Granny Vs. Zombies

If you’re gonna punk somebody, would you choose your own granny as the victim? Maybe this prankster picked her because he knew she wouldn’t sue him afterward? As good a reason as any, I suppose, if you’re willing to take the chance of giving your grandmother a coronary. Last Empire War Z is described as “a mobile strategy game about zombies, resource management and growing your own empire,” and it seems likely that it was this company that footed the bill for the grandiose practical joke imagined and executed by one Mr. Julius Dein. It looks too elaborate for him to have paid for the entire thing by himself.

I once pranked my granny with a rubber snake. (She suffered from Ophidiophobia.) I lay the snake in the path she always took to prepare the storm shelter for spending the night. (Though it was a lovely sunny day, the weatherman had forecasted possible storms for that night, and my grandmother also had Astrapophobia, or perhaps Lilapsophobia.) On her way back to the house, she almost stepped on the snake. She then used her weather-alert radio, which she carried around with her much of the time (I told you she had a phobia of storms)—and back in those days such devices were bulky and expensive—to bludgeon the rubber snake. By the time my uproarious laughter alerted her to the deception, her radio was broken. (The rubber snake was fine.) She was NOT laughing. I expect, had this jokester’s granny suffered from Kinemortophobia, his own prank might not have ended with laughter, either.

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of Evil Cheez Productions ( - - specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. And he really likes vampires and werewolves. Like, a LOT.