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Producer, director, and writer Darin Read is set to adapt Thomas Tessier’s short story “I Remember Me” from his Ghost Music (Cemetery Dance Publications) collection. Read is the third of five directors signed to THOMAS TESSIER’S WORLD OF HURT project.
“‘I Remember Me’ is stunning,” Read said. “It’s one of the most harrowing, haunting, beautiful short stories I’ve read in a long, long time. There’s so much to mine here to bring a first class short to the screen. I’m honored and excited to work on something of this caliber.”
In “I Remember Me,” a worldwide plague causes everyone to forget who they are and where they live. When Glen Barnes’ identity papers are stolen from him, he becomes whoever someone says he is…but who is he when he finds himself alone? Read will write and direct the Tessier story in 2014. Los Angeles-based Read produced, wrote and directed a 35mm short film based on Manly Wade Wellman’s classic story, “Up Under the Roof.” Rue Morgue Magazine called it “a compelling take on the coming of age story that depicts what it truly means to face fears.” 28 Days Later praised the film as providing an “excellent examination of the universality of fears… prepare for Read's unique take on the timeless ghost stories of the past.” He has post-supervised features for New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. and was executive producer on HAUNTING MELISSA, the first horror feature designed specifically as an app. For more information about Read, visit http://www.upundertheroof.com/ THOMAS TESSIER’S WORLD OF HURT is an anthology film based on five stories published in his Ghost Music and Remorseless (Sinister Grin Press) collections.
Are you eating it …or is it eating you?
The Stuff is the new dessert taking supermarket shelves by storm. It’s delicious, low in calories and – better still – doesn’t stain the family carpet… What’s not to like?! Well, for a start it has a life of its own, and we’re not talking friendly live bacteria…
Young Jason seems to be the only one who doesn’t love The Stuff – in fact he won’t go anywhere near it, after having seen the pudding crawling around the fridge one night. What’s more, everyone who eats The Stuff has started acting really weird… Now, teaming up with wise-cracking industrial saboteur “Mo”, Jason must put a stop to The Stuff and the organisation behind it or face a gooey, gloopy demise.
Coming courtesy of horror auteur Larry Cohen (director of the It’s Alive series and scribe behind the Maniac Cop trilogy), The Stuff is a titillating treat for the taste-buds which blends elements of films such as Street Trash with the straight-up B-movie flavour of The Blob. So grab a spoon and dig on into The Stuff – the taste that delivers… much more than you bargained for!
PURCHASE A COPY FROM THE LINK BELOW
Soul sucking, tarantula munching she-demon does the erotically charged ‘Mummy Dance’
Defying explanation and categorisation, Characula is a horror rock goddess with a difference. Currently living in Southern California, she is neither vampire, nor werewolf, mummy nor any other creature known from myth and folklore. Part sci-fi, part horror and all glamour, she-demon Characula is an entity to behold –and hear!
When she’s not devouring tarantulas or sucking the souls from the anciently departed, Characula has built herself a reputation as an ardent participant in ménage-a-monsters, scouring the streets for creatures and taking them to her bed. She is a black widow and seducer of B-movie incarnates. A literal lady of the night!
The video for her new song ‘Mummy Dance’ is a startling, frightening introduction to the character, showing the ghoulish temptress in full flow:
Uber-eccentric and a progenitor of sizzling sci-fi seduction, Characula is the alter-ego of singer-songwriter Cheri Anaclerio, who is looking to make the rock-horror character into an edgy, memorable reflection of her own spiralling imagination.
It’s a truly unique musical project, produced by renowned rock specialist Dito Godwin (No Doubt, Great White, KISS, Motley Crue). With an album on the way, ‘Mummy Dance’ is our first glimpse into the unknown – a fever dream the likes of which we’ve not seen before.
Angry Robot are very excited to share their latest acquisition with you! The deal, for Worldwide Rights, for The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath by Ishbelle Bee was negotiated betweentheir Senior Editor Lee Harris and Bryony Woods of Diamond Kahn Woods. This sumptuous fairytale for adults will be published in November, with a sequel to follow in July 2015.
