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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Blaze of Glory by Weston Ochse

Weston Ochse offers up a new kind of apocalypse in Blaze of Glory.  Unlike the usual zombies or natural disaster, the downfall of humanity is the result of little critters that resemble maggots, along with their cousins that are the size of Cadillacs and destroy everything in their path.  The little guys burrow into people Read More…

Movie Review: Goosebumps

I was excited to see the Goosebumps movie because it gave me an opportunity to take my young children to watch a horror movie—granted one that was a bit light on scares and heavier on laughs—that is unless you’re six-years-old, in which case it’s terrifying.  It was a neat idea.  High School student Zach Cooper Read More…

The Walking Dead: Thank You

After the carnage that was the Wolf attack of Alexandria, this episode shifted to what happened to Rick and company while that was going on.  I was wondering what had taken them so long to return, but the episode showed they more than had their full with a portion of the zombie horde they were Read More…

Movie Review: The Martian

I’m generally a fan of outer space movies, and this one looked especially cool after watching the trailers, even if it starred Matt Damon, one of my least favorite actors, in the lead role.  Matt Damon plays Mark Watney, the baddest botanist on the planet Mars.  He’s left behind in an expedition to Mars during Read More…

The Walking Dead “JSS”

Episode “JSS” is simply the most brutal and violent episode in the history of The Walking Dead, a television show that has a long history of brutality and violence.   Some of the violence felt a bit on the gratuitous side, and I can’t say I’m entirely digging the Wolves storyline.  My biggest issue with it Read More…

10 Questions with Dacre Stoker

1.  What made you want to write a sequel to Bram Stoker’s Dracula? I had read Dracula when I was a college student in the late 1970’s, but it was not until Ian Holt contacted me in 2004 with the  idea of collaborating on a sequel that I had thought about it. I was not Read More…

The Walking Dead: First Time Again

After having to suffer through that dreadful Fear the Walking Dead spinoff, it was a relief to finally get back into the show that made that abomination possible.  The zombies were back in full force in a way that has never been seen on the show in “First Time Again.”  This was certainly the largest Read More…

10 Questions with Ian Holt

1.      How did it come about you and Dacre Stoker writing a sequel to Bram Stoker’s Dracula? When I graduated NYU, I was working on a screenplay about the historical Dracula based on the 1973 non-fiction best-seller by Prof. Radu Florescu and Raymond McNally, In Search Of Dracula.  I wound up traveling around the world Read More…

Dracula the Un-dead by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt

I’m always a little wary when people try to mess with a classic, even moreso when the novel is a direct sequel to it.  However, the fact that it is written by Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew and a Dracula historian lend it a great deal of credibility.  The novel is set in 1912, a quarter of Read More…

The Rookie by Scott Sigler

  Scott Sigler put together a cool, innovative novel in The Rookie that combines elements of science fiction as well as football—a great combination of two things that I thoroughly enjoy but haven’t seen mixed together.  Set about seven centuries from now, Quentin Barnes is a young human quarterback, coming from the Purist Nation, a Read More…