6. Hunt for food
If worse comes to worst, fresh meat is back on the menu. However, this same goes for other people. Suddenly, everyone is hunting for food. Then, there will be scarcity of food. Other people will be looking for deers and other animals to eat.
What to do:
Stock up on food and supplies. Competition will be fierce during a zombie apocalypse. People will not only fight the undead, but other people as well, for survival. Learn about other sources of food like edible fruits and vegetables. It will be helpful to know which plants are poisonous. This type of knowledge is beneficial for survival.
7. Going outside alone
When we are fighting for survival, we often think that other people will weigh us down, but when we are sick or need to defend ourselves, we realize that we need others. The worst scenario could be coming face-to-face with zombies alone.
What to do:
We often hear, “there is strength in numbers” and “no man is an island”. We need others in order to survive. Go in groups wherever you go. Learn from RPG games to make a party, surround yourself with people that could be helpful to everyone’s survival. For example, one might be an expert in designing and using weapons, the other is a nurse or a doctor, and another could be a cook.
Experts claimed that zombie apocalypse is not entirely impossible despite it sounding like from a fiction novel. Since there is a possibility, it is best to know which strategies will work on your advantage and which will lead to your untimely death.
Visit Mike’s Gear Reviews to learn more on how to survive a zombie apocalypse and other survival kit essentials.
Today, I have the pleasure of hosting Mike of Mike's Gear Reviews, who's speculated real-life tactics should the end of the world actually come. Dystopian or post-apocalyptic, your future might ultimately depend upon your survival skills.... Enjoy!
Since the influx of zombie films and TV series, several survival tactics are found online to keep you safe in case of emergency. Various websites give different survival tips. However, the main questions remain the same: where to go and what to take?
In a state of panic, you may make hasty decisions that will worsen the situation. Below are the seven popular survival tactics during apocalypse that will get you killed. These hacks are not exclusive for zombie-related incidents but to other emergency situations as well.
1. Going to the gun store
In case you didn’t know, zombies die by destroying their brains or removing their heads. Thus, you need high powered artillery that can do the task. Getting a gun on the day of the zombie apocalypse will not work as most people will think the same thing! Hundreds of desperate people will run to the gun store to grab a weapon. You may not be killed by a zombie but by other people trying to survive.
What to do:
Preparation is key! Stack up on your weapons and ammo. It pays off to be prepared so you have weapons at hand whenever the undead (or other disasters) strike. It is important that you do not buy guns only. It is best to acquire knives, hatchet, and even baseball bats for when the ammo runs out.
Make sure that you have weapons for different fighting ranges. Long range arsenal may include machine guns and crossbows. Close range weapons could be handguns and shotguns, while knives are perfect for hand-to-hand combat (check out our review on the Top Ten Survival Knives).
2. Evacuate immediately
One of the biggest mistakes that most people make is panicking when in an emergency. Even if it is a zombie apocalypse or an earthquake, try to remain as calm as possible. If zombies are attacking your city the first thing might will come to your mind is to leave and escape the city. Everyone will think this way and there will be a huge traffic jam as cars will leave the city through the main roads. People trapped in traffic are like a buffet for zombies.
What to do:
Have an evacuation strategy with your family. Put together a survival kit, that includes essential items like food, water, clothes, first aid kit, and tools. Make sure your car has enough fuel to get you to your safe location.
Do not leave immediately. Wait for the commotion to die down before escaping. Make sure your home is well-stocked with food with long expiration dates, while strengthening your home defenses. When the time is right, be prepared to leave.
3. Staying indoors
When zombies arrive, the initial reaction is to lock the doors and to shut the windows. Some people decide to turn their houses into a fortress and strengthen their home defenses. They will most likely stay indoors for as long as they can until help and rescuers arrive. But, your supplies will not last forever.
What to do:
Zombies are almost immortal unless you aim on the right place. Learn the back roads to escape the city when the time is right. All family members must learn this escape route.
4. Confronting the zombies
While it is true that zombies are limping and crawling and do not have good reflexes, confronting zombies might not be the best idea. Eventually, you will get tired from fighting them or a swarm of zombies will mob you.
What to do:
There is one thing to do – run! Learn from Rick in “The Walking Dead,” avoid confrontation with the zombies as much as possible. Rush to a safe place. It is best to start doing cardio exercise so you will be prepared when you need to run for your life.
5. Aim for the head
Everyone knows that the zombies’ weak spot is the head. However, it is hard to aim and shoot for the head unless you are an expert shooter. If you keep aiming for the head, you will run out of ammunition to ward off the zombies.
