The End By Gary McMahon reviewThe End By Gary McMahon
This is great news, a brand new book from Gary McMahon. McMahon is one of the finest horror writers of our times.  Dark gritty and full of humanity his stories make us look at the dark heart of human nature.  Launching in September at FantasyCon this is a  must buy.  The book will be published by Newcon Press, stay tuned for the pre-order links.  












Forget Zombies, 

they were only the beginning... This is  

The End 

A strange suicide plague grips the city of London, tearing apart the fabric of society.  To escape this madness, a small group of strangers must journey north in search of safety. 

Everyone and everything must eventually come to an End, but in this case it happens quicker and with more savager  than anyone could ever have imagined.

When chaos reigns and things start to fall apart, The End might be closer than you think... and sometimes The End is really the beginning of something much worse...


Praise for Gary McMahon 



"Gary McMahon's horror is heartfelt, his characters flawed and desperate..."

- Tim Lebbon 


"He's one of the darkest- which is to say brightest - new stars in the firmament of horror fiction." 

-Ramsey Campbell

"Gary McMahon seems intent on taking readers through the looking glass and tearing down the walls between the living and the dead.   He creates dark, hallucinatory images that burn in your brain forever"
- Christopher Fowler 


"His work combines spare, elegant writing with an acute sense of their growing desperation felt by those having to deal with the crime and crumbling infrastructure of our urban centers.  Illuminating these themes with with a visionary's sense of the supernatural..." 
- Steve Rasnic Tem 



Ginger Nuts of Horror The Heart and Soul Of Horror News 

 
 
Laura Lam Laura Lam
Julie Crisp, at Tor UK has pre-empted World English Language rights for False Hearts and an untitled novel by Laura Lam from Juliet Mushens at The Agency Group in a six figure deal.

Julie Crisp, Editorial Director at Pan Macmillan said: ‘I was completely hooked from the first page by Laura’s writing. To me it was like reading Hunger Games meets Blade Runner meets The Shining Girls. Thrilling, addictive and completely page-turning. Laura’s an amazing storyteller and I’m thrilled to be working with her and Juliet on this exciting novel’

About False Hearts 

Raised in Mana’s Hearth, a retreat that’s closed off from the rest of society; denied access to technology or modern medicine, twin sisters Taema and Tila dream of a life beyond the walls of the compound. When their lives are threatened they finally manage escape to San Francisco and a life that’s beyond anything they could have imagined.

Ten years later, Tila returns to the twins’ home in the city, terrified and covered in blood, just before the Police arrive and arrest her for murder - the first homicide by a civilian in decades. Taema is given a proposition: go undercover as her sister and perhaps save her twin’s life. For the police believe that Tila was involved with the Ratel, a powerful crime syndicate. But during her investigation she discovers disturbing links between the twins’ past and their present. Once unable to keep anything from each other, the sisters now discover the true cost of secrets.


Juliet Mushens from The Agency Group said 


'False Hearts is an adrenaline-fuelled thriller, packed full of twists and turns with a compelling heroine at its heart. Laura is very talented and I am thrilled that Pan Macmillan will be her publisher.'

Laura said

 ‘This year has been a roller coaster, and this is definitely one of the highest highs. I loved writing False Hearts so much and I think Macmillan will do such a wonderful job introducing the world to Taema and Tila. This is a dream come true.’

Laura Lam was raised near San Francisco, California, by two former Haight-Ashbury hippies. Both of them encouraged her to finger-paint to her heart’s desire, colour outside of the lines, and consider the library a second home. This led to an overabundance of daydreams.

She relocated to Scotland to be with her husband, whom she met on the internet when he insulted her taste in books. She almost blocked him but is glad she didn’t. At times she misses the sunshine.

Macmillan will publish False Hearts in January 2016


 
 
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The Horror Writers Association has just announced that self published authors are now eligible to become full members of the association.   

Personally I think this is a great move, an organisation that prides itself on helping emerging authors should allow a wider scope for membership.  However before the dust has settled there is already rumblings in the ether from some well established authors who thinks this is a good idea.  

I thought we had got past this outdated notion of there being Gatekeepers standing watch over the genre, deciding who made it and who didn't.  Come on guys spread the love, don't be scared that someone might steal your thunder. Remember good will always find a way out.   Just because you are published by a proper publisher in no way means your writing is any better.  Christ a huge amount of Leisure titles were terrible.  

So what's your opinion, I'd really like to know.  Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.  

 
 

“You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path.” 
Joseph Campbell

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STAY OUT OF THE WOODS.  DARK FOREST



 Something deadly lurks among the shadows, and the trees themselves seethe with menace. No one is safe. The dark forest is a state of mind. 

These classic stories of the malignant wilderness come from the pens of illustrious authors like Ambrose Beirce, Algernon Blackwood, Arthur Machen, E. Nesbit, and many others. Together they combine to create an atmosphere of inhuman malignity. Each tale is annotated by contemporary talents, and the insights and observations of writers of the caliber of Paul G. Bens, Ramsey Campbell, Sandy DeLuca, Robert Dunbar, James Everington, Greg F. Gifune, Kevin Lucia, Ronald Malfi, Lisa Mannetti, Elizabeth Massie, and B. E. Scully serve to deepen the reader’s appreciation of the work. 

We fear darkness. We fear eyes that watch from the foliage. Sometimes we fear the foliage. Perhaps we should. Long before haunted houses existed, haunted forests circled the globe. Homer knew it. The Brothers Grimm knew it. In legend, all the great mythic quests of self-discovery begin with a hero entering a forsaken wood. Some journeys also end there…



 “Your soul is a dark forest.” ~ Marcel Proust

 
 
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Time certainly flies by I can't believe that it is already time for a new Black Static magazine.  Featuring another stellar line up of fiction discussion articles and the best genre review section bar none.  This is a must buy for all genre fans.  

Fiction


None So Empty by Tim Waggoner 



Caul by Vajra Chandrasekera 


Ghosts Play in Boys' Pajamas by Ralph Robert Moore


Equilibrium by Carole Johnstone 



The Driveway by Leah Thomas 


The Hutch by Ray Cluley


The Spider Sweeper by Thersa Matsuura




Comment:


Coffinmaker's Blues by Stephen Volk



Blood Pudding by Lynda E. Rucker



Reviews 


Case Notes: Book Reviews by Peter Tennant

CREATURES OF LIGHT AND SHADOW: The Art of Ian Miller, Dark Work by Kieth Minnion, Veins and Skulls by Daniele Serra • MATHESON AND SON: A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson, The Ritual of Illusion by Richard Christian Matheson • GHOSTS AND MERMAIDS: Home and Hearth by Angela Slatter, The Elvis Room by Stephen Graham Jones, Water For Drowning by Ray Cluley • REMEMBERING THE DARKNESS: A.K. BENEDICT: The Beauty of Murder and author interview • THE BOOK(S) OF THE FILM: Carrie by Neil Mitchell, The Thing by Jez Conolly, The Silence of the Lambs by Barry Forshaw, Splice Vol7 #1, The Sorcerers edited by Johnny Mains • DARKFUSE NOVELLAS: Red Cells by Jeffrey Thomas, Marrow’s Pit by Keith Deininger, Deceiver by Kelli Owen, Hell’s Door by Sandy De Luca, Messages From the Dead by Sandy De Luca, Shattered by C.S. Kane, Ash and Bone by Lisa von Biela, Elderwood Manor by Christopher Fulbright & Angeline Hawkes, Dead Five’s Pass by Colin F. Barnes, Whom the Gods Would Destroy by Brian Hodge, I Am the New God by Nicole Cushing, Love and Zombies by Eric Shapiro, Ceremony of Flies by Kate Jonez, When We Fall by Peter Giglio, Sow by Tim Curran

Blood Spectrum: DVD/Blu-ray Reviews by Tony Lee

The Last Horror Movie, Cellar Dweller, Demon Legacy, Pit and the Pendulum, I Frankenstein, Re-Animator, The Pit (aka Jug Face), True Detective, True Blood, 13 Sins, Rapture, Haunter, The Forgotten, The Attic, Delivery, Devil's Due and others

Silver Bullets: TV Noir on DVD/Blu-ray by Mike O'Driscoll

Weird Detectives: True Detective, Hinterland

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Ginger Nuts of Horror The Heart and Soul of Horror News 

 
 
DRIVE BY MARK WEST DRIVE BY MARK WEST
When David sees Nat alone, late at night, she accepts his offer of a lift home. But, the streets at night are also alive with a gang intent on hurt and mayhem.

A gritty crime novella from the acclaimed short horror fiction writer and author of The MillConjure and In the Rain with the Dead.

This is a limited edition paperback of 100 signed and numbered copies, with an ebook forthcoming.

The paperback will feature an author's afterword as a bonus not included in the ebook edition.

"Mark West writes the kind of fiction that gets under the skin where it lies dormant until you turn out the lights…" Dave Jeffrey, author of the Necropolis Rising series.

Stay tuned for a very favourable review from me.  ( quick review - buy it now) 


PURCHASE A COPY FROM PENDRAGON PRESS 


GINGER NUTS OF HORROR THE HEART AND SOUL OF HORROR NEWS 

 
 
The Spectral Book of Horror StoriesThe Spectral Book of Horror Stories

Release date: September 2014

Published by Spectral Press, edited by acclaimed, award-winning novelist Mark Morris (Toady, Stitch, The Immaculate, Fiddleback and the forthcoming Obsidian Heart trilogy) and inspired by the Pan and Fontana books of horror and ghost stories, which were hugely popular in the 1960s and 1970s, The Spectral Book of Horror Stories will be the first volume of a non-themed annual horror anthology, showcasing all-original stories by the very best writers in the genre.

Each yearly volume will contain around fifteen to twenty stories, and will be available in paperback and e-book format across all platforms.

The cover for each volume will be a new and original work by multi-award-winning artist Vincent Chong.

The Spectral Book of Horror Stories will be launched with a mass signing session at the 2014 British Fantasy Convention in York (September 5-7, 2014), though the book can be pre-ordered direct from Spectral Press at

http://spectralpress.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/the-spectral-book-of-horror-stories-table-of-contents/

The final Table of Contents for volume one is:

ON THE TOUR - RAMSEY CAMPBELL

THE DOG'S HOME - ALISON LITTLEWOOD


FUNERAL RITES - HELEN MARSHALL

SLAPE - TOM FLETCHER

THE NIGHT DOCTOR - STEVE RASNIC TEM

DULL FIRE - GARY McMAHON

THE BOOK AND THE RING - REGGIE OLIVER

EASTMOUTH - ALISON MOORE

CARRY WITHIN SOME SMALL SLIVER OF ME - ROBERT SHEARMAN

THE DEVIL'S INTERVAL - CONRAD WILLIAMS

STOLEN KISSES - MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH

CURES FOR A SICKENED WORLD - BRIAN HODGE

THE OCTOBER WIDOW - ANGELA SLATTER

THE SLISTA - STEPHEN LAWS

OUTSIDE HEAVENLY - RIO YOUERS

THE LIFE INSPECTOR - JOHN LLEWELLYN PROBERT

SOMETHING SINISTER IN SUNLIGHT - LISA TUTTLE

THIS VIDEO DOES NOT EXIST - NICHOLAS ROYLE

NEWSPAPER HEART - STEPHEN VOLK


GINGER NUTS OF HORROR THE HEART AND SOUL OF HORROR NEWS 

 
 
HORROR NEWS father dagon dread falls theatre FATHER DAGON
Dread Falls Theatre is set to preview their new immersive performance piece, Father Dagon, inspired by the works of H. P. Lovecraft, the literary figure often cited as being the father of modern horror. The show, written by director Victoria Snaith, will place audience members in a stream of intertwining tales told through the company’s combination of physical storytelling, spoken word, and live music.

Lovecraft said, “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” Snaith says, “this has been the main inspiration when transferring his work from page to stage. By creating a performance where the audience are free to roam, we have taken away the comfortable space between audience and performer, therefore creating a feeling of unknowing and fear. This will be intensified by using physical storytelling instead of aural, to create an unknown language, much like that of Lovecraft’s creatures.”

The performance will also feature live, improvised music that will accent the actor’s movements, specifically music performed on unusal and homemade instruments, the sounds of which will add to the unfamiliarity of the surroundings for the audience.

Dread Falls Theatre intends to bring awareness of Lovecraft’s writings to the show-goers beyond the stage as well by inviting prominent UK and international gallery artists to display their Lovecraft influenced works in the bar at the venue.

Dread Falls Theatre hopes to expand the work next year to include a lager cast, upgraded set, and longer run. For this preview, Father Dagon will run from the 

27th through the 30th of August 
at East London’s Rag Factory, 
16-18 Henegae Street, 
E1 5LJ. 


Tickets and more information are available at the Father Dagon event page here

http://www.facebook.com/events/682555195145213 

For further information contact:   victoriasnaith@msn.com  

 
 
dread falls theatre
Father Dagon is the name of Dread Falls Theatre's new theatrical experience. Actors, dancers, musicians and visual artists will work together to create a world in which roaming audiences experience H.P. Lovecraft’s fiction through multi-disciplinary storytelling. 

Father Dagon is inspired by American horror author H.P. Lovecraft. Practically unknown before he died, he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre. 

Lovecraft said, “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” This has been the main inspiration when transferring his work from page to stage. By creating a performance where the audience are free to roam, we have taken away the comfortable space between audience and performer, therefore creating a feeling of unknowing and fear. This will be intensified by using physical storytelling instead of aural, to create an unknown language, much like that of Lovecraft’s creatures.

Music will play a large role in the immersive experience. Improvisation musicians will play music that interacts with the movement of the performers, and vice versa, featuring Seesar, Anton Mobin, raxil4, and Akoustik Timbre Frekuency. In addition, the unconventional instrumentation played by these musicians will contribute further to the unfamiliarity of the setting through unique and less recognisable sounds, adding to the eeriness of the audience's experience.

To complete the event and increase exposure of this great author to participants, Dread Falls Theatre have invited several UK and international gallery artists to display Lovecraft inspired works in a showing taking place in the bar, including Pavlina Bastlova, Jason McKittrick of Cryptocurium, Veronique Lady Goth, Bruno Stahl, and Joe Broers of Zombiequadrille.

Founded in 2011 by Victoria Snaith, Dread Falls Theatre is a London based theatre company. Inspired by the inherent darkness found in fairytales, folklore and gothic literature, Dread Falls Theatre aims to produce work which immerses audiences in a chaotic world where beauty intertwines with the grotesque. 


In November 2013, Dread Falls Theatre was awarded the High Wycombe Mayor's Official Kite Mark for their sell out show, The Wake. This promenade theatre piece took place in a series of underground tunnels known as The Hell Fire Caves, and used physical storytelling, masks and puppets to tell the dark and woeful story.

Other previous performances include: Interzone: Celebrating 100 Years of William S Burroughs (2014), The Goblin King’s Ball (2013 and 2012), Clockwork Underworld (2013) and Domestic Tinnitus (2012).


Dread Falls Theatre needs your help to raise the cost of of renting out the theatre, a mere £3060.  There are many levels by which you can help, from £1 - £1000, all with different levels of perks, from a simple thank you on their facebook page to an invite to an exclusive cast party.  


Even if you can't help Dread Falls Theatre financially please consider sharing this post with your friends and family on whatever social networks you frequent.  It's easy all you have to do is click the share buttons at the bottom and to the side of this post.  Come on lets help them fund the project.  Cheers me dears 




"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” 

H.P. Lovecraft

 
 
AMERICAN BURGER FILM POSTER HORROR FILMAMERICAN BURGER
The Plot 

A busload of American teenage clichés - jocks, cheerleaders and nerds –are on a cultural travel through Europe. Deep down in the European woods they find a mysterious hamburger stand, selling 100% American meat. At a visit to the hamburger factory, they make the shocking discovery that American burgers are something completely different from what they are used to...The trip turns into a struggle for survival and they learn lessons about friendship, sex, and to never visit a fast food chain again...

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2196844/

The Release 

The English version of the film will be globally released online in mid-October, providing comedy-horror fans all over the world with the possibility to see it, as well as acquire both fun gifts and cool merchandise. We are going to release new trailers, feature clips, stills, poster images, and other material that we would give you a firsthand access to. You will find all the current American Burger content on our YouTube Channel, ready to embed if you so desire. We are also interested in letting you be one of the first to review the film once we get closer to the release date.



AMERICAN BURGER - OFFICIAL TRAILER 

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