Ginger Nuts of Horror
The Alchemist's Notebook was originally a movie that was in preproduction several years ago titled, The Cry of Cthulhu. Unfortunately the project, like many good intentions, never came to fruition. Their concept was an all new Cthulhu Mythos story to be put on film that would have done H.P. Lovecraft proud. At the time, there had been several poor attempts to place Lovecraft and his dreaded Necronomicon on the big screen. They had the notion to make an exciting, plus mind-boggling, Cthulhu movie that had the look and feel as if Lovecraft had stood behind the camera.
The Alchemist's Notebook embodies the same vision in a literary format. Mr. Craft endeavored to pen this Cthulhu Mythos novel as it may have been done if H.P. Lovecraft were alive in the 21st century. Nevertheless, The Alchemist's Notebook consists of three separate narratives that link together a single story, where when one account leaves off, the other continues leading you, the reader, through a terrifying Lovecraftian web of mystery, horror and apocalyptic doom.
The male protagonist, a shell-shocked Vietnam vet, and his wife, inherit an old country estate in Germany around the time that the husband’s company transfers him to the same area. The two soon discover that the coincidence is really too good to be true.
Their home, the schloss, rests near a timeworn door into the earth that is poised to open, exposing all to a horde of four-dimensional beings. Soon the line between our reality and that other space-time will be blurred forever, leaving mankind to be consumed by shrill, shrieking terror.
Only one man has the slimmest chance to save our planet and, even though he has no place to hide, he prefers to run.
Byron Craft has been known to refer to this work as The Alchemist's Notebook because it is the first in a five novel mythos series dealing with mankind’s internal, as well as, outward struggle to control his own destiny while encountering malicious beings from another time and space.
The cover and interior illustrations were done by the artist Tom Sullivan who is best known for his work on The Fly II, The Dread, Army of Darkness and Evil Dead 2.
Byron Craft hopes you will enjoy, in addition to being scared stiff, the first of his five part series…The Alchemist's Notebook
Additional information about Byron Craft and, The Alchemist's Notebook can be found on the website below.
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For the first time, five of Thomas Tessier’s short stories will be brought to the screen in the 2014 anthology film Thomas Tessier's World of Hurt.
“It’s every writer’s dream to find people who want to take your story and turn it into an excellent movie that is faithful to the original material,” Thomas Tessier said. “I feel very fortunate indeed to have that—times five!”
For more than three decades, Tessier has been writing acclaimed novels and stories of horror, suspense and the uncanny. Peter Straub has called Tessier’s novels, “Excellent… frightening…something very special in the field of horror.” Stephen King praises his work as, “Very good indeed, scary, grim, and fast-paced,” and Ramsey Campbell says Tessier’s stories are, “Terrifying…As frightening as anyone now writing in this field. One of the few who are extending the boundaries of the field rather than merely retelling guaranteed terrors.”
When asked about this project, Tessier said, “The stories in World of Hurt range over the whole spectrum of horror, from the demons that dwell within us, feeding on our fantasies and obsessions, to the monsters that lay in wait for us outside...in the woods at the edge of town or just down the street, in the backyard or the room upstairs.”
The five stories in Thomas Tessier's World of Hurt are from his Remorseless (Sinister Grin Press) and Ghost Music (Cemetery Dance Publications) collections and include, “I Remember Me,” “In Praise of Folly,” The Infestation at Ralls,” “The Ventriloquist,” and “Evelyn Grace.” Production is to begin in 2014 and each director (identities forthcoming) will be writing his or her own script in consultation with Tessier.
About the five directors Tessier said, “I’m thrilled to be working with such a talented and accomplished group of directors and filmmakers. They are going to create powerful moments of fear, dread and horror, and riveting cinema.”
The project is currently seeking qualified equity investors and lenders. Interested parties should contact Well Done Productions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tessier’s novel Fog Heart received the International Horror Guild’s Award for Best Novel and was cited by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Books of the Year. A finalist for both the Bram Stoker Award and the World Fantasy Award, Tessier’s work was also included in The Huffington Post’s “Ten Books That Will Scare the Shit Out of You!”
