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FORBIDDEN PLANET AND ORBIT BOOKS PRESENT:FANTASY AT THE PHOENIXAT THE PHOENIX ARTISTS’ CLUB, LONDONWEDNESDAY 30th AUGUST 6 – 8pm.
To celebrate the release of James Bennett’s second title RAISING FIRE, the follow-up to CHASING EMBERS, Forbidden Planet and Orbit Books are delighted to present an evening of fantasy at the Phoenix Artists’ Club.
Join James, alongside top UK fantasy authors Mark de Jager, Lucy Hounsom and Jen Williams, for a live panel and Q&A, where they’ll dealing with dreams, dragons, demons and all the terrible perils that stalk the modern-day fantasy author!
Tickets cost £7.50, available from TICKET SOURCE. Books will be available to purchase and can be signed by the authors present, and guests will receive £3 off the price of their first book purchase of the night. Take time to have a drink at the bar, speak to the authors about their work, and find out where those dragons are really lurking…
James Bennett is a British writer raised in Sussex and South Africa. His travels have furnished him with an abiding love of different cultures, history and mythology. His short fiction has appeared internationally and the acclaimed ‘Chasing Embers’ was his debut fantasy novel. James lives in London and sees dragon bones in the Thames whenever he crosses a bridge.
Fans of Ben Aaronovitch and Jim Butcher will revel in this fiery tale of magic, mayhem and modern-day mythology.
Life isn't treating Red Ben Garston well. He's lost everything he once held dear, including the love of his life. Still, at least he escaped the clutches of a malevolent spirit bent on total destruction. So there is that.
Now Ben just wants to drink, and forget, and drink some more. But he can't. Not yet.
Because someone is stirring up trouble. Someone who wants to unleash a powerful ancient magic that could bring the realm of mythology crashing into the modern world.
If Ben fails to stop them, the world will burn - and that's the last thing he needs on his conscience.
BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAWMARK GATISS AND REECE SHEARSMITH LEAD THE CAST IN NEW AUDIO ADAPTATION OF 70’S HORROR CLASSIC
46 years after the original film, Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith are fronting a new audio adaptation of ‘70s horror classic Blood on Satan’s Claw.
Produced by Bafflegab Productions and adapted by horror writer Mark Morris, Blood on Satan’s Claw will also feature the star of the original film, Linda Hayden, alongside a stellar cast that includes Alice Lowe (Sightseers, Prevenge), John Heffernan (Ripper Street, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell), Ralph Ineson (The Witch, The Office) and Philip Hill-Pearson (Shameless, Good Cop).
Some scenes were recorded earlier this week, but Bafflegab will be starting a crowdfunding campaign in coming weeks to finance the remainder of the project. Crowdfunders will be able to receive exclusive rewards by donating towards production costs. There will be more details at www.bafflegab.co.uk or Bafflegab’s Facebook page in the next few days.
Mark Gatiss says: “I first saw Blood on Satan’s Claw in the Friday night horror slot on Tyne Tees television, when I was a kid. I remember it vividly because it scared the life out of me. It’s so distinctly different. The pitch for the film is so strange, and it’s very much in that folk horror tradition: dark, bucolic, earthy and genuinely disquieting. It’s a fabulous tale.”
Linda Hayden added: “It’s lovely working with Reece Shearsmith and Mark Gatiss, as they’re huge fans of the film. I’m really honoured. It was always a really atmospheric piece, and the script to this new audio really captures that.”
Scriptwriter Mark Morris says: “I was first captivated by its unsettling, nightmarish atmosphere at the age of 12 or 13, since when it's been one of my favourite horror films. I leaped at the chance, therefore, to adapt and expand the original screenplay for this new audio version, and from day one this has been a real labour of love. The calibre of the cast we've been able to attract to the project is phenomenal, and a testament to the film's enduring impact. Blood on Satan's Claw is back - and I'm incredibly proud, this time around, to be a part of it.”
Blood on Satan’s Claw sits alongside Witchfinder General and The Wicker Man as one of the three films which make up the sub-genre known as folk horror. In it, a village in 17th Century England is overcome by a Satanic plague, after a hideous skull is found in the furrows of a farmer’s field. The village youth fall quickly under the devil's spell and retreat to the woodland to conduct games of sexual violence and sacrifice.
