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The Dead Walked Book 2 – the first reviews are in

Posted in the dead walked, the dead weekend, tony masero, Uncategorized, vincent stark, walkers walkers everywhere, WALKING DEAD, zombies on 09/05/2012 by vincentstark

The Dead Walked Book 2

Amazon Five star review by GEORGE R JOHNSON

Missy and Johnny continue their travels through this strange world, looking for other survivors.

They do, a group inside a fenced compound, but Missy is uncomfortable. She’s the lone female among seven males, the group recently reduced when a factory inside the fence was opened to release a horde of the dead, unknown until they fell on the humans. By the time that was under control, the group had been cut from sixty to six. And now Missy was getting eyes from one of them that made her nervous.

Missy is also having dreams where the dead are talking to her, demanding, and she doesn’t understand what it means.

The author carries this segment of his story into new ground once again. His extremely readable prose has me wondering what he wil come up with in the third installment. I eagerly await it.

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The Walking Dead – What next?

Posted in the dead walked, Uncategorized, vincent stark, WALKING DEAD, zombies on 09/04/2012 by vincentstark

I had mixed feelings about the second season of The Walking Dead, and so I was pleased to re-watch the entire season when it was released on DVD last week – I still have mixed feelings but am eager for the third season which is now just a month away from airing. The biggest problem this season was that the storyline got bogged down for the first few episodes, and it wasn’t until the seventh episode that things really hit boiling point. The first episode,although visually impressive, made several mistakes in that it contradicted rules set up in the far superior opening season. In that first season it was established that the walkers could smell the living and in one memorable scene Rick and Glenn smeared themselves in zombie innards and walked undetected among the dead. However the opening of season two saw our survivors hide under abandoned vehicles while a herd of the undead went past. This happens later in the season too with characters in various scenes simply ducking out of sight of the zombies.

 

 
Small gripes aside though things did heat up when we concluded the, ‘ let’s find Sophia’ arc and we witnessed Shane do a Travis Bickle and go insane which culminated with Rick killing Shane, and then his son Carl shooting the reanimated Shane. After this the show really delivered the goods as the zombies overwhelmed Hershel’s farm and scattered the survivors for the third season. The reasons for the inconsistent first half of the season could be because of the problems off screen when the director and driving hand Frank Durabont was sacked and a new creative team brought in, but after stumbling through several episodes they did seem to find their feet in the latter episodes, with some great character moments as well as those all important scares.

 


We ended the season with three main characters gone – Sophia, Shane and Dale and season three promises to see the loss of yet more main characters. We know that the third season is going to follow the prison storyline from the comics and introduce the character of The Governor – a character who was recently voted the all time most evil comic book character, even topping Batman’s, The Joker in the poll. How closely the story will follow the comic book arc is anyone’s guess. There are already many differences – Shane died far earlier in the comics, and Sophia survived while it was her mother, Carol who died. It they do follow the comic arc then this season should see the death of both Lori and her and Rick’s new baby.

Ahh well, here’s to an action packed third season!

While you’re waiting for the undead might I suggest getting in on my series The Dead Walked, the first two parts are available from Amazon now.

 

The Top Ten Zombie Flicks

Posted in the dead walked, the dead weekend, Uncategorized, undead, vincent stark, walkers walkers everywhere, WALKING DEAD, zombies on 08/17/2012 by vincentstark

To celebrate the release of the second novella in the Dead Walked trilogy, Scary Motherfucker presents the top ten zombie flicks. You may not agree with all of our selections but one thing that is certain is that each flick should be essential viewing for fans of the chomping dead.

And so at No 10 is Peter Jackson’s, Braindead  AKA Dead Alive which just may be one of the goriest zombie films in the entire history of the genre. Years before he made Lord of the Rings, the director was playing with small budgets and reinventing the wheel for this laugh out loud funny gorefest. The zombie plague kicks off when an old woman.the mother of our hero, is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey and from there on in the gore is amped up and the jokes get even bigger.
Holding the No 9 spot is The Return of the Living Dead, Dan O’Bannon’s 1985 movie was arguably the first movie to successfully blend zombies with comedy. The shambling undead who shuffle around moaning for brains are a great concept.The movie started out as a script by John Russo and was intended to explore Romero’s universe, but when Dan O’Bannon got hold of it it became an all out comedy. That’s not to say it’s not scary though because it is but in a laugh and then scream kind of way.
It’s the big 8 for Day of the Dead – Romero’s 1985 zombie flick is reported to be his favorite in his trilogy, and the movie is certainly unrelenting.  However the other two films in the genre had more character humour which allowed the audience to more easily identify with them, while this one contains characters and situations that are just too depressing.It’s still a compelling movie but perhaps a little too nihilistic for some.

