National day

There seem to be a lot of ‘Days’ & ‘Weeks’ these days:

National read to your child day -14 Feb, International Women’s day – 8 March, Diabeties Alert day – 24 March, National library week -12 April, May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, National Teacher Day – 5 May, …

Just June itself all ready holds
Stand for children day, National trails day, National men’s health week, National cancer survivors day, Deaf-blind awareness week, World blood donor day, U.N world refugee day, Public service day,… and the whole month is home safety month,…

So I propose to add another to the list for June, a day to recognize the ceaseless vigilance of those who stand ready to face the shambling hordes of the undead. I want to declare June 23 International Zombie awareness day.

It was on this day in 1983 a low budget horror flick directed by Sam Raimi was premiered, the film Evil Dead gave us the greatest Zombie hunter of all time

Ashley J. Williams

The plot of the film is simplicity itself, a bunch of young adults go to an old cabin in the woods and each is killed, -horribly. A friend at the time directed after a late night showing ‘get that thing, outa my video’ -yes kiddies movies once came on black book shaped things called videocassettes.

The film spawned two sequels: Dead by dawn & Army of Darkness, a musical, computer game, a marvel comic book, many guest spots, ASH himself made the list of Top 100 Heroes of All Time, describing him as “An egomaniacal, complaining, misogynistic goon, Ash is the best demon and zombie killer ever to be portrayed on the silver screen” and made the actor Bruce Campbell that played Ash welcome in any zombie hunter convention in the world.

Campbell himself said Ash is ‘A bad slow thinker, but a great fast thinker’ and ‘Ash is pretty much incompetent at anything other fighting the evil dead’. He seems pretty ingenious to me such as making a chainsaw bracket and shotgun harness, gunpowder from mainly referencing its elemental makeup in a chemistry book, and a fully functional prosthetic hand from a metal gauntlet.

But he cemented himself into the annuals of zombie hunter fandom with bolting a chainsaw to the severed stump of his right hand and at the end of the second film standing in a barren wasteland with his trade mark sawed off double-barreled 12 gauge Remington shotgun and chainsaw surrounded by the evil dead.

So let me be the first to say   “‘Hail to the King, baby”‘

June 23 International Ashley J. Williams day, whose with me?




  1. Happy International Zombie awareness day to you go sir.

    In recognition of this important day, I plan to shuffle zombie like around work, doing nothing constructive and see how long it takes for someone to go me with a bladed weapon. I’m tipping no-one notices the difference.

    • Good to have you on-board Nautilus, though usual caveats apply -don’t shuffle to close to me or you may be on he receiving end of a chainsaw.

  2. Sounds good to me, Rob (RRR, Zero G) nterviewed Romero on Monday I’ll keep an eye out for a podcast.

    • Bangarrr
      Is that the one recorded when Romero was out here for the last Melbourne International Film Festival that was a hoot.

      • Don’t know, it was one on one and is meant to be the first podcast (Finally Zero G as a podcast0

    • Hi folks, and here’s the Romero podcast…..

      Diary of the Dead review first, then Mr Romero shambles up to the microphone…


      Rob Jan
      3RRR FM

  3. I’m in for Zombie Awareness Day. Slowpoke, shambling undead don’t bother me-after all, I do drive back and forth to work every day, so I see them behind the wheel.

    • So a zombie squad member from way back then

  4. I’m certain that the Elder Son will be delighted to share his birthday with such an auspicious and important event.

    • I think we all agree he deserves an international day of recognition of his own.

  5. You are making me want to go watch Army of Darkness again. God, I love that movie. And yes….my posting a comment actually means that I’m alive and updating my blog again. I know – it got kind of barren for awhile, right?

    Also, it is my sincere hope that nobody chooses to combine Stand Up For Children Day with National Trails Day, because that is a missing children story just waiting to happen.

  6. Hey, ok, I get it, I guess – but does this really work?

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