Welcome to Zombie Fest!
It will happen one day, and here is where we prepare. You've seen the movies; you've read the survival guides; you've polished your cricket bat.

Now is the time to imagine for yourself just what the zombie!apocalypse will entail and how you (or characters of your choosing) will survive.


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Got a good response, and I'm glad to have you all back this year!

I've updated the FAQ page with this year's specs, but here are the dates:

Round 2014 Prompt submitting runs: Easter Sunday April 20th through Sunday April 27th
Round 2014 Prompt claiming runs: Monday April 28th through Monday May 5th
Round 2014 Fics are due by: Wednesday June 18th, and posting will begin shortly after

The round is just a tad shorter this year because Easter was so late, but I think it'll still give us plenty of time.

The submission post will probably go up late Saturday night b/c I'm going to be busy all day Sunday. As always, all the rules and such will be included on that post. Everything is pretty much the same as the last 2 years.

Have I forgotten anything? As always, any questions just comment here, PM undeadhead_mod or email zombificationmods@gmail.

Be sure to let all your friends know, THE DEAD ARE RISING!

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The prompting post is due to open THIS SUNDAY, April 20th.

I'm not seeing any interest expressed here on the comm. Please tell me I'm not the lone survivor in the zombie apocalypse! Send up a flare. Post signs along the train tracks. Or, you know, just leave a comment here to let me know if there's any interest in the fest this year at all.

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Announcing Zombie Fest 2014!

The prompting post will open on Easter Sunday, April 20th and close on Sunday, April 27th.

The claiming post will then open on Monday, April 28th and close Monday, May 5th.

Since Easter is so late this year, prompting and claiming will only be open for one week instead of two. I'm sure that will give everyone enough time.

I haven't had a chance to make a bunch of graphics this year, but please spread the word and promote the fest! We want to get as many people playing as possible, right?

[Tombstone] "The Color of Their Blood"
Doc Holliday Not yet begun to defile
Title: The Color of Their Blood
Author: evil_little_dog
Fandom: Tombstone (1993 movie)
Characters/Pairings: Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday
Length: 630
Rating: PG
Spoilers: N/A
Warnings: Alternate Reality/Horror
Prompt: 2013 Prompt 315, Tombstone -- Doc Holliday+the Earps -- “I must tell you, Wyatt; Boot Hill is empty, the graves have disgorged their occupants, and those occupants are approaching Tombstone and are damned hungry.”
Summary: There are monsters out there.
Note: The creature Doc refers to is a jiangshi – a Chinese vampire/zombie creature.

The Color of Their Blood

Zombie Fest 2014 Announcement
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Hello, fellow survivors! Easter Sunday is kind of late this year, April 20th, when a new round will begin.

But that means you've got 3 WHOLE MONTHS to think up the best prompts yet. That ALSO means it's still Amnesty Time, and you can look back through all the old prompts to get those delicious brains going. That's 3 whole months to post fic before the new round starts!

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Congratulations to matrixrefugee, ereshai, eerian_sadow, patriciatepes, twisted_slinky, and naemi. You survived Zombie Fest Bonus Round!

Thanks so much for playing, guys. Also, there is an AO3 Collection for the bonus round (sorry I was late setting it up) and it's also still Amnesty time. Any other prompts you wanted to write, have at 'em!

[Teen Wolf] Field Trip
Isaac [TW]
Title: Field Trip
Author: naemi
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Characters: Isaac Lahey, Scott McCall (pairing if you squint hard). Cameo by Lydia Martin.
Length: 1,499
Rating: R
Spoilers/Setting: outside the box, but post season 3A material.
Warnings: angsty, a bit of gore.
Prompt: 003: Any Fandom – Any Character(s) – “The zombie ate my homework is not a good enough excuse.”

Tag Line: A copper stench hangs over the clearing, decay mixed with the adrenaline of fight.

LJ // AO3

[Teen Wolf/Buffy the Vampire Slayer] Home is Where the Thriller Rejects Are
Title: Home is Where the Thriller Rejects Are
Author: Twisted_Slinky
Fandom: Teen Wolf/ Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Characters/Pairings: Willow, Dawn, Scott, Stiles, Deaton, Derek, and Peter
Length: -4200
Rating: PG-13
Spoilers: For the first half of Teen Wolf season 3. It's set several years post Buffy (does not take the comics into consideration).
Warnings: Zombie gore and violence.
Prompt: 312. Teen Wolf/Buffyverse Crossover - Willow and Dawn are on their annual roadtrip to check in on regional slayers, when the plague breaks out. Wonky magic, somehow getting lost in the Beacon Hills preserve and being saved by the pack, and Sterek, all bonuses but not needed. Extra bonus if Deaton was a former Watcher.
Summary: The dead rising in California would be business as usual for Dawn and Willow if it weren't for White Witch numero uno's magic going wonky and landing them on a baby hellmouth overpopulated by werewolves. Oh, and more zombies, of course.

