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Dark Renaissance Books is very proud to announce the first book in its Victorian imprint: THE LORD CAME AT TWILIGHT by Daniel Mills. The front cover book is stamped in gold with a beautiful Victorian border with a medallion in the center. The end sheets for both the deluxe and signed and numbered edition sport full color art by Daniele Serra. The book is lavishly illustrated by M. Wayne Miller, and includes a full color frontis piece and every story has an illustration. The deluxe is leather, and signed by the artists Daniele Serra, M. Wayne Miller, and the author Daniel Mills. The deluxe edition contains two extra stories not found in the signed and numbered edition, and also includes a beautiful slip case to protect your leather bound edition. The signed and numbered edition has a different, but beautiful Victorian border and medallion stamped on its front cover, and the edition is signed by the author Daniel Mills. Both editions include an introduction by Simon Strantzas, and both editions are designed with a Victorian flair in mind. I also think the fiction in this collection is excellent and representative of classic horror fiction written in the past. Please take a look at the below blurbs. Dark Renaissance Books is very pleased to offer this excellent short story collection to collectors. I feel this book will sell out quickly, and I recommend you order now while they are available.
Watch for the next collection in the Victorian imprint PROFESSOR CHALLENGER: THE KEW Growths AND OTHER STORIES by William Meikle. This will be another beautifully designed book for your collection. Coming this May – June 2014!
I know them, these hills.
In the foothills of the Green Mountains, a child grows up in an abandoned village, haunted by memories of his absent parents. In a wayside tavern, a murderous innkeeper raises a young girl among the ghosts of his past victims. Elsewhere the village of Whistler’s Gore is swept up in the tumult of religious fervor, while in rural Falmouth, the souls of the buried dead fall prey to a fungal infestation.
This is New England as it was once envisioned by Hawthorne and Lovecraft, a twilit country of wild hills and barren farmland where madness and repression abound. The Lord Came at Twilight presents 14 stories of doubt and despair, haunter and haunted, the deranged and the devout.
Praise for Daniel Mills
“The Lord Came at Twilight is silk-smooth and as dark as the shaft of an off boarded-over mine. Mills takes us to that place and drops us in. He’s kind enough to flash the lamp light down upon us now and again, so we can glimpse the claw-marks on rock, the bones, the moving shadows…A terrifically affecting collection.” Laird Barron
“A collection of short stories by a Vermont writer with a very New England flavor. Most of them are small town horrors, although more in the vein of Shirley Jackson than Stephen King, although there’s a touch of both as well as a hint of Lovecraft. Themes include obsessive guilt, abandonment, bizarre imagery, religious mania, insanity, repression, and hidden secrets. The stories almost assemble themselves into a kind of tapestry like Winesburg, Ohio. “The Hollow,” “Dust from a Dark Flower,: “The Wayside Voices,” “The Falling Dark,” and the title story are all excellent. One of the better horror writers you probably have never heard of. This is a very fine collection and there are several excellent illustrations by M. Wayne Miller.” Don D’Amassa, author of Critical Mass
“The stories in Daniel Mills’s excellent collection have their roots in the grand tradition of the American Gothic that begins in Poe and Hawthorne and flows through such descendents as Chambers and Ligotti. Tales in the truest sense of the word, these narratives range through the styles and conventions of their predecessors, but in a way that is distinct from mere pastiche, however loving. Instead, these stories inhabit the modes of the past as a means to approaching a profound darkness, one physical and metaphysical. A pleasure to read, Daniel Mills’s fiction would draw approving nods from any of the austere presences in whose literary footsteps he is following.” John Langan, author of The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies
“Reading the stories in this wonderful debut collection from Daniel Mills is like waking into an older, haunted America. The God of the Puritans holds sway, with terrible power and terrible beauty. The night is wondrous with spirits. Though these stories bear the influence of Hawthorne, Lovecraft, and Palliser, the numinous dread that fills them is his alone. Mills recalls to us America’s own Dark Wood, and it is lovely to behold.” Nathan Ballingrud, author of North American Lake Monsters
“Elegant and subtle, Daniel Mills’ remarkable debut Revenants was a gift, and with The Lord Came at Twilight, he returns with a collection of graceful hauntings that bring the full range of his eerie and deeply unsettling literary powers to bear. You, lucky reader, are about to be taken on a journey with a true Lord of Twilight… I envy you.” Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., author of The Orphan Palace
“Daniel Mills is the Janus of supernatural fiction. His gaze is fixed on both the genre’s past masters and on realms never before explored. The tales in this book are haunting and are woven with a most eloquent darkness.” Richard Gavin, author of At Fear’s Altar
“Stunning … Otherworldly fiction from a promising new talent.” Booklist
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Things have been a bit out of sync since Wednesday, since I tore my hamstring. I've not been able to sit at the computer, so If I owe you an email or an interview I'll try and get caught up this week.
