Category: Zombies

Rot & Ruin Novels or Webtoon by Jonathan Maberry

Ask most folks if they are familiar with Rot & Ruin and if they are, they’ll begin talking about Jonathan Maberry’s award-winning four book series that takes place in a zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America.  The series is good enough to have twice won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Young Adult Fiction.

But that’s not the Rot & Ruin I’m talking about today.

Today I’m talking about the Rot & Ruin webtoon.  Adapted by Mayberry with art by Alempe, this Rot & Ruin posts an update every Monday.

Benny Imura and his friends must navigate a post-apocalyptic zombie-infected America in which teenagers are forced to find labor or face starvation. When Benny grudgingly joins his annoying older brother Tom as an apprentice zombie hunter, he soon discovers that almost everything he believed about his sheltered life is wrong–and zombies aren’t the greatest thing to fear in the Rot & Ruin. Based on the novel Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry.

Check it out!

The Top 10 Zombie Movies of the 21st Century

Alex Maidy and present The Top 10 Zombie Movies of the 21st Century.  I’ve seen nine of the ten films listed and here are my ratings and thoughts…

9.  REC (2007):  I didn’t care for this one.

8.  DEAD SNOW (2009):  This was okay.  I’d like to see it again to see if my opinion changes.

7.  PLANET TERROR (2007)  Definitely had the drive-in feel which they were going for.  I thought I’d like it better.

6.  SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004)  I liked this one.  If you’re down for funny zombie movies, then this is for you.

5.  ZOMBIELAND (2009)  Another funny zombie film that works.

4.  TRAIN TO BUSAN (2016)  Surprisingly good.

3.  DAWN OF THE DEAD (2004)  Don’t hate on me, but I liked the remake better than the original.

2.  28 DAYS LATER (2002)  One of my favorite zombie movies.

1.  WORLD WAR Z (2013)  Get’s better on each viewing and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched it.  Sucks me in every time.

George Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead” Trivia

Matthew Jackson and Mental Floss present 10 Gruesome Facts About Dawn of the Dead.  Here are three of my favorites and my thoughts on each… click over to get the full story.

1. WE CAN THANK THE MALL (AND DARIO ARGENTO) FOR DAWN OF THE DEAD(Romero had avoided returning to the genre for years and had it not been for Argento helping with creative control and financing, Dawn of the Dead may have never happened! – Craig)

3. MULTIPLE VERSIONS OF DAWN OF THE DEAD EXIST. (This is news to me!  I’d love to see Argento’s version that cut down on the humor.  I have a feeling I’d prefer it. – Craig)

4. DAWN OF THE DEAD WAS RELEASED UNRATED IN AMERICA. (I took my future wife to see the unrated version on Dawn’s initial release.  It’s the only movie we’ve ever walked out on.  The gore was too much for her.  Later in the week I returned with my buddy, John Beatty and we made it to the end. – Craig)

The Best (and Worst) States for Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse!

If a zombie apocalypse breaks out, are you living in a state that provides a good chance of survival?  If you want to find out, has the answers.  They looked at each “state’s agriculture, weapon ownership, solar energy, and climate.”  They then ranked states from 1 (most likely to survive) to 4 (least likely to survive).

Since I live in Florida (ranked a 2), my odds are pretty good.  If I went back to my birth state of Indiana (ranked a 1), they’d be even better.

 If you click over to The 10 Best States for Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse at Mental Floss, you’ll get even more info.

Trigger Mortis: A Zombie Western by Derec Donovan!

Trigger Mortis is a 64 page Zombie Western Hardcover Graphic Novel from Derec Donovan that’s on Kickstarter now.  I jumped on board and I thought it would appeal to some of our readers.  Here’s the synopsis…

EXCLUSIVE to Kickstarter! Trigger Mortis is a 64 page Hardcover thrill-ride combining the action and human drama of Spaghetti Westerns, and the tension and horror of Zombie films.

1876: on the eve of Colorado gaining statehood, rancher Sarah Mc’Clintock has hired a pair of Pinkertons to protect her family’s ranch from the ever present threat of Cattle Rustlers.

She soon finds herself caught in a love triangle between her old flame, Deputy Dylan Hawkes, and mysterious Gunhand Seamus O’Donnell.

Until a zombie plague comes crashing to Earth, spreading like wildfire and threatening the unsuspecting citizens.

Can the living band together to defend the town of Devil’s Lantern from the army of the walking dead?

*Trigger Mortis is intended for Mature Audiences.

The 50 Best Zombie Movies of All Time

Jim Vorel at Paste came up with his list of The 50 Best Zombie Movies of All Time.  Vorel’s list is a good one.  Here’s his top ten and mine (using just the films on his list).

The 50 Best Zombie Movies of All Time

Jim Vorel


10.  Dawn of the Dead (2004) 

10.  Day of the Dead (1985)

09.  Zombi 2 (1979) 

09. Planet Terror (2007)

08.  Night of the Living Dead (1968)

08.  28 Weeks Later (2007)

07.  Evil Dead 2 (1987) 

07.  Shaun of the Dead (2004) 

06.  Shaun of the Dead (2004) 

06. Zombieland (2009)

05.  Day of the Dead (1985) 

05. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

04.  28 Days Later (2002)

04. Train to Busan (2016)

03.  Re-Animator (1985) 

03. 28 Days Later (2002) 

02.  Return of the Living Dead (1985) 

02. World War Z (2013)

01.  Dawn of the Dead (1978) 

01.  Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Although it didn’t make the list, I’d have added The Crazies.

“Black Summer” / Z-View

Black Summer (2019)

Creators: John Hyams, Karl Schaefer

Stars: Jaime King, Justin Chu Cary, Christine Lee, Sal Velez Jr., Kelsey Flower and Erika Hau.

The Pitch: “Let’s make a prequel to Z-Nation.”

The Overview:

Black Summer is a new Netflix series that serves as a prequel to Z-Nation. Since it’s a prequel it’s not necessary to have watched Z-Nation.  (Truth be told, I like Black Summer better than Z-Nation).

The series starts off following what appears to be random folks working to survive a zombie outbreak.  The cool thing is that as the episodes progress people that we see in the background might become the focus of the next installment.  Ultimately a band of survivors forms with the goal of getting to a stadium where they hope the military is waiting to transport them to safety.  Because Black Summer is (at this point) a limited series, there is no “star” that you just know is going to survive.  This raises the stakes and adds to the tension.

You’d think by now we’d have seen it all when it comes to zombie stories.  Black Summer is proof that just ain’t so.  I really liked this first season and hope that it returns for a second.  Guess who else likes Black Summer?  Stephen King said this today…

“BLACK SUMMER (Netflix): Just when you think there’s no more scare left in zombies, THIS comes along. Existential hell in the suburbs, stripped to the bone.”

So don’t just take my word for it, take Stephen King’s.