As you might know by now, my debut novel Land of the Meat Munchers, set in a post-zombie apocalypse Singapore, will have its book launch this Halloween. And it’s my birthday too! Here’s the details: Venue: Books Actually Address: 9 Yong Siak Street Time: 730pm Here’s one last excerpt from my novel, centred on the third protagonist: Raj. There were fresh bloodstains on the newcomer’s blue…
Verdict: Three stars out of five. Trust Hollywood to take a nuanced, complex novel and boil it all down to “Brad Pitt saves the world”. But at least he does it in style, via some jaw-dropping set pieces and smaller, downright claustrophobic moments that amp the fear factor through the roof.
Verdict: Four walkers out of five. It had all been steadily building up to this, and The Walking Dead Season 3 finale didn’t disappoint with a gut-wrenching, violent and yet hopeful conclusion. But the quality of the storytelling has been on a gradual slide since Season 1, and it’s unclear where the show goes from here, especially with showrunner Glen Mazzara gone.
Verdict: Three out of five stars. Nicholas Hoult carries the movie with a moving and often hilarious performance in this sweet, subversive zombie tale. Hoult also shares a tender chemistry with Teresa Palmer, while John Malkovich brings gravitas to proceedings. A pity then, about the sizable plot holes and the in-your-face metaphors. Still, more than worth the entrance fee.
They came, they saw, they got their pound of flesh, and then they scattered into the night to spread the infection to the ends of the earth (or at least throughout Clarke Quay). That’s what happened at the inaugural Singapore Zombie Walk on Saturday, when 131 zombies shuffled and stumbled their way from Riverside Point through Clarke Quay and back again.
That’s right – tonight’s the night of the Singapore Zombie Walk, just in time for the Halloween weekend. Following in the footsteps of cities all over the world like Toronto, Brisbane and San Diego, comes Singapore’s first large-scale zombie walk.
In the second part of my interview with The Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard, we discuss the comic and the TV series, the appeal of the zombie apocalypse, his advice for aspiring creators, his future projects and whether we can ever expect to see him in Singapore.
But for a quirk of fate, The Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard, 46, might have been a rock star today. “I lived in London for a while trying to make it in a band, believe it or not, playing the drums,” confesses the father of two. But it wasn’t meant to be, and he went on to become part of a phenomenon that has spawned more than 100 issues of The Walking Dead monthly comic series, a wildly popular TV adaptation and even a zombie obstacle course.