Blood on Satan’s Claw is produced by Bafflegab Productions, producers of Baker’s End, starring Tom Baker (Gold New York Radio Award for Best Audiobook 2017, finalist in the 2017 BBC Audio Drama Awards); The Scarifyers, as heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra; Hammer Films audio anthology Hammer Chillers; and The Brenda and Effie Mysteries, starring Anne Reid (winner of the Gold New York Radio Award for Best Audiobook 2015)
It feels like a lifetime ago when it was announced that Ginger Nuts of Horror was closing. It was a choice that didn't come easily to me, at that point I was probably at my lowest point, physically, emotionally, and mentally in decades.
I'm not going to go into details about what happened, suffice to say that with everything that was going on in my life at that time, this website felt like a poison dart in my side. Through all of the troubles and turmoil, I was going through, the site and all the reviews that needed posting, that was when I realised that I had crossed the line from doing this as a hobby into this website taking over my life. I felt that the only recourse left to me was to kill the thing that seemed to be at the root of all my troubles.
Those of you who run their review sites will know all too well how much time and effort it takes to do it. Years of getting up at 3 am to reply to emails, write reviews, post news items, etc., had over the years taken their toll on both my health, my family life and my mental health. Combining that with a physical job that in all truth I am getting too old for, and family commitments, resulted in me not being a very nice person at home or work, exhaustion is a bastard, and while it is no excuse for my actions, it was a source of the problem.
Adding to this was the constant noise and chatter for the cheap seats. Why so many of those involved in the genre felt they needed me to either be aware of new drama was unfolding, or hell in even some cases take up the sword in their quest for justice was beyond me. From now on I'll leave that for those of you with your white horse, and a twisted sense of morality and shifting goalposts.
To counteract this have stripped the friend's list on Facebook from over 2500 to around 200, my main Facebook account is now for friends and family only. I need to distance myself from the constant chatter, and the constant need to be contacted by people who don't respect personal boundaries. With that in mind as of today, i will no longer be using Facebook Messenger; I hate it, I hate how the little red notification sits there staring at you trying to make you feel guilty about ignoring it.
If you are wondering what this all has to do with the site, then hold on all will be answered.
My review team are fantastic, they are brilliant writers, but more importantly a great set of friends and confidants, people who without their counsel and help, would have probably seen me in a much worse place. And to just kill the site would be a huge mark of disrespect to them as friends. There also was the matter of Summer of Sabbath; there was no way I could let all that work just go away and a large number of reviews and articles that still had to be posted.
So with that in mind, Ginger Nuts of Horror will return, but with some very significant changes.
1. Reviews are now closed, all reviews will be by invitation only. No exceptions. Currently we have over 500 books sitting in this year's review pile, that number of books is just too much for any site, and the time and effort that it takes to deal with this is just too much.
2. News items will unless it is a major event, will all be posted in a mass news post, daily multiple news posts will no longer happen.
3. The film side of the site will slowly be phased out, dealing with multiple PR agents for the same film is tiring, confusing and downright annoying, and to be honest, the flood of mediocre indie horror films at the moment is rather disheartening.
4. There will be a zero tolerance policy on the site; I won't promote anyone how acts like a dick, either to me or any of my reviewers or in the genre as well. No reviews for the author's books or any anthology they appear in.
If you are wondering what brought this on, there were two things1. I received a long winded rant from an author directed at me and some of my feelings on the genre a day later; they had the cheek to send in a review request. 2. A great friend of mine has hung up their reviewing books, for some reasons, many of which I have gone through myself, but one of them was brought on by a writer who spends more time trying to get attention and pity than actually writing. Their need to be a tattletale resulted in my friend getting a shit load of abuse, that sort of shit is not going to be tolerated anymore.
So as of next week, Ginger Nuts will return, I'll be taking a step back from the front line, but I will still be there driving the site forward, but the site will now be under my rule, rather than me living under its rule.
And we have a lot of great stuff coming your way.
From The Writer of ‘The Hitcher’ and ‘Near Dark’ – Comes A Brand New Must-Read Available For Pre-Order
From the master thriller writer, Eric Red, who wrote the classic suspense movies ‘The Hitcher’ and ‘Near Dark’, comes ‘The Wolves of El Diablo’. The highly-anticipated sequel and the second book in his popular Men Who Walk Like Wolves series, ‘The Wolves of El Diablo’ creates a new epic dark fantasy mythology readers are sure to devour.
“Couldn’t put it down. The action is nonstop relentless...I can't wait for the movie!” says Jack Ketchum, bestselling author of The Girl Next Door.
