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Facing the Zombie Apocalypse Horde

zombie targets in the dark

Nearing the shop, I noticed a light flickering inside. Maybe one of the emergency lights was going to have to be replaced. I was pretty sure I shut all the other lights off. I unlocked the door and opened it. A wall of decay and death rolled out of the shop. I gagged on the scent and wondered what had died and who I would have to call to remove it. Then I heard the groans and moans coming from the back of the range. As my eyes adjusted to the dim light, I could see movement.

“Hey! You back there!” I shouted and gesticulated. “You aren’t supposed to be here. How did you get in?”

The figures at the back synchronized their turns to face me. Something wasn’t right. They didn’t walk; they shambled. They groaned and moaned. They started coming toward me.

“Do you need a doctor?” Only moans and groans and shuffling feet answered my question. More appeared out of the darkness behind them. “Don’t come any closer.” I pulled out my phone to call 9-1-1. There was no service. I dialed anyway and hoped that it would work. “I’m serious.” I put the phone on the counter and grabbed a bow from the wall.

One of the figures passed beneath an emergency light. I could see maggots and worms in its face. A bit of the skull shone through where the flesh had torn away. My brain couldn’t process what I was seeing.

“Stay back,” I menaced as best I could. The figures moved inexorably closer. I strung the bow and grabbed some arrows. “If you keep moving forward, I will be forced to use these.”

They kept moving forward. Amidst the moans and groans, I could hear a splorching sound, like a wet rag slapping against the floor. It was rhythmic. With each shamble forward, the splorch came from somewhere in the back. I fired a warning shot and got no reaction. The arrow hit the green tarp with a thud.

The figures were densely packed into the range. Only the green tarp kept them contained. They had to be coming from somewhere, but not one of them spoke. “Last chance. Sit down.” There was no response. That’s when my brain finally processed what was going on. They were zombies.

(This is part of the Zombie Apocalypse Live Action Arcade story that starts with the finding of a video game cabinet. If you want to fight off the zombie horde at Lincoln City Archery, make a reservation. Here are the rules for the game.)

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The Zombie Apocalypse Horde Comes to Life

Zombie Apocalypse Arcade Game Cabinet

A light flickered in the back of the store. Static flashed across the screen. The sound system on the old video game cabinet. Groans and moans came through the speakers. With a bright flash, a hand emerged through the glass of the cathode ray tube.

The flesh was green and rotting. The hand pulled out of the cabinet and grasped the front of the cabinet. The arm extended with its torn and shredded sleeves. The shoulders and head followed with their open wounds and smell of death. The zombie’s body fell onto the floor with a dull thud.

Leaving some of its flesh and congealed blood to ark its landing spot, the zombie got up and shuffled away from the cabinet. It could not see, smell, or sense what it was looking for, what it craved, what it needed to survive. It shuffled in a small circle as another zombie emerged from the screen. The two zombies collided and were joined by a third. They milled around each other filling the small corridor and moving toward the openings at either end as more of the living dead emerged from the video game cabinet.

With no prey and no way to reason, they could only bump and grasp and moan. They horded together, not out of any sense of camaraderie, but because they had no way to make a decision and no way to find a better unlife. They filled the area behind the archery range’s heavy curtain meant to stop arrows from hitting the back wall. They stumbled on the boxes, which afforded the walls a little extra protection. They fell over each other and scrabbled to find their footing again.

One zombie found its way onto the range, but it had no sense of direction. The creature wandered back and forth along the curtain. A couple of the other undead joined it. They could feel their hunger, but it couldn’t drive them anywhere because they could sense no way to sate it.

(This story is part of the Zombie Apocalypse Live Action Arcade Game at Lincoln City Archery. For the beginning of the story, read about the arcade cabinet discovery, then read about what happens when it gets plugged in. If you want to join us for Zombie Apocalypse Live Action Arcade, read the rules first. Make reservations to fight the zombie horde.)

