Ginger Nuts of Horror
Between thrills and sueurs froides, the fourth edition of the festival of La Samain du cinema fantastique was held in Nice, Cote d'Azur from 22 October to 2 November 2013. Praised by many public (sold out screenings of films competing attests), this festival - with a total attendance of 5,775 people for this edition - is recognized by his peers (Fantastic Fest, Frightfest, Screamfest), and now considered as a rendez-vous for lovers of genre cinema during the Halloween period in France. Among the highlights of this edition, the Zombie Walk of Nice totalizes a record with 900 zombies walking on the new Central Park (recently opened) from the city of Nice.
GRAND PRIX – AUDIENCE PRIZE
GRAVITY by Alfonso Cuaron (USA)
BEST MOVIE – PRIX DU PUBLIC
I AM A GHOST by H.P. Mendoza (USA)
BEST DIRECTOR – AUDIENCE PRIZE
I AM A GHOST by H.P. Mendoza (USA)
BEST SCREENPLAY – AUDIENCE PRIZE
ANTISOCIAL by Cody Calahan (Canada)
SOULMATE by Axelle Carolyn (United Kingdom)
BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS – AUDIENCE PRIZE
GRAVITY by Alfonso Cuaron (USA)
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT – AUDIENCE PRIZE
PENNY DREADFUL by Shane Atkinson (USA)
BEST EUROPEAN SHORT – AUDIENCE PRIZE
HOTEL by Jose Luis Aleman (Spain)
BEST HORROR MOVIE
ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE by Lucky McKee & Chris Sivertson (USA)
BENEATH by Ben Ketai (USA)
JURY’s PRIZE – BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT
FROST by Jeremy Ball (Canada)
HONORABLE MENTION – INTERNATIONAL SHORT
THE OFFERING by Christian Sparks (Canada)
JURY’s PRIZE – BEST EUROPEAN SHORT
HOTEL by Jose Luis Aleman (Spain)
HONORABLE MENTION – EUROPEAN SHORT
SKOM by Christophe Deroo (France)
The fifth edition of la Samain du cinéma fantastique will be held from october 28 to november 1, 2014. Follow the festival on www.SamainFilmFestival.com
Sod it I've resisted this for years but I feel I know have reached a point in readership that I can start my own awards ceremony. So in the spirit of these awards email me your suggestions at
The closing dates for nominations are 30 November 2013.
The winners to this year's British Fantasy Awards were announced yesterday. Congratulations to everyone who won. However a special shout out must go to Adam Nevill, and John Llewellyn Probert. I have been raving about these two books for the past year and it is fantastic to see two of my favourite authors get the recognition they so richly deserve. Trust me if you haven't read these two books then you really need to, they are both brilliant. ( Hey! I've even made it easy for you and linked to their Amazon pages in the list of winners below)
Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award):
Last Days, Adam Nevill (Macmillan)
Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award):
Some Kind of Fairy Tale, Graham Joyce (Gollancz)
The Nine Deaths of Dr Valentine, John Llewellyn Probert (Spectral Press)
Best Short Story:
Shark! Shark!, Ray Cluley (Black Static #29) (TTA Press)
Remember Why You Fear Me, Robert Shearman (ChiZine)
Magic: an Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane, Jonathan Oliver (ed.) (Solaris)
Best Comic/Graphic Novel:
Saga, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Interzone, Andy Cox (ed.)
Best Small Press (the PS Publishing Independent Press Award):
ChiZine Publications (Brett Alexander Savory and Sandra Kasturi)
Pornokitsch, Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin (eds)
The Cabin in the Woods, Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard
Best Newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award):
Helen Marshall, for Hair Side, Flesh Side (ChiZine Publications)
British Fantasy Society Special Award (the Karl Edward Wagner Award):
Iain Banks / Iain M. Banks
This news item is very special indeed. I've just got back from Edinburgh's best book shop and witnessed these books in all their glory. The only thing that stopped me from buying all of these books was knowing just how much I had left in my bank account. These books are a joy to behold, they would look brilliant on any book lovers shelf. The books are of a new six-volume series of the best in classic horror, selected by award- winning director Guillermo del Toro.
