Zombie Book Club

Intro Episode - Listen to this Episode First!!! | Zombie Book Club Episode ZERO

January 01, 2023 Zombie Book Club Season 1 Episode 0
Zombie Book Club
Intro Episode - Listen to this Episode First!!! | Zombie Book Club Episode ZERO
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Ever imagined yourself in the middle of a zombie apocalypse toying with survival gear? Or ever pondered what Pride and Prejudice would be like if the Bennet sisters had their own energy drink brand called "Extreme Tea"? These are exactly the kind of eccentric discussions you can look forward to as we, Dan and Leah, navigate the exciting world of zombies! From popular media like The Last of Us to analyzing societal issues such as capitalism, racism and misogyny through the lens of a zombie apocalypse, our Zombie Book Club is a thrilling exploration of humanity's fascination with the undead.

Strap in for a rollercoaster discussion as we delve into character development, moral dilemmas, and even diagnosing each other with autism in our recent episodes. When we're not geeking out over Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or discussing Leah's hilarious Amazon survival list, we're exploring the complexities of the zombie genre. How does the genre reveal truths about humanity? Why are issues of survival so prevalent? And why is Dan's obsession with problem-solving both a blessing and a curse in a zombie apocalypse?

We also want to connect with fellow zombie enthusiasts and authors within the genre. We encourage you to join our book club on Threads or Instagram and help us reach more listeners with your ratings and reviews. So, whether you're a seasoned zombie aficionado or new to the genre, grab your survival gear and join us on this thrilling journey through the world of the undead!


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Speaker 1:

Have all your first dates been complete failures because you wouldn't stop talking about zombies?

Speaker 2:

Have you ever wanted to bite someone and give them a disease.

Speaker 1:

Have you ever wished the world would end? So you didn't have?

Speaker 2:

to go to work. Have you watched the existential dread? We call the news and screamed just get it over with already. Well, we just found the place for you. Actually, we've created the place. Yeah, we made this. We made it. It's ours, it's a podcast. It's not even a place, it's a digital location.

Speaker 1:

Dan, just go welcome and get it over with.

Speaker 2:

Welcome to the Zombie Book Club, the only book club where sometimes the book is a book, or sometimes it's a movie, or sometimes the TV show, and sometimes it's just us rambling about how we think cute baby animals would actually fare into the apocalypse.

Speaker 1:

Very well actually if you heard that, episode.

Speaker 2:

I'm Dan and I'm a writer and I'm writing a book based on you guessed it the zombie apocalypse.

Speaker 1:

Is anyone surprised? And I'm Leah Dan's biggest fan, also wife, and this book club is our only zombie child and we are very proud of them. They're growing up. They're all of 18 years old.

Speaker 2:

As of today, they're a young adult, dan Until this zombie child's little little brother or sister is born.

Speaker 1:

Fuck them. They'll always be second For me. Oh shoot, I said fuck, I guess this is already not child friendly. Yeah, bleep. That For me, I'll have to say that when I'm having existential dread, which is pretty much always thinking about the zombie apocalypse is what makes me feel hopeful, because if we all become zombies, there is hope for us to reverse the climate change crisis that we're facing and we can actually still live here on earth but be carbon free zombies, unless you're on fire. Well, even that's still better than being a human being in this day and age.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, it's actually marginally comparable carbon wise.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, and if you just heard some tippy-tappies, it's one of our dogs. They're part of the show too. Become carbon. So, dan, what's the zombie book club all about? What's our little baby doing here?

Speaker 2:

I'm glad you asked. We talk about zombie themed books and movies, occasionally games. I like them, Leah not so much. We also talk about news articles and anything vaguely apocalyptic which there seems to be a little bit of these days in the news previously mentioned existential dread. We also explore various zombie tropes and discuss gender representation and racism in zombie media. Our favorite things, we love it.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, there's so much of it in this genre, unfortunately.

Speaker 2:

And we even talk about some zombie survival tips. I'm obviously a survival expert.

Speaker 1:

There's an episode where we talk about how just how badly we did when we lost power for four days, so I don't think that's true.

