If confronted by a pack of flesh-hungry zombies today, would you be ready? Odds are, you would not. Luckily for you, former Saturday Night Live writer Max Brooks (son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft) is out to improve that situation. The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead will give you the information you need. What causes zombie-ism? Which weapons offer the best defense against ghouls? What should one wear to an undead holocaust?
The answers all can be found in this amazingly detailed and utterly serious guide, along with an eerie history of zombie outbreaks, an expose on the secret chinese Zombie farm where an undead army is being raised, and an amazing taxonomy of the zombie, drawing from all the great zombie films and putting together the most believable and compatible traits.
With the creepy scenes Brooks comes up with and his extensive research it comes as no surprise that his name appears in the credits of the 2004 Dawn of The Dead remake.
A must-have item for any survivalist’s library. Be warned: Reading such a thorough, excrutiatingly detailed book on zombies can pack twice as many chills as your average Living Dead flick. Just remember this one piece of advice: “Use your head. Cut off theirs.”
(a condensed version of this review ran in the Sac News and Review in April of 2004)
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