Daily Dead http://dailydead.com - Your Source for Daily Zombie, Horror, and Sci-Fi News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:33:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Exclusive: Phoebe Fox Talks The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death http://dailydead.com/exclusive-phoebe-fox-talks-woman-black-2-angel-death/ http://dailydead.com/exclusive-phoebe-fox-talks-woman-black-2-angel-death/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:30:17 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=90896 For the upcoming sequel, The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death, director Tom Harper is taking audiences back to the ill-fated Eel Marsh House after things go horribly wrong for a group of children who are evacuated there to escape the horrors of war. Unbeknownst to them and their caretakers, Eel Marsh House is […]

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For the upcoming sequel, The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death, director Tom Harper is taking audiences back to the ill-fated Eel Marsh House after things go horribly wrong for a group of children who are evacuated there to escape the horrors of war. Unbeknownst to them and their caretakers, Eel Marsh House is anything but a safe haven and soon, an evil force is reawakened, forcing them to deal with a supernatural entity that will stop at nothing to destroy them.

Daily Dead recently chatted with The Woman in Black 2 star Phoebe Fox in anticipation of the film’s release on January 2nd, 2015. Read about her experiences working on the film and get some insight into her character, Eve Parkins:

Thanks so much for speaking with me today, Phoebe. I really enjoyed your work in the film and thought it does an excellent job of expanding on the mythology from the first film. Had you seen the first Woman in Black before you came on board for the sequel?

Phoebe Fox: Initially, I hadn’t watched the first but I knew of it because it did exceptionally well here. So when I was up for this role, I decided to watch it just so I knew what I was getting myself into (laughs). See, I scare unbelievably easy so I don’t watch too many horror films just because they really get under my skin and the first Woman in Black was exceptionally scary and just a really great movie overall. So I was very excited to be a part of this one.

Using World War II as a backdrop for this story really heightens the experience of The Woman in Black 2- was that something conscientious to you as well when you initially read the script?

Phoebe Fox: It was. I thought it added a really interesting aspect to the story because most times in horror movies, audiences always react by saying, “Why not just leave?” But because we’re in the situation where we’ve been evacuated from London, the possibility of leaving doesn’t really exist. We’re stuck in this terrible situation which means we have no choice but to face it head on. Plus, that was an incredibly scary and tumultuous time here so that added this other kind of terrible mystique to the story too.

Eve is such a lovely character and a very different kind of ‘final girl’ than we’ve seen in some time. Was that all in the script or did you work with Tom before filming to add some of your own touches on the character?

Phoebe Fox: Thank you for saying that because that’s something I picked up on and I don’t think I would have taken on this film if she hadn’t been so well-conceived. Eve definitely has this light to her and that stood out to me, especially since the story has such darkness to it. She’s also driven by the events of her past so something that I did with Tom before we started filming was to write out a detailed biography for her. I thought that was the only way to play Eve authentically was to know where she was coming from.

I’d definitely agree that she has a light to her and I thought that was definitely reflected in Eve’s wardrobe; was that something you collaborated on with the costume designer?

Phoebe Fox: I wish I could take credit but that was all due to Annie Symons and her amazing eye. I loved how she made Eve a contrasting factor against everything going on in the world around her. She did a really great job on all the costumes.

I know we’re almost out of time but I wanted to ask about your experiences working with Helen (McCrory) since your characters spend a lot of time together and balance each other out rather nicely in the film.

Phoebe Fox: Helen is just brilliant. Her role was very much like your typical British woman- strong and stoic- but also had a lot more going on to her than what you initially see. I loved that. Helen’s performance just defies all those stereotypes too and she made Jean into so much more with very little dialogue to convey what her character was about and that demonstrates just how talented she is. I had a wonderful time working with her and learned so much- she’s a true legend.

