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Five people are invited to a fancy dress party on a vintage steam train. The guests are told to come in costume as their favourite monster... and every monster has a story to tell.
The Ghost Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore is a new portmanteau horror play, bringing to the theatre the flavour of vintage Amicus anthologies like Tales from the Crypt and Dr Terror’s House of Horrors. Featuring segments written by acclaimed authors Christopher Fowler, Stephen Gallagher, Kim Newman, Robert Shearman, Lynda E. Rucker and Lisa Tuttle, alongside a wraparound story by director Sean Hogan.
The play is running at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London from 7-19 march 2016. Tickets can be purchased from here
Simon Bestwick's excellent Hells Ditch ( read my review of it here ) is being discounted over the next few days by the lovely folks at Snow Books.
The hardback is available at £20.00 - that's £5 off the normal retail price.
The ebook is 50% off, at £3.99.
These offers aren't available on Amazon, only buying from the Snowbooks website. It's an promotional offer to go with the launch of the book, so it'll only be available for a couple more days.
The dream never changes: a moonless, starless night without end. The road she walks is black, bordered with round, white pebbles or nubs of polished bone; she can't tell which but they're the only white in the darkness, marking her way through the night. In dreams and nightmares, Helen walks the Black Road. It leads her back from the grave, back from madness, back towards the man who caused the deaths of her family: Tereus Winterborn, Regional Commander for the Reapers, who rule the ruins of a devastated Britain. On her journey, she gathers her allies: her old mentor Darrow, the cocky young fighter Danny, emotionally-scarred intelligence officer Alannah and Gevaudan Shoal, last of the genetically-engineered Grendelwolves. Winterborn will stop at nothing to become the Reapers' Supreme Commander; more than anything he seeks the advantage that will help him achieve that goal. And in the experiments of the obsessed scientist Dr Mordake, he thinks he has found it. To Winterborn, Project Tindalos is a means to ultimate power; to Mordake, it's a means to roll back the devastation of the War and restore his beloved wife to the living. But neither Winterborn nor Mordake understand the true nature of the forces they are about to unleash. Forces that threaten to destroy everything that survived the War, unless Helen and her allies can find and stop Project Tindalos in time.
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY AND DVD ON 7TH DECEMBER 2015
From AMC Studios FEAR THE WALKING DEAD is the brand new record-breaking companion series to the TV franchise that became a global phenomenon. Living in the same universe as The Walking Dead, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD is the gritty drama that explores the onset origin of the undead apocalypse through the lens of a fractured family. Don’t miss the brand new deadly series as FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON comes to Blu-ray and DVD on 7th December 2015, courtesy of Entertainment One.
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD features an incredible cast including; Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, The Blind Side) as high school guidance counsellor, Madison Clark; Cliff Curtis (Live Free or Die Hard, Last Knights) as English teacher and Madison’s boyfriend, Travis Manawa; Frank Dillane (In The Heart Of The Sea, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) as 19-year-old drug addict and son of Madison, Nick Clark; Alycia Debnam-Carey (Into The Storm, The Devil’s Hand) as top student and daughter of Madison, Alicia Clark; Lorenzo James Henrie (Star Trek, Warrior Road) as rebellious teenager and son of Travis, Christopher Manawa; Elizabeth Rodriguez (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Vampire Diaries) as single mother, Liza Ortiz; Ruben Blades (The Counselor, Safe House) as El Salvador refugee and barber shop owner, Daniel Salazar; Patricia Reyes Spindola (Bleak Street, Bad Habbits) as Daniel’s wife, Griselda Salazar; and Mercedes Mason (NCIS: Los Angeles, The Finder) as their daughter Ofelia Salazar.
Set in a city where people come to bury their pasts, a mysterious outbreak threatens to disrupt what little stability high school guidance counsellor Madison Clark (Dickens) and English teacher Travis Manawa (Curtis) have managed to assemble. The everyday pressure of blending two families while dealing with resentful children takes a back seat when society begins to break down, and as the necessary survival of the fittest takes hold, they must either reinvent themselves or embrace their darker histories.
Don’t miss the beginning of the end of the world as FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON arrives on Blu-rayTM and DVD from 7th December 2015, courtesy of Entertainment One.
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What distinguishes Kate Farrell’s work is the extraordinary accuracy and vividness with which she sets up her situations. She has an eye for detail and an outstanding ear for the way people think and speak.
It is far from fanciful to see this at least partly as the product of her experience as an actress. In the theatre, a natural faculty for observing one’s fellow human beings is trained and honed. Listen to the narrator of “Waiting”. If you don’t know someone like that personally, you will have certainly heard her talking just behind you on a bus at some time. The intonation, the accent, the understanding, and the lack of it, are all so true to life. But the people Farrell evokes are not all from one social stratum, or one nation. Here is an ancient and corrupt Irish Priest (“The Way the Truth and the Life”), here is the wife of a notorious Argentinean dictator (“Las Cosas Que Hacemos por el Amor”), or the two Spanish schoolchildren in “The Efficient Use of Reason”, and they are all done with the same conviction, the same ruthless accuracy.