Link to story on my LJ

Link to story on my AO3

Harry Potter: Fixing It: PG
Title: Fixing It
Author: Patriciatepes
Fandom: Harry Potter
Rating: PG
Pairing/Characters: Harry, Hermione, Voldemort (in a way)
Summary: The Dark Lord was supposed to be dead, and that he was… but this was not what anyone expected. Not at all. And the mystery was taking its toll on Hermione.
Word Count: ~1300
Original Prompt: 177. Harry Potter - any characters - Harry might have killed Voldemort for good this time, but the spell that killed him had a very unintended side-effect.
Author's Note: This is for the bonus round of zombi_fic_ation 2013. I'm also using this to fill my headache/migraine square for hc_bingo. I hope everyone enjoys!

Read on my LJ

Read on AO3

Doctor Who (2005), The Undead Endurance Handbook
cj zombiefest
Title: The Undead Endurance Handbook
Author: eerian_sadow
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Characters: Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler, Jack Harness, original male character, original male character, original female character
Length: 5723
Rating: M/R
Spoilers: mild spoliers for the end of the Ninth Doctor's run
Warnings: mild gore, character death, character becoming zombies
Prompt: 121. Doctor Who -- Ninth Doctor, Rose, Jack Harkness -- The three are trapped in a zombie reality show on the Game Station.

The Undead Endurance Handbook at AO3

Original: The Rest of Me Didn't Get the Memo, R
Coulson 2
Title: The Rest of Me Didn't Get the Memo
Author: ereshai
Fandom: Original
Characters/Pairings: Original characters
Length: ~1900
Rating: R
Spoilers: none
Warnings: Violence typical of the zombie genre, brief mention of suicide, mentions of masturbation
Prompt: 021. Any fandom/original -- Like any virus, the zombie virus doesn't affect everyone the same way. It's fatal about 50% of the time, and there's no pattern to who dies and who survives. Traditional vaccination methods are useless, and just wait until the government 'improves' and weaponizes it.

The Rest of Me Didn't Get the Memo on AO3

[World War Z] The Last Halloween (R)
Zombie sign
Title: The Last Halloween
Author: matrixrefugee/mtxref_fic
Fandom: World War Z (extended universe)
Characters/Pairings: Max Brooks+OFC
Length: 2,198
Rating: R
Spoilers: None to speak of
Warnings: Violence, gore, people-munching, character death -- usual zombie story stuff.
Prompt: 6. Any - Any - It was unfortunate that the zombie apocalypse happened on Halloween, when everyone thought it was a prank/costume
Summary: Salem at Halloween: bad place for the zombie apocalypse to start, for one grocery store worker

( What about the night of the Last Halloween?

Short answer: there's some stories that are better off not being told. Long answer: this one needs to be told.

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It's that time of year - pumpkins everywhere, apple-picking, the air all crisp and clear with the sound of leaves crunching, rustling under shuffling feet, and the low moans that follow...

Welcome to Zombie Fest!

Throughout the month of October, our Bonus Round participants will be posting their stories to entertain and terrify! So lock your doors, block your windows, sit back with some hot cider and a shotgun, and enjoy!

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To get your fic in to zombificationmods@gmail. Remember it's first come, first served - if you want your choice of posting dates, get it in early!

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To those who signed up for the Bonus Round:


This is your two weeks' notice. Finished stories are due September 28th, to be posted throughout the month of October. If you can't make the deadline, please let me know ASAP.

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If you signed up for the Bonus Round, you have one month to complete your fic and email it to zombificationmods@gmail.

I want to post throughout the month of October, so posting dates will be staggered. First come, first served for the early date assignments.

Also, it's still Amnesty time, as well, and there are lots of prompts just waiting to be filled!

Amnesty Time!
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The bonus round claiming is now closed, but it IS still Amnesty Time!

To refresh your memory, Amnesty Time is for all those awesome prompts that you loved but didn't think you had time to write during the fest.

Amnesty rules:

1. You can write for any prompt from ALL PREVIOUS ROUNDS, and you can write as many as you want.
2. You do not need to claim the prompts during amnesty.
3. If you claimed prompts for the last round, but didn't get to finish, now's your chance!
4. The minimum is still 500 words. No maximum, but ALL FICS MUST BE COMPLETE before you can post them to the comm.
5. You do not need to send the mods a copy of your finished fic and wait for a date assignment. You can just go ahead and post. But you absolutely must follow the posting guidelines, including headings, ratings, warnings, and tags. When posting, make sure you include the prompt and number in your header.
6. During amnesty all fics must be tagged by fandom, length, rating, and "round: amnesty". Check the tags page for the appropriate fandom tags.
7. Amnesty runs from now until the start of the next round - Easter 2014 - so you've got loads of time to write, write, write!

