Ginger Nuts of Horror
Every now and then I come across some news about a forthcoming book that sets the hair on the back of my neck on end. This is one of those books. Based on what I have read of Nicole's work so far, this book is shaping up to be THE READ of next year.
Only a few in the world know the real truth about what happened more than two decades ago. While religions continue to covet their chosen deities, the gods we once worshipped were destroyed in the fall of 1989.
In their place, a troubled teenager named Greg Bryce assumed control—and he's been presiding over and judging humanity ever since.
This is the tale of what happened before the world as we knew it came to an end, how Greg was driven by truth and lies, divinity and insanity, punishment and mercy, resurrection and murder, to assume his rightful place as The New God.
"Audacious, original and gleefully offensive, a broadside against the entire notion of divinity, with an ending you'll never see coming. Nicole Cushing is somebody to watch." —Jack Ketchum
Release Date: April 2014
Coming soon the second chapter of an epic four-part horror serial.
Have you ever had a friend you’d die for? One you’d kill for?
At seventeen-years-old, Jennifer should have the world at her feet. Instead, she’s an ex-heroin addict living in a council estate with Tony, her boyfriend and former dealer. Shunned by her family and friends, she dreams of something greater than she’s been given.
Beautiful and strange, Ebony has moved in across the street. She’s just lost the one person in her lonely existence to cancer. She’s also a centuries-old vampire, struggling to cope with murderous outbursts and the desire to be something more.
When these two lost souls meet, an unusual friendship begins.
But with the news of Morris, Tony’s sadistic best friend and drug-dealing partner, being released from prison, Jennifer knows it’s only a matter of time before his path of vengeance leads to her and Ebony, too.
With a cast of memorable characters, a village full of secrets, and a gripping story, The Fragile Things is a layered tale of friendship, hope, survival and what it truly means to be human.
To commemorate the release of the latest instalment, The Fragile Things Part I will be FREE from 2nd October – 3rd October. Only on Amazon
V. Shaw is the author of short fiction collection, The Lady of Chains and Other Stories. Born in Scotland, she studied Film and Media at Stirling University. Having reviewed horror films for the now defunct FatallyYours.com, she has turned her attention to creating her own stories.
Her debut novel, The Fragile Things, is due to be serialised in April.
She frequently posts on her blog, vshawauthor.blogspot.co.uk
Great news folks a brand new collection of stories from David A. Riley is now available for purchase. His previous collection His Own Mad Demons was a brilliant read.
David A. Riley began writing horror stories while still at school and had his first professional sale to Pan Books in 1969, which was The Lurkers in the Abyss, published in The Eleventh Pan Book of Horror Stories. This story was chosen for inclusion in The Century's Best Horror Fiction in 2012. Over the years he has had numerous stories published in Britain and the United States plus translations into German, Spanish, Italian and Russian. His fiction has appeared in World of Horror, Fear, Whispers, Fantasy Tales, Aboriginal Science Fiction, Dark Discoveries and Lovecraft e-Zine. His first collection, His Own Mad Demons was published by Hazardous Press in 2012. The Return, a Lovecraftian horror novel was published by Blood Bound Books in 2013. This second collection brings together under one cover seventeen of the author's best blood-curdling stories.
Hidden Basement Productions have teamed up with writer and actor Nicholas Vince to present psychological horror plays for this year's London Horror Festival, at the Etcetera Theatre, Camden.
Nicholas, known for playing the Chatterer Cenobite in Clive Barker's ‘Hellraiser’ film; has dramatised two stories from his collection, ‘What Monsters Do’, which is rated 5 stars on amazon.com. He is working closely with Hidden Basement Productions to bring them to the stage.
The show, ‘What Monsters Do’, consists of two 25 minute horror plays performed as a double bill. The stories, ‘Tunes from the Music Hall’ and ‘Green Eyes’ explore love, lust, obsession, the bond of family and the dark violence that lurks behind seemingly innocent people. Nicholas said, "The plays centre on the theme: it is not our flesh, but our acts which make us monsters."
