Off Season

The Talking Dead #141: “Melissa Hutchison Interview”

In our first podcast of 2014 Jason and I quickly get caught up on some Walking Dead news and listener feedback before getting to our interview with Melissa Hutchison, the voice of Clementine in Telltale’s The Walking Dead video game. Tune in to hear how Clementine’s voice had changed in Season 2.

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Music for this episode is “Ends of the Earth” from Lord Huron‘s album “Lonesome Dreams“.

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“Dead Head” by Lawrence Trokey

What better way to celebrate Christmas than by reading the winning entry in our 2013 Short Story contest!

“Dead Head” by Lawrence Trokey

Jimmy had enough of the fucking closet. He barricaded himself in there when things at work went to shit. Now two days had passed since he scrambled from his car into the office to escape being torn apart by the walking dead. Jimmy was hungry as hell, sore from sleeping on the closet floor and just pissed in general!

He stood up determined to do something. Exactly what that was, he had no clue but standing was a good start, he thought. He leaned close to the door to see if he could hear anything from the other side.

There was a helluva commotion out there a day ago. Jimmy heard things getting knocked over, glass breaking, bodies flopping around – it sounded like some sort of epileptic orgy for a while and then – silence. He hadn’t heard anything since and he didn’t hear anything now. That had to be a good sign – right?

He reached over to the shelf where he stored the collection of supplies he grabbed in the mad dash to the closet. Fortunately, those ugly fucks chasing him weren’t very fast or smart. Things like door knobs slowed them down so he had a minute once he got inside the office to look through a couple desks for something – anything –he could use.

A candy bar, flash light, bottle of water, and flathead screw driver – he crammed these into his pockets as he searched. He also found an unexpected treasure – a pair of panties in the desk of the office receptionist. Melissa was her name and she was a sight to see, Jimmy mused. Why she had a pair of skivvies tucked behind the #10 envelopes was a mystery to him but it did inspire a couple of fantasies about her while he hid in the closet.

He tried for months to take Melissa out but she was resistant to his advances. Not a quitter, he told himself it was only a matter of time. His irresistible charm would eventually win out. Next thing you know, they’d be mattress dancing. So far though, the plan hadn’t come to fruition. Now with everything going ape-shit, he was sure that ship had sailed.

Nevertheless, even if those sweet cheeks were filling the magical underpants now, it wouldn’t fix his present problem. He needed to get home. There he’d be safe – he was sure of it. He could relax and watch the Apocalypse unfold in HD from the comfort of his couch –  his trusty shotgun across his lap for good measure. Let the soldiers and CNN do all the hard work – he was done!

He decided to look outside. Hoping to leave this little slice of Heaven behind; he pushed the metal supply shelf barricading the closet door aside so it would open. The metal legs of the shelf screeched across the floor making Jimmy wince. He paused for a moment to see if it alerted anyone or anything to his presence. Nothing appeared to register the noise so he continued.

With the door cracked open, Jimmy peered into the office. The power quit a day ago – not long after the commotion outside. The emergency lights were also dead so the only light was from the windows on the far outside wall. It was near dusk outside which cast an eerie glow on the furniture and fixtures.

Just as he was ready to push the shelf out of the way completely, something slammed hard against the door, knocking Jimmy on his ass. “Shit!!” he screamed as a head jammed itself into the opening. It became wedged in the tight space – stuck between the door and the jam. Jimmy saw the mouth in the dim light snapping wildly at him. Spittle and blood sprayed him as he pushed away from the monstrous face.

His hand rubbed against the handle of the screw driver which was on the floor now. His fingers wrapped around it and he raised it slowly over his head, ready to deliver a vicious blow to the gruesome attacker.

Mustering his courage, he brought the weapon down hard on the creature’s head. Whether it was sweat or the fluids spraying him from the ghoul’s mouth, Jimmy’s grip failed and the screw driver slipped loose from his hand. He only managed to gouge the flesh of its forehead. No real damage.

Jimmy dove to the far corner of the closet knocking over brooms and mops in his wake. The angry face glared at him from the doorway and continued unscathed in its attempt to push into the closet.

“Now what?” Jimmy thought as his heart slammed against his chest. Then another thought occurred to him and not a moment too soon. The shelf was starting to give way under the constant barrage of dead weight pounding against the door. Jimmy stood quickly and grabbed one of the mops he tripped over. He checked the mop head to see if he could detach it and found he could. He managed to do this just as the shelf was giving way.

Jimmy raised the headless mop handle and thrust it with all he had at the figure pushing toward him. The metal tip of the handle somehow jammed into the creature’s mouth and, to Jimmy’s surprise and disgust, punched through the skull of the monster. Jimmy let out a scream that would have given an eight year old girl a run for her money. He released the broom handle and it fell backward with the body of his attacker into the dark office interior.

