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It's been a long time since I have felt a strong urge to read a book purely for pleasure. My time is reading for the purpose of reviews,and yet after reading the synopsis for this book I knew I had to put aside all the review books and grab a copy of this.
For thousands of years, Cross has wandered the earth, a mortal soul trapped in the undying body left behind by Christ. He's been a thief, a con man, a soldier, and a drunkard. He's fought as a slave in the Colosseum and as a knight at King Arthur's side. But now he must play the part of reluctant hero, as an angel comes to him for help finding the Mona Lisa - the real Mona Lisa that inspired the painting. Cross's quest takes him into a secret world within our own, populated by characters just as strange and wondrous as he is: gorgons and dead gods hidden away in museums; faeries that live in countryside pubs, trapping and enslaving unwary travelers; and super-rich collectors who trade magical artifacts among themselves. He's haunted by memories of Penelope, the only woman he truly loved, and he wants to avenge her death at the hands of his ancient enemy, Judas, a forgotten god from an ancient time. The angel promises to deliver Judas to Cross, but nothing is ever what it seems when Judas is involved, and when a group of renegade angels looking for a new holy war show up, things truly go to hell.
Two countries on the brink of nuclear war. The President is bent on avenging the greatest loss a man can endure: the First Lady. A dangerous religious organization vying to control the fate of the earth. A mysterious virus leading to the resurrection of the dead all over the planet. A bestial nightmare of a creature straight out of Revelation. These are the elements at play in FIRE, an epic novel of the world in what might be its final days.
“Every so often, a truly seminal book is published in the horror field. Blatty’s The Exorcist, King’s The Stand, Barker’s Books of Blood. Alan Rodgers’ Fire is such a book. It is a tale of amazing sweep and scope, uniting Biblical prophecies and hightech, ancient horrors with new ones cobbled up from labs and shadows. After this book, everything changes.” — J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon Five
“With Fire, Alan Rodgers shows that he can set the whole world of horror alight. Powerful, frightening, apocalyptic.” — Graham Masterton
This fast-paced novel written from the point of view of ordinary people confronting the end of the world is a genuine page-turner. From janitor Ron Hawkins, who’s just trying to make it through his college graduation to Luke Munsen, a scientist who wanted to find out dinosaur biology, to an intrepid tabloid reporter, a mad scientist and the President himself, the world has turned upside-down. Our greatest fears are a reality. Even our food is coming back to life … and attacking!
Back in print after 15 years, FIRE is available in a new edition edited by Alan Rodgers’ brother Scott Rodgers. It’s apocalyptic sci-fi horror at its page-turning, thought-provoking, nightmare-inducing best.
Available on Amazon
and for a limited time, Smashwords.
Bone Music, one of Alan Rodgers’ favorite books, called a masterpiece by many of his fellow horror writers, is now available in a new authors’ edition e-book on all major e-book stores.
Find Bone Music for the Kindle here.
For the Nook here.
For iTunes/iBooks (Apple devices) here.
For Kobo here.
For Google Play here.
A long time ago at the Crossroads, the great bluesman Robert Johnson sang “Judgment Day” and judgment did rain down upon the world. Now, a little girl named Lisa is the only hope for humanity’s redemption, but she and her mother Emma must face what happens when Lisa dies and comes back to life … again. Little Lisa and the greatest bluesmen of all time, from Leadbelly to Stevie Ray Vaughan, and even Dead Elvis, confront angels, demons, and voodoo powers before the ultimate showdown in the ultimate city of music, heaven and hell: New Orleans. This is an apocalyptic, supernatural, Southern Gothic horror novel that some of our best horror writers say they wished they had written. If you enjoy shows like The Walking Dead and Z-Nation, you will love Bone Music.
Praise from other authors
…He captures the beauty and the horror of the old bluesmen, the terror and majesty of Heaven and Hell… — Billie Sue Mosiman, author of Widow
…Rodgers’s Bone Music mixes suspense, horror, and magic to create a nerve-wracking and unique tale of music and terror. — Matthew J. Costello, author of The Seventh Guest
…blends the hellish and horrific in perfect harmony. …terror-filled trek across an entirely original yet hauntingly historic American dreamscape… — Joseph A. Citro, author of Deus-X
Alan Rodgers . . . uses simple and beautiful words to tell this complex and horrific story. Really weird! Don’t die until you’ve read Bone Music. — Brian Lumley, author of Necroscope
The highest praise one writer can give another is to say ‘I wish I’d written that book…’ — George Alec Effinger, author of When Gravity Fails
From Publishers Weekly for original hardcover edition
“Startling originality, a strong and rhythmic narrative voice, compelling characters and delightfully quirky metaphysics make this a noteworthy hardcover debut for Rodgers, author of New Life for the Dead and other paperback horror novels. In this apocalyptic tale rich in the mythos of the African-inspired religion of Santeria, the singing at his death by blues musician Robert Johnson of the legendary, forbidden song Judgment Day cracks the Eye of the World, allowing the forces of evil entree to the earth. Assorted blues singers, including Leadbelly, Ma Rainey, and even Elvis; mythic figures such as John Henry and Saint Peter; more mundane heroes and heroines such as musician Dan Alvarez and Lisa Henderson, a young girl who dies and returns to life, all have pivotal roles to play in saving the world. Well-realized settings range from contemporary New York City to Missouri and Mississippi in 1938; heaven and hell both come down to earth in modern New Orleans. Through colloquial prose that’s strong and perfectly pitched, Rodgers combines elements of horror (sometimes graphic), fantasy and magical realism into a unique novel that’s not only an occult standout but a captivating memoir of an important slice of American culture.” – Publishers Weekly, 1995 (for original hardcover edition)
See how the unrivalled joy of a newborn baby rapidly descends into fear of the highest order when INFERNAL screams onto DVD from August 24th, 2015 courtesy of Signature Entertainment.
A newlywed couple Sophia have just moved into their new home together when Sophia delivers the news that she’s pregnant. Nathan digests the news, proposes to her and they get married, hoping to live happily ever after...
The couple welcomes their first child into the world shortly after getting married, but their joy quickly turns to panic when the girl starts acting strangely and unexplainable things start happening around the house. Fearing their daughter could be possessed, the parents call in a priest to perform an exorcism, but when that goes horribly wrong, the parents start to wonder if they will ever be able to rid their daughter of the evil power lurking within her?
Will the hidden demons ever leave their presence? Find out for yourself when INFERNAL is released on DVD on 24th August.
Infernal release details
DVD release date: 24th August 2015
Run time: TBC
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Attention horror fans, Ginger Nuts of Horror's Kayleigh Marie Edwards is proud to announce her brand new horror themed play -
Kill 'em in the Brain!
Regular readers of Ginger Nuts of Horror will already know that Kayleigh is a fantastic writer her column Challenge Kayleigh is always a fun, informative and highly enjoyable read. So if you are in the neighborhood please drop by and give her play a spin. I'm sure you will love it.
You can purchase tickets for the play and get further details from here
What happens when you put two scientists, a chubby footballer and a stoner in a flat together? Oh wait! And they’re in a Zombie Apocalypse... You get nothing but plotting, scheming and the munchies.
In this new comedy by Kayleigh Edwards, we pay a visit to Gwyn, Tasha, Gez and Kristy in their attempts of survival but first, they'll have to learn how to Kill ‘em in the Brain!
Who says horror writers don't care? Laura Mauro, one of the brightest and most talented of the new writers on the block is braving the shave For Macmillan Cancer Support. I've pledged to her sponsored shave, and I really think you should to. My dad died from liver cancer and the Macmillan Cancer Support network was a great help, not just to my dad in his final days but also to myself and my family. This is a charity that means a great deal to me. So please consider sponsoring Laura.
Here is what Laura has to say on why she is doing this
"I work as a healthcare assistant and have seen too many patients diagnosed with this horrible disease. It's a life-changing diagnosis - the treatment is gruelling, almost as bad as the disease itself, and although survival rates are improving in leaps and bounds it's not enough. And last year, I lost my grandad to cancer. It's difficult to watch patients suffer, let alone a loved one. Support is such an important thing, for the patient and for their family & friends, and Macmillan do a brilliant job providing that support. According to the main Macmillan page, £200 will pay for an entire day's worth of support, which is why I'm making that my target."
Uncork’d Entertainment and Breaking Glass Pictures will release the acclaimed CLOSER TO GOD, a hauntingly chilling and provocative sci-fi horror that’s equal parts David Cronenberg and Mary Shelley, in theaters and VOD July 3.
In writer/director Billy Senese’s “ambitious, thoughtful and provocative take on the Frankenstein story” (ScreenDaily), a scientist on the cutting edge clones the first person but events unravel when news leaks out before his team is prepared. The “mind-blowing, thought-provoking, disturbing and brilliant film” (Talent Monthly) played to thrilled, captivated festival audiences in recent months.
Synopsis : Dr. Victor Reed is a brilliant geneticist who has just achieved a huge scientific breakthrough by successfully cloning the first human being, an adorable baby girl named Elizabeth. This immediately becomes a media spectacle and ignites a firestorm of debate concerning the moral and religious implications of such a discovery. Soon, Dr. Reed and his family lose all sense of privacy and safety as they are swarmed by protesters and the media. Their biggest threat, however, could be Victor’s own secret.