What to do:
Aim for the pelvis or legs. The hip bone is bigger making it easier to aim. Shattering the hips or legs will disable the zombie from walking.
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In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, Jane the Hippie Vampire is going old school. For the first time ever, Love Beads, Flashbacks, Hair, and Dazed and Confused are available individually in trade paperback.
Love Beads: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1521217467
Dazed and Confused: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1521219931
On June 3rd, Jane will be celebrating in style with the Vampire Tour of San Francisco, where there will be a hippie vampire dress-up contest along with all sorts of fun and prizes honoring the iconic Summer of Love’s 50th anniversary.
Baked from scratch.
Open the hatch.
Grab another snatch.
Send another batch.
Win another match.
All you want.
Nevermind the catch.
“Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost….” –Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator
Some messages never lose relevance, their words timeless reminders of matters that go too easily cold within the pages of history books. We get so caught up in our lives we can forget the progress that has brought us into this era of convenience and complacency. I know there’s nothing I can write—right here, right now—that will change anything currently transpiring socially or politically, but I feel like I must say something lest I feel hopelessly helpless. So here it is…
I read an article in the news today that has left me shaken, not because of anything that has actually happened, but the principle underlying it: “Trump suggests his supporters hold a mass rally”. There is no movement behind this rally, no goals to set or great accomplishments to plan, just an assembly of people marching solely to feed the ego of one man—an assembly of people coming together solely to wave their flags and rattle their sabers and outdo the endless anti-Trump protests, or perhaps even the five-million-strong Women’s March of January 21, 2017.
Patriotism is a good thing, but not when obscured by blinders. People can wave their flags all they want and chant “Make America great again” until they’re blue in the face, but those actions do nothing. Holding a rally simply so Trump can reassure himself that the people love him does nothing. Holding needless, hyper-nationalistic rallies are what fascists do. They get the people riled up, get the limbic system involved so emotions and reason become blurred, and fortify emerging mob mentalities.
So I write this blog post maybe a few thousand people will read… simply because what I read in the news today has me terrified and I have no other way of processing it. Writing about it is all I can do, and I have to do something, fruitless as it may be. Feeling helpless about something this big makes me so sick to my stomach that I can barely eat.
I haven’t been eating well the past few months. No dystopian writer wants to see his or her predictions actually emerging in the distance (with others already having come to pass). My books are coming to life right in front of me, and so I make one last-ditch effort to scream out to the world: Please stop this madness. Take a critical and objective look at yourself—whether left, right, or in the, middle—and remember all those stories you read in the history books. That suffering was real. The people causing all that suffering thought they were being patriotic. They thought they were doing the right thing. But they were manipulated—slowly and carefully—into believing all the torture and genocide they were committing was a service to humanity and to their countries… many good people, smart people… but people who failed to see what might come next after the wall.
Please make sure you’re not taking that for granted.
I had a dream back as a teenager that has stayed with me through the decades. In this dream, I stood among an assembly of people in a clearing in the woods. It was dark out, and barrels filled with burning wood served as our only light. An elderly man in a white robe stood on a platform before us, and everyone was silent as he addressed the group.
He described a darkness falling across the land, and then a war to end all wars. I remember being terrified when he told us all about the masses of death… the masses of people, fueled and blinded by their hate, killing one another off by the millions.
But he offered us a ray of hope: I saw the whole world hold hands, people finding ways to span across the oceans, across all continents, in a show of unity, and we all sang together—everyone across the globe, people of all colors, religions, and cultures standing together as one.
I’ve been thinking about that dream a lot lately, about the old man’s words and their implications. While I don’t believe this dream was in any way prophetic, I do think it holds credence in our current political climate. I do fear the possibility of war. I fear that the darkness has descended upon us.
I grew up under the naïve notion that all people were inherently good. I wasn’t able to grasp the idea that not everybody in the world was deeply empathetic about… well, everyone. I didn’t know that diversity went much further than differences in culture and basic beliefs, and I didn’t understand that the world was made up wholly of flies and spiders, that without exception, all people were either born as (or grew to become) one or the other.
I understand now that not only do these two different groups exist, creating a clear delineation between us, but also that a fly will always see the world through the eyes of a fly, just as a spider will always view the world through the eyes of a spider. Both believe they are inherently right in the way they live their life, and that the other is inherently wrong. Is the fly right to fear the spider? Is the spider wrong to consume the fly?
The hardest part to grasp is that both will always see the other as the spider. A rare few actually embrace the spider’s role, but among the vast majority, the villains will always see themselves as the protagonists. And protagonists will always fight for what they believe to be right.
