The Myrddin Library Of Horror — Just In Time For Halloween

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Need something to read while you wait for trick or treaters this Halloween? Why not try one of the gruesome delights from Myrddin Publishing Group? While you may know some of my books on offer, you may notice a brand new one amongst them! That’s right, you can finally buy my Zombie Apocalypse Now! serial in one book. As well as my novels, there are plenty of other gruesome treats to tempt you this Halloween.


ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE NOW! (The Complete Series)

Rachel Tsoumbakos Zombie Apocalypse Now! The Complete Series 375Four women find themselves in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Each from different backgrounds and locations, they somehow manage to find each other.



Rachel Tsoumbakos Metanoia 375Marli Anderson must return to the town she once knew to kill the man she was once married to. Instead of revenge, she finds zombies.



Rachel Tsoumbakos The Ring Of Lost Souls 375Larundel – A place plagued by lost souls.
A ring that has claimed a few of them.
And a woman who is about to collide with a world she has forgotten about.
What will Isobel find when she finds herself drawn to an abandoned asylum?




Stephen Swartz A Dry Patch Of Skin 375The truth about being a vampire: It is not cool, not sexy. It’s a painful, miserable existence. Good reason to avoid that situation, thinks medical technician Stefan Székely. He’s too busy falling in love with TV reporter Penny Park. Until one day when she notices a dry patch of skin on his face.

You can read my review of Stephen’s book here.




Shaun Allan Sin 375Dead, dead, dead. Say it enough times and it becomes just another word.

What would you do? Could you kill a killer? Does the death of one appease the deaths of a hundred? What about that hundred against a thousand?

What if you had no choice?

You can read my review of Shaun’s book here.



Shaun Allan Dark Places 375There is darkness and madness in each of us. We must do battle with our own demons. But – what if those demons opened the door in the back of your mind and stepped out. What if they became real? If the night, the shadows, the reflections, and Death himself walked among us? And what if they were watching you? Waiting? Thirsting? Dark Places. Thirteen stories. Thirteen poems. Thirteen doorways.



Shaun Allan Darker Places 375What if you could steal the final moments from the dying? What if you had the darkest secret, but couldn’t think what it might be? What if you entered the forest in the deep of the night. Who is the melting man? And are your neighbours really whom they appear to be?



Shaun Allan Mr. Composure 375“Once upon a time…”

All the best stories begin that way. Once upon a time, Jack climbed a beanstalk. Cinderella did go to the ball.

Once upon a time, his parents died.

*Specially commissioned by NBC Universal for the release of the film The Purge: Anarchy*



Shaun Allan Suffer The little Children 375Simon, Fey and Rebecca. An ordinary family trying to cope after the death of the girls’ mother. One day, Rebecca ‘gives’ her imaginary friend, Nathaniel, to Simon, telling her father he can keep Nathaniel ‘forever’…

*Specially commissioned by Universal for the release of the movie sequel Sinister 2*


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SEASON PREMIERE: The Walking Dead Season 6 Recap – Episode 1: First Time Again


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Okay, so I have been looking forward to the season 6 premiere of The Walking Dead like there was no tomorrow. And, I hate to say it, I was not at all impressed :-( Don’t get me wrong, there were bits I absolutely loved (like the interaction between Morgan and Rick), but, for me, the flashbacks didn’t work and the black and white made moments that could have been epic (like the first time we got to see the pit’o’walkers) were just kind of washed out. But, let’s wade through what went down in Episode 1 (entitled “First Time Again”) anyway.

Cassidy Frazee:  Hey, how are you?  Since I was asked to come in and give my thoughts on these episodes, I’m more than happy to jump on the Zombie Train and offer my observations as well.  And in keeping with this non-linear episode, I’ll try to color-code my comments, too, so we’ll know if I’m in the present talking about the past, or in the past speaking to the future.  Man, I need to get my TARDIS out of the shop . . .

And to echo what Rachel said, this wasn’t my favorite episode, either.  After the Season 5 opener, The Walking Dead had to step up their game.  And . . . it didn’t happen.  In fact, you may say this episode was something of a slow burn–but that doesn’t happen on this show, does it?  Unless, of course, it’s the last eight episodes of Season 4, or the last eight episodes of Season 5, or all of Season 2 . . . but I’m nitpicking.  Onward.

RT: Welcome back Cassidy! :-D It was really hard recapping this episode with the time hopping, I agree, a Tardis would be better ;-)

*Oh, and for clarity, I will be color coding the recap. Black is for the black and white sequences that were flashbacks and green is for the present day time.*

So, the show opens with the season 5 finale of Rick killing Porch Dick and the fade out is really kind of cool because it totally makes Rick’s head look like a skull.

The pit’o’walkers (that we don’t even know about yet) fails right from the start when the truck that was worrying them further on down the track (which is really in the past even though we haven’t seen it yet) falls off the edge of the road and releases the undead. This leaves Rick’s group — who were just there for a dry run of trying to relocate the walkers — to implement the plan regardless of how many times Carter whines that they’re not ready.

Okay, now as soon as I worked out the plan was to relocate the walkers, I was confused. After all, as you see later on, they have helium for balloons and flare guns and walkie talkies. Why couldn’t they just find some explosives and blow those walkers to smithereens? Then they could keep using the quarry to collect the undead and occasionally blown them all up again, thus keeping Alexandria relatively safe still.

CF:  I’ll offer up that they likely didn’t have any explosives, and probably wouldn’t have known how to use them if they found them.  Though I’m sure they could have handed over a case of dynamite to Suzie Deathmaker and said, “Figure this out for us, Carol,” and before you know it they would have been quarry blasting the night away.  Another thing:  as long as it took them to build that carom on the highway, why not build that son of a bitch at the top of the quarry, and angle it so the Walkers fall right back down into the pit?