CLOSER TO GOD will screen theatrically in the following markets :
NY - Cinema Village
LA - Laemmle - Music Hall
Portland - Clinton Street Theater
San Francisco - Roxie Theater
Philadelphia - The Roxy
Chicago - Facets Cinematheque
Denver - SIE Film Center
Miami - Cinema Paradiso
Dallas - Texas Theater
Cleveland - Capitol Theater
Also available On Demand day and date.
Amazon Instant Video
Congratulations to Paul M. Feeney on his latest publication deal with Crowded Quarantine publications. This is fantastic news for all concerned. Paul is a great writer and hopefully this deal will help to propel him up the publishing ladder.
Crowded Quarantine are pleased to announce the first novella in the CQP Limited Edition Series will be The Last Busby Paul M. Feeney.
We've all been there - the dreaded early morning commute.
The surly driver; the obnoxious teenagers; the guy who just has to invade your personal space; the awkwardness as everyone avoids any kind of social interaction with anyone else; the frustrations of snarled-up traffic and tail-backs.
For most of us, a trip on public transport is about as bad as it gets.
For these passengers, it's about to get a lot worse.
Jonathon, Justine, and Hanna don't know each other but they're about to be thrown together as a simple journey to work turns into a race for survival. Mysterious object begin to fall from the sky, the early onset of an alien invasion.
Mutated monsters, trigger-happy soldiers and personality clashes abound on…
The Last Bus.
The Last Bus will be available as a limited edition novella (Limited to 250) featuring signature sheets which will be signed and numbered by the author. It will only be available to purchase from the CQP Store from July 31st 2015. To avoid disappointment, you can pre-order your copy by going to this page
FEATURE FILM Dead Rising: Watchtower BASED ON CAPCOM’S GLOBALLY RENOWNED VIDEOGAME FRANCHISE RELEASES ON MAJOR DIGITAL MEDIA PLATFORMS INTERNATIONALLY JULY 2015
Content Media is set to release the highly anticipated Dead Rising: Watchtower internationally, presented by Legendary Digital, available to rent or own on all major digital platforms on selected dates worldwide across Europe, Asia, Australasia, South America and Africa from July 1st 2015. The international release follows its US release through Sony’s Crackle streaming service in March.
Legendary Digital presents Dead Rising: Watchtower, a Dead Rising/Contradiction Films Production- directed by Zach Lipovsky (Leprechaun: Origins), written and produced by Tim Carter (Mortal Kombat: Legacy), and executive produced by Tomas Harlan (Mortal Kombat: Legacy) and Lorenzo di Bonaventura (the Transformers franchise). Based on the widely popular Capcom videogame franchise Dead Rising®, Dead Rising: Watchtower features an all-star cast including Jesse Metcalfe (Dallas, John Tucker Must Die), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time, Intelligence), Virginia Madsen (Sideways, Candyman), Dennis Haysbert (24; Men, Women & Children) and Rob Riggle (22 Jump Street, The Hangover).
Dead Rising: Watchtower follows Chase Carter (Jesse Metcalfe), a reporter trying to make it big – but the pursuit of his career-defining story leads him into the heart of a zombie-infested warzone. East Mission, Oregon is locked down after police find the bodies of what appear to be victims of a zombie attack. Zombies are not a new phenomenon, but outbreaks are uncommon. Past incidents were only just contained in time and the country is nervous. When two ambitious Net 2.0 reporters, Chase and his colleague Jordan, get inside the quarantine zone to report on a large group of civilians trapped in an inner city dome stadium, they realise they’re waiting for a rescue that isn’t coming.
Many of those abandoned inside are survivors of past outbreaks who carry the zombie virus in their blood. They only survive by taking the antidote once every 24 hours -- a drug called Zombrex. When the local drug supply mysteriously fails, a small crisis explodes into mass panic and catastrophe.
The story unfolds from two perspectives: survivors inside the city and officials and the media on the outside. Unlike virtually all other zombie narratives, the world hasn’t ended. The outbreak is a large-scale natural disaster that the rest of the world watches on TV. After Jordan manages to escape the quarantine zone, she sets out to unravel the conspiracy behind the failed Zombrex, while Chase is trapped inside with a few others like tough loner with a secret Crystal (Meghan Ory) and grief-stricken mother Maggie (Virginia Madsen), battling
to survive. Their perilous, action-packed journey to escape simultaneously forces them to question what they’re willing to do to survive and, ultimately, their own sense of humanity.
