Thursday, 8 January 2015

Why Beth shouldn't have died in The Walking Dead

It didn't have to end like this

The Walking Dead mid-season finale for me left a nasty taste in my mouth. Life may be cheap in the zombie apocalypse, but it shouldn't be for the main cast members of the hit show. And Beth's death was cheap. Too cheap. 

And, it didn't make sense. 

Noah didn't need Beth to save him

Beth and Carol were  leaving the hospital. Dawn wanting Noah to stay behind, shouldn't have been a game changer. Noah was a survivor, he would have escaped again under his own steam. 

And, Beth risked the life of Rick, Daryl & Co with her failed attempt to kill Dawn. The bullets could have ended up flying. Everybody could have died. 

The new sreetwise Beth would never have made that mistake.

So, how should it have gone down? 

Nobody dies 

Here's my take - 
Instead of "I get it now" and Beth stabbing Dawn,  I'd have this - 

Beth didn't need to stab Dawn

"I see how it is here. You let certain people do what they want, so you can kid your self that you're in charge. That you're helping people. You let some of the men, members of the Atlanta Police Department, do what they want, including raping women. You mess with people's heads and beat up kids like Noah. Your our own doctor even killed another doctor because he was scared he'd be replaced by him."

Then she looks at Rick, Daryl, Carol & Co. "These guys, we're a family. We don't hurt one another or use intimidation or brutality and call it surviving. We stick together because we want to."

She turns her gaze on the hospital. "You won't survive this world. You think you will, but you won't because you don't trust one another. Fear's the only thing keeping you together."

That would have stayed true to Beth's character. She was someone who believe people were basically good. That even when they strayed they'd find their way back.

Instead, what we got was the senseless (and wasteful) death of Beth Greene in what was a badly written storyline. 

What do you think?

Did Beth's death make sense to you?

How would you have liked things to go down at Grady Memorial?

I'd love to know what you think.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

The Beginning...Flash Fiction

He's harmless. Isn't he?

Dad found a mouse in our house today. We've called him Mickey.

Our mouse is a cannibal. We saw him eat another mouse. He gobbled him right down until all we could see was the tail. Yuck.

Mickey bit Dad today. On the finger. He smiled and said it was nothing, but he was up all night screaming about his brain. Mum says she'll phone a doctor in the morning.

Came home from school to see Dad trying to bite Mum. She was screaming, but we managed to lock Dad in the bathroom. Is that just one of those adult games play, that we're not meant to see?

Dad is dead. Mum had to hit him over the head with a poker. She said if she hadn't he'd have killed us. I don't understand. Dad would never hurt us. Would he?
It was terrible. Dad's head was all bashed in, but even I was scared of him.

Mum tried to kill me today. I ran to a friend's house. They said I can stay here. I'm so scared. What if Mum and Dad come back, but they're not Mum and Dad any more? That happened to a boy at my school.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

For 2 days only, The Restless Dead is FREE on Kindle Dec 23rd Dec 24th

To celebrate the re-launch of my zombie novel as The Restless Dead with a fantastic new cover, the book s FREE today and tomorrow on Kindle.

The offer starts on December 23rd at midnight (Pacific Central Time), which is 8am in the UK and ends at midnight (PCT) on December 24th, which is 8am on December 25th in the UK.

Here's a taster -
Somebody attacked Archie and that somebody had to be a zombie because last time I checked, the dead didn’t wake up, stinking of putrefying flesh and try and bloody eat you.” 
And so begins Emma and Scott’s battle for survival against the things they dub dead bastards. 
Teaming up with self-proclaimed zombie expert Kenny, who works in Glasgow’s last remaining video store, macho man Mustafa from the newsagents and mystery man Doyle, they face a battle to survive the flesh eating hordes rampaging through Scotland.
Now they have just one aim – 

"If Shaun of the Dead met The Walking Dead, you'd get The Restless Dead."

Here's the links -

Please pass on the link to anyone you think may be interested. I'd really appreciate it and if you do read The Restless Dead, please leave a few words on Amazon. Thanks:)

Take care and stay safe in the zombie apocalypse.