“Look for horror, and you will find it,” Tessier said. “Don’t look for it, and it will find you.”
In 2014, it’s apparent that horror will find all of us in the form of Thomas Tessier's World of Hurt
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Ten slices of horror and dark fiction from the critically acclaimed writer C.M. Saunders, including three stories exclusive to this collection, plus an introduction and extensive notes.
WARNING: Adult Content.
Table of Contents: Introduction: That's Entertainment, A Hell of my Own Creation, A Thin Disguise, Monkey Man, The Awful Truth, Mr. C, Fame / Infamy: A Deconstruction, Another False Dawn, The Night Everything Changed, The Devil & Jim Rosenthal, Club Culture, Afterword
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Christian Saunders, who writes fiction as C.M. Saunders, began writing in 1997, his early fiction appearing in several small-press titles and anthologies. His first book, Into the Dragon's Lair - A Supernatural History of Wales was published in 2003. After graduating with a degree in journalism from Southampton Solent university he worked extensively in the freelance market, contributing to numerous international publications including Fortean Times, Chat, Its Fate! Bizarre, Urban Ink, Enigma, Record Collector, Nuts and Maxim, and a regular column to the Western Mail newspaper.
Since returning to dark fiction he has had stories published in Screams of Terror, Shallow Graves, Dark Valentine, Fantastic Horror, Unbroken Waters and several anthologies. His novellas Dead of Night and Apartment 14F: An Oriental Ghost Story are available now on Damnation Books, while Devil's Island, is out now on Rainstorm Press. His literary fiction novel, Rainbow's End, largely based on his own experiences living in (and leaving) Wales, is available on Flarefont Publishing. His latest book, From the Ashes - The REAL Story of Cardiff City FC is available now.
You are cordially invited to visit his blog: http://cmsaunders.wordpress.com/
The Book Of The Crowman...
It is the Black Dawn, a time of environmental apocalypse, the earth wracked and dying. It is the Bright Day, a time long generations hence, when a peace has descended across the world. The search for the shadowy figure known only as the Crowman continues, as the Green Men prepare to rise up against the forces of the Ward. The world has been condemned. Only Gordon Black and The Crowman can redeem it.
The Book of The Crowman is the second in D'Lacey's fantastic 'Black Feathers' fantasy series.
This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell's Bookshop or by phoning 0131 622 8218
For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ellie Wixon on 0131 622 8229 or email@example.com
Time: 6.30pm - 7:30pm
Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS
Great news folks, Richard Wright's latest novel The Flesh Market is out now. If you are looking for a fantastic new take on a tired genre, then this is the book for you. It's a brilliant read, look out for a review soon.
"Doon the wynds an' up the streets, Where revenants sought souls tae eat,
The Butcher called for twitching meat
An' Burke an' Hare did answer." -anon.
1827. A year after the Cadaver Riots tore the heart from Edinburgh. Fear still chokes the Old Town, for though the revenants were driven back with shot and steel, they still lurk in the city's shadowed closes. When night falls, they strike.
In dissecting rooms anatomists slice twitching flesh as they dream of cures and glory. For the greatest among them, Robert Knox, there is no price that cannot be met in the quest for knowledge. Behind closed doors he trades in walking death, dealing with devils to keep the flesh market supplied...
Set between the slums of 19th Century Edinburgh and the ivory towers of its academia, The Flesh Market is an almost true story of murder, mad science, obsession, and the restless dead.
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An All-Star Anthology Benefiting the Children’s Literacy Initiative. Featuring N.Y. Times bestsellers Jonathan Maberry, Joe R. Lansdale, F. Paul Wilson, and Christopher Golden.
Plus new, never-before-published stories from James A. Moore, Jeff Strand, Ronald Malfi, and others. Twenty-eight of the biggest and brightest names in horror have gathered to shine their light upon an ever-increasing darkness—children’s illiteracy.
