Archive for the holidays Category
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[The image above is from Brian Posehn’s The Last Christmas, a comic about, well, exactly what it looks like: Santa vs zombies.]
Natalie is the mommy of Send More Cops. Happy Birthday!
P.S.- If you like the cute zombie birthday card above, you can buy it here.
Part 1: Books, Art & Toys
Having trouble shopping for that zombie fan in your life? I mean, what do you get the zombie lover who has everything? You can’t very well get them yet another DVD release of Night of the Living Dead, can you?
No. But luckily, we’re here to help.
We’ve scoured this series of tubes called the Internet to find you the best zombie-themed gifts out there. Below, you’ll find items from all of the contributors here are Send More Cops: Natalie, Leighcifer, Jenn Voorhees, and yours truly. In fact, we found so much cool zombie crap out there that I’m having to split this gift guide into two parts, just so I don’t overwhelm you with awesomeness and cause your head to explode Scanners-style. Because that will put a real damper on the holidays.
Of course, we’re not perfect, so I’m sure there may be other cool stuff out there that we missed, so feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments.
If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor: If you know an Evil Dead fan, you must pick up a copy of Bruce Campbell’s If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor. Campbell’s easy-going style of storytelling makes you feel like you know the guy personally as he recounts the making of Evil Dead with long time pal Sam Raimi. Yeah, you know Amazon has it. $10.17 Buy it! -L
The Living Dead: This anthology of zombie stories is at the top of my wishlist right now. It features short fiction from the likes of Stephen King, Harlan Ellison, Poppy Z. Brite, Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Clive Barker, and Joe R. Lansdale. All writing about zombies. I’m salivating just thinking about it. $10.85 Buy it! -J
World War Z: WWZ is obviously the best book ever written. It’s my generation’s War and Peace, and much like War and Peace most people I know haven’t read it. This is probably obvious for any zombie lover, but the audio version, available on iTunes is a great addition to the story. So even if the zombie lover you love already has the book, buy them the “book on tape” version. $16.47 Buy it! -N
Dead in the West: This short novel from one of my favorite writers, Joe R. Lansdale (of Bubba Ho-Tep fame) is currently (and frequently) out-of-print but it’s pretty well-prices on Amazon Marketplace. It tells the story of Mud Creek, TX, a small town who unjustly lynches an Indian medicine man. He places a curse on them, naturally, and zombie madness ensues. The real thrill here is Lansdale’s prose which is hard to describe if you’ve never read him. He’s definitely got a style all his own, and I recommend, well, pretty much everything he’s ever written. $18.00 Buy it! -J
The Walking Dead: Even zombie fans who aren’t normally into comics can appreciate The Walking Dead series. Packed with awesome artwork and a hell of an intriguing story line, the hardcover editions make especially great gifts. Books 1-4 available on Amazon, or from your local comic shop. -L
Another must-read. This one got me back into comic books after Preacher ended and I thought I had nothing to live for anymore. $19.79-29.99 Buy it! -N
Passage of Darkness: The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie: An actual non-fiction zombie book? Yes, and a very interesting one at that. Passage of Darkness: The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie is a good gift for those who need something more impressive on their bookshelf than that dusty copy of Nekromantik 2 on VHS. Written by Wade Davis (The Serpent and the Rainbow), Passage of Darkness explains the original folklore of zombies, details the science behind “zombie powder”, and more. Grab a copy at Powell’s. $28.50 Buy it! -L
Melissahatesyou: She painted me a zombie Rick Flair and she also introduced me to Gingerdead Man which is obviously the greatest horror movie in which Gary Busey plays a killer gingerbread man of all time. $3.00-19.00 Buy it! -N
Zombie Pet Portraits: By Skarlett Ink. Like taxidermy, but less icky. $13.00 Buy it! -N
