2015 TZF CANCELLED DUE TO LOSS OF TRIMERIC BELL. Organizers are now planning for the 2016 event. Please support our new non-profit ‘The Tom Zombie Historical Society’ (learn more about it here) by purchasing items from this website and thank you for your support and interest.
JADE DIBOWSKI is our 2014 & 2015 Tom Zombie. Due to powers outside our control we have been forced to take unnatural steps to house the curse within this young woman’s body for an entire extra year. Though these foul magics are forbidden once again we have been forced to choose the lesser of two evils: torture the soul of a single innocent, young Jade for an extra year or allow the dead to roam freely across the country side. Thank you for your sacrifice Jade!
Thank you for your interest in the Tom Zombie Festival. Based on the contract of veils this festival is the only mechanism we have to forestall the Tom Zombie Curse, a blight that is over 200 years old and has its roots in real history and actual events. As some may have heard, the 2015 festival has been cancelled for because the artifact at the heart of the curse, the Trimeric Bell, has been stolen and by all accounts taken abroad. Though this poses real problems for the curse and our ability to keep everyone safe it has also had the side effect of giving us the time we need to reorganize and make the 2016 TZF is bigger and better than ever.
To that end the Tom Zombie Historical Society, the researchers and protectors of this region and negotiators behind the contract of veils, is about to become a not-for-profit and have a better structural standing to grow over the long run, organizing the TZF and other events to build our local economy, educate visitors around our local history, build our local arts and culture sector and most importantly of all of course, keep our region safe from the beckoning undead.
If you would like to help in this grand endeavour please consider purchasing something from this site. Thank you once again for your support and interest.
The St. Thomas Tom Zombie Festival is based on local legend. Every summer a new Tom Zombie must be chosen to carry the curse and keep our town safe. The new Tom Zombie leads a monster walk to St. Thomas City Hall where a Transition Ceremony is held to transfer the curse from the previous year’s Tom Zombie to the new. Help us celebrate the Horror/fantasy fan genre. All costumes are welcome. We feature celebrities, amazing acts, a beer tent, a band, food vendors and exhibitors and a special scary tour to amaze and delight through the Elgin County Railway Museum
The Tom Zombie Contest is like a reverse beauty pageant and the Zombie Walk is three blocks through the heart of town. To the highly secretive Tom Zombie Historical Society, the Contract of Veils is a very serious issue indeed. To those of us who have been enlisted by the Society to organize this festival its a great excuse to have tons of fun! We business owners, community activists, historians and of course movie loving zombie fans have been put in charge of organizing a festival like nothing else on the planet: a festival to control a curse.
Around 1807 a dispute between Colonel Thomas Talbot and man named David Ramsey lead to an incident where a man, known only as ‘Tom’ and the native woman he was engaged to be married too, were murdered by villains unknown from the city of St. Thomas. Because of the ferocity of this crime and the connection to Talbot a curse was set in place. Through the ancient power of an artifact known as the Trimeric Bell, Tom Zombie was born and legend has it his curse will forever try to destroy the lands settled under Talbot’s hand. The curse centres on St. Thomas but covers a swath of land north of Lake Erie from Port Burwell to south London to Sarnia. It is said to be powered by the Trimeric Bell which can possess man or woman, priest or criminal and turn them into a Tom Zombie.
Our history is riddled with what we call Tom Zombie Incidents; stories throughout our past that encapsulate some new soul being taken by the curse and leading undead horrors to slaughter the living. With the coming of the Contract of Veils in 2010 a way was devised to finally control the curse.
Though many see the implications of this curse as deadly real we see the story around the Legend of Tom Zombie as having everything any great Hollywood movie might have: tragic love, a supernatural twist, a set of complex characters. As time ticks on more of this story will be revealed; (we now have a treasure trove of notes and documents leaked to us by a descendant of a founding member of the Tom Zombie Historical Society. This trove of knowledge was never supposed to be made public, tehe.)
Many artistic ventures are being considered and pursued surrounding the Legend of Tom Zombie. Eventually the Elgin Theatre Guild will produce plays and webisodes will be released, a graphic novel is being developed, folk songs are being written and artwork created.
The fear mongers within the Tom Zombie Historical Society call us arrogant fools. We see them as superstitious dimwits. Only time will tell who is right. The only thing that we do agree on is that we need people from all over to come to our town and help us remake our destiny. Come one, come all to the St. Thomas Tom Zombie Festival! A Festival to Die For!
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The Tom Zombie Bible Volume One, is a hardcover coffee table book which outlines all the revealed and discovered history surrounding the Legend of Tom Zombie and all the events leading up to and during the Tom Zombie Festival during the first two years (2013 & 2014). It includes historical accounts, original compositions. original artwork and tons of photographs by local photographers. It is also the go-to guide for those who may be interested in writing or producing original work for submission to the Tom Zombie Historical Society.