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Discoredia by J.C. Michaels review

Author Joe Hill stated, “Horror was rooted in sympathy… in understanding what it would be like to suffer the worst,” and J.C. Michael knows the intricacies of how to make characters suffer.

As the year draws to a close a mysterious stranger makes a proposition to club owner, Warren Charlton. It’s a deal involving a brand new drug called Pandemonium.

The good news: the drug is free. The bad news: it comes at a heavy price, promising much but delivering far more.

J.C. Michael has written a well-crafted narrative of vivid imagery that will make you cringe. Discoredia by J.C. Michaels is disturbing, dark, twisted, depraved and violent. If you have ever thought about going to a rave party and doing drugs, you will never again entertain the thought after reading this book.

Running Home by Julie Hutchings review

When I was asked to read this book, I reluctantly agreed. Frankly, the whole vampire genre has been oversaturated and killed with too many novels geared towards the young adult market, like Vampire University, The Vampire Diaries, Twilight. The genre needs a stake driven through it’s lifeless heart and resurrected – and that is what Julie Hutchings has done with her novel Running Home.

This is not a book about brooding, misunderstood vampires with perfectly sculpted bodies and the woman that fall in love with them. This is a mixture of dark horror and the supernatural with an infusion of Japanese myth. It’s a book of twists and turns that at times you’ll scratch your head and say, ‘what the hell, didn’t see that coming.”

There are no stereotype vampires in Ms...

The Bell Witch by John F.D. Taff review

The story of the Bell Witch poltergeist has been around for nearly two hundred years, and there have been a handful of books written on the haunting, even one based on a manuscript written by Richard Powell, an eyewitness of the Bell Witch haunting. For those of you unfamiliar with the legend, it is the basis of the films An American Haunting (2006) and The Bell Witch Haunting (2004).

According to the legend, the first manifestation of “Old Kate” occurred in 1817, shortly after John Bell moved his family from North Carolina to the Red River community in Robertson County, Tennessee, when Bell encountered a strange animal in a cornfield on his large farm. Strange beating and gnawing noises outside, along with raining rocks on the roof, quickly followed this first contact...

The Walking Dead 10th Anniversary New York Comic Con 2013 Panel

Originally written and published on zombietraining.com on October 16, 2013.

Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard walked onto the main stage to the loud cheers of nearly 2,300 fans at the opening of The Walking Dead 10th Anniversary Panel at New York Comic Con 2013. They began Friday’s panel by launching immediately into discussing their newest 12-issue story arc titled All Out War.

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“We’re doing a lot of things to celebrate the 10th anniversary,” said Kirkman. “One cool thing we got going on is this new storyline called ‘All Out War’… Issue 115 came out on Wednesday (October 9)… We’re really excited about the fact that we’re sold out… we’ve also have had a pretty large print run on this one. We’ve sold over 352,000 copies of issue 115, which certainly took me by surprise...

Gangsters, Guns and Zombies review

(2012, UK)

A bank robbery gone bad has six criminals fleeing with their loot to a safe house amidst a zombie uprising, but when they finally make it they discover the cops waiting. Switch to the backup plan, a secondary safe house near the coast.

Running out of petro and deep within the countryside, the gang try to steal a car from a seemingly empty house but get a surprise when a shotgun toting grandma nix their plans. It’s a standoff between Nana, her granddaughter Cassie (Cassandra Orhan) and the bank robbers until the zombies intercede. Seeing they there not too bad of a lot, Nana (Jennie Lathan) allows them to stay the night, but ring leader Tony, played by Huggy Leaver (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, EastEnders), has other ideas.

This zombie film is supposed to have been a co...

Osombie review

(2012, USA)

While the concept of Osama bin Laden rising from the dead and coming back as a zombie may seem like bad taste to most, the idea for this low-budget action-horror seemed a great idea; especially since the zombie films of late are remakes or ones without any originality. Bad taste or not, it is an original idea with the potential of being a horror film zombie fans would want to see, and early buzz from internet blogs seemed to reflect that notion.

The story follows a group of NATO soldiers in Afghanistan, hunting down the root of a zombie uprising...

Cockneys vs Zombies review

(2012, UK)

The East End of London has been overrun by the undead, all thanks to two dimwitted construction workers who unearth and break into a burial vault that was sealed by the order of King Charles II, believing that they may have found a trove of buried gold. What they find are rotting corpses of the living dead and a quick end.

Meanwhile, as the outbreak begins to spread, two hapless brothers (Harry Treadaway, Terry Macquire) are attempting to rob a bank with the aid of their cousin Katy (Michelle Ryan), an inept convenience store robber (Jack Doolen) and Mental Mickey, a psychopathic career criminal played by Ashley Bashy Thomas...

Rise of the Zombies review

(2012, USA)

This Halloween weekend the SyFy Channel premiered director Nick Lyon’s Rise of the Zombies, which in the gluttony of recently released zombie films isn’t bad and far better than Lyon’s last SyFy presented horror film, Zombie Apocalypse.

Two months after a water borne virus has turned most of San Francisco’s population into the living dead, a group of survivors from the Alcatraz refugee camp are forced to flee when The Rock is overrun by the undead—with exception to microbiologist Dr. Dan Halpern (Lavar Burton), who stays behind to find a cure for his infected daughter that results in tragic consequences.

Escaping on a life raft and landing on the shoreline near the San Francisco Bay Bridge, half the group decides to follow the not-so-likeable Caspian (Danny Trejo) to ...

Exit Humanity review

(2012, Canada)

Six years after Edward Young’s (Mark Gibson) first encounter with an undead enemy soldier on a Tennessee battlefield during the American Civil War, he is forced to shoot his wife who has become one of the soulless monsters that now ravages the countryside. To add more heartache to his act, his son Adam has gone missing. Determined to find his child, Edward journeys further from his home in search, all along keeping a journal of his encounters (excerpts narrated by Brian Cox). Ultimately Edward locates his son, only to find that Adam has now become one of them, and he has no choice but to kill his only child.

Exit Humanity review TS Alan Dark HorizonsGrief stricken with all meaning lost in his life, he attempts several acts of suicide but fails...