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FATALITY FILMS ANNOUNCES ITS LATEST PROJECT: “THE DARLING CLEMENTINES” FROM THE MIND BEHIND “THE CHAINSAW SALLY SHOW”
Fatality Films, owned and operated by Scott Spiegel and Andrea Albin, has announced its newest production, “The Darling Clementines”, a disturbing film written and directed by JimmyO Burril, the mind behind “The Chainsaw Sally Show”. The production is set to take place this fall in southern Mississippi.
The film centers around the Stevens family vacation, which is tragically cut short by three sisters, hell bent on taking the seed of the males to propagate the Clementine bloodline.
In the world of the Clementines, men are little more than swine, barely fit for breeding, and women of other blood are worth far less. The Stevens family will find themselves abducted, beaten and tortured physically, mentally and sexually as the Clementine sisters seek to break the men to their will and fill their fertile wombs.
“Fill the Earth, and subdue it.”
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Starring in this film are such notables as April Burril better known as Chainsaw Sally. Burrill’s portrayal as Chainsaw Sally has drawn a cult following that has seen her through a feature film (with original Leatherface Gunnar Hansen as her father and a kick ass cameo by the legendary Herschell Gordon Lewis) and two seasons of a beloved web-series. The brains behind the operation have already begun penning Season 3.
Debbie Rochon grew up in British Columbia, Canada. She was a child of the streets and victim of much abuse until she accidentally ended up in a featured extra role in Paramount's Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982)!
The event changed her life, and she saved enough money to move to New York City and study acting at age 17. After many years working with numerous theater companies in off-Broadway plays, she started to land small roles in films. Spike Lee's editor Barry Alexander Brown cast her in a featured role in his first directing effort, Lonely in America (1990). Soon the parts grew bigger and bigger and primarily fell in the fear flick genre.
Since then Debbie has starred in dozens of horror movies and has gained cult stardom worldwide. Since 1994, she has acted in various roles in Lloyd Kaufman's Troma Productions, most notably Tromeo and Juliet (1996) and Terror Firmer (1999), as well as many other low-budget independent made-for-video horror flicks in lead, supporting, minor and bit parts. Although she is mostly associated with creepy features and thrillers because of her evenly-shaped, dark-haired appearance on and off camera, she has garnered acclaim for her turns in comedy and drama. She has also co-hosted a number of radio shows in New York City that focused on film and pop culture.
Lynn Lowry was born in 1947 in Illinois, but raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She began acting professionally at age 17 in a theater called Shawnee Summer Stock Theater. She relocated to New York City in the late 1960s to pursue other acting jobs to support her young son. Her first movie role was a small part in The Battle of Love's Return (1971) which starred and was directed by Lloyd Kaufman, who later founded the "Troma" independent film company. Her next role was another small, uncredited part in I Drink Your Blood (1970). Her next movie, playing a dual role in Love Me My Way (1973), which required her to act in the nude for the first time, got her sex appeal. Score (1974) came next which was a X-rated, soft-core, semi-documentary flick which brought on more sex appeal for Lowry's character. Her next role was one of her best in playing "Kathy", a neurotic character in George A. Romero's The Crazies (1973), an action-horror flick filmed in rural Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh. She then was cast for a recurring part in the TV series "How to Survive a Marriage" (1974). She was also cast for a part in David Cronenberg's horror flick Shivers (1975).
After another minor part in Fighting Mad (1976) and a few other movies, Lowry moved to Los Angeles in the early 1980s where, after a slow start, she began acting in the local theater, and occasional movie roles. Most recently, she has been performing on stage as a singer in singing old folk songs and show tunes with her own band.
