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STRAIGHT TO YOU by David Moody

Most folks who are regulars to the site will know that fellow hack, David Moody, and I are something of a double-act within the world of genre fiction. Maybe it’s our shared fascination with the end of the world, or a tendency to write about a certain grey-faced bogeyman, but for one reason or another we’ve found ourselves doing a lot of events together and, needless to say, have become very good friends over the years.

What you may not know (although I do shout about it all the time in interviews and the like) is that I first met Dave as a fan of his work. I’ve got a signed copy of Dave’s debut novel, STRAIGHT TO YOU, that’s dated April 2005 (the book itself is a first print hardback published in 1996). And while I thoroughly enjoyed it back then, the rewrite, released just today through Infected Books, is a different beast altogether.cover (2)

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Happy New Year!

With fellow horrror hacks, David Moody and Adam Millard


Okay, so I’m not going to bore you with a long and meandering introspective piece on what went well and not so well for me over 2013. But I do think it’s important for us all to pause for thought, on occasion, and look back and this is my pause.

2013 was a year of more book releases (PLASTIC JESUS, INKUBATION) and more WIPS (I’ll get back to that in a moment), as you might expect. In addition, my bestselling zomie novel, FLU, saw serialisation via Sirius XM’s Book Radio.


There have also been some brand new developments.

First of all, I started podcasting. Always a fan of podcasts, as a listener, I never thought I had it in me to maintain one of my own. A co-host spot on the Zombiehamster Podcast crashed and burned for one reason or another, none of which I want to get into, but I came out of all that with a bit of technical know-how and an appetite for doing more. Now, I’m part of two brand new podcasts: a co-hosting spot with extreme metal show, DOOM N’ GLOOM, as well as my own show on writing and genre-related stuff, HACK. There’ll be lots more of both in 2014.

I also got back into journo stuff; writing music reviews for the awesome LAIR OF FILTH, as well as some features for SKIN DEEP TATTOO MAGAZINE. Both of these will carry on in 2014.


2013 also saw me helm my first convention, as co-host of the SCARdiff Horror Expo with Mike Allwood/ Fantasy Events. It was a roaring success and new co-producer, Rebecca, and I are very much looking forward to announcing the date and new venue for the 2014 event.



Back to those WIPs and my plans for 2014 are as follows:

Final draft on vampire novel.

Write/ release final entry to the FLU series.

Final draft on sci-fi/ dystopian novel.

Commence writing on new sci-fi/ horror.

Final draft on slasher horror novel colab with fellow hack, Andre Duza.

I’ve a refurb planned for the website. And there’s other stuff going on in the background which I’m very excited about but can’t talk about just yet (I know, I know… that old cliché!).

Okay, I’m out of here. But before I go, just want to say a HUGE thanks to everyone who’s supported any of my ventures over 2013. It’s appreciated more than you know. Particular thanks to Dave, Daniel, Rich and everyone else over at the facebook page for being awesome, to Agent Gina for having my back, and to every editor/ publisher who’s believed in my work enough to put it out there. I never take any of that for granted. Thank you.

Have a good one and talk soon!



Here’s Rich Hawkins back for his first HHR of 2013. And he’s taking a break from books, this week, to review George A. Romero’s classic movie, DAWN OF THE DEAD. 

“When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth…”
Well, what is there to say about ‘Dawn of the Dead’ that hasn’t been said before, and by people more qualified than me? Probably nothing, but seeing as it is dark, cold and raining outside, I’m buzzing on Red Bull and I’ve just run out of salted peanuts, I’ll indulge myself and attempt to give a coherent opinion of this classic film.

Following the events of ‘Night of the Living Dead’ society is collapsing upon itself, and the world descends into chaos as the bodies of the dead return to ‘life’ to feast upon the living. Romero creates a great mood of panic and desperation in the opening minutes – I remember watching it for the first time when I was a young lad and being really scared simply because of the fear and creeping terror implied. And I knew what was coming.

I was hooked. The opening minutes still get me now.

At a television studio in Philadelphia, Stephen and his girlfriend Francine plan to steal the traffic helicopter to escape the city. They meet up with two SWAT operatives and flee the city via the helicopter, and eventually find a shopping mall.

You probably know what happens next.

This film has it all – exploding heads, evisceration and scenes of dismemberment. A zombie fanatic’s wet dream. There’s even a Hari Krishna zombie, which is equally terrifying and funny to me. The zombies are slow, slightly comical and almost laughable in some cases, but they’ll still bite your face off if you give them a chance. And even with the copious amounts of blood and flesh-ripping the film resonates with a veiled mockery of consumerism in 1970’s America; there are more levels to this film than an Xbox game, and it’s still relevant now. It was ground-breaking in its time, and is now viewed, rightly so, as one of the finest horror films ever made. Even its ambiguous ending where the survivors escape to an uncertain future is perfect, because in a world in which there are no more happy endings, simple survival is the only thing left to wish for.