RT: And that idea is even better than dynamite! (Although, to my credit, I watch a LOT of Mythbusters ;-) )

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Because flares are easier to find in the zombie apocalypse than explosives.

Flares. Just to remind the audience that they are about to be confused by events.

Say hello to skin peel walker. The easiest way to shed that unwanted skin in a hurry, just squeeze through a tight place and voila! no more skin. And yet this wasn’t the coolest walker of the episode.

Now we get to see how the people of Alexandria are coping after the events of the season 5 finale. Deanna is moping about in her husband’s blood while Father Gabriel lets her know he’s had an epiphany and he was the bad guy, not Rick’s group. And so Suck Up Gabriel is born. He’s not nearly as nice as Suck Up Nicholas who gets teamed with Glenn time and again and is as humble as Gabriel is weak.

Abraham has taken to drinking and keeping company with Sasha because he is on the border of Crazy Rick territory. Sasha, however, seems to have made a full recovery and has zero fucks to give about Abraham.

CF:  In the comic Abraham started hooking up with Holly, the girl he saved from the construction project.  I have a feeling they’re bringing in the substitute.

In the Anderson household, Porch Dick’s son, Ron, is all moody creep in this episode, slinking around and snooping on just where his dad is going to be buried. Which isn’t in the grounds of Alexandria thanks to Deanna and Rick. So, when Morgan and Rick drive out with Porch Dick’s body, Ron follows. And can totally keep up with a car when he is on foot…

Tara’s okay and everyone is glad to see her, especially Eugene who is that happy it freaks Tara out who then makes a comment about sending Noah in to deal with Eugene. And suddenly it’s all awkward.

Carl and Enid are not in the house. But that’s okay, because this is before Ron follows Rick and Morgan so is hiding in the bushes being creeptastic.

CF:  I really did not like the whole, “Murderers get dumped in the woods” vibe, because–I’m gonna says this a lot–it never happened in the comics.  They had a funeral for everyone who was killed, and it was done, in part, to make everyone feel better and keep people calm.  How can you not know that just dumping someone’s body in the woods isn’t gonna start some shit somewhere?

RT: Exactly my sentiments. Did they not give one single fuck about the family of Porch Dick? Did Rick not once go, hang on, he left behind a wife I’d like to bang? Although, if they buried him in the grounds, no one would have found the pit’ o’ walkers. Except maybe Carl and Enid…

CF: And Carl and Enid not being in the house?  I think we’re going to see a lot of that.

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That awkward moment when the fans you thought were following you are actually walkers.

We get our first look at the undead parade that I still can’t believe wasn’t fireworks back at the quarry. But here they are, a pit’o’walkers following Daryl on his motorcycle and Sasha and Abraham in the car. Basically, the plan is to lead them 20 miles away. Then leave them to their own devices. Yeah, guys, you should have blown them up.

CF:  Because those Walkers are gonna head on off into the sunset and we’d never see them again, right?

RT: Seems legit.

Conflict between Rick and Daryl is introduced here. It seems Rick wants Alexandria to be an exclusive club but Daryl has totally turned from antisocial to “let’s make Alexandria the apocalypse destination for weary travelers” in the time it takes to get from the season 5 finale to now.

We couldn’t have the season 6 premiere without Morgantello making an appearance. So, while he is being a ninja, Rick and him have a little chat about how well Morgan knows Rick. To be honest, I think Morgan might be onto something with his, “I know you Rick” spiel. Perhaps people don’t really change, even though the environment does? Needless to say, Morgan will be Rick’s moral compass until he works out how to be his own moral compass again. When these guys aren’t talking about how much they know Rick, they are talking about how much Alexandria don’t know.

CF:  The whole time Morgan’s going, “I know you Rick,” I’m thinking, “Based upon what?”  He knew Rick for all of a day or two after he ran off from the hospital, then then about a year later met him for about a half a day, thinking he’d been abandoned, and now he knows him?  Dude, this is the same Crazy Rick who a few days earlier was talking about taking the Safe Zone by force and saying, “We’ll grab three of them and tell them we’ll slit their throats.”  Morgan would be shitting himself if he’d heard that line!  (A line which, by the way, got me laughing because Carol and Daryl are there, and they’re both like totally down with it.  Well, you know Carol’s thinking, “I’m not gonna just tell . . .”)

RT: I agree. But, in the apocalypse, I think Morgan is still hanging onto the fact that Rick is the only guy left in the world that knows Morgan. A little bit of Crazy Morgan might still be present I think.

Next we are introduced to Heath, who has been away on a supplies run for a few weeks. Of course Eugene is on the gate only because someone wanted to tinkle and now he won’t let Heath in. Until he does. And then they are all besties until Heath asks if anything big has gone down since he was gone. Um… talk to Deanna dude, shit got REAL.

So Rick, Morgan and Michonne are standing around at a fence they had time to build even though the truck was about to collapse and no one thought to use explosives. Apparently Morgan is still dirty on Michonne about taking his last peanut butter protein bar. Michonne, god bless her soul, lies through her teeth about being the culprit. I mean, the mat did say welcome way back when Morgan was crazy and Michonne was visiting.

CF:  First, not only did that wall take time to put up, but back at the start of this little zombie parade–how the hell long did it take to find all those cars needed to build the road funnel?  Seriously, you begin doing the math, and a couple of weeks must have past between finding the Zombie Mosh Pit and starting The Grand March.  Time that could have been spent sealing the quarry . . . Also, the peanut bar comment was totally Nutty Morgan. I did love that scene.

RT: Oh, I didn’t even think of that! You’re absolutely right. It is looking more and more like a stupid idea. Although, I guess there’s no TV and video games to distract now, guess they need something to do to fill in time?

AMC's The Walking Dead Season 6 Episode 1 Black and White flashback the quarry

Look at them all. I have an idea, let’s have a parade!