Speaker 2:

We were just covered in film. We didn't know how to get water, there was no electricity, we basically almost froze to death. We didn't have flashlights. We recorded this episode because some of our earlier episodes don't really represent what this podcast has become, both in terms of quality and style, and I don't know.

Speaker 1:

We didn't know what we were doing.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, we were winging it, and now we're better.

Speaker 1:

Maybe, maybe you listen to this and think, fuck no.

Speaker 2:

I swore again, there we go. So, that said, you could probably just skip over episode one. We titled it the terrible episode, and it's not just a clever name, it's bad.

Speaker 1:

It's really bad. You could zoom forward 15 minutes and it might have a couple of funny moments.

Speaker 2:

Or if you just hate yourself, you could listen to it. It's a form of masochism, definitely, leah. Could you share some of your favorite episodes? That would be a better start for some of our listeners.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, that's hard to choose at this point because this is my baby. I love all of them, but I think if I had to choose, I would pick either the last of us, episode 14 or episode 13, where we talked about billionaire bunkers and zombie apocalypse. Love that one. Yeah, it was super fun. To be clear, we got a lot better after our first episode. I think you could listen to the second one and have a good time, yeah.

Speaker 2:

Before I think we had it pretty figured out.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, but 14 and 13 really are the ones that I feel like for me were the most fun. We definitely had our stride around that time, yeah, and also the last of us. There was just so much to say about it. We're actually going to do a second episode at some point because we had a listener right in Megan and bring up some really good points we hadn't discussed. So that's going to happen later, but in general, I'm obsessed with the show. Episode three with Frank and Bill, Bill and.

Speaker 2:

Frank.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, bill and Frank just warned my little queer heart so much. I think it was a perfect example of us being able to just really dive into something that we fell in love with and why we actually love the zombie genre, not all the excuses of ways to hate it and other shit that's out there. The other one is definitely Billionaire Bunkers, and that's because I will never get tired of talking about eating the rich. I'm vegan, but I would eat the rich.

Speaker 2:

We actually talk about literally eating.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, we have recipes and a baby back sauce that you can buy. But, yeah, I would love to be like a part of a horde of zombies coming at the rich and it doesn't like you know, they were a lot harder to kill over zombies than people. It feels like the ultimate form of protest and the best way to get rid of billionaires.

Speaker 2:

Oh, zombies are great protesters.

Speaker 1:

They are, because unless you shoot them in the head, they're gonna still keep coming. Yeah, and they don't need to go to work. No, and even if you don't like, they'll still crawl towards you if they don't have legs.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, I mean, some of them might have a hard time holding signs, but I feel like you could just like duct tape signs to the hands. One of them Fake zombies. Send them to the billionaires.

Speaker 1:

Exactly, this is perfect biological warfare, but towards the right people who deserve it. In short, capitalism sucks, and you'll hear us talk about that a lot, and I'll just briefly mention that the latest billionaire that I would like to eat is named Richard Sackler from Purdue Pharma, because he basically was responsible for making humans into opioid zombies in the opioid pandemic endemic we're still facing today, and if you want to learn more about it, go watch Painkillers on Netflix, and maybe you'll want to join me and eat him too.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, I thought, that show was OK. Yeah, it was OK, but to make me want to eat another billionaire that's always great.

Speaker 2:

The writing was weird, but that's fine.

Speaker 1:

So what about you, Dan? What's your favorites?

Speaker 2:

So episode 15 was the last at the time of this recording the last book that we reviewed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I really liked this episode. The book wasn't my favorite. It was fine for what it was, but I loved talking about it. And that's not even like I liked tearing it apart, because I don't enjoy tearing apart people's work, no, but I feel like the entire point of the book is for people to talk about it and it made for a great conversation piece and if I could go back and rerecord that's what I would have said about it is. It got us talking, even if we didn't necessarily like it.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, I decided during that recording that the best way to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is just to have it as a coffee table book and randomly pick it up and read one page, because it's so ridiculous.

Speaker 2:

Anywhere it doesn't matter, because the plot doesn't matter, no, it's just the Bennett sisters getting married, that's it.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, and somehow being like martial artists. So it would make a lot of sense.

