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Tuesday, June 05th, 2012 | Author: Casey Criswell

Friend, cohort and confidant Derek M. Koch from over at the Mail Order Zombie and from some other spiffy little podcast I heard about called 1951 Down Place has released his new Kindle e-short “Granny and the Hole”! Derek’s been working on this for a bit, so it’s exciting to see it on the shelves! I’ve had the pleasure of reading it already, so I can say…you’re gonna like it.

“Granny and the Hole” is available exclusively on the Kindle at the moment and will cost you a mere $1.29. That’s a bargain!


Derek M. Koch, producer of the long-running zombie movie podcast Mail Order Zombie, released his zombie short story “Granny and the Hole” on June 3, 2012. The story, a tale of a man who refuses to let death stand in the way of a relationship between his mother-in-law and his daughter, is available for Amazon Kindle as part of the Kindle Select program, or for purchase for $1.29.

In addition to producing Mail Order Zombie, Koch has directed an award-winning zombie short film, appeared as a character in other authors’ zombie stories, and has seen his own zombie stories previously released in other publishers’ anthologies. “Granny and the Hole” is the first story released by Koch’s Black Sombrero Publishing.

“Granny and the Hole” can be found on Amazon.com at http://tinyurl.com/grannyzombie. “Granny and the Hole” will be released for other e-reader formats later this year.

About Derek M. Koch

Derek M. Koch lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, his cats and his zombie movie collection which forms the basis of the award-winning podcast Mail Order Zombie (http://www.mailorderzombie.com). The movie collection is for the podcast. His wife is “patiently” supportive. The cats are waiting for dinner. He can be found online at his website Plan D at http://www.derekmkoch.com.

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Monday, March 12th, 2012 | Author: Casey Criswell

Real life has reared it’s ugly head once again, delaying me from posting here on ‘ye olde blog’, but here we are once again!

Just over a week ago, I released Episode 8 of the Dad and his Weird Friends Book Podcast, and this episode was a special one. For myself at any rate. Never before have I taken up the charge to sit down and actually interview somebody. Thankfully for me, author Jesse Petersen agreed to stop by and have a chat! Despite my nerves and everything else, the interview turned out quite well.

For those of you not familiar with Ms. Petersen, she’s penned a three book zombie series known as the “Living With the Dead” series. (There’s a short story collection in there to boot!) The covers of the first two books, “Married with Zombies” and “Flip this Zombie”, are seen above. My introduction to these book started with my lovely wife reading them and having a blast and then proceeding to pester me to get me to read them.

The Mrs. “You really need to read these books!”
The Mr. “But..they’re…pink.”
The Mrs. “So? Zombies! They’re really good!”
The Mr. ” But…Girlie…”
The Mrs. “They’re not chick-lit, read em!”

That conversation went on much like that over a couple of days until finally I relented. The next few days were broken up in two day chunks as I poured through each novel and broke into a typical “Those were really good books!” “….I told you so.” routine with the Mrs.

That said guys…they’re not girlie at all. It’s okay. The covers are just a design choice, you can read them. They are solid zombie novels!

Since this episode has been released, Jesse’s third novel “Eat, Slay, Love” has been nominated for a Dead Letter Award over at Mail Order Zombie! If you enjoy the interview and decide to give the book a read? Why not throw her a vote!

While we’re here…since I am in full bore book mode here as of late, I invite you to come join us in the Dad and his Weird Friends Book Club over on Facebook! Nothing more than a place to hangout and chat about books with like minded nerds! It’s a little quiet and dusty in there right now, but if you come join us, it’s bound to liven up!

Without further ado, I give you Episode 8 of the Dad and his Weird Friends Book Podcast! Enjoy!

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Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 | Author: Casey Criswell

The recent festive holidays left me with a shiny new Kindle eReader in my hand. Like any good minded tech nerd, I had to break it in! Since I have a healthy dose of horror nerd in me, I figured a zombie apocalypse book would be a good fit. Considering the fact that my good friend ‘P’ has been on me for a good year or more to give “Day By Day Armageddon” a shot, I figured what the hell and dove in. One day later, I’d say it was a good experience!

The setup is simple; “Day By Day Armageddon” is the journal of an air force officer who has begun to journal his way through the end of the world. He decides to stay in his home with battery back up and provisions instead of reporting to base which turns out to be a good thing for him in the long run. We follow along as the title suggests in day to day snippets of the narrator’s recounting of his harried existence if the land of the un-dead.

