August 3rd, 2011


Evacuating a Casino and Stopping the Police/Emergency Crews from Getting In

I have a story that's coming along nicely, but I've hit a bit of a wall. I'm looking for some opinions on how to solve this problem.

The setting is modern day Las Vegas in a world where supernatural beings exist and the heroes are Scions. (The children of ancient gods.) They each have some superpowers - flight, super strength, mind control, etc.

The heroes of the story want to evacuate the Bellagio Hotel and Casino so they can fight zombies inside without putting the public in danger. I know that you can evacuate the casino easily enough with a power outage or by pulling the fire alarm, but in both cases that would bring police and fire crews to the casino, and I feel that would defeat the purpose of getting innocent people out of danger.

So, how to evacuate the casino without alerting the police or emergency crews? Or, if it's impossible not to alert them, how to keep them out of the casino and therefore out of harm's way while the heroes go on a zombie killing spree?

I've googled "casino evacuation" and "Belliago evacuation."

Any ideas will be welcome.
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The Scariest Mythological Monsters

I'm working on a book and I need some good monsters for one scene, but I'm not sure what. The book is basically a big mishmash of every mythology ever, modern-day but set 'beyond the veil' so the setting isn't as important. It already has angels, a changeling, the devil, Anubis, zombies, black dogs, faerie, and more, so nothing is too out there.

The creatures will be attacking a building en masse, defeated by the rise of the sun. The three biggest qualifications are that they are:

A: Strictly nocturnal, aka afraid of/can't function/will die in sunlight. Preferably not humanoid. Can be purely physical or more spirit-like.

B: Nothing 'normal', like vampires, werewolves, demons, etc.

C: Scary as all hell.

It doesn't matter where in the world these nasties come from, I just need something that nightmares are made of. Something perhaps Eastern European, but that's not necessary.

search terms: different versions of "mythological monsters" combined with "creatures" "nocturnal" "legend" "folklore" "Eastern European" "Middle Eastern" "South American" and more parts of the world, "scary" and other synonyms.

If anyone has any thoughts I would love to hear them. Thank you!