Announcing ISOLATION

Hope you’ve had a great New Year!

I mentioned in a recent post that I’ll be trying a few different things this year, but that doesn’t mean I’ll be completely turning my back on the post-apocalyptic tales of doom which have served me well so far! I wanted to start 2012 by formally announcing a project which I, along with several others, have already been working on for some time.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll probably have heard me describe myself as a frustrated film-maker. I’ve made no secret of the fact that film is something I’ve long wanted to get more involved with, and in 2012 that’s going to happen.

ISOLATION is a film project I’m working on with Will Wright. Will and I met a couple of years back and, born of a mutual desire to make a certain type of zombie movie, we immediately started plotting. We now have a script, a strategy, and a number of industry professionals ready to help us turn our story (actually stories) into a unique movie.

I’m not going to tell you very much more just yet, other than the fact we’ll be filming in and around Birmingham, UK, this summer. So why I am telling you this today instead of waiting until we’ve got something more tangible to show you? The answer’s simple – we want you involved from the outset. We want you to help shape this project. Over the coming weeks and months we’ll be revealing more and more about ISOLATION and asking for your feedback and ideas. If you’re a designer, musician, make up artist, actor, stunt person, promotions expert etc. etc. then we want to hear from you. If you’re a zombie fanatic who has very definite ideas on the kind of zombie movies you’d like to see, then we want to hear from you. If you just like the idea of playing dead on film, then we want to hear from you!

More to come very soon. In the meantime, follow ISOLATION on Twitter and Facebook, join the mailing list, and keep an eye on the website. Until then, here’s DefDFires zombie-themed video for The Palace, directed by Will.

The Walking Dead season 2

I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read nearly enough of The Walking Dead (I’m currently working my way through this little beauty), but I was a big fan of the first season of the TV show. It’s great to see another zombie story which focuses on the characters and situations more than on the living dead. This trailer for season two looks absolutely incredible:

By the way, here’s an interesting fact for you: Glen Mazzara, lead writer for season two, wrote the original version of the script for the HATER movie. Hope to have some news on that project for you soon…

Remain Indoors!

I’ve been doing a lot of press for DOG BLOOD recently and I’ve regularly been asked about my favourite movies. As you’ve probably guessed from my books (it doesn’t take a genius!), post-apocalyptic films are my thing.

My brain needs some serious recharging right now, and talking about all those classics has made me want to watch them again. So that’s what I’m planning to do. And I’ve decided I’ll write something about each of them for this site: what I liked about them, what I didn’t like, how they’ve been an influence etc. etc. etc.

There are many comprehensive lists around the internet (such as this one over at www.quietearth.us), but I was thinking – what are your favourite apocalyptic films? I’m always on the lookout for new films or ones that I’ve missed, so please leave a comment and recommend your top end of the world movies. As a starter, here are the first few I’ve got lined up:

And remember, as fans of BBC’s Mitchell and Webb know, Armageddon doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. Just Remain Indoors!

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Bring classic horror back to the BBC

I don’t know how many of you are like me… thirty-something (very close to forty-something) and UK based. If you’re not then this post may not be relevant. Sorry about that, but this is something I’m passionate about!

Growing up as a young horror fan in the UK in the 1980’s, it was bloody hard to find any decent movies to watch. Dumb politicians, moralistic idiots and misguided religious fools conspired to strip our shelves of everything even mildly horrific.

Some of my earliest horror movie memories came as a result of the ‘Horror Double Bills’ which used to screen on the BBC, late on a Saturday night. There you could see Universal monster movies back-to-back with sumptuous Hammer and Amicus classics. Just click here for a taste of the superb selection of seminal horror we used to enjoy.

But, without anyone really noticing, the Horror Double Bills died out, and were replaced, on the whole, with blandness: reality TV shows, endless repeats, 24 hour news etc. etc.

I was really pleased to hear that a campaign to bring Classic Horror back to BBC TV in the UK has been started, and I wanted to ask all you UK readers to show your support. There’s a website, a Facebook page and even a petition. Please add your voice!

This isn’t just a nostalgia trip for old buggers like me. These films really were instrumental in switching me on to horror, and I don’t think I’d be writing the books I write today if it hadn’t been for those Saturday nights spent creeping back downstairs to watch TV after my parents had gone to bed, or staying up late in the school holidays and being scared half to death by Quatermass, Captain Kronos,  Doctor Phibes and the like. Let’s get these films back on the box!

AUTUMN competition reminder

Less than a week to enter the competition to win my copy of the AUTUMN movie on DVD. Here’s the question again (now removed as the competition has closed). Entries close on 31st May when a winner will  be selected at random.

Things I’ve found out this week #1: the UK DVD release is region free so anyone can watch it.

Things I’ve found out this week #2: if you’re in the UK and you want to see the film today, it’s being shown on the Horror Channel again tonight at 9:00pm.

A quick AUTUMN competition

Three weeks since I last posted . . . that’s not good!

I’ve been trying to get the bulk of the third HATER book written before DOG BLOOD hits the shelves next month. I’m a third of the way in to what I hope will be the final(ish) draft, and there are another few weeks work ahead of me yet. If I can get it done and delivered then that gives me much more opportunity to get out and about to promote DOG BLOOD (which, I’m pleased to report, seems to be going down well so far).

The AUTUMN movie was released on DVD in the UK this week. Bizarrely (and I didn’t know about this until I saw it listed on Play.com), they’ve stuck me on the front cover! People will start to think I’m vain, what with this and the cover of RAGE – the French edition of HATER which came out last year. Just for the record – I’m not, and I had nothing to do with either of these. Honest.

Anyway, to celebrate the release of the DVD, I’m giving away the copy I’m holding in the picture. Just answer this stupidly easy question before 31st May to be in with a chance of winning (form removed as the competition has now closed).

In the meantime, a couple of quick bits of news:

The German edition of DOG BLOODTODESHUNGER – is available to pre-order from Amazon.de and other sites. The book will be released by Goldmann on 18th October.

Finally, I know I promised more information about the ‘Projekt’ in my last post, but some unexpected (and very interesting) complications have arisen and I can’t say anything yet. Hopefully there will be some news about this in the next couple of weeks.