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Zombies: A Hunter's Guide and Your First Steps into a Zombie Apocalypse: A Book Review

28 December 2010 12:18 PM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Zombies: A Hunter's Guide by Joseph A. McCullough is an illustrated guide to dispatching the undead. Osprey Publishing released this survival guide in October of 2010 and the pages are beautifully illustrated by Mariusz Kozik, Ana Milnar, Charlie Adlard ("The Walking Dead"), Michael Maier and many other artists. This light read is made of eighty pages and broken down into classes of zombies e.g. "Atomic Zombies," "Viral Zombies." There is also a large section for aspiring zombie hunters called "Zombie Hunter Weapons" and "Zombie Hunter Tactics." This latest guide to the undead is an enjoyable read, but McCullough's entry into the genre feels overly light and the read is missing some depth. However, overall this guide is recommended for those just starting off in their own adventures of zombie hunting.

As mentioned above, this illustrated how-to is broken down first as a classification guide to zombies and there are eight different categories. »

- 28DaysLaterAnalysis@gmail.com (Michael Allen)

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Secret Identity: Casting New Writers For 'The Walking Dead' TV Series!

10 December 2010 1:44 PM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

Rumors of "The Walking Dead" showrunner Frank Darabont dropping his entire writing staff in favor of freelance writers for season two caused quite a stir in the fan community, despite the fact that both Robert Kirkman and Gale Anne Hurd have denied those reports.

But even if the reports are true, would turning towards freelancers be the worst thing in the world? By opening up "The Walking Dead" to a pool of freelance writers, Darabont and his team could attract some truly noteworthy names to craft some equally memorable episodes of the AMC zombie series.

After the jump, check out some of the high-profile writers we would love to see tackling episodes of "The Walking Dead."

Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg

Even though it's a grimmer series than most on television, even "The Walking Dead" has its moments of levity. Getting "Shaun of the Dead" collaborators Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg »

- Josh Wigler

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Exclusive: How will we survive without 'The Walking Dead'? Exec producers Robert Kirkman and Gale Anne Hurd offer some suggestions

9 December 2010 5:30 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

So the first season of The Walking Dead is over and it seems likely the show won’t return until October which, according to EW’s calendar experts, is still around ten months away. But don’t panic! EW has compiled a list of undead-oriented entertainment activities to help pass the time with a little help from Walking Dead executive producers Robert Kirkman and Gale Anne Hurd and one of our zombie cover stars, Charles Casey.

Read the Walking Dead comic

While the Walking Dead TV show may have stumbled to a temporary halt, the original comic book just keeps on shambling. »

- Clark Collis

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Max Brooks: The Zombie Hollywood Flashback Interview

6 December 2010 10:15 PM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

(I interviewed Max Brooks back in 2003 for the first run of The Zombie Survival Guide, which went on to be a huge best-seller that preceded Brooks's zombie epic World War Z. Neither of us knew it at the time, but Brooks was leading the wave of the Zombie Revival Movement that has included hit features like 28 Days Later and "The Walking Dead." There are very few, if any, actual jokes in The Zombie Survival Guide, but it is completely hilarious because for some 200+ pages Brooks never breaks character, playing the book completely straight as an actual practical guide for surviving a zombie attack. And this turns out to be hysterical after about 50 pages or so. You wait for the wink, but it never comes.

Pop cultural zeitgeist-wise, Brooks was pretty damn prescient too. I never would have predicted that what the world really wanted was a lot of zombie movies and shows, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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So Now You’re a Zombie: A Handbook for the Newly Undead and Humour: A Book Review

1 December 2010 4:00 AM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Author: John Austin.

Reviewed By Ed Sum

There’s plenty of information available to the masses to warn of the zombie pandemic and how to survive it. But there’s always the one overlooked question—just what happens if you become the zombie and the tables have turned?

Just don’t ask Max Brooks, author of Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z. He’s rooting for the humans. Sadly, there’s no one supporting the new race, the new credo of those that’ll inherit the earth. That’s all changed with John Austin (author of Miniweapons of Mass Destruction) penning So Now You’re a Zombie, A Handbook for the Newly Undead.

