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I’m in Love With a Zombie

I finally got round to seeing Warm Bodies this weekend and I was pleasantly surprised. Nicholas Hoult is a good actor…at times, sometimes I think his acting skills aren’t the best (the kissing scene in Warm Bodies is a prime example) but other times he surprises me with brilliant acting (Skins is an example of this). Despite […]

Vampires, and Werewolves, and Zombies….Oh, my!

With the release of World War Z, the new Brad Pitt zombie film, and the plethora of similarly themed movies in recent years, it got me to thinking about our fascination with the different types of undead and supernatural. Just look at the numbers. The Twilight series was immensely popular in print and in the […]

ASM Blog Horde Interview with Matt Mitrovich

Welcome to the Amazing Stories BLOG HORDE INTERVIEWS! The ASM Blog Horde is a diverse and wonderful species. I have the privilege of talking with all of them, and I get to share those chats with you. In this long-running series, you will have the opportunity to peek inside the minds of the ASM bloggers to […]

The Science and Engineering Applications of Zombies

I just watched World War Z last week, and it was not my first zombie movie of the year. It probably will not be my last. Zombies are the new vampire. They’re everywhere in every permutation, and show no signs of slowing. In fact, they seem to be getting faster these days. If you don’t […]

What Dreams May Come…

Richard Matheson passed away on Sunday. By this time many have given their thoughts and feelings on Matheson’s body of work so I am inevitably going to re-hash what has been stated elsewhere by writers who are far more eloquent and learned than I am. I just wanted to jot down a few of my […]

Review: World War Z

World War Z should really be called ‘The Movie About Globetrotting Around a Zombie-Infested Planet’ as it has little to do with the beloved Max Brooks novel. In fact, the best thing about the matinee performance I went to on Saturday, was a trailer for the BBC series Luther. Oh and one tine plot point towards […]

Shaun of the Dead

Brad Pitt’s $200 million dollar zombie extravaganza World War Z just opened, and despite the reported problems  producer Pitt had getting the film made, including extensive rewrites and shooting of several additional scenes after test screenings, the reviews indicate it’s not the total disaster that everyone expected. Not sure if I’ll drag myself to the theater to […]

Walk like a Zombie

Zombies are strange characters. Their current popularity is a bit of a mystery to me. I guess I’m one of the few who doesn’t “get” the attraction of the re-animated corpse. As an artist they are problematic as well. Drawing or painting an ambulatory mangled corpse is not an assignment that I truly relish. Watching […]

A Commissioning Editor Speaks: David Moore of Abaddon Books

Britain’s Abaddon Books is a seething brew of villainous steampunk, sleek spaceships, cruel sorcery, and blood-soaked horror. I tracked their commissioning editor David Moore down to his lair, where I forced him to unravel a cracked and crumbling papyrus to reveal an ancient secret: what does a commissioning editor do all day? Thanks for speaking to Amazing […]

MCM Expo (Comic-Con) Part Deux

I was recently in London – less than a week ago to be exact – and had the great pleasure of once again attending another MCM Expo at the Excel Centre in east London. It was amazing! The figures have not been released on attendance yet, but this was my fifth time at the Expo, […]

World War Z: The Complete Edition Review

Being visually impaired, I love audiobooks and one of the first ones I listened to via Audible was the abridged version of World War Z, Max Brooks’ oral history of the zombie war. I loved the book and I loved the full-cast recording even more but one thing bugged me: the recording was abridged and […]

REVIEW: Dead Island- Riptide

(Review copy played on the Xbox 360 console, mileage may vary) There was one game that came out in 2012 that I played far more than any other. FAR more. Dead Island. And now it has a sequel! If you haven’t checked it out, the Dead Island franchise (I can call it that now) is […]

Review: Zombie Jesus and Other True Stories

Horror and alternate history are difficult genres to mash up. You just don’t see them together very often and despite my firm belief in the adaptability of alternate history, it is rare when you see an author effectively combine horror and alternate history tropes into a compelling read. When it is usually tried we are […]

Zombies, Nazis, and the Spear of Destiny

The Spear of Destiny Jason E. Thummel paperback $12.95 ebook $2.99 Kindle Nook Smashwords Jason E. Thummel is the author of a number of well received heroic fantasy short stories (many collected in the book In Savage Lands). I’d read several of them, so when the opportunity to review his first novel came along, I […]

The Pros and Cons of Comicon

It is the day before the first day of spring. As I sit in my office chair, working at my computer, the giant snow thrower passes by and deposits a massive blast of snow onto my window making me jerk around at the sound it makes. So much for springtime in Fargo. I contemplate having […]

We Can Hear You Scream: An Overview of SF/Horror Literature

The fear of the dark, the unknown, the monster standing right behind you ready to tear you limb from limb…is part of the human condition. Since the dawn of civilization we have been terrified by creatures we can neither comprehend or defend against. Even as the mysteries of the universe unfold before us thanks to […]

Ora Pro Nobis. The Zombies Are Coming

Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world on February 11th by announcing his abdication. In related news on your Amazing Stories channel, the zombie apocalypse is coming. Even Snooki agrees! “One day, I know that the world is going to end with zombies.”

The Fuzzy Line Between Science Fiction and Fantasy

Pull the blinds and turn off the phone, it’s time to head to the Game Room and lock in on some hardcore meta-gaming action.  In the Game Room we will explore the world of gaming in all its many incarnations, while lingering over that corner of the meta-verse where games and literature converge.  Bust out […]

Dynamo – Unsuccessful Wooing, Decrees from Rashmon & A Silent, Bearded Man

If there’s a recently popularized term that leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, it’s “webisodes.”  This demeaning and fun-sized determination of quality stems from the misconception of tacked-on extra content pumped out in the form of mediocre flash animation with a slim chance of the original creators’ involvement.  Basically, it makes me worried that […]

KIDS N ZOMBIES

When I was a little kid, three things terrified me. Bugs, Gargoyles, and Zombies. My fear of Gargoyles came from an early 70s movie of the same name. A scene where the people are driving in their car at night and a gargoyle lands on the roof and proceeds to peel it back like opening […]

Walking unto Death

I’ve never read The Walking Dead but I love the TV show and watch it religiously every Monday morning. Series one enthralled me because of the likeable characters who unfailingly seemed to die just as I’d figured out their names. It seemed through the first two and a half seasons that anyone bar Rick was […]

Resident Evil

There are some people who think that a movie based on a video game should automatically be considered mindless trash. Good science fiction movies, they say, should be based on loftier sources, such as the sacred texts of Bradbury, Dick, or Heinlein. Or on the holy scrolls handed down from the sanctified Temples of DC […]

The Rise of the Zombies

With zombie rom-com Warm Bodies opening to strong reviews and good box-office last week zombies have moved out of the horror ghetto into the PG13 friendly mainstream. This is a remarkable development, but what is going on? The modern zombie was first sighted in 1968, in George A. Romero’s now classic Night of the Living […]