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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

REVIEW: Murdered by James Schannep

Andy Ross




MURDERED: A Click Your Poison Book by James Schannep
Law & Order: Choose Your Own Adventure Unit

In MURDERED, the latest "Click Your Poision" title from James Schannep, you are cast as a vacationer in Rio during Carnivale. As your bad luck would have it, you stumble upon a dead body, an abandoned gun, and a choice. The choice you make will start your adventure into the world of solving crimes in Rio, or it could possibly get you killed. With 3 unique storylines and 50 possible endings you never quite know what your fate will be.

I was a huge fan of the last "Click Your Poison" title, Infected. While MURDERED is free from the living dead, the tale is just as suspenseful and mind taxing as ever. There is apparently something broken in my brain since no matter how much I try to look at things from a different angle I find myself at the same (mostly positive) ending. I can't help but think that I am missing just one little thing that will get me to the best possible ending, and that is what keeps me going back to the book.

The story is fastpaced while requiring you to pay attention to the details so you can make educated decisions when the time comes. Remember, there is no going back once your choice is made (which is why I love this type of story in an ebook format) so you must ride it out to the end! Make smart choices as one wrong move could mean your untimely demise. I highly recommend this book, and if you missed it go pick up Infected as well!

Walt Disney would be proud of these zombie-slayers !

Matt Boiselle



          Who ever said that the beauty and grandeur that is Disney is only limited to the happiest tales, complete with cutesy-pie animals and dulcet-toned melodies ? If you look at it from an apocalyptic standpoint, EVERYONE will potentially be affected when that fateful day comes and all people, near and far, will be faced with the prospect of the true do-or-die survivalist mentality....and we do need some solid heroes to protect us all.....and that's where Walt's crew comes stormin' in.


                                

     If some of the characters in these pictures seem awfully familiar to you, then you're not alone - credited to DeviantArtist Kasami-Sensei, some of Disney's most beloved and iconic figures have undergone a transformation of sorts - bypassing the contented & mirthful psyche that has cemented their place in animation lore, and toughening their outer shells to that of a hardened band of doomsday protectors. Buzz Lightyear, Woody & Jesse from the Toy Story series certainly have lost that gleeful plaything-chest demeanor, now sporting the 1000-yard stare as they ready themselves to dole out some zombie-bashing justice.



    Who could forget adorable little Ariel and her true love Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid ?.....well, innocence is gone, Jack - the little girl who lived "under the sea" and just wanted to be "part of your world" frankly looks a little sick of the world she opted to grow feet for, and she now is firmly planting those tootsies in the ass of any slobbering skin-chewer that happens to stumble her way....I gotta admit, I like this Ariel MUCH MORE.



   Even Princess Tiana, much like Mulan, has taken on the Michonne-clone-style katana killer look, and I'm diggin it - NO MORE HAPPY SONGS FOR THESE SOVEREIGNS !!




  Finally, fresh off their historical box-office slaughtering, we have Anna & Elsa from Frozen - these two icy popsicles have ditched the snowy landscape from whence they came, and have opted to brave the hell-fire of the apocalypse to dispatch some chilly chastening to those long departed from this earth. You can view the remainder of this killer gallery (and there are A LOT more pics) by hitting the link below, and prepare to kiss the sweet images of your youth GOODBYE, for this is war upon the undead, NOT A FRIGGIN SING-A-LONG !

 http://kasami-sensei.deviantart.com/gallery/


Monday, March 24, 2014

A new brew to wake the dead ? I "kid" you not - read on !!

Matt Boiselle

    



        There is nothing like cracking open a cold one and relaxing after a long day, whether it be the stress of your job getting you down, or maybe you just happen to be one of those "suds connoisseurs" that needs to search high & low for that ultimate blend of barley & hops that sets your taste buds ablaze, and gives you that eased-back feeling.....or do you need to quaff down a pint or two after slaying some decayed dead-risers ?