Filmmaker and longtime horror literature fan Guillermo del Toro serves as the curator for the Penguin Horror series, a new collection of classic tales and poems by masters of the genre. Included here are some of del Toro's favorites, from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Ray Russell's short story 'Sardonicus', considered by Stephen King to be 'perhaps the finest example of the modern Gothic ever written', to Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House and stories by Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Ted Klein, and Robert E. Howard. These stunningly creepy deluxe hardcovers will be perfect additions to the shelves of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal aficionados everywhere.
Haunted Castles is the definitive, complete collection of Ray Russell's masterful Gothic horror stories, including the famously terrifying novella trio of 'Sardonicus', 'Sanguinarius', and 'Sagittarius'. The characters that sprawl through Haunted Castles are frightful to the core: the heartless monster holding two lovers in limbo; the beautiful dame journeying down a damned road toward depravity (with the help of an evil gypsy); the man who must wear his fatal crimes on his face in the form of an awful smile. Engrossing, grotesque, perverted, and completely entrancing, Russell's Gothic tales are the best kind of dreadful.
The Raven: Tales and Poems is a landmark new anthology of Poe's work, which defied convention, shocked readers, and confounded critics. This selection of Poe's writings demonstrates the astonishing power and imagination with which he probed the darkest corners of the human mind. 'The Fall of the House of Usher' describes the final hours of a family tormented by tragedy and the legacy of the past. In 'The Tell Tale Heart,' a murderer's insane delusions threaten to betray him, while stories such as 'The Pit and the Pendulum' and 'The Cask of Amontillado' explore extreme states of decadence, fear and hate. The title narrative poem, maybe Poe's most famous work, follows a man's terrifying descent into madness after the loss of a lover.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 49), was born in Boston, USA. He was a short-story writer, editor and literary critic, and is considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor the detective-fiction genre.
Howard Phillips Lovecraft's unique contribution to American literature was a melding of traditional supernaturalism (derived chiefly from Edgar Allan Poe) with the genre of science fiction that emerged in the early 1920s. The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories brings together a dozen of the master's tales - from his early short stories 'Under the Pyramids' (originally ghostwritten for Harry Houdini) and 'The Music of Erich Zann' (which Lovecraft ranked second among his own favourites) through to his more fully developed works, 'The Dunwich Horror', 'The Case of Charles Dexter Ward', and 'At the Mountains of Madness'. The book presents the definitive corrected texts of these works, along with Lovecraft critic and biographer S. T. Joshi's illuminating introduction and notes to each story.
Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937) was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life. His relatively small body of work - three novels and sixty short stories - has nevertheless exercised an incalculable influence on horror and supernatural fiction.
The epic battle between man and monster reaches its greatest pitch in the famous story of Frankenstein. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor himself to the very brink. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship ... and horror.
Mary Shelley was born in 1797, the only daughter of writers William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin. In 1814 she eloped with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, whom she married in 1816. She is best remembered as the author of Frankenstein, but she wrote several other works, including Valpergaand The Last Man.
The best-known of Shirley Jackson's novels, and the inspiration for writers such as Neil Gaiman and Stephen King, The Haunting of Hill House is an immaculate examination of how fear can make us our own worst enemy, published in Penguin Modern Classics.
Four seekers have arrived at the rambling old pile known as Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of psychic phenomena; Theodora, his lovely and light-hearted assistant; Luke, the adventurous future inheritor of the estate; and Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman with a dark past. As they begin to cope with chilling, horrifying occurrences beyond their control or understanding, they cannot possibly know what lies ahead. For Hill House is gathering its powers - and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.
Adapted into a film, The Haunting, starring Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Owen Wilson, The Haunting of Hill House is a powerful work of slow-burning psychological horror.
Shirley Jackson (1916-65) was born in San Francisco. She first received wide critical acclaim for her short story 'The Lottery', which was published in 1948. Her novels - which includeThe Sundial, The Bird's Nest, Hangsaman, The Road through the Wall, We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House - are characterised by her use of realistic settings for tales that often involve elements of horror and the occult. Raising Demons and Life Among the Savages are her two works of nonfiction. Come Along With Me is a collection of stories, lectures, and part of the novel she was working on at the time of her death.
American Supernatural Tales is the ultimate collection of weird and frightening American short fiction. As Stephen King will attest, the popularity of the occult in American literature has only grown since the days of Edgar Allan Poe. The book celebrates the richness of this tradition with chilling contributions from some of the nation's brightest literary lights, including Poe himself, H. P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and-of course-Stephen King. By turns phantasmagoric, spectral, and demonic, this is a frighteningly good collection of stories.
S. T. Joshi is a freelance writer, scholar, and editor whose previous books include Documents of American Prejudice; In Her Place: A Documentary History of Prejudice against Women; God's Defenders: What They Believe and Why They Are Wrong; Atheism: A Reader; H. L. Mencken on Religion; The Agnostic Reader; and What Is Man? And Other Irreverent Essays by Mark Twain.
Containing thirteen stories of intrigue and fear, Devil Let Me Go is the first short story collection from emerging new horror talent, Nathan Robinson, author of the acclaimed Starers, published by Severed Press. The world has ended, but an old man discovers he’s not so alone in ‘The House that Creak’d.’ A wronged gangster finds himself beaten, battered and bruised and in the deepest of trouble, can he find his way off ‘Top of the Heap?’ A lonely widow is given a reason for being after a horrific natural disaster, but this gift is not all its ‘Crack’d’ up to be. Two men meet on a dark and rainy night; one sane, one insane and together on a lonely road that leads to a battle beyond life for love in a destination that is ‘Not That Way Home.’ If you love your child how far would you go to protect them? When their life is in the balance would it matter if they’re ‘In One Form or Another?’ Lupo is the most despicable of villains, but what would you do ‘If you ever meet a girl named Maisie Mae?’ What would a girl do to keep her man? Beth asks, what is love? She knows how far she’d go, so ‘Eat your Heart out Lorena.’ It’s time to pack up for the last time, don’t leave anything behind; you’ll need plenty of ‘Banana Boxes’ to help you on your way. He’s waiting, he wants something you cherish and he can’t leave without it. Meet a strange stranger that calls himself ‘Brian of the Night.’ He’s the last person you’d want to meet. Three lifelong friends on a holiday of a lifetime stumble upon a body, soon they’ll discover why he waited so long in ‘The Skeleton Tree.’ A deadly army rises up during the night shift; all ‘The Chicken in Black’ wants to do is get to the other side. It might be the time for giving, but it’s still ‘Colder than Hell up here.’ Everybody will believe, the world has been turned upside down. Something has ‘Fallen.’ Each tale takes the reader into the dark heart of humanity and beyond.
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Alchemy Press are to launch three books at the World Fantasy Convention on Friday 1 November. Some of you may remember that I loved the first installment of Pulp Heroes. So if you're in Brighton why not get a copy of these books, who knows you might even bump into some of the great authors featured in them.
The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes 2 edited by Mike Chinn
Cover art: Les Edwards
“From the arid plains of Mars to the canyons of Manhattan; the foetid jungle to the naked jungle. Demented criminals versus dark heroes with sinister powers. The flash of steel in the palaces of long-forgotten civilizations or along the sterile corridors of impossible spacecraft. Swords against sorcery or sword and planet.”
Following the critical acclaim for 2012’s Pulp Heroes, editor Mike Chinn and The Alchemy Press presents The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes 2.
With fourteen exciting adventures:
Pandora’s Box – Chico Kidd
The Flier – Bryn Fortey
Griffon’s Gamble – Arch Whitehouse
Night Hunter – Pauline E Dungate
Meeting at the Silver Dollar – Marion Pitman
The Monster of Gorgon – Ian Hunter
Dragon’s Breath – Anne Nicholls
The Law of Mars – Robert William Iveniuk
The Penge Terror – William Meikle
Ula and the Black Book of Leng – Andrew Coulthard
The Sons of Crystal City – Martin Gately
Kiss the Day Goodbye – Adrian Cole
Do Not Go Gently – Stuart Young
The Incarceration of Captain Nebula – Mike Resnik
The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic edited by Jan Edwards and Jenny Barber
Cover artwork: Ben Baldwin
There is magic out there on the street and the Mythic are alive and well and creating chaos in a city near you.
