ANTISOCIAL: MOVIE REVIEW

antisocial-poster-2013Antisocial (2013)

Release Date: July 13, 2013
Director: Cody Calahan
Writer: Chad Archibald, Cody Calahan

What if the zombie virus wasn’t spread through bites from the infected? What if it didn’t start out as a biological weapon created in a lab? What if we weren’t all infected already? What if the zombie apocalypse was really started by…social media?

That’s the idea behind the horror movie/satire, Antisocial, a film that examines our modern society’s growing dependence on social media in a very gory way.

I found today to be a fitting day for this review, since it follows pretty 20-something Sam (played by Michelle Mylett) and her group of college friends on New Year’s Eve, as they host the party to end all parties. The film starts off with a brutal opening scene with two girls making a video blog post that goes horribly wrong, but then slows down dramatically, spending its time establishing its theme and introducing a group of characters who aren’t really anything special. You’ll learn very little about these people throughout the course of the movie—certainly not enough to care about any of them—and it will become quickly apparent that these are your standard horror movie stereotypes: the cool guy, the bimbo, etc. (although they do change it up with the virgin, giving her a small but predictable—and, ultimately, forgettable—character adjustment). But the theme is strong, and the final quarter of the movie is where things really kick up, with some bloody death scenes, lots of carnage, and a grand finale that makes the whole thing worth watching. (more…)

FREE MONSTER HUNTING ANTHOLOGY

Monster Hunter Blood TrailsGreat news! Right now the good people over at Emby Press are offering the Kindle version of Monster Hunter: Blood Trails, featuring my story, “Walpurgis Night,” absolutely free! With Halloween right around the corner, it’s a great time to indulge in some monster hunting adventures and check out one of my stories without having to pay a penny. Head on over and pick yours up right now!

Monster Hunter: Blood Trails

Movie Night: Final Chapter

ID-10014446We’ve reached the last Monday before Halloween! In just a few days, the ghosts and ghouls will be free to walk among us, wreaking havoc upon the living, the dead to rise from their graves and feast upon our flesh, and the vampires to open their coffins and come for our blood…okay, maybe I’m getting carried away here. Hopefully we won’t really get attacked by the undead. But it does mean that it’s finally time for me to publish the final chapter of my free Halloween horror story, “Movie Night.” If you’ve missed the first few chapters, you can find One here, Two here, and Three here.

So, now, for your reading pleasure, I present to you the final chapter of, “Movie Night.”

 

Movie Night: Chapter Four

by David Anthony

(image courtesy of Simon Howden at www.FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

 
Jill stood motionless in the darkened living room, peeking out through the vertical blinds. She wished she knew what was going on over there. She could barely even see the house through all of this rain. There were no street lights out here in the country, making the night impossibly dark. The lights were off over at Tina’s house, that much she was sure of, and she thought she’d heard something bang over there—a door, maybe? The roar of thunder? Or it could have been a gunshot.

Jill glanced down at her watch for the thousandth time. He’d been gone too long; something must have happened. Her cell phone was clutched tightly in her right hand. She chewed on her lower lip as she stared down at it, considering her options. She knew she should call the cops. She felt like such a horror movie cliché for not calling them. She was becoming that stupid girl who always got hacked up by some psychopath, because she didn’t do the smart thing and just call the cops!

But what if she was wrong? What if she was just being paranoid? Maybe they were playing a Halloween prank on her. It was hardly unlikely, on a night like this. Her dad was always on her to not be so emotional, to use her brain and think before she did something potentially dangerous or embarrassing. Of course, calling the cops wouldn’t be dangerous (unless they sent out some psycho cop!), but she’d certainly look like a fool if Tina and Michael showed up in a couple of minutes, alive and unharmed. No, it was best to just wait. They’d probably be back any second now.

The TV screen suddenly flashed off. Jill jumped, dropping her cell phone. The time and lights on the satellite box also disappeared, leaving the room in silent darkness. (more…)

Movie Night: Chapter Three

We’re another week closer to Halloween, and that means that all of the haunted houses are finally open, their halls filled with whispered threats, terrified screams, and the heat-stopping roar of chainsaws. Horror movies are starting to haunt our television screens and our dreams. People are flocking to costume shops to find that perfect scary–or sexy–outfit for the big party. And it also means that it’s time for me to post the penultimate chapter of my free Halloween horror story, “Movie Night.” If you’ve missed the first two you can find One here, and Two here.

