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 https://www.facebook.com/pages/M-Evans-Author/1438259789750360?ref=bookmarks

I have a amazon author page http://www.amazon.com/Mike-Evans/e/B00IQ9Z75A/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

Twitter @mikee1123

My personal website page http://tinyurl.com/Mikesauthorpage

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Navy Seals VS Zombies is coming!

Press Release: "BEVERLY HILLS, CA – August 24 2015 – Rick Fox (Former NBA player, Dope, “One Tree Hill”, “Sharknado 3”), Michael Dudikoff (“American Ninja series”, Olympus Has Fallen), Molly Hagan (“iZombie”, Election, Some Kind of Wonderful, “Instant Mom”), Ed Quinn (“Revenge”, “Mistresses”, “True Blood”), Olympian LoLo Jones and real Navy SEALs star in the upcoming action horror thriller Navy SEALs vs. Zombies. The film arrives on Digital HD on Friday, September 25th and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on Tuesday, October 6th from Anchor Bay Entertainment and is directed by Stanton Barrett (NASCAR driver and Hollywood stuntman) in his directorial debut.

After losing all contact with the Vice President during a routine campaign stop in Louisiana, the U.S. Government sends in a team of Navy SEALs for the rescue. Dropped into a war zone, the SEALs quickly discover that they aren’t dealing with a normal enemy. The city is under siege by hordes of fast-moving, flesh-eating undead. The infection is spreading and urban warfare has been unleashed. With no cure in sight and time running out, the elite unit has to survive their most horrific mission of all.

Navy SEALs vs. Zombies will be available on Blu-ray™ and DVD for the suggested retail price of $26.99 and $22.98, respectively."

First clip from The Walking Dead Season 6

Check out this first clip from The Walking Dead featuring Sasha and Abraham. Season 6 premieres October 11 , 2015 on AMC.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Interview with Dane Hatchell author of the zombie book Resurrection X

Check out my interview with Dane Hatchell, the author of Resurrection X. (TDWS is short for The Dead War Series)

TDWS: What inspired you to become an author?

DANE HATCHELL: Conventional thinking eludes me at times, not always to my benefit I might add. I’ve been drawn into worlds created by other writers, where imagination is the only limit. Over the years I’ve had various plots for stories appear in my mind, but I never had the ability to flesh out a full story. One day I came across a ‘For the love’ anthology, and decided to sit down and give it a shot. That was over five years ago, and I’m approaching the one million word mark in my fiction writing.

TDWS: Why write in the zombie genre?

DANE HATCHELL: Zombies are an unconventional enemy. A creature who is already dead is a most formidable foe. What better way to explore the human condition than pushing it to limit with flesh eaters with unquenchable appetites who require no sleep?

TDWS: Let's get to your book. What's it about?

DANE HATCHELL: Resurrection X is a post-apocalyptic novel set five years after the defeat of the undead by recombinant DNA warfare. The zombies are turned into obedient slaves and help rebuild the world they nearly destroyed. A lab experiment gone awry turns Lisa Goudard into a zombie-human hybrid with the key to immortality flowing in her blood. Because of the affliction, she losses her status as a citizen and now has to fight for equality. During her downward spiral, forces are at work to enslave her in hopes of perfecting the immortality drug, Resurrection X. But while all of this is going on, though programmed to serve mankind, the zombies harbor the will to survive. The taste of flesh and blood is still a recent memory, and a slow burning hunger intensifies. Let’s just say all events lead toward a day of zombie insurrection.

TDWS: Is it a series?

DANE HATCHELL: Resurrection X is a standalone novel. However, it is the second book in a shared world series. The Dark Times begins the apocalypse, and occurs seven years before Resurrection X.

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

DANE HATCHELL: Resurrection X brings zombies into modern society as True Blood did with vampires. Zombies are integrated into the workforce and are treated as a slave caste. The zombies are used as pawns as different forces in power manipulate their future. Without giving too much away, the zombies are evolving on their own. And whereas this is not a survival novel, there is some old fashion undead crunch and munch to be enjoyed. So Res X puts zombies right into the world of today and there are some twisted individuals that gives the story a real roller coaster ride.

