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New In Books: Zombies From History

New this week from The History Press is Zombies From History by Geoff Holder.

"Full details of where to find, and how to kill, all of Britain's most historic zombies—a guide for history lovers to get the most out of the zombie apocalypse

Are you worried about the zombie apocalypse? Clasp a copy of this book and make sure to secure yourself a better class of horrible death from one of Britain's best-loved historical legends. Sixty fact files offer full zombie-hunting details, including the locations of tombs, any wounds or weaknesses, and a carefully calculated difficulty rating. High profile targets include Jane Austen, Henry VIII, Richard III, and William Shakespeare. Other exciting targets include those with flesh-eating diseases, people who were buried alive, and some resurrected royal corpses. No apocalyptic history lover should leave home without this guide."

Zombies From History is available now in paperback and Kindle editions.

New On DVD: The Complete Blind Dead Saga

new this week from Blue Underground is The Complete Blind Dead Saga, a four disc set that includes The Tombs of the Blind Dead, Return of the Evil Dead, The Ghost Galleon, and Night of the Seagulls, all directed by Amando de Ossorio.

From Blue Underground synopsis for the set:

In 1971, director Amando de Ossorio created what horror fans worldwide consider to be Spain's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. In Ossorio's nightmare vision, a legion of Knights Templar - executed horsemen whose eyes had been pecked out by crows - rise rotting from their graves, hunting only by sound in a quest for human flesh. The BLIND DEAD saga begins here, as a modern-day tourist trip to the ruins of the Templar monastery unleashes a frenzy of lesbian desire, sexual violence and the unholy onslaught of the eyeless undead! 

In this second startling film in the BLIND DEAD series, writer/director Amando de Ossorio returns to the horrific origin of the depraved Templar: heretic knights whose eyes were burned out by medieval vigilantes to prevent them from finding their way back from Hell. Now on the 500th anniversary of their execution, the blind horsemen rise from their tombs to wreak bloody revenge on the town that condemned them. Tony Kendall (WHEN THE SCREAMING STOPS), Frank Brana (PIECES) and Lone Fleming (TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD) star in this chilling sequel that rocked the EuroHorror genre! 

In what many fans consider the most surprising of the four films in the series, Maria Perschy (CASTLE OF FU MANCHU) and Jack Taylor (EUGENIE) star in writer/director Amando de Ossorio's chilling tale about a boatload of stranded swimsuit models who discover a mysterious ghost ship. But this phantom galleon carries the coffins of the satanic Templar, eyeless zombies who hunt humans by sound. Even if these frightened lovelies can survive their own forbidden desires, will they escape the insatiable hunger of the BLIND DEAD? 

The classic saga of the BLIND DEAD ends with the creepy tale of a remote coastal town where frightened villagers must sacrifice beautiful virgins to the blood cult of the Knights Templar. For seven nights every seven years, these eyeless zombies rise from the sea to feast on human flesh as the souls of the damned are trapped in the screams of gulls. In this final unforgettable shocker from writer/director Amando de Ossorio, the mood is darker, the fear is stronger and the hunger of the Templar more ferocious than ever before!

Extras consist mostly of trailers, poster galleries, and still galleries. 

The Complete Blind Dead Saga is available now on DVD.

Tatiana Maslany Takes On Shaun Of The Dead

Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany added one more persona to her growing list of identities - Shaun.

For the San Diego Comic-Con, The Hollywood Reporter gave Maslany the chance to recreate one of her favorite movie moments for their "Titans of Comic-Con" feature and she chose Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead.

New On DVD: Bloodsuckers From Outer Space (30th Anniversary Edition)

New this week from Whacked Movies is a limited 30th Anniversary Edition of Bloodsuckers From Outer Space, written and directed by Glen Coburn, and starring Thom Meyers, Laura Ellis, Robert Bradeen, Big John Brigham, Dennis Letts, and Pat Paulsen.

"An invisible alien presence invades rural Texas, revoltingly killing its victims, reanimating their corpses, and sending them on a bloodthirsty rampage. Scientists at a local research facility set out to study the phenomenon while top military brass are hell-bent on nuking the bloodsuckers. A young photographer and his girlfriend find themselves ensnared in the bloody mayhem. Taking a comic swipe at drive-in exploitation films, this Horror Sci-Fi farce is so true to the genre that it joins the ranks of the movies it pokes fun at."

Bloodsuckers From Outer Space (30th Anniversary Edition) is available now on DVD.

New In Comics: Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie #1

New this week from DC Comics is Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombies #1.

"Meet the soldier they call “G.I. ZOMBIE,” a man who is neither dead nor alive, who fights for his country again…and again…and again!"

Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombies #1 was written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, illustrated and colored by Scott Hampton, lettered by Rob Leigh, and features a cover by Darwyn Cooke, and a variant cover by Howard Porter.

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New On DVD: The Returned

New this week from Phase 4 Films is The Returned, directed by Manuel Carballo and starring Kris Holden-Ried, Emily Hampshire, and Shawn Doyle.

"In a post-zombie world, the infected live normal lives by taking a valuable retroviral drug every 24 hours. However, with supplies of the drug quickly running out, those who have returned are being targeted by violent anti-zombie protesters. Kate and her Returned husband Alex decide to flee the city, but with the zombie population rising, the government closing in on them, and their supply running out, they become more and more desperate as they search for a way for Alex to survive."

The Returned is available now on DVD and Amazon Instant Video.

Kickstarter: Under The Flesh #1

It's time to break out the wallet to help kickstart Under The Flesh, a new zombie comic book that the creator is describing as "a Grindhouse mashup of Captain America, Y: The Last Man, and The Walking Dead."

