Wow--just look at all these pieces laying around...
...sometimes the simplest answers are the best ones. During a recent chat with Cridafer about squeezing reading time into the day, he informed me that when it comes to reading fiction he will usually only pick up the Hugo and/or Nebula award winners (dear Cridafer is probably as big a Sci-Fi freak as I am a horror hound) and is rarely disappointed or feels like he wasted time on a crappy novel. What a fantastic idea! I've always felt trepidation over trying a new author or just randomly picking up something off the shelves in the hopes that it won't be a steaming pile of dog shit, of which there is much to be found in any genre, much less horror. Since chatting with da Crid, I've picked up a handful of Bram Stoker award winners from the past few years and every one that I've read so far has been an absolute terrifying joy! I've managed to discover some fresh, freaky perspectives amongst the likes of Al Sarrantonio, Jonathan Maberry, Richard Laymon and several others.
...Brian Keene!!!!! This guy is unbelievably good in the most horrific ways! I've had a couple of his books sitting on the shelf for the past couple of months and finally got around to readin' The Rising. Hokey smokes, I haven't been this utterly blown away by a genre author since first discovering Stephen King's The Stand in my young, 4th grade days. For me, The Rising and its sequel City of the Dead is unquestionably the most interesting take on the zombie uprising schtick since I first saw Romero's creations shamble across the silver screen. I was fortunate enough to have purchased a limited edition of The Rising: Selected Scenes from the End of the World, a collection of Keene stories set in the world of The Rising that is somewhat sort of a final book in the "trilogy", and finished that gruesome piece of literature off in a single evening. I'm making my way thru The Conqueror Worms now and lovin' every page of it so far. If you are any kind of fan of splat lit thrillers, you gotta check this guy out.
...upgraded the living room theater system with our very first high-end A/V receiver, an Onkyo TX-SR805 that pretty much handles any kind of audio or video signal you throw at it. Watching 28 Weeks Later on Blu-Ray with this thing actually made me like the movie more!!! Now I have an excuse to watch all my fave flicks yet again.
...I finally watched Flight of the Living Dead last week and the less said about that complete waste of brain space, the better. So I'll stop here.