Fans of fantasy, westerns, horror, and action are sure to enjoy the high-octane thriller in which the heroes who won’t back down find themselves trapped on a train and facing an unbeatable battle against a horde of unstoppable werewolves. Eric Red’s classic feel meets with a whole new brand of adrenaline-fueled excitement that will entertain fans for hours.
“With this series, I wanted to create a new epic dark fantasy mythology of legendary heroes battling supernatural monsters in fantastic realms that will span a trilogy and take readers where they haven’t been before,” says Eric Red when asked about his inspiration for the series.
“The Men Who Walk Like Wolves series is a crossover of the western and horror genres, mixing classic western gunfighter good guys with classic horror bad guy werewolves,” says Red, “Because both western and horror are action-packed, good guy-versus-bad guy stories, it’s a natural mash-up.”
The Wolves of El Diablo is a hit for avid readers of several genres, and everyone who loves a good story. Published by SST Publications, it is available for pre-order on Amazon in Paperback and e-Book Formats.
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About Eric Red: Eric Red is a Los Angeles-based novelist, screenwriter, and film director. His first two novels, a dark coming-of-age tale about teenagers called DON’T STAND SO CLOSE and a dark fantasy called THE GUNS OF SANTA SANGRE are available from SST Publications. His other two novels, a science fiction thriller called IT WAITS BELOW and a mystery crime thriller called WHITE KNUCKLE, are available from Crossroad Press. His fifth novel THE WOLVES OF EL DIABLO, the sequel to THE GUNS OF SANTA SANGRE, will be published in hardcover, trade paperback and digital editions by SST Publications in August 2017.
The first two of his Joe Noose Western novels, NOOSE and HANGING FIRE, will be published by Kensington Books in 2018 and 2019. Mr. Red directed and wrote the films COHEN AND TATE for Hemdale, BODY PARTS for Paramount, UNDERTOW for Showtime, BAD MOON for Warner Bros. and 100 FEET for Grand Illusions Entertainment. His original screenplays include THE HITCHER for TriStar, NEAR DARK for DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group, BLUE STEEL for MGM and THE LAST OUTLAW for HBO.
‘The Wolves of El Diablo’ is Available for Pre-Order Now
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Gore Verbinski’s Visually Stunning, Critically Acclaimed Psychological Thriller A CURE FOR WELLNESS Arrives on Digital HD 19 June
and on Blu-rayTM & DVD 3 July
A CURE FOR WELLNESS
Lockhart (Dane DeHaan), an ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from a remote and mysterious “wellness center.” When he begins to unravel the retreat’s terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests there longing for the cure.
Featuring hauntingly mesmerising performances from Dane DeHaan (Chronicle), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter films) and Mia Goth (Everest), the Blu-rayTM and DVD includes a deleted sequence, a behind- the-scenes look at the scoring of the film and individual meditations from the wellness center.
A CURE FOR WELLNESS Disc Specifications
Release Date: Digital HD: 19 June 2017 / Blu-rayTM & DVD: 3 July 2017
Digital HD, Blu-rayTM & DVD Special Features Include
Deleted Sequence: “It’s Wonderful Here” Meditations
Screen Format: Audio:
Total Run Time: UK Rating: Closed Captioned:
Widescreen 16:9 (1.78:1)
English 7.1 DTS-HD-MA / Spanish 5.1 DD / French 5.1 DD (Blu-rayTM) English 5.1 DD / Spanish 2.0 Surround DD / French 2.0 Surround DD (DVD) English / French / Spanish (Blu-rayTM & DVD)
Approximately 146 minutes
Horror reviewer and author extraordinaire Chad A. Clark's new book Yesterday When We Died is released on 28 June, and Ginger Nuts of Horror has all the details you need to pre-order the book today.
He's waiting for you.
Cryptic warnings and fragments from a crazed mind are all that Kyle has to go on in the wake of the unexpected suicide of his ex-girlfriend, Cheryl. A rapid descent into madness would culminate in throwing herself off the roof of her hospital, leaving him left behind, searching for answers.
Kyle has one clue to follow. From her parents, he learns that she spent a week alone, camping in the upstate wilderness in a rented cabin. Enlisting the company of two friends without revealing to them the real reason for his trip, Kyle goes there, determined to find out what happened to her.
He soon realizes that the ghosts of his own memory and guilt have been joined by the dark presence of something else. Of something powerful.
And still, the cabin waits
Determined to find out why, Kyle has one clue to follow. From her parents, he learns that she spent a week alone, camping in the upstate wilderness in a rented cabin. Enlisting the company of two friends without revealing to them the real reason for his trip, Kyle goes there himself, searching for answers.
