I must admit that given the prevalence of zombie literature out there I can get a bit fed up with the whole walking dead thing. Whether, as Coleridge put it, ‘they groaned, they stirred, they all uprose…’ they’d better do so in a manner of story that isn’t boring, and leaves me wanting to provide them with a cranial drill, a drinking-straw and simply let them have at my frontal cortex.
In a way Tim Waggoner’s Dark War, starring ‘self-willed’ zombie Matt Richter, is something of a tonic for folks like me. It’s tongue-in-cheek enough to overlook the otherwise single-eyebrow raising moments, fresh enough to revitalise areas that might be seen as clichÃ©d, and Waggoner’s writing is strong enough to drag you from one scene to the next without dishevelment. That it’s also far from being a ‘zombie book’ is also relief indeed. Click here to read more.. »
We’ve all got our own guilty indulgences. Be it that certain bar of chocolate, that possibly expensive bottle of wine, maybe even a favourite cigar – Monte Cristo No. 2 anyone? TV-wise, for me it’s the show Supernatural. I am something of a regular viewer. My wife humorously tolerates my fan-boy attitude to what I consider one of the coolest shows on the small-screen and watches bemused as I sing the virtues of the show, and cheer on as Sam and Dean kick-ass on some demons, ghosts and other things-that-go-bump-in-the-night.
You see, I think Supernatural is awesome. It’s like the only horror-action TV of any worth that’s been on TV for a few years. On the serious-horror front it’s a step-up from Buffy, with some epic story arcs and kick-ass hi-jinks. Alongside high-end production values it’s also got its tongue-in-cheek moments and, as with Whedon’s show, it has a production team who seem to care deeply about it. There’s often also a thumping rock and roll accompaniment to the goings on. Win-win, right? Click here to read more.. »
This is the eagerly anticipated sequel to the strong opener in The Strain trilogy of books written by Hollywood uber-director Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, author of Prince of Thieves (that novel adapted into recently released and highly rated Ben Affleck directed film The Town).
With such a good start to the series it was clear the heavyweight contenders behind its creation are more than appropriately tooled to deliverÂ the goods, as they did with The Strain. Were they able to continue the strong pace of that horror-cum-apocalyptic entree? Read on to find out (warning: spoilers for The Strain contained in remainder of review, including next paragraph). Click here to read more.. »