And now, for your reading pleasure, I present to you:
 

Movie Night: Chapter Three

by David Anthony

 
Rain stung his skin and soaked his clothes as Michael hurried through the shadows between the two houses. Lightning crackled ominously overhead. In his right hand he carried an old wooden baseball bat. He didn’t plan on using it, didn’t think he’d need it, but Jill had insisted he take it. If it was Patrick over there, there was no telling what he was doing right now or what kind of weapons he may be armed with. She wanted him to be prepared for anything.

It had been his idea to go over there. Neither of them had wanted to call the cops—Jill because of pride or uncertainty or whatever conflicting emotions were causing her to hesitate, and Michael for his own dark reason: He wanted this confrontation. He wanted this thing with Patrick to finally be finished, to be done with this dark shroud of suspicion Patrick was casting over their relationship. He wanted to set Patrick straight once and for all, regardless of what that meant or what he’d have to do to accomplish his goal. Michael’s eyes were fixed on the second floor bedroom. He watched as the only light in the house went out.

Patrick knew he was coming.

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Movie Night: Chapter Two

It’s the second Monday in October, and that means it’s time for the second chapter of my free Halloween horror story, “Movie Night.” If you haven’t read the first chapter, you can find it here. As a brief word of warning, this chapter contains scenes of graphic violence (but, honestly, what fun would a Halloween horror story be without a little blood and gore?). Consider yourself warned.

So here it is, Chapter Two:

Movie Night: Chapter Two

by David Anthony

 
Patrick hit the power button on the cordless phone and tossed it unceremoniously to the floor, and then leaned back in his office chair, putting his booted feet up on the desk in front of him. His eyes turned to the muted TV screen up on the dresser, where a masked killer chased a screaming girl through the forest with a machete.

“This is one of the originals,” he said. “The originals are always far superior to those shitty remakes Hollywood seems so fond of these days. There’s just something about them—a chemistry that can’t be duplicated, the way they so perfectly reflect the fears of the time era in which they were filmed—as well as the usual screams, death and dismemberment.” He looked over his shoulder. “Wouldn’t you agree, Tina?” (more…)

Free Halloween Horror Story

IMG_0018October is finally here, and with it, one of my favorite holidays of the year: Halloween! To help celebrate this exciting and creepy holiday—and to give readers a little taste of my work—I’ll be publishing a free Halloween horror story on my website called, “Movie Night,” during the month of October.

“Movie Night” is an older story of mine that plays with and pokes fun at some of the conventions of modern horror movies. It was previously accepted for publication in an anthology about horror in the movies, but that publisher went out of business before the story could be published, so I figured I would post it here for everyone to enjoy. The story follows a girl named Jill, whose Halloween plans with her boyfriend are disrupted by an uninvited—and completely psychopathic—trick-or-treater. I’ll be publishing a new chapter each Monday throughout October, with the final one debuting on Halloween week.

So, without further ado, here it is: “Movie Night,” Chapter One.

 

Movie Night

by David Anthony

Jill Casey jumped as a long bolt of lightning sliced open the sky, turning night into day, and briefly illuminating the living room of the old, two-story farmhouse. Thunder boomed in the distance. Sinister shadows stared at her with hungry eyes as the wind howled and the rain pounded against the doors and windows, desperate to get in. Then the room fell back into darkness, lit once again only by the soft glow of the 52-inch, flat-panel television set in front of her. Uneasily, she turned her attention back to it as the credits of A Nightmare on Elm Street rolled down the screen.

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The Lovecraft eZine

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000443_00050]Have you had a chance to check out the Lovecraft eZine yet? If not, you should. The Lovecraft eZine is an online and print magazine dedicated to Lovecraftian fiction—a subset of the horror genre named after the late American author, H.P. Lovecraft, who became famous after his death for his works of psychological horror, focusing on topics like: forbidden knowledge, cosmic horror, and the idea the normal life is simply a thin cover over another reality so terrifying that it would destroy a person’s sanity if they were ever to uncover it. His work has influenced many writers over the years, including some of the masters of the craft such as Stephen King, and he is often hailed as one of the greatest horror writers of the Twentieth Century. The Lovecraft eZine is published several times a year, in print, electronic formats, and as a free online edition, featuring stories of quality Lovecraftian work, and the August, 2014 issue just happens to contain one of my stories.