Vernon Wells whose first cinema appearance was a minor role in Felicity (1978), a low budget, erotic fantasy film. However, Wells was then fortunate to be cast as the homicidal biker "Wez", in the big budget Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) filmed around Silverton near Broken Hill in outback New South Wales, Australia. It's the role for which he is probably best known to international audiences, as Wells portrays a psychotic, post apocalyptic gang leader who relentlessly pursues hero Mel Gibson, before meeting a spectacular death at the film's finale. Hollywood beckoned for Wells, and he spoofed his mad biker role in the popular teen comedy Weird Science (1985), before taking on another villainous role as the treacherous ex-soldier "Bennett", who foolishly double crosses Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando (1985). Once more, Wells meets a dramatic end, as he is impaled against a boiler at the film's conclusion, as big Arnold remarks "Let off some steam, Bennett".
Wells continued to find regular work as a "villain" of one description or another, predominantly in B-grade thrillers or action films including Last Man Standing (1987), Circuitry Man (1990), Kick of Death (1997) and Starforce (2000). The talented Wells then landed a recurring role as futuristic criminal "Ransik" in the highly popular "Power Rangers" TV series, and subsequent series of films including _Power Rangers Time Force: Photo Finish (2001)_, _Power Rangers Time Force: The End of Time (2002)_ and _Power Rangers Time Force: Dawn of Destiny (2002)_
This is some very exciting news, Spectral Press have just announced that the fabulous and spectacular Mark Gatiss is to write the introduction to this special book.
Do any of you out there remember the BBC’s A Ghost Story for Christmas dramas which were broadcast between 1971 and 1978 during December? Well, we hope you do, because this December Spectral Press will be publishing its first non-fiction book, The Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark, the director of those dramas. It will be edited and introduced by Tony Earnshaw, and feature all the M. R. James tales from which the dramas were adapted, plus short introductions to each one by Clark himself. In addition, there will also be a reprint of the unfilmed “Count Magnus” script by Basil Copper. The book will also feature a Foreword by someone yet to be announced, plus other material including unpublished behind-the-scenes photographs.
This is the list of prospective contents:
Foreword by Mark Gatiss
Introduction by Tony Earnshaw
Seven short stories by M. R. James: The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral, The Treasure of Abbot Thomas, A Warning to the Curious, The Ash Tree, Lost Hearts, Casting the Runes, Count Magnus
Seven brief introductions by Lawrence Gordon Clark
Count Magnus script by Basil Copper
Lost Hearts short play by Lawrence Gordon Clark
Filmography, awards, bibliography of Lawrence Gordon Clark by Tony Earnshaw
Q&A with Lawrence Gordon Clark by Tony Earnshaw
It is envisaged that it will be available in three editions: limited signed slipcased hardback (£75 – 50 only), limited unsigned hardback (£35 – 100 only) and unlimited paperback (£20). Only the highest production values will go into the making of this book – there will also be NO eBook of this as it is felt that that physical books will work best for the nature of the material. Pre-orders will start mid-October for each of the editions on offer. Some have already begun reserving their copies – if anyone wishes to do so, please contact Spectral at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com as soon as possible.
This is going to be a very special book.
OUT NOW FROM DAMNATION BOOKS and RICHARD FARREN BARBER
He is watching you.
Steve Granger immediately realizes there is something wrong about the grey man. When he starts to follow him, Steve knows he is right.
When Steve cannot get rid of the grey man, he erupts. Walking across the park one night he turns on the grey man and kills him. The next morning, as Steve leaves his flat to get rid of his blood-splattered clothes, he walks out to discover the grey man standing on his doorstep. Steve learns that killing the man a second time is easier.
Still the man comes back.
“Who the fuck are you?” he shouted into the man’s face. Flecks of Steve’s spittle landed on the Grey Man’s cheeks, but he did not flinch.
Steve turned and ran again, down the far side of the heath. He felt the incline take hold of his balance and for a moment he thought he was lost, that he would trip and tumble and crash to the bottom of the hill and come to rest against the iron gates in a crumpled heap.
He stopped, his shoes kicking up gravel as they dug into the ground.
The man remained behind him. Two paces.
Steve turned and rushed at him, his hands outstretched across the man’s chest, and pushed him. The Grey Man staggered backward.