So Rick and Morgan finally come across the pit’o’walkers for the first time after saving Ron from a group of walkers. After burying Porch Dick, they head back to Alexandria to find out why they weren’t informed of this new threat.

Glenn, Heath and Nicholas are shooting out the window of a business to kill the walkers inside so they don’t distract Daryl’s undead parade. In the process, Nicholas learns to listen to Glenn, suck it up and behave like a member of a group.

There is a meeting in Alexandria about the pit’o’walkers. Turns out it started with 12 campers that turned and they, in turn, made enough noise to attract every walker wandering past. Of course, no one thought there would be a problem. Except now there is according to Rick and if the truck falls, the walkers will march straight on into Alexandria.

Carter tries to reason with Rick, and I kind of wish Rick would listen as Carter is trying to find alternatives that don’t involve spending an unreasonable amount of time building a fence and leading the undead out.

CF:  Carter is here doing all the stuff Nicholas did the comic, and given all the damn foreshadowing that’s coming, we also know why he’s here.

Deanna tells them they will follow Rick’s plan and now everyone decides who should do what. On a side note, I think Maggie is pregnant. During everyone sticking their hands up to volunteer, Glenn and Maggie have a conversation in which Glenn tries to get Maggie to stay in Alexandria and look out for Deanna. Maggie then alludes to another important reason to stay behind. Seriously, I think she’s up the duff. And, for comic book fans, we know what that means…

CF:  While Preggers Maggie comes a little later in the comic, the show seems to be speeding up events, so this makes sense.  And, yes:  we know what this means . . .

RT: *Dies a little inside*

The wall used to herd the walkers away from Alexandria seems to be working. Minus those that shamble too fast at it and beat their skulls in. Maybe they should have just gotten them all to hit the wall head on? Still a better idea than a zombie parade.

CF:  Two to three weeks they could have spent sealing the quarry.  But we know why they’re doing this

So Morgan totally calls Carol out for being anything but a soccer mom. Carol gets that look on her face that she does right before she bakes or gardens…

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I like to bake cookies and shit.

CF:  He can tell there’s something different about Carol, but he can’t tell Rick’s off the fucking rails.  Okay

RT: Exactly!

So for whatever reason, the walkers are getting fed up with following Daryl and decide to jump ship. It is a perfect way to show the audience just how messed up Abraham is and how much he needs Sasha now because she is proof that you can come back from dark places.

Rick wants more from Deanna than just a zombie parade. He wants everyone in Alexandria armed and dangerous. Deanna completely agrees because she is just Rick’s puppet now as Carol pointed out earlier. Of course, right in the middle of this conversation, walkers turn up and Rick can say “I told you so” after Morgan jumps in to kill them all.

CF:  Welcome to The Ricktatorship 2.0, bitches!  Respect Ma Authority!

We also get to witness Carter trying to rally an army to kill Rick. Eugene overhears this but then drops a jar. Carter doesn’t believe him when Eugene says he didn’t hear a thing and points a gun at his head. Luckily for Eugene, Rick arrives just in the knick of time and it is Carter that almost gets killed. Rick compromises though when Daryl intervenes and Rick remembers that Michonne might have to smack him again. Instead, he gives Carter a chance to redeem himself. Which means when it flashes back to present time…

CF:  Just a point between the show and comic again.  In the comic this was all Nicholas’ doing, and the dude who walked in on the scheming was Glenn.  The show really can’t use Glenn for these situations any more because he’s really become too much of a bad ass in his own right, and he would have simply taken the pistol from Nicholas–or Carter–and shoved it up their ass.

RT: I really love any scene that has Eugene in it. I know he should come off as pathetic, but he just makes the whole scene hilarious instead.

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Excuse me sir, I’m looking for a parade.

We see Carter admitting Rick was right about everything and then gets bitten by a walker who has tried himself to a tree with his own entrails. Carter screams like a girl which encourages the walkers parading by to change direction and Rick is encouraged to push a knife through Carter’s skull.

CF:  Ethan Embry has said many time The Walking Dead is one of his favorite shows, and in retrospect it seems like the role of Carter was written as some kind of meta fan service.  This could have been done with one of the other existing actors, and really:  this whole episode could have been done so much differently.  And there was so much foreshadowing that he was going to die, you knew he was going down at some point.

RT: Completely agree. It was certainly odd to have a new character arrive and get a whole story arc when there are others floating around we have already seen before. Although, watching Ethan Embry hardcore fan crush on Talking Dead was kind of worth it.

So Morgan is oiling his stick and it totally isn’t even an euphemism for something else, he is actually oiling his stick. This is when Rick asks Morgan to move in with him and I am wondering if AMC realized what they just did there.

CF:  No, not homoerotic at all.  Why do you ask?

RT: Bet it made the Richonne shippers sad. I am so loving the vibe coming off the Rick and Morgan relationship though. Seriously, it was the highlight of this episode for me. Oh, and the hair jokes.

Jessie and Rick have a run in and it is as awkward as you would expect it would be between Rick and the wife of the man he killed in the season 5 finale.

Now is when all the backstory is explained about the plan except by now the audience has already worked it out and I am still trying to work out why they didn’t use dynamite.

Then Rick gives a speech a speech that sounds suspiciously like the writers ripped off Strand’s speech from the season finale of Fear The Walking Dead.

CF:  But that couldn’t possibly happen because Fear The Walking Dead sucks, right?

RT: Haha! So sucky that it managed to consistently pull in half of the current Walking Dead viewership in its first season. I think the haters are just louder than the lovers.

So the walkers are all doing as they are told and following in line. Until someone starts in with a mother fucking horn. And guess where it is coming from? Alexandria. Which means either something is wrong in Alexandria or someone *cough* the Wolves *cough* is trying to lure the walkers into Alexandria.

