I will be teaching a six-week course covering the basics of creative writing at Southcart Books, Walsall. The course begins on Thursday 25th February, and will run every Thursday between 7pm and 9pm. For more information on how to book securely via PayPal to confirm your place on the course, please visit www.creativewritingwalsall.co.uk.
Whether you like them or not, it seems that found footage films are here to stay. But instead of sticking to the same formulaic and often tedious approach (documentary crew head off into the middle of nowhere in search of witches/ghosts/mythological beasties), filmmakers are finally coming up with new and inventive ways to approach the subgenre, and Adam Green is one such director.
In meta-documentary Digging up the Marrow, Green plays himself, and it’s a shrewd bit of casting as he looks and sounds just like himself. After a brief introduction in which various well-known members of the horror community are asked about their thoughts on monsters, Green is interviewed in his office about a strange piece of fan mail he recently received from a man called William Dekker. According to the missive, monsters are very real. Not only that, but they are living in the ground beneath us in a place the letter’s author has christened ‘The Marrow’.
Intrigued, and more than a little pleased that Dekker has chosen him to expose the world of The Marrow and the creatures therein, Green sets off with his trusty crew (also playing themselves) to investigate.
Dekker (a great tongue-in-cheek performance by Ray Wise) has some secrets of his own, though, and the further Green and his crew, ahem, dig, the more they start to doubt this strange man’s intentions.
Digging up the Marrow is a lot of fun, and should appeal to fans of Holliston and the Hatchet movies, despite being something of a departure for Green. The creature effects (based on the artwork of Alex Pardee) are strong, and Green’s motives (“I’ve always wanted to believe in monsters, ever since I was a kid.”) are plausible, but what really pushes this film up a notch is genre veteran, Ray Wise, who was given plenty of room to improvise, according to a recent magazine interview. Throw in cameos by Kane Hodder, Tom Holland, and Mick Garris, and you’ve got yourself a fun little movie. And if you enjoy it - though it appears to be dividing opinion amongst genre fans - there just might be more to come, perhaps in the form of a TV series. I, for one, would welcome it with open arms.
Dir: Adam Green
Starring: Adam Green, Ray Wise, Kane Hodder
DVD Released: 22 June 2015
I am beyond thrilled to reveal the cover artwork for my forthcoming novel, Wanderlust, released on June 9th by Steamworks Ink. This stunning piece is all down to the magnificent Martin Hanford, whose work has featured on T-shirts, heavy metal album covers, Interzone Magazine, Games Workshop novels, and loads more.
London 1902. Renowned art thief and cat-burglar, Abigale Egars, is good at her job. Assisted by contraptions created by her tinkerer and mentor, Octavius Knight, she is a ghost, evading the Met. at every turn. Unceremoniously abducted from her bed in the dead of night, Abigale learns that The Guild, an insidious and powerful organisation, has implanted a device in her head, a contraption that will administer poison directly into her system at the flick of a switch if she doesn't do what they say.
Blackmailed into stealing three priceless artefacts by The Guild, Abigale must avoid being captured by her arch-nemesis, Detective John Wesley Alcorn, but he's the least of her troubles.
Wizards, magic, necromancers, it's all very real, and Abigale is soon up to her eyeballs in it. Can she survive London, Saint Petersburg and Paris in one piece, steal the triptych and return it to The Guild before the wizards take it from her?
Can she stay alive long enough to save the world?
For review copies, interview requests, and other media enquiries, please contact Adam directly at email@example.com or Catherine Stovall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dead 1: Todeszellen, the German-language edition of Dead Cells, is released in Germany today. This is the first of many works Voodoo Press will be translating and releasing in the coming months, and I'm thrilled to be working with such a fantastic publisher.
As a prisoner in one of the most brutal facilities imaginable, Shane Bridge thought that he'd seen it all. Surrounded by murderers, rapists, gangsters and paedophiles, Shane had managed to survive his three years in one piece. With parole just around the corner, and his wife and daughter at home awaiting his return, Shane has high-hopes for the future.
When a new inmate is brought in, carrying with him a deadly virus, Shane soon realises that his plans, his release, and his very survival are in jeopardy.
With the virus spreading, turning guards and inmates into flesh-eating zombies, it's up to a few survivors to figure out how to escape the facility, how to get along...
...and how to stay alive.
Als Häftling eines der schlimmsten Gefängnisse das man sich vorstellen kann, denkt Shane Bridge, dass er bereits alles gesehen hat. Umgeben von Mördern, Vergewaltigern, Gangstern und Pädophilen, hat Shane drei Jahre lang überlebt. Mit der Aussicht auf seine baldige vorzeitige Entlassung, steckt er große Hoffnung in seine Zukunft zusammen mit seiner Frau und seiner Tochter, die ihn zu Hause bereits sehnsüchtig erwarten.
Doch als ein neuer Häftling ankommt, der einen tödlichen Virus mit sich trägt, erkennt Shane schon bald, dass er seine Pläne zu überdenken hat und er von nun an um sein Überleben kämpfen muss.
Kaum hat sich der Virus ausgebreitet, verwandeln sich sowohl die Wachen, als auch die Insassen zu fleischfressenden Monstern. Nur wenige haben überlebt, zusammen überlegen sie, wie sie hier herauskommen …
… und wie sie am Leben bleiben können.
This Saturday, the 8th of November, Autumn: Horror in the East returns to Lowestoft. Now in its third year, Autumn has a brand spanking new venue - The Marina Theatre - and will run alongside the Horror-on-Sea East Film Festival. I will be there, along such talented authors as David Moody, Iain McKinnon, Andrew Hook, Craig Saunders, Rich Hawkins, Paul S. Huggins, and Darren Barker, with more to be confirmed. If you're not quite ready to let Halloween go this year, Jenny Jackson's Murderous Makeup will be on hand to gore you up to your heart's content.
There will be four panels: The Apocalypse for Dummies, Ghosts and Why They Interest Us, Cryptids and Creatures, and Putting Pen to Paper, so there will be plenty going on throughout the day. So come along and get some books signed, meet a horde of great writers, and slather yourself in blood and guts (some of which might be real, if previous years are anything to go by).
The event is completely FREE and kicks of at 10am.
The results are in. The winners of a The Human Santapede signed paperback and a pack of 5 limited edition The Human Santapede Christmas cards are Dale Talbot, Colin Buckland, and Deborah Hart. The correct answer was of course B) Knecht Ruprecht. Thank you to everyone that entered. Stay tuned for more competitions soon.
The Human Santapede is released on November 15th and is available to preorder now.
To be in with a chance of winning one of three signed paperbacks of The Human Santapede, all you have to do is answer the following question. Competition ends Sunday 26 October at 19:00 GMT. Entries received after that will not be put in the draw, which will be made on Monday 27 October at 20:00 GMT.
Which of these is the name of one of Santa's companions?
B) Knecht Ruprecht
C) Zach Galifianakis
Santa Claus is coming to town...at least, that was the plan, but now his elves have started going missing, kidnapped by some insidious figure in a black cloak, and despite the magic swirling about the place, the toys aren't going to put themselves together. So begins a terrifying game of cat and mouse as Kris Kringle searches The Land of Christmas for his abducted minions, unaware that he is to play an integral part in his foe's plans.
Krampus is pissed at Santa after lending him his snowblower and never getting it back. His punishment? To build a Human Santapede long enough to stretch around The Land of Christmas, and at its helm, the jolly fat man himself. Can Santa - aided by his best foreman, Finklefoot - get his elves back, defeat Krampus, and save Christmas before it is too late, or will Krampus succeed in creating the ghastliest single-file organism the North Pole has ever seen?
Ho-Ho-Holy Shit, things are about to get messy...
Released November 15th.
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Writer of bestselling "The Dead" Series. Author of paranormal novels, The Susceptibles and Deathdealers, and bizarro novellas Larry, Hamsterdamned!, Vinyl Destination, and The Human Santapede.