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“Darkness falls across the land
  The midnight hour is close at hand
Creatures crawl in search of blood
  To terrorize y'all's neighborhood
And whosoever shall be found
  Without the soul for getting down
Must stand and face the hounds of hell
  And rot inside a corpse's shell.
The foulest stench is in the air
  The funk of 40,000 years
And grizzly ghouls from every tomb
  Are closing in to seal your doom
And though you fight to stay alive
  Your body starts to shiver
For no mere mortal can resist
  The evil of the thriller.”

-Vincent Price / Thriller

I’m with Vincent. Who can resist zombies? They’re everywhere! But on the internet, they are facing an uphill battle against the kittehs. They were dealt a heavy blow with the release of which allowed developers of all sorts to add kittens to their site with a simple URL. But now the zombies are ready to strike back. U CAN HAZ ZOMBIES!

While working with a client who has a horror bent, we decided that the kittens weren’t cutting it. Or that they weren’t cutting anything. Or that the kittens weren’t cut up enough. Something needed cutting dang it! The discussion led to

We’re happy to release this plague into the wild. Simply point your browser to and you get a 300px X 200px zombie faster than it takes to turn into one. We’ve also added a switch that allows for Old-timey ‘Night of the Living Dead’ grayscale images. Just add the ‘g’ switch to the url: and you’re back in the 50s.

Why is this post tagged with Drupal? Because we've released a submodule for the Dummy Image module that will automatically infect populate your pages based on your Dummy Image settings.

The tech involved is a node.js implementation behind a varnish server. Node.js is a server-side implementation of js that is super quick with the I/O work. Varnish is a supreme caching layer. This allows us to have a lot of traffic without regenerating everything every time we get a request. These zombies just won’t die.

Stay tuned for more goodies. We aren’t done with this monster yet…

The zip for placezombies is located here.

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Date posted: April 22, 2012


That's great gang, nice work!

Thanks, Lev! We're making the web a better place one gory website at a time. ;-)

Well done....

Thanks Susie! See you at PNWDS in Seattle on Oct?

Oh no, what happened?

Hi Dylan, anyone decided to pickup the torch and run with this yet? It was one of my favorite placeholder services, and I'd like to make a reincarnation of it using your source.

Could you perhaps email me? Got a few questions.

Tyler, you are awesome!  I officially dub you honorary toad.  Or Faux toad.  or Tauxd.  If you're ever in Portland, you've got a beer or three on me!


Moved it away from Heroku and am now using dokku. I need to add some new images.

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