Speaker 2:

There was a lot of there was more kung fu than it was zombies, yeah, but also I really like that one because we actually got a real sponsorship for that episode. So shout out to Extreme T Also. Ps, if you're listening, bennett sisters incorporated the check number. Cleared, of course.

Speaker 1:

I did it.

Speaker 2:

If somebody from your team could privately message us about possibly getting another check issued, that'd be great. My second favorite is the Amazon survival challenge. We did a challenge where we had $100 to create an Amazon wish list that would help us survive one week in the zombie apocalypse. Yeah, we're not allowed to have anything else except for clothes that we're already wearing.

Speaker 1:

We don't have a house. That's not your person.

Speaker 2:

We just have this list and Jeff Bezos himself would air drop it in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. To us it was unexistent zombie apocalypse.

Speaker 1:

Jeffrey Jeffrey Bezos.

Speaker 2:

But yeah, this is one of my favorites, not because of anything I did, but rather because of Leah's very surprising and hilarious sexy survival list. I'm not going to give it away, but there's just going to be a point where you realize, wow, dan, did not see this coming.

Speaker 1:

And this is why I've told all of my family they're never allowed to listen to the podcast. But it was really fun. We made a competition of it and I actually won, not just because of that, but because I had the best items and I got the most points. You did you won.

Speaker 2:

No, I'm not going to you didn't hear that.

Speaker 1:

Listen to the episode.

Speaker 2:

It doesn't matter, the points are made up. It's all a sham.

Speaker 1:

It was not.

Speaker 2:

Leah, what have been some of your favorite topics that we've talked?

Speaker 1:

about. Well, I think I already sort of let out the bag there how much we hate capitalism. It is a great excuse for me to pitch about that.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, if you like capitalism first of all, how do you also enjoy zombie apocalypses?

Speaker 1:

Yeah, it's really interesting. I want to have like a Venn diagram between anti-capitalists and zombie apocalypse loving genre people. Maybe, I don't know, but if you do like capitalism, I invite you to stick around and find out why we don't Again listen to billionaire bunkers. It might give you a bit of a taste.

Speaker 2:

Nobody likes capitalism, except billionaires.

Speaker 1:

I think a lot of people don't realize how much they're fucked over by capitalism. There are people who are like yeah, pull myself up around bootstraps, american dream yeah.

Speaker 2:

I bought some bootstraps on Amazon and I'm going to pull on them until I get up there, just like Jeffrey. He's the one with the bootstraps. I bought them right from Mr Bezos himself. Yeah, all I need is a million dollars from my dad. See, this is what happens. This is how our podcast evolve.

Speaker 1:

Exactly. That's why it's fun. Also, another favorite topic of mine is misogyny, Because I hate it Phaphobia, racism In general. I think that what we do is a good job of not just looking at the zombie genre for the sake of zombies, gore or fun, but for the story of humanity underneath it, and that really includes talking about people being shitheads in general to each other.

Speaker 2:

So that's one of my favorite things that we talk about what about you, dan.

Speaker 2:

Well, I mean, I am very much an aficionado of shitheads myself, but I also like characters. As a writer I pay attention a lot to character arcs and writing in general and I like it when the writing of either a show or a movie or a book they really pay attention to those character developments. I like to really think hard about those. But also the moral dilemmas that those characters face is that is also like a really nice little bit of frosting on top that little cherry, some sprinkles.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, we have a segment called what Would you Do, both from like a survival point of view, but a moral dilemma point of view, and the Last of Us gave us so much to think about when it came to moral dilemmas.

Speaker 2:

Oh my God, the thing I'm reading right now has some good moral dilemmas.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, what's it called? Oh, I don't know, and this is the zombie book club. At some point we might actually review it.

Speaker 2:

I've read eight books this month. Oh my God.

Speaker 1:

I know it's a book that's like 300 years in the future.

Speaker 2:

Oh, I'm done with that one. Oh damn, Wow. Yeah, that was only a six book series, so I'm finished.

Speaker 1:

If you haven't figured out, I'm the casual zombie fan of this pairing. I also will say, Dan, that I don't think I really fully saw the character arcs in shows until you help me see them. And how there's usually starts with somebody who really has only where to go but up or only to go down.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, it's one way or the other. It's nobody right in the middle.

Speaker 1:

Or up and down, Like the priest, I think and the Walking Dead does a lot of back and forth and it makes them interesting. Yeah, I think this won't surprise anyone at this point. I think Sex and the Zombie Apocalypse is something that I love to talk about.

Speaker 2:

There's not enough of it.

Speaker 1:

There's two things I'm always wondering when are you shitting and how are you having sex? Because what's the point of life if you are not able to shit safely and fuck safely?

Speaker 2:

Yeah, I mean those are all parts of Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Definitely Right at the bottom of the hierarchy is shitting. Somewhere in the middle is sex.

Speaker 1:

That feels accurate and I've just really, dan. I had a discussion about making sure that this episode was kid-friendly and the rest of our episodes aren't. It was strategic and I've really failed.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, I'm like we can go 15 minutes without swearing right? Well, you did.

Speaker 1:

But not me. The other thing I think I already said this, but considering how he would survive or not survive in certain scenarios, I love putting myself in the shoes of folks in these books and movies and TV shows that we watch and typically my answers are bad and Dan may have a chance of getting out. So I'm essentially just like I'm a literal ball and chain as your wife in the Zombie Apocalypse, like I'm going to make you sink.

Speaker 2:

If you watch the billion or listen to the billionaire bunkers episode, you can begin to tell that maybe I have some undiagnosed autism, Because I approach what would you do? Scenarios of like how would you solve this problem, with a sort of obsession that is unhealthy and nobody wants to listen to. And when we get into those and I fall down those rabbit holes, I see Leah on the other side just waving her hands at me, telling me to stop.

Speaker 1:

And, to be clear, we're not joking about autism. We actually really both believe I was never a joke.

Speaker 2:

I am honest about how I feel it affects me.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, I would like you to get tested one day, but for now we have informally diagnosed you.

Speaker 2:

This is a new thing, but I'm looking at the signs and a lot of things in my life are like oh, yeah, I mean, you're already diagnosed with ADHD.

Speaker 1:

I definitely think you're an ADHD-er and that's what makes you special and loveable.

Speaker 2:

I don't have any of the good traits, though. I can't count cards at the casino, I'm terrible at math.

Speaker 1:

But he will remember random facts and things you don't want to hear about in great detail, like how to build. I don't remember what they're called.

Speaker 2:

That's how much my brain is tough on telling us right now you want me to talk about catapults. No, I was going to. I know everything about catapults. Shh. Let me start with the ballistas. No, Ballistas are like giant crossbows that she blocks. Oh my God.

Speaker 1:

And this is the moments where he catches me for zoning out while he's telling me things in the car and I'm like, yeah, that's nice, that's interesting. You're like what did I just say? I'm like I don't fucking know.

Speaker 2:

Anyhow, one of my favorite things to do is unabashedly make up statistics about things and claim that it's true.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, we're not a fact-based podcast. If you're coming here for the facts, don't Don't trust us.

Speaker 2:

But when we're not doing that, sometimes we interview authors. We've interviewed two so far, which is pretty good, considering we don't have very many episodes at this point.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, and we've never actually approached anybody yet They've come to us, which has been super fun. Thanks for reaching out, Josh and Brandon. We appreciate you.

Speaker 2:

But episode eight. We talked to Josh Grant about his comic Another zombie apocalypse, volume one. He was very interesting. He's the type of guy that you don't have to ask him very many questions and he will tell you his whole life. Yeah, and I don't mean that in a bad way, because he is very interesting. Yeah, I definitely love Josh, and we also chat about whether humans or our animals are something different.

Speaker 1:

Did we, we, did I land on the fact that animals are human? Oh yeah, we did talk about that.

Speaker 2:

We did. Leah wrote that. I read that for the first time right now and I'm like what?

Speaker 1:

Yeah, and then we also had on Brandon Storrachy from Avalon Comic, which is the first time I actually read like a physical, real comic, and I forgot that Josh Grant's thing was a comic. I thought of it more like a graphic-y novel, but I think he said something about it was didn't quite meet that criteria. Yeah.

Speaker 2:

I don't remember what the difference was.

Speaker 1:

I don't either, but you can learn about it on that episode, yeah.

Speaker 2:

He tells us we do talk about it. I just don't remember it.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, you can also find out on the Avalon Comic episode, which was just before episode 18, so episode 17. Look at me doing math about the difference between being a panzer or a plotter. Yeah, or what was it? Chaotic plotter.

Speaker 2:

Chaotic plotter Plotter.

Speaker 1:

That's right. That's me, that's right. And then, last but not least, one of the topics that we have almost every episode are narcissistic life updates, because we assume that you are interested in us.

Speaker 2:

You want to know everything about us.

Speaker 1:

And you know, like most people love to talk about themselves. We try and keep a limit to it, but we do like to like think of our listeners as sort of like our friends, sort of just kidding. We have a couple of real life friends. We want to get to know them, but we do, yeah, like a big reason we created this was to build community and find other people who would rather there be a zombie apocalypse than a 40 hour work week. So if that's you, you are in the right place.

Speaker 2:

And you know, we have a little bit of a selfish reason for making this podcast, which is that I am writing a zombie apocalypse book. And wouldn't it be great if we somehow collected all of the people that love zombie apocalypse books and made them listen to me talk about my day.

Speaker 1:

Shameless self promotion. I appreciate your explicitness about that, Dan.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, I mean, I think it's a great idea. I hope everybody likes my book when I finish it in 10 years.

Speaker 1:

It is slow going. Yeah, dan, while a brilliant writer is a slow writer, and I think that that's good.

Speaker 2:

Speaking of our book club and member engagement, I'm moving on to the next part of our script that says book club, member engagement. Yeah, we do that. We make recommendations right, weird. We talk about books and why you should read them or shouldn't like my book but, more importantly, other books until my book is finished and then it'll all be about me. But we make recommendations. We do this every five episodes because if we did more than that, we probably would have to read while we were sleeping. During the work season, I actually get a lot of books under my belt because I listen to listen to audio books. I cheat while I'm at work, I listen to them, which I'm here to normalize it. I think it's great. Listening is reading. Now it is. Who needs your eyes? I mean, I'd still like to keep my eyes, but yeah, we do it every five episodes. So, episode five we did. Question marks the plague of the dead. Plague of the dead.

Speaker 1:

My favorite zombie book you read.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, we did plague of the dead, then we did episode 10. We did World War Z yeah that was fun. Episode 15. We did Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and, upcoming as of this recording, we will be doing on episode 20, the Girl with All the Gifts by MR Carrie, which is a fascinating book that I read before we even did the Pride and Prejudice episode.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, and I need to catch up. I have not read that one.

Speaker 2:

How many pages have you read? Zero. And we got how many weeks? Four, all right, that's enough.

Speaker 1:

I got to get on it, though, yeah you should put it off for three weeks. That sounds like me.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, also, we love hearing from the members of this podcast. People who come together as our book club converge in the realms of Instagram and threads. Threads is new right now, unless you're listening deep in the future, in which case we've always known about it, or?

Speaker 1:

it's gone.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, or it's gone, or it's. You know, mark Zuckerberg became like a Nazi, or something.

Speaker 1:

Isn't he already sort of oh shit, is he like a little? I mean, I don't think he's a this. Okay, we're not going to sidetrack, but I'm just going to say that's Mark Zuckerberg. I don't think he's the friendliest person. Oh, I thought he was like not the adjacent but he doesn't have any flags hanging. Yeah, I mean I don't think so, but he is definitely loves the Aryan race and doesn't seem to care that much about censorship and whatever, all right.

Speaker 2:

Well, you know what Threads threads is? It's out there. We are reserving judgment for threads. It exists now, god. I love it, though, because it's Twitter but not Twitter. It doesn't have Elon Musk in it.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, it's Walmart. Instead of giving Jeff Bezos money, right, right.

Speaker 2:

But yeah, if you want to talk to us on threads or Instagram, we usually respond pretty often. I'm on threads almost every day as much as I can. I like talking to people, especially love talking to writers, so if you're a writer, especially if you wrote a zombie apocalypse book, I am open to talking about that, as long as you're cool.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, yeah.

Speaker 2:

There's some people that we've talked to that were not so cool and their books aren't actually about zombie apocalypses. They were just trying to get us to talk about their book.

Speaker 1:

Oh no, they can go to hell.

Speaker 2:

But there are some people who were very nice and very appreciative of our boundaries and time and I think that they were really great.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, there's quite a few of those people. Will give them some shout out to another episode.

Speaker 2:

But yeah, this, this podcast could be a platform If you are a writer of the zombie apocalypse genre and you want to put it out there we might talk about it.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, we might interview you. Yeah, we'll try not to say anything too bad about it, no promises. If you share a zombie survival tip with us, we'll read it on the air and, who knows, it might just save someone during the impending zombie apocalypse, because it's coming. The CDC said so, it's true, and you know what, maybe, maybe your suggestion might be a little bit better advice than the CDC gave us in an actual CDC release.

Speaker 1:

That talks about how to survive the zombie apocalypse. I doubt the CDC watched all of the Walking Dead multiple times, so I fully believe that our club members would be better. You know they got a shout out in season one, that's true. I mean they are based in Atlanta, so it's fair.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, what was the deal with them having like a like a voice activated AI in 2010?

Speaker 1:

I don't know, because I actually used to work with the CDC and while there is like a lot of procedure to get in, I will say that and as little nerve wracking, as a Canadian citizen I had to have extra evidence. It really isn't that wildly high tech. But I also wasn't where all of the like scary diseases were.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, did they detonate it like a hydrogen bomb over there? Unfortunately, no, that would have been fun. Maybe that's real. I mean, they do have a lot of bad diseases there.

Speaker 1:

They do yeah.

Speaker 2:

We don't say it nearly enough, but podcast reviews and ratings are critical to the growth of our podcast. And if you want to support our show. The best way to help us out is to give us a rating or a review. If your podcast platform of choice allows it, we're on all of them, and if we're not, tell us, because that's a mistake. If we're not on the one you use, that's, that's unintentional.

Speaker 1:

They're probably not listening to it then, because they wouldn't know it exists.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, how are you listening? Are you cheating on your podcast platform of choice? Are you on iTunes, right?

Speaker 1:

now, hey, that's mine. It's not iTunes, it's just called podcast, apple podcast.

Speaker 2:

Oh my God, they changed. I got to get with the time.

Speaker 1:

We're also on Spotify. Most people seem to follow us on Spotify.

Speaker 2:

But yeah, if you leave ratings and reviews, this is what helps us reach new listeners who share the same love for the zombie apocalypse as all of us. So, leah, who should join our book club?

Speaker 1:

Oh, I think that we've outlined a few really key criteria of a hate for the 40 hour work week a dash of social awkwardness, a love for the undead, probably a millennial who's having a lot of existential dread, but maybe younger. You know, I love the Gen Zers and the Zelenials are super fun.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, I learned a lot from you all.

Speaker 1:

Zoomers Zoomers what?

Speaker 2:

the fuck's a zoomer. It's, I don't know. I think it's a Gen Z of some kind.

Speaker 1:

Apparently. The kids being born now are just Generation A, just so alpha, so boring. But anyways they'll. This podcast will be dead by the time that they're in power or old, definitely retired. That's a win. Yeah, let's retire. They won't be able to, but we will, yes. So, like any good zombie virus, our goal is to spread this book club to listeners across the world, and actually so far, our horde of book club members include zombie lovers from Detroit, michigan.

Speaker 2:

The Detroit, Michigan.

Speaker 1:

Who knew that people in Detroit might be interested in the apocalypse?

Speaker 2:

Yeah, why did that be? Don't they already live in the apocalypse? I?

Speaker 1:

mean basically also. Actually, they were one of the first to lose out in late stage capitalism.

Speaker 2:

Oh my God, I missed an opportunity to take all of my Afghanistan money to Detroit and buy like a car factory for a dollar, then turn it into a bunch of artist lofts.

Speaker 1:

Oh yeah, we could have done urban agriculture. We could have built our own like commune, which is really the dream. Hey, you want to create a zombie commune with us? We should have an episode just about that, yeah zombie commune.