For the uninitiated to the land of the brain dead, this published work reads like a children’s illustrated book and it all written in fun, to educate readers of what life must be like as a zombie. »

- 28DaysLaterAnalysis@gmail.com (Michael Allen)

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Carnell Talks No Flesh Shall Be Spared

30 November 2010 1:53 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Seeking publication in today's advertisement saturated industry can be a bit like wandering into the zombie apocalypse: impossible odds, a sense of isolation, and at times it feels like everyone actually making it out there is in serious need of "braaaaaaaaaiiiiinssss."

It's an upstream swim without a doubt. But author Thom Carnell (who is a longtime contributor to both Fangoria Magazine and the Dread Central site as well as a once upon a time co-creator and writer for the much revered Carpe Noctem Magazine) is tackling both at the same time with his first novel, No Flesh Shall Be Spared (review here). Fueled by zombie-bashing carnage, the novel was released in time for Halloween of 2010.

Ck Burch for DC: Let’s start by asking you about your nom de plume. Why do you write only under your last name?

Carnell: It's really a nod to my family. So much of »

- Uncle Creepy

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50 Upcoming Book-to-Movie Adaptations

23 November 2010 2:00 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Books: They’re just like movies, only without CGI. 

So it’s no wonder that over the past century, Hollywood has consistently turned to books to provide the basis for some of its best works. “To Kill a Mockingbird,” for instance, was based on a book, while “Gigli” wasn’t.  See how that works? 

With that in mind, then, we decided to put together a sneak peak of all the coolest books currently being turned into major motion pictures (like “The Help,” left). Because these days, the best library you can go to is your local Cineplex. 

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Attached: Georgie Henley, Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Liam Neeson

Status: The third book from the classic C. S. Lewis series to make it to the big screen, “Voyage of the Dawn Treader” has flown a bit under the radar thanks to the media »

- Scott Harris

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Zombie Diaries 2 a British World War Z ?

22 November 2010 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Director Michael Bartlett is upcoming fans of The Zombie Diaries on the status of his sequel World of the Dead: The Zombie Diaries 2 , now in principal photography. "One week down on World Of The Dead," Bartlett states via his Twitter account, "and it is apparent we have a British World War Z on our hands." Likening your project to Max Brooks' epic novel - itself in development for the big screen - raises expectations. We'll see if Bartlett delivers. Check out early artwork and a full synopsis for the sequel in this previous news item . »

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Event Report: ZomBCon: Carnell's Diary of the Dead

12 November 2010 12:08 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

A unique event - a convention centered solely on the undead and “zombie culture” - took place here in the Emerald City. Organized by promoter Ryan Reiter (of “Red, White, and Dead” fame), this was an undertaking the size of which would have been bold for even an already established convention. For a first-time con, the scope of it was impressive, to say the least.

The guest list alone was one that would cause most promoters to lay awake at night fitfully worrying over logistics: George Romero, Bruce Campbell, Malcolm McDowell, Chuck Palahniuk (author, Fight Club), Max Brooks (author, World War Z), John Amplas (Martin, Day Of The Dead), Terry Alexander (Day Of The Dead), Scott Reiniger (Dawn Of The Dead) Ted Raimi (Spider-man), The Ladies of The Evil Dead (Theresa Tilly, Betsy Baker, Ellen Sandweiss), Danny Hicks (Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn), Timothy Patrick Quill (Army Of Darkness), the Zombie Research Society, »

- Carnell

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Legendary Pictures Launches Legendary Comics

4 November 2010 8:00 AM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Legendary Pictures, producers of great films like Christopher Nolan‘s Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and it’s upcoming sequel, The Dark Knight Rises, not to mention Zack Snyder‘s 300, Watchmen and his forthcoming film, Sucker Punch are diving head first into the world of comic books.

Legendary has just appointed veteran comic book editor Bob Schreck to the role of Editor-in-Chief of the newly-formed Legendary Comics. Check out the official press release below for all the details.

Press Release:

Legendary Pictures has appointed veteran comic book editor Bob Schreck to the role of Editor-in-Chief of the newly-formed Legendary Comics, it was announced by Thomas Tull, Legendary’s Chairman and CEO. Schreck joins Legendary Comics from Idw Publishing, and his appointment marks the launch of the new division dedicated to publishing original graphic novels.

Headed by Schreck, Legendary Comics plans to publish four to six graphic novels a year for »

- Jason Moore

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Brad Pitt Departs The Lost City Of Z

4 November 2010 6:25 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Brad Pitt has exited James Gray’s adaptation of the non-fiction bestseller The Lost City of Z.  The book centers on Col. Percy Fawcett’s attempts to find El Dorado and his mysterious disappearance during a 1925 expedition to find the city while trekking through the Amazon.  According to Vulture, Pitt left the project due to an impasse with Paramount over compensation for Gray.

