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The Zombies are back October is upon us and that means it's time to get down and dirty with ghouls, goblins, ghosts and other things that go bump in the night. There's a lot happening this year so, if you live in the UK, you'll want to check out this freak-tabulous guide for... Click for More 15/10/2017
Zombie apocalypse preppers are murderers You think you're going to be safe when the dead ones come, free to wait out the disaster in relative comfort? Has your best friend or next-door neighbour just completed a super-sophisticated Zombie apocalypse bunker? Do you know someone who buys lethal... Click for More 03/09/2017
Dead Matter Welcome to the latest in our The Kickstarter & The Kickstarted category. Today I'll be taking a look at new Zombie survival game; Dead Matter - and with an astonishing level of funding already, you should too.... Click for More 06/08/2017
Sit Rep: Dead Zone On July 8th, Zombies - contained within the Z.O.R.T. held territory of Mains Castle, Dundee - broke free from their prison. I was there and so were many others. Read about my experiences of this fantastic Scare Event inside.... Click for More 23/07/2017
E3 2017: What to look for E3 2017 is right around the corner - here's a few Zombie games that will be making an appearance and some possible reveals.... Click for More 21/05/2017
Exclusive: Resident Evil 8 Resident Evil 8: Dead Heat has been exclusively revealed to The Dead Times. Read on for all the info so far…... Click for More 01/04/2017
Z Nation needs Psychopaths Z Nation is that other show on TV about Zombies, and, despite appearances, it is actually really good. However, it could be better - here's how…... Click for More 12/03/2017
Difficulties in Zombiology In this discussion article, I highlight two principle questions about Zombiology that have me, quite literally, stumped. After explaining those intellectual problems, I take a stab in the dark at an answer before opening the virtual debating room for your... Click for More 19/02/2017
Eight Zombie movies that should be made Zombies are great - Zombie movies, not so much. Contained within this article, are eight of my own concepts for Zombie movies that could breathe new life into a dying genre.... Click for More 20/01/2017
2017: Preview of the Dead With a new year arrived, we can expect a slew more Zombie stuff. Read on for a list of the biggest attractions coming to put a smile on your face (or fear in your heart) in 2017. Hold on to your seats, with the state of some entries, it’s about to get... Click for More 01/01/2017
The Zombie Giftocalypse IV Christmas time has snuck up on us once again like a corpse doomed to eternally shuffle from its grave, once a year, every year, awakening from its deathly slumber. But - good news - the Zombie giftocalypse is back to bring you another frightfully festive... Click for More 04/12/2016
Improvements to The Dead Times In this brief article, I document some of the major changes that have come to this incredible website in the past weeks.... Click for More 18/09/2016
Survival: Your Worst Nightmare We all think preparation for the, almost certain, Zombie apocalypse is necessary to survival, but is it really a good idea? What if something unexpected happens and others that you could save, move to reap the benefits of your hard work? If you do offer... Click for More 28/08/2016
How XCOM 2 advanced the Zombie genre (and how it didn't) XCOM 2 is a game all about the terrible and catastrophic aftermath of the human race losing an alien invasion - on the surface, nothing to do with a Zombie apocalypse or an uncontrolled outbreak of the living dead. However, quite unexpectedly, it manages... Click for More 24/07/2016
A dead-tacular E3 E3 2016 saw a biblical number of high-budget Zombie games announced. This article lists them all, gives each a brief description and includes their bodacious reveal trailers.... Click for More 19/06/2016
Dead Are Coming… In this article, I report on the deeply disturbing, yet simultaneously wonderful, news that there is, out there in the US, an actual real-world scientific project to bring the dead back to life - no joking. I also give my views on this kind of... Click for More 05/06/2016
Who got a date with Lucille? In this article, I theorise about who Negan killed with his trusty baseball bat, Lucille, in the final episode of The Walking Dead, Season 6.... Click for More 01/05/2016
Two features all Zombie survival games should have We all love Zombie survival games - they let us play out what we might do if a Zombie Apocalypse happened in real life. However, two crucial features may be overlooked. This article lists those features and explains why they are important as well as... Click for More 20/03/2016
The Philosophical Zombie This noble article delves into the fiendish world of philosophy, giving an introduction to the mysterious concept of the philosophical zombie. It links to a wonderful video applying the concept to hit indie game SOMA, briefly describes the use of... Click for More 07/02/2016
