Saturday, March 28, 2015

#Zombie Yahtzee

A favorite game! I love Yahtzee and usually prefer the "classic" version of games. But when I saw these, well.. I'll have to look for these fun versions!

 YAHTZEE: The Walking Dead Collector's Edition -What I like is that it's still the regular version, just with a theme. ($18 on Amazon plus shipping.)

Also saw this one: cute!

YAHTZEE: Plants vs. Zombies Collector's Edition ($21 on Amazon plus shipping)

Friday, March 27, 2015

Arnie + Zombies = Heaven

The other day, it came to my attention that there is a new zombie movie coming out—and it has Arnold Schwarzenegger in it. It’s called Maggie, and you can find information here.

Here’s the trailer:

Most of you probably don’t know this, but I’m obsessed with Arnie. I LOVE him. I used to own all of his good movies on VHS. (I don’t consider Twins or Junior to be good). I’m converting them over to DVD and Bluray, but it’s been a process.

Anyway, when this came across my Facebook feed, I was more than thrilled. It includes two of my obsessions. From the trailer, it looks like an amazing film—serious and heartbreaking, yet full of undead fun. I can’t wait to see it, and I hope it lives up to my expectations.

What am I saying? It has Arnie AND zombies. It’ll live up to my expectations. I’m excited!

What about you? What are your initial feelings about this film?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A to Z Blog Challenge Theme

April 1 starts the annual  2015  A to Z  Blogging Challenge . It's a fun, maybe crazy way to blog for a month.  

April 1, Weds. begins with the letter A. Letters/posts continue through the month counting Saturday and skipping Sundays. Here's the layout:

If anything, it's a good way to come up with new ideas and get out of the doldrums. Surprisingly, I already have found some inspiration to come up with some new flash stories.

Our theme here will be "anything goes," but I hope to come away with a group of new short stories. So far the stories are running kind of grisly, but heh-heh, that's the fun of it. Once the month ends, I will be erasing the stories and will probably put them together in a short collection.

So stay tuned~ Be sure to come back on April 1 and stop by throughout the month!

Monday, March 23, 2015

#Zombies & Odyssey Con in Madison in April!

Can't wait! 

I'll be at Odyssey.Con in Madison, Wisc. next month, April 10-12. 

Not only will I get to meet authors Jonathan Maberry and Heather Brewer, but.... I get to be on panels with them!  (Hope zombies don't get my tongue. haaaa!) 

Here's my schedule so far:  If you attend, say hello. I'll be glad to see some other authors I know and share panels with again like W.D. Gagliani and David Benton.

Saturday, April 11
11 a.m. - Re-Inventing Worlds
Got a cool new vampire/faerie/zombie story you are dying to write? Putting you own spin on existing myths or folklore can be tough. Will your vampires sparkle? Will your mermaids feast on humans? Will your unicorns bite with venom? What liberties can an author take with an existing mythos, and what changes should always be off limits?
Panelists: Christine Verstraete, Jonathan Maberry, Anna Black, Monica Valentinelli

4 p.m. - Discover Local Authors
Many wonderful authors are located right here in Wisconsin! Discover them here.
Panelists: Paul Dale Anderson, Alex Bledsoe, Matt Forbeck, Christine Verstraete

10 p.m. - Frankenstein - Monster or Hero?
Since 1818 Mary Shelly's Frankenstein has captivated imaginations. Over the last two centuries, Frankenstein has been re-interpreted countless ways. Is he a monster, a hero or the original zombie?
Panelists: Christine Verstraete, W.D. Gagliani, David Benton, Georgie Schnobrich

Sunday, April 12
10 a.m. - Writing horror for Kids
Writing scary characters and subjects for YA & kids can be problematic. How do you make both kids and parents happy? Which authors push the boundaries? Are there any subjects or monsters that should always be avoided?
Panelists: Christine Verstraete, Heather Brewer, Jonathan Maberry

11 a.m. - Urban Fantasy & Mystery
Why do so many urban fantasies have a detective plot as the main thread? Who are your favorite mystery solvers?
Panelists: Christine Verstraete, Melissa Olson, W.D. Gagliani, David Benton

2 p.m . - Must-read zombie fiction
What are the best zombie books on the market? Are zombies urban fantasy, or do they have their own genre like superheroes?
Panelists: Christine Verstraete, Joe Alfano

Saturday, March 21, 2015

#zombie TV

So who watched iZombie? Cute. Enjoyed it. Looks like it'll be a good show.

If you missed it, they have the pilot and some trailers you can view online. Also see their Facebook page.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Do You Know Your Zombies?

My friend had a quiz posted on their Facebook page yesterday, so I decided to take it.  I got 100%.  I really know my zombies.  Do you?

Play here.

Happy Friday!  I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Free #Horror #Mystery #Zombie Fiction

There's always some interesting new short fiction to read online. Following are some stories to check out: (Read at your own discretion.)

   * Stephen King's story about a girl's murder and her suspected killer -  "A Death" in the New Yorker  (Published 3/2) 

*  Short mysteries at Kings River Life Magazine. They usually have a holiday-themed story.

* Stories (it says more than 22,000?)  in 30 categories at the UK site, Short Fiction

*  Free horror stories on Wattpad.

*  Free zombie fiction at Home Page of the Dead  - (sign in required)

*  Selections from The Living Dead 2 anthology online or get the stories in the free ebook sampler at Baen Books

*  Free zombie stories at All Things Zombie

Have fun reading!