Fourteen fabulous authors bring you tales of wonder and horror, with ancient curses and modern charms, strange things in the Underground, murder and redemption, corporate cults and stalwart guardians, lost travellers and wandering gods, fortune tellers and urban wizards, dragons, fae and unspeakable beasts.
With stories from: James Brogden, Joyce Chng, Zen Cho, Graham Edwards, Jaine Fenn, Christopher Golden, Kate Griffin, Alison Littlewood, Anne Nicholls, Jonathan Oliver, Mike Resnick, Gaie Sebold, Adrian Tchaikovsky, and Ian Whates.
James Brogden – The Smith of Hockle
Joyce Chng – Dragonform Witch
Zen Cho – Fish Bowl
Graham Edwards – A Night to Forget
Jaine Fenn – Not the Territory
Christopher Golden – Under Cover of Night
Kate Griffin – An Inspector Calls
Alison Littlewood – The Song of the City
Anne Nicholls – The Seeds of a Pomegranate
Jonathan Oliver – White Horse
Mike Resnick – The Wizard of West 34th street
Gaie Sebold – Underground
Adrian Tchaikovsky – Family Business
Ian Whates – Default Reactions
Astrologica: Stories of the Zodiac, edited by Allen Ashley, includes fourteen stories inspired by the Zodiac
Cover art by Daniele Serra
What’s your star sign? Is our fate pre-determined by the constellations and the position of the planets? Can astrology really present an alternative vision to the apparent certainties of science, politics, religion and celebrity culture? Or should its claims of determinism, fate, fortune and personality profiling perhaps be taken with a large pinch of salt?
Here are fourteen brand new astrologically themed stories to delight and enthral, spanning the range of science fiction, fantasy and horror. What is the secret of the white bull and his labyrinthine ranch? Why should you never trust gifts you win at a funfair? And why are twins always apparently at war with each other? Read on and find out…
The full running order for Astrologica is:
Aries – Aspects of Aries by David Turnbull
Taurus – The White Bull Ranch by Christine Morgan
Gemini – The Sun and the Moon by Bob Lock
Gemini – Star-crossed by Stuart Young
Cancer – Ragged Claws by Joel Lane
Leo – The Yellow Fruit by Ralph Robert Moore
Virgo – The Third Face of Virgo by Adam Craig
Libra – The Order of the Scales by Storm Constantine
Scorpio – Cookie by Jet McDonald
Capricorn – Broken Horn by Doug Blakeslee
Sagittarius – Dark Matters by Megan Kerr
Aquarius – Deep Draw by Neil Williamson
Pisces – The Prize by David McGroarty
Pisces – The Fishman by Mark David Campbell
Fantastic news folks, the Tenth Black Book of Horror is now available for pre-order. This is one of the best long running series of horror anthologies out there. Over the years this series has introduced me to some fantastic new authors.
Personally this edition is a must buy as it features stories from John Llewellyn Probert, and Thana Niveau, there is now way in hell I can have any holes in my collections of these two fabulous authors.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Stiff - Angela Blake
The Easter Bunny - Tom Johnstone
The Last Testament of Jacob Tyler - David Surface
The War Effort - Carl P. Thompson
The Pre-Raphaelite Painting - David Sutton
Christmas in the Rain - Chris Lawton
Deeper Than Dark Water - Gary Power
Marshwall - Paul Finch
Exploding Raphaelesque Heads - Ian Hunter
The Best Christmas Ever - John Llewellyn Probert
The Pygmalion Conjuration - Mike Chinn
The Boy - David Williamson
The Last Wagon in the Train - Andrea Janes
Dad Dancing - Kate Farrell
Guinea Pig Girl - Thana Niveau
Cover by Paul Mudie
Praise for the series
"...a superb anthology..."
Grim Rictus Reviews
'A superior example of its type.'
'...another enthralling horror anthology. I hope many more will follow.'
'...the Black Book collection is highly reminiscent of the classic Pan Book of Horror series but can the stories live up to that promise... you bet'
Tales From the Black Abyss
'...shivers and thrills galore...'
'A very strong anthology and the Black Book should be an essential purchase for lovers of the short horror story.'
Tales From the Black Abyss