IT'S ABOUT A troubled stripper named Venus, whose quiet life is upended when Brian - the love of her life - Breaks up with her… and now Venus, disturbed to begin with, starts a downward spiral into maddening psychosis.
THERE'S A TWIST. And they don't want to give it away by outlining the entire plot of their film…
THEY PROMISE A VERY SEXY, GROUNDED, CHARACTER-DRIVEN, TWISTED TALE!!! But at THE story's core, and what will set this film apart from standard genre fare, is a deeply human story about the pain of heartbreak. A Love Tragedy. They promise escape.
THE DARK SIDE OF VENUS will not only be that escape, it’ll be a ride – always surprising, always thrilling, and always shockingly psychotic in the best of ways.
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: JON KNAUTZ
After the successes of his short films, Jon parlayed his talent into his first feature film JACK BROOKS:MONSTER SLAYER starring Robert Englund (the infamous Freddy Krueger from A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET). The film gained considerable attention throughout the festival circuit and received rave reviews. The film screened at the 2008 Slamdance film festival and subsequently sold to Anchor Bay. His second feature, THE SHRINE, premiered at the 2010 FanTasia Int'l Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Canadian Feature. Shortly after, the film was purchased by IFC and is currently streaming on NETFLIX.
THE DARK SIDE OF VENUS NEEDS YOUR HELP.
The film has already wrapped up, however the filmmakers need your help in funded the post production costs.
Your contribution will go here:
1. Sound Design ( In order for a film to have emotional impact, sound design is integral. All those heels clicks, door slams and tire screeches need to be recorded and applied to the film during post production)
2. Color Correction (Typically films are shot with a 'dull' look to the color. This is done on purpose to allow for more flexibility later in post. Professional Colorists will alter and enhance the color of every scene for visual impact.)
3. Final Mix (This is the last stage. It's when sound, music and image are all mixed together to create the final product.)
YOU GET... A Hell-of-a Ride! We greatly appreciate your interest and support, but we're no more deserving than any other artists on Indiegogo. We hope you'll help simply because you want to see our film...
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The cast of the graphic novel-to-film horror/thriller, The Chair continues to add on solid fan-favorite actors.
The latest additions are Noah Hathaway (Sushi Girl, Troll, Neverending Story) rounding out the prison guard crew as Alvarez, and Brian Thompson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Fright Night Part 2, Star Trek: Enterprise) as the lead role of death row inmate Richard Sullivan.
Several other actors are in talks to fill out the cast, which is very close to being complete.
THE CHAIR follows the story of Richard Sullivan, an innocent man struggling to escape execution on death row. Witnessing the torture and murder of his fellow inmates at the hands of the prison's sadistic and psychotic Warden, Sullivan decides that the only way to survive is to fight back. But as he matches the savagery and brutality occurring in the prison, Sullivan is forced to come face to face with his own sanity.
