Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What Weapons Not to Use in a Zombie Fight by David P. King

I'm thrilled to be part of  David Powers King blog tour for the Undead Road. I bet some of you have taken those silly Q&A on Facebook that determine how long you would survive a zombie apocalypse. Well, David is going to give you a little help.

Three Weapons You Don’t Want To Use in a Zombie Apocalypse

Thanks for having me, Susan! Well guys. It’s happened. An outbreak has occurred. People left and right are turning into these flesh-eating zombies. What’s average people like us to do? To survive a zombie apocalypse, our chances are only as good as our weapons. We can try to run and hide as much as we’d like, but we’ll run into trouble soon enough. Pretty much any gun or item from a hardware store will do, but are there any seemingly good options we should avoid?

Here’s the top three weapons we shouldn’t use against zombies.

1) Lawn Mower – sure, it looked cool in the movie Dead Alive, but let’s get practical here. It’s heavy, requires gas, and it’s a bloody mess—literally. We’re just asking to get infected with all that muck potentially getting in our mouth and eyes. And it’s noisy. Same goes for chainsaws.

2) Spiked Bumper – if we have the means to go all Mad Max on the undead horde, we’d have the coolest ride in town for sure, but it will weigh our car down and eventually stop us dead, if we impaled too many of them. Plus there’s no guarantee that the zombies will die upon impact.

3) Flame Thrower – wait, what?! That’s the coolest weapon ever! True, but again, we need fuel. Depending on the zombie, it may not take them down right away. What’s worse than zombies chasing after us? Zombies chasing after us while they’re on FIRE! Plus it smells terrible.

There you have it. When zombies come to our towns, use practical methods to fight them off. You and your loved ones will thank you for it, and they likely won’t have to put you down.

Undead Road

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.

And for this week only, Jan. 25-29, Undead Road is for sale on Kindle for only .99!

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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Blog tour hosts:

Alex Cavanaugh         Jan 25th
Donna Hole                 Jan 25th
Chemist Ken               Jan 26th
Elana Johnson             Jan 26th
Nick Wilford               Jan 26th
Susan Gourley             Jan 27th
Tara Tyler                    Jan 27th
Kristin Smith               Jan 27th
Lidy Wilks                  Jan 28th
Elizabeth Seckman      Jan 28th
M.J. Fifield                 Jan 29th
Michael de Gesu         Jan 29th

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.

What weapons might you use to fight zombies? The three feet of snow we have might slow them down today but it would slow down my escape too. 


  1. Oh gosh...the whole lawnmower visual just made me pause. I've seen David all over the blogosphere this morning. Best of luck, again!

  2. Zombies coming after you ON FIRE? No thanks. I think I'd stay away from the flamethrower.
    Congrats to David!

  3. He told us which three not to use, but didn't give us any clues on good weapons against zombies. Got to put on my thinking cap and come up with something effective :) Best of luck David with the book!


  4. You make an excellent point on that flamethrower. I will be staying away from those. I do have a closet full of swords. I could probably use those and channel my inner Michonne.

    Congrats, David!!

  5. lol fire zombies coming after me would sure make me flee

  6. Frankenstein doesn't hold claim to "fire bad." Thanks for having me on your blog today, Susan! :)

  7. Hmm...would have never thought about those. Fun post. Best of luck to David.

  8. Hi Susan and David .. zombies running through town - no thank you!! I don't own a lawnmower, or a flamethrower or a spiked bumper ... so have no choice to make ... would a smile do?! Cheers Hilary

  9. Great post Susan. Good luck to David.

  10. I don't want to be chased by a zombie on fire.
    Good on you to mention Dead Alive! One of Jackson's earliest.

  11. Sounds like a good zombie tale.
    People talk about not wanting to be chased by zombies on fire... I'll just skip the apocalypse completely! A wheelchair-user probably wouldn't last too long in that situation.

  12. What! Some of us are immune to Zombies.

    Best wishes on the sales of your book.

  13. I'm all about machetes to fight zombies. Though there's a spiked baseball bat I'm rather fond of on Z Nation...

  14. Great interview Susan. Wishing David lots of success. I do love a good zombie story.

  15. I have no clue what would be best to fight off zombies with. Every tale has a slightly different mythology. But somehow I think the sharper the better....

  16. I'm no fan of zombies, so I do appreciate this good advice. I'm keeping my hoe sharpened and close at hand.

  17. Thanks for the zombie survival advice. That lawn mower scene in Dead Alive and others like it always made me question why getting zombie blood in your eyes, and mouth, and pretty much everywhere never seems to spread the infection. Funny that would be the one disease only passed around by saliva.

  18. Hi, David, Hi, Susan...
    Hmmm. Thanks for the tips David... Not sure what to use... But I'll give it some thought... Hey, maybe a Machete....One in each hand. LOL.

    All the best!

  19. Hi Susan. It's been great following David's tour. Weapons? Eek!

  20. Good advice about weapons. A flamethrower might be nice if stuck in a tough spot, but a sword seems ideal. Have a terrific weekend!

  21. Great, humor-filled advice! I like Michael's plan of dual machetes, although I'm not sure I want to get that close.
    Congrats and have a great weekend!

  22. VeRy keWl interview, Susan. Sorry, I tHink my comPuter'S beeN takEn oVer by ZoMbies!

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