The Art of “Ghoulish” Gary Pullin: Gary Pullin is the art director of Rue Morgue magazine, so naturally his artwork tends to lean towards the horrific. His stuff kind of runs the gamut of horror, but he does feature a couple of zombie pieces, including an illustration of Fulci’s famous worm-faced zombie, and an ode of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video. $25.00 Buy it! -J
Zombie Portraits: This might be the best gift idea ever. Get a custom zombified portrait! Artist Rob Sacchetto will zombie up you or your loved one for a fee of $80 plus shipping. Money well spent, in my humble opinion. Also check out the artist’s greeting cards. $80.00 (per zombie) Buy it! -L
Flesh-Eating Zombie Figure Set: A set of nine 3″ vinyl figures. I’d like to scatter these around the house in random places, just to see how often someone might notice a tiny zombie peeking out at them. $17.99 Buy it! -J
Tofu the Vegan Zombie: Tofu is a friendly zombie, created from a botched experiment in Professor Vost’s laboratory. Monkey # 5, one of Vost’s lab animals, stuffed a block of tofu into the zombie boy’s open skull after accidentally losing the brain. As a result, Tofu eats only vegetables and grains and has no taste for human meat. However, if Tofu ever loses his “tofu-brain”, he turns into a dangerous zombie creature, craving human flesh. $24.99 Buy it! -JV
Night of the Living Dead Cemetary Zombie Deluxe 12″ Figure: Okay, so the color head that comes with this looks pretty stupid. Luckily the manufacturers were smart enough to include a black & white version as well. A bit pricey, but who doesn’t want an ode to Romero’s first on-screen ghoul on their desk? $49.99 Buy it! -J
Zombie Zack Puppet: Zombie Zack is a creepy little zombie baby puppet. Think of all the fun supermarket trips that could be had with this little guy! $73.00 Buy it! -L
Yesterday, I posted a little zombie haiku by Christopher Moore. For those that are unfamiliar with Christopher Moore, allow me to educate you: His books are probably the funniest that you’ll ever read. I’m talking, snorting laughter, milk-coming-out-of-your-nose funny. It’s not just his plots, which are hilarious, but the prose itself — the stuff written between plot points — that’ll have you in hysterics.
His subjects tend to lean towards the fantastic: monsters, vampires, Death (the being), etc. Yet he always seemsto be able to inject a lot of heart into the stories. Not a lot of writers can manage to be ridiculously funny, and at the same time make you care about the Undead (see: Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story and You Suck).
So it’s no surprise that Christopher Moore has written what it probably the greatest Christmas novel of all time: The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror. Here’s the official synopsis:
Christmas crept into Pine Cove like a creeping Christmas thing: dragging garland, ribbon, and sleigh bells, oozing eggnog, reeking of pine, and threatening festive doom like a cold sore under the mistletoe.
‘Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through the tiny community of Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit.
But not everybody is feeling the joy. Little Joshua Barker is in desperate need of a holiday miracle. No, he’s not on his deathbed; no, his dog hasn’t run away from home. But Josh is sure that he saw Santa take a shovel to the head, and now the seven-year-old has only one prayer: Please, Santa, come back from the dead.
But hold on There’s an angel waiting in the wings. (Wings, get it?) It’s none other than the Archangel Raziel come to Earth seeking a small child with a wish that needs granting. Unfortunately, our angel’s not sporting the brightest halo in the bunch, and before you can say “Kris Kringle,” he’s botched his sacred mission and sent the residents of Pine Cove headlong into Christmas chaos, culminating in the most hilarious and horrifying holiday party the town has ever seen.
Move over, Charles Dickens — it’s Christopher Moore time.
So what is this book recommendation doing on a zombie blog? Well, you’re just going to have to trust me and read the book, and you’ll find that out for yourself (I’d hate to spoil anything here). I’ve read this book every Christmas since its publication in 2004, and I’m about to start it again today. It’s a Christmas book for people who don’t like Christmas books — hell, for people who don’t like Christmas.