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Release Date & Cover Art for Dario Argento & Lucio Fulci Blu-ray Collections http://dailydead.com/release-date-cover-art-dario-argento-lucio-fulci-blu-ray-collections/ http://dailydead.com/release-date-cover-art-dario-argento-lucio-fulci-blu-ray-collections/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:19:42 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=90895 Through flesh-ripping zombies, psychopathic killers, and blood-soaked scenarios of boundary-pushing terror, Italian horror maestros Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci have given the genre awesome offerings of fear that have delighted and inspired viewers for decades, and Blue Underground will celebrate these legendary, influential writer/directors with two upcoming Blu-ray collections. Set for release on March 31st, […]

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Dario-Argento-Collection-BD-boxThrough flesh-ripping zombies, psychopathic killers, and blood-soaked scenarios of boundary-pushing terror, Italian horror maestros Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci have given the genre awesome offerings of fear that have delighted and inspired viewers for decades, and Blue Underground will celebrate these legendary, influential writer/directors with two upcoming Blu-ray collections.

Set for release on March 31st, 2015, Blue Underground’s The Dario Argento Collection and The Lucio Fulci Collection each feature three films from the prolific filmmakers. We have the official details below (via Blu-ray.com), as well as the Blu-ray cover art (via Amazon). Special features have not been revealed yet, but we’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements.

The Dario Argento Collection

The Cat O’ Nine Tails

A blind man with a talent for solving puzzles teams-up with reporter Carlo Giordani to launch a private investigation into a string of peculiar murders, all of which seem to involve a dubious genetic research facility. The killer soon becomes wise to the duo’s plans and will do whatever it takes to stop them from reporting to the police.

Deep Red

A musician witnesses the murder of a famous psychic, and then teams up with a fiesty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen killer bent on keeping a dark secret buried.

Inferno

A young woman stumbles upon a mysterious diary that reveals the secrets of “The Three Mothers” and unleashes a nightmare world of demonic evil. As the unstoppable horror spreads from Rome to New York City, this unholy trinity must be stopped before the world is submerged in the blood of the innocent.

STREET DATE: MARCH 31, 2015.

The Lucio Fulci Collection

City of the Living Dead

The Seven Gates of Hell have been torn open, and in three days the dead shall rise and walk the earth. As a reporter and a psychic race to close the portals of the damned, they encounter a seething nightmare of unspeakable evil. The city is alive – with the horrors of the living dead!

The House by the Cemetery

A young family moves from their cramped New York City apartment to a spacious new home in New England. But this is no ordinary house in the country: the previous owner was the deranged Dr. Freudstein, whose monstrous human experiments have left a legacy of bloody mayhem. Now, someone – or something – is alive in the basement, and home sweet home is about to become a horrific hell on earth.

The New York Ripper

A blade-wielding psychopath is on the loose, turning The Big Apple bright red with the blood of beautiful young women. As NYPD detectives follow the trail of butchery from the decks of the Staten Island Ferry to the sex shows of Times Square, each brutal murder becomes a sadistic taunt. In the city that never sleeps, he’s the killer that can’t be stopped!

STREET DATE: MARCH 31, 2015.”

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Dead Island: Epidemic Adds Sword-Slashing Xian Mei and Ice-Blasting Hailey http://dailydead.com/dead-island-epidemic-adds-sword-slashing-xian-mei-ice-blasting-hailey/ http://dailydead.com/dead-island-epidemic-adds-sword-slashing-xian-mei-ice-blasting-hailey/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:44:53 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=90860 Gamers who played Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide watched Xian Mei slice and dice her way through hordes of the tropical living dead and now the assassin is back in Deep Silver’s Dead Island: Epidemic, which is now in open beta. Xian joins the recently added Hailey, a former ice cream truck driver who was […]

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Dead-Island-EpidemicGamers who played Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide watched Xian Mei slice and dice her way through hordes of the tropical living dead and now the assassin is back in Deep Silver’s Dead Island: Epidemic, which is now in open beta. Xian joins the recently added Hailey, a former ice cream truck driver who was bitten, frozen, and mutated into a frosty super-powered being similar in some ways to X-Men‘s Iceman.