The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath
The Peculiar Adventures of John Loveheart, ESQ
In the summer of 1887 my grandfather stole a clock.
It was six feet high
and the shape of a coffin.
1888. A little girl called Mirror and her shape-shifting guardian Goliath Honeyflower are washed up on the shores of Victorian England. Something has been wrong with Mirror since the day her grandfather locked her inside a mysterious clock that was painted all over with ladybirds. Mirror does not know what she is, but she knows she is no longer human.
John Loveheart, meanwhile, was not born wicked. But after the sinister death of his parents, he was taken by Mr Fingers, the demon lord of the underworld. Some say he is mad. John would be inclined to agree.
Now Mr Fingers is determined to find the little girl called Mirror, whose flesh he intends to eat, and whose soul is the key to his eternal reign. And John Loveheart has been called by his otherworldly father to help him track Mirror down…
I had the pleasure of meeting up with Ishbelle last week and I am very excited by this book.
Spectral Press has just announced the launch of a brand new imprint featuring some a line up of some fantastic authors. the imprint will be called Theatrum Mundi this is what Spectral Press's owner had to say about the new imprint
Theatrum Mundi (Theatre of the Universe),which is a new imprint from Spectral Press specifically to publish novelletes having a much wider range within what we know as genre, enabling writers to explore some of the more speculative regions of genre fiction, be it ghostly/supernatural, science fiction, urban fantasy, the phantastique, the outré, the bizarre, or the industrial, and which will encompass the entire world and the universe as well as the full span of time itself. The imprint will debut in November 2014 with Ray Cluley’s Within the Wind, Beneath the Snow, which will feature a cover from the legendary Jim Burns.
Rest assured that, although the remit of the imprint will be broader, the same level of quality which Spectral is known for will still be a top priority. It will, however, be an irregular series of books, only one or two published each year, and in signed, limited numbered editions in hardback with dustjacket only perhaps. Full details of the imprint will be forthcoming in the near future – needless to say however that its ‘branding’ (to employ an ugly term) will be different from previous Spectral publications, to distinguish it from the general run of material normally published by us.
Why a new imprint, and not a continuation of the Spectral lineup? Essentially, because the subject matter covered will for the most part be completely different from the ghostly/supernatural end of the genre spectrum (although it doesn’t preclude its inclusion), we would like it to have a separate identity.
We here at Spectral hope that you will all join us in establishing this new venture, and to make it as much of a success as Spectral’s chapbooks, novellas, anthologies and collections have been!
Ray Cluley’s Within the Wind, Beneath the Snow is a novelette set in the frozen wastes of the far north, and it will be graced with a cover by the legendary science fiction artist Jim Burns. It will be published in November 2014 in a limited signed hardback with dustjacket only. Here’s the blurb:
Gjerta Jørgensen patrols the frozen coastline of Greenland. She is the first woman to do so as part of Slædepatruljen Sirius, an elite dogsled team pushed to the limits of physical survival, risking hunger, exhaustion, frostbite and attack. But out here, where beautiful frozen desolation shows you little but snow, ice, and darkness, there is more to fear than this. She can hear it within the wind. It waits beneath the snow.
With only Søren Olsen and a dozen dogs for company, Gjerta must face these dangers and the darkness that hides in her past. Or else succumb to the cold and all it brings to haunt her.
This will be followed by Tim Dry’s Ricochet, a novella-length blasphemical wedding of fevered edginess, violence, drug-fuelled nightmares, psychedelia, and madness, set in London and Paris, and written in the mould of a collision between Hunter S. Thompson and William Burroughs. This one, too, will only be available in limited signed hardback with dustjacket. Tim Dry was one half of the early-eighties robotic dancing phenomenon Tik & Tok as well as being a member, along with Barbie Wilde (Female Cenobite in Hellbound: Hellraiser II) of the mime/dance troupe Shock who toured the world and supported Gary Numan, and he has also appeared as the creature in the 1982 film Xtro and portrayed J’Quille and a Mon Calamari officer in Star Wars VI: The Return of the Jedi. Latterly however, he has turned his considerable talents to writing, having had short stories in three horror anthologies: The Bestiarum Vocabulum, Demonology, and Phobophobias, all edited by Dean Drinkel. Ricochet is the first volume in a projected series of novellas based in the same universe. This one will surprise, enlighten, anger and repulse in equal measure.