The Zombie Giftocalypse III 'Tis the season to write another Zombie Giftocalypse article, chronicling recommended Zombie gifts for the undead lover in your life. Have a very merry Zombie Christmas, readers and, if the dead ones do rise this Xmas, remember the quote from the... Click for More 29/11/2015
7 Days to Die - The Interview In the first of, hopefully many, truly exclusive The Dead Times articles, I document the recent interview I had with The Fun Pimps, revealing some insider information on their landmark Zombie survival game, 7 Days to Die.... Click for More 15/11/2015
Zombie Fortification Cabin Ever felt that Britain is woefully unprepared for a Zombie outbreak, no training being given to its citizens? Well, the people behind a brand new kickstarter project, feel the same way. The objectives of this stunning mission are twofold. First, they,... Click for More 21/10/2015
Zombie Crier - The SS Ourang Medan Its time that the uninformed learn of the curious tale of the SS Ourang Medan - yet another of life's unsolved mysteries. It is a tale of ships, war, illegal smuggling, unexplained death in large numbers and unseen horror. Many theories abound from... Click for More 11/10/2015
Would a Jedi Mind Trick work on a Zombie? It is time for me, the knower of all things Zombie, to address the eternal question of whether a Jedi Mind Trick would work on a Zombie. In this article I struggle to find and document an answer, starting, as you might expect, with a description of what a... Click for More 09/08/2015
Newsletters are here! An announcement that The Dead Times now supports newsletters to inform you, if you sign-up, immediately updates are launched. Newsletters also offer some exclusive information that you can't get anywhere else, which this article states. I'm keen to know... Click for More 19/07/2015
Zombie Crier - The Dyatlov Pass Incident In this article - the first of a brand new series - I take a look at the mysterious Dyatlov Pass Incident. To this day, this fateful event remains unexplained. There are many, many theories for what led to the deaths of nine hikers out climbing on the... Click for More 28/06/2015
Support Nightmare City on Indiegogo Another fantastic project emerges from the depths of Indiegogo: Tom Savini, the legendary director of the 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead, is remaking the cult Zombie movie Nightmare City. Please, read this article and pledge your... Click for More 25/04/2015
7 Days to Die In the latest entry in The Kickstarter & The Kickstarted series, an introduction is given to the successfully kickstarted game, 7 Days to Die - a game I believe will soon become legendary in the Zombie survival genre. The game is a... Click for More 15/03/2015
Designing for Horror - Resident Evil 7 There is no doubt in my mind that the long rumoured, Resident Evil 7 video game, will be announced at the 2015 E3 - that extravagant electronic entertainment show in Los Angeles. Hordes of gamers, myself included in their number, are very excited for this... Click for More 08/02/2015
A year ends, the future begins 2014 is over and 2015 begins. The Dead Times has been infesting the Web for over a year. Now it's changing, mutating, becoming something new - keeping the old heart but increasing in ferocity. You can be a part of this future growth, playing the crazed... Click for More 11/01/2015
The Zombie Giftocalypse 2 It's Christmas time again folks and that means only one thing - The Zombie Giftocalypse is back! Read on for a list festooned with recommended gifts for the Zombie fan with taste. Merry Christmas! Stay frosty and do not let your guard down with this... Click for More 07/12/2014
Origins Something is stirring over at Indiegogo, something from a bygone age is being given new life, little by little, drop by drop. Night of the Living Dead, the father movie of modern Zombiism, is being blessed with a prequel of amazing potential.... Click for More 26/10/2014
The Zombie Revolution Not all Zombies are evil mutants that want to eat your face. Some are caring, deceased human beings, resurrected from the grave with no ill-intent, thrust into an unjust world that tars them with the same brush as their rabid flesh-craving brothers. This... Click for More 19/10/2014
Can Zombies run? Can Zombies run or are they doomed to slowly shuffle everywhere? It is not a very complex question but it has divided audiences the world over - some believing only in the rules set out by George Romero, Godfather of the Dead, and some believing that... Click for More 05/10/2014
Generation of Z - Sit Rep On Thursday August 21st I attended Generation of Z at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014. Inside is my story - both what the event actually was and what I thought of it (hint: I really liked it). Plus, as a bonus to all you The Dead Times fans, you get to see a... Click for More 31/08/2014
Ebola Outbreak In this article I offer a new take on the Ebola outbreak currently ravaging West Africa, taking the standpoint that the actual outbreak, is not of Ebola, but of the Zombie virus. I give a short description of what Ebola is and then give hard-to-refute... Click for More 17/08/2014