From Deep Silver: “Dead Island: Epidemic is now in open beta for free here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/222900/.

Xian Mei has managed to survive thus far using her sharp mind and even sharper weapons, and she intends to keep it that way. She is a mobile burst damage character who jumps into the fray with her swords and deals massive area damage before disappearing amidst her illusions, leaving the enemies disorientated, out of position and shortly thereafter, dead.

And from ice-cold assassins to ice-cold killers (literally) Deep Silver and Stunlock Studios have also recently added the ice-powered, mutated character, Hailey, just in time for the winter and holiday season. The specially festive themed Dead Island: Epidemic Survivor Snowdown details Hailey’s cool repertoire of skills and abilities.”

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It Follows Receives US Release Date & New Trailer http://dailydead.com/follows-receives-us-release-date-new-trailer/ http://dailydead.com/follows-receives-us-release-date-new-trailer/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:43:28 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=90885 “This thing… it’s gonna follow you. Somebody gave it to me, and I passed it to you.” Along with Starry Eyes, It Follows is popping up in many discussions about the best horror movies of the year. Viewers who weren’t able to catch writer/director David Robert Mitchell’s new movie at festival screenings now have a release […]

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It-Follows-box-02“This thing… it’s gonna follow you. Somebody gave it to me, and I passed it to you.” Along with Starry Eyes, It Follows is popping up in many discussions about the best horror movies of the year. Viewers who weren’t able to catch writer/director David Robert Mitchell’s new movie at festival screenings now have a release date to look forward to and can get a tease of what’s to come in the film’s new trailer.

RADiUS-TWC have slated It Follows to hit U.S. theaters on March 27th, 2015. Penned and directed by David Robert Mitchell (The Myth of the American Sleepover), It Follows stars Maika Monroe (Labor Day), Keir Gilchrist (It’s Kind of a Funny Story), Daniel Zovatto (Beneath), Olivia Luccardi (Girls), Jake Weary (Zombeavers), and Lili Sepe (Spork).

“For 19-year-old Jay (Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.”

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First Image from Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak http://dailydead.com/first-image-guillermo-del-toros-crimson-peak-2/ http://dailydead.com/first-image-guillermo-del-toros-crimson-peak-2/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:27:14 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=90870 Immersed in a gothic atmosphere, taking place in a haunted house with a personality all its own, featuring an impressive core cast of Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam, and directed and co-written by Guillermo del Toro, Crimson Peak is a movie many are looking forward to seeing when it hits theaters […]

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Crimson-Peak-first-image-boxImmersed in a gothic atmosphere, taking place in a haunted house with a personality all its own, featuring an impressive core cast of Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam, and directed and co-written by Guillermo del Toro, Crimson Peak is a movie many are looking forward to seeing when it hits theaters next fall, and now the first image from the film has been unveiled.

A Legendary movie that will be released by Universal Pictures on October 16th, 2015, Crimson Peak sees del Toro returning to the director’s chair for a smaller, more intimate film. We have the first image from the movie below (from The Film Stage via Collider), which shows Jessica Chastain standing on the landing of an eerily lit staircase, as well as the official synopsis for Crimson Peak (via Collider):

“Legendary Pictures’ CRIMSON PEAK, a co-production with Universal Pictures, is a haunting gothic horror story directed by the master of dark fairy tales, Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy series, Pacific Rim), written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins and starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam. In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers. Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, del Toro and Callum Greene produce, and Jillian Share executive produces.”

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For more on Crimson Peak, check out Heather’s San Diego Comic-Con video interview with Guillermo del Toro:

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Exclusive Q&A with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Comic Book Writer Michael Moreci http://dailydead.com/exclusive-qa-dawn-planet-apes-comic-book-writer-michael-moreci/ http://dailydead.com/exclusive-qa-dawn-planet-apes-comic-book-writer-michael-moreci/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:29:10 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=90852 Longtime Daily Dead readers should be familiar with the work of comic book writer Michael Moreci from our coverage of Hoax Hunters. He’s also behind the new Dawn of the Apes comic book series from BOOM! Studios and I caught up with him for a Q&A feature to discuss his story that bridges the gap between ‘Rise’ […]

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Longtime Daily Dead readers should be familiar with the work of comic book writer Michael Moreci from our coverage of Hoax Hunters. He’s also behind the new Dawn of the Apes comic book series from BOOM! Studios and I caught up with him for a Q&A feature to discuss his story that bridges the gap between ‘Rise’ and ‘Dawn’.

