Welcome to the wonderful world of The Dead Times - you've made the right choice in visiting this site. But, what is the dead times, I hear you say? Like a cloaked and mysterious storyteller confined to the earthly medium of ink, I shall tell you the answer, should you take the time to read my carefully crafted text.

Imagine you wake one morning to find the recently dead roaming the Earth as mindless, flesh-eating Zombies. What will you do? How will you stay alive? How will you defend your home? Who will you trust? And just what is a Zombie anyway?

This scenario, to the common man, may seem nothing more than an overdrawn and utterly fanciful doomsday setting formed by the collective mind of a tainted media. Can Zombies really exist - can anything, once thought dead, live again to torment the living? And just how far does the rabbit hole of Zombie-hood go - how deeply has the infection spread throughout modern culture?

All these questions will be answered (as best they can be) and even more thrown up as I collate everything "Zombie" into one brain-chomping Resource of the Dead. These are not the End Times, these are... The Dead Times.




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 Romero period, right up to where it is today. Finally, the article provides the answer, beautifully simple yet engagingly open, to the elusive question of just what is a Zombie.

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 weapons, spending hours upon hours training with them for that fated day when the undead walk the streets? If so, you may want to read this article as these so-called "preppers" may not be what they seem.

The Zombie Giftocalypse V


Christmas is a coming - it is inevitable, just like the Zombie Apocalypse. Make sure you're ready for the big day with the fifth annual Zombie Giftocalypse; jam-packed with ten diabolically cool items to keep the undead-fans in your life happy, right up until the dead rise from their graves to take this mortal world for themselves. Merry Christmas everybody and have a bodacious new year!



Hidden deep in the Appalachian Mountains lies a very special building. On the surface, a wire fenced perimeter, flanked by tall hedges, it does not seem that out of the ordinary; it's the underground where the magic happens, and, as it turns out, not the good kind. Beneath the relatively tranquil fašade is a research facility known as Coldbrook and the scientists there have just achieved what many thought impossible; the opening of a gateway to another dimension. However, this stunning achievement of science is not the cause for rapturous celebration as it soon becomes clear that something has gone wrong, terribly wrong. The new world they discovered was not one of life, but death, its remaining inhabitants gripped by some form of otherworldly bacteria, turning them into will-less Zombies. When one of those plague-stricken walking corpses comes through the gateway, so too does the unstoppable disease...

The Real Dev Diary of the Dead


A few months ago, I embarked on a journey; one, not through a post-apocalyptic world ruled by the living dead, but one equally stacked with vulnerability, the potential reward as great as the chance of success was small - a voyage into a realm that I had glimpsed only fleetingly before, a quest to create a game. The match was struck, a manifest was created and, with naught but simple idea, the ship of creation set to sea, cast adrift into a dark and terrible ocean, the goal continually shifting and wavering out of view, yet my determination - the will to reach my objective - propelling the ship through the churning waters, forever forward, no mercy, no retreat. This is the story of that fateful embarkation - a triumphant march towards glory or ignominious fall into the stinking pit of ill repute. This is my story.

The Last of Us: Remastered


The Last Of Us is a third-person action game where the player, in control of grizzled survivor Joel, must guide young girl, Ellie, through a Zombie infested post-apocalyptic nightmare world in order to reach The Fireflies - a ragtag outfit who stand up to the seemingly corrupt military. In this world, threats are everywhere; both from the living - the looters, the gangs, the crazies - and the dead. These are no normal living dead Zombies though. A fungoid-virus has taken hold of those once living and addled their brains, causing them to turn on their fellow man and eventually even sprout spore-spreading fungal bodies out of their flesh, ready to spread the infection even more. No one is immune, everyone will die and get back up, a pathetic puppet of a microbial master. However, when one girl is bitten and does not turn, the world changes once more. That girl, that last great hope for humanity, is the girl under your care, Ellie, and you must do everything possible to keep her safe.

Plan Z


Craig, no doubt like many others, had a plan for when civilization was brought to its knees as the recently dead rose from their graves: he would stock up, wait it out. However, when he gets a phone call from his friend trapped in a nearby restaurant, his plan needs to change. Somehow, this one minor diversion of his perfect survival plan leads him on a 'fight or flight' road-trip through Hell.

My custom Dawn of the Dead poster


As part of my Zombie acting duties at Castle Horror, a group of willing volunteers were made up as Zombies by the talent at Dundee & Angus College. My make-up followed a fantastic "full face burn, exposed bone" theme and the results were so amazing that I decided to create this customised poster for George Romero's legendary 1978 Zombie film, Dawn of the Dead - my personal favourite Zombie movie of all time.

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