“Leave me alone.”
He felt the rage. Tasted it. It sang in his head. It pulled taut the muscles in his arms. His body ached with anger and fear.
Steve stepped forward again.
“Fuck off and leave me alone.”
He pushed again, his hands splayed across the man’s chest. Not just pushing him now but hitting him.
“Why don’t you say anything?” Steve demanded.
There was no noise from the man as he staggered onto the grass. His face was completely lost to the darkness now. He was just a shadow.
How far will a parent go to keep their child alive? John and Angela Mason’s lives are brought to a tormenting halt when their ten year old son is reduced to a lifeless shell. John watches his wife slip into madness as his son rises from the dead. He realizes they must escape the terrifying infection in order to survive but how can he choose between the insanity consuming his wife and the undying hunger of his son. An appetite for death will come in one form or another and it will be left to John to decide on the hand that feeds.
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I only just found out about this deeply sad news. Rest in peace Bob.
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Dear Necon Family,
Papa is at peace, and free.
Bob Booth — writer, editor, publisher, founder of Necon and Necon E-Books, avid fan of horror and the written word, father, grandfather, mentor and friend — passed away last night shortly after 2AM. As you all know, Bob had been battling cancer for the last eight months (and had far exceeded any and all expectations at the time of his diagnosis, including his miraculous four days spent at Necon this summer). His passing was peaceful and dignified, completely without pain or fear.
Plans for a memorial mass are currently being made, and details regarding the services will be made public as soon as they are finalized.
Bob is survived by his beloved wife, Mary; his children, Dan and Sara; his granddaughter, Jillian; and by literally everyone who is reading this email / blog / post. The term “Necon Family” is not an empty platitude; Bob loved you all, and you touched his life as much as he touched yours. Your love, prayers, thoughts and well-wishes meant more to him, and did more for him, than I have the words to express.
Condolences can be sent to: Mary Booth, 67 Birchland Ave., Pawtucket, RI 02860. They can also be sent via email to Dan (email@example.com), Sara (firstname.lastname@example.org), or myself (email@example.com), or via this blog or Facebook post; you have our word they will be received and passed along.
On behalf of all of us — thank you, Papa. Safe passage. We love you.
Great news folks the master of the zombie genre David Moody, has just announced a series of public appearances. If you haven't had the pleasure of meeting the great man himself, then I highly suggest you get yourselves along to one of these events. Not content with being a brilliant author, David is also one of the nicest people working in the industry. I had the great honour and pleasure meeting him earlier this year, and it was one of the highlights of my year so far.
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Forthcoming eventsI’ve just confirmed a couple of dates, so I thought now would be a good time to let you know about a few events I’ll be attending before the end of 2013.
GRIMMFEST – 3/10/13 – 6/10/13
Manchester’s brilliant international festival of horror and cult films again takes place at The Dancehouse Theatre this October. Another great collection of eclectic films are showing. Full information can be found at www.grimmfest.com, and I’ll be there on Sunday 6 October.
SCARDIFF 2013 – 27/10/13
A brand new horror event in Cardiff, organised by Fantasy Events, Shock Horror Magazine, and good friend Wayne Simmons. It takes place at the Mercure Holland Hotel, and I’ll be there all day. It promises a brilliant mix of guests and you can find much more information atScardiff.co.uk.
AUTUMN: HORROR IN THE EAST 2 – 8/11/13 – 9/11/13
A return trip to Lowestoft – the spiritual home of the HATERbooks! – for this gem of a convention. Highly recommended. I’ll be there, and I hope many of you will be able to support this brilliant free event at the Aspire Centre. More information at www.horrorintheeast.com.
DAY OF THE UNDEAD – 16/11/13
Finally, it’s back to the Phoenix, Leicester for Terror4Fun’s 2013 Festival of Zombie Culture. Twelve hours of zombie movies, special effects, games, competitions… I don’t really need to say anything more! Details here at the Terror4Fun website.