The Bus Stops Here–and Other Zombie Tales

Bryan Cassiday’s collection of his zombie horror stories The Bus Stops Here–and Other Zombie Tales is now free on Kindle.  This holiday special can’t last long.

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Streets with No Name available for preorder

Bryan Cassiday’s new pulse-pounding boxed set Streets with No Name:  The Ethan Carr Thriller Series is available now for preorder on Kindle.

Walk the streets of LA’s sleazy side with guilt-ridden PI Ethan Carr, whether those streets lead through glitzy Beverly Hills, tawdry Hollywood, or rat-infested alleys.

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Why Are Zombies So Popular Now?

Zombies aren’t just about zombies. They’re about people and how people react to them. People are the main characters in any good zombie fiction, not the witless zombies.
 
Unlike zombie fiction, vampire fiction is more about the vampires and their personalities than about the people that oppose them. Count Dracula is the most interesting character in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, not Dr. Van Helsing, who is his human antagonist. The fascinating count is an aristocratic charmer who seduces women so that he can sink his fangs into their necks and suck their blood. He is so seductive he can make women swoon simply by staring at them with his transfixing gaze that immobilizes their wills and renders them his slaves, all so that he can suck their blood and go on living till the end of time.
 
Zombies as characters, on the other hand, are insipid creatures that lumber around eating human flesh and insects as well, as depicted in George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, which set the standard for the modern zombie. Zombies are filthy rotting corpses that have become reanimated and go around feeding primarily on living humans. In contrast to the charming Count Dracula, they are creatures with no personality. They all blend into one amorphous, shambling, stupid, flesh-eating mob.
 
In zombie fiction, the zombies aren’t the most interesting characters. They simply propel the action and motivate reactions from their human prey. What is most interesting in zombie fiction is how the main human characters battle the zombies and battle each other, as well, in their struggles for survival in a world overrun by mindless repulsive creatures bent on human annihilation.
 
For example, what is fascinating in Romero’s classic zombie film is how the main characters that are trapped together in a farmhouse battle each other as well as the zombies that besiege them. The tension among the trapped inhabitants is palpable and, combined with the zombie onslaught, generates nerve-racking horror.
 
In contrast to aristocratic vampires with intriguing personalities who are basically loners, zombies are ghastly creatures without any personalities who congregate in huge mobs. Zombies are symbols of modern democracies where numbers are more impotant than royal bloodlines. It’s a case of the majority rules, as in democracies (from which zombies were bred), versus the aristocracy rules (from which Count Dracula was bred). Zombies are perfect monsters for democracies, where everybody is considered equal. All zombies are equally characterless, mindless, and horrifying. Unique vampires with intriguing personalities, on the other hand, are perfect monsters for Victorian England and its dissolute bloodlines and crumbling aristocracy.
 
Zombies then are truly products of modern democracies, whereas vampires are products of decaying aristocracies. Now is the age of the zombie. Zombies rule.
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Halloween Treat

Halloween is almost here.  This is the perfect time of the year to buy a zombie boxed set–like Zombie Apocalypse:  The Chad Halverson Series available on Kindle.

T S Elliot had it wrong.  This is the way the world ends . . . not with a whimper but a bang as gangs of bloodthirsty zombies run amok, decimating humanity.

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New Web site for Zombie Apocalypse Books: The Chad Halverson Series

Bryan Cassiday has created a new Web site devoted exclusively to his horror boxed set Zombie Apocalypse: The Chad Halverson Series and all things zombie.  Check it out under zombie apocalypse books.

It’s chock-full of excerpts.

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Exit Strategy is now available for preorder

Bryan Cassiday’s new mystery thriller short story Exit Strategy is now available for preorder on Kindle.

Fired from his job at the IRS, Zachary Bodwell believes someone is following him with the intent to  kill him in Bryan Cassiday’s spellbinding Exit Strategy.

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Exit Strategy–a new short story to be released Halloween week

In celebration of Halloween, Bryan Cassiday’s new mystery thriller short story Exit Strategy will be published on Kindle next week.

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New horror story–“Nobody Has a Prayer”

Just in time for Halloween, here’s a new horror story called “Nobody Has a Prayer” by S K Slade, recommended by Bryan Cassiday.  If you like horror with dummies, you should like
“Nobody Has a Prayer” now on Kindle.

A vagrant in Los Angeles encounters something even more horrible than his life.

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Ben Affleck in the news for groping Hilarie Burton

Here’s my Ben Affleck story since he’s in the news, for all the wrong reasons (i.e., being Harvey Weinstein’s buddy and groping Hilarie Burton).  Hilarie Burton’s story of Affleck’s louche conduct with her rings true.  I know what it’s like to be humiliated by Ben Affleck. He used to be one of my customers in my old job delivering the mail, and I said hello to him once because I saw him in the lobby of his production company where he used to park his Harley (yes in the lobby), and he gave me that Hollywood look that said, who are you, and am I, a famous movie star, supposed to know you? And he said nothing, just looking at me like that, making me feel like something he stepped in.  Then again, there might be another explanation for his response–maybe his true personality is as wooden as his performances.

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Dario Argento Month

They ought to have a Dario Argento month at TCM, and appropriately it should be during October, the month of Halloween.  They have months for all sorts of actors and directors, such as Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick, but they never have one for the Italian horror maestro Dario Argento.  This is clearly an oversight by TCM.  Maybe a write-in campaign for a Dario Argento month would be in order.

Not only has Hollywood slighted Argento for many years, as his films never get wide release in this country, now it is learned that the powerful film producer at Miramax Harvey Weinstein raped Argento’s daughter Asia, according to an interview with her in a recent article in The New Yorker.

Hollywood needs to clean up its act, and they need to pay homage to the great horror director Dario Argento, the man who gave us Deep Red, Suspiria, Tenebre, Bird with the Crystal Plumage, and a raft of other great horror thrillers.

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