So what did you think of Episode 1 of the season 6 premiere of The Walking Dead? Let me know in the comments below!

CF:  We know from following the comic that–SPOILERS!–a herd is drawn to Alexandria because of a shoot out that occurs between the Safe Zone and people who are marginally aligned with the new bad guys coming up.  So we need a lot of zombies, and–oh hey, look, here’s a quarry full of Walkers we can turn loose.  I’m really sort of surprised that more people didn’t call out Rick on his batshit insane plan, but as he says, it’s an insane world, so go with the flow.

And as far as next week goes–Carol told Carl to stay in the house.  And the odds that Carl stays in the house are . . ?

RT: But Carol told him to stay in the house. He just might do what he’s told. ;-) Or have to eat cookies afterwards…

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BOOK REVIEW: Here They Lie (The Bloodstone Legacy #1) by D’Ann Burrow

Here They Lie by D’Ann Burrow

Here They Lie by D’Ann Burrow
(The Bloodstone Legacy #1)
Publication date: October 5th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Southern Gothic
Cover Art by Mae I Design


Reese Everett’s aunt picked a bad time to die.  Just weeks after a car accident left Reese’s mother unable to travel, her aunt’s house needs to be emptied and sold, leaving Reese as the only member of the family who can do the job.  She typically wouldn’t balk at the opportunity to sift through her aunt’s collection of antiques, but when she arrives in Devil’s Vale, Georgia, she discovers the family house in a state of disrepair she won’t be able to handle alone.

Colton Waters is back in Devil’s Vale – whether he likes it or not.  After he loses his acceptance to medical school with no explanation, he’s left with a single job offer…one that will return him to the hometown he’d hoped to escape.
When an errand to help his sister ends in a meeting with Reese neither will easily forget, Colton takes a job as her temporary handyman.

The longer Reese stays in town, the more she realizes the condition of her aunt’s house isn’t the only thing she hadn’t expected when she made the trip to Devil’s Vale.  Reese isn’t the only gifted member of the family – her aunt Kate has been practicing the family business…the business Reese has been sworn never to discuss.

After a ghostly visitor arrives one night, Reese and Colton learn Kate wasn’t the only one practicing the darker arts.  They begin to uncover secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Here They Lie won the Young Adult Romance Writer’s 2014 award for New Adult fiction.






DISCLAIMER: The books/eBooks being reviewed were provided free of charge in return for an honest review.

Okay, right off the bat, I couldn’t put this book down. When it comes to the Southern Gothic genre, I just can’t help myself, so I picked up this book based on the genre alone. When I did the cover reveal for it, I was sold already!

I really connected with the main character. Reese is one of those characters that is probably not as likable in real life, but as a character in a book, she is one of my favourite types of main characters. Colton is equally as likable, in fact, probably even more so with his horrible father and bad breaks in life.

As for the small town element of Here They Lie, there was just the right delicious blend of southern hospitality mixed with buried secrets and double crossed characters to keep me engrossed in the setting as well as the story.

There is a wonderful blend of humour mixed with that wonderfully “chattiness” that comes with a decent southern Gothic novel that hooks me every single time. As a result of this, the story grabs you right from the first page and I found myself reading late into the night in order to “turn another page”. However, each page turned made me need to turn another, and another, and… well, you get my drift ;-)

There were only two faults I could find with this novel, First was the constant reminders that Reese’s family had a secret. While I know the author needed to build suspense and, to a degree, possible shame, about the family secret, I just found I was getting over being “reminded” there was a secret that the reader was going to be teased with it but not told what it was just yet.

Secondly, the end of this novel just felt a little under done. I think one more read over and polish up by the author would have helped considerably. While it wasn’t so much the copy edit, it was more along the lines of certain areas seemed glossed over or under-explained and found, while reading it, I was fumbling a little.

However, these gripes were minor ones and didn’t overly hinder my enjoyment of the novel. I can’t WAIT to read more by this author.

Overall, I am giving Here They Lie by D’Ann Burrow 5 out of 5 stars!



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Author D'Ann BurrowD’Ann Burrow once told her preschool teacher she wanted to be a witch when she grew up. That simple comment signaled the start of a life-long fondness of things that go bump in the night. As she grew older, she could most often be found with her nose buried in a book, and she was especially fond of the Nancy Drew series as well as anything by Christopher Pike or Stephen King. Occasionally she’d take a trip to the world of the classics where The Scarlet Pimpernel and A Little Princess reigned among her favorites. She’s lost count of the times she’s read Little Women.

Today, D’Ann enjoys the world of Supernatural, stories about guys with fangs, and she’s seldom met a disaster film she hasn’t liked. When she grows up, she’d like to work at the Haunted Mansion. Until then, watching Ghost Hunters will have to count as research.

D’Ann writes about secrets people keep. Even the bravest heroine or a guy with a heart of gold has a few skeletons in the closet they’d rather not share with the world. When those secrets get out, things get interesting.

A Texas native, she knows making great guacamole is an art form. As a theater mom, she’ll happily chat about Broadway musicals by the hour. Molly and Lizzie, the family furry ones, are frequent stars of her Instagram account.



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Fear the Walking Dead, Season 1, Episode 6: “The Good Man”

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It’s time to go

It Comes Back to Haunt Us plays as we fly over a blacked out L.A. bathed in the light of a full moon. Everything is dark, though there are a few fires here and there. The end has come, it seems, and L. A. didn’t come out the other side the better for it. We also see the doors of the arena that Daniel visited at the end of the last episode rockin’ and rollin’ as the zombies want out to play. Like I said, Chekhov’s Zombie Pit From Hell: wait for it, bitches.

RT: I really wish they had done more of these types shots through season 1. It’s a great way to so the progression of everything outside the characters we know.

CF:  If they stay in the L. A. area, I hope they show the deterioration of the city like the did with the middle of Season 5 with Atlanta.  I’m sure things will go slowly.  And if there’s an earthquake . . .