Bourne’s book of the end of the world has had praise heaped upon it by throngs of zombie loving fans out there and for good reason. Following along on the narrator’s journey is pretty damn engaging and makes for a solid read. The format can be off putting at first. Everything is delivered in short bite sized journal entries as the synopsis tells us. Don’t worry though, it will grow on you over time. The truth is, the narrator and the people he meet are all pretty interesting as they grow in this new unfriendly world. Bourne does well to keep the situations and resolutions grounded in reality with a heavy use of military tactics and terms. The format does bring with it some shortcomings like a shortage of details. There are many sequences throughout the book that feel like they have been glossed over since we are being given just a brief journal entry. It fits for what the author is shooting for but as an end of the world/zombie fan, I’d like to hear more on what our protagonists are going through. It seems like most of the time we are told that someone is bleeding, given a brief wrap up of what happened to them and then we move on to the next entry. What it boils down to is the age old writer’s argument of show vs. tell. You can make a case for either side. I myself as a writer; I struggle with showing more instead of telling. Telling has it’s place though such as in “Day By Day Armageddon”. A good balance of showing us some of the details would make this story cross over from a good read to a great one.

If you’re a fan of zombies and the end of the world? You really need to get your hands on this. I know I’m late to the game since Bourne has already released the sequel “Day By Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile”. That’s okay though. It’s worth crowing about, it’s a good read!

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Thursday, September 02nd, 2010 | Author: Casey Criswell

This past year, the literary world was plagued with a new phenomenon; the hybrid of mixing heavy horror elements into a number of standard literary classics. You’ll be most familiar with patient zero of the craze, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”. For myself, the idea was cute but the execution just didn’t pay off. For me at least. it still felt like “Pride and Prejudice” and there just happened to zombies squeezed in there. Now there are a veritable plethora of similar books out there and if you didn’t like the idea the first time around, chances are you’re not going to like any of the others. Then music journalist Alan Goldsher came and changed up the formula a bit.

Enter: “Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion”. If you haven’t figured it out by the title, your favorite and mine The Beatles are zombies. Well, all of them except Ringo. He’s a seventh level ninja lord. None of that undead business for him.

Instead of a straight up fictional narrative, “Paul is Undead” is told in a collection of interviews with members of the band, other associates, fans and such. While the idea of a zombie Beatles band may seem a bit ludicrous, when it is packaged in the interview collection format it reads as a fun history. The book starts with John Lennon being shot in 1980, just like real life. Unlike real life, he’s a zombie so it’s not that big of deal. From there we learn the origins of the band, their current state of decay and their rampage over the years. It’s a great bit of fun.

Not only is the loose collection of interviews the perfect setting for such a tale, Goldsher does a great job of inventing this little world that the zombie Beatles reside. It’s not that different from our own; there are just zombies in it. Lots of them. Lots of different kinds of them. You have your Liverpudlian variety that John, Paul and George hail from. They come with a grayish pallor and a complicated process of conversion that makes killing them off a bit difficult. Other parts of the world give birth to other types of zombies. Your classic Romero shambler? They might come from the wilds of Africa. It’s Goldsher’s attention to detail and a breath of heavy imagination that gives the somewhat tired zombie genre a good shot in the arm to make it fun and different. Let’s not forget the fact that the book is actually pretty hilarious as well. The jokes run fast and frequent throughout the boys rise to fame. Remember Mick Jagger? Of course you do. He’s still out there doing his thing. That could be because he’s been a zombie hunter for quite a few decades now. Hunting zombies keep you shape. Once again, a fun little element that ties into the fun.

“Paul is Undead” is a great light and breezy read. I laughed out loud a number of times just at the sheer zaniness of it all. Goldsher does a great job of making the fantasy version of the Beatles history mirror the real Beatles history. I’m not enough of a buff to say for certain but I feel pretty safe in saying that he touches on all of the major moments in the bands reign with a high point of accuracy. He is a music writer after all and his love of band and their craft shines through. Lucky for us, he appears to love zombies as well!

Give it a read, it’s a good time!

In addition to all this, I just received word yesterday that Goldsher has just announced the sequel to “Paul is Undead”, “Poppermost Over America: The British Zombie Invasion 2”! If you want to read up, head over to the book’s blog at http://poppermostoveramerica.blogspot.com/ check it out! Be forewarned though; the site will contain a lot of spoilers for the first book, so read at your own risk!

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Monday, May 17th, 2010 | Author: Casey Criswell

Hey, would you believe it, I’m actually not promoting my own stuff for a change! No no, today I’m spreading the world on How to Survive the Strange! Put together by Bryan over at Cinema Suicide and John Herman.