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

DANE HATCHELL: The Earth wanders into a cloud of space dust and an embedded alien virus rains down. The virus is at first benign, but as time passes it mutates and raises the dead.

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

DANE HATCHELL: The zombies are your clasic slow moving type.

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

DANE HATCHELL: There is a greater point than just a good zombie story. Without being preachy, it does put the ‘shoe on the other foot,’ so to say. Lisa, who harbors no love for the zombie slave caste, essentially joins the ranks when she becomes the human-zombie hybrid. Her physical appearance and physiology changes somewhat, but she retains her sound mind. Lisa is forced to live the life and for once can empathize what it’s like to be treated like a slave. But, this is not some ‘oh woe is me story.’ Lisa may become compassionate for the other side, but she still maintains her character. She always believed in working for what she earned, and her new predicament doesn’t change that. Far left and far right politics both have their weaknesses. Lisa shows real strength comes from seeing both sides of the issues and working for the common good of all.

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

DANE HATCHELL: You can find me on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dane.hatchell

My Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Dane-Hatchell/e/B003KAR05K/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

And even Twitter: @DaneHatchell

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Interview with Remy Porter author of the zombie book "The Aussie Dead"

Check out my interview with Remy Porter. The author of The Aussie Dead. (TDWS is short for The Dead War Series)

TDWS: What inspired you to become an author?

REMY PORTER: I think a lot of people are attracted to the idea of writing a novel. I’d always liked reading horror fiction from my teenaged days, authors like James Herbert and Stephen King. Back in 2008 and 2009 I’d recently discovered a number of indie zombie novels for the first time, such as Iain McKinnon’s, Domain of the Dead. I was a rural British police officer at the time and I had a slightly inspired idea to use the idea of a country policeman finding himself in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. This idea eventually became my first novel, Dead Beat.

TDWS: Why write in the zombie genre?

REMY PORTER: I think there is a great deal of inherent drama just from the premise. Usually it’s going to involve the end of society as you know it. Law and order breaking down. A lack of supplies. I think the zombie genre is fun to write in because you can create a world where both the characters and the world in general become very unpredictable. Obviously there are a lot of zombie stories out there now, so half the fun is trying to put a fresh spin on your own story.

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

REMY PORTER: The Aussie Dead is a 17,000 word novella set in Australia. It takes the premise of a British family flying into Australia for a holiday of a lifetime and getting rather more than they bargained for. Potentially it is the first of a series of zombie novellas set in Australia. I choose Australia in mainly because I lived there between 2010 and 2015, and have only just returned the UK. There is surprisingly little zombie fiction set there and I thought it was high time that changed.

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

REMY PORTER: There are a great deal of zombie books out there, certainly mountains more than when I started reading them back in 2008 and 2009. I would hope my stories stand out through unusual settings and a decent streak of British black humour.

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

REMY PORTER: Certainly in Dead Beat there appeared to be a mixture of both. I’m aware this is now something of a contentious issue. I probably lean towards the slow these days, but it’s not set in stone.

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

REMY PORTER: I do really just try to write good stories. My stories don’t necessarily have a huge amount of subtext, but I do try to write balanced and realistic characters. To my mind it more interesting to not have the lead character as some kind of Bruce Willis type, but more an average person adapting to exceptional events.

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

REMY PORTER: I am active on Facebook under the name Remy Porter. There is also an older website, remyporter.com.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Interview with Rich Hawkins author of the zombie book The Last Plague

Check out my interview with Rich Hawkins. The author of The Last Plague. (TDWS is short for The Dead War Series)

TDWS: What inspired you to become an author?