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Arrow Video has a very special treat in store for lovers of the macabre this FRIDAY, 25th April
We’re very pleased to be teaming up with SCI-FI-LONDON festival to present an evening of ghoulish delight, featuring the UK premiere of Canadian chiller BUNKER 6 alongside a screening of the underground-set zombie classic DAY OF THE DEAD! But that’s not the really scary part – in keeping with the bunker theme, the entire evening will unfold within the creepy confines of a genuine World War II bunker in Dalston, North East London. Have you got the guts to descend into the dark, dank recesses below the streets of the capital and face your gravest fears? And, assuming you make it that far, will you be able to hold onto those guts of yours when you encounter the flesh-hungry living dead which lurk deep in the bunker’s bowels???
DATE: FRIDAY 25th APRIL
PLACE: ABBOT ST, LONDON E8 3DP (nearest tube Dalston Kingsland, Overground)
BUNKER 6 is the first feature film by writer / director Greg Jackson and producer Rebecca Sharratt19 year old Grace is not alone, but surrounded by loneliness in Bunker #6 the nuclear fall out shelter she's called home since the age of 9. When her mentor and father figure Lewis the bunker’s technician dies she's left to take charge of the mechanics. As things begin to breakdown all around her she must continue her struggle not just to survive, but to live. Where thoughts of the outside world beyond the heavy doors of the shelter could mean her demise and all those who remain with her.
Greg Jackson is writer and director in Halifax. Over the past 10 years he's written, directed, and produced several short works from animations to sci-fi to comedy. In 2011 he won the Audience Choice Award for his film "Christmas Compunction" at the $100 Film Festival, and in the same year was awarded the 10X10 RBC Emerging Artist Award for the music video, "Eden", at the Atlantic Film Festival. Greg has the foundation of many hard working years as an indie filmmaker and 2013 his first feature film will be produced for all to see!
Rebecca Sharratt is an Independent Producer, Production Manager, Post Production Supervisor, Production Coordinator and Collaborative Filmmaker. She has been working in the film industry in Halifax for over twelve years. Recently she was production manager for the television comedy seriesPicnicface airing on CTV’s Comedy Network and the feature film developed by the Picnicface producers Jay Dahl and Bill Niven, Roller Town due for release this year. In 2009 Rebecca teamed up with writer / director Eva Madden to produce her second short film What Remains through the CBC / Film NS Bridge Award and her company Off The Commons Productions Inc.What Remains has screened at the Atlantic Film Festival, the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival and was officially selected to screen at the 2011 Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival. Prior to What Remains, Rebecca produced a 35mm dramatic short film, Ugly Girl through the AFCOOP Film 5 program. Ugly Girl screened at the 2009 Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children, was part of the En Route AirCanada selection of short films, and currently has distribution with Ouat Media.
Day of the Dead (also known as George A. Romero's Day of the Dead) is a 1985 horror film by director George A. Romero, the third of Romero's Living Dead movies. It is preceded by Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead. Steve Miner directed a remake which was released on February 15, 2008. Director George A. Romero describes the film as a "tragedy about how a lack of human communication causes chaos and collapse even in this small little pie slice of society".
An undead apocalypse has ravaged the Earth whilst America's last surviving humans study them from within an underground military establishment. The survivors in the film are horrified at the prospect that they "are the only ones left", creating a crisis within human civilization over whether or not the idea of human society should be continued or abandoned. The living characters in the film are made up of three distinctive groups, each of whom have been given a task by the government - but since the government is no longer providing oversight (and may no longer exist) each group is becoming increasingly subject to temptations that go beyond their instructions. The scientists have been ordered to find a resolution to the epidemic but are tempted to violate nature's boundaries guarding life and death, soldiers who are assigned to protect the doctors appointed to study the zombies but are tempted to enforce fascistic martial law and destroy the specimens in an act of rebellion, and the civilians who are assigned to serve both groups with basic though necessary services like transportation and communication but are tempted to abandon the cause and, instead, live out their last days in reckless abandon.
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From F. R. Tallis, the highly-acclaimed author of The Sleep Room, and the gothic horror The Forbidden, comes a new spine-chilling psychological thriller, The Voices.Once you've heard them, you'll never forget them . .
In the scorching summer of 1976 - the hottest since records began - Christopher Norton, his wife Laura and their young daughter Faye settle into their new home in north London. The faded glory of the Victorian house is the perfect place for Norton, a composer of film soundtracks, to build a recording studio of his own.
But soon in the long, oppressively hot nights, Laura begins to hear something through the crackle of the baby monitor. First, a knocking sound. Then come the voices . . .
Frank Tallis is a writer and clinical psychologist. In 1999 he received a Writers' Award from the Arts Council of Great Britain and in 2000 he won the New London Writers' Award.In 2005 MORTAL MISCHIEF was shortlisted for the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award and for the Quais du Polar Award in France, 2007. FATAL LIES was longlisted for the International Thriller Writers' Best Paperback Award, 2010. DARKNESS RISING was runner up for the 2009 Medical Journalist's Association fiction award and shortlisted for the Elle Prix de Letrice in 2010. It was also shortlisted for an Anthony and an Edgar in 2011. DEADLY COMMUNION was shortlisted for an Edgar in 2012. The Liebermann books have been translated into fourteen languages and optioned for TV adaptation. Frank Tallis also writes horror and supernatural fiction as F.R.Tallis. THE FORBIDDEN (2012) THE SLEEP ROOM (2013) and THE VOICES (2014) are all published by Macmillan. For more information go to www.franktallis.com
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H.P. Lovecraft’s weird tales have inspired countless horror and fantasy writers and now the new Cthulhu Cymraeg anthology from Screaming Dreams Press features some brilliant Lovecraftian stories set in Wales. This free event featuring Lovecraftian author Q & A, panels, films and readings will give a chance to meet authors and artists from the anthology at first hand, to hear about Lovecraft’s life and work, and to explore Lovecraft’s connection to Wales from the days of Arthur Machen till the present day.
With Mark Howard Jones (editor of Cthulhu Cymraeg) and Steve Upham (Mr Screaming Dreams).
With anthology authors John Llewellyn Probert, Rhys Hughes, Bob Lock, Kate Evans, Paul Lewis, Gwilym Games, Brian Willis, and Adrian Chamberlin.
Held in the Discovery Room on the First Floor of Swansea Central Library.
Remember the passage of time may be subject to manipulation by cosmic forces beyond human conception.
10.05 - The Shadow from Wild Wales : H. P. Lovecraft, Arthur Machen and Wales
H.P. Lovecraft is one of the key figures in modern horror. After a short introduction to H.P Lovecraft’s life in New England and New York and his work this talk will look in particular at the Welsh author of decadent and mystical horror Arthur Machen, often cited as one of the main influences on H.P Lovecraft. How did Lovecraft find out about Machen, “a Titan” as he called him and how did it influence his own stories including The Call of Cthulhu itself? How has Wales featured in later mythos works and how have Welsh authors like Rhys Hughes approached the mythos? Is Wales as some have claimed the location of the dread Necronomicon? Illustrated talk by Machen expert Gwilym Games.
10.50 - The Spawning of Cthulhu Cymraeg
This panel featuring the editor Mark Howard Jones, publisher Steve Upham and many authors from the anthology will discuss how the anthology was born and the twisted gestation of the stories within it. There will also be a chance to buy copies!
11.25 – Author Readings
12.00 - Lunch
12.30 – Author Readings
1.10 - The Call of Lovecraft – Lovecraft in the 21st century
What is the strange and growing attraction Lovecraft exerts on readers and writers? Countless writers have written Lovecraftian books and stories and his impact extends to inspiring films, comics, games, television and even religious and occult movements. After years of neglect and dismissal of Lovecraft as a pulp writer he is now regarded by publishers as a classic author and academic work on Lovecraft is becoming common. Why is this and where is modern mythos fiction going? How are we to judge the quality of Lovecraft’s own work and his followers? What are we to make of Lovecraft’s foul racism in a more tolerant age? Why do the works of the atheist Lovecraft inspire religious ideas? Discussing these and other questions the audience might throw at them is a panel featuring authors Rhys Hughes, Mark Howard Jones, Gwilym Games and others.
