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”

FTWD Ep 6 Travis

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.

Fear The Walking Dead 2015

“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?

[Image credits: AMC]


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Join Me For FantasyCon 2015!

FantasyCon 2015 Banner

So, recently I posted about zOctober, but come November, I will also be participating in FantasyCon. This brand new event will aim to highlight some of main sub-genres that fall under the main genre of Fantasy. You can check out the details for the event below courtesy of the Facebook event page:

“Flavour of Fantasy is an online group and collective. We’re hosting the first ever Virtual (online) FantasyCon. It will be held online in a Facebook Event on November 1-8, 2015.

There will also be panel discussions via YouTube, a Scavenger Hunt, Giveaways, and a Cosplayer Costume Contest with a daily prize for the best selfie and costume and a grand prize.”

The daily program of events is as follows:

Nov. 1st: Sci-Fi Sunday
Nov 2nd: Paranormal Monday
Nov 3rd: Dark Tuesday
Nov 4th: Epic Wednesday
Nov 5th: Fairytale Thursday
Nov 6th: Urban Friday
Nov 7th: Steampunk Saturday
Nov 8th: YA Fantasy Sunday

Each day new booths for participating authors will open up and guests can find out more about their favourite genres. I will be participating over two days. Paranormal Monday will see me with a booth that will focus on my novel, Unremembered Things. I will be ready to answer all your questions about the paranormal genre as well as any questions you might have about this book. On Urban Friday, I will be bringing The Ring of Lost Souls to the event.

You can find out more about how this event will run via the flier below:

FantasyCon 2015 Flier


Can’t wait to see you all there — and don’t forget to bring your friends along too :-D

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Fear the Walking Dead, Season 1, Episode 5: “Cobalt”

FTWD Ep 5 Strand and Nick

Desperate people facing desperate times . . .

We open on “The Facility”, the one where Griselda and Nick were taken. It looks like a lot of big dog pens set up to hold animals, only in this case the animals are people the military has . . . That’s never made clear. We know there are wounded there, the sick and the ill and probably the dying, but the first guy we meet, Strand, he’d a sharp-dressed guy talking a line of shit a mile wide to—Doug! The military did pick him up, and Strand is laying the line on him, that the world is over, things are gonna change, and insurance ain’t gonna help out. He plays Doug, asking to see a picture of his wife, then mind fucks him by saying she’s good looking enough that she’ll find a guy who’ll take good care of her. His is enough to flip out Doug, who is then hauled off by some pick-up squad, and that’s all Strand needs so he can talk to Nick.

RT: Strand fascinates and scares me all at the same time. I want to know his backstory, yet, I can see him as the beginnings of someone like The Governor or the members of Terminus.

CF:  I was thinking along the same lines:  “This guy could be The Governor, West Coast Style.”  I would not be surprised to find out he’s in the music industry, because he knows how to smooth out a situation and manipulate everyone.

RT: I read recently that Strand is rich, although they didn’t say how, so you might be onto something with the music. Although, I think he might also be a dodgy card player since he mentioned Las Vegas and lifted the key. Apparently AMC wanted to show someone of wealth on FTWD, which should be interesting because we can finally get a chance to see just how long it takes for the entitled to realise money can’t buy them out of this situation.

Back in Walled-Off Acres, Ofelia is throwing bottles at the main gate demanding to know where her mother was taken. Lt. Moyers is ready to smoke her ass, but her new boyfriend, Adams, says he’ll handle the situation, that she just wants her mom. He speaks with her, and agrees to take he back home, while a lot of the other guys in BDUs don’t like how things are falling down; one guy decides he’s had enough and starts to walk.

Shawn Hatosy as Corporal Andrew Adams and Mercedes Mason as Ofelia - Fear The Walking Dead _ Season 1, Episode 5 - Photo Credit: Justina Mintz/AMC

“I’m just gonna help you settle down.  You got a place where we can talk?”

Meanwhile Travis is trying to talk to Madison over coffee, saying he’ll speak with Moyers. At that point Chris shows up and wants to know what’s going on, wants to know where his mom was taken. When Madison tries to keep the peace Chris pops off to her, and Travis grabs him and pulls him aside for a little man-to-man, asking him to calm down. He then asks Chris to apologize to Madison, and his son pretty much tells him to get screwed and blows town.

