Showing posts from May, 2013

Damnit, Netflix!

I don't even know where to begin.  I guess the saying should be, "Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.  Fool me thrice, shame on Netflix."  As mentioned earlier, I'm still working my way through TKout and my Netflix queue, watching the movies that I added that he didn't seem to excited to watch.  I figure it's only fair - it weeds out the movies he won't want to see, and he can weed out the ones I won't want to see.  So far as I can tell, he's getting the better end of the deal.

Tonight began with a little disaster from 2004, titled Zombie Nation.  Again, the poster looks pretty awesome.  It's a gruesome face with the title carved into it's forehead.  Apparently the production company spent it's entire make-up budget on the poster.  Despite the fact that our femme fatale zombies climb out of the dirt, the only indication we have that they are dead is the heavy black and purple eye makeup.  Raccoons of the world, it&#…

Memorial Day Weekend Survival Guide

Memorial Day weekend is upon us at last, which means it's time for hot dogs, grilling, backyard swimming pools, and time with loved ones.  If you're looking to have some extra-special fun this weekend, check out the ideas below.  But whatever you choose to do, make sure you send your warmest thanks to our Vets, and keep the ones no longer with us in your memory.  

1.  Holiday of the Dead -  Driving into work this morning, I was thinking about leaving this one to the last, so I could spend forever raving about it.  However, since it's $2.99 on Kindle (a steal) why wait?  This book is a riot.  It features stories by Iain McKinnon, David Dunwoody, Eric S. Brown, Shawn M Riddle, Joe McKinney, Bowie V. Ibarra, and so many other talented authors.  It even features a story set in a nudist colony!  There are stories about vacations in other countries, stories about popular vacation hot spots, and stories about all kinds of zombie mayhem.  I read this book last winter and I couldn&#…

Suggested Reading for Teens

When I used to be a teacher, I would often overhear my students talking about zombies.  They played Left 4 Dead, Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, and talked non-stop about what to do in a zombie apocalypse.  (If you were wondering, I taught middle school for three years, which puts my students at about age of 13.)  As an adult, I find that I can read whatever I choose.  My students, on the other hand, need more carefully selected materials.  I remember thinking that it was such a shame that there were no horror books on the reading lists.  That seems to be the one genre that schools avoid, and it's a pity.

Over the course of my last year as a teacher, I befriended one of the parents.  She and I talk about pretty much everything and anything, and I count her among my closest friends.  Her son, my previous student, has the run of my zombie library (with his mom's permission - I let her know if I think there's anything she might object to in the books and she makes the d…

Netflix Failed Me Again

Another night at work, another zombie flick on the screen.  My husband shares his Netflix account with me, and anyone who knows us both can tell which movies were chosen by each of us.  He tends to favor Asian fight flicks and any other action movies, and I can't pull myself away from anything zombie or foreign.  In any event, it's time to thin the queue.

Tonight, I'm watching Rise of the Zombies, which features Danny Trejo on the movie poster.  Shame on Netflix!  I'm almost done with this movie, and I have been able to follow along with it, despite pausing it for calls and half watching while I enter tickets into the computer.  What I'm trying to say is that start power from Danny Trejo, Mariel Hemingway, and LeVar Burton can't save this film.  It's a non-descript zombie shooter that is more like a film adaptation of Left 4 Dead than an actual movie.  Any moments that could possibly be suspenseful or sad are ruined by a soundtrack that has been nothing but …

So Bad, I HAD to Review It

I'm sitting in my office at work, pulling the graveyard shift for the credit card processing company I work for.  I'm loving my new job as a support technician - and loving the hours more!  There haven't been any calls in about two hours, so I've been catching up on my reviews and watching shows on my husband's Netflix account.  Even though I'm the only person in the office and it can get spooky, I still can't stop watching horror movies!

Tonight, I wanted to look for something different.  I didn't want to watch the same movies that I've already seen.  With a thunderstorm coming in, I would have preferred HBO's classic show Tales From the Crypt (which aired during my childhood - and scared me witless!), but alas, I left my DVDs at home.  While looking through the queue, I came across Hypothermia, starring Michael Rooker.  Some of you most likely know Rooker from AMC's The Walking Dead, where he plays Merle Dixon, brother of Daryl Dixon (playe…

An Anti-Hero for the Ages

Eloise J. Knapp delivers a new kind of zombie apocalypse survivor in "The Undead Situation".  Whereas most authors strive to deliver a likeable hero in their books, someone who survives by their wit and their negotiation skills, Knapp brings us someone totally different.  One might say he is the antithesis of Rick Grimes (from The Walking Dead).  Where Grimes is guided by his principals, and propelled to protect those around him, Sinclair isn't burdened by anything other than his need to protect himself.  And his pet ferret, of course.  And the idea that there is a finite amount of candy now available.

Sinclair spends the whole of the book avoiding other people, eating candy, and hanging out with his pet ferret.  It doesn't exactly sound like a compelling read, but trust me, it's worth every penny you'll pay for it - and more.  Knapp is an amazing author.  She takes you right into Sinclair's mind - and what a ride that is!  I never thought I would root so …

The End of the Sparkly Vampire

Jack Hamlyn has officially returned the vampire to it's rightful place in horror.  The tyranny of the sparkly vampire has come to an end.  Hamlyn's new tale, Vampirus, goes back to the roots of the creature.  His vampires don't drive stylish cars and make friends with the local mortals.  They die in delirious agony, and come back for their loved ones at night.  They come to the windows, speaking lovingly, all the while scratching at the windows with their clawed hands.  Hamlyn's vampires are disease vectors, who use bites to spread it others.

I couldn't put this book down.  It was almost too much to bear - watching one man struggle nightly against the reanimated body of his wife and daughter.  Hamlyn kept the story moving along at a brisk pace, which is not an easy feat considering during the majority of the book, the protagonist was searching for his vampire family.  Hamlyn created the perfect antagonist as well.  He took a community member, dear to the protagonist…

She's a doozy!

If you're a fan of horror, and you like to venture into unknown territory, I highly recommend a little gem from Severed Press.  It's by an author named Luke Keioskie, whom you might remember as the author of Dead America.  Keioskie's newest tale is Her, A Horror Story, currently available for Kindle, and at it's current price, you're all but stealing from both the author and the publishing company.  It's a fairly fast read, propelled by the interesting characters and more twists and turns than a backwoods road.

Our literary femme fatale, Serenity, is anything but a by-the-book terror.  She's a chameleon - reading your deepest desires and fashioning herself in their likeness.  Then, she'll stalk you, captivate you, manipulate, and finally destroy you.

The story begins with Serenity walking down a road with her suitcase.  A passing driver picks her up and offers to take her to town.  Serenity accepts - it just so happens she has family in the next town.  Li…