Ginger Nuts of Horror
The tenth book published by Parallel Universe Publications, Kitchen Sink Gothic, edited by David A. Riley and Linden Riley, is now available in paperback and as an ebook. The paperback is 256 pages and includes 17 stories.
Coined in the 1950s, Kitchen Sink described British films, plays and novels frequently set in the North of England, which showed working class life in a gritty, no-nonsense, “warts and all” style, sometimes referred to as social realism. It became popular after the playwright John Osborne wrote Look Back In Anger, simultaneously helping to create the Angry Young Men movement. Films included Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, The Entertainer, A Taste of Honey, The L-Shaped Room and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. TV dramas included Coronation Street and East Enders. In recent years TV dramas that could rightly be described as kitchen sink gothic include Being Human, with its cast of working class vampires, werewolves and ghosts, and the zombie drama In the Flesh, with its northern working class, down to earth setting. In this anthology you will find stories that cover a wide range of Kitchen Sink Gothic, from the darkly humorous to the weirdly strange and occasionally horrific.
The table of contents is:
Stephen Bacon (Daddy Giggles)
Franklin Marsh (1964)
Andrew Darlington (Derek Edge and the Sunspots)
Gary Fry (Black Sheep)
Benedict J. Jones (Jamal Comes Home)
Kate Farrell (Waiting)
Charles Black (Lilly Finds a Place to Stay)
David A. Sutton (The Mutant's Cry)
Walter Gascoigne (The Sanitation Solution)
Mark Patrick Lynch (Up and Out of Here)
Adrian Cole (Late Shift)
Shaun Avery (The Great Estate)
Jay Eales (Nine Tenths)
Craig Herbertson (Envelopes)
Tim Major (Tunnel Vision)
M. J. Wesolowski (Life is Prescious)
David Turnbull (Canvey Island Baby)
Best known as Doc Brown from the “Back to the Future” series, and his award winning role as Reverend Jim Ignatowski on “Taxi,” Christopher Lloyd lends his voice talents to the upcoming stop-motion animated web series, “House of Monsters.” Mr. Lloyd voices the character Dr. Gaulstone, the patriarch of a dysfunctional monster family which includes werewolves, mummies, zombies, and vampires.
Best described as "Nightmare Before Christmas" meets '"Looney Tunes," "House of Monsters" follows these creatures and their friends through adventures in an ominous castle and it's neighboring village. The series is currently in post-production and will be premiere on Vimeo On Demand July 28th, 2015. Check out the trailer here.
House of Monsters is created and directed by Dawn Brown. The series is a joint production between Brown’s company, The Monster Shop and Mansart Studios, owned by Warren Manser. Brown and Manser are industry vets who have lent their artistic talents to Hollywood blockbusters like "Alice in Wonderland," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "The Hunger Games," and the upcoming "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice."
Adam Howe, author of the excellent collection, Black Cat Mojo has a new novella out today. Adam has kindly allowed Ginger Nuts of Horror to publish an exclusive extract of Gator Bait.
Adam Howe is a British writer of fiction and screenplays. Writing as Garrett Addams, his short story Jumper was chosen by Stephen King as the winner of the On Writing contest, and published in the paperback and eBook editions of King’s book. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in places like Nightmare Magazine, Thuglit, Mythic Delirium, and Horror Library 5. His first book, Black Cat Mojo (pub. Comet Press) is available now. His second book, Die Dog Or Eat The Hatchet (pub. Comet Press) will be published 03/11/15. He is currently working on his first novel, One Tough Bastard. Tweet him @Adam_G_Howe.
Prohibition-era 1930s… After an affair with the wrong man’s wife, seedy piano player Smitty Three Fingers flees the city and finds himself tinkling the ivories at a Louisiana honky-tonk owned by vicious bootlegger Horace Croker and his trophy wife, Grace. Folks come to The Grinnin’ Gator for the liquor and burlesque girls, but they keep coming back for Big George, the giant alligator Croker keeps in the pond out back. Croker is rumored to have fed ex-wives and enemies to his pet, so when Smitty and Grace embark on a torrid affair…what could possibly go wrong? Inspired by true events, Gator Bait mixes hardboiled crime (James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice) with creature horror (Tobe Hooper’s Eaten Alive) to create a riveting tale of suspense.
Dead Rising Watchtower is now available on iTunes, VOD Platforms, DVD & Blu-Ray in South East Asia, Latin America (except Brazil and Mexico, coming soon), Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, and will release on Monday July 27th in the UK & Ireland, Africa (except South Africa, coming soon), on Wednesday July 29th in Australia, on Friday July 31st in Germany and Austria, on Wednesday August 5th in Mexico, Monday August 10th in New Zealand, Wednesday August 19th in Brazil, Thursday August 20th across Scandinavia and Tuesday September 1st in Italy, France, Switzerland and South Africa.
