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Nigel Patterson has a lovely British accent that adds flair and class to each story he narrates, and with more than 15 titles across multiple genres to his credit, he is one narrator audiobook lovers must experience. Nigel was kind enough to agree to an interview and I am elated to have the honour of asking him a few questions.
After you get to know Nigel a bit better, visit his Audible page and pick up a couple of his books. He’s worked with authors like Iain Rob Wright, Kerry Wilkinson and B.T. Narro, so there’s something there for everyone.
“You have Red Riding Hood sleeping with a wolf! That’s not what Red Riding Hood is about at all!”
After the huge success of part one of our interview with John Connolly Ginger Nuts of Horror are proud to present the second of our three part interview with one of the greatest dark fiction writers of our generation. In this instalment find out just why John was banned from the Richard and Judy Book Club. his feelings about marketing books, and how common themes in all his are woven into his fiction.
“It is kind of sad to say goodbye to Bill forever …. the biggest mass murderer in American history...”
Love him or hate him, there's no doubt that the directing career of Uwe Boll has never been quiet. A prolific director and producer, his work has taken in video game adaptations including Alone in the Dark, House of the Dead, Postal and Far Cry as well as brutal original work taking in Seed, Stoic, Darfur and Auschwitz. It's also taken in boxing matches with his reviewers, scathing indictments of the Hollywood system and plenty more besides. Boll recently announced his retirement from filmmaking, rounding out his career with the final part of the Rampage trilogy, Rampage 3: No Mercy. The story will conclude the story of politically motivated mass murderer Bill Williamson, and promises to be an emphatic end to Boll's career in filmmaking.
And if it’s someone who can put glass in your
it becomes very fraught, you know?
Charlotte Bond and I were honored to interview John Connolly during his hectic Fantasy Con schedule in October of last year, what was supposed to have been a quick fifteen minute interview became a fascinating hour long chat with one of the giants of the genre. It is a testament to just how entertaining John is, that this interview could have carried on into the wee small hours. Today we present part one of our three part interview between myself Charlotte Bond (CB) and the legend that is John Connolly.
John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London. He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist forThe Irish Times newspaper, to which he continues to contribute.
His first novel, Every Dead Thing, was published in 1999, and introduced the character of Charlie Parker, a former policeman hunting the killer of his wife and daughter. Dark Hollowfollowed in 2000. The third Parker novel, The Killing Kind, was published in 2001, with The White Roadfollowing in 2002. In 2003, John published his fifth novel—and first stand-alone book--Bad Men. In 2004,Nocturnes, a collection of novellas and short stories, was added to the list, and 2005 marked the publication of the fifth Charlie Parker novel, The Black Angel. John's seventh novel, The Book of Lost Things, a story about fairy stories and the power that books have to shape our world and our imaginations, was published in September 2006, followed by the next Parker novel, The Unquiet, in 2007, The Reapers, in 2008 The Lovers, in 2009, and The Whisperers, the ninth Charlie Parker novel, in 2010. The tenth Charlie Parker novel, The Burning Soul, was published in 2011, to be followed in 2012 by The Wrath of Angels. The Wolf in Winter, the twelfth Parker novel, was published in April 2014 in the UK and in October 2014 in the US. 2015 saw the publication of A Song of Shadows, the 13th Parker novel, andNight Music: Nocturnes Volume 2, the second collection of short stories. The 14th Parker novel, A Time of Torment, will be published in April 2016 in the UK and in July 2016 in the US.
Today, I am pleased to bring you an interview with horror author J.H. Moncrieff, author of The Bear Who Wouldn't Leave, part of Samhain Horror's Childhood Fears collection. J.H. not only writes horror books, she is also a widely recognized freelance journalist and editor. I am proud to call her a friend and am happy to introduce her to the Ginger Nuts audience.
Welcome to a new feature at The Ginger Nuts of Horror where each month (Or as near as I can manage!) I aim to acquaint you with a host of smaller publishers from around the world and give you a little insight into what goes into running a small press and perhaps a few exclusives on upcoming projects. First out of the blocks is Grey Matter Press. Grey Matter Press is a Chicago based publisher that officially launched in September of 2012. Specialising in dark fiction, they have published authors such as Jonathan Maberry, Ray Garton, William Meikle, John F.D. Taff and Stephen Graham Jones through a string of top quality anthologies. The team of Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson are really making a name for themselves as publishers of high quality dark fiction.
What follows is a series of questions I posed to Anthony Rivera - publisher, acquisitions editor with Grey Matter Press.
You may be tired of hearing it, but I’ll say it again. Chris Barnes is my favourite audiobook narrator. Period. Why? He immediately draws the listener into any story he reads and brings new life to each character with his Scottish brogue, no matter how that character is written. He does spot on British and American accents, and if you’ve never treated yourself to one of his audiobooks, you’re really missing out.
With a number of titles under his belt including Kit Power’s GodBomb!, Graeme Reynolds’ High Moor trilogy, William Meikle’s The Exiled, and Matt Shaw’s Sick B*stards, Barnes has quickly made a name for himself in the horror audiobook industry.
I wanted to take the opportunity to interview Chris to find out more about him, the process he uses to create his audiobooks, and to give his fans, and those new to his work, a chance to get to know him better.
Enjoy, and when you’re finished reading, head over to Audible to pick up one of his titles. (And don’t forget to leave a review!)
Adam Millard is the author of twenty novels, ten novellas, and more than a hundred short stories, which can be found in various collections and anthologies. Probably best known for his post-apocalyptic fiction, Adam also writes fantasy/horror for children. He created the character Peter Crombie, Teenage Zombie just so he had something decent to read to his son at bedtime. Adam also writes Bizarro fiction for several publishers, who enjoy his tales of flesh-eating clown-beetles and rabies-infected derrieres so much that they keep printing them. His "Dead" series has recently been the filling in a Stephen King/Bram Stoker sandwich on Amazon's bestsellers chart.
One of the great things about the horror community is that we all kind of know each other, and every now then and then you realise that you haven't actually sat down and interviewed on of the authors that you really admire, despite chatting at conventions, social media etc. With that it mind it was a great pleasure to finally sit down and have a chat with the wonderful Alison Littlewood.
Alison Littlewood was raised in Penistone, South Yorkshire, and went on to attend the University of Northumbria at Newcastle (now Northumbria University). Originally she planned to study graphic design, but "missed the words too much" and switched to a joint English and History degree. She followed a career in marketing before developing her love of writing fiction.
She now lives near Wakefield, West Yorkshire, with her partner Fergus.
A Cold Season, from Jo Fletcher Books, is Alison's first novel. It was inspired by her winter commute to snowy Saddleworth.
Alison's short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Black Static, Crimewave and Not One Of Us, as well as the British Fantasy Society's Dark Horizons. Other stories have appeared in the charity anthology Never Again as well as Read by Dawn Volume 3, Festive Fear II and Midnight Lullabies. Her life writing has appeared in The Guardian.
Crowded Quarantine Press have been going from strength to strength lately, with a string of quality releases this year leading up to Rich Hawkin’s BFS ‘best horror novel’ award nomination for ‘The Last Plague’.
We figured it was past time we sat down with head honcho Adam Millard to talk about the 21st-century publishing game...