RT: Oh, an earthquake, I hadn’t factored that in! *runs hands together in glee*

CF:  I would love to see them deal with that.

Madison and Travis are packing as Chris and Alicia enter. It’s time to go, no more bullshit, ‘cause Travis tells them the troops are pulling out and it’s time to boogie. They’re heading into the desert right after they get Liza and Nick, so chop-chop.

Daniel tells Madison and Travis that Adams’ info checked out, he found an arena full of infected, and now . . . he’s about to blow the dude away, no doubt about that shit. Adams starts the pleading, says that the place they’re going to is huge and he can get them to Liza and Nick, so they need him. Travis makes the call—they’re taking him. Daniel looks like he’s ready to smoke Travis.

Ofelia is packing and still not happy with the new facts about her dad. Madison gives the house one last look, saying her goodbyes, then she’s out of the house and down to the car along with everyone else. Someone’s out walking their dog and Madison wants to warn him, but Ofelia says screw him, none of these people stepped in and helped when Nick and her mom were taken. Hard core, but at this point it’s every person for themselves.

RT: This is my only gripe with the episode. I think, after being locked in together for nine days, people would have gotten close. It just felt wrong not to warn people. They only had to tell that one person after all, let them spread the word.

CF:  I think the key was when, in Ep 4, Travis said about Doug, “I don’t really know him.”  They were still in that mode of “I don’t really know the majority of my neighbors, so let them go.”  And it was Ofelia speaking to Madison, and the first one doesn’t know anyone, and Maddie was certainly giving away all her shits.  Madison made that decision in a fast second not to say a damn thing.

RT: Good point. I guess, being in a small town, I have quickly forgotten what the urban sprawl is really like.

CF:  I would think even more so in a place like a neighborhood of Los Angeles.  Most of the people probably keep to themselves.  I think Madison only knew Suzie well because she was her babysitter.

Doctor Exner gets the word they’re evacuating, but when she’s speaking to the choppers on the radio they are taking their time responding. She’s got that “This shit ain’t good” look on her face, but her voice remains steady. She lets everyone know they’re leaving soon, and Liza wants to know when everyone else she left behind is coming, particularly her son and Nick. Exner shines her own, and it really comes off like a snow job.

Before leaving the homestead Adams is begging Travis for his life; he knows Daniel is gonna smoke him no matter what. Travis still wants to believe shit is gonna get better, and letting some former torture master to off a soldier, so it’s not a great stretch to think Trav is gonna make another bad decision and let Adams go.

RT: I just KNEW this was gonna come back and bite him on the arse! But, at the end of the day, it is exactly what we knew Travis would do.

CF:  Yeah, in a nearly perfect episode it was a bad touch, because you knew Adams was gonna bite their arses hard at some point.  Like you say, we knew he was going to do this.

The Family Units pulls out and make their way slowly out of the neighborhood. They see people in their homes, before their windows, still playing at being normal. They get to the main gate and it’s abandoned: no one’s there. Daniel gets the gate open, everyone drives out, and it’s adios, dudes, we’re so busy getting out of here we’re just gonna leave the fucking gate open! Seriously, Travis was the last dude out, and apparently he left all his fucks back at the house because he doesn’t even look back as he drives away. Hey, I don’t like my neighbors, either!

CF: This was some ice cold shit, and it showed Travis starring to flip. You know all those people are just so dead.

RT: Completely agree Cassidy! I wonder if we will ever find out if any of the L.A. quarantine zone survived? I hope we do and I hope there is some massive guilt over this one.

CF:  I think some people will come back at points in the future.

At the compound a few troops are going on about how the brass has split, that there’s no one around go really give orders anymore. That’s when Daniel shows up looking to get in. The soldiers question why here’s there and he if doesn’t move they’re gonna blast him. He tells them to save their ammo—

FTWD Ep 6 Daniel

“Make sure you say hello to my little friends.”

‘Cause right about then you see he’s brought backup—about a thousand fucking zombies, all the ones that were up inside the sports arena down the street.

RT: I loved that he had them trained already. He just needs to cut off their arms and parade them around on chains…

CF:  Daniel is the Zombie Whisperer.

RT: Hahaha! Yes :-D Humans are scared of him, but the zombies, like a flock they are drawn to him ;-)

CF:  If Daniel and Carol ever got together, think of their kids!



That’s it, shit in the fan time is with us. People are going nuts, alarms are going off, and The Family Unit met up in an underground garage. Daniel says the walkers are at the north gate and it’s time to get their people.

CF:  What I love at this point is no one is asking about what the hell is going on. Did Daniel just say, “I’m gonna turn some of those undead assholes loose on these putas” and everyone was like, “Cool”? Well, I’m guessing Madison was good with it . . .

RT: I’m guessing they didn’t give Travis most of the specifics of the rescue plan… Although, what I really want to know if how the hell did Daniel open the arena doors without getting swamped by walkers?

CF:  I saw in another comment thread they thought Daniel would have been smart enough to get everything set up at the front, then run around to another side, make a hell of a lot of noise, then go back to the front, cut a couple of chains, remove the boards, and get the hell out of the way.  Since the zombies would have needed to come down stairs/an incline, he could have made it to the street in one piece while they fell and needed to get back up.

RT: I’m happy with that ;-)

Adams is not with the group; Travis says he got info from him and cut him loose. Daniel’s pissed, but does nothing. Chris and Alicia are told to stay with the cars and leave if they aren’t back in thirty minutes, book.

Strand and Nick are chillin’, and Nick is losing it, but Strand is cool and trying to get Nick to settle down. He finally gets him talking about where he’s from—right when all hell breaks loose. Strand hears the Army dudes cutting lose on full auto and says it’s time to go, but he can’t find the key. Turns out Nick had it: he lifted it from Strand, just in case.

