So it’s been ten years since the devastating P1V1 virus swept the globe and left you in a post-apocalyptic zombie filled world. Life couldn’t get any worse, right? Oh—you’ve been bitten?
Do you remember those Highlights Magazines when you were a kid? Well, what if it catered to the undead? David Murphy, author of Zombies for Zombies: Advice and Etiquite for the Living Dead, has compiled a fun filled activity book for your zombified pleasure!
Zombies for Zombies: The Play & Werk Book comes complete with comic book adventures, “Werd Surch”es, Tips for Undead Living, and “Ded Libz!” It’s sure to prevent your rotting brain from seaping out your ears by keeping it occupied with hours of activities
Geekadelphia had a chance to sit down with Murphy and ask him some undead questions.
Where did you get the idea for this lovely “Werk Buk”?
First of all, I’ve always respected the “werk” of the magazine, Highlights, and still pick it up at the newsstand whenever I can find it. For me, the stories are compelling and the puzzles challenging. Then one day I thought, hey, what that mag has done for me, I’d like to do for post-lifers.
So the Buk was my (and illustrator Daniel Heard’s) way of paying homage to that perky prepubescent publication along with putting a little love out there for the recently bitten. And apparently, our target demographic is enjoying it immensely. Why, I can’t tell you the number of heart-warming letters I get. I only wish they were legible.
I can tell that zombies have poor spelling skills. Do you hope this book will improve their motor skills?
Truthfully I’m not sure how much I can do for the actual zombies (aka, the Horde). I believe those scallywags are beyond redemption unless the good folks at QualiCorps Labs can come up with a cure for their bad juju. No, my focus is on the lifers and making their post-lives a bit more comfortable and a lot less icky. If any of their skills can improve as a result of this Buk, then I’ll feel like I’ve made a difference.
What do you feel is the most important thing a “post-lifer” should walk away with after eating -i mean reading- this book?
“Walk away with” may not be the most accurate way of describing what they’re capable of. “Limp badly toward” might be more in keeping with their reality. That being said, I want the lifers to know that there are literally dozens of people who care about them in what’s left of this country and that we, and a number of conglomerates, are all pulling for them every step (or trip) of the way.
We want them back being fully semi-functioning members of society again just as soon as they’re able because those tax coffers aren’t filling themselves!
If you could spend the day as a Zombie, what would you do?
I believe I’d spend it with the children because, as Whitney once said, I believe the living dead children are our future. Or I’d invade a mall. Either, really.
I noticed you have a Ph.Z. — what does one have to do in order to acquire such a prestigious title?
Some of that info is top secret and can’t quite be revealed yet but, I promise you this: you’ll know more before the end of the year. It’s all part of a grueling educational process that make thesis writing look like a set of jumping jacks. And I’m not even kidding. It’s like basic training for your brain, man.
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