Zombiepocalypse hits Auraria
Max Brooks prepares students for zombie takeover
Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Updated: Thursday, March 21, 2013 02:03
For many, the idea of a zombie apocalypse is not a cause for alarm, but rather a source of entertainment. However, for others, such as author Max Brooks, knowledge and preparation for the undead takeover is essential.
A noted “zombieologist”, Brooks takes the matter seriously. So seriously, in fact, that he provided tools and intelligence in his two best selling books, World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide, which has gathered a world-wide fan base and inspired a major motion picture, set to release this summer. He recently visited the Auraria campus last week to spill the truth about the living dead and promote preparation based on reality.
Invoking laughter throughout the entire set, Brooks showcased his obsession without shame. Though his Zombie Survival Guide is located in the humor section of libraries across the world, Brooks said, “I don’t find anything remotely funny about the risk of being eaten by a living corpse”.
His comedic session contained over an hour filled with tips on staying alive during a zombie outbreak, claiming that classic horror films have never contained the truth about surviving. “There is not a scene in any zombie movie where a character drinks stagnant water and craps himself to death,” Brooks said. “But that’s a real life possibility.”
Transportation and weapons were other topics discussed, each of which contained boring, yet feasible options. Instead of tanks and machine guns, Brooks proposed bicycles and axes for practicality. According to the noted zombie expert, the truth isn’t always entertaining. “You’re not going to be shooting or driving or light sabering all the time,” said Brooks. “But here’s what you will be doing: losing bodily fluids”.
Fans squealed with joy as the beloved author revealed news about his future projects, including the new movie release and an unabridged audio book for World War Z. Brooks was repeatedly interrupted by passionate applause as he disclosed the actors involved in the anticipated audio book, including Simon Pegg and Masi Oka.
Brooks seems to have created a new reality to the fictional monster. Over 100 students lined up for the after-show book signing, proving that zombies are more tangible than anyone once thought.