“The Power of a Name” is a dark reimagining of a classic fairy-tale about a young woman named Ayanna, who allows her scheming mother to convince her to lie to a king, in a bid for power and riches, but ends up in locked in a castle tower and faced with an impossible task—one where failure would result in her slow and brutal execution. The only way for Ayanna to save herself may be to make a deal with an ancient and terrible god…a deal that could put the entire kingdom in jeopardy.

Sound interesting? Head on over to the website and see what Lovecraftian fiction is all about!

Lovecraft eZine issue 32

 

Happy Labor Day!

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Hope you’re having a great Labor Day! I took the day off today from writing and from my day job in banking to spend a little time with my wife at one of Seattle’s picturesque beaches. Since moving here from Michigan the beauty of this place never ceases to amaze me. Between the lakes and mountains and endless pine trees it’s a nature lover’s paradise. Tomorrow, though, it’s back to work. I need to finish up my most recent work in progress—the second instalment in my Shadow’s Bane series of short stories—and then get back to work on my second novel. Hope everyone had a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

It’s the most common questions writers get asked when talking about their work. Everyone wants to know: where you get your ideas? Do you have some kind of magical power to conjure up these strange worlds and characters? Do they come from some secret “idea depository” that only writers are allowed to access? Does Santa leave them under the tree for you on Christmas morning? It’s a mystery to so many people that I decided to take a moment to address the question of where my ideas come from, in an effort to answer that question for readers, but also to help new writers out there who may be stuck on how to start their story or take it where it needs to go. (more…)

Who Likes Monster Hunting?

Monster Hunter Blood TrailsMonster Hunter: Blood Trails is the latest in the Legends of the Monster Hunter anthology series from Emby Press, and one hell of an exciting addition. It contains 24 brand new stories of brave men and women hunting down vampires, werewolves, demons, and other nasty creatures that prey upon humans in the dark, from such authors as Josh Reynolds,  John M. Whalen, Marc Sorondo, and of course, myself.

And today I’m offering a little taste of what to expect from the book…for free.

Walpurgis Night is a story about a specialized team of vampire hunters–one comprised of ex-military, priests, and those gifted with supernatural abilities–hunting down a nest of vampires deep in forests of Romania, and finding more than they bargained for.

And here, posted for your enjoyment, is a short excerpt from that story:

Charlie pointed his shotgun at the closest vampire, a skinny female with a gaunt face and sharp claws, who looked like a meth addict from hell. She crouched down low, snarling at him like a rabid animal. He could feel his hands sweating as he gripped the weapon.

“Hold your position,” Riggs called out. “Ready on my mark.”

The atmosphere became tense as the two groups faced each other in a standoff. Then the bald vampire on the stage began to chant. His eyes rolled back in his head, and the circle around him began to glow an eerie red.

It happened before any of them could react—the long, curved knife was suddenly in the bald vampire’s hand, slicing a long, deep gash from the girl’s groin to her throat, then another quick slash across her neck. She didn’t even have time to scream before a river of blood was streaming, the girl’s eyes still wide open, uncomprehending, as the crimson liquid ran down her naked body, filling grooves inlaid on the stone and flowing towards the hideous black statue.

Riggs screamed the order and Jack threw his five knives into the air. Telekinetic power took over as Jack slammed them through the foreheads of five vampires, then quickly moved in with his stake to finish them off.

Father Mitchell fired his hand cannon, turning half a vampire’s head into mist, and then ramming the business end of his cross into its heart.

Senalda moved through the crowd of vampires like a dancer, her sword severing limbs and heads with a ballerina’s grace. On the other side of the room, Captain Riggs had the UV cannon on, burning hordes of vampires as if it were a flamethrower.

But Charlie froze…

He watched the carnage unfolding all around him but couldn’t force himself to move. He wanted to help, to do his part for the team, but terror coursed through his veins. What was he thinking, coming here? He couldn’t do this… He wasn’t as good as the others—he had no business even being here. He stared into the feral eyes of the vampire, pointing his shotgun at it, wondering if this was how he would die.

The vampire pounced.

Charlie was slammed to the ground, the shotgun clattering from his hands. The vampire slashed with its claws, shredding through the protective material of his suit, drawing blood. He desperately tried to throw the thing off, but it was too strong and held him down, snapping at his bare neck with needle-sharp teeth. Charlie closed his eyes.

 (END OF EXCERPT)

Want more? Head on over to my WORKS section to see where to get a copy.