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In celebration of my new book (my first foray into the world of fiction) Survival of the Fittest: Metamorphosis (out in ebook presently and paperback in a week or so), I must share some excellent pranking.

Brothers are always thinking up ways to get one over on their siblings. So when Cabot Phillips had to take his little sister to get her wisdom teeth taken out, he saw it as an opportunity.  Once she’d woken up and was all dozy, he and his brother decided to fake a zombie outbreak in their city.

The video documenting this is soooo quotable. Watch it! It is really very good:


A vaguely serious point to be made out of this is that even the most insane idea can seem reasonable given the right circumstances. Things that are so culturally embedded seem credible. This is probably a result of the mere exposure effect, which is what underwrites advertising, Creationism’s credibility amongst so many Americans, and so on. Just being exposed to ideas, no matter how fanciful, gives them an aura of respectability.

What would it take you to believe something like this?!

My own zombie scenario (a philosophy / horror crossover), in book form, has some great early reviews:

“A frightening and credible zombie apocalypse. This is the way the world would end―not with a bang or a whimper, but with a snarl and the gnashing of teeth…” Rebecca Bradley, author of Cadon, Hunter and From Hades With Love

“Pearce’s rollicking suburban adventure begs to be consumed and it won’t let go until life is sucked from the final pages.” Glenn Andrew Barr, author of Skin of Them

“Johnny Pearce has written a shockingly good zombie story with a literary quality unfamiliar to the genre. Don’t let the slow build fool you―the growing tension plays a vital role in allowing everything to snap with a most satisfying sort of frayed devastation. Once all hell breaks loose it’s a no holds barred gore fest!” Tristan Vick, author of BITTEN: Resurrection and BITTEN 2: Land of the Rising Dead

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Jonathan MS Pearce

A TIPPLING PHILOSOPHER Jonathan MS Pearce is a philosopher, author, columnist, and public speaker with an interest in writing about almost anything, from skepticism to science, politics, and morality,...