But Pitt has plenty else to keep him busy.  A couple days ago, we reported that he had signed on to reunite with his Assassination of Jesse James director Andrew Dominik for the crime drama Cogan’s Trade.  He may also star in an adaptation of Mark Greaney’s spy novel The Gray Man.  Pitt has also been linked to an adaptation of Max Brooks’ book World War Z.  As Pitt plans ahead, the famous actor has two major films set for release next year: Bennett Miller »

- Matt Goldberg

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Legendary Pictures Launches Legendary Comics

3 November 2010 9:25 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Legendary Pictures has launched a comic book branch with Legendary Comics.  Veteran comic book editor Bob Schreck will head the company, which will “look to bring the newly-created comic-based IP produced by the venture to other entertainment platforms such as film and television.”  The inaugural project will be released within the first half of 2011, but what makes all of this news very exciting to me is that Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Max Brooks (World War Z), and Frank Miller (300) have already attached themselves to the company.  Given the amount of talent involved, I’m going to be expecting some great things from the Legendary Comics brand.  Hit the jump to check out the full press release.

Legendary Pictures is, in my opinion, one of the best studios out there.  The studio has helped produce some of the coolest, geekiest, and riskiest high budget films for the past couple of years.  Some »

- Ramses Flores

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Author Max Brooks Updates World War Z Movie Adaptation

30 October 2010 8:19 PM, PDT | HugAZombie | See recent HugAZombie news »

It's still happening!

In July, the adaptation of Max Brooks' best-selling novel World War Z received some good news when Brad Pitt joined the production. Since then, news on the movie has been non-existent. MTV spoke with Brooks about the movie, who informed the site that no news is good news.

From what I hear, things keep rolling along. They don't keep me in the loop that much, I'm just the guy who wrote the book. [Laughs] But I do hear about things from back channels. Every time I ask them about it, they say it's a go — that something would have to stop it at this point, as opposed to start it. Brad Pitt coming on board was a game-changer, I think. We'll see, though.

I have confidence in the team, because you have the director (Marc Forster) who did The Kite Runner and the writer who did The Kingdom, »

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World War Z Author Max Brooks Updates Movie Adaptation

30 October 2010 12:04 PM, PDT | HugAZombie | See recent HugAZombie news »

It's still happening!

In July, the adaptation of Max Brooks' best-selling novel World War Z received some good news when Brad Pitt joined the production. Since then, news on the movie has been non-existent. MTV spoke with Brooks about the movie, who informed the site that no news is good news.

From what I hear, things keep rolling along. They don't keep me in the loop that much, I'm just the guy who wrote the book. [Laughs] But I do hear about things from back channels. Every time I ask them about it, they say it's a go — that something would have to stop it at this point, as opposed to start it. Brad Pitt coming on board was a game-changer, I think. We'll see, though.

I have confidence in the team, because you have the director (Marc Forster) who did The Kite Runner and the writer who did The Kingdom, »

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'Zombie Survival Guide' Author On 'World War Z' Movie, 'The Walking Dead,' And... Rom: Spaceknight!

29 October 2010 9:16 AM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

Back in July, I was proud to bring you the exclusive scoop that author Max Brooks' "World War Z" and "Zombie Survival Guide" (as well as the "Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks" comics) had both been optioned by Paramount for live-action adaptations, with Brad Pitt attached to star in the "World War Z" movie.

With Brooks scheduled to make an appearance at this weekend's Long Beach Comic Con in support of "Recorded Attacks" and the rest of his zombie-friendly projects (as well as his recent "G.I. Joe: Hearts & Minds" miniseries), I caught up with the writer to get an update on his long list of current and future projects. What I didn't expect, however, was to find a fellow fan of Galador's greatest hero: Rom, Spaceknight.

MTV News: You have a lot on you plate these days, so let's kick things off with "Recorded Attacks." How do you »

- Rick Marshall

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Watch Out Seattle..ZomBCon Is Coming!

