The DIY Guide To Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse – Review

The DIY Guide To Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse – Review

I was lucky enough to get an unfinished copy of The DIY Guide To Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse recently, ahead of it’s July release date. It’s another foray into the world of zombie survival books, kick-started by Max Brooks with the original Zombie Survival Guide and recently continued by Roger Ma and his Zombie Combat Club book. It’s a 150 page illustrated look into John Olson and Bud Hanzel’s vision of the zombocalypse; treading a fine line between research, tuition and supposition.

The DIY Guide To Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse opens with a look into zombie biology and, instead of saying specifically what will cause the outbreak, classifies any number of possibilities of zombism as a catch all Zombie Transforming Agent (ZTA). What they are clear about though is that zombies are dead or at least undead. No 28 Days Later Rage infected humans to worry about in this version.

The bulk of the book isn’t filled with hard, fast rules but rather suggestions on how to think for yourself: planning, the types of people you want to surround yourself with (or avoid), an example outbreak, a decent cookbook and a list of resources to help you train in the skills you’ll need when the uprising begins. Thinking on your feet is going to be much more valuable to you than only having one way out. Think about it, MacGuyver will probably do quite well when the zombies come.

Despite this early version still missing many images there are descriptions for them and the many that are already there really illustrate the points being made. Every page is interesting to look at and Mark Stegbauer’s style really suits the book.
DIY Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse illustration

There are however a few issues with The DIY Guide To Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse.

The description of zombie physiology and zombie behaviour is well rationalised though lacks any real scientific analysis ‘bite’ behind it, pushing it into the same realms of fantasy as the Zombie Survival Guide. There is also discussion of the ‘soul’ and spiritual side of zombies and, despite making it clear that there is no longer any spirit, detracts from any scientific credibility they may have earned from their thought process.

Also, while it’s is a fun and informative read it’s not really the sort of survival guide you’ll be clinging onto while evading those newly risen. It’s the sort of thing you’ll read over to get clear in your head but then more than likely carry one of the suggested books in the appendices in your bug out bag.

That said it is well worth a read, even for those who think they know it all as you’re only really prepared when you’re prepared for your plan to go horribly wrong.

You can join the official Facebook group for further discussion and to be kept up to date on it’s release in July.

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ZC Barry runs Zombie Command from their HQ in a safely bugged in location somewhere in the UK. Follow Zombie Command on Twitter to be kept up to date with all the latest zombie news.

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  1. Bud Hanzel and John Olson says:

    Dear Barry,

    We wish to thank you for taking the time to read and review our book. We appreciate your thoughtfulness and honesty. Thanks again and best wishes,

    Bud and John

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