Lucky 7 is Shaun of the Dead – This movie really was a breath of fresh air to a genre that had started to moulder. It also showed that we Brits could deliver world conquering cinema. It owes a lot to earlier zombie comedies but contains enough originality and knowing geekiness that it’s become a classic in its own right and made Simon Pegg a superstar.

6 is Hammer’s underrated, Plague of the zombies – This 1966 effort from Hammer may seem slow by modern standards, it drips with atmosphere and once you get used to the slow pacing it becomes a compelling movie. These are different zombies to those modern audiences have grown used to and perhaps for that the film still pack a wallop. It’s errie, it’s creepy and does everything a horror movie should.

5  is The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue– this 1974 effort is one of the few so-called video nasties that can still be watched today. Seeing the zombie prowling 1970’s Britain is like a bizarre Mike Leigh movie filtered through a bad dream. The zombies here are fast movie and incredibly strong and this was long before 28 Days Later. Although this is primarily a British movie it was actually a Spanish/Italian co-production and the director didn’t want to set the film in Rome because he though Manchester seemed far more exotic.

4 is Zack Snyder’s 2004 Dawn of the Dead –  I for one consider this remake to be almost as good as Romero’s original take. On the surface this seems like a run of the mill re-make, with the survivors holed up in a shopping mall just as in the original, but this one goes off in its own direction. As a remake it deserves to be up there with John Carpenter’s The Thing and David Chronebergs’ The Fly. A remake that builds on the original and becomes a worthy movie in itself.

3 is also Dawn of the Dead but this time we have Romero’s original. This movie satirizes America’s obsession with consumerism and dares to put danger next to the special offers. Filmed in a real Pitsburg shopping mall, the movie was a nightmare make with the cast and crew having to put up with c0nstant night shoots since the mall was open for business during the day.It truly is an excellent movie that changes tone when the survivors realize that although they have everything they need to the mall,there is more to life and death.

2 is 28 Days Later- this movie modernized the genre just when it needed it. This may seem a curious movie to hold such a high position, but when you consider how influential it turned out to be in kicking the genre back into life, then I’m sure you’ll agree it is worthy of such a honour. The zombies are not technically zombies and they’re not really dead, but these sprinting zombies instantly became part of the genre. An excellent and uncompromising movie.

1 is The Night of the Living Dead – Romero’s 1968  classic may be a little long in the tooth, and other movies may have outgored it, but it remains the blueprint for the genre as we know it today. Full of quotable lines and shot in grainy black and white the movie can scare like few others. It remains the genre’s most important film and one that will likely never be bettered.

Midnight strikes

Posted in the dead walked, the dead weekend, the walking dead, undead, vincent stark, walkers walkers everywhere, WALKING DEAD, zombies on 08/16/2012 by vincentstark

It’s close to midnight

The Dead Walked Book 2-Dead Days is officially published for the Kindle platform from midnight tonight, but given the workings of the KDP process the book can actually be downloaded immediately from Amazon UK and US.

To celebrate the release I have made the first book in the series free for the next two days-head over to your Amazon Vincent Stark page and get both books – that’s two books for the price of one which surely can’t be bad.

Beyond terror, beyond reality.

A world where the dead rule supreme.

“Zombie Sex dude, this one goes too far.”

Ahh well, maybe I should market it as, Fifty Shades of Mould

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

This year will see the publication of the second novella in the Dead Walked trilogy and the author, showing the first signs of clawing his way back into the public consciousness, now has a Facebook page – please support the aging 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.

 

 

BEYOND TERROR, BEYOND REALITY

Posted in the dead walked, the walking dead, vincent stark, walkers walkers everywhere, WALKING DEAD, zombies on 08/15/2012 by vincentstark

To celebrate the release of The Dead Walked Book Two, Book One is available now for free download for a limited period.

To take advantage of this offer  direct your browser HERE

Check out the video trailer HERE

The Dead Walked Book Two available

Posted in the dead walked, the walking dead, vincent stark, walkers walkers everywhere, WALKING DEAD, zombies on 08/14/2012 by vincentstark

If you’ve not yet read my novel,  The Dead Walked, available on Amazon then now is the time to do so. The novella, the first in a trilogy is available to download at an incredibly low price and kicks off this trilogy of terror. Book Two will be published this coming Friday and continues the story, taking the reader into areas not usually covered by the zombie sub-genre.

It’s a new kind of storytelling that harks back to the golden age of serial fiction – a time when novellas, and not heavily padded five hundred page books,  were the norm.

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.

Book Two now available

Book Three: Necropolis follows soon.

Fifty Shades of Mould

Posted in the dead walked, vincent stark, WALKING DEAD, zombies on 06/17/2012 by vincentstark

 

 

“This one goes too far. Zombie sex! Shit dude! ”   Reader Reports

 

Book two will be available mid July

 

Book one still available at a low price – HERE

 

 

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.