Archive for the the undead Category

Halloween Countdown: The Spandex wearing Undead

Posted in halloween, halloween countdown, halloween movies, marvel zombies, the dead walked, the dead weekend, the undead, the walking dead, vincent stark, walkers walkers everywhere, WALKING DEAD, zombies on 10/27/2012 by vincentstark

Imagine a world where the iconic superheroes are all zombies – it’s made possible because of the Marvel Multiverse. You see there are many different worlds in the multiverse, each of them with a different versions of Marvel’s beloved characters. I’m only a occasional comic book reader so here’s an explanation of the multiverse courtesy of the WIKI –

“Within Marvel Comics, most tales take place within the fictional Marvel Universe, which in turn is part of a larger multiverse. Starting with issues of Captain Britain, the main continuity in which most Marvel storylines take place was designated Earth-616, and the multiverse was established as being protected by Merlyn. Each universe has a Captain Britain designated to protect its version of the British Isles. These protectors are collectively known as the Captain Britain Corps. This numerical notation was continued in the series Excalibur and other titles. Each universe of the Multiverse in Marvel also appears to be defended by a Sorcerer Supreme at nearly all times, appointed by the mystic trinity of Vishanti to defend the world against threats primarily magical in nature from within and beyond and bearing the Eye of Agamotto.”
Sounds complicated but you don’t really need to know any of that to enjoy this graphic novel which collects together the five issue mini series, Marvel Zombies. An introduction gives is some of this background and also explains how the Marvel Zombies mini-series came about. When Mark Miller wrote a Fantastic Four arc set on an alternative world where Marvel heroes and villains had been turned into flesh-eating zombies, Marvel where so taken with the concept that they decided to continue it in other titles. The Walking Dead writer, Robert Kirkman was brought in and the resulting mini-series, collected in this graphic novel, is a truly gruesome horror story with some sick and twisted black humor. It’s also unpredictable and many heroes and villians are killed off in the story. This is a crazy world where Spider-Man hates himself for eating both his wife and Aunt May and Bruce Banner finds that whatever he ate as zombie Hulk quite often bursts through his stomach when he transforms back into zombie Banner.


It’s a crazy concept that works wonderfully and Kirkman brings us much of the same gore filled storytelling that made his Walking Dead title such a success, only this time in vivid full colour art by Sean Phillips. Of course we’ve had many variations of zombies – from the shuffling undead of Romero to the speeded up versions in films such as 28 Days Later, but Marvel here provides us with a new and original take on the genre – zombies with super powers who can also talk and think. It sounds absurd and I guess it is but nevertheless it works perfectly and provides a read you’ll want to chomp down on.

Marvel Zombies is available now as part of the Ultimate Graphic Novel Collection

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Undead hordes outside, something worse in here.

Posted in george romero, horror fiction, the dead walked, the undead, the walking dead, vincent stark on 06/22/2012 by vincentstark

At the close  Book One of the Dead Walked trilogy only Missy and Johnny were left standing, trapped inside the bungalow in which they had sought shelter. Outside there were hordes of the undead and somewhere inside with them was the demon baby – a cliffhanger indeed.

 

 

 

This July Book Two – Dead Days will be launched onto the electronic highways and readers will be able to pick up on the story.

 

Book One is still available HERE

 

Reviews for Book One:

 

 

 

I enjoyed the book more so because of the simplicity.I cannot wait for the next book to find out what happens to Missy,and her odd destiny,Johnny and of course the hybrid demon zombie thing! Is it time for them to die now they are surrounded by hordes of zombies? The worst one being trapped idoors with them? Need to know!

 

Hey, if you love zombies (and who doesn’t) this is a fab read. The author is proving a master at several genres, all his novels are well worth reading.

The story continues – ANNOUNCEMENT LATER THIS MONTH

Posted in the dead walked, the undead, the walking dead, vincent stark on 06/05/2012 by vincentstark

The blood runs FREE – the final stages

Posted in a policeman's lot, classic horror, classic horror campaign, george romero, horror fiction, horror magazines, HORROR MOVIES, horror novels, HORROR WRITERS, the dead walked, the rhondda ripper, the undead, the walking dead, thrilles, vincent stark, walkers walkers everywhere, WALKING DEAD, wild bill williams, zombies on 05/12/2012 by vincentstark

We’re on the final stages of the free eBook promotion – Indeed Arkansas Smith II, has now reverted to the usual price but there’s still time  to grab free downloads of The Dead Walked and The Rhondda Ripper. So if you haven’t secured your free copies then do so now.

The aim of this promotion was to kick start the books in the increasingly competitive Amazon market place and I do hope that those who downloaded free books will eventually leave reviews on Amazon, and that all those who downloaded the first part of The Dead Walked trilogy will be back for the second book in the series later this summer.

And please, all my Blogging buddies, publicize this offer on your blogs, websites etc. Let’s make these final two days go with a rush of downloads.

