Ginger Nuts of Horror
Amidst his highly-praised venture into the fine dining scene by opening Bauhaus Restaurant, acclaimed director Uwe Boll has not put down the movie camera. Uwe is currently on location in beautiful British Colombia (Langley and Maple Ridge) and Washington, D.C. to film the anticipated Rampage 3: No Mercy during the first weeks in January. When complete, this film will mark the thrilling conclusion of the well-received Rampage series, an action-packed trilogy featuring domestic terrorist Bill Williamson (Brendan Fletcher, The Revenant). This time, Bill takes on Capitol Hill in the heart of Washington, D.C.
Following the success of Rampage and Rampage 2: Capital Punishment, Uwe Boll's dedicated production team, writers, and lead actor Brendan Fletcher are back for another action-packed sequel. Other producers include the local talents of Michael Pohorly and Uwe's wife Natalie Boll. Matthias Neumann, the German director of photography who has collaborated on almost all of Uwe's films, is also back to deliver the high production value you can expect from the Rampage trilogy.
This will be the last film Uwe Boll will direct for awhile due to his current focus on co-producing and global distribution with his company Event Film, which has acquired high-profile films such as King Cobra (James Franco, Alicia Silverstone, Molly Ringwald, Christian Slater).
In addition, as many of his fans know, Uwe's other passion is his newly opened and universally praised Bauhaus Restaurant located in the trendy Gastown district of Vancouver. Opened for less than a year, Bauhaus is already at the cutting edge of fine dining, delivering innovative techniques, fresh flavours, and exceptional service to downtown Vancouver. The menu, designed and prepared by world-renowned Michelin Star chef Stefan Hartmann, reflects a contemporary approach to traditional German cuisine and brings a new style of dining to Canada's west coast. To learn more, visit our website at www.bauhaus-restaurant.com.
Robby Asaro is dead.
He’s a ghost in the machine,
keeping a watchful eye on the arcade where he lost his life two decades before. And the afterlife is good. The best thing ever to have happened to him. But when the conscious electric current formerly known as Robby Asaro makes a decision to protect one of his favorite patrons, Tiffany Park, from a bully, he sets loose a series of violent supernatural events that can’t be stopped.
Trapped inside the arcade as the kill count rises, Tiffany and a group of gamers must band together to escape from what used to be their favorite place on Earth…and the ghost of Robby Asaro.
From the author of Tribesmen, Video Night, and The Summer Job, Zero Lives Remaining is a masterful mix of horror and suspense, dread and wonder, a timeless ghost story that solidifies Adam Cesare’s reputation as one of the best up-and-coming storytellers around. This is Adam Cesare firing on all cylinders—and he’s just getting started.
Zero Lives Remaining As you’ll be aware from my reviews elsewhere on this site, I’m rapidly becoming a fan of Adam Cesare’s work. The Summer Job was a cracking dark horror/thriller novel with a brilliantly realised lead character, and The One That You Expect and Tribesmen both, in vastly different ways, find genuinely new things to say about the exploitation horror movie genre, whilst also being pulse pounding thrill rides in their own right. So when I found out that no less a publisher than Shock Totem were putting out a limited-to-100 signed hardback edition of his brand new novella, it was a no brainer for me. As soon as my copy arrives, expect a full review here at Gingernuts Of Horror. For now though, here’s the latest from Shock Totem:
It’s been a long time coming, but the limited hardcover edition of It took a lot of hard work from a lot of talented people, notably Frank Walls (artwork), Yannick Bouchard (additional artwork), Nick Gucker (illustrations), and Mike Lombardo and Reel Splatter Productions (film, photography), and we think this is one of the best limited editions ever released. Robby Asaro is dead. And alive. He’s a ghost in the machine, keeping a watchful eye on the arcade where he lost his life two decades before. And the afterlife is good. The best thing ever to have happened to him. But when the conscious electric current formerly known as Robby Asaro makes a decision to protect one of his favorite patrons, Tiffany Park, from a bully, he sets loose a series of violent supernatural events that can’t be stopped. Trapped inside the arcade as the kill count rises, Tiffany and a group of gamers must band together to escape from what used to be their favorite place on Earth…and the ghost of Robby Asaro. From the author of Strictly limited to 100 copies, the hardcover itself is made to look like a VHS tape, which is housed in a classic VHS case with full wraparound “80s horror film” artwork and photography exclusive to this edition. Nick Gucker provides exclusive interior illustrations, and there is also a bonus short story. A special insert features additional artwork and photography, plus an interview with “B-movie legend” Adam Blomquist. And finally, there are six autographed “movie still” cards featuring the entire cast (from the trailer) and director, Mike Lombardo. I really urge you to click through to check out the photos - this is gorgeous looking edition:
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And for that matter, the superb book trailer: https://youtu.be/ccHnjiKkEG4
There’s no question this limited run will sell out - my sources at ST tell me it’s already close to doing so. So if you’re considering treating yourself, my advice would be - don’t wait.
