How does the Zombie virus begin? Is it even a virus that turns people into Zombies? What is the definition of a Zombie? What will other survivors be like during a Zombie apocalypse? How will a Zombie apocalypse likely happen? How will I defend an area from Zombies? What will happen to the economy when the Zombies rise? How do I kill a Zombie? Is a chainsaw an excellent Zombie killing weapon? How can I prepare for the rise of the living dead? There are so many questions that need answering.
On this page, I'll do my best to answer all of the above questions and more through devilishly well-written articles. Some of those articles will be scientific involving medical research and facts about human behaviour to unearth how a Zombie could, theoretically or otherwise, exist and, if they could indeed exist, how they would behave. Others will cover survival, providing hints, tips and strategies for staying alive when the dead want to make sure you don't. I may also try my hand at short stories or other fiction. Of course they'll be random articles as well - interesting thoughts that passed through my improbable mind and caused me to furiously jot down my views on virtual paper for all Zombie fans to contemplate.
I'm not the only one writing about Zombies though, others are doing it too proving that Zombies are a popular subject. I've got links to some of these external articles I've found while scurrying around the web. I only note the ones worth reading.
Think I've got my facts wrong in any of the articles? Got an idea for a new one? Found or written an external article that I really should link to? Smash through the barricade of my lack of knowledge and head on over to the Contact page to set me straight.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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 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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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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