You’re working on the first ‘Apes’ comic book series in that’s associated with the new movies. Was this story something you came to BOOM! with or did they hire you because they were familiar with your work and love of the series?

MM: I was very lucky in that they came to me, knowing what a big fan I am of the series.

With this taking place in the gap between ‘Rise’ and ‘Dawn,’ did Fox provide you with may specifics as to what you could and couldn’t cover?

MM: Funny enough, not really. In fact, I started writing the book before Dawn even came out, having not seen in or read the screenplay. That made things a little tricky. Strangely enough, my original pitch was very, very close to the plot of Dawn. Some overlap was a little uncanny. I remember watching the movie for the first time and being surprised by the similarities, in a good way. Ultimately, everything worked out for the best and the story I’m now able to tell is so cool. I think of it like a movie in and of itself, a prequel to Dawn. It folds into the overall story really well.

When developing the story for this comic book series, did you use anything for reference outside of the movies? Deleted scenes, perhaps? Or were you able to talk with Matt Reeves?

MM: I wish. Matt Reeves is such a talented and smart filmmaker; talking to him would be a dream come true—I can’t enough imagine how cool it would be to pick his brains about the Apes mythology. Alas, it never happened.

For our readers who are unfamiliar with the series, can you tell them about where Malcolm and Caesar are when the series starts off?

MM: The idea behind the series is to show Malcolm and Caesar on parallel trajectories. Caesar is dealing with the difficulties in growing and stabilizing his society while Malcolm is confronting the challenges of his society in decline. Like Dawn, they both want the same thing—security for their families and a future for their kind. But, unfortunately, obtaining what’s best isn’t as easy as it seems.

Can we get a little tease of what you have planned for the next six issues?

MM: It’s a cool, succinct and tight companion piece to the Apes mythology. I think it’s unique enough of a story to justify its own existence while also folding into the tapestry of the Apes story. We’re dealing with classic Apes themes of society building, cooperation, acceptance, and how the individual finds a place in the bigger picture of their culture. These are hallmarks of the Apes universe, and it’s a big reason why I love it so much—these movies, the new versions and the classics, have really profound things to say about our world.

Also, we get to see Maurice and Koba. Who doesn’t want more Maurice and Koba?

Being a big fan of the ‘Apes’ universe, are there other stories you’d like to tell and are there any solid plans for you to work on another mini-series?

MM: I’d love, love to continue beyond the six issues I’m committed to, but unfortunately that decision isn’t up to me. I’m proud of the story we’re telling, but I also see the many opportunities to grow this comic universe and tell great stories with both Caesar and Malcolm. I’m fascinated with exploring Caesar’s transition from a revolutionary to a grounded leader. It would be great to explore that deeper.

I understand that Hoax Hunters is coming back in a big way with Heavy Metal. Can you tell me more about what we can expect from Season 2?

MM: It is coming back! Season 2 is going to be a lot of fun. I learned a lot writing the 14 issues that make up season one and on other projects since, and that translates, in my opinion, to a much stronger new story arc. All the favorite characters are back, and we’re thrusting them in a really cool, big story.

What other projects do you have coming up and where can our readers find you online?

MM: Right now I’m writing Burning Fields, a military horror story for Boom, as well as Hoax Hunters and a spy book for Black Mask called Transference. I’m on twitter at @michaelmoreci.