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Celebrate World Tourism Day with Lincoln City Archery

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My wife and I love to travel. It has opened our eyes and minds to many new experiences. We know that our travel depends on the people who work at restaurants, hotels, and tourist attractions. In honor of World Tourism Day, Monday, Sep. 27, 2021, Lincoln City Archery invites professionals working in the tourism industry to come shoot some arrows. Simply book your place online, and when you come in, let us know where you work. You will receive $7 off your range fees. This offer is only available on Sep. 27, 2021. We look forward to seeing you.

Range fees start at $15 for 15 minutes and include the use of equipment, as well as instruction for traditional shooting. One hour of range time is $30.

Lincoln City Archery is Lincoln City’s only indoor archery range. We offer classes, leagues, and a place to hone your traditional archery skills, so you can receive the benefits of self-empowerment, a calm mind, and a great way to enjoy your down time. Our range is located at the Lincoln City Outlets next to the Whale Playground. We’re open from 11 to 7 every day. Book online or at (503)409-8371.

Our range features a selection of traditional archery equipment, including bows that can be shot right or left handed, arrows, and protective wear. We offer books on archery and books by independent authors. We also have beautiful handmade penguins. Our business is locally owned and family operated.

If you’re looking for “archery near me” on the Oregon Coast, we are the place to go for traditional archery in Lincoln City, Oregon. Come to Lincoln City Archery and get on target for a happier World Tourism Day!

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Pirate Treasure Recovered on the Oregon Coast

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As a new shop owner, I was amazed at some of the things I found in my store. The previous owners had left quickly, so I had a lot of things to organize and a few things to clear out. The most curious item I found was an old journal wrapped in a plastic bag. I opened it gently because it looked like it was ready to fall apart. However, I was soon to find out that looks can be deceiving.

I removed the book from the bag, and set it on a table. It was about the size of weekly newspaper. The leather was well-preserved, and the pages inside were beautifully handwritten. The first page claimed the book to be the Journal of Seamus McClenaghan, Captain of The Archer. As a lover of books, I was immediately drawn into Seamus’ story. The journal had the standard logs of a ship’s captain, including inventories, weather, and daily reports from officers, but the writing in between those required items was beautiful. It was clear that Seamus was no ordinary captain.

I did some research on Seamus to find out more about him, but there was precious little to be found in the Oregon histories. I was lucky enough to stumble across one newspaper clipping from a New York paper that claimed Seamus was responsible for a series of raids had taken place on ships in the Pacific Northwest. They dubbed the pirate “The Librarian” because his ship ran silent, his crew used no guns, and the first thing he removed from his victims were their books – diaries, log books, and tomes of all kinds. As I read further into the journal, I realized that the crew of the Archer was adept at using bows and arrows. Seamus mentioned constructing a version of Leonardo da Vinci’s giant crossbow and using several ballistae. They would use the cover of fog to sneak up on their victims and decimate the crew of the other ship with arrows that would seemingly appear out of nowhere.

Like all pirates, Seamus had a secret hoard that he hid along the coast. He left the coded map in his journal with a note about how the greatest treasure would be found in his chest.

That chest has been discovered and awaits the one who can open it. However, the process isn’t as simple as breaking a lock. Seamus created a test for the one who would take his treasure. Only an archer with true aim could get inside the box without destroying its contents. First, the archer must strike the captain’s golden coin to reveal the lock. Then the archer must hit in the dead center of the keyhole. Any other hit to the lock will disable the mechanism.

We’re looking for the archer who can recover Seamus’ treasure. If you’re ready to get your share of the pirate’s booty, come to Lincoln City Archery on Sep. 19 and 20 to shoot some arrows and learn about our archers league.

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Lincoln City Archery to Donate Half of All Range Fees for Stuff-a-Bus

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For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Shad Engkilterra



Lincoln City Archery Press Release

Lincoln City, OR (August 17, 2021) – On Wednesday, Sep. 8, 2021, Lincoln City Archery will donate half of all range fees collected during the day to the Lincoln City Outlets and Business for Excellence in Youth’s Stuff-a-Bus efforts.

Lanes can be reserved online at, and fees include instruction and equipment. To get the most out of the range, Lincoln City Archery is requesting people keep their reservations to 15 minutes per person per lane. Walk-ins will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Archers of all experience levels are invited to help us bolster our efforts to improve the school experience for those in our community,” said Lincoln City Archery Co-Owner Shad Engkilterra.