What is How to Survive the Strange? Easy! It’s a little web series that promises to prepare you for any kind of monster/slasher/end of the world eventuality by showing you some good solid techniques on how to deal with any of these situations! Here in Episode 1 you’ll learn the many uses of your standard claw hammer in event of a zombie invasion. Good to know, huh?

Be sure to head over to Funny or Die and check out the first ep. It’s worth a few laughs and they’re good people who deserve your votes! To make it even more worth your while, be sure to check out the How to Survive the Strange blog to find out how you can win some nifty prizes by helping spread the word!

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

The Movie

As covered back in former episode of Midnight Muenster, “Zombie Strippers” is a pretty damn good flick all around. From the press release:

Starring Jenna Jameson, Robert Englund and Roxy Saint (of the Goth Rock Band: Roxy Saint and the Blackouts), Zombie Strippers is a comedic horror film set in the not too distant future, when a secret government re-animation “chemo-virus” gets released and lands in an underground strip club. The virus first infects Kat (Jameson), turning her into a flesh-craving Super Zombie Stripper, with killer moves on the dance floor. She instantly becomes the club’s most popular attraction and the other girls begin to get jealous of all the attention Kat is getting. As the virus begins to spread, turning the strippers into Zombies, the girls struggle with whether or not to conform to the new “fad” even if it means there’s no turning back.

Jenna Jameson as a naked zombie. What’s not to love?!? But believe it or not, with a name like “Zombie Strippers” and starring one of the biggest mogul’s in Porn today, there is a heck of a lot more to this flick that boobs and brains. It’s still a major part of it, but it goes way deeper than that!

What makes ZS a standout is director Jay Lee’s love of the genre and his attention to detail in the writing. There are so many in jokes in here pertaining to society, the government, big business…the works. There’s enough here that you get some mental stimulation as well!

Robert Englund is….well, he’s Robert Englund and he’s a master at the ham fisted bad guy roles. He’s delightfully cheesy here in his slimyness. Everything from NRA jokes and his germophobia make for a great little character that manages to steal scenes. Jenna Jameson does quite well also. Granted, she’s playing a stripper and she’s been doing that for years; she also brings a bit of believability to the role as well besides just showing off her girls. (Mind you, that’s nice too) The rest of the cast does their part to bring together a nice little genre satire as well as a gore fest that is on par with the other movies that take themselves too seriously.

As far as the zombie canon goes, there’s really not much to worry about. They don’t stick to the strictest rules of the zombie code, but they do quite well. As a matter of fact, the makeup in use in “ZS” is downright impressive. Naked zombies strutting their stuff obviously require full body makeups. The work they did on Jenna, Roxie Roxie was pretty damn great. They slowly break down over the course of the movie and the effects are obvious. Dry and decaying skin, gray palor, the works. The kills are handled well and creatively too; they’ll make you cringe for sure if you’re a guy and the jaw zombie is by far one of my favorites I’ve seen as of late.


There are a number of extra’s packed onto the disk, and they’re pretty nice if you’re into the behind the scenes view. In addition to the standard ‘deleted scenes’ features that are common to almost any movie these days, we have commentary with Jay Lee, Jenna Jameson, Robert Englund & Joey Medina, The Champagne Room: Behind the Scenes of Zombie Strippers, and The Dressing Room: How to Glam a Zombie.

These two features were both detailed and entertaining to gain further aspect of what “Zombie Strippers” was all about. In The Champagne Room, we learn the origins of what inspired Jay Lee’s plot and how much detail he’s put in to the various characters and settings. There is a reason for nearly every character in this movie. We also learn that the movie is loosely based on a play called “The Rhino” and helps to point out some of the more subtle references that were made during the movie. In The Dressing Room, we get detailed looks from the FX team on how they made Jenna Jameson actually look gross (think about it, that would be a pretty tough job) and how exactly they came up with the makeups and effects. If you’re a tech geek for horror FX, you’ll approve of this whole heartedly.

The Rating

It’s easy for me having seen the movie three times now to give “Zombie Strippers” a 9 out of 10. It may seem high on your first glance, but this is a movie that you pick up more and more on repeated viewings. The disk itself gets a 9 out of 10 as well for a pretty transfer, good sound and solid extra features.

If you refrain from seeing this due to the name, you’re a goob! It’s a great flick that needs attention in this day and age of remakes and PG13 horror.