Stay tuned for a full review, and an interview with the author later in the year.
THE HEART AND SOUL OFHORROR NEWS
MASTERFUL DARK THRILLER MISTER WHITE BY JOHN C. FOSTER TAKES READERS ON A BREAKNECK SUPERNATURAL ADVENTURE OF GLOBAL PROPORTIONS
Grey Matter Press to Release MISTER WHITE in the Spring of 2016, Reveals Cover and Unveils MISTER WHITE Website at DoNotSpeakHisName.com
In the shadowy world of international espionage and governmental black ops when a group of American spies go bad and inadvertently unleash an ancient malevolent force that feeds on the fears of mankind, a young family finds themselves in the crosshairs of a frantic supernatural mystery of global proportions with only one man to turn for their salvation in the new dark thriller from author John C. Foster, MISTER WHITE.
Combine the intricate, plot-driven stylings of suspense masters Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum, add a healthy dose of Clive Barker’s dark and brooding occult horror themes, and you have an idea where the latest genre-busting dark thriller MISTER WHITE will be taking readers when it is released by Grey Matter Press this spring. In preparation for the upcoming release, the publisher has revealed the sinister cover artwork and issued a rather ominous warning, urging readers that whatever they might do, “Do not speak his name.” Learn why evoking the name of Mister White is a bad plan at www.DoNotSpeakHisName.com..
“My fascination with horror and espionage produced the evil lovechild MISTER WHITE,” said Foster. “The goal from the beginning was to blend the exotic excitement of a classic Cold War spy thriller with the mounting sense of dread lurking in the dark heart of the horror genre.”
Beginning with an unnerving query posed by a mysterious voice from the other end of a static-laced telephone line, Foster’s second novel MISTER WHITE rockets to breakneck speed when a corrupt spy working for a secretive U.S. agency becomes entangled with a supernatural terror that pursues him across three continents in a breathless, high-stakes thriller and white-knuckled shocker that once and for all answers the question: “Who is Mister White?”
“MISTER WHITE is like Stephen King’s The Stand meets Ian Fleming’s James Bond with Graham Masterton’s The Manitou thrown in for good measure,” said Bram Stoker Award-nominated horror author of The End in All Beginnings, John F.D. Taff. “MISTER WHITE is frenetically paced, spectacularly gory and eerie as hell.”
Blurring the lines between traditional spy thriller and modern horror, MISTER WHITE is based on the short story of the same name written by Foster and published in the Grey Matter Press anthology DARK VISIONS: A COLLECTION OF MODERN HORROR – VOLUME TWO. The novelized version expands on the brutal events of that story. In the much-anticipated full-length novel, Foster unveils an all-new villain for the modern age whose tendrils of corruption reach deep into a dark and frightening past.
“MISTER WHITE is unlike any novel I’ve ever read,” said Anthony Rivera, editor of the volume and publisher at Grey Matter Press. “John has crafted an incredible tale with rapid-fire action that completely demolishes the boundaries of standard genre categorizations.”
Exhibiting a writing style that has been called a blend of Robert McCammon and Raymond Chandler, MISTER WHITE highlights Foster’s innate ability to seamlessly mesh elements of horror, noir, occult and suspense thrillers into rich, character-driven and terrifying fiction. MISTER WHITE will be Foster’s second novel, and it will be the first full-length novel published by Grey Matter Press.
“When Grey Matter Press published the short story that is the basis for this novel, I knew from the word ‘go’ that I wanted a future with this publisher,” said Foster. “I’m honored that they chose MISTER WHITE as their entre into publishing novels.”
MISTER WHITE will be available worldwide in trade paperback and in common digital formats upon its release in April 2016. Pre-orders for the novel will begin in March at the Grey Matter Press Bookstore at www.ShopGreyMatterPress.com.
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ABOUT JOHN C FOSTER:
John C. Foster is a New York City writer of thrillers and dark fiction whose stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Shock Totem Magazine, Dark Corners, Death’s Realm, Dark Visions Vol. 2, Under the Stairs and Big Book of New Short Horror among others. Foster’s first novel, Dead Men, was published in July 2015 and is the first in his Libros de Inferno trilogy. Mister White becomes his second long-fiction release when it is published in 2016 by Grey Matter Press. For more information, please visit www.JohnFosterFiction.com.
ABOUT GREY MATTER PRESS:
Grey Matter Press is a Chicago-based publisher whose mission it is to discover and cultivate the best voices working in the dark fiction genre. The company is committed to producing only the finest quality volumes of exceptional fiction. Since the publication of their first volume in late 2013, Grey Matter Press has released a succession of bestselling titles, including two of which that have been nominated for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for horror fiction. FANGORIA Magazine says of the publisher: "In less than two years, Grey Matter Press has managed to establish itself as one of the premiere purveyors of horror fiction currently in existence."
Dennis Etchison is a master of psychological horror. Starting with The Dark Country (1982), his work has been critically lauded by mainstream publications and other writers in the genre. This is the first major retrospective of his career, and includes some rare pieces, over a dozen photographs, original artwork, and more.
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A horror short story collection from #1 bestseller, Paul Finch. Full of unputdownable reads for cold winter nights
As the nights draw in, get hooked on this dark and suspenseful collection of horror tales – the perfect read for fans of Mark Edwards and Peter James.
This collection comprises of seven short stories, all also available as individual ebooks:
• The Incident at North Shore
• Children Don’t Play Here Anymore
• God’s Fist
• What’s Behind You?
• Those They Left Behind
• Hag Fold
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St. Louis in 1880 is full of ghosts, and Jacob Tracy can see them all. Ever since he nearly died on the battlefield at Antietam, Trace has been haunted by the country's restless dead. The curse cost him his family, his calling to the church, and damn near his sanity. He stays out of ghost-populated areas as much as possible these days, guiding wagon trains West from St. Louis, with his pragmatic and sceptical partner, Boz. During the spring work lull, Trace gets an unusual job offer. Miss Fairweather, a wealthy English bluestocking, needs someone to retrieve a dead friend's legacy from a nearby town, and she specifically wants Trace to do it. However, the errand proves to be far more sinister than advertised. When confronted, Miss Fairweather admits to knowing about Trace's curse, and suggests she might help him learn to control it-in exchange for a few more odd jobs. Trace has no interest in being her pet psychic, but he's been looking twenty years for a way to control his power, and Miss FainNeather's knowledge of the spirit world is too valuable to ignore. As she steers him into one macabre situation after another, his powers flourish, and Trace begins to realize some good might be done with this curse of his. But Miss Fairweather is harbouring some dark secrets of her own, and her meddling has brought Trace to the attention of something much older and more dangerous than any ghost in this electrifying and inventive debut.
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Beware the golden disk – it brings decay…destruction…death
Four hundred years ago, a woman died in agony to keep its secret and went to her grave with it hung around her neck. Now, in a desolate graveyard, a woman has unearthed the amulet by chance and decides to keep it. His first mistake…
That night the village of Medford is plunged into a nightmare of terror by the discovery of a double murder and mutilation – the first in a series of shocking killings. Wherever the amulet is found, ancient evil – hideous, powerful and vile – is once again reborn…
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The Heart and Soul of Horror
Fed up with the traditional sugary festivities and the tweeness of Advent calendars and The 12 Days of Christmas? Well now there is a darkly humorous and quirky alternative - and it is available only as a free Apple iOS app for iPhones and iPads.
Called The 13 Days of Christmas and published by Urban Fantasist, each day over the 13 days following the 26 December, the app unlocks a new comic book style illustration, a fresh rhyme and a description of the macabre, darker side of the holiday season – everything from wizards, witches and ghosts to hanging trees, hands of glory, unholy books, and keys to the gates of Hell. Forget cute elves and rosy cheeked Santa, after this, Christmas may never seem the same again.
But wait! ’Tis the season of giving so every few days you will find a surprise bonus free gift waiting for you to open. It might be a horror story, it might be a folklore or fantasy tale but it certainly won’t be socks!
Initial reactions to the app include “this is the coolest thing” and “looks amazing”.
Both the app and the content of The 13 Days of Christmas are completely free with no in-app purchases or hidden extras after download.
The app’s creator and publisher Charles Christian added
“We had some great content but it just didn’t lend itself to either a print book or ebook format. And, we also wanted some way of unlocking fresh content each day over the holiday season. Going the app route ticked all the boxes.”
The app (which was developed by AppealSoftware.co.uk) is available for immediate download from the Apple App Store however, apart from the introductory page, the content remains locked until Boxing Day.
Here is the link to the app’s microsite
and to the download page on the Apple App Store
From Writer/Producer/Director team Steven Lyons and Merlyn Roberts comes the first official trailer for their feature film Serurta (Sunbirth).
