Dateline Asbury Park N.J.
This quiet quaint seaside resort community was suddenly and without immediate explanation under relentless maniacal assault from hordes of walking dead, oozing their frothy blood while emanating a waft of stench that could only be descibed as from beyond the grave.
Early reports have it that the outbreak was centralized to the Asbury Park convention hall area with the putrid undead of the dead mass swarming there most of the day.
As horrified onlookers trampled each other to get out of the way as well as glare with a morbid curiosity unable to look away, the walking dead slowly staggered by as they gathered in untold
record numbers....each moment filled with exponential appearances.
As if an unseen voodoo spell mesmerized the entire populace into a frenzied mass hysteria...these Zombies fell into a trance of the migrating souls.
Necrotized, tattered, while driven to kill with an unsatiable thirst for blood and a hellbent appetite for human brains, the fleshcraving freaks descended on the boardwalk from the very bowels of hell itself.
Many passersby seemed unaware of the onslaught, sitting tableside contently sipping their favorite beverage or nibbling on upscale boardwalk cuisine with a birdseye view of the pristine oceanfront.
The shopkeeps and restaurant staff certainly showed no bias to the ghoulish patrons as the dead dined with the undead because cash was king that day.
Chuck-Ching was the shot heard round Asbury Park as without a doubt, the walk of the Zombies is the biggest event that town has going for it as of late.
Numbering in at well over 4000 as of presstime ...( an unofficial total)....those figures are nothing to lightly dismiss.
Thats a lot of cash and its healthy for the living …...even if the money was from the recently deceased that had the forsight to bring it with them.
Seems as though the old saying “you cant bring it with you to the grave” does not apply to maggot ridden Zombies. Money talks when the deadman walks..........
Inside the Asbury Park convention hell as I have appropriately renamed it for this report, a shuffling
army of horrific ghouls happily met up with vendors gleefully displaying their wares.
Before entry was granted each Zombie had to listen to the warning: “NO BLOOD INSIDE!!!
ANY BLOOD INSIDE THE HALL AND YOU`RE OUT!!”.....wow what a letdown, a bloodfree Zombie-Zone. I was hoping for a killing floor slick with fresh red cells while hapless victims clambered for a hasty exit unable to gain traction. I felt cheated...until I saw some familiar faces.
Yes indeed, the Marks Sceurman and Moran were in the house frantically cranking out issues of WEIRD N.J., fully autographed with a smile and a kind word to each fan.
Graphic specialist 1st class Ryan Doan was also on hand displaying his one of a kind custom photo-ops
wherein one can obtain their image superimposed on a selected spooky looking background of choice.
Business was brisk for as nightfall approached the dead became more anxious as each second passed.
Thats when the call of the walking dead brings the Zombies out in force..all 4000+ of them...all at one time.
It`s truly a sight to behold...so many Zombies, undead of all descriptions..well worth a visit if you ever get a chance.
This is an event that one should try to observe at least once...but I`ll be back again.
I was taken aback at the shear magnitude of the whole thing...it goes on all day and concludes with a walk from the shorefront to the inland section up along Cookman avenue.
I got the hell out of there after a long day capturing plenty of pictures to share with you all....
Living to tell it all here we go....ZombieWalk 2010 in all it`s digital splendor:
Thinking it would be a nice relaxing day on the boardwalk I was wrong...DEAD wrong.
Shoulda realized being greeted by the Ghostbuster team signaled trouble on the horizon......
Ray needs to brush up on his parking skills.......and whatever he ran over smelled DEAD. It stunk like a dead deer....
The last supper..........
Diane of Lincoln Park N.J.(left) and Delores of Wayne N.J. (right) have been zombies since 9am..."it`s the start of my career" stated Delores
Enjoying the smell of death tableside....Jersey shore style....
Michelle and her Zombie pal Jesse of Hellertown P.A. (you cant make this stuff up people) are here "just for shits and giggles" according to Michelle.
NEVER look into their eyes!
Capricia here needs some iron in her diet and the services of an OBGYN.....give that Zombie a blood-shake......its good for that pale white skin.
Hey Mom!! Whats for dinner??................."BRAINS!!"
Mark Sceurman (left) and co-conspirator in Weirdology Mark Moran (right) were on hand to do battle with the walking dead....
The Marks tend to the clientele during the ZombieWalk 2010.
Yes indeed it`s really them in the flesh autographing copies of issue #35 and Weird Encounters "True Tales of Haunted Places"...on sale NOW!
Ryan Doan Weird N.J. graphic illustrator, savagely attacked me, lunging from behind his sales kiosk in a bloodthirsty craze,...ripping my flesh after stunning me with his Zombie-Cam
I survived the encounter with my favorite imagineer narrowly escaping with my life.......it was a close one. NEVER turn your back on a Zombie.
HOLD `EM UP KIDS!!......Erin Reeve and her silent little nephew proudly display the latest issue of Weird N.J.,.....autographed of course by the ever so cordial Marks.
when a Zombie wants to know if the brains are done....he sticks a fork in it......
Roman of "exit 4" and newfound love Lyndsay of "exit17" (you KNOW thats true Jersey love right there...a NJ turnpike love affair) actually MET IN A CEMETARY...Shockingly TRUE!
( hey Roman.....thanks for that tip on the grave...it all checked out 100%... good directions,...it was really cool. Wizard343 )
Marrah Fellice of Asbury Park..local artist and eternal ZOMBIE.....
Danny Wise of the Whitehouse N.J. Zombie chapter....it`s the ghoul drool that makes him so cool......
ZOMBIE Families that SLAY together...STAY together........
I had to inform these two Asbury Park locals that the 60`s were dead....they didnt mind.
Tony (left) Mike (center) and Diane (right) of Clifton, seemed to get deader as the day went on...
I met them rather early and Mike serenaded the deceased automatons later that day with his accordion looking dead to the world.(the make-up pros at the convention did wonders for all...)
Mr. and Mrs. Kokoska....till death do they part......
This guy didnt know who Frank Perdue was.......
Willamena Pheiffer of Lincoln Park N.J. has been a human 88 years but has only been a Zombie 2 hours...."It`s terrible" stated Willamena when asked what she thought of the event.
Marching to the tune of the living dead......
"Whats Weird N.J.?"...well...if you have to ask......
Waiting for the Guiness people to count up the Zombies
My nephew Nicky Zombie.....
Nicky Zombie with Danny Zombie...my blood curdling nephews......imagine running into them ....what a surprise!
Hindu Godess of death and destruction takes a bite out of her pal......
Do you know the Bunnyman???
When you see the Ghostbusters haul outta there you know it`s time to go........see you next year Zombies!!
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****Wizard343 wishes to thank his pal "Curious George" for recovering data from a corrupt SDHC chip, and all the Grindhouse poster artists who sell this business to us****
( without them none of this would be possible)