ROTTERWORLD CONTEST!

Published June 28, 2015 by Shadow Girl

Enter to win one of two autographed sets of Scott M. Baker, Author’s Rotter series!!

How to Enter
Go Scott Baker’s Facebook page and, if you haven’t already, like it.

Go to the ZF website and answer the following scenario question: Stay or GO???

Scenario: You survived the zombie apocalypse and now live in a large compound that is well stocked and well-defended. A scientist shows up at your compound and says he has a vaccine for the zombie virus that will give the survivors the ability to immunize themselves against zombie bites and allow them to wage war against the living dead. However, it is in an underground military bunker five hundred miles away, and the chances of retrieving the vaccine and getting it to the right people are minimal.
Question: Do you take the risk in the slim hope that what is left of the world can be saved, or do you stay where you are and ride out the apocalypse from the safety of your compound?

Contest ends at Midnight on July 11. 2015!

CYP Contest Winners!

Published June 25, 2015 by Shadow Girl

What is Zombie Punk?

Published June 11, 2015 by Shadow Girl

Shadow Girl:

Move over Splatterpunk, you’re getting a new neighbor! #ZombiePunk

Originally posted on zombiepunkfiction:

William Gibson helped make Cyberpunk a household word in the Eighties. One could argue that HG Wells and Jules Verne created the idea of Steampunk in the late eighteen hundreds. In both these cases the concept that something is ‘punked’ equates to taking a paradigm of thought and tilting it on its axis. They are and were using the mainstream and making it extraordinary.

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To ‘punk’ something is taking whatever you have and not just making it work for you, but moving your resources fifty times beyond what anyone would have thought possible and a hundred times what people thought you would be capable of.

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Punk Rock itself is an example of this. These mostly dirt poor kids banded together to create music and reinvent how people look at the world. Punk Rockers set the stage of the internet. They were the first to move past monopolies and money and…

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Enter to Win! Autographed set of James Schannep’s Click Your Poison books

Published June 5, 2015 by Shadow Girl

YOUR fantasy world awaits…

If you could choose an adventure, where would you go?

Enter to win amazing prizes simply by telling us here what YOUR fantasy adventure is and liking CYP on Facebook.

Prizes! Prizes! Prizes!

Grand Prize: Autographed set of James Schannep’s Click Your Poison books

First Prize: A cameo in James Schannep’s next Click Your Poison and CYP/ZF swag

Second Prize: Autographed CYP book of your choice

Third Prize: Complete set of CYP ebooks

Fourth Prize: Click Your Poison & Zombie Fiend swag!

Simple Contest Rules:

Visit the CYP Contest Page on Zombie Fiend

Contest ends June 13, 2015 at midnight

Enter to win by responding to the discussion on the ZF CYP Contest Page with your fantasy adventure.

Like James Schannep’s Click Your Poison Facebook page

Zombie Burger

Published June 4, 2015 by Shadow Girl

IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME!
No, this isn’t about our stop at Field of Dreams. It’s another stop on last week’s road trip…ZOMBIE BURGER – a sweet sanctuary of the undead.
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From burgers with monikers including 28 Days Later (what I had), They’re Coming to Get You Barbara and Boomstick swarming the menu, there is plenty to keep you smiling.

Definitely worth the trip! Great art, awesome menu, delicious food!!
Souvenirs were a bit pricey… (Thank you, Joy Killar – I love my shirt!), but the menu was very reasonably priced – IMO.

And did I mention the restrooms?

Glensheen Mansion

Published May 28, 2015 by Shadow Girl

It’s been a minute since my last post, and I truely apologize for the lack of activity here! Sometimes life just happens, and all we can do is go along for the ride. It’s up to us if we’ll throw our arms up and enjoy the roller coaster ride, or if we’ll hide in the corner with a barf bag :p

Today was a “Weeee!” day :)

I’m on a roadtrip with Eve, (aka: my partner in crime), and today we got to visit the Duluth Murder House – GLENSHEEN MANSION.

I’m sad to report the lack of any paranormal activity on our visit, but I believe that the absence of any ghostly contact is directly connected to the continuous ‘crop dusting’ received from another member of the group – or… perhaps ghosts get gas and they were with us all along!

Here’s a little background information on Glensheen Mansion that was posted by Dread Central…

Duluth, MN – The newspaper headlines read like a tale from a dime-store detective novel. An heiress murdered, a fortune to blame, and all set in an enormous mansion overlooking a lake. And now, more than thirty years after the crime, the victims are still not at rest. During the night, lights flicker and shadows glide from room to room, as the dead continue to tell their tale, unfettered by the truth, that they died long ago.