An epic quest for survival in the wilderness of ancient Britain. Time is running out and Ontahil must travel to the isle of the dead, become a warrior and win the favour of the gods. Only then will he be able to lead his people in the fight against the greatest enemy his people have ever faced.
Serurta (pronounced se-roo-ta) is an independent British film exploring the vast cultural heritage and mythology of the British Isles. The film is being Directed, shot and edited by Steven Lyons and Merlyn Roberts is Producing and starring. Serurta is currently beginning its second cycle of production after the successful completion of the first half of the film. This trailer is being released as part of a drive for completion funds.
Serurta has an amazing team of first time and experienced actors and highly passionate talented make up artists, prop builders musicians, visual FX and conceptual artists. With everyone working extremely hard, to help bring this original story by Merlyn and Steven to life.
Producer Merlyn Roberts had this to say about the project.
"So far it ha been a challenging, but rewarding project to work on. Ninety percent of the film has been shot on location in forests or by the sea and the elements have both been cruel and kind to us".
From director producer team Steven Lyons and Merlyn Roberts (Wyldewood Productions) comes Serurta (Sunbirth), an epic journey into the depths of ancient Britain, 700 years before the Roman conquest. The Friac, one of the ancient tribes of Britain are being driven from their land by the furious onslaught of the Celts, horse warriors arriving from the continent with weapons of iron and a thirst for conquest.
The last hope of his tribe Ontahil, is no hero nor warrior nevertheless he must face Serurta the greatest initiation of all. Ontahil travels to the desolate mist-enshrouded island of the dead. Stalked by the Terai, hunters with a taste for human flesh, he must find the immortal Shaman Kalaree, receive the blessing of the earth mother and begin his perilous descent into the underworld.
A tale of the Sun, the Moon, the Earth and mankind’s place in it all.
The crowdfunding campaign for Scottish horror The Unkindness of Ravens has reached its funding goal, making it the most-funded UK horror film ever on Kickstarter!
Over 550 backers have pledged, taking the ongoing campaign past its original £40,000 target. The team have now announced a stretch goal of £45,000, which would see all backers receiving the 'Raven Arcana' Digital Book, filled with short stories, tales from the set, raven mythologies and tons of photos and illustrations.
Backers flocked to the project's beautifully-designed rewards such as the Collector's Edition 3-Disc Set and the awesome, limited edition Owlman action figure (the Owlman being the breakout star of the team's last movie Lord of Tears).
Lawrie Brewster's campaign also received significant Kickstarter pledges from film companies around the world, including US companies 3rd Monkey Productions and Lights Out Productions, UK distributor 88 Films and Scottish production company Zoghogg Studios, as well as filmmaker Shoogly Peg!
With an expected release date of July 2016, the funds raised will now go towards the film's soundtrack, effects, mix, and marketing, ensuring that this ambitious indie has the best chance of being seen by the widest audience possible.
Director Lawrie Brewster is delighted at the success of the campaign, 'The significance of our campaign cannot be understated. It reflects the enormous hunger out there for new, original ideas in the genre and proves that grassroots funding can now enable us to tell the stories that the mainstream would never touch.
We will use these funds not only to produce films but to distribute them in a manner that will see us build a sustainable model, focussed on producing high concept films and delivering them in unique physical media. Production companies can now sustain themselves with a direct and personal relationship with the people that count most, their audiences.'
The film certainly promises to be something different to the norm, with its brooding Scottish landscapes, unsettling, pagan vibe and brutal violence. A claustrophobic and intense tale of one man's battle for survival in the remote highlands of Scotland, the film has echoes of The Wicker Man and Kill List with the central plot about a troubled veteran calling to mind films like Jacob's Ladder and Apocalypse Now.
“Our film aims to be the most emotionally intense and disturbing pyschological horror of the year, with its unflinching portrayal of the true cost of war and the internal scars carried by our veterans. This film pays tribute to the courage that those who suffer from PTSD face in managing their condition. We do this in a narrative that pits such a soldier against an evil so terrifying and uncanny that no one will expect our hero to stand a chance. The Ravens are coming...”
The project garnered some serious praise along the way from industry figures like legendary horror director Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child's Play), and Alec Gillis, co-founder of Oscar-winning creature effects company ADI, and by the looks of things, we'll be hearing lots more about the film very soon!
But, the campaign's not over yet! With two days still to go, Lawrie Brewster hopes to reach the new £45,000 stretch goal! So, get pledging while you still can!
For more information please follow these links
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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