A friend once said we have only two choices in life: love and fear. I think she might have been onto something. Fear and hate have more in common with one another than you’d think at first glance. But even fear in the absence of hate can be enough to destroy people, regardless of motivations or intentions. What do you fear? Have your fears ever destroyed anything? How often have they led to self-fulfilled prophecies, fear itself causing temporary patches of darkness?
I’m afraid of a lot of things. I’d like to replace those fears with love, but sometimes we can’t help what we’re afraid of. I’m afraid of conflict, hateful people, suffering… and those fears have left me frozen at times.
Right now, I’m frozen by the state of the world, especially in the US. I’m afraid I’m powerless, voiceless… purposeless. It’s put me in a dark place, and that makes me want to find some sandy cave to bury my head in and hide. But I don’t want to be afraid. I want to love the enemy. I want to embrace our differences.
I don’t want to be afraid…
But can the fly truly love the spider, I wonder? I don’t know the answer to that, but perhaps someone older and wiser than I am might. If that person is out there, I’d love to have a chat.
Everyone I know agrees: 2016 was an exceptionally eventful year, even for those living outside the US and UK. The year was also exceptionally dark, especially toward the end. Like many others, I took a Facebook vacation to avoid the worst of the memes and bickering, but I found the days preceding my leave nothing short of traumatizing.
I think many of us are still trying to process all that has occurred over the past few months. The world has become divided in ways I never thought I’d see in my lifetime, and that has had a huge impact on online social dynamics. How we choose to proceed from here is going to determine the direction this new era will take us.
I choose to be hopeful about our future. While I am also admittedly fearful, I have faith that there is enough good out there to balance out the bad, and no matter what differences we have in opinion or belief, we’ll need to work together if we want the good to have a fighting chance. The bad has succeeded in its divide-and-conquer tactics long enough, don’t you think?
I believe both positivity and negativity are infectious. I also think too many have been programmed to spring to both the defensive and the offensive for too quickly, which fosters negative thoughts and actions. I think back to when I worked in collections, and how everyone I called hated me because they immediately viewed me as the antagonist. It didn’t matter that the call wasn’t personal—I was just doing my job—and it didn’t matter how polite and professional I was; most people turned into dicks when I disclosed the purpose behind my calls.
I think about that experience whenever the line is slow at the supermarket, I get pulled over by a police officer, or I end up spending half the day at the DMV. The people on the other end are only doing their jobs, and most of them are trying their best. And an interesting thing happens when you take what could be a negative situation and approach it respectfully and sympathetically: You’ve just spread positivity. Note the person’s posture, the way they talk to you; they might even go out of their way to be nice back.
Think of how much we could all build one another up if we took that kind of attitude to social media, what we could accomplish through discourse that remained respectful regardless of our disagreements? If our thought processes are so different, maybe we could find a way to use that to everyone’s advantage. As it stands, we’ve allowed it to remain a means of keeping us at war with each other. We’ve allowed it… but we don’t have to.
We already have enough weighing us all down: The majority of American adults have accrued ridiculous amounts of debt; Generation X and older are finding favorite musicians and actors dropping like flies of aging-related illnesses (David Bowie was my absolute favorite musician); we are fostering a culture of escapism and anti-intellectualism; gangs and drugs are everywhere; and the relations between several influential nations are growing shakier by the day.
Why create even more stress by arguing with strangers and mere acquaintances—or, even worse, close friends and family—over issues you are both very likely not going change your stances on? How much tension have you experienced because you feel you’ve crafted the perfect argument, only to be at nasty ad hominem attacks two posts later? You and the person you’re arguing with walk away with nothing but anger, frustration, and wasted energy. And then, of course, that gets compounded by the numerous additional contacts throwing in their two cents. I learned the hard way a couple of years ago: It doesn’t work.
I’ve made my political opinions clear, but I have engaged very little on the matter on social media. I have done what I can to avoid the crossfire between all those horrible words people have been slinging incessantly at one another. There’s a better way to communicate in these social arenas. We need to relearn how to use them for good. Remember the days when Facebook—hell, even MySpace—had an air of community to it? We need to ask ourselves two important questions: How did we get to this point, and Is it possible to reclaim the fellowship social media once offered?
I can’t claim to be a saint. I’ve made my share of online faux pas, but I’ve learned from them. It’s easy to make a social blunder when you barely have a face to a name, and that screen dividing us can make even spats between family members ridiculously heated. Why don’t we spend that energy figuring out what we each can do to make this world a better place. Forget what Joe Schmo thinks, or what he thinks about your strongest beliefs. To quote the ever-Zen Dude: “That’s just, like, your opinion, man.”