Farrell’s eye is not heartless, but it is unclouded by any kind of sentimental affectation; her horrors emerge from what we sometimes call the commonplace. Very occasionally she touches on the supernatural, but when she does she does it superbly as in one of my favourites among her stories “A Murder of Crows” which shows that she can do an uncanny rural atmosphere with grim poetry as well as anyone. It is the gift of every worthwhile writer in this genre to make us realise that just beneath the surface of the banal and ordinary, there yawn great abysses of wonder and terror. I don’t know quite why this realisation, in the hands of a writer like Farrell, should be so thrilling, enjoyable even, but it is. There is not a dull page, not a dull sentence in And Nobody Lived Happily Ever After. From Reggie Oliver 's introduction to And Nobody Lived Happily Ever After
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Wild Eye Releasing has opened the doors to the House of Afflictions with a new poster and trailer. The latest supernatural thriller from UK director Anthony M. Winson (The Witching Hour, Unholy) follows a crime author mourning the loss of her child as she tries to start life over in a new home. She soon discovers that she is not alone in the house. Is something from her past haunting her, or is it something deep within the house itself that wants to ensure she remain restless forever?
Kate Beckley was once a best selling crime author, but it's been years since her last novel following the disappearance of her daughter, Julia. While attempting to write again in a new home, Kate finds herself haunted by strange visions and paranormal occurrences - which become worse each night. Has Julia returned, or is something more sinister preying on this grieving mother?
Sky Atlantic is unveiling a chilling first look at the new series of the network’s hit drama series PENNY DREADFUL, currently shooting nine episodes in Dublin, Ireland, featuring Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) as she turns to her alienist Dr. Seward (Patti LuPone) for help in battling the evil forces she cannot seem to escape. “Dreadfuls” will have to wait until the hotly anticipated third series premieres in 2016 to find out what led them here.
Series three includes a wealth of new and returning stars. Tony® Award winner LuPone (American Horror Story), who guest starred last season as the Cut-Wife, returns as a series regular in the new role of Dr. Seward, an American therapist who treats Vanessa with an unconventional new approach. Wes Studi (Hell On Wheels, A Million Ways to Die in the West) is a new series regular starring as Kaetenay, an intense, enigmatic Native American with a deep connection to Ethan (Josh Hartnett) who also becomes an ally to Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton). Guest stars Sarah Greene (Hecate) and Simon Russell Beale (Ferdinand Lyle) return, along with new guest stars Shazad Latif (The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Spooks) as Dr. Henry Jekyll; Screen Actors Guild® Award nominee Christian Camargo (DEXTER®, The Hurt Locker) as zoologist Dr. Alexander Sweet; Sam Barnett (2012, Jupiter Ascending) as Dr. Seward’s mysterious young secretary; Jessica Barden (The Outcast, Far from the Madding Crowd) as Justine, a young acolyte to Lily (Billie Piper) and Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney); and Perdita Weeks (THE TUDORS), as Catriona Hartdegan, a scholar with expert knowledge of the supernatural. Rory Kinnear (as The Creature) and Harry Treadaway (as Dr. Frankenstein) also star.
PENNY DREADFUL is a frightening psychological thriller created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Logan's Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), both of Neal Street Productions. PENNY DREADFUL is a co-production with SHOWTIME and Sky.
I remember first reading this book almost 20 years ago. The Eternal was my first exposure to Mark Chadbourn, and it laid the foundations for a reading relationship that has lasted almost as long as my relationship with my wife. Despite rereading this book numerous times I'll be picking up a copy of this ebook, as I don't think my hardback can take any more.
Two-time British Fantasy Award-winner Mark Chadbourn publishes his long-awaited horror novel The Eternal in ebook on November 18.
Originally published in hardback and paperback by Victor Gollancz, this new digital version has been fully revised by the author.
Annie Bolton's future was bright - until she met the Eternal, an immortal cursed to wander the Earth bringing death and destruction. Only Annie and a mysterious drifter - a human who has pursued the Eternal across continents - hold the key to stopping the triumph of evil. A shocking supernatural thriller from British Fantasy Award-winning author Mark Chadbourn.
Special offer: this novel will be heavily discounted for just seven days at which point the retail offer will revert to standard novel pricing.
The Eternal is the first in a new line of horror thrillers from Chadbourn, which will include new novels, serials and novellas, as well as revised digital versions of his earlier works.
Mark Chadbourn’s fantasy and historical fiction novels are published by Penguin Random House. He is a screenwriter for the BBC and is now developing new series for the US and UK, and he is a journalist for The Guardian, The (London) Times and The Telegraph.
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Mike Duke's Ashley's Tale is now available to download on Amazon. Mike has recently started to contribute to Ginger Nuts of Horror with his series of film reviews. Please show Mike some support and down a copy of the novelette.
Ashley, a young college girl with a horrific past, is immediately thrust into a living hell when she is kidnapped one night. In the lair of her captor she will be forced to choose between submission and defiance, between folding beneath his punishment or finding the strength to endure and seize an opportunity to kill the man and escape. But Ashley will also have to face the horrors of her past in this twisted game he has prepared for her. Can she prevail against the demons that have made her frail and weak as well as the sadist before her? And if so, what may she become in the process?
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As I will be heading down to Nottingham at 4am tomorrow morning there sadly won't be any more posts until the beginning of next week. If you are coming to Nottingham this weekend and going to Fantasy Con, please drop by and say hello I'll be the big guy with the big beer propping up the end of the bar Where I sit with the broken angels clutching at straws and nursing our scars. I'm really just a big softie no need to be scared.
But seriously this is going to be a fabulous weekend of catching up with friends and make lots of more new friends. And who knows I may even be coming home with my very own BFS Award, which would be nice.
See you there or see you on the other side.