RT: I loved the couple of moments when Strand got genuinely concerned. You could tell he was just starting to wonder if this thing was too big for even him to shimmy out of.

CF:  I loved how Nick showed Strand just who was in charge.  Strand may be some big shit back in the old world, but a junkie played him.  He won’t forget that.

RT: Absolutely agree! I think Strand may have bitten off more than he can chew with Nick (no pun intended). I get the feeling Strand chose that group because he thought he could control them or use them to his advantage. However, I think Nick might be the one to play the player.

CF:  You could see Nick connecting to Strand in a strange way–like he’s the father he’s been missing all his life.  He knows the dude is a player, and probably as strange as him, so he’s watching and, if you notice, listening.  When Nick starts listening to someone, watch out.

It’s all going to hell in the compound. Exner wants to know where the hell their evac is: she says it’s clear, the helos tell her they’re “assessing”. Exner pulls the pin, tells everyone to leave and lets Liza know she’ll take care of the patients. She watches a helicopter fly off, then tells Liza to just run. Exner’s shutting it down mentally: you can see it in whatever’s left behind her eyes. She’s seeing way down into abyss right now . . .

Chris won’t sit still: can we say “Stay in the fucking car, Chris!” He should have stayed because a few soldiers show up, smack him around a little, then punch him out, and take their shiny SUV. Shit happens, kids.

RT: Another day, another time a kid won’t stay in the house… Oh, sorry, wrong show…

CF:  No, seriously, if Chris is gonna be the “I wanna do something” pain in the ass teen, his shit is gonna get old fast.  Carl at least was a master at being annoying:  Chris is someone you just wanna slap.  And you know he’s gonna play the “My mom died” routine for the first few episodes until either Travis kicks his ass or Alicia has sex with him.  And if it’s the later we can play the “My period is late” game!

RT: I’m placing my money on having to send Nick out to the pharmacy– what could go wrong with Nick and a pharmacy?

CF:  Yeah, Nick and another girl off to the pharmacy . . .  (Girl)  “I’ll have sex with you.”  (Nick)  “Fucking Oxy!  Totally righteous!”  Yeah, what could go wrong?

Strand waltzes out of the joint leaving everyone behind. Dude is ice cold and doesn’t give a shit on anything. It’s so bad Nick is having trouble believing they guy doesn’t care. Strand says they’re leaving, fuck everyone else, and once they’re out of here they’ll find Abigail . . .

The Family Units enters the main checkpoint and they find the way to Admin as the firefight goes on outside. Liza gets outside, watching all the crazy go down. There’s a breakthroughs here and there: zombies inside the wire, man! Soldiers getting bit, going down, dying hard, lots of screaming and pain. Liza watches a guy who was bit bad run towards a chopper, and when they wave him off, he runs right into the tail rotor of a chopper.

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“No chance a band-aid is gonna fix that.”

The fence is down—it’s feeding time! Time for everyone to get the fuck out or die.

CF: This was a great sequence. Not because it was all about the zombies, but because it showed just how bad something like this could get. This was the Battle of Yonkers made small.

Strand and Nick are on their way out, closing doors behind them and heading down empty corridors. They come across someone getting eaten by a zombie. Strand gives not a fuck and gets a light from another dead guy. The guy being eaten is the dude with his watch and cuff links. Strand takes back the links, tells the dude to keep the watch. He begs to be killed, but Strand leave him, says he’s well on his way. They run as the zombies get in and come after them.

The Family Unit get to the holding pens; they shout for Nick and are told he left with a guy in a suit. Travis lets people out; Daniel wants to split.

Strand and Nick reach a locked door with zombies on their ass. And they get ready to make a last stand—

"Any chance I can interest you in some shinny cuff links?"

“Any chance I can interest you in some shiny cuff links?”

—when Nick sees Travis and Madison heading their way. She can’t get them out and Nick tells her to go, just go.

RT: Seriously, this scene. Just everything about Nick and Madison made the long wait through character development *rolls her eyes at the haters* all completely worth it. That single moment, with Nick looking through the door, telling Madison to go. It. Just. Broke. My. Heart. This is exactly why a slow burn is so much better than constant zombies.

CF:  There was just a second there, just a moment, when you saw a look on Nick’s face that was like, “It’s okay, Mom.  It’s okay.”  Nick knew he was going and he was good with it, and he didn’t want her to see it happen or feel bad.  Frank Dillane has really been great in the role being everything–good, bad, sympathetic, an asshole–and in that moment accepting of his fate.  No “Save me!” no “Get me out!”  He knew there was no reason his mother should die because of him.  And yes:  Character Development, bitches–that’s what happened in this show.  You need it.

RT: Seriously, I know people are saying Frank Dillane looks like Johnny Depp, but part of it is the ability to pull a scene like this.

CF:  Six episodes in and he’s really giving sublime acting lessons.

Liza shows with a card key and they finally get out, but zombies are right behind them. Everyone makes their way through the kitchen expecting the worst. And then it happens: Infected coming out of the way, and everyone’s taking down zombies! Even Nick kills one trying to eat his mom.

FTWD Ep 6 Zombie Kill

CF:  All I can say is fuck yeah, this was intense! I was literally holding my breath the whole time. And as far as fights go on Fear or The Walking Dead, this was brutal. No fancy running head shots from fifteen meters/fifty feet away, no crossbow bolt through the eye, this was up close and personal with tools and hammers and a pistol.

RT: The hand to hand battles are always my favourites. It makes it so personal, so scary, so edge of your seat. I stress ate an entire large bag of potato chips through this.

CF:  I noticed, too, that with them being freshly undead their skulls weren’t cracking that easily.  That’s gonna be a problem for the first month or so.

RT: Is it wrong that I love how hard it is to kill these fuckers? The Walking Dead will start next week and we’ll be like *sigh* “Why are you dying guys, the walkers are practically kindling now.”