So, for 2017, how about we focus on making the year great—together?
Just in time for Christmas, Matt Shaw has called upon some of the biggest names in horror to put together an anthology of Christmas horror! This anthology, the proceeds of which will go to a different charity each month, includes work from:
Terry M. West (poem)
Daniel Marc Chant
Wrath James White (poem)
David Owain Hughes
Kealan Patrick Burke
Billie Sue Mosiman
Duncan P. Bradshaw
Over 100,000 words, more than 400 pages, and only 99c/99p! Grab a bargain, support charity and get to know new and familiar authors! Available now at Amazon.
I’d like to wish all my American friends and family a happy Thanksgiving. I hope you have a wonderful day, filled with laughter and good company.
While Thanksgiving stems from the historic feast in November of 1621, when the Wampanoag Indians joined the Pilgrims at Plymouth for a goodwill feast*, our holiday traditions—the Holiday Season that spans from late Fall through the end of the year—stems from times when fall harvests were the last times of plenty and winter stores were finite. Holidays are also designed to bring cheer during the darkest days of the year, when the moods of many tend to reflect the reduced sunlight. Celebrations lift us up. Gathering with loved ones lifts us up. Comfort foods lift us up.
I have to wonder, however, if a piece of our traditions might be in need of a facelift. This piece would be the gluttony. I know everyone says, “But it’s the holidays,” but what does that even mean? That it’s okay to waste food just because it’s a depressing time of the year?
Yes, I’m saying it: wasting food.
We say Thanksgiving is about being thankful, and yet we show that thanks by overindulging. That doesn’t seem like very thankful behavior to me—especially when a good portion of our population is already obese. I say it’s time we celebrate Thanksgiving not by making feasts for ourselves, but as an opportunity to be to the poor what the Wampanoag Indians were to the Pilgrims: by giving to those in need.
Showing thanks by giving.
We can still gather with loved ones, celebrate our appreciation for one another, but with normal-sized meals. By giving instead of wasting food, we can spread good cheer beyond our small circles. Really, isn’t that what this holiday truly is about?
*A&E Networks. History.com. 2011. http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/first-thanksgiving-meal
(accessed November 24, 2016).
I want to thank those of you who participated in this year's Vampire Books for Blood fundraiser, the benefits of which have gone to the American Red Cross and Canadian Blood Services. Here's a short note from event organizer Scott Burtness:
Well, that’s it! The 3rd Annual Vampire Books for Blood is done and done....
As the tents go up and another side show prepares to open, images of the strange and exotic swirl through our minds. Posters give us a preview of a man swallowing sharp swords, throwing knives at a woman tied on a spinning wheel! A woman charming snakes to do as she commands! Watch the world’s fattest woman strut the stage, showing off her gorgeous 500-pound body with pride. Catch a glimpse of a hypnotist who wants to invade your brain and take over your life! And look over there! A tattooed man, whose tattoos fade away, and then randomly reappear somewhere else on his body! And last but not least, there’s a contortionist whose body twists and turns and ultimately fits inside a small box!
Keep walking forward, past all the posters and take your seat in the tents. You now have a front-row seat for the famous Steiner’s Freak Show, one of the finest in the land. Steiner moves his show from town to town and has proved to be a genius at finding true freaks, no fakes in his little freak family!
But lately, strange things have been happening at the Freak Show. Things no one understands. Dangerous things, things that will freak you out!
The six stories collected in Freakshow: The Complete Freaked Out Series relate the exciting experiences of the fascinating characters in Steiner’s Freak Show. So step right up, the show is ready to begin!
You can find the complete series box set on Amazon.
About the author:
Lori Safranek's Freaked Out series takes a creepy look at life in the circus sideshow. Marie, the tale of the Fat Lady in the sideshow, was the first book in the series, followed up with Mesmer, a hypnotist gone bad. Lily Dean explores the life of a snake charmer with special skills. Smudge is about a tattooed man whose tattoos have a mind of their own! More twisted tales of freaks on the sideshow coming soon.
Lori spent several years as a newspaper reporter in Nebraska before deciding to try her hand at fiction writing. In addition to her Freaked Out series, she contributed to the Fifty Shades of Decay: Zombie Erotica anthology; Dead Harvest anthology; Cellar Door II; Slaughter House: Serial Killer Edition; and had a story published in Tim Baker's novel Unfinished Business.
Lori lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband and two dogs. She can be found on Facebook at Author Lori Safranek.
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