Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Butcher Knives and Body Counts
Saturday, March 26, 2011
German of D2L2!
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Most Hated Villainess in Film
This is part of an LOTT-D roundtable this month on Villainesses.
I am trying to avoid "Favorite" or "Best" Villainess, as I don't think that's how I feel about her. I've picked Nurse Ratched from One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest. The combination of fears of immasculation, castration, medical horror, the indifference of a bureaucracy, and then all topped off with the hero's feelings of guilt and complicity in Billy's death - she's got it all. Never mind the hair. The only gal I think would come close would be Annie in Misery, but there at least we get the satisfaction of her being killed. Nurse Ratched is victorious, barely scathed by McMurphy's attack. My parents were kinda cheap and would never pay for a babysitter, so I ended up seeing lots of R-rated movies as a kid. Most I have no recollection of whatsoever. But the scene when they open the door and see Billy splattered all over the walls of the cell - that left me traumatized for the rest of my life.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
THIN THEM OUT - the great zombie story I wrote with Julia and RJ Sevin
ORPHEUS AND THE PEARL bound with David Dunwoody's NEVERMORE
SHROUD MAGAZINE #5 with my story, "BUDDHA IN THE BOX"
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Survival of the Dead
I guess I should lead with the good news: not as bad as many reviews indicated. Doesn't make your eyes bleed or cause cancer.
On the plus side: gorgeous filming and composition of shots. The fall colors, the ocean, the horse - all were breathtaking. Decent acting by horror movie standards. The mercy-killing scenes were really quite emotional.
On the big side of minuses: the foregrounding of family dysfunction while zombies mill around outside has been part of Romero's work since NIGHT. But this seemed to take it to a ridiculous extreme. (And with no real justification for it - we're totally left to imagine what set this off.) The action sequences were way too slapstick: comedy wasn't sprinkled in to make the gore more shocking - every kill had to be the most ridiculous, Road Runner type absurdity that could be imagined. And each fight scene follows on a scene of emotional suspense, so the tone is wildly uneven and frutstrating. And tactical things just didn't make sense (even by horror movie standards). In the space of a couple minutes, a group of five armed people in a zombie infested world splits into five individuals in a way that leaves you yelling at the TV. And perhaps most frustrating to me, Romero takes something that he nods to several times in other films (DAWN and LAND for certain) - the valuelessness of paper money in this scenario - and makes it a central plot device. Why in the world would the protagonists be so obsessed with it at the end of the film, having undergone everything they have, and even highlight it in the final voiceover? If the point is that they are so shallow and stupid as to still value paper money, then it just contributes to another deep problem Romero has (esp in DIARY) - unlikeable protagonists. But by the end I'd started to think maybe the survivors were better, and then I get hit with that.
So I have to say, in conclusion: if family dysfunction in front of a zombie apocalypse backdrop is what you're looking for (and I think it's a fine, interesting, engaging scenario), THE WALKING DEAD is just doing it so much better than this. If it's undead comedy, SHAUN OF THE DEAD or ZOMBIELAND does it much better. If it's social criticism, then DAWN is the best, but others have followed suit. This is just a weird confusion of all those, and it leaves you frustrated and shaking your head.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
NickC Scores the First LAST RITES Review!
Electronic Version(s) of D2L3
Saturday, March 12, 2011
It's not exactly a "sale" - it's more like those tote bags you get when you donate to PBS. Except it's a lot nicer than a tote bag (not that there's anything wrong with PBS tote bags).
Donate to the Red Cross for their earthquake / tsunami relief. The link is HERE.
Forward their email acknowledgment to me at kimpaffenroth at msn dot com. (You can just delete everything after "Thank you for your gift".)
I'll send the first FIVE people (sorry, I didn't get that many author copies in the mail yesterday, so I have to cut it off at FIVE) a free book (signed or personalized to their specifications). They may choose from
DYING TO LIVE: LAST RITES
The new edition of ORPHEUS AND THE PEARL with Dave Dunwoody's NEVERMORE.
The anthology THE WORLD IS DEAD
I'll post an update here as soon as I've gotten the five. Thanks.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Box o' Books!
And that means - just in time for LUNACON, where I have a signing on Saturday! Stop by!
DYING TO LIVE: LAST RITES on AMAZON!
DYING TO LIVE: LAST RITES at B&N!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Belfire Press Ebook Sale
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Triumph of the Walking Dead
WALKING DEAD essayists
Kyle William Bishop
Southern Utah University English professor, author (American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead)
Instructor University of Baltimore, author (Zombiemania, The Big BIG LITTLE BOOK Book)
Author (The Black Mariah, Frozen, co-author with Robert Kirkman of upcoming Walking Dead novels)
Editor, film producer, publisher (former Director of Production & Development for the The Weinstein Company, editor on the Walking Dead novel trilogy for Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press)
Game designer, writer (Zombies 101, Trail of Cthulhu)
Educator, comic book author, essayist (Karma Incorporated, Emily Edison, Webslinger: SF and Comic Writers on Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man)
Author, editor, actor (Dark Delicacies, When Werewolves Attack)
Author (The Zen of Zombie: Better Living Through the Undead, Z.E.O., The Art of Zombie Warfare)
New York Times bestselling author (Patient Zero, Dead of Night, Rot & Ruin)
Author, screenwriter (The Castle of Los Angeles, The Lucid Dreaming, A Hallowe’en Anthology: Literary and Historical Writings Over the Centuries)
Professor of Religious Studies, zombie scholar (Gospel of the Living Dead: George Romero’s Visions of Hell on Earth, History is Dead, Dying to Live series)
Professor Columbia College Chicago, author (Journal of Popular Culture, The Amazing Transforming Superhero.)
Steven Schlozman, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Lecturer in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, author (The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks From the Apocalypse, Psychology Today)
Editor of Campus Progress, author (The Atlantic, Bitch Magazine, In These Times)
Young adult author (It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Be More Chill, and Teen Angst? Naaah...)
Artist Conan, Star Wars, Amazing Spider-Man, The Immortals
Editor, author (Curse of the Full Moon, Prince of Lies, Books of Flesh series)
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Audio Book of VALLEY OF THE DEAD