But, to me, this film is terrifying not because of the zombies and gore, but because it shows how quickly everything – society and personal relationships – can fall apart.

And that will always stay with me. Along with John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’, this is the film that introduced me to the horror genre.

Thank you, George Romero.

It’s just a shame he had to make ‘Survival of the Dead’, but I’ll leave it there…

Meet Rich online at his facebook page. 


There’s been a lot of other stuff happening, but I’m still celebrating the US release of the FLU series (FLU and FEVER) through Tantor Media with the help of my friends.

So far, we’ve had Gary McMahon, Iain McKinnon, Andre Duza and Joe McKinney over to talk about a zombie movie of their choice. Today, it’s Bowie Ibarra’s turn. He’s hanging out with some very cool folks, kicking back and watching zomedy classic RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD.

Take it away, Bowie! 

Zombie movies mean a lot to many different people. People connect to them for whatever reason: Age, place, time period, etc. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD blew me away from the get-go, and I was a zombie movie fan from then on out.

RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD cracked me up. I have many favorite moments from the movie, but my fave is still the 2nd set of paramedics arriving on the scene, discovering the danger, then being form tackled by the zeds as they try to race back to their vehicle.

But enough about my thoughts, here’s a brief recap of some of the thoughts of the ‘Bloodthirsty Thursday’ viewing of the movie at Alamo Drafthouse Westlake in San Antonio, Texas.

The question was, “What does ‘Return of the Living Dead’ mean to you?”

Mike Flores: I remember watching that movie growing up. I was around 5. And I remember it scaring the crap out of me.

ZBF.com: Do Zombies kick ass?

MF: Ah, yeah. Especially in this one. They talk. Run. We’re doomed.

Timothy Pettis: Basically, it means my entire life that I’ve been frightened of this movie ever since I saw it when I was 8 on HBO. Luckily, I was one of the lucky ones to have cable back in the day. And I saw it when it first premiered. And Tarman scared the shit out of me. What was even worse was that my room was in the basement.

It impacted me so much that I actually have him tattooed on my leg.

ZombieBloodFights.com: What inspired this work of art?

TP: Basically, I couldn’t see a movie like this, with so many memorable characters, I mean, to be just maybe one character or two characters, or just something that didn’t even go with the movie. And I think every character in this movie had some kind of impact on somebody that they all deserve to be on the poster.

Sherry: It’s just a great cult classic. Really funny. Encompasses all the great things: Punk rock, horror, comedy, memorable characters, and, I don’t know, just a lot of blood. BRAINS!

Joe: Well said. She took the words right out of my mouth.

Matt Bright/Steven Remeir: Man, it’s a movie I grew up with since I was a little kid. One of the first zombie movies I ever saw. Kelly’s always down to bring what people want to see, what people want to, you know, be exposed to. And its always cool to see a movie you grew up with on the big screen.

Steven: That was the first time I’ve actually ever seen that, and it was just, like, really awesome. And I want to come back and see more movies like that.

ZBF.com: Bad ass. So this is a real moment here. What were your impressions of the movie, man, was it what you expected.

Steven: It was better than what I expected. I didn’t know actually, really even what to expect. It was just awesome just being able to, like, watch and see everything that goes down, like, how it was filmed back then. It was pretty awesome.

Lucy: This was actually my first time seeing it. I’ve never seen this movie.

ZBF.com: Okay, this is big. You’re the second person I’ve talked to tonight that said that. What were your impressions of this movie that has a huge following.

Lucy: It was pretty awesome. I liked it. It was my first time, and it was funny. I thought it was actually funny. It was really good.

ZBF.com: Excellent. What were some parts that you enjoyed?

Lucy: When she turned into a zombie. The redhead.

ZBF.com: Her nightmare came true there. What about you Alex?

Alex: I love this movie. I saw it when it first came out on video back in, like, ’85. And I was like 8 or 9 years old. So I got a lifetime relationship with this movie. I’ve probably seen it 100 times. It’s awesome. It’s awesome to come out tonight and see a room full of people. And I understand the 7:30 show was even sold out. So I guess it says a lot about the movie itself. You know, granted, everybody loves zombies nowadays with ‘The Walking Dead’ and everything. But this is still a classic, its awesome, and I’m just glad there was a really good turnout.

ZBF.com: As we can see, there’s just something about the zombie genre movie “Return of the Living Dead” that resonates throughout zombie pop culture. Considering the responses I received above, I can confidently say that I believe a big part of that has to do with the camaraderie and brotherhood that comes from enjoying such a quality movie with other members of the z-day subculture.

BOWIE IBARRA is the author of the zombie horror series ‘Down the Road’ from Permuted Press and Simon and Schuster. The magnum opus of the series, ‘Down the Road: The Fall of Austin’, follows several groups of people that watch the world collapse around them in the city of Austin, Texas.

Network with Bowie and follow his writings and wild antics at his personal website, ZombieBloodFights.com


FLU and FEVER are available now to US readers through Tantor Media in paperback, audio and e-book.