Archive for the 'Zombies' Category

September 2, 2015

After the zombie apocalypse, a group of survivors band together to rebuild, believing the extreme cold killed off the zombies.

But the zombies are mutating …

Looks good!

August 26, 2015

FEAR THE WALKING DEAD offered a lot of promise. Most zombie movies show what it’s like after the end of the world. I’m always curious about what happens during the apocalypse–how the normal suddenly shifts into a nightmarish new normal. It’s why I liked WWZ even though it was bankrupt of character development and had the emotional impact of a block of wood. The zombie set pieces in that film were incredible. FEAR THE WALKING DEAD takes on that territory–what happens when everything goes to shit.

In the pilot episode, we’re introduced to a somewhat dysfunctional family consisting of two teachers living together, each with their own families. Most of the episode revolves around establishing the characters and their lives, letting us see the normal. A good deal of the plot in the pilot episode centers on a son (played by an actor who is likable but seems to be channeling Johnny Depp sometimes) who’s an addict and witnesses a fellow addict turn into a zombie. By the end of the episode, it’s clear something horrible is going on, but nobody really understands it.

So far, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD isn’t living up to its promise, but rather doubling down on it. The apocalypse is coming.

I enjoyed the episode but had a hard time connecting with it the way I did with its cousin show THE WALKING DEAD. I appreciated the slow burn with the show spending time developing the characters, which was a necessary step to establish stakes. I’m happy to wait for action. But it felt more TV than THE WALKING DEAD does, if that makes sense. It had the right things in the right places, but aside from a few scenes that popped, it lacked heart. A lot of the dialog and situations felt contrived or wooden to me.

Not saying the show sucks, but so far, I give is a B or B-. I am very curious about where it’s going to go next once the world starts to crash down around everybody’s ears.

August 24, 2015

THE INFECTION WARMy zombie novels THE INFECTION and its sequel THE KILLING FLOOR, two of Permuted Press’s most successful titles, are back in Permuted Platinum and slated for release as INFECTION WAR: BOOKS I & II through bookstores everywhere January 19, 2016.

Permuted Platinum is a program delivering select Permuted titles to distribution through retail stores like Barnes & Noble. The titles were originally slated for release this year but were dropped. After some conversations with the company’s ownership, they’re back in.

I’m really excited about this release. The books went through a thorough edit and polish for the new edition, and with distribution through Permuted’s partner Simon & Schuster, they’ll be available to many new readers.

As for a third book, I’ve got a stack of projects in front of it, but I’m hoping to revisit the brutal world of THE INFECTION in the future. Stay tuned.

Thanks, Permuted Press!
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July 27, 2015

I love THE WALKING DEAD for a lot of reasons, but I prefer a good apocalyptic story over a post-apocalyptic story.

Show me the world ending. Show me the chaos, the confusion, the transition from middle class Americans to animals doing whatever it takes to survive.

FEAR THE WALKING DEAD centers on not life after the end, but the end itself, and the trailer looks great. Premiers next month. I’ll be watching this one for sure.

July 22, 2015

From ZOMBIELAND to SHAUN OF THE DEAD, some of the best zombie movies are comedies. LIFE AFTER BETH (2014) is a fantastic indie addition to the genre.

In LIFE AFTER BETH, Zach is a wreck after his girlfriend Beth dies unexpectedly. After she rises from the dead, he takes it as a second chance to do and say everything he wished he had while they were together. But Beth’s mental state is deteriorating. She’s getting violent. Hungry. And she may not be the only one coming back.

The film is quirky, with a dry sense of humor, and hums along with good pacing, clever dialog and excellent performances by a cast including John C. Reilly, Aubrey Plaza, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, Paul Reisser and others.

I enjoyed SHAUN OF THE DEAD for what it was, but also saw it as an allegory of a man-child who has to let go of the things holding him back before he can grow up and commit to a loving relationship. LIFE AFTER BETH similarly works as a straight up zombie story but also pushes a theme of finding closure and letting go at the end of a relationship.

Recommended!

July 20, 2015

Holy moly.

July 15, 2015

One of the great things about zombies is they’re alternately terrifying and funny, which makes them great for commercials. Ford used zombies to promote the company’s Escape vehicle. Check them out here:

July 13, 2015

Andree Wallin, the artist who produced the cover art for my novel THE KILLING FLOOR (click here), recently put out a post-apocalyptic short film, STATE ZERO.

Four soldiers are sent to safeguard and repair a surveillance tower in the urban wasteland, but the “freaks” have other plans. Great short, with a bit of an I AM LEGEND overtone.

Check it out here:

July 6, 2015

Still in my top 10 zombie short films. Watched this again recently and loved it.

July 1, 2015

Spent some time today checking out a great YouTube channel created by ZombieWorldNews.com. The channel presents a series of news broadcasts in a world where zombie outbreaks are common.

Check it out here.

Here’s one of the latest news reports: