ALCATRAZ – The haunted ruins of Alcatraz Prison sit on a small island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. During the 30s and 40s it was a tough prison depicted in the films Dark Passage and The Last Gangster. The locale’s popularity endures today with recent films such as The Rock and X Men: The Last Stand. There are many ghost stories both past and present. Unexplained eerie clanging sounds have been heard from vacant cells and hallways along with intense raw and cold sensations that emanate from some areas. In the 40s one prisoner screamed all night about a creature with glowing eyes that was killing him. The next day guards found the man strangled to death in the cell. At head count guards recorded one too many prisoners and claimed to see the dead convict in line with the other inmates for a second before he vanished.


The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone ByeThe Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

WALKING DEAD – A graphic novel, The Walking Dead (Days Gone Bye) by Robert Kirkman is told from the protagonist’s POV. He’s a lawman that comes out of coma to find a world that’s nothing like the one he knew, before his big sleep. It’s more about survival in a post-apocalyptic society than a volume on epidemics and zombies. But, it’s the focus on human survival and the interpersonal dynamics that makes Walking Dead work as a story (where so many mindless formulaic zombie tirades fail). Another testament to the quality of the book is this: I’m not generally a comic book guy. So, the graphic novel works on many levels, with visuals and pacing to make it different than a straight novel or the television version.

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