Rich Hawkins: I’ve loved horror since I was a young lad, especially horror books. At school I started writing a few short stories, but never finished them, and I drifted away from wanting to be a writer. But it was always in the back of my mind and I would often think of ideas and stories; I just never had the self-discipline to sit down and write them. And in my teenage years and early-to-mid-twenties I was more interested in getting drunk and having a good time. That changed when I met my then-girlfriend (now my wife), and she bought me a copy of Stephen King’s ‘Pet Cemetery’ for Christmas. The book, coupled with her encouragement, made me get my head down and start a novel. It was called ‘Ghost of You’, a supernatural thriller, and it was awful and never got published. But it reignited my desire to write stories…and then I went on from there.

TDWS: Why write in the zombie genre?

Rich Hawkins: Ever since I saw Romero’s ‘Dawn of the Dead’ on late-night TV, when I was fifteen, I’ve been interested in zombies and how they can be used in stories. After watching DOTD, I discovered NOTLD and it went on from there. And then 28 Days Later arrived, and with the explosion of the zombie’s popularity at that time, I was absolutely hooked. The release of 2004’s Dawn of the Dead and later Shaun of the Dead, ensured I was smitten.

When I first started taking writing seriously, it never occurred to me to write a zombie novel. And later, when zombies had become mainstream, I was reluctant to write about zombies/infected, because it seemed like everyone was writing a zombie story, and I didn’t want to get lost in the horde. That changed in 2012, when I decided to write a novel about four old friends caught in the chaos of an apocalypse – I just didn’t know what would cause the apocalypse. Then I got the idea of a virus that mutates people and turns them into ferocious cannibals whose only instincts are to infect and feed, and that idea became ‘The Last Plague’.

I love zombies/virus/infected/end of the world stories, so it made sense to actually write one instead of daydreaming about it.

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

Rich Hawkins: The Last Plague is a novel about four old friends who go on a stag weekend (what people in the US would call a bachelor party?) to an isolated cottage in the English countryside. When they leave the cottage and set off to return to their home village on the other side of the country, they find abandoned cars and deserted houses. They have no idea what’s happening until they’re attacked by people infected with some unknown virus, and the friends realise that a horrific epidemic has hit Great Britain. They have to make the long journey home to reach their families as the country descends into chaos. The novel has recently been shortlisted for Best Horror Novel at this year’s British Fantasy Awards.

I intended it as a trilogy – the sequel, ‘The Last Outpost’ is released in September, and I’m currently writing the third novel, ‘The Last Soldier’.

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

Rich Hawkins: Hopefully the nature of the virus and the hints of cosmic horror in the background of the story make it stand out a little bit. My infected aren’t zombies, as they’re still alive, and they share some similarities with the alien creature in John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’. Plus I hope the central relationship between the old friends resonates with readers.

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

Rich Hawkins: I left it ambiguous in The Last Plague, although there are a few hints. More is explained about the virus in The Last Outpost. I wanted to keep it a mystery, so the reader could relate to the situation the characters are in, and feel their confusion as they try to survive in a world that’s gone to hell.

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

Rich Hawkins: They’re fast – but some of them who’ve been injured tend to be a bit slower. Varying degrees really. Some of them crawl or skitter about on all fours. They’re still bound to the limits of the host body’s condition. They’re not superhuman. I tried to mix it up.

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

Rich Hawkins: My main aim is to write a story people will enjoy, with an interesting plot and characters, and hopefully give it some layers, with themes of grief, loss, death and mass extinction. Different readers will have varying views on whether I succeed with that. Different people look for different things in the stories they read, I think.

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

Rich Hawkins: Yes, I’m on Facebook and Twitter. I also have a blog, but it’s a bit underused at the moment and I tend to announce any book news on Facebook and Twitter. Drop by and say hello!

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

The First 3 Minutes of the Series Premiere: Fear the Walking Dead

Check out the first three minutes of the series premiere of Fear The Walking Dead, which premieres August 23,2015.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

21 Best Zombie Games To Play in 2015

Hungry for zombie-slaying mayhem? Or up for the challenge of surviving in a world ruled by the undead?

Because admit it, whether you’re splattering their rotting brains all over the pavement, or you’re stealthily creeping around a roaming horde of man-eaters, zombies never get old. So, in the spirit of public service, we are sharing with your our list of the 21 Best Zombie Games To Play in 2015. This way, you’ll know exactly which title to boot up when you’ve got a thirst for zombie-killing carnage!