If you signed up for the Bonus Round, you can still write during Amnesty - just not the prompt you chose for the Bonus Round. Make sense? Any questions ask here, PM or email.

Time's almost up!
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The Bonus Round claiming post closes tomorrow, so this is your last chance.

The bonus round is open to EVERYONE whether you participated in the fest or not.

Sidenote: It's been raining for the last month here. I'm pretty sure any zombies would be pretty waterlogged by now.

Zombie Fest 2013 is over - congratulations to all the survivors! - CLOSED
living dead girl
(I'm sorry I don't have prizes for you this year; it's been a very eventful and sort of terribly awful month for me here in RL.)


Amnesty time is a no-pressure, write when you can, relaxed sort of thing. But October, the time for all things spooky and zombified, is just 3 months away! So...


If you'd like to participate in this bonus round, where finished fics will be posted in the month of October, here are the rules:

1. You can claim ONE (1) prompt from any previous round that HAS NOT BEEN WRITTEN BEFORE. When you browse through the prompt pages, you'll see links to fills next to the prompts - those are off limits for the bonus round.

2. Comment on this post to claim with:
Prompt to be claimed:
(copy & paste prompt exactly as you see it in the list, including number)

3. Prompts can only be claimed ONCE for the bonus round, so check the comments before you claim, and act fast!

4. The bonus round minimum is 1000 words. No maximum, fics must be completed by Saturday September 28th and emailed to the mods (zombificationmods@gmail) for a posting date assignment.

5. This claim post for the bonus round closes Wednesday July 10th. (The Amnesty round will be officially announced and open after that.)

Any questions, check the FAQ page or contact the mods via PM or email.


Zombie Fest Round 2013 Master List
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[Sherlock (BBC)] A Bottle of Painkiller, a Flamethrower and Thou
Title: A Bottle of Painkiller, a Flamethrower and Thou
Author: blackbird_song
Fandom: Sherlock (BBC)
Characters/Pairings: Sherlock/John (sort of)
Length: ~2,280
Rating: Standard – Teen (see Caveats)
Spoilers: Sort of for series 1, definitely for series 2
Caveats: Zombie habits, swearing.
Prompt: 272. Sherlock (BBC) -- John/Sherlock -- Post-Reichenbach. John doesn't remember what it was like to feel contented and safe. Then, in the vast landscape of the zombie apocalypse, Sherlock finds him again.
Summary: Prompt kind of covers it.

(Read more...)

[Boston Legal] The Other Side of the Door
Title: The Other Side of the Door
Author: blackbird_song
Fandom: Boston Legal
Characters/Pairings: Denny/Alan
Length: ~2,200
Rating: Explicit
Spoilers: Sort of, for the very end of the series.
Warnings: Explicit sex.
Prompt: 070. Boston Legal -- Denny/Alan -- For once Alan is glad that Denny is always heavily armed.
Summary: See prompt.

(Read more...)

[Castle] "Is This a Zombie?"
Zombie sign
Title: Is This a Zombie?
Author: matrixrefugee
Fandom: Castle
Characters/Pairings: Rick Castle, Kate Beckett, Lanie Parrish
Length: 780
Rating: PG-13
Spoilers: None to speak of
Warnings: Talk of murder, drug use and medical stuff (also my Law & Order "ripped from the headlines" roots may be showing, and a Doctor Who reference wandered in)
Prompt: 096. Castle -- Kate thought that Rick's zombie theory was just Castle being Castle - until Lanie agreed with him.

( Zombies and wild theories this way )

[The Big Bang Theory] Penny, Zombie Hunter
The Vampire Diaries // Katherine
Oops, I was supposed to post this yesterday! Sorry!

Title: Penny, Zombie Hunter
Author: i_paint_the_sky
Fandom: The Big Bang Theory
Characters/Pairings: Penny, Leonard, Sheldon, Amy, Bernadette, some mild Penny/Leonard
Length: 1070
Rating: PG
Spoilers: None
Warnings: None
Prompt: 062. Big Bang Theory -- Penny, zombie hunter.
Summary: Penny leads the gang in their epic quest to survive the zombie apocalypse.

Knock, knock, knock...

[Teen Wolf] Sentry
Title: Sentry
Author: naemi
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Characters: Sheriff Stilinski, OCs. Stiles.
Length: 3,265
Rating: R
Spoilers: none
Warnings: Some minor violence. Implied character death.
Prompt: 308: Teen Wolf – Sheriff Stilinski – So he didn't know about the werewolves? Sue him. He was a little busy secretly fighting the undead!

Tag Line: With his weapon readied, he swiveled in the direction of the noise, squinting his eyes to make out any possible attacker in the darkness behind his flashlight.

LJ // AO3

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