Join them as they take you down into the depths, and hope you make it to the light on the other side. David Bain Gary A. Braunbeck Kealan Patrick Burke Sandy DeLuca Robert Dunbar Greg F. Gifune Christopher Golden Janet Joyce Holden Gerard Houarner Jonathan Janz Brian Keene Jack Ketchum Joe R. Lansdale Jonathan Maberry Ronald Malfi Elizabeth Massie C. Dennis Moore James A. Moore Gene O’Neill Monica O’Rourke Gord Rollo Mary SanGiovanni Lucy Snyder Jeff Strand Tim Waggoner F. Paul Wilson Simon Wood T.T. Zuma
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Independent film makers are the lifeblood of British Horror films, so why not keep the heart of horror pump by helping out these fine fellows.
Manchester-based production company, Cohort Pictures are proud to announce that production is set to begin on their latest short horror film, entitled Vanity, with filming set to begin in April 2014.
Written by Patrick O’Brien, Vanity will be directed by award-winning director Courtney Edwards (Clench) and produced by Maxwell Jones.
Vanity is only one chapter in the life of an enigmatic young man named Julius Crowley and follows the story of a young woman, Elizabeth, who has accepted an invitation to join him for dinner at his manor house, despite only meeting the day before. However, it isn’t long before her night in the company of the charming stranger takes a most unexpected turn.
Writer Patrick O’Brien will take on the role of Julius, while casting continues for the remaining roles.
O’Brien had the following to say, “My hope is that, with Vanity, we are able to offer horror fans a fresh take on a tired horror mainstay. However, we can only do it with your help and every penny raised will be put to good use and visible onscreen”.
A crowd-funding campaign is currently under way at Indiegogo to raise funds for the project which promises to be a “sinister and unconventional horror film for fans of American Psycho, Hannibal and Dorian Gray”.
Why should you invest in Vanity???
British horror films, most of the time, fail to deliver, and we're fed up with vampire and zombie films just being made with the same story lines all the time. I mean, whats with all the sexy vampire shows at the moment? Give me Christopher Lee over Robert Pattinson any day.
By investing and supporting this film, firstly, you will be helping independent cinema, and secondly would be helping to make an original and thrilling horror film which will contain our more novel and creative ideas. Not just a studio film that has been made a thousand times before.
All the money we raise (6k) will be used to make this film as a unique and sinister piece of cinema. We are shooting the film on a red cam (you know how expensive that can be) but we are filming for the big screen, so therefore a bigger budget is needed. We don't want to have to rush to get shots finished and a decent shooting time is necessary. In addition, we need funds for our FX, we are going to keep it old school and stay away from CGI in order to bring back that feeling and appearance of old school horror. In our opinion we feel that old blood FX's look so much more effective than modern day post production blood, and gives more realism. We want to use funds to employ a professional FX company, in order to make the film as gloriously gory and bloody as possible, while retaining realism. The majority of the filming will take place at night (which can be difficult and costly). We have having an original score being composed for Vanity which we believe will give the film its own unique presence.
Because of the limited locations and a small cast we believe we can achieve this within this budget.
In exchange for your help we are giving away Bloody Vanity Goodies such as
- Signed Poster's.
- Signed DVD's.
- Digital downloads of the film and the making of the film.
- A trip to the set while we film to meet the cast and crew in
- An Executive Producer title.
- Tickets to the premiere in Manchester or London in The UK.
- A chance to a have cameo role written in the film just for you.
If you can't help with donating money. Please Please sharing this page with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or blog site anywhere just to help us get the word out.
Welcome to the blood bath!!
A link to the campaign can be found HERE.
For more information, LIKE Vanity on Facebook or FOLLOW on Twitter.
Out Now! This beautifully crafted graphic novel by Tom Hammock and Megan Hutchinson. A brilliant Southern Gothic tale of the paranormal that centres on Hoodoo. Set in the swamps of Louisiana, this is a dark, creepy ghost story that will have you hooked from the beginning.
