Friday, January 29, 2016

Surviving A Zombie Apocalypse

Good news, everyone! This isn't a post about revisions or my increasingly-ridiculous attempts to complete them! Instead, we're talking zombies because today, My Pet Blog belongs to the incomparable David Powers King, who's here to tell us how he would survive a zombie apocalypse.

Take it away, David!

Thanks for having me, MJ! The single largest open-ended question, or the ultimate “what-if” scenario is “how would you survive a zombie apocalypse?” Part of the allure to this question is that your mind actually wants to figure out this hypothetical (and maybe impossible) situation. If you are limited to your resources and location, what you do in the wake of a zombie outbreak will mean your survival or certain doom. As a general resource (and I’m not kidding about this), I highly recommend grabbing a copy of The Zombie Survival Guide. It has great general survival tips that has relevance in more than a zombie situation. I read it in one setting. It’s that awesome!

So, DPK … how would you survive a zombie outbreak? 

It depends entirely on location, resources, and circumstances. Let’s say I’m at work when the world starts going downhill. I would want to get to my family first. Roads might not be idle, so I’d take the back roads. Before doing that, I’d find a chair with metal legs and break a couple of them off for temporary melee weapons (not to take the zombies out, just leverage to get away).

Should I be lucky to make it home in one piece, I would gather my family, as much food and water as we could load up, anything that would make for reliable weapons and drive for the high ground. I happen to live near Sundance in Utah, which is a steep climb. Hard for anyone’s legs. Taking refuge at those lodges high in the mountains is a good idea. An isolated cabin is good, too. Basically, having the high ground allows you the advantage when the hordes are coming.

The first week will be the worst. If you can survive that, zombies will be the least of your worries. Make due and work as well as you can with other survivors, but keep your guard up. Hopefully things will work out long enough for society to reclaim a new, solid foundation.

Title: The Undead Road: My Zombie Summer: Part One
Publisher: Dashboard Books / CreateSpace
Ebook Release: January 2st, 2016
Paperback: January 26th, 2016
Cover by Steven Novak
Edited by Reece Hanzon


Nothing brings the family together like a zombie apocalypse …

Fifteen-year-old Jeremy Barnes would rather watch a zombie movie than shoot a real one, but he has no choice if his family wants to survive the end of the world. Their plan? Drive across the infected United States to a cabin in the Colorado Rockies without a scratch, but their trip takes a complicated detour in the middle of Nebraska when they find Kaylynn, a girl who can handle a baseball bat better than Jeremy can hold a .45 Berretta. And when they stumble into a sanctuary, Jeremy soon learns that Kaylynn is stronger than she looks—a deadly secret lies inside her.

After the radio picks up a distress call from Kansas City about a possible cure, Jeremy’s parents go with a team to investigate. They never return. The only way to find their parents is for Jeremy and his sister Jewel to rely on a dangerous girl who might just turn on them at any moment.

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Praise for The Undead Road:

"For me, zombie stories are never about the killing. They're about the survivors and how people deal with the apocalypse. To this undead end, David Powers King has come up with the most original spin on zombies I've ever read." - Michael Offutt, author of Slipstream and Oculus

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About the Author:

David Powers King was born in beautiful downtown Burbank, California where his love for film inspired him to be a writer. He is the co-author of the YA fantasy novel WOVEN, published by Scholastic. An avid fan of science fiction and fantasy, David also has a soft spot for zombies and the paranormal. He currently lives deep in the mountain West with his wife and three children.


  1. And always remember to double-tap!
    Society afterwards might almost be worse than the zombies.
    Congratulations, David.

  2. Congratulations to David! Excellent advice. I think after the first week, the zombies will have decayed too much to move and/or have been eaten by wild animals. The boom in the scavenger populations would be enormous! Then it's just the people you need to protect yourself from.

    Good luck with the revisions, M.J.! I will be watching the end of season 2 with the sestras tonight. Then I'll be able to get season 3 and have it done before season 4 starts in April!

    1. Oh, I'm really looking forward to season 4. Have fun catching up!!

  3. Thank you again for having me on your blog today, M.J. :)

  4. I'd like to think I'd survive. ;)

    Congrats, David!!

  5. Good thinking on aiming for high ground. I think that the scramble for scarce resources among survivors will be the real killer, though.

  6. Congratulations, David! I think high ground is definitely the way to go . . . although I would have to be creative about getting there. I wonder if being on a sailboat would be good, too - out away from the shore.

  7. I kind of hope in any apocalyptic situation to be one of the first taken out. I'm not really good at the whole survivor thing.

  8. David has some great advice. The biggest problem for a lot of people would be that we've forgotten how to live off the land should we survive the first wave of zombies.