The Walking Dead, Season 7, Episode 1

Did the graphic violence in the premiere of season 7 of The Walking Dead go beyond the pale?  To my mind, the head bashing seemed to go on a tad too long.  I don’t know if we needed to see the endless pounding of the victim’s head into a bloody pulp.  How many times did the leather-jacketed Jeffrey Dean Morgan have to pummel the guy’s head with a bat wrapped in barbed wire to prove what a heel he is?  On the other hand, nobody can deny this episode was one of the most powerful and gripping ever shown on the series.

Even while heads were being pulverized into red paste and eyes were popping out of smashed heads (“Doesn’t that hurt?”), I needed to keep watching, transfixed by the gore. For the most part, it wasn’t violence for the sake of violence.  It seemed rooted into the story and revealed the villain’s brutal character.  I’m of two minds.  I believe the show worked.  However, the graphic violence probably went on a little longer than necessary.

The Walking Dead is back

The Walking Dead struck with a vengeance Sunday night in a blood-drenched episode that bodes well for an exciting season of zombie mayhem.  The opening scene that starts out like a scene in an abattoir is a corker and had me writhing in my seat.  Bloody good.  A franchise that still has legs.

Hollywood Gets It Wrong–Again

So what else is new?  The Emmys snubbed “The Walking Dead,” granting them no nominations.  It just goes to show zombies get no respect in Tinsel Town.  This is one of the most popular shows on TVs, in fact it’s number one with the coveted 18-to-49-year-old bracket, and it gets shut out by the Emmys.  Who are these people who vote for these awards?  Do they resemble the rest of us?  Or do they live in hermetically sealed palaces in Bel Air and Beverly Hills?  Can’t they recognize a good show when they see it?  Or does it have to bite them?  I’ve got news for the Emmys:  zombies have teeth.

New Cover for the “Zombie Necropolis” Audiobook

Here’s the first look at the new cover for Bryan Cassiday’s audiobook version of Zombie Necropolis. The audiobook will be available in the summer.

“Kill Ratio” Zombie Book Cover

Here’s a sneak preview of the book cover for Bryan Cassiday’s newest Chad Halverson zombie apocalypse book Kill Ratio.  Kill Ratio is due to be released on July 9, 2013.

Available for preorder at Amazon.


5-star Review on Amazon for Sanctuary in Steel

“Excellent book!  This book is very well-written and engaging.  The story is unique within the zombie genre.”–Emily

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Iain McKinnon Praises “Sanctuary in Steel”

Sanctuary in Steel made me feel like I did the first time I watched Romero.  Fresh, exciting and engaging like any outbreak story should be.”–Iain McKinnon, author of Domain of the Dead

Sanctuary in Steel is now available at Amazon.

Zombies vs. Vampires

Which are scarier—zombies or vampires?

It used to be that vampires were scarier than zombies—back when Dracula and Nosferatu ruled the roost of vampires.  But vampires have become so romanticized what with such movies as Interview with the Vampire and Twilight that the creatures have been leeched of their fiendishness and nowadays are avatars of eroticism rather than of evil.

Gone are the days of Nosferatu, the ugliest and creepiest vampire of them all as Max Schreck portrayed him in F. W. Murnau’s eponymous 1922 German film, and of Dracula, the vampire with the evil eye as Bela Lugosi realized him in Hollywood.

Whereas Hollywood once envisioned the vampire as the maleficent, bug-eyed Bela Lugosi (in Dracula) with an eldritch Balkan accent, it kept reinventing the creature of the night.  Along came Tom Cruise as the ashen-faced romantic fop of a vampire in Interview with a Vampire and then Robert Pattinson as the frail, anemic vampire in the Twilight series.  These modern vampires aren’t scary by half.  In fact, their victims actually lust for these creatures to bite them!

Justin Cronin tried to juice up the vampire’s fear factor when he penned his horror novel The Passage.  Eschewing the term vampire because of its modern evocation of the words erotic and romantic, he called his vampires virals and made them hideous to behold and bloodcurdling in their assaults on humanity.

The fact is, though, that Cronin’s creatures aren’t really vampires.  Cronin himself cringes when the term vampire is used to describe his evil man-made creatures.  These days, no horror writer worth his salt wants to write about vampires if his goal is to stoke fear in his readers.  On the other hand, it is romance writers who employ vampires, and it is not to generate fear but to generate eros.

Enter the zombie.

The zombie is the walking dead.  It is an ugly, reeking, decomposing slab of dead flesh that walks the land day and night feeding on living human beings.  There is nothing romantic about this ghoul.  It is a filthy, disease-riddled creature that fills people with equal parts fear and disgust.  These creatures resemble the original film image of the vampire as Nosferatu more than they do Ann Rice’s Lestat.

Could anyone actually be turned on by the flesh-eating, lurching walking corpses in George Romero’s zombie classic Night of the Living Dead?  Unlike modern vampires, zombies instill only one feeling in people—that of horror.  Young women may lust to have their throats bitten by vampires in the guise of Robert Pattinson, but no young women alive (unless she’s suicidal) is dying to get bitten by zombies played by unrecognizable Hollywood extras with putrescent faces and ragged clothes and bites that will rip their bodies to shreds.

Who’s scarier in this day and age?  It’s not even close.  Hands down, it’s zombies over vampires.


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