   Look no further lager-lovers, because if it's a different brew that your hunting for, then feast your beer-goggles on Philadelphia's Dock Street Brewing Walker Beer - it's a delicious (I'm only saying that because I haven't tried it yet) mix of malted wheat, barley & flaked oats infused with a refreshing hint of cranberries and smoked goat brains.......I DID NOT MISS TYPE.....SMOKED GOAT BRAINS round out the collection of ingredients that will surely provide one of the most unique tastes of chill that you've ever pitched down your gullet. "Dock Street Walker" comes packing a 7.2% ABV that after a few, will have you shuffling and shambling along like one of the undead.

   The beer itself will debut on March 30th, just in time for the season 4 finale of The Walking Dead - and who knows, maybe the happy-go-lucky, all-too-hospitable heads of "Terminus" will serve this grog at their first official group meal. In closing, we all love the beers that after a few chugs, make you say "aaaaaahhh", but could you potentially down a bottle of the pale ale that will make you go "BAAAAAHHHH" ? 



                  
      

Friday, January 10, 2014

REVIEW: Little Star by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Andy Ross

Little Star is the story of a girl who was left for dead, raised in secret, and is found to have a mysterious affinity for music. It is also the story of a misfit girl who was social outcast looking for her place in the world. These two girls would come together and form a bond so powerful and terrifying that you will shudder as you read their story.

Lindqvist has spun a tale of love, fear, death, and ABBA that is extremely difficult to put down. A story of two girls raised under entirely different circumstances being drawn together by a reality television singing competition and a poetry forum on the Internet hardly seems like the plot for a horror story. But it is...it really is. While this isn't a zombie novel, there are definitely enough gruesome happenings and gory details that will make it feel right at home in a horror fan's library. Comparisons to Stephen King are easily noticeable. Lindqvist's writing style is very similar to King and King's son (Joe Hill), and that is just fine by me. The story flowed very well and I had a hard time putting the book down.

Little Star is highly recommended for horror fans in general, and moreso for King/Hill fans. Fans of zombie fiction may also want to pick this up if they want to take a break from stories about the walking dead. This is an enjoyable, easy to read modern horror tale.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead trailer - Feast on it !!

Matt Boiselle

   
      
         Following up on the insanely popular "Dead Snow" from 2009, Director Tommy Wirkola returns to paint the snow crimson with "Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead", coming this February, and if it's at all possible to shower the viewers with even more blood....well then CONSIDER IT DONE.

  The recently-released teaser trailer focuses on the lone survivor from the last movie, Martin (remember the poor bastard who not only watched his best friends get systematically mutilated by undead Nazi soldiers, but then mistakenly took out his own girlfriend with an axe....and THEN resorted to lopping off his own arm with a chainsaw ?).....yeah....he's back..and he won't be getting much rest in this movie EITHER. The film picks up immediately following the conclusion of the first, and it doesn't look as if Martin's luck has changed....but enough rambling on from me, what are you waiting for ?? Hit that play button NOW and get ready for blood, blood....and more....Nazi zombies !! (You thought I was gonna say blood again, didn't ya ?)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Where Do We Get Those Wonderful Toys....

Tom "The Cleaver" Sievers

           Said in The Immortal words of Jack Nicholson's Joker. Well now you too can get yourself some of the toys we ourselves get here a ZombiesandToys.com.

          What kind of toys? How about some Exclusive Walking Dead minfigs from Octobertoys.com.  These are are not the TV Show The Walking Dead, but the Comic Book The Walking Dead character designs.
October Toys is selling an exclusive 3 pack of Minifgs that include 1. Rick & Walker, 2. Carl & Walker, 3.Neegan and Walker. 
          
        Yes. Neegan!! The most sadistic baddie yet in The Walking Dead Literature.

              
              You can see some detailed work on the characters. I especially would like to point out the images on the charater cards and packaging the figures come in. What's better is you, yourself don't have to give an arm and a leg to get them for yourself the entire 3-pack will run you $33. All you have to do is follow the Road to WalkingDeadville.
                     
