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The Zombie Apocalypse Horde Comes to Life

Zombie Apocalypse Arcade Game Cabinet

A light flickered in the back of the store. Static flashed across the screen. The sound system on the old video game cabinet. Groans and moans came through the speakers. With a bright flash, a hand emerged through the glass of the cathode ray tube.

The flesh was green and rotting. The hand pulled out of the cabinet and grasped the front of the cabinet. The arm extended with its torn and shredded sleeves. The shoulders and head followed with their open wounds and smell of death. The zombie’s body fell onto the floor with a dull thud.

Leaving some of its flesh and congealed blood to ark its landing spot, the zombie got up and shuffled away from the cabinet. It could not see, smell, or sense what it was looking for, what it craved, what it needed to survive. It shuffled in a small circle as another zombie emerged from the screen. The two zombies collided and were joined by a third. They milled around each other filling the small corridor and moving toward the openings at either end as more of the living dead emerged from the video game cabinet.

With no prey and no way to reason, they could only bump and grasp and moan. They horded together, not out of any sense of camaraderie, but because they had no way to make a decision and no way to find a better unlife. They filled the area behind the archery range’s heavy curtain meant to stop arrows from hitting the back wall. They stumbled on the boxes, which afforded the walls a little extra protection. They fell over each other and scrabbled to find their footing again.

One zombie found its way onto the range, but it had no sense of direction. The creature wandered back and forth along the curtain. A couple of the other undead joined it. They could feel their hunger, but it couldn’t drive them anywhere because they could sense no way to sate it.

(This story is part of the Zombie Apocalypse Live Action Arcade Game at Lincoln City Archery. For the beginning of the story, read about the arcade cabinet discovery, then read about what happens when it gets plugged in. If you want to join us for Zombie Apocalypse Live Action Arcade, read the rules first. Make reservations to fight the zombie horde.)

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’80s’ Zombie Apocalypse Arcade Cabinet Discovery

Zombie Apocalypse Arcade Game Cabinet

There was a dark corner in our storeroom, and I finally decided to explore what had been left behind by the previous tenants. My feet left prints in the dust that had accumulated on the floor, and I had to brush away curtains of cobwebs. I turned on my flashlight and saw a dark blue video game cabinet. As an ‘80s’ kid, I was excited. I’ve always wanted a video game in a cabinet, even if it only had one game on it. The cabinet had it’s back to me and was pushed into the corner, like someone was trying to prevent the video game the cabinet held from escaping.

I moved the stuff around it, grabbed my hand truck, and brought it to the front of the store. “Zombie Apocalypse!” This was one of the best video games of the decade. The graphics were a cut above at the time, and the controllers were fairly easy to use. The story centered on zombies attacking a coastal town in Oregon. There were some problems with the cabinet. I would have to get it cleaned up and repaired before I could plug it in. I couldn’t wait. I was also going to have to find the key to tone coin slots or bring a roll of quarters from home.

I’ve been working on getting everything fixed up. The game should be ready to go on Oct. 18 if I can find all the right parts. Until then, we’ll just have to savor the anticipation of re-experiencing this classic. Bring your quarters to let people know you’ve got next. The zombies will be invading at Lincoln City Archery; we’ll need your help to keep them from moving beyond!

(Make reservations now to ensure that you have your spot to defeat the zombies. Read about what happen when the game was plugged in. Read the rules for the archery game: Zombie Apocalypse Live Action Arcade Game.)

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How Spicy Is Your Pumpkin? Dead Peasants Kicks the Spice to 11 as Pumpkins Take over the World, 31 Days of Halloween

pumpkin pie and pumpkins

In a tale that’s a little bit of camp and a whole lot of carnage, Blood and Gourd offers up a small Washington town as a sacrificial lamb for the attack of the killer pumpkins. The Henderson family farm is all geared up for their Halloween celebration, but the pumpkin patch has other ideas as it springs to deadly, animated life. You’ll want to wear your pumpkin before it decides to wear you. Fortunately, Dead Peasant has you covered with a limited-edition t-shirt. There are three available issues, in limited quantities, in the Blood and Gourd series, and they are just the right story for Halloween. Become a stem-head when you read “Blood and Gourd.”

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Creativity and Halloween, Facing Your Fears: 31 Days of Halloween

Happy Halloween to our PenguinatorsCalendar

Halloween gives you the opportunity to play as a monster or something scary and to celebrate that fear. By becoming what you fear, you’re able to take some of that feeling away and empower yourself to be less afraid. Fear can be healthy, but it can also prevent you from doing something amazing. In creativity, it’s fear that often stops people from coming up with new ideas. They are afraid of being wrong, ridiculed, and/or failing. Still, Halloween is a good time to practice your creativity and face your fears!

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Would You Stay a Night in a Haunted House? 31 Days of Halloween

Disneyland's Haunted Mansion (haunted house attraction)

You remember as a kid how brave everyone was? Standing outside the gate of a home where the witch lived or one that had been abandoned because it was haunted, each child would brag about what he or she would do if they met a ghost or the witch.

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Get Your Copy of ‘The Monster in Blackwood Forest’ Today! 31 Days of Halloween

The Monster in Blackwood Forest Cover

“The Monster in Blackwood Forest” is out today! Ordering it now as an eBook (affiliate link) ensures that you get a story before someone can spoil the ending! (psss… the butler did it!) Plus, you get a great story that is just right for the fall-heading-to-Halloween season. (jk… There is no butler.) Maybe you want a taste of what you’re in for. In this video, Drue M.  Scott reads a story inspired by Blackwood Forest:

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My List for Inktober Drawing on YouTube

Create something today like this child's drawing

I did a quick sketch to get my bearings around where each of these should go for Inktober. (It’s on the video.) I tend to layer my drawings starting with what’s in the background and moving to the foreground. I may trace my first drawing and draw the second on the tracing, or I may cut out the second and attach it to the first. You don’t have to do either. This is all about exercising your ability to be creative and to draw. Your finished drawing(s) should look different from mine.

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Pre-order ‘The Monster in Blackwood Forest’ for 31 Days of Halloween

The Monster in Blackwood Forest Cover

Tomorrow, Drue M. Scott releases the first book in his trilogy “Mortal Choice.” You can pre-order “The Monster in Blackwood Forest” (affiliate link), which focuses on Jinx, her pack, and her human friend, Christian. You can hear Drue read a story from Blackwood Forest accompanied with visuals in the video below.

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Speakers’ Club October 2019: Halloween

Sally Penguin with book

Rules:

Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers:

The History of Halloween:

Costumes

Trick-or-Treat: 1930s – Give us candy or we play a trick on you.

Candy: Candy Corn, Candy Bars, Coins, Popcorn Balls, Apples, Toothbrushes, Comic Books.

Bobbing for apples, apple on a string

Lollipop ghosts

Pumpkins as jack-o-lanterns

Horror films

Haunted Houses

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

The Skeleton Dance:

Donald Duck Trick or Treat:

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Monster Mash

Nightmare on My Street

War of the Worlds: