Ginger Nuts of Horror
I like to think of Ginger Nuts of Horror as a family, and like a big papa bear I get a warm feeling when one of the family gets a big break such as when Jonathan Butcher gets a great publishing deal. Jonathan's latest novella has been snapped up by The Sinister Horror Company, who are one of the finest and most upstanding of the new breed of horror publishers. They produce great books, treat their authors with the utmost respect, and are a bunch of great guys, who support the genre as a whole with a passion that is inspiring and infectious. When they asked if I would like to reveal the cover for Jonathan's new book I almost snapped their fingers off with excitement.
But who is Jonathan? I hear you ask, well Jonathan Butcher authors strange and varied horror tales and loves to push boundaries. His work has been published by the Sinister Horror Company, Great British Horror, Burdizzo Books, Eyecue Productions, Dynatox Ministries, Quantum Corsets, and a big ol’ swathe of magazines and websites.
He earns his crust as a freelance copywriter/proofreader/wordhead, screams nihilistic hell-filth for the band Vomit Coffin, and lurks in Birmingham, UK.
Find him here: www.facebook.com/jonathanbutcherauthor
Read on for the cover reveal and more about the book.
The Dead of Night Film Festival
An International Horror Film Festival 20-21st October 2017
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!!!
We want your horror trailers, short and feature length movies. Submit now exclusively on FilmFreeway. Click below for all the details.
The Dead of Night Film Festival comes to you on the 20th & 21st October 2017 and is a new addition to the ever growing International horror film festival circuit. The objective of our festival is to bring new independent horror short and feature films to the genre loving public of the seaside town of Southport, England. The festival is brought to you from the creative team behind the award winning festive horror movie 'Good Tidings' and will be apart of this years Spookport festivities this HALLOWEEN. Making this festival truly special is our venue, the beautiful The Atkinson Theatre. So rest assured this festival is made for horror fans by horror fans.
We want audiences to have the same experience they get when watching their favourite larger budget movies, an experience in our eyes that every movie should have, screened on the big screen.
It can be hard for Independent filmmakers to get theatrical releases for their movies and we want to help get them the audiences they deserve. It's such an important part of independent cinema and is the best way to get their movies seen around the globe.
The film festival will screen 8 short and 8 feature films within the genre bracket, there'll be special guests and a whole lot more fun over this two day extravaganza.
Submit your films, become a vendor or join us as a guest in October 2017.
Best Feature Best Short Best Director Best Trailer
Actor Nicholas Vince played The Chatterer Cenobite in Clive Barker's Hellraiser & Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Kinski in Barker's Nightbreed. In 2016 he was awarded the London Horror Society Award for Outstanding Contribution to UK Independent Horror and is Patron of the London Horror Festival.
Recently, he starred in the independent feature film, Hollower(dir. MJ Dixon), and numerous short films including the award winning Mindless (dir. Katie Bonham). He wrote and directed the short film, The Night Whispered, which screened in the UK, USA and France and he is in pre-production on two short films.
His two collections of short stories, What Monsters Do and Other People's Darkness are both available on amazon sites. In the 1990's he wrote comics for Marvel, some of which are included in the Marvel Frontier Collection.
On his popular YouTube show and iTunes podcast, Chattering With Nicholas Vince, he interviews independent film makers, writers and artists.
The SCI-FI-LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2017 launches its astronomical 17th annual programme which will run from the 27th April until the 6th May 2017 across London with ten days of amazing film, live music, immersive experiences and more. It will showcase a fantastic lineup with 6 world film premieres, 13 UK film premieres, 11 world short premieres and 13 UK short premieres. It will host 25 features, 51 shorts and 4 VR shorts alongside its regular classic cult events such as the 48 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE and SCI-FIDO, the world’s only cosplay for dogs!
read on for full details...
Coming soon from Christopher Golden and Titan Books, and anthology of urban terror, featuring some of the finest writers of genre fiction.
From crumbling brownstones to shining skyscrapers, horror lurks everywhere in the city, where life can be hell. Top horror masters explore urban terror supernatural and otherwise. An anthology of horror stories in urban settings: whether back alleys, crumbling brownstones, gleaming high-rise towers, or city hall. Terrifying urban myths, malicious ghosts, cursed architecture, malignant city deities, personal demons (in business or relationships) twisted into something worse; virtually anything that inspires the contributors to imagine some bit of urban darkness.