The classic haunted house story has become something of a cliché in literature. But every now and then, there appears a story that, rather than being part of the stereotype, seems to be the reason for it. How many times have you read a story in which a house was haunted by a wealthy person, murdered for their riches, the victim of a tragic and violent death? In Duluth, Minnesota, the classic tale came to life, and the high-peaked mansion still stands testament to the events that occurred there. The lawn is immaculate, the silver polished, and the ghosts of the previous owner still roams the halls.

History:
Built between the years 1905 and 1908, the enormous Jacobean structure called Glensheen was originally the family home of mining-millionaire Chester Congdon and his wife, Clara. They, along with at least two of their seven children, took up residence in the house and lived happily for eight years, until Chester’s death in 1916. While there is little mention of Clara, it is known that she lived until 1950, presumably in the house. On his death, however, Chester left his considerable fortune to his daughter Elisabeth.

Elisabeth saw no need to conform to the societal rules that said she had to be married, but she did want children. So, in 1932, she adopted a young girl, whom she renamed “Marjorie Mannering Congdon.” As she grew older, Marjorie exhibited strange behavior, leading to her being tested and diagnosed a sociopath. Marjorie’s habits of borrowing money was an embarrassment, as were her other, more overt behaviors. After her first husband left her with seven childred, she was placed in an institution, where she seemed to make progress. Shortly after her release, she remarried a man named Roger Caldwell, and for a time things seemed normal and happy.

She continued borrowing money from her mother, with which she lavished gifts upon her children, but still she wanted more. No matter how much money her mother gave her, Marjorie quickly burned through it and came back again.

On June 27, 1977, Elisabeth Congdon was found murdered, suffocated with a satin pillow, in her bed. Propped on a bench in the stairwell was her night nurse, Velma Pietila, who had been beaten to death with a candlestick. Aided with evidence in the form of a hastily-written will (dated just three days before her death), nd a ring belonging to Elisabeth that Marjorie was found wearing after her mother’s death, the police arrested the pair. Roger Caldwell was found guilty of the murder while Marjorie was acquitted. Caldwell’s conviction was overturned, but he later confessed to the murders, then killed himself.

Ghosts:
For more than thirty years, people have seen apparitions of the two murdered women roaming the halls of the stately mansion. Employees of the house as well as visitors have reported seeing shadowy figures glide about in the halls and basement, as well as getting the feeling of being watched. Others report lights flickering or going on and off by themselves. Some reports even claim that the two women stand in the upstairs windows, looking through the trees and toward the great lake. There is also at least one report of a piece of candy being rolled back and forth over a dresser, though that one has not been confirmed.

One phenomenon that has been confirmed, however, is a strangely eerie feeling, or even feeling sadness or panic, when visiting the area where Elisabeth and Velma died.

Present Day:
In 1968, Elisabeth gave Glensheen Estate to the University of Minnesota, Duluth, who granted her a home there until her untimely death. Today it stands almost exactly as it did thirty years ago, but as a museum. Containing nearly all the original furniture from when it was first constructed, the house boasts both guided and unguided tours, as well as “slipper tours,” in which guests replace their shoes with slippers and are able to walk beyond the velvet ropes.

Marjorie, though acquitted of her mother’s murder, didn’t stay out of jail for long. She was charged with bigamy in 1981, and was suspected of killing her new husband’s wife. She was then was arrested in 1984 for arson, and suspected of murdering her third husband, although police also suspected his death to be the result of a double-suicide pact gone wrong. In 2007, she was arrested again and charged with theft, fraud, and computer tampering.

Best Times:
The house is open for visits year round, with many special events to be experienced. However, due to sensitivity issues stemming from relatives of victims living nearby, tour guides are instructed not to talk about the murders, and by proxy, the hauntings. And although sightings of the unfortunate women are reported year-round, it seems the best times to visit are during the month of June, specifically around the date of Elisabeth’s death, if one wishes to have a paranormal experience. For more information, visit Glensheen’s website at their website.

Interview with Rich Restucci, Author of Run

Published May 12, 2015 by Shadow Girl

Originally posted on Crossroads: The Up From the Depths Saga:

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Can you provide a brief summary of your novel, Run?

Zombies! Run!  Brief enough?

What was your motivation(s) to write this particular book/series?

I love the genre. I’ve read tons of books and seen so many films.  Fully 80% of them suck, but you still have to turn the page or keep watching.  I thought to myself, “Self?  What would you like to see in a book or movie?”  Boom.  Run.  Hope it doesn’t suck…

As a real world chemist with a background in prepping, how did that affect your writing?

I like to blow shit up. I always have.  I can blow lots of shit up with the chemicals under your kitchen sink.  Gimme a Brillo pad and some ammonia and I can burn your playhouse down.  You let me in the garage… well that’s a party.  Let me ask you a question:  Do you have a spare tire? …

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