25 October 2010 8:11 PM, PDT | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

If you live in Seattle, Washington, then prepare yourself for the undead to arrive in your town this weekend with ZomBCon – a “convention of the living dead.” The guest list includes George Romero, Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, Max Brooks (author World War Z), Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club), Malcolm McDowell (Clockwork Orange), John Amplas (Martin, Day Of The Dead), Terry Alexander (Day Of The Dead), The Ladies of The Evil Dead (Theresa Tilly, Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Barker), Danny Hicks (Evil Dead 2), Timothy Patrick Quill (Army Of Darkness), and Sean “The Butcher” Smithson (writer, Fangoria, Dread Central, Twitch). ZomBCon will also feature workshops, autograph sessions, seminars, Q&As, Zombie Research Society symposiums, a Prom Of The Living Dead costume ball, a Films That Ate Our Brain film series, readings by authors, a mass wedding ceremony performance by Bruce Campbell, and several red carpet galas. You can check out more information about [...] »

- MEL

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ZomBCon Invades Seattle This Weekend!

25 October 2010 5:49 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Zombies. I love ‘em. You love ‘em. From the looks of most media, everybody loves ‘em. Long considered the drunken, famished, and wholly unruly guests at the Horror Party, they’re appearing in everything from books, movies, videogames, even commercials and a Halloween-themed Sears web site. This year however, there’s a new venue in town: ZomBCon.

ZomBCon is a “convention of the living dead” happening in Seattle, Wa and horror sites and mainstream news outlets are buzzing about it. With a guest list that includes names such as George Romero, Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, Max Brooks (author World War Z), Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club), Malcolm McDowell (Clockwork Orange), John Amplas (Martin, Day Of The Dead), Terry Alexander (Day Of The Dead), The Ladies of The Evil Dead (Theresa Tilly, Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Barker), Danny Hicks (Evil Dead 2), Timothy Patrick Quill (Army Of Darkness), Sean “The Butcher” Smithson (writer, »

- Carnell

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"So Now you're A Zombie" (Book Review)

29 September 2010 10:59 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Oh Max Brooks. What hast thou wrought? Back in 2003, Brooks—son of legendary filmmaker/comedian Mel Brooks—released a campy, ersatz instruction manual called The Zombie Survival Guide, a mock instructional on how to evade being eaten by the living dead during a corpse revolt. The book was small, silly and fun and made some waves, putting Max on the map and moving units. Of course, the tome was simply a warm-up for his epic achievement World War Z, but it was the first one that set the tone for the endless onslaught of quickie ghoul cash grabbing titles that followed. »

- allan.dart@starloggroup.com (Chris Alexander)

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Mini review of John Joseph Adams' zombie fiction comps The Living Dead (1 & 2)

26 September 2010 2:18 PM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Year: 2008

Publisher: Nightshade Books

Authors: Various

Amazon link: link

Rating: 8 out of 10

[Editor's note: Night Shade Books mailed me both of John Joseph Adams' Living Dead anthologies and since it would take me way too long to get thoughts up if I waited to read every story I wanted to plug their awesomeness early and maybe ad to the post later. Therefore, what follows is more of a mini-review]

Each coming in at almost double the size of his last anthology, the post-apocalypticly inclined Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, writer/editor John Joseph Adams has released two truly massive tomes of zombie fiction onto the unsuspecting public. I say "unsuspecting" because, like me, I'm sure a lot of people out there have no real inkling as to what a popular subject the undead are to so many lauded writers. Just a quick glance at the list of authors included in these veritable holy grails of Zombie short fiction is enough to make your head decay. Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Clive Barker, George R.R. Martin, Max Brooks, John Skipp, Kelly Link, Harlan Ellison, are only the tip of the iceberg and some of the best stories even come from people I've never heard of.

That's not to say »

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Resident Evil: Afterlife and a 3D Zombie Apocalypse: A Movie Review

15 September 2010 4:00 PM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Resident Evil Poster*This post has been written by blogger and arts aficionado Ed Sum. More details on Ed can be found in the Profile section of this site.

The fans demanded it, and now, director Paul Anderson delivers a Resident Evil film that is supposedly more faithful to the video games of the same name. However, there is one particular question which really has to be asked about this franchise. Is Resident Evil even about the zombies anymore? This film felt more like The Matrix!

Author Max Brooks have given meaning to what an out of control virus can do, and even suggested what the next step is. It is time to simply gather the survivors and find a haven that the zombies can't reach. However, this film is not "Z-Day," the anthem for the "Post Zombie Apocalypse," a play created by Bring Back Pluto Productions—man's best friend »

- 28DaysLaterAnalysis@gmail.com (Michael Allen)

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