CF:  Right now the big threat in The Walking Dead is how many walkers they’re dealing with–but with the right teamwork they can take them out.  On Fear, they’ve got months before it starts getting easy to kill these bastards out.  And the thing that was said on Talking Dead about L. A. being a dry climate?  The skin is gonna dry out and mummify.  These bastards are gonna be tough to take out.

Strand leaves with them, helping lock the zombies inside the kitchen. Daniel wants to know where his wife is; Liza gives him the bad news, then gives the details to Ofelia. There’s nothing there: she’s gone. The group finally reach the hospital and discover everyone has been put down by Exner, who they catch finishing the last patient. They try to get her to leave with them; Exner’s like, where the fuck are you going? There’s nowhere to go. Liza’s trying to get her to leave, saying she can help people. Exner isn’t listening, doesn’t care. She’s ready for the end. After she’s left behind she looks at the captive bolt pistol like she’s gonna use it one last time . . .

RT: You didn’t see the kill. I bet she turns up again in season 2 ;-)

CF:  Probably.  Just like Adams.  Just as the most likable character on The Walking Dead, Merle did.

RT: Adams will be the “Where’s Wally” of the apocalypse. Just when you think he’s dead, nope there he is again!

Strand wants to know the plan; Madison says they’re going to the desert. Nope, he says it’s screwed, too, he has a place on the water ready to go. Outside the sun’s up and they find the remains of a huge bonfire—nothing but partial bodies and ash. Ofelia realizes her mother could be in there.

RT: Correct me if I’m wrong, but was there a weird time jump here? Didn’t they enter the facility at night? Now it’s bright daylight. They only told Chris and Alicia to wait half an hour after all.

CF:  It did seem as if the sun was up either real early, or they cut out from home early in the morning.  It was one thing that was really off.  I think it would have been a lot spookier if they’d come across it in like half-morning light.

RT: Absolutely. Also, is the facility the hospital we saw earlier in the season? The windows look the same.

CF:  According to, it’s Vancouver’s former RCMP E Division Headquarters.

FTWD Ep 6 Bodies

Back at the garage they find Chris, Alicia, and the SUV gone. However, the kids were hiding and are okay. Right then Adams shows up and draws down on Daniel. Thanks, Travis: he’s gonna blow him away. Ofelia begs for it not to happen, and he shoots Ofelia instead. Travis jumps on Adams and beats him—well, could be bed, could be half-dead, doesn’t matter. His ass is pummeled bad.

RT: Hate to point it out again, but this is what AMC does do well; character development. I really did not like Travis at all going into this. The interviews at San Diego Comic Con didn’t help and then his character was so bloody SPINELESS. However, by the end of this episode, AMC had me loving Travis big time.

CF:  Beating Adams was his Crazy Rick moment; he knew he fucked up, and he just lost it.  He was on a slow burn down Crazy Lane, and he finally snapped.  That was why I said he was starting to lose it when he left the gate open:  he’d finally reached “Lack of Shits = Zero” and got out of there.  I do love that Cliff Curtis admitted on The Talking Dead that Madison is the bad ass in the group.  When he said that I realized his character is learning to survive, but it’s gonna take time.

RT: Oh, good point about the gate.

L.A. is burning in the morning light. Everyone’s heading out of town, taking Strand’s advice to follow the river to the ocean. The overhead shows how bad things are: roads above are clogged and parts of the city are still burning.

RT: I actually cried as they drove out. The music, the slow mo drive, the cinematography, it was just beautiful, sad, epic.

CF:  You just felt they were probably passing small groups still alive in the city, but they’re on their own mission.  Not time for them.

RT: Yep, I questioned some of those people on the road, some could have been people, not walkers.

They gets to Strand’s place, and it’s obvious dude has money: complete Casa by the Sea. It’s lovely on the inside, so quiet and untouched. Madison and Nick look out over the sea and she apologizes for letting Nike get taken. Madison doesn’t know where they’re going, and Nick has an epiphany, where he tells her this is like my life, completely fucked up, but now everyone’s catching up to me.

The day is coming to an end and Liza check on Ofelia, who was only shot in the shoulder. Liza and Chris reunite finally, and she tells him she loves him before she heads out the door. Madison follows her out—

Strand is packing up, getting ready to move again. Nick asks if he can stay; Strand says no one stays, they have to stay on the move. Nick wants to know about Abigail, if she’s here. She’s not, and Strand tells Nick to embrace the madness. He shows Nick something through a huge pair of binoculars: Abigail, a large yacht.

Liza is walking, crying; Madison catches up, wants to know what’s up. Liza shows her: she was bit. She knows she’ll turn, so she came down by the ocean to kill herself, but she’s doesn’t know if she can. She’s almost begging Madison to do to her what she was asked to do once, and hands the pistol to Madison—

Travis shows up and wants to know what’s going on. Liza tells him: bit, infected, dying. He doesn’t want to hear that, telling her, “It’s okay, we can treat you—” No, motherfucker, you can’t! She knows what it does: she tells them both they all come back no matter what, and she doesn’t want to turn. She gets Travis to promise to protect Nick as Madison hands him the pistol. Everyone hears the shot. Travis walks off in shock, falling to his knees in the surf. Chris is crying over his dead mother while Alicia stands nearby. Madison comes to Travis as he breaks down.

The tide comes in. Pull back. The quiet city beyond. Pan left into the ocean and low sweep over the water . . .

RT: I just can’t tell you how much love I have for this show after the season 1 finale. Yes, I loved it before hand, but the finale just blew everything out of the water. I really, REALLY can’t wait to see what is in store for the characters in season 2 of Fear The Walking Dead.