We will also be publishing the imprint’s first ever novel, Steven Savile’s epic urban fantasy/horror Glass Town. More specific details will be forthcoming on that one over the coming months, but suffice to say that not only will the story itself be epic, but also the production values – expect a very special volume with this one.
The above is just a small indication of the new imprint – a line of books which would not necessarily fit in with the normal run of Spectral material but which definitely deserve an equal opportunity of being disseminated and read. It’s going to be a heady mix of every possible ingredient and emotion imaginable, designed both to enrage and enrapture. It promises to be maddening and exciting – so why not join us on the adventure?
COMING SOON TO A KINDLE NEAR YOU.
I've been looking forward to this one for a very long time. Grab a copy when it comes out folks I think this is going to be rather splendid
A streetwise getaway driver…
A drug raid that ends in bloodshed…
A violent criminal hell-bent on revenge…
A secret order of occultists…
And something summoned from the darkest depths of nightmare.
Who will survive this long, dark night, and how will it change them? And what kind of horror will be born from the chaos left behind?
If the old adage is true and we reap what we sow, then only evil can be unleashed by Reaping the Dark.
Reaping the dark is due to be released by Darkfuse Press on 20 may 2014
Producer, director, editor and technologist Mia Sorensen is set to adapt Thomas Tessier’s short story “Evelyn Grace” from his Ghost Music (Cemetery Dance Publications) collection. Sorensen is the second of five directors signed to the THOMAS TESSIER WORLD OF HURT project.
“Tom can do what some writers can’t,” Sorensen said, “making seemingly ordinary interactions sinister; finding terror where we least expect. ‘Evelyn Grace’ is without exception a signature piece of Tom’s work and why I love it so much—how a simple moment in time can quickly devolve into something truly terrifying.”
When Evelyn Grace, 38, is found dead of a drug overdose, Tim LeClerc, a high school acquaintance, attends her wake and is surprised to find that only her parents are in attendance. They confess they haven’t seen their daughter in years, so to comfort them, Tim embellishes the extent of his friendship with Evelyn. But eventually the horrible and deadly truth comes out. Sorensen will write and direct the Tessier story in 2014.
Chicago-based Mia Sorensen, who has been mentored by Edward Albee, has had her work appear alongside the likes of Irvine Welsh at the NY International Fringe Festival. After 10 years of directing and producing commercials for the likes of Sony, Mercedes, and Kodak, she spent time on President Obama’s successful re-election campaign, working on short form documentaries on policy as well as intimate portraits of the President and First Lady. Currently she is working on Years of Living Dangerously, a documentary series for Showtime which is executive produced by James Cameron and provides first-hand reports on those affected by, and seeking solutions to, climate change. For more information about Sorensen, visit http://miasorensen.com/
THOMAS TESSIER’S WORLD OF HURT is an anthology film based on five stories published in his Ghost Music and Remorseless (Sinister Grin Press) collections. All Channel Films, Inc. will provide domestic (U.S.) and Canadian distribution and a film teaser can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7pKsMseLKI. Sorensen joins director Raymond Carr in this project.
The project is currently seeking qualified equity investors and lenders. Interested parties should contact Well Done Productions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information:
Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThomasTessierCT
Film teaser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7pKsMseLKI
All Channel Films, Inc.: http://www.allchannelfilms.net/
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The Chicago-based independent publisher known for its volumes of exceptional fiction, Grey Matter Press, and dark fiction author John F.D. Taff have inked a deal that will see the publication of a new, cross-genre collection consisting of five dark sci-fi/horror novellas written by Taff. The all-new, single-author collection is expected to be released in the summer of 2014.