Five cancelled Zombie games that deserve a second chance History is littered with failed games - entertainment projects that rose from the ashes only to fall back into the pits of development hell. For some, it was fortunate - sparing us terrible play experiences - but for others it was a shocking oversight.... Click for More 28/06/2014
Zpocalypse: Survival A new article series has begun - The Kickstarter & The Kickstarted! In this series, I or some other amazingly talented member of The Dead Times will give a quick shout out (as I believe these descriptive referrals are now known) to Zombie games - and... Click for More 04/05/2014
The second, Solomon Grundy The Solomon Grundy nursery rhyme does not involve Zombies. This will not be tolerated! I have taken up the challenge of bringing Zombiism into somewhere it has never been before and amazed even myself by creating a new, radically improved version. Read on... Click for More 20/04/2014
Way out West In the first entry of a new type of article, the question of whether the film Re-Animator is a Zombie movie is asked. Reasons for and against are stated and a baffling real-life "re-animation" is pried from our own mysterious existence. No concrete... Click for More 23/03/2014
The Zombie Giftocalypse With Christmas just around the corner, The Dead Times team bash their heads together and come up with a list of great Zombie gifts to give and receive this festive season. Merry Christmas Zombie fans!... Click for More 09/12/2013
What is a Zombie? The question "What is a Zombie?" is not as straightforward as it seems - it is actually deathly difficult to get a concise yet exhaustive answer. This article takes you through the rise of the Zombie, from its humble beginnings, through the infamous... Click for More 02/12/2013
Join us... The Dead Times has opened it's doors. Now, after swearing allegiance, you can join me on my epic journey collating Zombie material into a single resource and spreading knowledge of the living dead to all who would listen.... Click for More 05/11/2013
Halloween - Is it really about Zombies? Halloween is thought of as the spooky time of year, a time where monsters rule. In this time-appropriate article, I ask the question, “Do Zombies really deserve a place in Halloween festivals?”.... Click for More 24/10/2013
Survivalism The recent dead have risen. One question enters your mind – "How will I survive?".... Click for More 18/05/2013
A new website rises... In this first ever article I give an introduction to The Dead Times website, explain what it is all about and state how you can help its growth.... Click for More 09/04/2013

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Can World War Z 2 resurrect the Zombie film? Movie Pilot Zombie films are fairly 'hit-or-miss', to put it mildly, but with David Fincher, masterful director of Se7en, directing World War Z 2, the Zombie genre could be about to come back from the dead - in a big way. Whatever you thought about the first World War Z movie it did do phenomenally well in the box office, so it's fair to say that the sequel is highly anticipated. This magnificent article explains just how the film could play out as well as examining just why the original World War Z book spawned such admiration. 16/07/2017
How to stay gaming in the post-apocalypse PC Gamer We all love computer games - don't try to deny it. The virtual worlds they create are mind-blowing, theatres of near limitless potential providing blissful escapism from the crude, harsh reality of the real. However, when the dead rise and the world falls, will the true horror, not be the flesh-hungry ghouls, not the desperation of meagre survival, but that of a life without our beloved games - an absence of electronic wizardry to divert our minds from the agonising pitfalls outside? If yes, fear not; a salvation, of sorts, lies within this hurriedly researched yet factually accurate article from Christopher Livingston at PC Gamer. Read his tome-like words and you will learn that, while difficult, maintaining a functional gaming PC beyond the demise of civilization is not impossible - even having advantages which exceed virtual escapism. 02/10/2016
The Birth of Survival Horror PC Gamer This amazing article from PC Gamer, looks back at the original Resident Evil - the game that sparked my interest in Zombies and would mark the beginning of, what would become, a world-changing franchise. It's difficult to believe that 2016 heralds the 20th Anniversary but reassuring to know that, thanks to two spectacular remakes, people are still playing - and being terrified by - this fantastic game; one that very nearly never saw the light of day. 10/04/2016
How a Zombie Outbreak Could Happen io9 This blood-curdling article from io9 asks the question; could a Zombie Apocalypse actually happen. Starting with the assumption that, yes, Zombies are possible - true, walking (or running) undead Zombies - and considers ways these deceased nightmares could actually exist. Some things are dismissed right away; governmental conspiracy, interference from space, mind-control drugs, etc. The "norm" of a mysterious dead-reanimating virus is also ruled out leaving the spotlight on a dreaded fungal infection. 06/03/2016
