Category: Books

Dan Foster’s “Something’s Going Around” Becomes Film, Comic Book

Friend of Pop Culture Zoo, Dan Foster has had a story in his latest short story collection turned into a film and also set for a comic book adaptation. Draft Distro: Tales of the Past, Present, and Future is available now for the Kindle. Of the 17 tales contained therein, “Something’s Going Around” has been turned into the film Lovesick by Tacoma-based filmmaker Pat Lavigne. The film stars Desiree Bajevich, Patrick D. Green, Michael Agostini, Thomas Brophy, Foster, and Sherie Suter from a screenplay by Lavigne and is described as thusly:

“Dina wants nothing more than a meaningful relationship but avoids them at all cost for fear she is cursed. Her safe existence is shattered when a familiar stranger walks back into her life.”

Lovesick is currently being shopped to festivals and other interested parties.

Additionally, Portland-based Crazed Pixel is currently producing a comic book adaption of “Something’s Going Around” with the co-operation of Foster. The first issue is on track for a possible November release.

Pop Culture Zoo whole-heartedly supports this perfect storm of Pacific Northwest productions, from print to film to comic book, and will bring you more as things move forward on all three fronts!


Review: Etta, Etc.: The Fall By J. M. McDole

Ettax5Recently, I have decided that I am well and truly done with zombie stories. In fact, I am bored to tears with the whole zombie genre. Films, books, television shows, you name it – I am done with it. And then I read Etta, Etc.: The Fall and, well, J. M. McDole won me back. Truth be told, this is basically the zombie movie I’ve always wanted to see, but in book form.

The story is told from the point of view of Loretta Van Helter, the titular Etta, and begins as she is heading to the Silver Pond, Iowa farm of her Uncle Earl, following his death. There has been a Plague that has hit the United States, the result of which is that those stricken with it have become zombies. These zombies amble about attacking the living and transferring the Plague, much like you would expect to happen. The main difference here is that McDole’s zombies also speak, but not in a campy, Return of the Living Dead kind of way. Instead, these undead repeat a sentence or phrase over and over again, much like a stuck record. This adds a level of creepiness and an emotional gut punch or two as various points in the story and sets Etta apart from the usual zombie tales. Additionally, the Plague has also caused other mutations, called Banshees, which are horrific nightmares in human form. Reading the sections featuring the encounters with Banshess with the lights out at night is slightly unnerving, just to warn you.

The best part of this story is the wonderfully three-dimensional characters. Etta teams up with the elderly Madge Jennings early in the book. Mad Madge, as Etta and we, come to think of her, is anything but frail and infirmed. Although she is in her twilight years, Madge puts Sarah Connor to shame, both in terms of fighting prowess and tactical skills. Let me put it to you this way, you’ll be surprised at the outcome of Madge being the back of an armored car with a couple of rabid Banshees. Etta and Madge are the emotional and strategic center of a diverse band of survivors that grows throughout the story. And these are not your typical horror movie group of incompetent characters that defeat themselves with stupid decisions. This group is smart from the outset, acting with a mixture of compassion and ingenuity. Although the climax is brought about by a purely emotional reaction, it’s at least prepared for and executed with a modicum of rational thought.

The only negative aspect of Etta, Etc.: The Fall is that it is way too short and it leaves the reader wanting to know more, which is the hallmark of any great story. I definitely hope that McDole continues the story of Etta, Madge and their ragtag group and I also hope for a glimpse of the greater world outside of Silver Pond. Think of this as a “pilot” or a long epilogue to a much greater story, at least that is what I am fervently hoping for. At the very least, this being McDole’s first novel, I can’t wait to see what see what she comes up with next.

Etta, Etc.: The Fall is available for both the Kindle and in paperback right now.

UK Event: Meet Doctor Who Book Authors

Waterstones Piccadilly celebrates Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary with Steve Cole, Terrance Dicks, Ben Aaronovitch, Justin Richards, Jonathan Morris and Gary Russell on Saturday 6th April at 3:00 PM

Don’t miss the chance to hear these authors discuss their classic Doctor Who novels and the world of the Doctor at this very special event. If you are unable to attend please contact the store to request signed copies – 02078512400 or

This event is ticketed, tickets are £3 redeemable against the price of one of the books on the day, tickets can be booked in person in Waterstones Piccadilly, via (subject to booking fee), or by phone 02078512400. Tickets will also be available on the day, please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who this year, BBC Books will be reissuing eleven classic Doctor Who novels – one for each Doctor – from across their fiction range. Repackaged with new introductions, bold new covers, and 50th anniversary branding, they are not only a collectable set for fans, but a brilliant introduction to the depth and range of the Doctor Who list. All eleven novels will be published as paperbacks in April 2013.


Amelia Williams’ Summer Falls Released On Tuesday

“Clara: What chapter you on?
Artie: Ten
Clara: Eleven’s the best. You’ll cry your eyes out… The good kind of crying….”

“When summer falls, the Lord of Winter will arise…”

As featured in the latest Doctor Who episode “The Bells of Saint John”, the mysterious book that kept appearing will be published in the real world this Tuesday, April 2. Of course, fans will recognize the name as the married name of the Doctor’s previous companion, Amy Pond. Are there any clues or secrets about the show to be revealed in the pages within? Now you can find out for yourself, especially Clara’s favorite chapter, 11.

BBC Books describes the book:

In the seaside village of Watchcombe, young Kate is determined to make the most of her last week of summer holiday. But when she discovers a mysterious painting entitled ‘The Lord of Winter’ in a charity shop, it leads her on an adventure she never could have planned. Kate soon realises the old seacape, painted long ago by an eccentric local artist, is actually a puzzle. And with the help of some bizarre new acquaintances – including a museum curator’s magical cat, a miserable neighbour, and a lonely boy – she plans on solving it.

And then, one morning Kate wakes up to a world changed forever. For the Lord of Winter is coming – and Kate has a very important decision to make.

Forbidden Planet Expands To New Store

Forbidden Planet Bookstore has been the premiere retail location for all things pop culture for nearly 35 years. The store began in England before expanded to the US over 30 years ago. Recently, the New York store found itself confined by the space it was in and have now opened in a new location! Check out the official press release below as well as some shots from inside the new store!

Forbidden Planet (New York), the pop culture toy, collectables and comics retailer has opened a new store at 832 Broadway. (between 12th and 13th Streets).

For many years Forbidden Planet has been located at 840 Broadway but had outgrown the location some time ago, with thousands of new products now available.

The brand new new store boasts over 3400 square feet of retail space in the heart of Manhattan and over 56,000 different items for sale.

Forbidden Planet is a well known landmark near Union Square and the move takes it just 20 metres down the block ensuring its iconic presence in the area stays alive.

“The customer experience has been completely transformed.” said Rich Bendall (CEO).

Bendall continued “We now have thousands more items for sale and a fantastic environment to provide the best in pop culture, fantasy merchandise and comics. This store will amaze fans and casual customers alike.”

Andy Oddie (Managing Director of Forbidden Planet International) added “We have very big plans for this flagship store and intend to open additional outlets in the U.S. in the near future.”