After her parents’ accidental death by mushroom poisoning, young Aurora Grimeon is sent to live with her estranged grandfather on Ossuary Isle, deep in the southern swamps. Joined by her grandfather’s pet raccoon Missy, Aurora explores the fog-covered island of graves. Along the way she meets its sinister residents who care for the tombstones and mausoleums, living out their lives by the strange rules of Hoodoo magic. When ghostly things start happening out in the swamp and island residents start disappearing, Aurora thrusts herself into the middle of the mystery, uncovering secrets that might be better left buried.
An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will O’ the Wisp explores the spooky world of a cemetery island in the southern swamps that time has passed by, its creepy cast of characters, and an old biological supply company; all through the eyes of a teenage girl. Along the way she discovers Hoodoo (a uniquely American magical practice), and delves deeply into it when mysterious happenings out in the swamp begin to threaten those on the island. The story features many authentic Hoodoo practices. This is the first self-contained story featuring Aurora and her pet raccoon Missy solving mysteries steeped in southern ghost stories.
Fantastic news folks, Russell Mardell's excellent Bleeker Hill is now free on Kindle.
Bleeker Hill made it onto my Best Novel of The Year round up of last year. So now is the perfect time to grab a copy if you have been unsure about it. Trust me though, you won't be disappointed.
“They are just stories, there’s nothing to be scared of in stories.”
Britain of the not-too-distant future is a country at war with itself. After years of anarchy and chaos, of bloodthirsty gangs and citywide destruction, The Party are now fighting to restore order through whatever means necessary – the fist, the bullet and even the terrifying practice of The Wash. It is a war between the lawless and their self-appointed judges, and neither side will relent until the other is destroyed.
After an attack on their headquarters, a small band of Party members flee across the country, seeking refuge in a safe house deep in the snowy forests around Bleeker Hill. But as they near their destination, it soon becomes clear that the enemy they are running from may not be the biggest threat they will face. Because Bleeker Hill is far from safe…and they are not alone.
As night closes in and the tensions within the group threaten to spiral out of control, each of them is soon forced to face a nightmare from which it might not be possible to escape.
Bleeker Hill has a dark history and many stories to tell, and it will be heard…
Bleeker Hill, the third novel by Russell Mardell, expands on the future world of chaos and anarchy first introduced in Stone Bleeding, and creates a terrifying, nightmare vision of the UK.
Blending a fast paced dystopian thriller, with tense, claustrophobic horror, Bleeker Hill will keep you in its grip until the very last of its dark secrets is revealed.
About the Author
Russell Mardell has worked in both independent film and fringe theatre for over ten years. He originally trained in film production and has worked as a writer and director on a couple of short films. Since then, he has worked for several years as a playwright and has written five plays, two of which he also directed. Russell has had plays performed in theatres in London, Manchester and Salisbury.
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Wonderful news horror fans, master of the supernatural Stephen Volk's latest collection is now available in a sumptuous hardback edition from Gray Friar Press. It is also available as a paperback, but I would highly recommend getting the hard back. I've been wanting to read this for a while, but held off until the limited edition was available.
A giant ape… A heartless priest… A descent into depravity under London… An immortal hound… A baby thrown up by the sea… A Voodoo prayer… A legend made flesh in the eyes of a terrified child…
Monsters come in all shapes and sizes…
From human individuals with an evil streak or deeply aberrant nature, to those who are simply physically wrong. From beasts of the imagination to modern myths from the big screen…
In these 15 stories representing the very best recent fiction by the writer of TV’s Ghostwatch and Afterlife and the acclaimed novella Whitstable, you will meet all the things that made our childhoods terrifying – and bearable.
“Others had Bobby Moore or Elvis. We had Christopher Lee and Quatermass. We had monsters in our hearts forever…”
Containing two never-before-published stories.
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