George Romero's Resident Evil Bloody Disgusting This impressive article from the people over at Bloody Disgusting, takes a look back at what could have been with George Romero being at the helm of the Resident Evil movie. This would have been very, very cool if it indeed had come to pass - George Romero is the 'Godfather of the Dead' after all and he clearly has the talent, his live-action commercial for Resident Evil 2 (contained within this article) is mesmerizing. However, I adore the Paul Anderson films we currently have and, considering that the series has spanned two whole trilogies under his guidance, at lot of other people do as well. So, with the sixth Resident Evil film being Paul's last (or so he says), why don't we let Romero reboot the franchise - I would love to see a more true, toned-down and horrific adaption of the classic video game series? 08/11/2015
Humanising the Undead Bloody Disgusting In this well-written article from Bloody Disgusting, the writer poses the question of whether flesh-eating, murderous Zombies of old classics like Night of the Living Dead and even modern TV series - The Walking Dead - are being replaced by the loveable Zombified humans from Warm Bodies and American TV show iZombie. It's an interesting question that I have hinted at before in my article about the Nightmare City remake, funded through Indiegogo. The de-horrifying of Zombies, also bares remarkable resemblance to the fate that befell Vampires, going from crazed, feral demons into secretive and seductive, fake humans - a slightly-alarming fact mentioned in some of the comments. 24/05/2015
Should I build a bunker? ZRT: Zombie Response Team Many of us blindly assume that having an underground bunker full of weapons and survival resources, ready to run to and hide in when the Zombie Apocalypse occurs is a necessity. It seems true; Zombies lack the intelligence to invade such a fortress and, with enough food and water, a person could live in relative safety for weeks. This article gives someone's personal account of just how close they came to setting up a functional bunker should disaster strike. The idea is awesome, a fully-stocked survival shelter being a sight to behold but the logistics of the task cannot be overlooked. 28/12/2014
There are Zombies among us The Telegraph This article from The Telegraph explains the disturbing theory that, for a number of people, behaviour-controlling parasites could have infected their brain, removing their freewill. It is not radically 'out-of-the-box' thinking either as there are many examples of such parasites in the natural world - a few are described within. The article then concludes by giving evidence of how a simple cold can temporarily alter our behaviour - terrifyingly making us infect as many others as possible. 28/09/2014
Zombies Vs. Animals: The living dead wouldn't stand a chance boingboing This well-thought through article is a sort of spin off from the Walking Dead mythology created by Robert Kirkman. David Mizejewski, naturalist and media personality with the National Wildlife Federation, poses the apt question of just how an outbreak of these slow-moving yet deadly Zombies would fair against North American wildlife. The answer; not very well at all. There is a serious side note to this fantastical story however. While wildlife would surely make mincemeat of dead humans, the conflict with the living is a different story - one that sees wildlife in worrying decline. 13/07/2014
CDC Public Health Matters Blog: Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse CDC The official CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) publication about how to prepare for, and ultimately survive, a Zombie apocalypse. It is a success story for all Zombie fanatics out there to read about a government agency taking the Zombie threat seriously, even if it is the offspring of a 'tongue-in-cheek' campaign. After all, as we know, it is not a question of if Zombies lurch forth from beyond the grave, but when... 02/02/2014
World War Z 2: Five scenes we need to see Virgin Media Blogs A second World War Z movie was confirmed almost as soon as the first was released. This article lists five scenes Virgin Media think deserve a place in the sequel. 08/11/2013
Dear Esther creator Dan Pinchbeck on designing an appealing post-apocalypse PC Gamer Not really about Zombies but a great report on the GDC talk from Dan Pinchbeck on how to create a believeable post-apocalypse in games. 18/05/2013
When Zombies Attack! : Mathematical Modelling Of An Outbreak Of Zombie Infection Scientific Paper A complete paper written by University mathematicians detailing and defining a mathematical model for Zombie spread. An agonisingly in-depth read for the academics among us. 18/05/2013

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