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Walking Dead Webisodes

AMC has put out a series of six Walking Dead webisodes. Here’s the first:

I dig extra content like this and the Sons of Anarchy app. They’re nice bonuses for the fans, often full of insights or surprises about the main series.

In Walking Dead‘s case, the six episodes give you a glimpse into another family’s life, and there’s a cool little surprise for fans at the end (assuming someone else hasn’t already spoiled it for you). Each webisode is 2-4 minutes long, so you can easily catch up with them over a lunchbreak.

Well worth it if you’re a fan.

I’ll probably be behind in watching the new seasons, but I look forward to it with cautious optimism. I dig the overall feel of the show, but I thought last season’s finale was a fumble. I hope the Season 2 opener recovers.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Zombie Night!

The Walking Dead just finished its first showing, but I haven’t watched it yet. Instead I let the DVR grab it while I watched the British zombie series Dead Set, which I recorded all week off IFC.

What a fun zombie series. The premise is simple: contestants of the reality show Big Brother are trapped on the set during the zombie apocalypse and must survive while the studio is overrun with the undead. Like any good zombie story, it’s more about the survivors and their behavior than the zombies themselves. Hell, in that sense, it’s a lot like the The Walking Dead comic series.

Dead Set doesn’t pull any punches with the gore. It’s got fast zombies, and they come running out of everywhere at times and tear into the living like buzzsaws. There are some good human villains, too, like the director Patrick. (When he’s cutting meat off a body to make bait and is taunting the others about it… classic.) Just as you’d expect in a crisis in the real world, some people make stupid decisions, some play things a little smarter. Some make good team players, others are out for themselves. Some flip out, others are able to remain calm. Because reality TV contestants are drawn from a variety of backgrounds and personalities, the Dead Set cast has no trouble hitting all the bases and is what helps carry the show.

Horror fans could certainly do worse. Hopefully it will show up on Netflix before long.

Now to see if I can’t get The Walking Dead in before bed.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore

I don’t spend a lot of time promoting other writers’ work, but man, I can’t tell you how excited I am for the upcoming The Walking Dead series on AMC. Check out this trailer:

I read volumes one, two and three of the comic series a while back, and finally got around to reading volumes four, five, six and seven over the weekend. Fantastic series.

This is one of few books in any genre that realizes the story is more about the characters than it is about the gimmick. If it were just zombies and survival horror, it couldn’t support a multi-volume comics series like this, much less a television series. Some of the characters feel like clichés, but Kirkman challenges them — and the reader — and they grow and change as the series progresses. Some live, some die, and at times they’re fighting one another as often as they are zombies.

In fact, the zombies are more part of the environment than they are threatening monsters. They could just as well be poisonous snakes or post-apocalyptic cannibals for all the difference it would make in the story; the characters would face the same problems and be every bit as compelling.

Then there’s the cliffhangers. I went right from volume six to volume seven instead of doing the things around the house I needed to, and now I’m going to have to order volume eight very soon.

I’ll be thrilled if I can capture half this kind of success with The Pack.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.