Ginger Nuts of Horror
An exciting, fast-paced horror coming-of-age novel filled with mystery, tragedy, and humour by the award winning master of horror
Published on 09 April 2015
‘The sympathy that Zeltserman (Monster) invokes on behalf of Henry is heart-breaking, and readers will fully believe in both the madness and the greatness of his tragic young hero.’ - Publishers Weekly
‘Like Stephen King, Dave Zeltserman makes the incredible come alive.’- The Book Reporter
‘Zeltserman manages the voice of a teenager deftly, and the adolescent angst rings true. The demons are almost background to a tale about growing up. Zeltserman has written an entertaining novel.’ Kirkus Reviews
‘Henry’s fortitude and single-mindedness will stir the hearts of adult and YA action fantasy fans.’ - Library Journal
‘My name’s Henry Dudlow. I’m fifteen and a half. And I’m cursed. Or damned. Take your pick. The reason? I see demons.’
So begins the latest thriller by horror master Dave Zeltserman. The setting is quiet Newton, MA, where nothing ever happens. Nothing, that is, until two months after Henry Dudlow’s 13th birthday, when his neighbour, Mr. Hanley, suddenly starts to look . . . different. While everyone else sees a balding man with a beer belly, Henry suddenly sees a nasty, bilious, rage-filled demon.
Once Henry catches onto the real Mr. Hanley, he starts to see demons all around him, and his boring, adolescent life is transformed. There’s no more time for friends or sports or the lovely Sally Freeman—Henry must work his way through ancient texts and hunt down the demons before they kill any more innocent children. And if hunting demons is hard at any age, it’s borderline impossible when your parents are on your case, and your grades are getting worse, and you can’t tell anyone about your mission.
A very scary thriller written with verve and flashes of great humour, The Boy Who Killed Demons is Dave Zeltserman’s most accomplished and entertaining horror novel yet.
Dave Zeltserman is an award-winning mystery, crime and horror author. Three of his novels have been optioned for films with the first Outsourced going into production in 2015. Monster (Duckworth Overlook; 2013) is a Booklist Top 10 Horror Fiction and The Caretaker of Lorne Field was shortlisted by the Library Association for best horror novel of 2011.
Ginger Nuts of Horror's good friend Adam Millard, will be appearing at The Speculative Bookshop event on Saturday 14 March 2015. The event kicks of at 7:30pm. Full details of the event are as follows.
Mike Cobley: Well established science fiction writer and all around good guy, author of the Humanity’s Fire series. Mike will be providing a couple of readings and letting us question him to the point of cracking.
Adam Millard: He is a book writing machine! Making the trip up from Wolverhampton- Adam is going to take us on a trip on how to make story’s into books. With titles likeLarry and The Human Santapede its sure to be an exciting and strange ride.
Jim Steel: We are extremely honoured for Jim to come talk to us about Interzone Magazine; founded in 1982 it has been the most important Sci-Fi magazine in UK history. But don’t take our word for it.
“If there had been no Interzone to be the backbone of the British SF industry, then someone would have had to invent it. Fortunately, this happened” – Terry Pratchett
The High Flight Fanzine: Glasgow/Edinburgh’s most exciting zine; ran by crazy people who make a crazy zine. It’s fucking brilliant and its fucking free…
As per we will be having a poet or two to entertain your ears and brain: TBC
Suggested donation is 3 quid, just so we can keep this going. So get over to their Events Page now and tell us you’re coming and spread the good word like a plague.
And if that's not enough to get you there, I'll be there as well.
Saturday 14 March 2015
The Old Hairdresser's
27 Renfield Lane
A paranormal radio host attempts to protect a young orphan woman from an onslaught of deadly alien and psychic phenomena, only to discover the world of the paranormal might be far more sinister and cohesive than anyone has possibly imagined.
Crystal blacks out again and awakens to find Malvin dead. She flees in his truck own the highway, but a strange Man in Black pursues her. Panicking, Crystal calls the only person around who seems to know anything about the paranormal...the voice talking on the radio Ridley Kay. At first, Ridley doesn't believe her story, but she shows up on his doorstep with a Man in Black on her heels. Ridley calls upon three of his friends for help; the rancher Zane, Alien abduction researcher Laura and the Cherokee scientist White Path.
The Man in Black taunts the men over the phone and warns them that helping Crystal will be a death sentence. His name is Alistair Cruel. Unfazed, the three men resolve to help Crystal, but strange occurrences harass them. Electronic gear malfunctions. Ridley begins suffering night terrors. They lose whole blocks of time; their memories wiped of any activities that might have occurred. Alistair Cruel enjoys tormenting them with his unexplainable abilities. He teases them that no one truly
understands the paranormal, nor can they fight it.
Finally, the Man in Black lures Crystal to a far-away cave, teasing her with the possibility of saving Malvin. The men pursue Crystal determined to defeat Alistair Cruel. Whether he's an alien, an entity or even a government agent, they don't know......but they're going to stake their lives to find out the Truth.
ALL NEW LIVE ACTION FEATURE BASED ON THE GLOBALLY RENOWNED HALO® FRANCHISE Halo: Nightfall releases digitally on March 17 2015
Content Media is set to release the highly anticipated Halo: Nightfall on VOD on 17 March 2015. Set between the events of Microsoft’s hit game Halo 4 and the eagerly anticipated Halo 5: Guardians, Halo: Nightfall is the second full-length live-action feature for the Halo® franchise.
From Executive Producer Ridley Scott (Prometheus, Blade Runner) and award-winning Director Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (Battlestar Galactica, The Pillars Of The Earth), Halo: Nightfall features an all-star cast including Mike Colter (The Good Wife), Christina Chong (24: Live Another Day), Steven Waddington (Sleepy Hollow) and Luke Neal (Final Prayer).
Halo: Nightfall tells the personal story of Jameson Locke, a legendary manhunter and agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), Earth’s most powerful and secretive military branch. The film provides the background to this pivotal new character in the Halo universe, who will play a key role in the next gaming instalment.
Whilst investigating terrorist “chatter” on the distant colony world of Sedra, Locke and his crew are caught in a horrific biological attack. Led by Locke, ONI agents are forced to coordinate with the local command who have a deep-rooted mistrust of ONI. As they unravel a plot that draws them to an ancient, hellish artefact, they are forced to fight for their survival and to make the ultimate choice between their loyalty and their lives.
Halo: Nightfall will appeal to both long-time fans and newcomers to the Halo Universe and is available to rent or buy from March 17, 2015.
This story isn't really about me.
On the Isle of Skye, near the community of Dunvegan, sits a rustic old one-bedroom home, waiting for a new tenant. It seems like the perfect opportunity for Jim Greenwood to escape the hectic London city life—a place to move on from tragedy.
This is the story of a house.
As he tries to settle into country life, his is tormented by mysterious soot marks left throughout the house while he sleeps, cryptic e-mails from unknown senders, and hundreds of hand-drawn stick-figure drawings etched in a perfect pattern on the cottage's cellar walls.
Stay. Beth needs you.
Jim begins losing control, drinking excessively, shaking to an uncontrollable beat in his head, trying to decipher what may or may not be a code—or a warning.
No limbs, no limbs, no head, no head, left arm gone, left leg gone, no legs, no head.
The door is open, and something is coming through. It's just a matter of when—and what.
Excerpt from Fire & Ash by Joshua Allen Mercier, a dark fantasy retelling of Little Red Riding Hood:
THE cold, autumn gusts ripped across Salem’s port, stirring the angry waters, stirring the angry spectators gathered before the gallows—gallows which had not, until this day, been used since the Trials several years back. Men, women, children—all bore hateful eyes and twisted faces. All bore a deep-seeded fear of the woman before them; they watched and seethed, anger building like fire fed by the winds, waiting for answers, for closure, for justice—for the devil’s death. Constance Archer stared at the sea of faces; she despised all of them, save two—two faces that weren’t supposed to be there. Her daughters, Rhiannon and Rowan, hid in the small grove of trees, but she could still see their watery, green eyes piercing through the shadows, their stares stabbing their fear and pain and confusion into her. They weren’t supposed to see her like this. With the gag still tightly secured about her mouth, however, her muffled pleas for them to leave went unheard. Where was their grandmother? Constance’s fiery locks were drenched with tears. Her heart ached. For them, for herself, for her husband, Jacob. She shouldn’t have let the rage overtake her; she knew that now, now that it was too late. “For the crimes of witchcraft, how do you plea?” Even though the thick rope around her neck made it difficult to escape it—to forget—the reverend’s voice jolted her back to reality. “Not guilty,” Constance replied through the gag, unsure if her plea was understood. “Executioner, please remove the gag from the accused.” The reverend’s statement was cold. They had known each other since they were children, but he was but a stranger now as he stood before her. He was once so compassionate, so caring—what had changed? The executioner approached Constance with apprehension; she soon understood why. Despite the black hood covering his face, his scent—sweet, woody, musky, like freshly-sawn wood mixed with perfume and sweat—immediately revealed his identity: William Black. He removed the gag with haste and stepped across the gallows with a speed she hadn’t witnessed him have in years. How fitting that the town adulterer would be the one to hang her. She wondered who the woman had been, the one whose scent lingered on his clothing and skin. Surely it wasn’t his wife, Catherine. It couldn’t be. She had killed her, in a way, the memory of the act flooding back to her nearly causing her to faint. Seems Catherine and her husband didn’t understand the meaning of marriage; then again, neither did Jacob (apparently). Catching him with Catherine was the most heart-breaking of all. Wyatt Thatcher cleared his throat. “Mrs. Archer—your plea, now that we can hear you.” Constance stared at her old friend, pain and tears welling in her eyes. “Not guilty.” “If not for witchcraft, how do account for the brutal way you murdered Catherine Black? Surely, you were possessed,” countered Reverend Thatcher. “I didn’t murder Catherine Black. As I told you all before, she was attacked by a beast.” She wasn’t lying, but she wasn’t telling the whole truth. The truth wouldn’t save her, and she couldn’t have her daughters hearing it. They weren’t supposed to be here, but calling attention to them now would only make matters worse. “You’re the beast!” a woman’s voice sounded from the throng. “Witch!” said another, followed by her husband’s jibe, “You’re Satan’s whore!” Reverend Thatcher held his hand to the crowd; without a word, they fell silent. It wasn’t their first execution; it probably wouldn’t be their last. His attention turned to the defendant, but his eyes remained downcast, staring at the rough wood of the gallows as if it were the most interesting sight he had ever beheld. Constance knew why Wyatt Thatcher wouldn’t look at her, knew he couldn’t show a hint of weakness or compassion for her lest he be hanged, too, for sympathizing with the Devil. Satan was in Salem Village that day—no doubt about that. But it wasn’t Constance or Reverend Thatcher. The Devil stood in the crowd, reflected in the eyes of every spectator. His hunger bellowed in their calls, their taunts, their glares, and it wouldn’t be satisfied until her limp, lifeless body waved in the autumn winds like a banner for their tainted justice, a flag of their blood-stained victory over evil. Wyatt’s hardness broke, even if for just a second, Constance the only witness to the silent tear soaking its fleshy path across his regretful face. “And please explain to us why you were covered in her blood.” “I’ve told you all this before, Wyatt...” Using the reverend’s first name stirred a wave of gasps from the crowd, forcing her to pause. “I carried Catherine into my house to try to stop her bleeding, to prevent her death.” That was a lie; it was what she wanted everyone to believe, but it had been all for naught. It had only sealed her fate. “And what of your husband’s disappearance?” An icy gust of wind blew through Constance’s locks of red hair; with it, Thatcher’s own coldness returned. “Did you use witchcraft to dispose of his body?” “My husband was attacked, too, his body dragged into the orchard by the beast.” That was a lie, too. She couldn’t tell them the truth—that she had, in a fit of rage after seeing Jacob and Catherine naked in the orchard, cursed her husband’s appetite for flesh. The curse had gone horribly wrong...Praise:
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The British filmmakers responsible for the popular horror anthology Bloody Cuts, have conjured up a brand new spine chilling series - The Outer Darkness.
The Outer Darkness is a horror series in the vein of classic anthology shows like 'The Twilight Zone', and 'Tales from the Darkside', with each episode featuring an individual story told by a victim of the supernatural.
'The Outer Darkness - Part 1‘ will be available to view for FREE at 9pm from the 14th of February 2015 at www.theouterdarkness.co.uk and on the Bloody Cuts YouTube channel.
The class of 2015 used to have good heads on their shoulders!
One week prior to their high school graduation, a group of students are given the task of decorating the school gymnasium for the upcoming ceremony. While some are more than happy to help, others aren't too keen with having to give up a Saturday evening. Meanwhile, Principal O'Hara is faced with a budget crisis that may end with the next school year being the private institution's last. Already cutting financial corners by holding the graduation ceremony on school grounds and using her students as slave labor, Mrs. O'Hara weighs the pros and cons of a fiduciary opportunity presented to her that may save the school from closing. Elsewhere, one student, excluded from attending the graduation ceremony, breaks into the school with the sole purpose of wreaking havoc. For the students and faculty of this once-esteemed institution, the worst is yet to come: someone has stolen a ceremonial cap and gown and seems to have access to an arsenal of weaponry, their sole mission to ensure
that the school colors run blood red. Way back when, say the late `90s or the early stages of the 21st century, the IMDb was an unreliable film museum of sorts; even more so than it is today (thankfully, the IMDb has tightened ship, as it were, on user submissions). One such piece of film history that only true die-hards of the slasher movie sub-genre may know about or, even remember, is a little movie called Gory Graduation. Starring Lesleh Donaldson (Curtains, Happy Birthday To Me) and a few other memorable scream queens and kings from the early `80s, a plot description was non-existent as was any crew information. The film languished in obscurity. So obscure was it, actually, that it never really existed. Until now. “I can remember spending years searching for any information on this elusive title, being then as much of a slasher completist as I am today and getting absolutely nowhere,” remarks Joseph Henson, director of Gory Graduation. “I thought to myself, here
is a film, with such a provocative title, that NEEDS to be made.” Of course, through the advent of social media, enough information was finally unearthed to determine the film was nothing more than a fake title, stirred up by someone who, like Henson, probably wanted to make it but never did. The title was eventually removed from the IMDb and that was that. But boy, if you were active during the golden years of the alt.horror newsgroup or the birth of now-infamous horror sites, you remember the stir that was caused by this elusive title that was nothing more than chicanery. Of course, Henson and cohort Nathan Johnson (who co-wrote and co-directed The Night Before Easter with Henson) would promise themselves time and time again they’d eventually make their very own slasher one day (they are two of the biggest fans of the sub-genre possible, even being half of the wildly popular Trans-Atlantic, all-slasher podcast, The Hysteria Continues) even though they knew next to
nothing about actual film making. They finally got their chance to make their own slasher with The Night Before Easter (2014), an exceptionally low-budget effort shot on a Canon T3i with little else in the way of equipment or budget. “The Night Before Easter, as clunky as it is, was a massive learning experience for us. Since wrapping that movie, we've spent hours upon hours, days upon days, and weeks turning into months soaking up knowledge on film making. How to stage scenes, internal camera settings, sound design, lighting, et al. We couldn’t afford to do a lot of things on The Night Before Easter but we plan to take what we've learned from that experience, on top of a (hopefully) much larger budget and go from clunk to spunk, as it were,” notes Henson and Johnson. “We’re proud of The Night Before Easter all things considered,” says Henson, “…but with Gory Graduation, we really want to up the stakes internally and externally – if The Night Before Easter was sub-Roger
Corman, we hope Gory Graduation will be sub-Argento in style, fluidity and consistency.” The plot concerns a graduation ceremony that becomes the stomping grounds for a killer decked out in ceremonial robes. It is, at its core, a no-nonsense slasher film with a massive body count and lots of gore, nudity and, above all, likable characters. "I'd like to think of it as some sort of strange melange of films: the intensity and gore of something like High Tension, the John Waters-esque buffoonery of the fifth Friday The 13th film (A New Beginning) and, say, the "throw twists and see what sticks" nature of Happy Birthday To Me," Henson remarks. "...and of course, lots of blood and ample nudity - sometimes together!" Nathan Johnson remarks, "One thing we take seriously is criticism. The Night Before Easter wasn't a perfect film but it was a lot of fun and I think a lot of the positive feedback we garnered speaks for itself. A lot of filmmakers read their critiques and sulk; we
take that and try to apply it to what we're working on next: in this case, Gory Graduation. It's going to be a lot of fun." Gory Graduation has finished the script and casting process and Henson and Johnson are currently raising a budget to purchase more equipment and to hire a much larger cast/crew, on top of locking down a local high school (with, thankfully, a laid-back principal who has given the go-ahead in determination of budget). “We feel that The Night Before Easter was a trial run, a get your feet wet sort of thing, or a rough draft into something better. I had a rudimentary knowledge of editing and went in knowing little to nothing else. Nathan and I were essentially two guys throwing something together with little money and very few resources, but all things considered, we think we made… Something. With Gory Graduation, we’re going to erase the mistakes we made and triple the stuff that worked,” Henson concludes.