Check out the 21 best zombie games to play here: 21 Best Zombie Games To Play in 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Spider-Man vs Zombies!!!

With great power comes great questions about Peter Parker's faith, prompted by the undead marching around Harlem?

Apparently so, given the announcement of a new Amazing Spider-Man comic book series written by Jose Molina, part of the writing team behind ABC's Agent Carter, to launch in November.

Molina told ComicBook.com that the series doesn't just bring zombies to Harlem, but also re-introduces an obscure group of superheroes called the Santerians, created by Marvel CCO Joe Quesada — a group which will push Peter into areas fans might not expect from a Spider-Man story.

Read more: Spider-Man to Confront Zombies and Faith in New Comic Book Series

Friday, August 14, 2015

Trailer: Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Check out this teaser trailer for Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse which will be released 10/30/2015.

SYNOPSIS: Three scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one badass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A Look at the Series: Fear the Walking Dead

Go behind the scenes with the cast and crew and find out what to expect from AMC’s new original series Fear the Walking Dead.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

NEW RELEASE! The Dead War Series: Gray Collection

THE DEAD WAR SERIES: GRAY COLLECTION, available for Kindle, $2.99 and Kindle Unlimited.

A mission to deliver a message during a war with the living dead turns into a fight to save the one human being who may be the key to stopping the armies of the dead. If only the dead were the only threat humanity must face during THE DEAD WAR.

Welcome to The Dead War Series: GRAY COLLECTION. This volume contains the first five books or shorts in The Dead War Zombie Series.

This volume contains:

The Dead War Series Book One: Survive The Night

The Dead War Series Book Two: ABOMINATION

The Dead War Series Book Three: WAR

The Dead War Series: ROGUE

The Dead War Series: The Short Story Collection.

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Z Nation Season 2 Promo Trailer

Z Nation season 2 premieres on Syfy on 09/11/2015. Check out the promo trailer for the show below.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

‘Walking Dead’ Lawsuit: Frank Darabont & CAA Seek Millions More From AMC

Nearly a year and a half after the producer and the agency took their first legal swing at the cable channel over alleged unpaid fees, self-dealing, gross receipts and more from The Walking Dead, they’re back today to take a new blockbuster-sized bite with some missing teeth. In a proposed amended complaint filed Tuesday, Frank Darabont and CAA claim that AMC have played even faster and looser with big money due to the producer from the five seasons-and-counting zombie apocalypse hit series.

Read more: ‘Walking Dead’ Lawsuit: Frank Darabont & CAA Seek Millions More From AMC

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Check out these pics of The Walking Dead Season 6 Walkers

Season six of The Walking Dead is on it's way, October 12, 2015 to be exact. While we can't see any of the season six episodes we can check out some pics of some season six walkers below.

Zombie book of the day: Journal of the Undead: New York Outbreak by S.G. Lee

Struggling actress and full-time waitress, Cassandra Taylor, is having one of the worst days of her life. Rude customers, a cheating boyfriend, and a botched audition are just the tip of the iceberg. Her new neighbor, Ryan McCallistar, has troubles of his own but neither is aware of a growing threat in the underbelly of New York City. Contrary to what the media reports, their so-called flu epidemic is actually a viral plague turning humans into flesh-eating monsters.

Starting on the streets, New York’s homeless are a walking buffet for the reanimated dead. One bite kick-starts a catastrophic outbreak turning the dead into ravenous fiends, bent on devouring flesh from bone. As the infection spreads, people from all walks of life are doomed to a ravenous search for fresh meat. On the same day the governor declares a state of emergency, Cassie learns her grandfather is deathly ill and her family in Ohio begs her to come back home. Ryan vows to help his neighbor find a way to Ohio but to do it, they must escape the watchful eye of every guard employed to patrol the border.

Cassie and Ryan risk life and limb to escape the horrors in The Big Apple but that’s only the beginning of their journey. Can they endure the trek through a zombie-infested wasteland and survive the New York Outbreak?

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