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The Walking Dead Maggie Statue from Gentle Giant http://dailydead.com/walking-dead-maggie-statue-gentle-giant/ http://dailydead.com/walking-dead-maggie-statue-gentle-giant/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:56:01 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=90851 We’ve seen Maggie Greene go through a lot of terror and turmoil on AMC’s The Walking Dead, and after the devastating events of the mid-season 5 finale we could see a different side of the resilient fighter in upcoming episodes. In the meantime, now available from Gentle Giant is a Maggie statue armed with a […]

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Walking-Dead-Maggie-statue-boxWe’ve seen Maggie Greene go through a lot of terror and turmoil on AMC’s The Walking Dead, and after the devastating events of the mid-season 5 finale we could see a different side of the resilient fighter in upcoming episodes. In the meantime, now available from Gentle Giant is a Maggie statue armed with a machete, assault rifle, and a grim stare that shows the warrior within.

Standing 18 inches tall, Gentle Giant’s 1/4 scale Maggie statue is now available for $359.99 and is expected to arrive on collectors’ doorsteps in late 2015. We have the item’s official details and image below (via BigBadToyStore):

“Product Size: 18″

Born and raised on a farm, Maggie grew up learning how to carry her own. Her father, Hershel, raised her the best he could after the death of her mother. After the dead began to rise from the grave, Maggie helped her father and family keep their farm safe from Walkers and intruders. Then one day, her world would change again, with the arrival of Rick Grimes and his group of survivors. Maggie was unaware that one of the survivors, Glenn, would one day become her husband.

Gentle Giant Ltd. Is proud to bring you the Maggie Statue! Digitally sculpted by our master artisans using photographic reference directly from the set, no detail has been overlooked. This limited edition, individually numbered statue is rendered in the highest quality polystone and hand-painted; a true piece of quality craftsmanship. Matching certificate of authenticity included.

Product Number: GG10686
Shipping Weight: 14.00 pounds”

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Read an Excerpt from Scott Kenemore’s The Grand Hotel http://dailydead.com/read-excerpt-scott-kenemores-grand-hotel/ http://dailydead.com/read-excerpt-scott-kenemores-grand-hotel/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:12:23 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=90773 The guests who check into the decrepit, ominous Grand Hotel may not enjoy their stay, but there’s no chance of them ever writing a bad review on TripAdvisor, for those who enter the creepy confines rarely get to see the outside world again. From Scott Kenemore, the author of Zombie, Ohio and its two follow-ups, […]

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The guests who check into the decrepit, ominous Grand Hotel may not enjoy their stay, but there’s no chance of them ever writing a bad review on TripAdvisor, for those who enter the creepy confines rarely get to see the outside world again. From Scott Kenemore, the author of Zombie, Ohio and its two follow-ups, The Grand Hotel is now available, and we’ve been provided with an excerpt from the book.

“Welcome to the hotel where nobody checks out.

When a desk clerk welcomes a group of tourists into his mysterious and crumbling hotel, the last thing he expects is that a lone girl on his tour may hold the power to unravel the hidden mystery that has lain for untold centuries within the structure’s walls.

The Grand Hotel is a horror novel by esteemed bestselling author Scott Kenemore (Zombie, Ohio) that takes the reader on a thrilling ride through an interconnected series of stories narrated by the desk clerk and the residents of the hotel itself. And while it is not known whether or not the desk clerk is actually the devil incarnate, it is strange that so many visitors who come for a tour of the hotel have a way of never leaving.

As the narrator takes you deeper and deeper into the heart of the hotel, secrets that have been hiding for aeons begin to show themselves. Although he is quite prepared for this experience, there is some question as to whether or not the rest of the world shares this readiness.

Kenemore’s incredible style and originality carry The Grand Hotel to places most people only see in their nightmares. And while we don’t know all of the secrets that lie within the Grand Hotel, we know that the person who does hold that knowledge puts fear into the narrator himself—a thought that ought to terrify everyone.”

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The Grand Hotel

by Scott Kenemore

The Grand Hotel lies at the end of a desolate, mist-shrouded street.