Between August 15 and August 31, guests at the Outlets are able to purchase items that will go to local students of all ages to help them have a more successful school year. Donations, including checks, will be given to Business For Excellence In Youth, a 501(C)3 non-profit. 

“We wanted to give our archery friends and family an opportunity to provide just a little extra push for Business for Excellence in Youth and Stuff-a-Bus,” said Engkilterra. “Shooting with us on Sept. 8 will help students get on target in the new school year.”

“We have been tirelessly working to add new stores and activities to our shopping center.  We  invite our community and visitors to support Stuff-a-Bus fundraising efforts through Lincoln City Archery’s donation day,” said Sharyn Jasmer, General Manager of Lincoln City Outlets.  “It’s sure to be a fun way to test your skills and support Lincoln City students at the same time.”

This is the 23rd anniversary of Stuff-a-Bus, and Lincoln City Archery’s first year to participate.

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ASL Interpreter and LGBTQI Author Drue M. Scott Will Sign Books at Lincoln City Archery (Press Release)

Drue M Scott author of "The Monster in Blackwood Forest"

Lincoln City, OR (May 13, 2021) – From May 29 to 31, 2021, Lincoln City Archery will host author Drue M. Scott, whose new release is the third in the Mortal Choice series set in the fictional town of Blackwood Forest, Oregon. Scott’s Mortal Choice series has found resonance within the Deaf community for its heroine Jinx, who is a werewolf and happens to be deaf. Her best friend Christian is gay.

Originally, Scott had intended to explore what happens when a Deaf girl changes into a werewolf, and how that change would affect her hearing. He was also interested in exploring the dynamic between the werewolf and her gay best friend, who doesn’t know she’s a lycanthrope. The story follows more than the two characters Scott had envisioned in its first phases, and Oregon plays its own role.

“I love the Pacific Northwest: the smells, the sights, the mountains and rivers, and the ability to drive a short amount of time and be in the wilderness. I wanted a place far enough removed from the hustle of city life but still attached enough to be open-minded, mostly. A place that could easily harbor some close-mindedness but not be without hope for making the world better,” said Scott. “I really wanted my fictional town to be cool, damp, beautiful, and not too far from the rocky coast of the Pacific; Oregon was the perfect place to create Blackwood Forest.”

The Mortal Choice series has been called cinematic in scope and, with its werewolves and fairies, it compares favorably to “Twilight.” Those who are looking for a new twist on old themes will definitely enjoy Scott’s stories.

“This series is unique because it takes some of the typical mythologies of supernatural beings and beasts and looks at them through a different lens,” said Scott. “The Mortal Choice series takes place in a rich environment full of things the reader will find familiar, but done in a fresh new way.”

Scott will be at Lincoln City Archery on May 29 from 4pm to 7pm, when he will give a talk on “Inclusivity in Fiction” in the evening. On May 30, he will be available to sign books from noon to 4pm, and on May 31, he will be in town to sign books from 11am to 1pm. Hours may be expanded due to popularity.

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Salem Holiday Market 2019 Preview: Cacao Kingdom, Booth JD-8

Cacao Kingdom Millionaire Cookies

With over 250 vendors at Salem Holiday Market 2019, there are a lot of people to see and gifts to choose from. Nathan Rogers of Cacao Kingdom took some time out of his busy holiday schedule to answer our questions about his business’ participation in the Salem Holiday Market.

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Penguins Available for Adoption at Salem Holiday Market 2019

Jenya and penguins at the Salem Holiday Market 2018

All of our penguins are handmade and unique. So, if you like one, you need to contact us and let us know or get to Salem Holiday Market 2019 between Dec. 13 and 15. You can get a coupon off entry, and if you join our Patreon, you get $1 off every $10 you spend!

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Salem Holiday Market 2019 Preview The Short Straw (JD-2)

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The Salem Holiday Market 2019 is so large it fills two buildings and features over 250 vendors! We thought we would highlight some of the great items available. Shannon Biamonte of The Short Straw took some time away from her market preparations to answer some of our questions:

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