Thanks to everyone who picked up my YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE novella, SCRATCH. I’m really pleased with how it’s gone down. Some really nice reviews have popped up online too. THIS IS HORROR said SCRATCH “…rattles along to its conclusion with quite a few heart-stopping moments, and even a small ‘twist’ at the end. A very good example of David Moody’s considerable talents, should you really need convincing.” and the ever-reliable Greg at 2BookLoversReviews said “Nobody. I mean nobody does family dysfunction as well as David Moody.” Quite a compliment (I think).
I’m late with the first of this week’s updates to the free serialisation of STRAIGHT TO YOU. My excuse is that I was at a meeting about the HATER movie (but, as you’ve no doubt come to expect, I can’t tell you anything about that just yet…).
In today’s instalment, Steven and Roy have a terrifying experience on the M6 north of Birmingham. Not unusual in itself – I’ve had more than a few experiences there myself – but they were nothing like this. The end of the world is getting nearer. Will they reach the end of their journey in time? Read the book on WATTPAD to find out.
…in the second of this week’s chapters added to the 20th anniversary STRAIGHT TO YOU serialisation.
Great thing #1: my friend PETER MCKEIRNON, author of the DEATH IN A NORTHERN TOWN series is also the brains behind a cracking web-based zombie series, DEAD TOWN. You can watch the first episode below, and episode two is now online also.
The collision of great things? DEAD TOWN, alongside a whole host of other movies, TV shows and exclusive premiers, will be shown at the STARBURST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. There’s some incredible stuff showing and many special guests. More info at www.starburstfilmfest.co.uk.
And here, for your viewing pleasure, is episode one of DEAD TOWN:
A quick reminder that there’s only one week left to enter the Infected Books Pitch and Page competition. The phenomenal prize is to be published by Infected Books as part of our Year of the Zombie initiative with all the perks that entails (eg a proper contract, monthly royalty payments, and inclusion in the print anthology coming in 2017). Full details can be found here, and entries need to be in by 5 August via our dedicated Facebook thread.
Chapter 6 now up! Click here to read it. I know I’m biased, but I’d recommend catching up with this story sooner rather than later if you haven’t already. Things get very hot, very quickly over the next couple of weeks’ instalments…
Once again SCREAM magazine continues to float my horror boat. I mentioned previously about my ongoing mission to school my kids in the history of horror movies – one of the films I
forced them to watch watched with them recently was the original OMEN movie from 1976. It’s stood the test of time reasonably well, and is far better viewing than the sequels, the remake, or the short lived TV series. There’s a great feature about the making of the film in the new issue of SCREAM, alongside an interview with Robert Picardo, star of THE HOWLING.
But the piece which really caught my eye this issue was an article about PALACE HORROR. I doubt many people remember this label and its distinctive-looking day-glo VHS covers, but they were a pivotal part of my horror education. Once the UK had managed to get over the video nasty debacle of the 1980’s, collecting horror on VHS was a hobby that many of my friends and I indulged in. Palace released some great movies at the time, and I clearly remember hunting down each new release at the Virgin megastore or HMV back in the day.
Thanks for reviving the memories, SCREAM. To get your hands on a copy, visit www.screamhorrormag.com. You can also pick up the magazine from any branch of HMV, Forbidden Planet, or any of the newsagents listed here. SCREAM is also available digitally as iSCREAM. You can also follow SCREAM on Facebook and Twitter @ScreamHorrorMag.
I had an absolute blast taking part in the live 100th THIS IS HORROR podcast. It was a real laugh, very interactive, and we covered all manner of topics including the HATER movie, the new HATER trilogy, mental health issues and writing, Year of the Zombie, and many other things. We also talked about the current serialisation of STRAIGHT TO YOU on Wattpad, and this is the perfect time to tell you that the second of this week’s chapters has now been added for your (free) reading pleasure.
The world’s getting hotter, Steven’s situation’s getting harder to handle… the first of this week’s new chapters has been added to STRAIGHT TO YOU. Start reading the novel now (for free).