic Con on July 11th.

The car was designed by Kirkman who tapped a decade of experience vanquishing zombies to come up with the key protective features of the vehicle. These include a spiked cow catcher for plowing through slow-moving zombie mobs, spinning blades protruding from the wheel hubs, slotted metal plates protecting the windows and a metal fence that pops up around the sunroof opening to create a protected firing position. The car runs on all-terrain rally style tires for high speed driving and has an old-school CB radio to communicate with other survivors.

Talk about safety as a selling point.

Zombie culture has reached apocalyptic levels in recent years, with dozens of best-selling books, a TV version of The Walking Dead, and Brad Pitt’s upcoming film, World War Z on the way. Although we hope that the Zombie Survival Machine will ever need to go into production, an illustrated version of it will appear in the 100th issue of “The Walking Dead,” where Hyundai hopes it will connect with fans and send hordes into its showrooms (Fox News, 2012)

Company Selling Zombie Preparedness Kit For $24,000
Date: July 26, 2012
CBS News

Abstract:  Preparing for a zombie apocalypse does pay off, but it’s hard work. Although battling the hordes of eBay bidders and gathering everything piecemeal could be one preferred method, an Illinois-based company has created an easier way.

Optics Planet created a one-stop solution for zombie battlers everywhere called Z.E.R.O.

Z.E.R.O., short for Zombie Extermination, Research and Operations, is a kit that contains everything someone would need to keep alive in the end times. Initially priced at $31,375, the kit has been discounted to $23,999 with delivery available to the customer’s home or armed complex.

The kit contains a number of items for standard survival, including a first aid kit, an entire box of batteries, solar panel, and several packs to carry gear.

Optics Planet also includes science equipment such as syringes, a few beakers, and a microscope. The company, however, warns that customers should “search for a cure or you’ll search for a grave.”

Perhaps the most interesting equipment that Z.E.R.O. contains are the pieces with offensive capability. There’s a custom holographic sight with a biohazard reticle, a custom-made zombie fighting knife, and tactical gloves with ridged knuckles.

Optic Planet insists that “punching zombies is the most fun you can have.” But if punching is not your style, Optics Planet includes an OPMOD Battle Mug.

“You can go from thirst-quenching to death-dealing in less than .45 seconds,” the company says in its packaging. “We tested that.”

Despite the discounted rate and the zombie mania that’s sweeping the nation, Optics Planet has not sold very many Z.E.R.O. kits.

Brian Weiss, marketing team leader for Optics Planet, told CBS Atlanta that “it’s more of a novelty item.”

“We have a lot of stuff already that are related to zombies, and we thought it would be fun to put together a collection of all that stuff,” Weiss said.

Although the chances of a zombie outbreak are slim, Z.E.R.O. kits serve another purpose.

“We wanted to raise awareness of what could people need in a survival situation, like with the weather we’ve been having lately,” Weiss told CBS Atlanta. “We want to get people thinking about what they could use“ (CBS News, 2012)

Title: Scientists Creating Remote-Controlled Zombie Cockroaches
Date: September 10, 2012

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmbEX7zDzog&feature=player_embedded

Abstract: If taking over a cockroach’s nervous system sounds like your idea of a good time, you should join up with these 
North Carolina State University researchers, who are having a grand old time perverting nature and ushering in humanities downfall.

These researchers are molding a commercially-available chip that could be mounted on a cockroach, along with a wireless receiver, transmitter, and controller. It sounds crazy, but when you think about it, cockroaches can get into all kinds of small places that people can’t go. Heck they can even survive a nuclear blast, or so I’ve heard. In short, they are perfect for this job. By job, I mean becoming zombies and being controlled like an R/C car, or following along a pre-determined path like in
the video. They are perfect for spy missions, or as explosive carriers and anything else that our minds can dream up. All the more reason to get the Raid out and step on these suckers (Technabob, 2012)