Friday, September 4, 2015

Coming soon: The Walking Dead beer?

A small brewery is releasing a Walking Dead Beer in October. Now I'm not touching it because this could be how the zombie apocalypse starts. You know, with friends sharing brews during a football game before being transformed into the living dead by said brew.

Press Release: Terrapin Beer Co. has partnered with Skybound Entertainment, the company founded by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, to create the official beer of the undead. Whether you’re animated or reanimated, The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA will put a shuffle in your step.

The Walking Dead comic book series, which was created by Robert Kirkman, debuted in 2003 and is the inspiration behind the wildly-popular TV series of the same name that premiered in 2010.

The partnership with Terrapin came naturally, as both the comic and the TV show have strong ties to Georgia. Much of the comic book is based in the state and the TV show is filmed in Senoia, a small town just outside of Atlanta. Further strengthening the local bond between the Walking Dead story and Terrapin is that the brewery’s beers have been featured in multiple episodes of the TV show since Season 2. Like many folks out there, Terrapin is a big fan of The Walking Dead and is excited to be part of this collaborative project.

From the label:

Terrapin Beer Company and The Walking Dead have teamed up to brew the official beer of the undead. Made with blood orange peel, and a horrific amount of hops, this bloodthirsty Red IPA will have you prepared for the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse.

The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA will be available in 22 oz. bottles throughout Terrapin’s full distribution footprint. Look for these bombers to drop on October 5! [SOURCE]

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Bite-Sized Offerings: Tales & Legends of the Zombie Apocalypse

Checkout this new zombie read featuring short stories by many well known zombie authors , Bite-Sized Offerings: Tales & Legends of the Zombie Apocalypse

Stories. They are the building blocks of our lives. They are our memories. They are how we come to know our history. They are our escapism and entertainment. Some fact, some fiction, and some are a clever little mix. These stories… these stories are fiction. Short and scary. Delivered to you in small, terrifying bursts, much the way you'd experience each individual room in a haunted house attraction. They were specifically written to be enjoyed by both the not-too-young and old alike. Inside, you'll see some names you know and some names you don't. You'll find horror, drama, and even a few laughs... and zombies. Zombies by the ton. Gnawing, gnashing, stumbling, and staring... Right. At. You. Waiting... for a bite-sized offering. Enjoy!

The authors & other contributors to this book: Ted Nulty, W.J. Lundy, Brian Parker, A.R. Shaw, Michael Robertson, John Gregory Hancock, William Allen, Shawn Chesser, Armand Rosamilia, Heath Stallcup, Saul Tanpepper, Jack Wallen, Michelle Bryan, P Mark DeBryan, S.G. Lee, James Dean, Shannon Walters, Shaun Phelps, Joseph Cautilli & Marisha Cautilli, Edward P. Cardillo, Adrianne Lemke, J. Rudolph, Mike Evans, Veronica Smith, Toni L.H. Boughton, H.J. Harry, Jeffrey Clare, T.W. Piperbrook, Chris Bostic, Rich Baker, Cedric Nye, Greg P. Ferrell, Allen Gamboa, Lori Fontanez, Andrew Kish, E.S. Oakes, André Vazquez Jr. (Cover Artist), Mysti Holsinger Stitt (Proofreader), Sara Jones (Editor)


Monday, August 31, 2015

Fear The Walking Dead Fans, stop yelling at your TV.

If you are like me you screamed, "Don't do that!", a lot during the second episode of Fear The Walking Dead titled So Close, Yet So Far. I honestly was going ape sh*t every time a character did something that was incredibly stupid. I had to remind myself of something to keep from having a nervous breakdown.

The characters on Fear The Walking Dead don't know the rules yet.

My one little, okay big quibble with this is that this is another zombie show/movie where no one has ever seen a zombie show/movie. So it therefore takes a while to realize that getting bitten is a bad thing and destroying the brain is how you kill a zombie/walker. But I digress...

So when we see Alycia do some dumb sh*t like continuing to touch her sick boyfriend or worse yet her parents allowing her to do so when they know something is wrong we have to just let it go.

When Madison leaves the house leaving the two dumbest teenagers (one being a junkie) on TV behind to fend for themselves during the start of a zombie apocalypse, we have to let it go.

When we see Madison try to talk to zombie Artie while he's going full walker we have to let it go. I thought Principal Skinner is the only school administrator that hangs out in school all day. Oops I digressed again.

I'm not even going to mention the other annoying kid, Chris or how polite Travis is through all of this.

So just stop yelling things like "You stupid b*tch!", "Are you f*cking kidding me!", and "The head, hit it in the f*cking head!". At some point, and hopefully soon these characters will learn the rules.

Until then we have Tobias!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Why Are We Obsessed With Zombies?

Check out this Newsweek article by Catriona Miller that delves into our current zombie obsession.

“The zombie apocalypse has upended the entire TV business.”

Those were the words of TV Guide in response to The Walking Dead, the smash-hit show for cable channel AMC in 2012.

Based on an equally popular graphic novel series, the show centers on Rick Grimes, a deputy sheriff who wakens from a long coma to find that the world has been overrun by a zombie apocalypse. It was the No. 1 entertainment series on TV among 18- to 49-year-old adults at the time, a “landmark accomplishment for a cable show.”

The monster ratings continued through to this year, so no wonder AMC is now launching a prequel series. Fear the Walking Dead will take place at the start of the zombie apocalypse and follow a different group of survivors. Teasers, trailers and speculation have been all over the Internet for months ahead of the August 23 premiere, making it one of the most hotly anticipated across the globe for some time.

While the main show is itself returning for a sixth season in October, there are also numerous other big-budget zombie stories in the offing. World War Z is being followed by a sequel in 2017, while the odder mash-up phenomenon that is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, adapted from a novel of the same name, is due for release in 2016.

And that’s just the tip of the zombie-berg. They stretch into any number of forms that encourage participation in popular culture: video games, such as Wii U console launch title Zombi4U; augmented reality games; phone apps; and immersive zombie walks across the globe. There are zombie runs, where participants are “encouraged” along by zombie attacks; the zombie shopping mall experience; and even the I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse game show.

Read more: Why Are We Obsessed With Zombies?

Friday, August 28, 2015

Sneak Peek: Episode 102: Fear the Walking Dead: So Close, Yet So Far

Check out this sneak peek of episode 2 of Fear The Walking dead, Yet So Far.

Interview with Mike Evans author of Zombies & Chainsaws

Check out my interview with Mike Evans, the author of Zombies and Chainsaws and the Orphans. (TDWS is short for The Dead War Series)

TDWS: What inspired you to become an author?

MIKE EVANS: Everyone thinks they have a book in them. I was no different and when I did start to write one and finally finished it, I found out that I had many, many books within me.

TDWS: Why write in the zombie genre?

MIKE EVANS: That is because of The Walking Dead. A funny side note I thought that for some reason I was the first one to think of a zombie book. I didn't realize that there were thousands upon thousands to compete with.

TDWS: Lets's get to your book. What's it about? Is it a series?

MIKE EVANS: I have 2 zombies series. Series 1 is The Orphans it's about a man that tries to save the woman he loves and in doing so starts the zombie apocalypse. He gets his son and his son's friends to a secluded cabin trying to get them safe and free from the reach of the zombies.

Series 2 is Zombies and Chainsaws. It is just a group of guys that drive into hell and only have their tree trimming tools with them as they are out of town. If you like the Romero zombies and lots of gore and horror this books is most definitely for you!

TDWS: As I'm sure you know there are thousands of zombie books out there right now. What makes yours stand out?

MIKE EVANS: My zombies have strength and speed like no other. They can heal and they hunt in packs. They are also the only ones I know where they take a bite out of themselves for their first taste of flesh.

TDWS: What's the cause of the zombie apocalypse in your book/books?

MIKE EVANS: In the Orphans it's the main character and the somewhat anti hero Frank Fox trying to save the woman he loves with a vaccine that doesn't work. Because they never work. When he tries to give it to her it starts the zombie apocalypse and it spreads like wildfire.

TDWS: Are your zombies the fast or slow moving type?

MIKE EVANS: The Orphans are crazy fast and strong almost dog like at times with their speed and running on all fours when they really get going.

Zombies and Chainsaws have the slow Romero style Z's and are literally straight out of the grave slow and wobbly walking.

TDWS: Are you trying to make any greater point with your books or just write a good zombie story?

MIKE EVANS: I am not trying to enlighten anyone just enjoy writing a good book. The Orphans were really the biggest just in they were growing up orphans in a society where parents work to much and they had to take care of themselves long before they should have needed to!

TDWS: Do you have an online presence? If so where? Blogs, web sites, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

MIKE EVANS: I have a author page on facebook

I have a amazon author page

Twitter @mikee1123

My personal website page