                Click the ole' linky-link right here.---->Walking Dead Minifig 3-pack<-----

             You can actually get another color by heading over to e-bay and look for the SDCC (San Diego Comic Con) Exclusive Glow-in-the-Dark Minfigs. You can get your hands on much, much more from October Toys own website browse around and find the toy your looking for.

So head over to OctoberToys.com, check out their Store and grow your collection of Un-Dead.


Until next time Fiends...STAY AWAY FROM YOUR WINDOWS.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

REVIEW: Dying Is My Business by Nicholas Kaufmann

Todd Jepperson


Title: Dying is my Business
Author: Nicholas Kaufmann
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (October 8, 2013)
ISBN: 978-1250036100
Price: $12.60


“It’s not as easy as it looks to come back from the dead.”

What would you do if you couldn’t remember anything beyond one year ago? What if you also had a strange inability to die? You know this, because you have died—exactly nine times in that last year—and come right back to life. Well, if you’re Trent… well, just Trent.. Then you don’t have a last name, because that’s something that would tell you a little about where you came from. You’d also find a place among New York’s underbelly, moonlighting as the “good dog” of the crime boss known only as “Underwood.”  You work for this scum bag, because he promises to tell you who you are and why you can’t remember anything from your life before you met him. However, when you accidentally freak out in the middle of a job over a werewolf and a couple of gargoyles and accidentally save the life of your target, things start to get ugly.

I’d like to introduce you to my friend Trent. The first thing you’ve gotta know about Trent is that he’s a badass. No, not in the “I drive a humvee and wear my sunglasses indoors” kind of way, but the strong, silent way that a Great White Shark or an African Rhinoceros is a badass. Trent lets his actions do his talking. He’s constantly being consumed by the questions inside him and everything else just pisses him off. Oh yeah, also, he can’t sleep. Like, at all. So, instead he stays up all night brooding over black-and-white movies and a terrible book he found in the rain, which makes him progressively more badass as time goes on.

In the middle of one of his jobs, he sees a couple of “men in trench coats” who turn out to be freaking gargoyles attacking a five-foot-nothing chick with pointed ears. He pulls his gun and throws a few rounds at one of the things before he realizes that it's completely ineffective. In the middle of a skiff with one of the ugly things, Trent picks up a magical staff with a mummified fist at one end, and cracks off a home run. This begins his journey on to Underwood’s bad side and into a world full of everything you could only imagine. New York City is not the little ray of sunshine it seems to be after all. In Dying Is My Business, Kaufmann has filled it with vampires, werewolves, zombies, sorcery, dragons, and all kinds of other things that piss Trent off.

Dying Is My Business is, admittedly, my first rodeo with Urban Fantasy, but I think if you’re gonna do anything, you’ve gotta go all in. This entire novel takes place over the course of just a few days, but it’s jam-packed with explosions, gun fights, gigantic monsters, and even a little dash of godlike power in case you were wondering. However, that’s just the surface level. Kaufmann has created a seriously complex and interesting character to follow through it all in Trent, and has surrounded him with a supporting cast of moody, counter-culture anti-heroes who make this one of the best books I've ever enjoyed.
Sure, it has its flaws. For example, Phillip, the novel’s vampire, is a pretty convincing photocopy of BLADE, complete with head-to-toe black and shades. I dig everything about Phillip, but I gotta speak the truth. Also, the book moves so fast that it almost forgets to wrap up a couple of questions that are introduced along the way. However, this is just the first in what I hope is a long, long series which should wrap all of those ends up nicely.

In short, Dying Is My Business will grab you by the throat and throw you headlong into a version of New York City you never knew existed.  I hope you don’t like sleep, because this is one book you won’t be putting down until you've finished it. Even then, you’ll be sitting there wondering where your life leads now that it's over. Pick up your copy of Nicholas Kaufmann’s Dying Is My Business from Amazon, Overstock, Wal-mart, Powell’s Books, Books-A-Million, IndieBound, Barnes&Noble, or pretty much anywhere books are sold. If you’re still reading this, you’re not reading Dying Is My Business. Do yourself a favor, and go get your copy now.