The columns that frame its entrance have old and peeling plaster. The crenulations along the walls are covered in ancient ivy, most of it dead. Filament still burns in the copper fixtures above the door, but the resulting glow casts little light. Some of the win- dows are broken. All of them are dark.

Visitors creep inside tentatively, unsure what to make of the place. They are a nervous bunch . . . intrigued, but unaccustomed to trespassing. (How long have they stood outside, daring one another to go in? I often have difficulty telling. Time has a way of passing strangely for me.) The visitors wonder aloud if the build- ing is abandoned. Some clearly fear discovering vagabonds squat- ting within its crumbling lobby. Others expect only mice and rats. But certainly—all of them feel quite sure—this place cannot be a functioning hotel.

It is my job to disabuse them of that notion.

When I look up from my desk, it often gives them a start. I keep the lights rather dim, you see, which tends to render me quite invisible. It is not uncommon for my guests to gasp or even, occasionally, scream when I finally raise my head. (Though he remained silent, I once had a grown man faint dead away.)

Yet after this initial shock, my countenance usually reassures them. I smile broadly and lift my brow. My demeanor projects propriety and taste. I have seldom been called “handsome,” but some have said my features confer feelings of trustworthiness—a notion which pleases me inordinately.

“Welcome, welcome,” I say to them. “I’m sorry for giving you a fright.”

This is not true.

“Oh, we didn’t see you there!” they will say, some still gasping in surprise. “What is this place?”

“Ahh, so you are tourists, then?” I inquire.

They nod. Of course they are. They always are.

“Are you in town for the culinary festival?” I wonder aloud.

“Or the museum opening, or—yes, of course—the equinoctial celebration?”

Oh, they wonder. Was there some sort of celebration?

I smile silently, divulging nothing.

“You have come to the Grand Hotel,” I inform them. “The building may not look like much to seasoned travelers such as yourselves, but I assure you, in its heyday this was a remarkable place to be. To see and be seen, as they say. Kings and queens have stayed here. Presidents and Prime Ministers from countries all around the world—including, I believe, some of your own—have sequestered themselves within these walls. We’ve had film stars, champion sportsmen, four-star generals, top scientific minds. . . The history of the Grand Hotel is really quite remarkable.”

At this point, braver members of the party will venture a query as to the nature of my position. Am I a security guard, keeping watch over the sleeping structure? A docent? Or even a tour-guide? (Perhaps an official one—licensed through the city tourism office—or perhaps an unofficial one . . . working for tips, thankyouverymuch.)

Here, I must disappoint and astound them in the same breath.

“No,” I say softly. “I manage the front desk.”

Manage the front desk? (I can almost hear the gears turning inside their thick skulls.) The front desk of the hotel? Then that would mean . . .

“Oh, yes,” I clarify. “The hotel is fully operational. My shift covers the evening and overnight hours. If you desire a room, I believe we just might have a vacancy.”

Here they will exchange a look.

“Let me see . . .” I say, consulting the ratty, timeworn ledger in front of me. “Here we are, then. The Honeymoon Suite is avail- able, I see . . . though that might not suit a mixed group such as your own. There are also two single rooms, but—drat—nothing with much of a view. Our western balconies get a remarkable panorama of the city at sunset. Unfortunately, all we have tonight are a pair of rooms facing east.”

Now I see them looking at me and whispering. Sizing me up. Who is this strange man? In the difficult light, his height, age, and even race are tricky to discern. (A safe guess might character- ize him as tallish, middle-aged, and healthily tanned.) Moreover, they wonder, how can he project such pride—and exude such fastidiousness—amid the ruins of a dump that must be a hundred years past its prime?

I smile back at them, allowing the inspection.

About this time, a heavy tread in the hallway above betrays the presence of others. My visitors realize that I am not kidding about the vacancies. If only three rooms in this vast hotel are empty, then the rest of them must be . . .

“How many rooms does this place have?” a member of the group ventures.

“Aha!” I answer energetically. “That’s an interesting question, with a long and equally interesting answer. But it’s more fun if we make it a game, don’t you agree? How many do you think there are?”