The Dead Rising® game franchise has sold over 8.2 Million copies worldwide. Publisher Capcom has sold 200 Million game copies worldwide, including those from juggernaut series Resident Evil®, Street Fighter® and Mega Man®.
HORROR ANTHOLOGY SAVAGE BEASTS IS A NIGHTMARE OF SUPERNATURAL, SCIENCE AND SOUNDFeatures Tales of Dark Fiction Inspired by the Best in Music, Grey Matter Reveals Table of ContentsThere’s no longer any need to ask yourself what Nine Inch Nails, Grace Jones, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Cuban missile crisis have in common. The answer can be found in the upcoming anthology of modern horror and speculative fiction from Grey Matter Press, SAVAGE BEASTS.
German philosopher Friedrich Neitzsche once said that “without music, life would be a mistake.” And the diverse assembly of international authors whose work is featured in SAVAGE BEASTS proves his point in dramatic fashion. Collectively, this group of dark fiction composers take readers on a nightmarish journey through the vistas of supernatural, science and sound with tales that will be the mistake of your life not to read.
Dark fiction fans are in for a mind-bending trip of horror when SAVAGE BEASTS, the auditory extravaganza from Chicago-based Grey Matter Press, sees its worldwide release on Tuesday, August 11.
Featuring eleven short stories that offer readers a terrifying written recital, the genre fiction authors whose music-influenced work is collected in SAVAGE BEASTS, reflect some of the freshest voices in horror, science fiction and speculative fiction.
“The authors in this book have turned up the volume on dark fiction to dangerous levels in this incredibly creative anthology,” said Anthony Rivera, Grey Matter Press publisher and editor. “Their work in SAVAGE BEASTS, explores a diverse range of scenarios, each inspired in some way by the music we’ve all grown up listening to.
SAVAGE BEASTS, is a compendium of modern horror influenced by some of the greatest names in music. These include rock icons Nine Inch Nails, Pink Floyd, The Cranberries, Genesis, Peter Gabriel and Tom Petty; Danish death metal group Pestilence; new wave and dancehall diva Grace Jones; Portuguese electronic house duo Underground Sound of Lisbon; indie rockers School of Seven Bells; classical composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms; as well as Walt Disney and the studio’s famous “It’s a Small World,” a song that was itself inspired by the 1962 US/USSR standoff known as the Cuban missile crisis.
“When we placed the call for this anthology, we didn’t know what to expect from the authors, but we knew it was going to be great,” said Rivera. “And we weren’t wrong. The array of work they came with for this amazing collection of stories, each based on their own personal musical influences, is a testament to the talent found in SAVAGE BEASTS.”
Contributors to SAVAGE BEASTS include the Bram Stoker Award-nominated John F.D. Taff; Pushcart nominees Edward Morris and Konstantine Paradias; political and entertainment journalist Shawn Macomber, whose work has been published in FANGORIA, Rue Morgue, Maxim and the Wall Street Journal; editor-in-chief of the highly respected Jamais Vu magazine, Paul Michael Anderson; accomplished authors Karen Runge, E. Michael Lewis, Daniel Braum and J.C Michael; horror newcomer Maxwell Price; and T. Fox Dunham, author of the acclaimed novel The Street Martyr, soon to be released as a motion picture from Chicago’s Throughline Films.
SAVAGE BEASTS will be available at bookstores worldwide in trade paperback and a variety of digital formats upon its release.
I Know What You Did Last Summer collides with Evil Dead in director Deshon Hardy‘s The Lake on Clinton Road
The first trailer and poster for the film, premiering on VOD and DVD July 17, have been released.
Based on true events, the film follows a group of school friends who discover their holiday house is haunted.
Starring Alan Bendich (TVs Cagney & Lacey), India Autry (TVs My New Roommate), Aram Bauman (The Lost Children), Tina Krause (Zombie Holocaust), Leah Jones (Urban Legends), Stephanie Marrone, and Richard Ryker. Written and directed by Deshon Hardy.
When 6 friends from Massachusetts finish up classes for the semester, they decide to take a road trip to the Jersey Shore. A birthday celebration at a shore house will be the highlight of their summer, or so they thought. When they get to the house, they realize it’s not the beach house they were expecting. It’s actually in the middle of the woods off a long spooky road, Clinton Road. Clinton Road has been haunted for the past 50 years, this is what Alex, Jillian, Amber, Jamie, Stacy and Mark will soon find out. The sadness of not having a beach near soon disappears as they all rush outside to see the lake . They prepare to have drunken festivities at the lake but thats when the horror begins. One by one they all disappear. Who will be the last? Who will be the first? Will anyone survive?
THE LAKE ON CLINTON ROAD on VOD and DVD July 17 from Osiris Entertainment.
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