It looks like they put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into completing the first issue, both literally and figuratively, and now they need a little help in getting it printed.

"UTF is set in a post-apocalyptic world. It's a gritty blast of sex, horror, sci-fi, and dabbles in various sub-themes like evolution, spirituality, and transhumanism. A comic that strays away from the traditional viral story by accentuating a premeditated reason behind the virus, as opposed to leaving the origin of the outbreak as a common question mark. The pathogen also presents a rather unique trait: it only infects males!"

Under The Flesh was created and written by Gilbert Deltres and illustrated and lettered by J.L.Giles.

You can check out the Under The Flesh pitch on Kickstarter and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

New In Books: The Last Infection

New this week from Severed Press is The Last Infection by Michael W. Garza.

"The Last Infection chronicles the fall of civilization and the rise of the dead and the evolution of the infected. The infection swept across the country like a tidal wave. Survivors cling to life as the infected own the night and the dead walk the streets. Chris has endured on his own and bumping into Jake and Alicen weren't in his plans. The young brother and sister have plans of their own, but Chris has heard too many promises of sanctuary and infection free zones. Jenn's arrival turns his attention to the one thing he never thought he would face again, hope. They make a pact to reach the kids safe haven, but only time will tell if anyone can survive the last infection."

The Last Infection is available in paperback now.

Last Chance To Take The Dead Island 2 Community Survey

From figurines to an art book to a zombie flag of California and even a 'Ricky Furry super cuddly plush toy cat', Deep Silver wants to know what you want in a Dead Island 2 Collector's Edition.

Midnight tonight (Pacific Time) is your last chance to let your preferences known by taking the Dead Island 2 Community Survey.

New In Comics: '68: Rule Of War #4

New this week from Image Comics is '68: Rule of War #4.

"After a month imprisoned in a tiger pit, Agent Declan Rule faces his last torture session with the mad doctor Than Morneau. On Pitt Island NJ, the Kuens begin to get curious in the shadow of a serial killer, and in Vietnam, a psychotic madman named War-Face leads a rotting army of the dead toward Heaven. The only thing standing in his way...is a man they call JUNGLE JIM!"

'68: Rule of War #4 was written by Mark Kidwell, illustrated by Jeff Zornow, colored by Jay Fotos, with a cover by Nat Jones, and a variant cover by Riley Rossmo.

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The Walking Dead Scores Two EMMY Nominations

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced their nominees for EMMY awards this morning and, shockingly, The Walking Dead did not receive a nomination for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie, or a Special.

However, the Lifetime movie Anna Nicole did.

Let that sink in for a moment.

Other nominees in the prosthetic makeup category are American Horror Story: Coven, Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and The Normal Heart.

It also did not receive a nomination for Outstanding Special and Visual Effects. Those nominations went to Almost Human, COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey, Game of Thrones, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and The 100.

Oddly, The Walking Dead received a nomination in the Outstanding Special and Visual Effects in a Supporting Role category, with acknowledgement going to Victor Scalise (VFX Supervisor), Darrell Dean Pritchett (Special FX Supervisor), Matt Robken (VFX Producer), Gary Romey (VFX Coordinator), Martin Hilke (Lead 2D Artist), Diego Galtieri (Senior 2D Artist), Michael Cook (Lead CG Artist), William L. Arance *Senior CG Artist), and Dylen Vasquez (2D Artist). They're up against Black Sails, Da Vinci's Demons, Hawaii Five-O, Mob City, and Vikings.

The Walking Dead also received a nod for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series, with acknowledgement going to Jerry Ross (Supervising Sound Editor), Michael Baber (Music Editor), Tim Farrell (Sound Effects), Lou Thomas (Dialogue Editor), and Clayton Weber (Foley Artist). They're up against Black Sails, Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones.

The Walking Dead did not receive any acting, directing or writing nominations nomination.

New In Comics: Zombie Tramp #1

New this week from Action Lab Entertainment is Zombie Tramp #1, a relaunch of the series.

"She used to be Hollywood’s hottest high priced call girl until the bite of an undead john changed her into something deadly different! Now Janey Belle - the street walking dead with supernatural abilities - roams the country searching for answers as… ZOMBIE TRAMP!"

Zombie Tramp #1 was written by Dan Mendoza and Jason Martin and illustrated by TMChu.

New In Comics: Extinction Parade: War #1

New this week from Avatar Press is Extinction Parade: War #1.

"Jump on here, as the epic conflict continues right after Vol 1 with a super-sized battle issue!  MAX BROOKS returns to the frightening world of zombies versus vampires in his groundbreaking follow up series: Extinction Parade: War!  Well known for his breathtakingly original fiction, Brooks pushes the limits of the horror genre with his trademark meticulous research and vision for the next evolution in zombie storytelling.  The subdead were always a joke to the aristocratic vampire race.  Just a spec on the radar of their immortal lives, nothing worth even a moment’s notice in their quest for self-gratification through the veins of their host, the human race.  But at last they have been pulled from their ignorance into the reality of the world.  The human race is facing extinction and should they succumb so too shall the vampires disappear beneath the waves of rotting walking dead.  Extinction Parade: War opens the doors to the next violent chapter in Brooks’ epic tale with an oversized issue starting the all-out battle for the survival of the races!  Available with Regular, Wraparound, End of a Species, Leather, and Bloodwashed and Pure Art  Retailer Order Incentive covers, all by series artist Raulo Caceres."

Extinction Parade: War #1 was written by Max Brooks and illustrated by Raulo Caceres.

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