Monthly Archives October 2013

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 New York Comic Con 2013 Panel

Originally written and published on on October 16, 2013.

Before the Panel Began:

There were a lot of great panels on the main stage at this year’s New York Comic Con, but the most anticipated was The Walking Dead that was at capacity long before moderator Yvette Nicole Brown (Community) even took the stage. As the panel for Marvel’s The S.H.I.E.L.D. was about to commence, the main entry gate was rolled down, leaving over 2,000 Walking Dead fans cued up along barriers with no longer a chance to enter.

Taking the Stage:

As Brown took the stage she received a warm standing ovation, and launched into introducing Executive Producers Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert...

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

Originally written and published on 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.


“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...

Review: Badass Zombie Road Trip

Originally written and published on on October 4, 2013.

I will admit that I am tired of the whole zombie thing. Did a guy who writes mostly in that genre just say that? Yeah, I did. As an author of zombie stories and a film critic for both and my own blog, it is a necessity that I read and watch all things zombie. Lately, I have watched so many zombie films and read a plethora of stories that have been genuinely uninspiring and a rehash of the same old plot—a small band of survivors holding out against the threat of a zombie horde—that I have seriously considered not writing anymore zombie stories. That was until I was asked to read Tonia Brown’s Badass Zombie Road Trip.

Review: Badass Zombie Road Trip TS Alan

Badass Zombie Road Trip is not just another zombie story about surviving in...

Zombie Hunter review

Originally written and published on on October 3, 2013.

(USA, 2013)

You can tell that director/writer Kevin King has a love of films. His directorial debut, Zombie Hunter, is filled with homages to some great post-apocalyptic and horror films of the past, however, not all of them work, but for the most part the film still delivers.

zombie hunter review ts alan

Set six months after a zombie apocalypse that was caused by the long-term affects of a highly potent and addictive street drug called Natas (think about it), a leather jacket wearing loner known only as the Hunter (Martin Copping), drives through the wastelands of rural America in a suped-up Chevrolet Camaro killing as many “Eaters” as he can. If that sounds vaguely familiar, it should...