Zombie Book Review: ZMagazine

Probably the easiest way to initially describe ZMagazine is to simply quote its mission statement: “The first magazine written by zombies for zombies”. The magazine is written up as if zombies have been around for about 50 years, and a section of intelligent ones were weaved into society. Your standard killing shambler is also wandering about somewhere. Those that are trying to fit in with the living are dealing with the issues you can come to expect from being undead. Everything possible is discussed from acceptance, dry eyes, zombie depression, dealing with hand guns, and it even goes so far as to have advertisements marketed towards the undead. So as you can imagine there is a lot of ground the magazine can cover.

On the cover of ZMagazine

Reconsider that vaca in the tropics. Each trip you take to a humid location (or if you live in one) takes its toll on your body. The hot, wet air speeds up decomposition. For the living, smoking takes years off their lives. For us undead, that time in the Bahamas will, too.”

It’s a stretch to even call this a magazine, as that really doesn’t fully address what ZMagazine is. This is more of a collection of boundary-free creativity. It’s so unique that I wouldn’t be surprised if a movie was based on it. Think of the movie Fido, and then add in a lot more diversity in content and you’ve got a general idea of ZMagazine. With that in mind, it should be clear this isn’t a horror magazine like Fangoria; this is something entirely new that moves past the templates in which we all-too-often find the horror genre stuck. The undead has never been so classy or artistic.

Surprisingly, it turns out that this is an independent magazine born of a group of friends and family. It was created over the span of two months to showcase at this year’s ZomBcon in Seattle. And I say stunningly, because from the quality of paper to the amazing ads you see on this post, the magazine itself easily surpasses what you’ll see on the shelves sitting next to itspeers that are financed by huge corporate media conglomerates. When I ordered this I was honestly expecting a small novelty pamphlet or a short magazine parody, and was subsequently amazed at what it turned out to be.

Thankfully the reception has been good enough that the creative powers that be, led by Eloise Knapp (editor, model, editor, makeup artist, photographer, designer), that there will be further editions to ZMagazine. I think It’s safe to say that due to the sheer amount of time that goes into something like this it will likely never be a month to month magazine and will likely stay quarterly or perhaps with a few extra issue made for special events like other zomBcon type gatherings. Honestly I think that’s best to keep it fresh and interesting.

Decay

Zs for Jesus”Garrett Jones is a zombie. So, too, is the rest of the End of Days congregation. I had spoken with him several times in recent weeks while researching the zombie Christian movement. Garrett has been in the national spotlight over the past several months as an outspoken advocate for changing the perception of zombies among the living and pushing the bounds of what it means to be Christian. It was his family that burned on the church lawn. He’s the last of the family line and feels he has a special mission from God that must be fulfilled before he meets the same fate.”

What is exciting about this magazines future for us zombie fans is that it seems like the magazine has left itself open creatively and not overly-defined itself. Proof of this is that they have opened themselves up to everybody (that means you!) to submit content for possible additions to future issues so expansion will come through and stay in the zombie community of fans. Anyone with a creative writing itch can go here to read the format guidelines, which are liberal enough to give you flexibility for your own creativity while meeting what they are looking for. The winter issue deadline is December 11th 2011 so you have time to get something in and I don’t think you will ever find a better opportunity to get something published than this. Submissions will have to go through an approval process for editorial quality control so don’t think just anything will get printed.

Flipping through ZMagazine there really isn’t anything to criticize, as there is nothing lazy or halfhearted about it, but in future editions I would love to see some short story type articles along with it getting a bit darker but my bet is that is something we will see happen.

Copies can be purchased here for $14 and that includes shipping.

Grade: A

Meeting other zombies made easy

Eloise J. Knapp is author of The Undead Situation

19 Comments

zombiemutts

Seriously to everyone…make sure you read the bottom couple paragraphs of this review. This is a huge opportunity for anyone interested in writing.

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Yatkuu

tempting…
amazing idea btw… I’m trying to picture the scene, you’re on the bus/train reading the last issue of Zmagazine.. I wonder what the people around you would think… hehe… even better, you start moaning while reading it!

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zombiemutts

hah!

You should give it a shot if you have the creative itch to write something. Look at the specifications….they are so short…300 to a 1,000 words. I spent 2 hours writing something and had Dave proof and critique it(thanks again Dave)…agreed with everything he said and spent another 30 minutes tweaking before submission. I enjoyed it so much and I am thinking about turning the idea into an entire novella (100 pages) for no other reason then to accomplish something challenging in my spare time. Just a little life goal to mark off the list.

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zombiemutts

Original idea for submission one

I have no idea yet what I will do for my other two submissions yet. I really hope one makes it in!

Yatkuu

You know what I am busy writing right now? My year end performance assessment and – even better – “multisource feedbacks” on my colleagues, how awesome is that? Grrr I hate that stuff…

Calicade

Why do you think I’m not around as much as I use to be? I’ve been busy.. Mostly sleeping.. BUT STILL YEAH!.. I got something going, that I just have yet to start up.

Actually right now I’m writing up what I use as a set of notes (Factions lists are so fun!). So I’ll be getting started with my long awaited to be done.. Shit-went-down Post apocalypse.

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zombiemutts

Naw…I don’t think you haven’t been around. …I guess I just said “when you have time” so I didn’t make it sound like you needed to drop everything.

Calicade

Lol.. I have a shirt that says
“Let me
Drop everything”
And work
On your
Problem”

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