Table of Contents
THE DOGS by Scott Smith
IN STONE by Tim Lebbon
THE WAY SHE IS WITH STRANGERS by Helen Marshall
WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS by M.R. Carey
GOOD NIGHT, PRISON KINGS by Cherie Priest
DEAR DIARY by Scott Sigler
WHAT I’VE ALWAYS DONE by Amber Benson
GRIT by Jonathan Maberry
DARK HILL RUN by Kasey Lansdale & Joe R. Lansdale
HAPPY FOREVER by Simon R. Green
THE SOCIETY OF THE MONSTERHOOD by Paul Tremblay
THE MAW by Nathan Ballingrud
FIELD TRIP by Tananarive Due
THE REVELERS by Christopher Golden
THE STILLNESS by Ramsey Campbell
SANCTUARY by Kealan Patrick Burke
MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH by Sherrilyn Kenyon
GRAFFITI OF THE LOST AND DYING PLACES by Seanan McGuire
THE CRACK by Nick Cutter
The razor-sharp tale of ancient evil set amid the
very modern tensions of ‘Broken Britain’
The Truants is a startling, noirish tale of immortality, bloodlust and rage, giving a fresh twist to the traditional vampire novel.
Following his lover’s suicide, the last of the ‘old-ones’– ancient, near-immortal beings as clever as they are ruthless, and unable to withstand the light of the sun – has had enough of this world gone to ruin and decides to finally end his existence. Yet as he waits for the burning dawn on a bench near a council estate, he is held up at knifepoint by a youth and stabbed. While the old-one’s body turns to ashes with the rising sun, his assailant scurries back into the estate’s feral underbelly with the knife in his pocket. The old-one’s blood is still seared into its sharpened blade, and as the knife does its bloody rounds his consciousness is awakened in the city’s children from the depths of the afterlife.
Determined to die, he must find and destroy the knife to regain control of his soul. But someone is out to stop him…
A powerful new voice, Lee Markham has written an intelligent, penetrating novel which uncovers the fragility and hopelessness of Britain’s social underclass – and the terror of their everyday lives. Inspired by the London Riots and cases such as the murders of Damilola Taylor and Baby P, The Truants is a gritty, unrelenting and visceral realisation of modern urban horror.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THE TRUANTS
‘Markham’s take on the inside of an ancient vampire’s head is as invigoratingly fresh as his story is, by turns, brutal and touching. Stripped of romance, paced like a crime novel, it engages a milieu which most of us, happily, will never need to see – the teen gangs on the cruel, poverty-stricken streets, the ‘rats’ in the gutters – and makes us give a damn. An extremely smart, talented first novel’
Jack Ketchum, author of Off Season
‘The best vampire story since Let The Right One In and a bleak and bloody antidote to the romanticised prettification of the vampire myth popularised by Twilight, The Vampire Diaries and other toothless, teen-oriented nonsense. Markham takes the vampire mythology and twists it into fascinating new shapes... definitely one for your must-read list’
Neil Martin, somethingyousaid.com
‘An extremely smart, talented first novel… Brutal and touching…
paced like a crime novel..’
Jack Ketchum, author of Off Season
‘The Trainspotting of supernatural prose’
Liam Sharp, author of God Killers
Jason Arnopp’s debut novel, The Last Days Of Jack Sparks, has proven very popular since it’s release in the summer of last year (we dug it enough to review it twice - see here and here.
Apparently, we weren’t the only ones who were impressed. As announced on his blog, Jason has revealed that the movie rights have been optioned by none other than Imagine Entertainment, Ron Howard’s production company. Ron Howard had this to say about the project:"Jack Sparks is a tremendously fascinating, entertaining, and entirely contemporary movie character. His journey into the supernatural and his clashes with those forces and with himself are hilarious, disturbing, exciting and surprising as hell. I couldn't put the book down and I believe it will be a blast for audiences to experience the movie version."
Jason himself has been hard at work on producing a script treatment for the novel, but he recently commented on the news as follows: "Ron Howard is a living legend, so it's absolutely wonderful to see the director of Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code and Frost/Nixon place so much faith in The Last Days Of Jack Sparks. Ron and his ingenious production wizards have been a joy to deal with and I'm having a blast writing the script. I know the late Jack Sparks would feel his posthumous book is being ferried towards the silver screen by exactly the right people."
The news couldn’t be breaking at a better time, with Jack Sparks arriving in paperback in the US on April 4th. For more Jack Sparks related chat, as well as some more details about this latest development, and some insight into Jason’s eagerly anticipated second novel, please check out our exclusive interview here.
***FEATURED ON SIMON MAYO'S RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB***
THE MOST CHILLING AND UNPREDICTABLE THRILLER OF THE YEAR
It was no secret that journalist Jack Sparks had been researching the occult for his new book. No stranger to controversy, he'd already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed.
Then there was that video: forty seconds of chilling footage that Jack repeatedly claimed was not of his making, yet was posted from his own YouTube account.
Nobody knew what happened to Jack in the days that followed - until now.
