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The Zombie Times - June 2011 issue

1/07/2011. Contributed by Patrick Mahon

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‘The Zombie Times’ is a free newsletter about all things zombie which comes out every two to three months. It includes short news articles and reviews of films, games and books. If you’re a fan of zombie-related fiction in all its forms, subscribing is a good way to keep up with what’s new.

The June 2011 issue is an urgent bulletin which leads with a call to attend a Zombie Flash mob event in East London. The event happened on 9 June, plugged in the SFC Forum, so if this is the first you’ve heard of it, don’t get too excited as it has been and gone. Nonetheless, I was impressed with the way that Terror4fun managed to get an urgent edition out to their subscribers in order to drum up support for the flash mob event.

Although this bulletin is only eight pages long, it packs in a lot of content into the remaining pages. As well as the usual diet of listings of new books and films it includes two rather interesting articles.

The first reports back from the ‘Dead By Dawn’ international horror film festival, which took place in Edinburgh in May and where British independent zombie movie ‘Harold’s Going Stiff’ was joint winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature. The film tells the tale of pensioner Harold Gimble, who finds himself becoming ever more zombie-like due to a strange illness. As increasing numbers of other men go down with the same condition locally, doctors wonder whether the unusually slow progress of the disease in Harold might give them a clue to how to fight it. In the meantime, local vigilantes decide to dole out a rather quicker form of ‘cure’, involving baseball bats. Mayhem inevitably ensues. Notwithstanding the ‘Carry On’ style title, the film evidently found favour with the fans and Frisson Film, who developed it, are hoping to release it to the public later in 2011.

The second article is a fascinating report by Steven Uden of what happened when he won a web competition to come an extra in the upcoming film ‘Outpost: Black Sun’. Uden provides lots of great insights into what it feels like to be a part of the film-making process as he describes his transformation into a Nazi zombie. If you’ve got any unfulfilled ambitions to appear in a horror movie, you should get hold of this issue of ‘The Zombie Times’ for this article alone.

This may be a short issue of ‘The Zombie Times’, due to the urgency of publicising the early June flash mob event, but it packs a lot into the eight pages and is a good advert for the longer usual publication. If you want to know what’s going on in the zombie scene, you really need to subscribe to ‘The Zombie Times’.

Patrick Mahon

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