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Placezombie: The Zombie Image Placeholder Service

Zombie Image Placeholders Are Back

And just in time for Halloween!

I wrote a post about my 10 favorite image placeholder services a while ago. was one of them. Here’s the announcement blog post for

Down in the comments, you’ll see that the owners forgot to renew the domain name, so it obviously stopped working. The source was posted on GitHub, so I immediately forked it and got to work setting up a replacement.

A quick check revealed that was available, so I registered it. Score.

I really didn’t want to host this at DigitalOcean like I typically would, not knowing what to expect for bandwidth usage. Instead, I chose to host it at Heroku, using their free service.

Had a few issues getting it running, but after removing some Ruby stuff and creating the Procfile and package.json files that Heroku requires, I was almost good to go. Only thing holding me back was to replace the port number node.js was using with the port that Heroku uses. Did another git push heroku master, navigated to and there it was!

Here’s a 700×300 zombie below for proof!

That was generated like so:

You can do black and white images, too:

That was generated like so:

So, add some gore to your mock-ups, just make sure your clients aren’t too squeamish.

My 5 year old daughter is obsessed with Zombies and is going to fucking love this. She wants to be a Zombie Elsa (from the movie Frozen) for Halloween. :)

Well, now what?

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  • Great initiative. Are the images available by creative commons? what are the usage rights for the images?