Dead Rising: Watchtower is an action horror zombie film directed by Zach Lipovsky, which was produced by Tomas Harlan and Tim Carter with writing by Tim Carter as well. The film stars Jesse Metcalfe, Dennis Haysbert, Virginia Madsen, Meghan Ory, Keegan Connor Tracy, and Rob Riggle.
Set between the events of Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 3, The story follows online reporter Chase Carter and his camerawoman Jordon as they cover the stories of the people inside of the walled-in quarantined area in Oregon, as the government (running an organization called FEZA – Federal Emergency Zombie Authority) attempts to contain a viral outbreak that turns people into ravenous zombies. An anti-viral drug called Zombrex, that keeps the virus at bay, is being administered to those infected. When it becomes clear that the drug is no longer effective and a zombie outbreak purges the town and infects its inhabitants, Chase, Jordon, grieving mother Maggie , and survivor Crystal battle their way out of the city before it gets firebombed. But Crystal has a dark secret, and the army has a hidden agenda.
Metal guitarist Brett Miller and scifi concept artist Marcelo Orsi Blanco to launch Kickstarter campaign for Miller's 5th record a H.P. Lovecraftthemed Music and Art Collaboration
Created by Brian Dorton and Douglas Conner, this first volume of terror tales features segments directed by Dorton, Conner, Joseph Graham, Manuel Marín, Lee Matthews and Ignacio Martín Lerma, the series has been hailed as "a collection of nightmares that scream for all horror fans to see".
Serial killers, ghostly phone calls, inner demons, otherworld monsters and creepy stalkers collide in this frightening anthology. Five of horror's most promising new directing talents join forces to pay homage to classic horror like Creepshow, Tales From the Crypt, V/H/S and The ABCs of Death, and weave an unforgettable, disturbing tapestry of terror.
"Here's hoping this Horror Network has more volumes ... a strong batch of short film work that deserves to be seen." --Ain't It Cool News
These are the shortlists for the British Fantasy Awards 2015.
Four nominees in each category were decided by the votes of BFS members and the attendees of FantasyCon 2014 and FantasyCon 2015. The exceptions are the collection and non-fiction categories, in which two items drawing for fourth place could not be separated and both were put through to the shortlist.
Up to two further nominees in each category were added by the juries as “egregious omissions” under the rules.
The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic 2, ed. Jan Edwards and Jenny Barber (The Alchemy Press)
Horror Uncut: Tales of Social Insecurity and Economic Unease, ed. by Joel Lane and Tom Johnstone (Gray Friar Press)
Lightspeed: Women Destroy Science Fiction Special Issue, ed. Christie Yant (Lightspeed Magazine)
The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, ed. Mark Morris (Spectral Press)
Terror Tales of Wales, ed. Paul Finch (Gray Friar Press)
Sarah Anne Langton
Black Gods Kiss, Lavie Tidhar (PS Publishing)
The Bright Day Is Done, Carole Johnstone (Gray Friar Press)
Gifts for the One Who Comes After, Helen Marshall (ChiZine Publications)
Nick Nightmare Investigates, Adrian Cole (The Alchemy Press and Airgedlámh Publications)
Scruffians! Stories of Better Sodomites, Hal Duncan (Lethe Press)
Best comic/graphic novel
Cemetery Girl, Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden and Don Kramer (Jo Fletcher Books)
Grandville Noël, Bryan Talbot (Jonathan Cape)
Saga, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
Seconds, Bryan Lee O’Malley (SelfMadeHero)
Through the Woods, Emily Carroll (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
The Wicked + The Divine, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie (Image Comics)
Best fantasy novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)
Breed, KT Davies (Fox Spirit Books)
City of Stairs, Robert Jackson Bennett (Jo Fletcher Books)
Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children’s Books)
A Man Lies Dreaming, Lavie Tidhar (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Moon King, Neil Williamson (NewCon Press)
The Relic Guild, Edward Cox (Gollancz)
Best film/television episode
Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Alejandro González Iñárritu (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Black Mirror: White Christmas, Charlie Brooker (Channel 4)
Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn and Nicole Perlman (Marvel Studios)
Interstellar, Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan (Paramount Pictures)
Under the Skin, Walter Campbell and Jonathan Glazer (Film4 et al)
Best horror novel (the August Derleth Award)
The End, Gary McMahon (NewCon Press)
The Girl With All the Gifts, M.R. Carey (Orbit)
The Last Plague, Rich Hawkins (Crowded Quarantine Publications)
No One Gets Out Alive, Adam Nevill (Macmillan)
Station Eleven, Emily St John Mandel (Knopf)
The Unquiet House, Alison Littlewood (Jo Fletcher Books)