Speaker 1:

Let's do it. Yes, we're going to call it that. Anyways, we also have folks all the way from Canada, which I am Canadian, I think I said that from places like Squamish, british Columbia, eli, cambridgeshire, uk. We've got a lot of UK listeners. Love y'all. Um, someone of English ancestry which I don't know whether to be proud of or ashamed, it depends on the day.

Speaker 2:

Be ashamed.

Speaker 1:

Mostly.

Speaker 2:

Yeah.

Speaker 1:

All the English are. I don't know what they are. Uh, lahore, pakistan, harlem, north Holland, sao Paulo, brazil, corinth, greece, jakarta, indonesia, which, like mainly little heart sing, stockholm, sweden, um, and then I think, one of Dan's personal favorites you want to share. The last one we're going to share.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, Independence, Missouri. That's where you start on the Oregon Trail. Hmm, Uh, pro tip Be uh. Choose to be the banker. They come with the most money. All the other skills from the other professions are worthless compared to money. The best survival skill you could have is money.

Speaker 1:

Or maybe choosing not to try and pass a part of a mountain that you can't get through when there's snow. Or maybe choosing to leave three weeks earlier, because the fact that the Donners left three weeks late is what fucked them over and why they had to eat each other.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, Like zombies. And, uh, that poses the question um, is the Donner party the first evidence of zombies?

Speaker 1:

Yeah, I'm curious Like could we read a book about, uh, the Donner family and I wonder if it exists. It is, I read it. It's called the Indifferent Stars Above yeah.

Speaker 2:

Well, that's the real account. But I wonder if somebody like wrote a fictitious version where they're, like they were all zombies.

Speaker 1:

I feel like we're moving into pride and prejudice and zombies zone.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, if we do that I don't know. I think it's actually more horrifying the Indifferent Stars Above and Zombies. We're doing it.

Speaker 1:

Oh, we'll see. We'll see. So if you have been bit by the Zollywood Club bug, um, please help us grow the horror by biting someone else.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, bite your grandma Mm-hmm that she can't move very fast. You know, if she's a zombie, she'll be she'll be up and never fast zombies.

Speaker 1:

Definitely I mean I'm not Fast and silent. True, I mean either. I have feet that don't work, we know.

Speaker 2:

We'll bite somebody. That's fast, though. There we go. How do you join the book club? How, how, how, I don't know. So every other week on Sunday, we bring our deepest, darkest, stupidest thoughts on all things zombies. And so if there's no apocalypse on the horizon and you still have to go to work on Monday, at least you'll have us to keep you entertained during your morning commute. I mean, that's the dream. That's as good as it gets. Best thing you can do to help make our zombie apocalypse dreams come true is to subscribe, rate the podcast and spread the virus to somebody else. That's how the apocalypse starts by subscribing to the virus. Most definitely, and you know what, if we successfully spread COVID-19 across the globe into an endemic disease, we can do it again for zombie booklets. I believe in us.

Speaker 1:

We can do it. Change, yeah, change is possible. Spread it. So I'll just finish up by saying thank you so much for listening to what we believe is a better first episode. We're just going to call it episode zero and now that you are definitely bit by the zombie book club, you choose if it was me or Dan. In fact, let us know who you want to bite you more. Dan has bigger teeth.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, I have bigger teeth. Leah has a smaller mouth. Do you decide which one of those is better or worse?

Speaker 1:

Yeah, and I'm 5'8 and Dan's 6' foot yeah.

Speaker 2:

So you want to be bit at the same time by two zombies.

Speaker 1:

Well, we're getting to zombie through some territory A little weird.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, don't make a weird guess. I think you just did I did no such thing.

Speaker 1:

But please bite someone else, bite them, share the love, share the disease.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, get them in a vital spot.

Speaker 1:

Help somebody else with their existential dread. If anything is on, your book club is intended to be the vaccine for existential dread.

Speaker 2:

Don't let them bleed out first, before the virus takes place, stay away from the neck.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, don't let them bleed out before the virus takes place. Don't eat them or just eat parts of them like an arm. I was thinking the butt? The butt's probably really juicy. I'll eat you the butt.

Speaker 2:

Okay, guys, see you in the next episode. I love you.

Speaker 1:

You love them. That was a little creepy. I love you too. Bye, bye everybody. Bye, bye, bye.

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