Liza is doing her rounds at the medical facility, and Exner starts going on about how she’s losing people, how a lot of her nurses were evaced to other “locations.” Liza asks about Griselda and finds out she’s still alive, but they had to take her foot. Dr. Exner won’t answer other questions, however: it’s all about work from then on.

RT: I LOVED how the medical facility scenes were done. Just enough information to keep viewers interested and just enough conspiracy theory paranoia to make sure fans didn’t trust Dr. Exner. oh, and Elizabeth Rodriguez (who plays Liza) seemed more comfortable in her role. I have read a lot of interviews where Rodriguez has said she is squeamish about blood and gore, and I think it showed in the previous episodes. Not at all in this one though :-)

CF:  Elizabeth played it with the right note of “I’m helping to get things done, but I realize things are fucked” attitude.  You could see her starting to worry that they weren’t coming back from the brink.

Elizabeth Rodriguez as Liza and Sandrine Holt as Dr. Bethany Exner - Fear The Walking Dead _ Season 1, Episode 5 - Photo Credit: Justina Mintz/AMC

“You’re doing great, Liza:  just don’t go in the basement, ‘kay?”

Madison finds Suzie’s letter and heads over to her house looking for Alicia. She hears something coming from somewhere in the house, and she goes into the basement with a knife in hand to investigate. There are several jump scares as the flashlight goes on and off, and finally she finds a room in the back where Daniel and Ofelia have Adams tied up. Daniel rather coldly tells Madison this is how they’ll get the others back, and you gotta admit it’s a pretty ballsy move to nab a soldier and hold them captive: it also makes one wonder why he’s not being searched for.

Adams tells them all that the people are coming back, but ain’t no one buying that shit. Upstairs the conversation turns to the old “we’ll trade him for them” action, but the moment Ofelia is out of the room Daniel goes dark and tells Madison the dude has info, they’ll get that—soon.

RT: There were moments in the torture scenes where I really, truly hated Daniel. And, yet, when he broke down to Madison, I hated myself for liking him again. Well played AMC, well played…

CF:  Once more Rubin is the man, and we start off with a likable character who we suddenly find out is a total shit, and then he gets you feeling bad for his torturing ass.  I’m looking back at the last four episodes before this and seeing how low keyed everyone has played things, just like normal people would be before things went to hell.

RT: Oh, yes, good idea! (Like I need another excuse to rewatch episodes ;-) )

Travis talks to Moyers and says he wants to know when his people coming, but Moyers could give two shits about getting any of Travis’ people back. His concern is his people, who appear to be about to shit their pants at the first sign of trouble. Travis plays the “Hey, how about I bring everyone down here to raise hell” card, and at first Moyers gives Travis a look like the dude should bring it so he can blow them all away, then orders a team to take Travis to see the doctor. Moyers is beginning to act like a crazed character out of Apocalypse Now, only this apocalypse is real, and no one is calling cut.

RT: This episode is the first time I ever really started to like Travis. He just seemed more real a character when he knows a little and isn’t completely clueless. It made him more believable.

CF:  Up until now he’s ignored what’s happening, tried to pretend things are going to get better.  Now he not only knows they won’t, he’s seeing it.  Sure, Madison killed Artie, but Travis can see that whatever this is, even the military can’t shut it down and put things back together.  He needed a wake-up call, and it came hard.

Along the way Travis’s convoy stops to smoke an “infected” because a call came over the radio that there was a problem. They pull out a .50 sniper rifle and set up a shot from about four hundred yards—and in probably the biggest douche move ever, Moyers begins giving Travis shit, telling him he wants him to bag the walker, and the tension grows incredibly thick as Moyers begins to lord over Travis. it gets serious as he more or less bullies Travis into taking the shot with a weapon that you have to train to use, that isn’t something you pick up down at Wal Mart, take it out in a field, and start popping off rounds at cans. It’s a weapon you use to kill people from a half-mile away, and there’s only one reason why Moyers is acting this way: he’s being a dick because he can.

And there ain’t a thing Travis can do.

