Ginger Nuts of Horror
In the run up to the release of this new collection from Kenneth W. Cain, Ginger Nuts of Horror will be posting a couple of articles to support the launch. Starting with press release for it. Over the next week, please stay tuned for an great interview with Kenneth, and a guest post from the man himself.
Those of you who are regular readers of this blog will be well aware of my undying love for John's writing. Those of you who aren't regular readers, have a scroll through the archives, and witness for yourself the brilliance of that is JLP. So when Gray Friar Press announced the release of this book, I was right there at the front of the queue for this book.
A man sits in a hospital side room awaiting the cancer surgery that may or may not save his life. As the minutes tick by, time slows and gradually becomes meaningless as he finds himself drawn into memories of his past. But something is wrong. Rather than real memories, what he finds himself remembering are events subtly altered and influenced by his lifelong love of fantasy, horror and science fiction. And through these memories, something is pursuing him.
John Llewellyn Probert’s novella is a tale of magic realism that provides a fascinating and moving insight into the mind of a fantasy fan whose lifelong love of the genre turns out to be more important than he had ever realised.
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Great news, The Screaming Book of Horror is now available as a paperback. Featuring stories from such fine talent as Robin Ince, Charlie Higson, Craig Herbertson, and Alison Littlewood.
This anthology will hopefully remind you of a time when horror books didn’t try to be overly literary or snobbish or superior in tone. The tales inside will take you back to when your stomach took the occasional lurch. Stories that might be found by a teenager fifty years down the line when he or she discovers the book in a relative’s bookcase, or whatever passes for a second hand bookshop in the future, and give them the fire in their belly to try their hand at writing a horror story. This is a horror anthology in the tradition of the anthologies we all grew up with.
“David James Keaton by his own confession has a problem with authority. You might say he has a hard-on for cops, a hard-on of the nightstick variety he brandishes with abandon, gleefully bashing clichés with his own savvy brand of literary mayhem. InFISH BITES COP! Keaton goes Dirty Harry on the cop shop of conventional crime fiction. Heads roll, donuts get gored. It’s so good it should be illegal.”
—Randy Chandler, author of Dime Detective and Bad Juju
Fish Bites Cop! Stories To Bash Authorities is a collection of horror, dark crime, pulp, and slipstream lampoonery that gleefully rips on police officers, security guards, organized religion, firefighters, police officers, bounty hunters, paramedics, police officers, military, middle management, and even more police officers. Bad cop movies are usually just bad cop movies. It's time they paid for it.
Inside you'll find dyslexic paramedics with dog complexes. Reality TV after the apocalypse. A young couple followed by a cop, follows him right back, the follows him some more. Three stories with umlauts in their titles. A cat program at a prison gone horribly wrong. The case against Tasers. The case for squirt guns. The case against bad hand acting. Hands missing thumbs. Hands slipping cuffs. Hands with birth defects that resemble the Loch Ness Monster but kick ass making shadow animals. A bad father and even worse boyfriend hits the reset button on his life until he really gets it wrong. A buddy-cop movie as a Shakespearean play. A guy named "Heck" who discovers Hell. Snipping plastic testicles off pick-up trucks. Cowboys so drunk they catch on fire. A horse that won't die. A ball pit full of spiders (preferable to children). A clam-digging competition between brothers that turns deadly. The disappearance of the bees finally revealed. And ten cops killed for a goldfish cracker. Or nine. A trunk full of surprises guaranteed.
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This is probably the greatest horror film news of the year. The Scream Factory have just announced that Clive Barkers Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut is to finally see a home DVD release. This version will see the running time of the film increased from 102 minutes to almost a full 150 minutes.
I don't know about you but this news has made me a very happy man indeed. Those of you too young to remember, Nightbreed has always been a fan favourite. The story involves the plight of Aaron Boone (Craig Sheffer), a young man tormented by visions of monstrous, graveyard-dwelling creatures. Seeking the aid of his clinically cold therapist Dr. Decker (played by Canadian horror auteur David Cronenberg) in deciphering his nightmares, Boone becomes convinced that his frequent blackouts are linked to a recent spate of mutilation murders in the area. His frantic search for the truth leads him to the subterranean city of Midian, the dwelling place of a mythical race of undead nocturnal monsters known as the "Nightbreed." But it is only after he is cornered and shot dead by police that Boone's real journey begins -- he finds himself resurrected as one of the Breed.
Nicholas Burman -Vince, the man who played Kinski in the film, had this to me this morning
It's great news about The Cabal Cut being released on DVD in 2014. This goes to show the power of all those people who signed the petition organised by Occupy Midian. I'm sure all those who supported the project by attending screenings of early cuts, will enjoy the fruition of their support when they see the DVD. Lots of people made this happen, but special thanks to Russell Cherrington and Mark Miller for driving this forward. Most importantly, congratulations to Clive Barker. He must be very, very pleased.
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On the frozen side of Mount Barmatia, something is stalking the dreams of Dr. Mackenzie Skillman and a team of scientists, as they try to dissect and analyze a newly discovered breed of humanoid. Can they survive long enough to find its origins, or will a strange psychic siege lead them all to their deaths?
“With FROZEN Rachelle Bronson brings 21st century storytelling mojo to a classic-style weird science tale of horror and adventure. Delicious!”
– Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of EXTINCTION MACHINE and V-WARS.
“FROZEN is a chilling story of harrowing suspense and twisting surprises. Bronson is an author to keep an eye on.”
– Kane Gilmour, author of RESURRECT and co-author of RAGNAROK
Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns are a dime a dozen these days, and everyday i am bombarded with requests to help fund and spread the word of these projects. Most of the time I chose to ignore these requests, but every once in a while a project catches my eye, and gets me rather excited. Borley Rectory is one such project. To be honest one of the main reasons that this project caught my eye was the fact that Julian Sands is attached to this project. Julian is one of my favourite actors, Warlock and Arachnophobia are among my all time favourite films.
So what is Borley Rectory? Well you are just going to have to read on to find out.
fROM THEIR INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN
THE DARK is a bimonthly e-magazine of dark fantasy and dark science fiction which will be published both online and in ebook format.
In the pages of THE DARK, you will find a different kind of dark fiction. Just that - different. And dark. Not necessarily horror, per se, with blood and guts and serial killers, but fiction that is weird and offbeat; magic realism; the fantastic; dark science fiction (and not your ordinary "robots and aliens" science fiction). No variation is off limits, and we will be encouraging our writers to take chances with their fiction.
Edited by award winning editor, Jack Fisher, every other month THE DARK will bring you a mix of dark and fantastic fiction, featuring a variety of authors—from the bestsellers and award-winners you already know to the best new voices you haven’t heard of yet. We openly welcome new and aspiring authors, and love to showcase brand new talent! We will not be a magazine that publishes only "name" authors, nor will we close our doors to unsolicited submissions!
Welcome... to Craven Place.
A new novel from Richard Wright, whose previous scribblings have included the novels Cuckoo and Thy Fearful Symmetry. Craven Place is an adaptation of a movie that died in post-production many years ago but, like the novel's witch Megan Morgan, has never quite found peace.