Jimmy listened intently from the closet for what seemed like an hour. Then he got to his feet and took his first tentative steps out of the closet. He briefly glanced at the fallen figure with the broom handle protruding from its mouth but the gruesome sight of his handiwork made him avert his eyes. “Un-fucking real,” he reflected as he made his way to the stairway and to freedom.

The Talking Dead #140: “Popcorn Words”

In our last podcast of 2013, Jason and I read your predictions for the second half of season 4. We also get caught up on The Walking Dead news and bask in the holiday spirit with a little Christmas music.

Thank you to everybody for listening this year! Have a great holiday season and we’ll be back on the air in early January.

Chris & Jason.

Huge thanks go out to Audible.com for their support of this podcast. For a free audiobook download and a free 30-day trial, please visit audibletrial.com/talkingdead. Our recommendation this week is the Autobiography of Morrissey, read by David Morrissey. This title is only available in the UK Audible store. For folks in North America, David Morrissey also performs a part in BBC Radio Shakespeare: As You Like It.

Music for this episode is:

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The Talking Dead #130: Walker Stalker Con 2013, Day 2

Here’s our quick update on Walker Stalker Con day 2. We met a bunch more celebrities and saw a couple of really good panels.

The Talking Dead #129: Walker Stalker Con 2013, Day 1

Hey Everybody,

Jason and I have now survived day 1 of Walker Stalker Con 2013 and we recorded a short recap of the day for you. Tune in to hear about the show floor, the panels, and who we met. So far it’s been a blast!

The Talking Dead #123: “What’s wrong with the 80s?”

In our last podcast before the Season 4 premiere, Jason and I welcome James and Eric from The Walker Stalkers to bring us all the latest info on Walker Stalker Con. They also drop another HUGE guest announcement, so tune in to find out who it could be! We also deliver the latest Walking Dead news, plus our thoughts on the recent webisodes. All this, plus our Greg Nicotero spotlight! It’s the most jam-packed episode we’ve ever done.

Huge thanks go out to Audible.com for their support of this podcast. For a free audiobook download and a free 30-day trial, please visit audibletrial.com/talkingdead. Our recommendation this week is “The Fall of the Governor: The Walking Dead, Book 3” by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga.

Music for this episode is “Dim” from Dada‘s album “Puzzle“.

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The Talking Dead #122: “Did they take one car, or two?”

It’s mostly Walking Dead news this week on the prodcast. Jason and I share our thoughts on the upcoming “companion” show, update you on the latest casting news, and break down the recent season 4 feature video.

Huge thanks go out to Audible.com for their support of this podcast. For a free audiobook download and a free 30-day trial, please visit audibletrial.com/talkingdead. Our recommendation this week is “Broken Angels” by Richard K. Morgan.

Music for this episode is the awesome powerpop track “80’s Rockstar” from The Weekend‘s album “Teaser + Bonus Level“.

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The Talking Dead #121: “Stoner Dude Doug”

It’s The Talking Dead history on the podcast this week. Plus a bunch of announcements, The Walking Dead news, listener feedback, and we reveal our last actor spotlight of the summer. Tune in and let us know what you think!

Huge thanks go out to Audible.com for their support of this podcast. For a free audiobook download and a free 30-day trial, please visit audibletrial.com/talkingdead. Our recommendation this week is “Robopocalypse” by Daniel H. Wilson. Thanks to Kelly from Hamilton, ON for this one.

Music for this episode is “It’s Better to Spend Money” from Quiet Company‘s album “Everyone You Love Will Be Happy Soon“.

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The Talking Dead #120: “Mister Super Delicious”

On episode (12*10) of The Talking Dead Jason and I chat about Fan Expo Canada in Toronto, get caught up on the latest Walking Dead news, and read a bit of listener feedback. All that plus we announce that we’ll be attending Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta, GA! For more information visit walkerstalkercon.com

Huge thanks go out to Audible.com for their support of this podcast. For a free audiobook download and a free 30-day trial, please visit audibletrial.com/talkingdead. Our recommendation this week is “Cell” by Stephen King. Thanks to Heidi from Australia for this one.

Music for this episode is “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” from Girl In A Coma‘s album “Adventures In Coverland“.

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The Talking Dead #119: “The Last Baby Standing”

This week on The Talking Dead you can hear about The Walking Dead connection on my recent vacation, get caught up on the latest news, and hear some listener feedback. Thanks for tuning in!

Huge thanks go out to Audible.com for their support of this podcast. For a free audiobook download and a free 30-day trial, please visit audibletrial.com/talkingdead. Our recommendation this week is “Hominids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1“. Thanks to Greg from the Internet for this one.

Music for this episode is “Further On” from Bronze Radio Return‘s album “Up, On & Over“.

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