Sill available for free:
The Dead Walked Book One by Vincent Stark

The Rhondda Ripper by Gary M. Dobbs

THE RHONDDA RIPPER: The story begins slowly, a man’s morning routine as he gets ready for duty and faces the possibility of a busy day, but he has no idea how “busy” it’s going to get! Throw in Buffalo Bill, a Wild West show, murders that may or may not be connected to Jack The Ripper, and you have a really hot read. I don’t want to say too much for fear of giving something away, but it’s a well-written yarn and you will get hooked right away. It’s also, for me, a nice change of pace from the modern urban hard-boiled junk I’ve been digesting lately. Brian Drake

THE DEAD WALKED – Vincent Stark, otherwise known as Gary Dobbs, presents a new look at the zombie story. A group of people trying to survive in a world gone nuts. Sound familiar. Of course.But Stark has injected his own elements into the story. A pregnant woman and a plot thread I’ve not seen in a zombie story before. The ending threw a twist in and sets up the next part of the story, coming soon.

Zombie stories are not a type I read a lot of, but I’ve come to expect good stuff from Stark/Dobbs/Martin, whatever genre he writes in.I read this one straight through while drinking coffee early this morning.Recommended.  George R. Johnson

The walking dead season two, episode 9

Posted in the dead walked, the undead, the walking dead on 02/21/2012 by vincentstark

Things are certainly looking up for The Walking Dead and we’ve had two great episodes in a row, in fact to my mind episode nine was the best episode since the season two opener, and guess what it was jammed packed with walkers for a change and old pacifist Hershel turned out to be a darn fine shot and just may be a Dirty Harry in the making. It turns out that Lori survives her car crash but has to face off against a walker in a great tension packed scene, while Rick, Glenn and new action man Hershel are trapped in the bar having to face a group of mostly unseen hostile survivors. The episode is action packed but finds time for several major character scenes that makes me think that Shane will not survive the season, and that he will be killed of by either Rik. The episode end with Lori suggesting to Rik that Shane is a problem that has to be sorted.

 

The Walking Dead is back on form, folks.

The Walking Dead season two, episode 8

Posted in the dead walked, the undead, the walking dead, vincent stark, WALKING DEAD on 02/19/2012 by vincentstark

The Walking Dead has just arrived back on UK screens following the mid season break and episode 8 immediately amped up the pace after a pedestrian run of episodes.

This episode may indicate a pick up in the series as it presented us with a more interesting scenario than the previous episodes managed. Our band of survivors are now fragmented with Shane seeming to be on the edge of exploding,  Glen is experiencing a conflict of loyalties and may leave the group while Daryl is pissed off (as are the viewers) that the search of the past few episodes has been for nothing and may be ready to leave the group himself.  On top of all this we had a great western style scene in a saloon that could have come directly from a Leone movie with Rick dispatching two survivors of the zombie apocalypse who wanted to join them at the farm, as well as Lori being involved in a car crash, the outcome of which we won’t discover until episode 9.

It’s too early to tell but on the strength of this episode things may be looking up for a series that was in danger of becoming the plodding dead.

 

Would Mr. Vincent Stark please stand up

Posted in classic horror, the dead walked, the undead, the walking dead, thrilles, vincent stark, walkers walkers everywhere, WALKING DEAD, zombies on 01/19/2012 by vincentstark

Introducing Vincent Stark

Vincent Stark is a reclusive writer, who shuns all contact with the outside world. He has not been seen in public since 1979. Although, from time to time, there have been rumours of sightings of the author lurking in the shadows of the cemetery behind his dilapidated mansion house deep in the Rhondda Valley countryside.
It is said that he is suffering from a skin condition which is aggravated by sunlight and is thus forced into his twilight existence. There is much debate over his well known skill with, the Stylophone and his penchant for playing jazz phrases on his own podcast, Scary Motherfucker. Indeed Stark seems to have picked up this skill overnight and there is one urban legend of him visiting the crossroads one evening and selling his soul to the devil in exchange for his ability on the stylophone.

The devil has all the best tunes

December 2011 saw the  publication of a new novel, The Dead Walked and the author, showing the first signs of clawing his way back into the public consciousness now has a Facebook page – please support the author by clicking like on his page, HERE

However for now Vincent Stark remains hidden away, his groceries delivered by a string of crucifix wearing delivery men and his bills paid by automatic withdrawal from the blood bank.

 

My novella, The Dead Walked, the first in an all new trilogy, is available now at an incredibly low price.


Some said it was viral.
Others claimed it was an act of God.
Either way the result was the same and the dead walked.
September was her favourite time of the year, and late September, when the autumn was just preparing to hand over to winter, when there was still a residue of the late summer warmth in the air, as well as the crisp promise of the iciness to come, had always been, as far as Missy was concerned, the finest chunk of that particular month.
Not for her was the spectacle of high summer, nor the morose beauty of mid winter. Of course they both had their fineries but these paled next to the season when the leaves glittered with reflected sunlight. It was the autumn, with September being the highlight of that season, which she loved – a time when nature put on its finest display as the lush summer growth was magically transformed.
The sky itself seemed to glow at this time of year.
September was a time of promise.
A time of rebirth.
Not this September, though.
This September, Missy would remember as, the time the dead walked.

Download a free sample before you decide – HERE