The Genre for Japan auction finishes at midnight tonight (BST), so you’ve got less than three hours to get any final bids in. It’s been a huge success, with over £10,000 in bids already placed – a phenomenal result.
I was laid up most of last week, so I didn’t get to see much of St Patrick’s Day. I hope all my Irish friends and readers had a great day, and I also hope they’ll respectfully avoid mentioning yesterday’s rugby match.
Before the Sunday sessions began at Phoenix Con, my wife Lisa and I snuck off for a little sightseeing. Inevitably we ended up at the Guinness Storehouse – home of one of the most famous, and undoubtably one of the greatest beers ever created. The tour takes you up through several floors of exhibits describing the history and production of Guinness, before culminating in a complimentary pint in the seventh floor Gravity Bar. And the Gravity Bar, I remember thinking at the time, would be a damn fine place to find yourself stuck when the dead start to rise.
Where else are you going to get a). a virtually unobstructed, panoramic view of the chaos unfolding across Dublin, b). the security of being seven floors and a hundred feet above street level, and c). the luxury of a huge bar serving almost nothing but perfect pints of Guinness? Okay, so technically it wouldn’t be the most sensible place to hide (from memory there’s only one way in and out if the lifts are out of action – you’ll have to try and get down the same way the living dead are fighting their way up), but with all that Guinness on tap, who’d give a damn?!
You wouldn’t last long, and you’re out of luck if you don’t like Guinness, but I challenge you to find a better place to be stranded in the event of a zombie apocalypse!
I’m sure plenty of you are aware of James Melzer. He’s the evil genius behind the Unleashed podcast, and the author of ESCAPE – the first book in a new trilogy of zombie novels coming later this year from Permuted Press and Pocket Books.
James got in touch with me a while back and invited me to be a part of a unique pre-order campaign for ESCAPE, and I was happy to oblige. Starting from tomorrow and running through to Escape’s release in December, everyone who pre-orders the book can get their hands on THE MOTHERLOAD a free eBook featuring never before published stories from myself (my contribution is ‘The Deal’ – a lovely little tale of perversion and greed), S G Brown, Mur Lafferty, Jeremy C Shipp, Wayne Simmons, and Matt Wallace.
In no way am I an avid gamer – I love my Xbox, but a). playing on it is a luxury I only allow myself at the end of the day when all my work is done (i.e. not often), and b). I refuse to pay £40 – £50 for a brand new release so I wait for cut-price reissues of games after everyone else has finished playing them!
That said, this game trailer which is all over the Internet today, is completely stunning. If the game is even half as good, I’ll be there in a flash.
If it seems as if I’m plugging SCREAM every issue, that’s because I am! It’s a great magazine, and worthy of the support. If you’re after flashy graphics, bog-standard news and reviews, and endless glossy pages full of photographs of vapid celebrities, then you’re probably better off looking elsewhere. But if you’re a real fan of the genre – past, present and future – then you’ll love SCREAM.
This month – an in-depth EVIL DEAD retrospective, a wealth of A SERBIAN FILM coverage (including a fascinating list of all 49 BBFC cuts), and much more.
I’ve been doing a lot of interviews recently, and have several more scheduled over the coming weeks. Please follow me on Twitter (davidjmoody) or ‘like’ me on Facebook to keep up to date when interviews and reviews are published.
If you’ve missed them, why not check out the interviews I did with Un:Bound and Flames Rising (with thanks to Adele and Eric respectively for the great questions!).
Finally for now, tune into www.hardrockradiolive.com between 7pm and 10pm UK time tomorrow (Thursday 16th December) to hear me in conversation on the DJ Hellyeah show.
It always means a lot when something you’ve written has such an effect on someone that it inspires them to create something themselves.
I recently came across this illustration by MishaChanX on Deviantart – the cutest Hater I’ve yet seen! (Click the image for a larger version). Being a typical angry 40 year-old bloke who writes about the end of the world for a living, I always picture the Haters as desperate, vicious, blood-soaked animals. Misha’s approach is very different, but somehow equally disturbing…
Many of you will probably remember the cover of the Infected Books edition of AUTUMN which was itself originally a piece of artwork submitted by a reader (Dave Joseph, if you’re reading this, please get in touch again – I’ve been trying to track you down).
Nick ‘Pinchy’ Pinch, a body piercer who runs Voodoo Body Piercing in Devon, has had the AUTUMN face tattooed on his leg. A massive horror movie fan, Pinchy also has a huge interest in body mods. If you’re in Devon, you won’t have any trouble spotting the guy. Apart from the AUTUMN tattoo, he has horn implants, a split tongue, scarifications, sub dermal implants (including one magnetic one!), and a load more tattoos and piercings. He told me how he loved the cover of the book and it’s watercolour-like appearance.
To find out more about Pinchy and his work, visit him (Nick Pinch) or Voodoo Body Piercing on Facebook.