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  • The Walking Dead First Season Finale

    Well, the sixth and final installment in the first season of The Walking Dead aired last night on AMC, and I have the task of telling you, my glorious and sexy readers, how it was. Without giving to much away, I will say that I really enjoyed what the doctor left at the CDC had to show Grimey and the rest, and that the episode was compelling at times.
    However, and I can’t stress this enough, for a show about zombies The Walking Dead is woefully lacking in the walker department. Now, I’ve read the comic, and I know that they often go for a long time without showing zombies in the book. But, this is a show. It obviously doesn’t go exactly as the comic did, and I wouldn’t expect it too, as comics and television are very different mediums. Yet, I allow a lack of zombie in the comic, where as a lack of zombie in the show seems out of place.
    It was exciting, but I couldn’t help feeling that the finale was kind of a The Stand knock off. If you’ve seen the TV mini series Mick Garris did of The Stand, you will obviously see why I think as such.
    So, to reflect on the first season as a whole, I think it was bearable, but could have been much better. Hopefully they get into the swing of things in the second season. Its certainly not a bad show, it just isn’t anything amazing just yet. But, plenty of shows take time to work out the kinks, so I’ll wait and reserve judgement on the show, until we’re into the second season next year.
    On a final note, I’m sure I’m not the first to say this, but I’m sick as fuck of zombies. I’ve never been huge into them in the first place, and I’m even less into them now that they seem to be shoved down our collective throats from every possible angle. I always preferred vampires to zombies, and even now with the bastardization of the vampire that is occuring everywhere, I still prefer them. Its a simple reason, vampires are scarier to me, because they are smarter. Zombies always seemed like a horde of retarded people, only difference being the dead thing. Vampires, on the other hand, are cunning, and often can fly, change shape, or have super strength. Zombies are dead and rotting away, and are stupid.
    Likewise, I get it, people often use zombies as a stand in for humans. I’ve never understood this. Why not just have humans as a stand in for humans. To me, the thought of a crowd of reasoning, alive people is far more terrifying then the thought of dead, dumb as hell shells chasing after me.
    Finally, vampires have a seductive quality, not to be found in zombies. Vampires can pass for humans, where as zombies can not. I prefer to watch hordes of people infected by a disease that makes them crazy, a la 28 Days Later, or the Haters in David Moody’s aptly named book, Hater, and its sequel, Dog Blood.
    Anyway, if you’re a fan of zombies, you should check out The Walking Dead’s first season. Its definitely one of the best, if not the best horror show on television right now. Not that that’s saying a lot.


  • Haters Gonna Hate, Dog Blood Review

    For those not in the know, back in 2006 a man name David Moody self published a book known simply as Hater. The fact that it was a book published by a man with the last name of Moody, and the title was a term for an emotional person, is interesting enough. It gave me a little bit of a giggle. But, Hater is far from funny, and it isn’t about jealous people in the rap game, despite what some of you might have thought. It is a paranoia laced view of the overthrow of humanity by a sudden outbreak of extreme hatred and violence, that infects a large percentage of the population.
    It’s told from the perspective of Danny McCoyne, an average Joe type who
    WARNING SPOILER ALERT AHEAD!

    … ends the novel having become a Hater. This means that he has an urge to kill those who are not Haters like himself. Hater ends with Danny being separated from his family, and his little girl Ellis, who is also a Hater.
    And so Dog Blood begins, occurring a few months after the events of Hater. Danny is still telling you what happens, in a style that really draws you into the narrative. One of my favorite aspects of the Hater series is its immersive quality. In the more action packed pages, it’s almost reminiscent of playing a video game, except without the annoyance of having to button mash. Danny’s views are interspersed with a few chapters from the perspective of an Unchanged man named Mark, the Unchanged being what the non-Haters left alive are called. Danny is looking for his daughter Ellis, and Mark is simply trying to stay alive, doing what the military that protects him tells him to do, and scrounging for food.
    I don’t want to give too much of this book away; I don’t really like spoiling things for people. Unless you haven’t read Hater yet, in which case I’m sorry, it was unavoidable. All spoiling aside, this novel is short, around three hundred pages, and packs quite a punch to it. The pacing is great, and the world described after the outbreak of the Hate is phenomenal. Everywhere, things are falling apart, and the major city centers are the last respite for the Unchanged to stay in, for fear of being ripped to shreds by the Haters, who are everywhere else.
    Moody’s approach to the end of the world via emotional plague is a wild ride, of death, dillapidation, and the constant questioning of what seperates those who kill, from those who do not. By the end of the novel, the reader isn’t sure where the hell things can possibly go, which makes it all the more exciting that another novel in the series is coming.
    If you’re in the mood for a dystopian future of Hate and destruction, read Dog Blood, but for fuck’s sake, read Hater first so you know what the hell’s going on!
    David Moody is a name you’re sure to be hearing more of in the future. More than likely you’ll see his name connected to quality, apocalyptic writing. It’s refreshing to read, in a world of overdone cliche monster books, a new beast that isn’t vastly different from you or I, save for the Hate.


  • Horrific Dissapointments

    The new Pinhead was anounced today, and he, well, he isn’t fucking Doug Bradley, and he looks like a big dumb oaf if I was to be honest about it. I’ve never seen the actor in anything, but I highly doubt he will be able to fill the shoes of such a great talent as Bradley.
    I’m depressed about the state of horror nowadays. Everywhere I turn, all I see are dissapointments.
    It seems that the only hope, is the independents, a small percentage of the current Hollywood genre attempts, or, the foreign horror films.
    Maybe I just want too much from my scary movies, like, to actually be scared. My Soul to Take looks abysmal, and The Ward doesn’t sound like its going to be any better. Don’t even get me started on Argento. The Third Mother was one of the worst damn movies I’ve ever seen, and I don’t know if I have the resolve to sit through Giallo.
    At least Dog Blood by David Moody is delivering the goods. I have that be thankful for. I’ve read a number of genre books, by authors who will remain nameless, which didn’t even leave me with any type of impression. They just washed over me like the tide, and when I was done with them, all memory of their plot and characters went as well.
    Please, Clive Barker, can you finish a book, so I can actually be scared again? Or, maybe Stephen King could go back to writing scary tales, instead of flat out dramas. Maybe that’s too much to ask.
    I need a drink.