2.00 - The Technicolor out of the Screen
There have been rather a lot of Lovecraftian inspired films and adaptations of Lovecraft’s stories. Many of them are hideous abominations which test the sanity of any who might see them. In this mind blasting survey Gwilym Games and author John Llewellyn Probert will be reanimating some highlights of Lovecraftian cinema before your very EYES in a devastating montage of film clips and commentary. Watch if you dare!
3.00 The Call of Cthulhu [Film]
Amongst other elements of tentacular terror there will be a rare chance to watch this silent classic! Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKb0_rfZEsU
3.50 The END
We will be adjourning to The No Sign Wine Bar for drinks after the event where there will be a further chance to talk to authors.
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Ever dreamed of getting your movie in cinemas, on DVD and VOD platforms all around the world? We’ll here’s your chance. Read on to find out more.
Its that time of year again folks. Submissions are open and we’re looking for the best in Horror, Cult, Weird, and Fantastic movies for our early October festival. If you think this applies to your very own cinematic offspring, then we’d love to hear from you.
To submit a film you’ll need to download the submission form at the bottom of this page, fill out and post along with your short or feature length film.
“This year, for the first time, Grimm Up North, in partnership with Raven Banner Entertainment will be offering a very special competition for all submitted feature and short films”.
When you submit your film for festival consideration, you will also have the option of entering our Grand Jury Competition. The feature film winner will be afforded the incredible and unique opportunity of having their film distributed in the UK by Grimm Entertainment and sold internationally by esteemed genre specialist sales company, Raven Banner. We will also create a Grimmfest 2014 compilation of the best shorts for UK distribution.
NOTE: In entering your film into the distribution/sales competition you must have the authority to and agree to give GrimmFest permission to directly acquire all appropriate rights to your film. Exact agreements between all relevant parties can and will be clarified upon the film’s success in the competition. Grimm Up North will directly represent the title and arrange for domestic UK distribution and Raven Banner will serve as the film’s international sales agent, securing distribution deals in other territories across the world.
For further information, please download the appropriate submission form or contact the team: Info@GrimmFest.com with the subject line ’2014 Festival Competition Inquiry’.
To learn more, you’ll have to go to the Grimmfest website by clicking here.
Ellie doesn’t understand children. She doesn’t understand what they want or what makes them happy. She doesn’t understand why they’re so mean.
Adults are no better. Her mother spends her days consoling sad, lonely men, mysteriously easing their grief; men like Funeral Lou, lost in his own sorrow, tenderly embalming the dead.
Only Joseph offers Ellie a ray of hope, pointing to a brighter path through the darkness, his carved tiger a symbol of beauty in a morally ambiguous world. A world full of conflicted souls like Gregory, the man Ellie meets in the park, with the colourful, unusual fruit . . .
Strange Fruit is a haunting tale of a young girl’s coming-of age; a dazzling narrative of heartache and hope.
From the mind of Jonathan Wood, comes a selection of short tales and haunting flash fiction selected by the author, presented in a completely re-edited format for the very first time.
From the grime of UK inner city housing estates to the dark deserted roads of Sweden and wilds of Ireland, comes a variety of short tales of horror, surrealism and urban nightmares.
This is Urban Chiller
ABOUT JONATHAN WOOD
Jonathan Wood is an English Horror and Dark Fantasy Author who resides in Sweden. Jonathan is the author of a number of published short stories and his work has also appeared in digital formats for E-Readers and Kindle. Jonathan also reviews other authors and books in the horror and dark fantasy genre. In amongst fitness training and tennis, Jonathan also likes to dabble in a little photography, guitar playing and building custom gaming PC’s in his spare time.
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