CF:  I was genuinely invested in the characters, particularly after the last few episodes.  I want to know who the hell this Strand is, and if they get to the boat, how long at they going to be able to hold it?  It sucks I gotta wait a year to find out.  But we will.

FTWD Ep 6 Madison and Travis


And that is the end of Season 1 of Fear the Walking Dead. It’s not only just the end of Fear, it’s also the end of my run of recaps. Fifteen weeks of recapping Humans and Fear the Walking Dead, and it’s been fun, but now I gotta let Rachel take the recaps back–

"You're recaping . . . for me?"

“You’re recaping . . . for me?”

Yes, Crazy Rick, you get a new recapper.  Be happy, asshole.

I wanna thank Rachel for allowing me to take my shot and help out, and I’ve been happy to come here and do my thing. In the future, when the need arises, I’m hoping she’ll let me come back and either guest post or recap (you need Orphan Black in your lives!), and when Humans and Fear the Walking Dead come back, I am more than eager to pick up where I left off. Particularly with Fear, as we know Season 2 finds them—



Thank you one, thank you all, thank you Rachel. Have fun with the undead.

RT: Cassidy, it has been an absolute pleasure having you on board. When you have someone like yourself come onto my blog and offer your assistance, it is the biggest compliment ever that you would consider my website worthy. I really don’t have the words to express just how much I have loved having you on board.

I would really LOVE for you to return for seasons 2 of Humans and Fear if you’re up to it. I would also love if you would hang around and give your opinion on my recaps of The Walking Dead. As for Orphan Black, YESSSSS!!! This is my newest addiction, so your insight into this show would be absolutely FANTASTIC :-D

CF:  I’ll be around to snark off on The Walking Dead, and since I’m a member of the #CloneClub, I’d love to do Season 4 of Orphan Black.  And there is one more post I’d like to get done before the Ricktatorship comes back!

RT: Post away Cassidy! I can’t wait :-D


The Cast:

Madison Clark — Kim Dickens
Travis Manawa — Cliff Curtis
Nick Clark — Frank Dillane
Alicia Clark — Alycia Debnam-Carey

Liza Ortiz — Elizabeth Rodriguez
Christopher Manawa — Lorenzo James Henrie

Daniel Salazar— Ruben Blades
Ofelia Salazar — Mercedes Mason

Victor Strand — Colman Domin

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Fear The Walking Dead Season 1 Finale: What To Expect

Fear The Walking Dead promo pic pool

I can’t believe it is nearly the season 1 finale of AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead! Cassidy has been doing a truly awesome job of recapping the show and I am going to miss her weekly snark. Hopefully though, she will hang around and add her opinion on season 6 of The Walking Dead when I recap it. At there is still one more episode left for her to recap: Episode 6 (entitled “The Good Man”).

Recently I did an article on everything you can expect to see in the season 1 finale over at The Inquisitr. In a nutshell, here’s what I had to say about Episode 6 of Fear The Walking Dead:

  • There will be death — and LOADS of it! Showrunner Dave Erickson is saying this episode will be the “deadliest episode of the season“, which, for the Walking Dead fans complaining about the lack of zombies in the spin off series, doesn’t really say much. However, many fans are hoping Travis Manawa (played by Cliff Curtis) will be one of the casualties in the season 1 finale. Even though I have not been a fan of this character at all in the series, I think his evolution from Hershel’s “walkers are people too” mentality to Rick’s version of stuff-and-thangs-bat-shit-crazy could be an interesting journey. As far as I’ m concerned, some of those teens need to go. Erickson has suggested there could be an exploration into the relationship between Chris (Lorenzo Henrie James) and Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), so that only leaves Nick (Frank Dillane) and he is another character I can see with too rich a story arc to get rid of already.
Cliff Curtis stars as Travis Manawa in AMC's Fear The Walking Dead

“I have a friend who has a barn, couldn’t we just take Kimberley there?”

  • The group will be divided. Already we have seen Liza (Elizabeth Rodriguez) and Nick taken away to the “Facility.” In Episode 6, my prediction is Liza gets taken with Dr. Exner during the evacuation rather than going to retrieve her son, Chris. I can also see Nick and Victor Strand (Colman Domingo) escaping and returning to the L.A. quarantine zone. However, the teaser video for Episode 6 shows Travis packing up his family to escape the “humane extermination” that is operation Cobalt. There is also the suggestion that there is a further divide as Chris implores that Travis doesn’t leave them. Although this may be an indication that Liza does indeed return to get Chris and Travis.
  • AMC will premiere the spin off of the spin off, Fear The Walking Dead: Flight 462. This miniseries will be very similar to the webisodes AMC used to play in the lead up to a new season of The Walking Dead. However, at the culmination of this miniseries will be the introduction of a new Fear The Walking Dead character for season 2. You can find out more about this miniseries and who I think the new character might be here.
Fear The Walking Dead: Flight 462

Yes, this is the most ridiculous promo pic I’ve seen too…

Episode 6 Viewing Information

  • If you want to watch the entire season 1 of Fear The Walking Dead, AMC will be airing episode 1 through to the season 1 finale, starting from 3:15 p.m. EDT. While the pilot episode of Fear ran for 90 minutes, the season 1 finale will run for just over an hour.
  • Fear The Walking Dead will get its first ever Talking Dead special episode. It will be hosted by Chris Hardwick and is scheduled to air after the finale episode at 10:00 p.m. EDT.
  • For U.K. fans, Yahoo! announced that Fear The Walking Dead will air at 2 a.m. local time and then again at 9 p.m. local time so that die hard fans have the opportunity to view the season 1 finale of Fear at the same time as the U.S., thus avoiding spoilers across social media.

The season 1 finale of AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead will premiere on Sunday, October 4, 2015.

I also did an article on what fans can expect to see in season 2 of Fear The Walking Dead. If you want to find out more, you can check out my article here. What are you expecting to see in the season 1 finale of AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead?

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