Bryan Cassiday’s collection of his zombie horror stories The Bus Stops Here–and Other Zombie Tales is now free on Kindle. This holiday special can’t last long.
I: What do you want to accomplish as a writer? BC: I want to take you out of your comfort zone. You know that commercial where the advertiser wants you to be comfortable in your own skin? Well, I don’t want you to be comfortable in your own skin. I want you to squirm.
George Romero is dead. He pretty much invented the zombie grindhouse flick with his Night of the Living Dead. The modern zombie story wouldn’t be thriving today without Romero.
Zombies were lumbering oafs in the movies like in White Zombie before Night of the Living Dead came along. Essentially harmless unless commanded to do evil by someone like Bela Lugosi, they lumbered around with dead eyes. They lumbered around in Night of the Living Dead too, with one important difference–they had developed a taste for living flesh, especially the human kind. But they weren’t picky; they ate living bugs, as well.
Their evolution into flesh eaters made them the horrifying creature that they are today in movies and books.
Save 50% on Amazon Kindle on July 10 on Bryan Cassiday’s horror epic Zombie Apocalypse: The Chad Halverson Series. Will Chad Halverson survive long enough to find out what the government is hiding about the zombie apocalypse?
Bryan Cassiday’s horror story “Boxed” is included in the new anthology Shadows and Teeth Volume Two. Don’t miss it.
Prepare for extreme horror. This unique collection of ten stories features a range of international talent: award-winning authors, masters of horror, rising stars, and fresh new voices in the genre. Take care as you reach into these dark places, for the things here bite, and you may withdraw a hand short of a few fingers.
In “Boxed,” a group of strangers trapped in an elevator run short of time and bullets as they attempt to discover who among them is infected with a deadly plague.
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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.