'Fascinating, hilarious, disturbing, exciting and surprising as hell. I couldn't put the book down' - Ron Howard
'Ingenious and funny . . . A magnificent millennial nightmare' - Alan Moore
Life changes for a high school cheerleader named Amanda when she and her family move from a small town in Michigan to a Victorian house near Chicago. While her newly-divorced mom struggles with a new job and her eccentric little brother seems to fit in effortlessly, Amanda tries to find her way in her daunting new high school. Meanwhile, weird things happen in the family’s new house. Knocking sounds. Strange guitar riffs during rainstorms. Unexplained household messes.
A quirky medium and a bumbling young paranormal investigation team search for answers but add little clarity before an unseen force meting out rough power chords scares them away.
Amanda soon discovers that her house is haunted … by Brian, the ghost of a teenage punk rock guitarist who has been jamming on the roof during rainstorms since the 1980s. He enjoys spirited poker nights with a neighborhood quintet of teen ghosts from different eras – the 1960s, 1950s, 1910s, 1870s, and 1700s. Amanda and Brian forge an unlikely friendship, but tension arises when Amanda asks him to her school’s Homecoming dance.
Amanda hosts a Halloween party and invites her new school friends and Brian’s teenage ghost pals. When uninvited guests arrive, paranormal investigators clash with Chicago’s most badass spirit, and the neighborhood’s past collides with its present. How will Amanda solve her future?
Teenage Ghost Punk was shot just outside Chicago, primarily in a 126-year-old house in in Oak Park’s Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District. The owner says it really is haunted. And we can’t argue with that!
In a twisted social experiment, a group of 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia, and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed in order to survive.
Presented by Orion Pictures, an arm of MGM, The Belko Experiment is directed by Greg McLean (The Darkness, Wolf Creek), written by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) and produced by Peter Safran (The Conjuring, Annabelle) and Gunn. The film stars John Gallagher, Jr. (The Newsroom, 10 Cloverfield Lane), Tony Goldwyn (Scandal), Adria Arjona (True Detective), John C. McGinley (Stan Against Evil, Scrubs), Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy).
Sprung from the mind of acclaimed filmmaker James Gunn and directed by Greg McLean, The Belko Experiment raises provocative questions while offering a black-humored thrill-ride that pushes ruthless corporate behavior to terrifying extremes.
When office workers arrive for work at Belko Industries’ isolated high-rise campus outside Bogotá, Colombia, the morning starts much like any other. Mike Pelk (John Gallagher, Jr.) smokes weed in the bathroom and flirts with his beautiful officemate Leandra (Adria Arjona) while new employee Dany Wilkins (Melonie Diaz) settles in for her first day on the job. Everything changes when an anonymous voice comes through the intercom speakers ordering employees to kill two of their colleagues within 30 minutes. Many of the 80 employees assume the order is a sick joke, even when steel-plated doors snap shut sealing off all windows and exits. When they fail to comply before the half hour is up, the heads of four randomly chosen office workers explode. Panic reaches a fever pitch when the disembodied voice issues his next command: thirty people must be killed within the next two hours or 60 people will die. Belko COO Barry Norris (Tony Goldwyn), a former Special Forces operative, commandeers a vault filled with guns, assembles an ad-hoc death squad and begins executing elderly and childless employees. In the ensuing melee, ordinary office workers including stoner Marty (Sean Gunn), nerdy Keith (Josh Brener), creepy Wendell (John C. McGinley) and maintenance guy Bud (Michael Rooker) reveal their true colors.
What if you had the power to decide who lives and who dies?
We suggest you obey the rules. Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone's name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.
The Netflix original film is directed by Adam Wingard (Blair Witch, You’re Next) and stars Nat Wolff (Paper Towns), Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out), Paul Nakauchi (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), Shea Whigham (American Hustle) and Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man). Death Note will premiere exclusively on Netflix on August 25th.
Death Note, Netflix, Adam Wingard, Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley, Lakeith Stanfield), Paul Nakauchi, Shea Whigham, Willem Dafoe.
If you were the owner of this book whose name would you place it in? Leave your suggestions in the comment section below
Long term readers of Ginger Nuts of Horror should be well aware of my love for Laura Mauro's writing. In years to come when our descendants compile lists of great writers Laura Mauro's name is one that will feature on all of the best list. Emotive, intelligent writing that seeps into your subconscious where sits like an icy ghost, she truly is a writer of powerful stories.
Laura has just announced that her novella Naming The Bones will be the next publication from Dark Minds Press. The Dark Minds novella series has been roaring success with previous entries coming from the likes of Ben Jones, Gary Fry and Rich Hawkins. With their distinctive black and red cover design these books are as good to look at as they are to read. So glad to see that they have stuck with this winning brand image for this years batch of books.
The book is due for launch around July, but stay in touch as we will have more details as the are made public. And stay tuned for a review of the book to coincide with a competition to win a copy of the novella.