The Bus Stops Here and Other Zombie Tales

We just wrapped on the production of the audiobook version of The Bus Stops Here and Other Zombie Tales.  It was submitted to quality control and should be available in the near future at Amazon.  These are terrifying stories from the apocalypse, sure to send tingles down your spine.

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Unsane by Steven Soderbergh

I have mixed feelings about Steven Soderbergh’s latest thriller Unsane.  I liked the way he worked his trademark indictment of the health insurance industry into the film’s story, which made it seem more realistic.  On the other hand, the whole movie was shot on an iPhone, and the results are a blurry, dreary movie, especially when the scenes are shot inside the insane asylum.  Everything seems to fade into the background.  I found the movie suspenseful, but not scary.

It turns out to be an unpleasant movie about an unpleasant woman who is being stalked, or is she losing her mind?  Whatever’s happening to her, she isn’t sympathetic thanks to her offensive personality.

Maybe if Soderbergh uses a newer-model iPhone next time, his movie won’t look so blurry.

Soderbergh is a good match for horror movies, because he has a realistic approach to them, which makes them more believable.

I’ll recommend Unsane, but with reservations.

Night of the Living Dead on Criterion

Is the new Criterion Blu-ray edition of George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead worth purchasing? I’m of two minds on this question. Part of the eerie charm of the original edition is its low budget–its grainy black-and-white film, cheap sets, tinny music, and actors nobody ever heard of.
 
The Criterion edition attempts to enhance the cheap black-and-white print with Blu-ray technology. But do we really want it enhanced? Doesn’t enhancement take away part of the sinister charm of the grungy original?
 
On the other hand, it’s good to see that the movie is getting the attention it deserves from its groundbreaking reenvisioning of the zombie as a flesh-eating creature that feeds on living humans. Before this movie, zombies lumbered around with their eyes bugging out of their heads, looking spooky, but they were harmless. They were the walking dead without a bloodthirsty appetite, as in Bela Lugosi’s White Zombie.
 
Then along came George Romero and the invention of the modern zombie in Night of the Living Dead. And the zombie was forever changed. It has now become identified as the monster that is the most terrifying threat to humanity, much more terrifying than vampires and werewolves.

New Collection of Horror Stories by Bryan Cassiday due in March

Bryan Cassiday has a collection of his new horror stories being published in March.  The stories revolve around an insane asylum and the murderers and madmen who populate it, as well as the doctors who treat them.

Halloween Treat

Halloween is almost here.  This is the perfect time of the year to buy a zombie boxed set–like Zombie Apocalypse:  The Chad Halverson Series available on Kindle.

T S Elliot had it wrong.  This is the way the world ends . . . not with a whimper but a bang as gangs of bloodthirsty zombies run amok, decimating humanity.