Cliff Curtis as Travis - Fear The Walking Dead _ Season 1, Episode 5 - Photo Credit: Justina Mintz/AMC

“I wonder what Jack London would say about this?”

He decides to do this, but once he sees the walker—a former waitress wandering around in a coffee shop—he realizes he can’t take the shot. He backs away from the weapon, whereupon Moyers gives him another line of shit before from blowing her away. As they all get back into the vehicle the sounds of panicked voices and gunfire are heard over the radio—lots of gunfire.

RT: I bet Travis knew this waitress. That would have made it even harder to kill her.

CF:  I’m thinking along the same lines.  Or he still had a bit of the Herschel Greene “These are people” feelings going on.  I’ve already said it once:  he’s the Herschel of the group, and he needed something hard to snap him back into the now.

FTWD Ep 5 Zombie Girl

“Yeah, you got the power now, but give it time: my peeps gonna mess you up.”

Down in the room Daniel is wearing his undershirt and wiping off bloody straight razors while he tells Adams about a room where he was taken when he was young, where he was given a choice, though he doesn’t really mention what that choice was. What he does want is to know what Cobalt is, and he tells Adams without actually saying that he’s gonna find out what it is, and he’s got no problem cutting up Adams to get there.

Shawn Hatosy as Corporal Andrew Adams and Ruben Blades as Daniel Salazar - Fear The Walking Dead _ Season 1, Episode 5 - Photo Credit: Justina Mintz/AMC

“Trust me, I’m good with a razor–“

Travis’ convoy gets called into to help another group being overrun at a local library: apparently a lot of people have been “holding out” around the city, but once they all start getting turned into undead meat sacks, they become a little too much for a few men to take out. The team goes in hot, and Travis hears massive the shit doing down on the radio: he hears yelling, hears gunfire, actually sees zombies falling out of windows. But the military isn’t having a good time of things: his escorts come back without Moyers—who you know was probably fragged by his own men because that’s what happens to douchebags in positions of power–and they tell Travis they’re gonna drop him off within a couple of block of his place and let him walk home while then they book the fuck out.

Things at the facility aren’t good. Liza’s doing her best to keep up, but you can tell it’s not going well. A soldier is brought in with breathing issues, contusions—and BITE MARKS! That’s all they need to hear to move him off to quarantine. The army dudes doing pick look at Nick and start to take him away ‘cause he’s got a bit of a fever, but Strand pays them off with diamond cuff links and they let Nick stay. Obviously he has a plan . . .

Alicia is out riding a bike and finds Chris sitting alone on top of a car. She wants him to talk to her about his mom, and she takes him to a house in their safe zone where some apparently wealthy people lived.

"I'm totally an angsty teen, so get on my bike and ride, you hear?"

“I’m totally an angsty teen, so get on my bike and ride, you hear?”

While Chris is playing with radio controlled toys, Alicia is playing dress up, and they both seems to be picking up a vibe from each other. Eventually they end up downstairs decked out in their finery—Chris wearing a nice jacket and tie, and Alicia totally lady armored up in a swanky dress and makeup—and they’re drinkin’ champagne right out of the bottle, and it’s then they start trashing the joint ‘cause it’s the end of the fucking world, and none of this stuff means jack shit any longer. May as well take it all out.

RT: I so expected them to get jiggy on the piano before they trashed the place…

CF:  I thought they might go there, and you could see with the way they looked at each other that it was there, but then they blew it off, like they’re kids and, hey, it’s a house that rich people owned, let’s trash the joint.  I think they are gonna set up to get romantic, but it’s all gonna be on Alicia for that move.

RT: Apparently the showrunner, Dave Erickson, is testing the waters with this one as he doesn’t want it to be “step sibling”weird or anything. So, if the viewers seem okay with it, my guess is there will be a relationship ;-)

Inside the house Daniel is washing out a bloody bowl, and begins telling Madison about why he left his home in El Salvador, and that’s when it hits hard. To paraphrase another AMC anti-hero, Daniel wasn’t the guy who worried about a knock on the door: he was the dude that knocked. He was the guy who “got information,” and it’s painfully obvious that he’s fucked up Adams trying to get that information. How does Madison react to this? She wants to know if the guy told him what they want to know. Don’t worry, Maddie: you’re gonna do well in this new world. She even plays it ultra cool when Travis finally gets home and wants to know if she knew what Daniel was up to, and she gives him that, “Chill, bitch,” look.

