Ginger Nuts of Horror
Yes, yes and five times yes. I love a good black magic tale, and this looks like it will be five great black magic tales. Any book that features a story from both John Llewellyn Probert and Thana Niveau will always get a seal of approval from me.
The fourth anthology in the Hersham Horror PenAnth range brings you five chilling tales of diabolism and black magic. With their twisted roots buried deep in the works of Dennis Wheatley, these stories reach out to embrace even darker, more horrifying, territory. Tremble with fear and wonder at the depraved imaginings of Peter Mark May, Thana Niveau, John Llewellyn Probert, David Williamson and Stuart Young.
It is available now as an ebook with a paper =back version coming very soon.
‘We’re all in pain. We try to keep the gates closed by falling in love, travelling, avoiding responsibility, getting drunk, taking drugs… anything to lose ourselves. But the dull ache remains in each of us.
These stories are about the gates opening.’
The Gate Theory holds five tales by award-winning Australian author Kaaron Warren, introduced by award-winning Australian author Amanda J Spedding.
Each story resonates with the pain of living.
This is available in ebook format only, and includes a novella and four short stories, with an introduction by Amanda J Spedding.
COMING SOON FROM ALCHEMY PRESS
Cover artwork by Bob Covington
Doors to Elsewhere collects Mike Barrett’s essays on late 19th / early 20th century horror and fantasy writers, including an overview of Arkham House:
Available from Amazon UK
It was supposed to be a fresh start. A place for Steve & Melody Samson to begin their new life together away from the noise and crime of the city. However, their new home – an idyllic cottage nestled deep within the dense solitude of Oakwell forest-has a disturbing history, hidden for generations by the locals. There is evil in Hope House, and the cursed forest that surrounds it. Evil that has awakened after lying dormant for decades, and has terrifying plans for the young couple.
Once you hear the whispers, it may already be too late.
officially launching the paperback edition of Whisper in the next week or so, but in the lead up to the launch, the ebook edition will be available for $0.99 or £0.77 for a limited time. Do yourself a favour and pick up one of the creepiest books you'll read this year at a bargain price.
Whisper by Michael Bray. Review by Mariane Spitzer. **Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Whisper for review. This did not, in any way, affect my review of the book or Mr. Bray s ...writing. The book opens with a terrified child running through the woods. It immediately grabs you and pulls you into the story. Although the story does weave through the past and present, each section flows seamlessly into the next. There aren t any jerky time changes, and each change makes sense pulling you into the next scene. It kept me wanting to continue reading to know how the story was playing out in both the past and present. All of the characters are well developed. Their descriptions are detailed and believable. They could be people you know or see on the street each day. Their dialogue is what you would expect, and reflects their individual character. The plot was intriguing. A young married couple buying their dream house. That dream began to unwind when they stepped through the door. This may sound familiar, but don t let that fool you. Mr. Bray has found a new road to terror. He builds his story from several angles, each one frightening on its own. When he combines them, you will find yourself wrapped in a story you will not soon forget. From beginning to end, the plot moves forward. At times it s fast to pull you quickly into the terror that is building, and at others slowly to allow you to take in all the details around the characters and their situation. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a scary read with many twists and turns. I enjoyed it and give it 5 stars. I like Mr. Bray s style and it was well written. --Mariane Spitzer
This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for – below are the respective blurbs for Paul Kane’s Ghosts collection of supernatural short stories and Tim Lebbon’s novella Still Life, both of which are due to be launched at this year’s World Fantasy Convention (31st October – November 3rd 2013, Hilton Brighton Metropole, Brighton, UK).
You can pre-order your copies here
Ghosts by Paul Kane (Spectral Collection I)
They are all around us all the time. But only a few make contact, and only certain people are destined to see the Ghosts. Here, you’ll read a lonely shade’s tale… a deceased old man’s house being invaded… how one person discovers the true meaning of the Christmas spirit, while a parent struggles to come to terms with the sad loss of a child… and what happens when the ghosts of war go on the rampage, or when a monstrous wraith stalks the streets looking for revenge. Gathering together all of award-winning and bestselling author Paul Kane’s supernatural fiction, including three brand new stories–one a sequel to Charles Dickens’ ‘The Signal-Man’–and featuring an introduction from bestselling horror author Nancy Kilpatrick (Power of the Blood World series), the script of Wind Chimes introduced by its director Brad Watson (7th Dimension), plus suitably atmospheric cover art from Edward Miller, this is one collection that will haunt you forever.
Available in a limited signed hardback edition of 125 only.
Still Life by Tim Lebbon, Spectral Visions IV
Jenni’s husband was part of the Road of Souls––his flesh swarmed by ants and pecked by rooks, bones crushed to powder by wheels of dread––and yet she still saw him in the pool.
The incursion has been and gone, the war is over, and the enemy is in the land, remote and ambiguous. The village outskirts are guarded by vicious beasts, making escape impossible. The village itself is controlled by the Finks, human servants to the enemy––brutal, callous, almost untouchable.
Everything is less than it was before… time seems to move slower, the population is much denuded, and life itself seems to hold little purpose. This is not living, it’s existing.
But in a subjugated population, there is always resistance.
For Jenni, the happiest part of this new life is visiting the pool in the woods, seeing her dead husband within, and sharing memories of happier times. It calms her and makes her feel alive.
But the resistance comes to her for help.
And when her dead husband tells her it is time to fight, Jenni’s life is destined for a shattering change.
“Tim Lebbon conjures up the horror of a world distorted by fear, distrust, and something unspeakable. With respectful nods to H.P Lovecraft Still Life rubs reality up against nightmares in this compact, engrossing treat.” Muriel Gray
Available in a limited signed hardback edition of 125 only.
PLEASE NOTE: The actual cover artwork, to be created by famed artist Jim Burns, will be unveiled within the next three weeks or so – please be patient!
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.”
More information can be found by following the links below
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)_