Chilling snow zombies rising from the grave go viral
Snow zombies crafted and photographed by Cheddar Valley people have gone viral.
Images of the icy undead have risen from a deconsecrated graveyard near Chilcompton and gone global.
The idea came to author and Wells Waterstones employee Jeni Oborn, 31, of Draycott, after being introduced to the zombie phenomenon by housemate Adrian Hutchinson.
She said: “We watched Dawn of the Dead the night before and thought, we have gravestones in the garden. Obviously, we would never have made snowmen in a real graveyard but some people did not understand it was deconsecrated ground.”
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The stones were removed from the former church grounds years ago and returned to new locations where bodies are not interred.
After building the snow zombies – a process fittingly frustrated by falling body parts – the author turned her attention to something a bit more lively.
Jeni said: “The unicorn was a reaction to the evil undead by me doing something whimsical and nice.”
Hours were spent making the mythical winged horse called Pegasus but when Adrian spotted a suitable icicle hanging from a drain pipe it turned into a unicorn instead.
Gardener Adrian, 33, of Theale, took the photos which went onto Facebook and eventually ended up with the Daily Mail, Metro, Guardian and other publications via an agent.
He said: “I was quite surprised at how widespread they went. We had not gone out to do that. We just put them on Facebook and, excuse the pun, they just snowballed.
“A friend received an email of the pictures with Russian captions on them.”
Author Jeni said: “If I capture the imagination of people with my new book as well as the snow zombies that would be brilliant.”
The Image of Survival by Jeni Oborn is due out next month from Malt Publishing. The fiction book is based on experiences in the author’s life and is about a girl who survives cancer as a teenager but faces a bigger challenge by trying to find meaning in her life and so travels extensively in search of peace.