Oh, the answers I have heard over the years. Oh the answers. Some are risibly low. Forty. Fifty. Sixty. (I think I once got a twelve.) Others hit the opposite end of the spectrum. Thousands of rooms. Millions. (These guesses usually come from children, true, but one does well never to underestimate a child.)

I like to conceal the actual figure for as long as possible. Sometimes I do not divulge it at all. But if the group is attentive and halfway respectful, I will usually let it slip.

“The Grand Hotel has exactly three hundred thirty-three and one thirds rooms.”

They smile politely, as if I have told an unfunny joke. Sorry, I tell them. It’s no joke. 333.33.

“That’s silly,” one of them will say dismissively.

“How can you have a third of a room?” another usually asks.

“Who stays in it? A third of a person?”

Here I open my mouth to speak, but always think better of it.

“You know . . . if you don’t have any pressing engagements this evening, you could join me on a brief tour of the building,” I tell them. “I would be happy to conduct it personally. I’m not supposed to leave my post at the desk, but I’ve been here so long that management has grown rather flexible on that point.”

The adventurous members of the group are instantly interested. They cajole the more timid ones.

I simply stand and smile. And wait.

It never takes very long.

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Preview Pages from Goners #3 http://dailydead.com/preview-pages-from-goners-3/ http://dailydead.com/preview-pages-from-goners-3/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:48:55 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=90826 They need to mourn, they have to solve mysteries, but most importantly, they must struggle to survive. In Image Comics’ Goners, brother and sister Josiah and Zoe Latimer face an uncertain future and a tidal wave of emotions after their supernatural investigative parents are murdered on live television, and we have a set of preview […]

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Goners-03-boxThey need to mourn, they have to solve mysteries, but most importantly, they must struggle to survive. In Image Comics’ Goners, brother and sister Josiah and Zoe Latimer face an uncertain future and a tidal wave of emotions after their supernatural investigative parents are murdered on live television, and we have a set of preview pages from the series’ third issue that hit shelves today.

Goners #3:

“WE ALL FALL DOWN,” Part Three – A family separated. A family found. A family death.

Writer: Jacob Semahn

Artist: Jorge Corona

“A world, where the mythical co-exist with humanity, offers an alternative history where wars, civil rights, and scientific innovation are shown through a warped supernatural mirror. From the colonization of Roanoke to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Latimer Family through the centuries have been the famous first line of defense against all that go bump in the night. The modern day progenitor, Raleigh Latimer and wife, Evelyn Latimer have turned the family tradition into a profitable brand. Selling life rights and starring in their own reality show, the Latimers have found a way to fund their endeavors against those that would try to overthrow humanity. But on a routine case, Raleigh and Evelyn are murdered on live television, while their children, Josiah and Zoe, are left helpless to watch. With a widening power vacuum, devils and opportunists alike hunt the ill-prepared child detectives for a sound byte or simply… a chomp.”

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Video: Making of The Walking Dead Pinball Machine http://dailydead.com/video-making-walking-dead-pinball-machine/ http://dailydead.com/video-making-walking-dead-pinball-machine/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:25:20 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=90799 After revealing The Walking Dead pinball machine in September, the fine folks at Stern Pinball announced a premium edition version of their popular arcade offering last week, giving pinball wizards another reason to save their allowances. If you’re curious about the creation process, a new video goes behind-the-scenes at Stern’s Chicago factory to show how […]

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Stern-Pinball-well-walker-boxAfter revealing The Walking Dead pinball machine in September, the fine folks at Stern Pinball announced a premium edition version of their popular arcade offering last week, giving pinball wizards another reason to save their allowances. If you’re curious about the creation process, a new video goes behind-the-scenes at Stern’s Chicago factory to show how The Walking Dead pinball machines are made.

So far, Stern Pinball has unveiled three different The Walking Dead pinball machine models:

Video from The Awesomer via Bloody Disgusting:

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