Titled THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS, the volume includes five never-before-released novellas written by Taff that explore the concepts of life and death through both time and space. The collection will be edited by the Bram Stoker Award-nominated R.J. Cavender and published by the Bram Stoker Award-nominated editorial team at Grey Matter Press. The collection comes on the heels of recent Taff releases that include the critically-acclaimed novels Kill/Off and The Bell Witch along with his premiere collection of short stories, Little Deaths, which was named “The #1 Horror Collection of 2012” by HorrorTalk.
“Bringing this collection to life and publishing it with Grey Matter Press makes this a dream project,” said Taff. “I am thrilled to be able to grow my relationship with this up-and-coming dark fiction publisher because they’ve already become a company I greatly respect.”
THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS will be Taff’s second single-author collection of short-format dark fiction, and will be yet another example of how the author masterfully weaves elements of science fiction, horror and suspense into his acclaimed fiction. The volume will be the first foray into single-author work for Grey Matter Press who has until now published only multiple-author anthologies.
“It was always our intention to add collections and novels to our catalog, and I can’t express how excited we are to have John F.D. Taff’s THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS become our first single-author collection,” said Anthony Rivera, publisher and editor at Grey Matter Press. “This marks a monumental start to an all-new chapter in our history, and there is no better partner than John F.D. Taff to have in this venture. We very much look forward to bringing this all-new, all-thrilling Taff collection to his numerous fans.”
THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS is a collection of five novellas written by Taff during the last two decades. The pieces take a dark, emotional and oftentimes introspective look at life and death through the ages. Included in the volume are “What Becomes God,” a story about two boys coming to terms with the true horrors of life; “Object Permanence,” an investigation of the ages-old human desire to not be forgotten; “Love in the Time of Zombies,” an engrossing tale of heartbreak in a world gone haywire; “The Long, Long Breakdown,” the story of an overprotective father raising his motherless daughter in a dangerous post-apocalyptic city; and “Visitation,” a dark and emotional look at the enduring pain of love and the afterlife.
“These pieces represent a wide slice of my writing career,” said Taff. “From stories that I wrote more than 20 years ago and recently hauled out to revise, to pieces that literally were finished just as I sent the manuscript to Cavender to begin the editing process.”
Grey Matter Press looks forward to adding THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS to its already well-received and critically acclaimed catalog. Since 2013, the publisher has released several volumes of dark fiction all of which feature work by some of the most well-respected authors writing in the horror, science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction genres today. Included in that roster is Taff himself, who contributed two short works of fiction to the company’s expanding line of anthologies.
ABOUT JOHN F.D. TAFF:
John F.D. Taff has published more than 70 short stories in markets that include Cemetery Dance, Deathrealm, Big Pulp, Postscripts to Darkness, Hot Blood: Fear the Fever, Hot Blood: Seeds of Fear and Shock Rock II. Over the years, six of his shorts have been named honorable mentions in the Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror. His first collection of short stories, Little Deaths, was published in 2012 and has been well-reviewed by critics and readers alike. The collection made it to the Bram Stoker Reading List, has been the No. 1 Bestseller at Amazon in the Horror/Short Stories category and was named the No. 1 Horror Collection of 2012 by HorrorTalk. Taff’sThe Bell Witch is an historical novel inspired by the events of a real-life haunting and was released in August 2013. His thriller Kill/Off was published in December 2013. More information about John F.D. Taff is available at http://www.johnfdtaff.com.
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Johnny Mains and Salt Publishing have just announced Johnny's appointment as commissioning editor for their brand new imprint Remains.
Remains will be publishing original horror novellas in e-book and POD format. It will also be publishing classic horror novels from the 60s, 70s and 80s in e-book format only.
Year 1 will see 10 novellas published.
This is great news Johnny and Salt Publishing are quickly becoming a shining light in horror genre.
I've gone and been interview again, this time Sergio Pereira
has returned the favour and put me under the spotlight.
Read my interview here,
and why not give my interview with Sergio a read in case you missed it first time around.