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Vacant streets, boarded and lifeless. Nothing stirs for miles around except overgrown plant life, litter and a sharp breeze. A barren, unmaintained reminder of an extinguished era.
The silence is shattered by hollering and crippling screams. A pack of, once upstanding people, brutalize a smaller group, throwing them into the street. The fight is over in minutes as the feral beasts batter the smaller group to submission.
The smaller group is lined together on their knees. They whimper and apologise in vain.
A man approaches the small group’s leader, club in hand. A squelch, hinted with a high pitch ring, breaks the air. The noise is heard again, and again, and again.
The feral pack search through the small groups belongings before leaving their mess behind. Silence returns.
Mankind’s end is near. Survival is an everyday fight.
Northern UK film-makers, Thomas R. Houston and Dane Jones, are set to launch a Kickstarter campaign for their post-apocalyptic, debut feature film, ANATHEMA. If successful, the funds will be used to produce the movie and help bring this dark and brooding story to screen.
ANATHEMA is a taut, post-apocalyptic thriller/coming of age story following a teenager and his sister as they journey across the country, seeking out the rumours of salvation.
Addison must learn that all he used to know is gone and his life depends on adapting to this hostile new world.
ANATHEMA explores the depth of human behavior and survival in the most extreme situations.
With dark overtones and insurmountable pressures, the film tells a tense story about growing up and the choices we are forced to make to continue.
ANATHEMA’s Writer/Director, Thomas R. Houston, is a seasoned film-maker in short format. Many years in the industry as a freelance corporate & music video director have given him the vision & ability to convey fantastic, personal stories on screen.
The film has received interest in the lead roles from talent such as Alex Etel, lead of Danny Boyle’s Millions and The Water Horse, Amber Rose Revah, most notable for The Devil’s Double and the award winning John Lynch, who starred in Sliding Doors, In The Name Of Our Father and many international T.V. dramas.
The purpose of this Kickstarter is to raise £30k for the production of ANATHEMA.
During and upon completion of production we will raise finance via industry sources and tax credits for post-production/distribution.
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The production team at BBL Entertainment is proud to present the screening of the first official trailer of the upcoming web series Odium: Vindicta at 247 Sky Bar, Indianapolis, Indiana on February 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm.
Saul Harris is a new resident in the idyllic, all American small town of Manesville and with him comes a darkness that will sweep over the unsuspecting community and change it forever. Saul's past is the stuff of nightmares and even though he's been trying to leave it behind, the past has a way of catching up and when it does, the nightmares will be unleashed. But Saul isn't the only one with dark secrets and his actions will cause a ripple effect that brings to light the malevolent things lurking just behind the perfect facade of Manesville's upper echelons.
The upcoming web series Odium aims to re-invent and re-invigorate the indie horror scene. It combines elements of psychological thriller, slasher cinema and Hitchcockian twists in an original story of epic scale. It will follow Saul's journey to deal with his past and his struggle to calm his troubled, damaged mind and find something resembling peace and normalcy. It will explore the disturbing actions and decisions of some of Manesville's prestigious, wealthy inhabitants, as they are being pushed to the edge by the gruesome murders that start to happen and trap the town in fear and panic. It will observe the police investigators, as they are trying to put the pieces together and understand what is happening in their town. And most of all it will draw the audience into a story where things are not what they seem and where the lines between good and evil are always blurred.
The trailer will be the centerpiece of the event “Artistic Impressions.” The purpose of the event is to make the public aware of BBL's artistic endeavors and productions and it will include samples of the work of Indianapolis based paranormal investigators ParaSisters, photographers Vanessa von Rouge and Gary Nelson and Chicago based designer extraordinaire Ramsey J. Prince. Sounds and tunes will be provided for your listening pleasure by local DJ Killa Cam and comedian Thomas McDaniel will MC the event and give guests a sampling of his comedy set. The proceeds of the event will be used to secure funding for the continued production of Odium and to support the local charity “A Giving Tree”. Admission to the event is $10 or guests can bring a non-perishable food item to donate for a reduced admission of $7 ($3 discount).
Screening Date: February 21, 2015
Screening Time: Doors open at 6:00 pm
Screening Location: 247 Sky Bar, 247 South Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225
Admission: $10 regular, $7 with food donation
This event is open to the public.