He soon realizes that the ghosts of his own memory and guilt have been joined by the dark presence of something else. Of something powerful.
And still, the cabin waits.
NewCon Press has just announced details of a brand new four novella set from such celebrated authors as Simon Clark, Alison Littlewood, Sarah Lotz, and Jay Caselberg. They are available as single books or as a gorgeous hardback slipped cased set featuring cover art from the hugely talented Vincent Sammy.
NewCon Press is a multiple award-winning independent publisher specialising in science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy and horror. Founded in 2006 by author and editor Ian Whates, NewCon Press has established a reputation for quality, working with some of genre fiction’s best known names as well as with exciting new voices.
NewCon produces signed limited edition hardback, paperback, and eBook editions, and we are never frightened to showcase the talents of debut authors alongside those of more established writers.
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All books can be purchased directly from NewCon Press or via the universal Amazon links in the main body of this news item.
When I set up Ginger Nuts of Horror almost eight years ago, the main reason and mission statement for the site was "The Promotion and Celebration of Horror Authors". It's a statement that still stands true; the site has never been about me it has always been about promoting the best that horror writing has to offer. And when some of those authors who I regarded as having something special to say started to write for the site, I couldn't have been happier.
Over the years the Ginger Nuts Gang has become like a family, I look upon those who contribute to the site's success as brothers and sisters in arms, and whenever any of them get some great exciting news about their writing career, I get a warm feeling in my heart.
Today it is the turn of Kayleigh Marie Edwards if you are unfamiliar with her gift to the site go and check out her "Challenge Kayleigh" Column, trust me you will love it. Kayleigh has always been a writer I have admired, hugely talented; she is a writer on the brink of greatness, something which the folks at The Sinister Horror Company can see as well, as the have just announced that they are to publish a Corpsing, a collection of her short stories. I for one cannot wait to read the collection, read on for more details of her book and our exclusive reveal of the cover.
Those of you who follow Ginger Nuts of Horror on a regular basis will know that there are a few select authors, who get me excited with any new publication news. John Llewellyn Probert is one of those authors. A master storyteller with a cunning ability to chill you to the bone, while making you smile, with his wicked gift of imbuing his tales with a flair and drama and an incredible sense of fun that is reminiscent of the glory days of Hammer and Amicus horror films. When Black Shuck Books announced they were publishing a new collection of his short stories, I have to admit; I did a little happy dance. Read on for full details of this collection and how to pre-order a copy of the book.
Horror masters Brian Keene and Wrath James White have just announced details of a new award celebrating the best in Splatterpunk Fiction, and Ginger Nuts of Horror is honoured to bring you a first look at all of the details the awards.
The annual Splatterpunk Awards will honor superior achievement in the sub-genres of SplatterPunk / Extreme Horror fiction, in the following categories:
BEST NOVEL (for works of more than 50,000 words)
BEST NOVELLA (for works from 15,000 to 50,000 words)
BEST SHORT STORY (for works from 500 to 14,000 words)
BEST COLLECTION (for single-author works over 50,000 words)
BEST ANTHOLOGY (for multiple-author collections over 50,000 words)
In addition, there will also be an annual Lifetime Achievement Award (the J.F. GONZALEZ AWARD), honoring an individual’s contributions to the Splatterpunk or Extreme horror sub-genres.
Attendees of KillerCon 2018 can recommend works in each of these categories for the 2018 Splatterpunk Awards, which will take place at KillerCon, and will honor works published in 2017. Recommendations will be accepted from August 1, 2017 until midnight (Eastern Standard Time) January 31, 2018. You must be a registered attendee before the January 31, 2018 deadline. Details on how to recommend works will be posted at killerconaustin.com in the coming weeks.
The three works that have the most reader recommendations in each category will proceed to the ballot. The 2018 Splatterpunk Awards jury will have the ability to add two additional works, that may have been overlooked by the general public, to each category.
When this process is completed, the official nominees will be announced publicly. The jury will then vote on the winner in each category.
The 2018 Splatterpunk Awards jurors are David J. Schow, Gerard Houarner, Monica J. O'Rourke, Mike Lombardo, and Tod Clark.
The Founders of the SplatterPunk Awards, Wrath James White and Brian Keene, will select the Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
Please note: Works by members of the jury, as well as the award founders, will not be eligible for inclusion on the ballot, in any category (with the exception of the Lifetime Achievement award).