Best independent press
The Alchemy Press (Peter Coleborn)
Fox Spirit Books (Adele Wearing)
NewCon Press (Ian Whates)
Spectral Press (Simon Marshall-Jones)
Black Static, ed. Andy Cox (TTA Press)
Holdfast Magazine, ed. Laurel Sills and Lucy Smee (Laurel Sills and Lucy Smee)
Interzone, ed. by Andy Cox (TTA Press)
Lightspeed, ed. John Joseph Adams (Lightspeed Magazine)
Sein und Werden, ed. Rachel Kendall (ISMs Press)
Best newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award)
Edward Cox, for The Relic Guild (Gollancz)
Sarah Lotz, for The Three (Hodder & Stoughton)
Laura Mauro, for Ptichka (Horror Uncut: Tales of Social Insecurity and Economic Unease)
Den Patrick, for The Boy with the Porcelain Blade (Gollancz)
Jen Williams, for The Copper Promise (Headline)
D.F. Lewis Dreamcatcher Real-Time Reviews, D.F. Lewis (D.F. Lewis)
Ginger Nuts of Horror, ed. Jim McLeod (Jim McLeod)
Letters to Arkham: The Letters of Ramsey Campbell and August Derleth, 1961–1971, ed. S.T. Joshi (PS Publishing)
Rhapsody: Notes on Strange Fictions, Hal Duncan (Lethe Press)
Sibilant Fricative: Essays & Reviews, Adam Roberts (Steel Quill Books )
Touchstones: Essays on the Fantastic, John Howard (The Alchemy Press)
You Are the Hero: A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks, Jonathan Green (Snowbooks)
Cold Turkey, Carole Johnstone (TTA Press)
Drive, Mark West (Pendragon Press)
Newspaper Heart, Stephen Volk (The Spectral Book of Horror Stories)
Water For Drowning, Ray Cluley (This Is Horror)
Best short story
A Change of Heart, Gaie Sebold (Wicked Women)
The Girl on the Suicide Bridge, J.A. Mains (Beside the Seaside)
Ptichka, Laura Mauro (Horror Uncut: Tales of Social Insecurity and Economic Unease)
A Woman’s Place, Emma Newman (Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets)
The winners of these awards will now be decided by the previously announced juries, while the British Fantasy Society committee has the task of deciding the winner of the special award (the Karl Edward Wagner Award). The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Sunday, 25 October 2015, at FantasyCon 2015 in Nottingham.
ITV has greenlit a new drama about ghost hunting from Ashes To Ashes writer Jack Lothian (who has also written for Spooks: Code 9, Shameless, Skins ).
The one-off two hour TV movie is called Harry Price: Ghost Hunter, is based on the novel The Ghost Hunters by Neil Spring.
At the centre of the story is Harry Price, a famous real life ghost hunter and sceptic, who investigated the unknown back in the 1920s.
The telly film will be set in 1920s London, and has been described as “a thrilling, spine chilling mix of real history, fiction and the famous legend of Harry Price.”
ITV big chief Steve November released this statement:
“Harry Price is an intriguing character at the very heart of the drama. Jack Lothian’s wonderful script is a skilful blend of fact and fiction as Harry’s past, his fascination with the paranormal and his faith in science are all real yet set against a fictional backdrop of political conspiracy and scandal.”
Welcome to Borley Rectory, the most haunted house in England.
The year is 1926 and Sarah Grey has landed herself an unlikely new job - personal assistant to Harry Price, London's most infamous ghost hunter. Equal parts brilliant and charming, neurotic and manipulative, Harry has devoted his life to exposing the truth behind England's many 'false hauntings', and never has he left a case unsolved, nor a fraud unexposed.
So when Harry and Sarah are invited to Borley Rectory - a house so haunted that objects frequently fly through the air unbidden, and locals avoid the grounds for fear of facing the spectral nun that walks there - they're sure that this case will be just like any other. But when night falls and still no artifice can be found, the ghost hunters are forced to confront an uncomfortable possibility: the ghost of Borley Rectory may be real. And, if so, they're about to make its most intimate acquaintance.
Here is the news you have all been waiting on the table of contents for The Second Spectral Book of Horror Stories edited by Mark Morris.
Congratulations to all those who got in.
HOUSE OF THE HAG - Paul Finch
FLOTSAM - Tim Lebbon
TOYS FROM THE GINGERBREAD COUNTRY - Richard Jay Goldstein
SUGARED HEAT - Lisa L Hannett
A GIRL AND HER DOLLS - Adrian Cole
THE LARDER - Nicholas Royle
THE VEILS - Ian Rogers
JOE IS A BARBER - Paul Meloy
LITTLE TRAVELLER - Simon Kurt Unsworth
BEHIND THE WALL - Thana Niveau
MARY, MARY - Ray Cluley
THE MEANTIME - Alison Moore
MARROWVALE - Kurt Fawver
SCRAPING BY - Gary Fry
WHERE THE FOREST ENDS - Sean Logan
WRONG - Stephen Volk
LUMP IN YOUR THROAT - Robert Shearman
HORN OF THE HUNTER - Simon Bestwick
WHO WILL STOP ME NOW? - Cliff McNish
I never read the books as a kid, and the TV series passed me by, but I think based on this trailer this could be my film of the year. I know it has Jack Black but man look at all those monsters, the quirky soundtrack and the silly humour like the kid with the silver fillings biting a Wolfman.