Press planned to open a second location at a mall a 45-minute drive away, where the sequel Dawn of the Dead was set. “This year was going to be huge for us,” says Press, a horror-movie buff turned purveyor of T-shirts, posters, and other memorabilia to obsessed fans of the undead.
Instead, in October, Press packed up his ghoulish wares and turned off the lights for the last time in the storefront he had rented across from a funeral home, another victim of a pandemic that has upended lives around the world. Evans City Cemetery, where the opening scene of George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead was filmed.
Although millions of people in the leisure and travel industries remain out of work, other Americans will emerge unaffected economically, and perhaps better off. That pattern holds true in Butler County, which straddles the suburbs and exurbs of Pittsburgh, including Evans City.
Down the road from the Living Dead Museum, at a restaurant painted Pittsburgh Steelers black and gold, Deb Collins has watched revenue collapse. Business at Sports & Spirits is down 60% this year, she says, making 2020 the worst since she and her husband bought the place two decades ago.
The surge in new cases has her worried that many small businesses like hers won’t make it through the winter, especially after Pennsylvania responded by again suspending indoor dining. At Fiber con International Inc., a family-owned company in Evans City that makes bobby-pin-thick strands of steel to reinforce concrete floors and walls, orders are off by about one-third this year, according to Kevin Foley, vice president of sales and marketing.
The company, which received a $162,300 federal Paycheck Protection Program loan in the spring, has managed to avoid laying off any of its 18 workers. One project for a major retailer has been put on hold, Foley says, and a client that builds industrial parks has halted new construction.
Cranberry Township, at the junction of two major interstates and a 20-minute drive from downtown Pittsburgh, has been one of the city’s fastest-growing suburbs for decades and built a brand as a low-tax alternative for corporate headquarters. Most of those who haven’t gotten their jobs back were in the leisure and hospitality business or in health care, says Leslie OSCE, chair of the county board of commissioners.
The Trump administration this year opened a national security investigation that could clear the way for new tariffs on imports of this type of steel. In a statement at the time, Cleveland Cliffs Inc., which bought the plant as part of a merger with AK Steel this year, indicated that the Trump administration had promised all sorts of actions.
The only thing the administration has announced is an agreement with Mexico for greater monitoring of exports of electrical steel. Employees have been quicker to return to work in suburban offices where they can commute by car and don’t need to take elevators, says Jeremy Roman, vice chairman of commercial real estate firm CARE Group Inc.’s Pittsburgh practice.
Applications for help paying for heating and other utility bills are up 50% from last year, says Darlene Means, who runs the local chapter of the charity with her husband. David and Darlene Means, both Salvation Army captains, at the Butler Worship & Service Center.
Fewer petitions have been filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Western Pennsylvania District than last year, but signs of how the crisis is rippling through the local economy can be found in its records. Ed’s Beans Inc., a coffee roaster in Cranberry Township that owns the regional Crazy Mocha chain, filed for bankruptcy in October.
In November, it asked the court to allow it to stop paying rent while it looked for a buyer for the Crazy Mocha chain. “The debtor submits that reopening the closed locations at this time is not financially advantageous,” the company’s lawyers wrote.
As the economy comes back to life and government support eventually is withdrawn, one effect is likely to be a surge in bankruptcies and evictions, he says. He says he hopes to bring the museum back to life next year in the Monroeville Mall, where in early November he opened what for now amounts to little more than a kiosk selling T-shirts.
So just push the purchase button; open your mind to craziness and some colorful language (cursing I'm alluding to really crass language that most definitely WAS necessary to the story so please don't go all ape poopy). So just push the purchase button; open your mind to craziness and some colorful language (cursing I'm alluding to really crass language that most definitely WAS necessary to the story so please don't go all ape poopy).
Loaded with action and relatable, flawed characters, this dystopian dark-politicomedy was hard to put down once I started. The only time I set it down was to build a scene in my mind or take some notes, but it was all I could think about until I picked it back up again.
What I liked most about “There are No Zombies in America was Holt's straight-to-the-point bluntness describing his characters. Loaded with action and relatable, flawed characters, this dystopian dark-politicomedy was hard to put down once I started.
The only time I set it down was to build a scene in my mind or take some notes, but it was all I could think about until I picked it back up again. What I liked most about “There are No Zombies in America was Holt's straight-to-the-point bluntness describing his characters.
While the overall metaphor is implied, the underlying meaning is simple, but enough, and can be applied to historical and current contexts. I tend to be a stickler for grammar, but I was able to get past that and enjoy the book.
The story was strong enough and the errors did not complicate my reading. There are three possible “resolutions” mentioned which could be tweaked into more if you have the imagination, but you're ultimately left to draw your own conclusion.
Satirical, funny, desperate and sad all at the same time. It takes up over half the book and is definitely worth a read.
Especially now ... The rest of the stories are short with a horror theme. The characters are so real and engaging, that they make the book's premise seem not only realistic but probable.
The characters are so real and engaging, that they make the book's premise seem not only realistic but probable. The United States may have one of the largest armies on earth, but even the Pentagon has taken no chances at being caught off-guard by an unusual foe.
The potential threat of “chicken zombies originated with a 2006 incident in Petaluma, California, when the unsuccessful euthanizing of poultry using carbon monoxide resulted in haunted hens crawling out the piles of their slain sisters, and walking around until their bodies died of internal organ failure. Leaving no stone unturned, CONAN 8888-11 also includes the possible legal ramifications of attacking zombies.
The recent emergence of a living dead-like disease among deer has led some scientists to wonder whether it could spread to humans through infected meat. Though you'll probably want to wait awhile before you start battening down the hatches or brandishing any barbed-wire bats, it wouldn’t hurt to keep the best places to survive the zombie-pocalypse in the back of your head.
CableTV.com helpfully listed the best states to seek refuge if and when doomsday should occur. They designated each U.S. state as one, two, three, and four, with one being the safest and four being areas with the lowest likelihood of survival.
To tabulate these results, the crew at CableTV.com aggregated data based on each state’s agriculture, weapon ownership, solar energy, and climate. Unfortunately, residents in the northeast didn’t fare too well: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Jersey were all hit with zone four statuses.
Should you find yourself on the beaches of California, you have little to worry about, zombie-wise: The Golden State was deemed the safest haven in all Zombie America, thanks to its gorgeous weather and implementation of solar power. CableTV.com points out that the four aforementioned indicators aren’t the only factors crucial to survival.
The site mentions that finding areas hosting slowly decomposing food may prove useful for survivors in need of sustenance. Health consciousness is a privilege of a zombie-less world, but when you’re running from the undead, being a picky eater isn’t an easy option.