RT: Thank God Fear is filled with female characters like Carol and not Lori! :-D

CF:  Madison knows how shitty people can get because she dealt with it every day in the old world, so quickly making the transition to kick-ass bitch isn’t as hard for her.  Lori, Andrea, Carol–they weren’t set up to cope with this stuff at the beginning, but I think Madison was because, in a way, she’d already seen this darkness.

RT: Absolutely agree.

Down in the quarantine area it’s not fun. It’s hell. It’s cages in the basement. It’s people who are likely never gonna see daylight again.

"Yeah . . . now I know why I was told to stay out of the basement."

“Yeah . . . now I know why I was told to stay out of the basement.”

Liza finds Griselda and Dr. Exner tells Liza that Griselda has septic shock, which means she’s going to die. Griselda is hallucinating, speaking in Spanish, going on about devils and her fate and things like that. She’s dying, dying, and oh, shit, dead, with Liza right next to her. Dr. Exner drops the bomb and tells Liza that Griselda is going to “turn”: she doesn’t need to be bitten to become one of the undead, everyone who dies comes back. She readies a captive bolt pistol and tells Liza the only thing that will put Griselda down for good is massive trauma to the brain. Liza takes the weapon from the doctor and puts Griselda down herself before she can “turn”.

RT: So glad they have this information now.

CF:  That was already out of the bottle so no way they were putting it back.  And a doctor would see that happening.  Now . . . will Liza be able to tell anyone about this?

RT: I am guessing the only reason Liza found out is so she can tell the others. Or at least some of the others…

A bowed Adams is telling Daniel, Madison, and Travis talking about a mass shooting at a sports arena, where they couldn’t tell the difference between the infected and, well, people, so they just locked everyone inside to let them die and turn. They want to know what Cobalt is, and Adams tells them: it’s the code name for the military evacuation of L.A., and anyone currently being held in a military facility will be “humanly terminated,” though who the hell knows what that means? That’s the plan: the military has lost the city, so they’re saying fuck it, we’re outta here, and they’re moving elsewhere to regroup. As for the civilians, I guess you could say they are . . . the walking dead? That might make a good title for a comic!

Speaking of the facility Nick is barfing it up, man, because withdrawal is a bitch. He wants to know why Strand saved him, and he lets Nick know the old ways are over. Nick is told that the soldiers are leaving, and Strand needs a guy with Nick’s talents when he makes his move. What move? He doesn’t say, but he has a key.

At the end Alicia and Chris are walking home and see the soldiers pulling out, while Daniel is out confirming the same. He’s visiting the place Adams talked about, and hears the undead inside the arena—and, man, do they want the fuck out. The camera pull back showing him standing outside what looks like L.A. Forum, but we can probably call it Chekhov’s Zombie Pit From Hell.

RT: I really loved this episode. It set everything up for a juicy cliffhanger in the finale. My prediction is that everyone will get separated; Travis and Madison, Alicia and Chris, Liza, Nick and Strand and, finally, Daniel and Ofelia. I think we will see episodes in season 2 that will concentrate on the individual groups getting back together before they all become one large group again.

CF:  I can see them setting up for a big separation as well, which would help fill the time in the first few episodes of Season 2.  And I did love this episode, too:  how you can see the payoff coming, and it’s going to be big and bad.  I don’t believe we’ve seen the real horror yet–which will be the unleashing of the Herds–but I would almost bet that’s going to be the end of the episode.  There are five thousand zombies heading your way–what do you do?

RT: IMDb is listing Daniel and Ofelia already as being in one episode in season 2, whereas they are the only ones listed. Either AMC is keeping mum about spoilers by not naming more characters as in season 2, everyone else gets eaten, or they have split up and have only filmed Daniel and Ofelia’s episode so far.


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
Griselda Salazar — Patricia Reyes Spindola
Ofelia Salazar — Mercedes Mason


Fear the Walking Dead airs in the US on AMC at 9 PM EDT.

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