The London Roundhouse will forever be the location where many Londoners realized their city may not be as safe as they thought. It was there that Tom Zombie officials (among present was TZF Organizing Committee Chairperson Bryan Bakker) released the shocking news that London itself narrowly escaped total zombification; coined a “Tom Zombie Incident”. Bryan Bakker had the following to say on the situation:
“A Tom Zombie Incident occurs every time a new host is possessed through the ancient artifact behind the Tom Zombie Curse, the Trimeric Bell. Once this happens the new Tom Zombie raises an undead mob and attempts to create a cascading chain of reanimation. There is no doubt that if the Incident of 1887 had been allowed to take hold, in such a populated area as London it may have led to a very different history around these parts.”
(I think we all remember the article published by University of Alberta student Mike Ross that listed London among the 5 worst large cities in Canada to survive a zombie apocalypse) The bell, of course, is the same bell discovered by David Ramsey over 200 years.
TZF Sponsor rtraction were a key aid in a subsequent discovery of a lost watch and journal hidden deep within the London Roadhouse, which shed new insights on the mysterious tale. The journal contains the life memoirs of a man named Bernard Yacot who saw his wife drown in the Queen Victoria Ferry Accident of 1881on the Thames, just outside of Spring Bank Park. By 1887 he was employed by Richard Maurice Bucke, Super Intendant of the London Asylum for the Insane. Yacot was tasked with helping authorities assess the mental stability of the Conductor and Brakeman in the ‘Rain of Fire’ train disaster of 1887 that occurred in St. Thomas killing or maiming hundreds, many of them Londoners. It was in St Thomas that Yacot acquired the bell and returned with the artifact to London; the journal tracks Yacot’s descent into madness succeeding. The chain of events that followed are what nearly lead to the unthinkable.
The Annual Tom Zombie Festival, the very festival/tool that keeps us safe from total zombification, is being held at the Elgin County Railway Museum on September 27th, 2014, & Londoners, we think you can agree, your attendance is needed now more than ever.
For more info on the festival and legend see: tzf.ca