A collision of two great things

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.

Great thing #2: the folks behind one of my favourite magazines, STARBURST, are running a film festival in Manchester between the 26 and 28 August. STARBURST and I go back a long, long way.

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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:

Peter will also be appearing alongside me at the Birmingham Horror Con in February 2017.

Pitch and Page competition – one week to go

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.

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SCREAM issue 37

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.

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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 HMVForbidden 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.

This is Horror and Straight to You

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.

If you missed Sunday’s podcast and have a couple of hours spare, you can listen to the show here.

Ride the Serpentine

It’s month seven of Infected Books’ YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE, and this month we have RIDE THE SERPENTINE an awesome tale of hard rock and dead folks from the magnificent ANDRE DUZA (co-author with Wayne Simmons of last year’s IB release VOODOO CHILD).

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In the 80s, nobody was bigger than Serpentine. They filled stadiums and performed to sell-out crowds. They lived at the top of the charts, winning award after award. But a life of excess soon took its toll and the band called it a day in 1991.

24 years later, the members of Serpentine put old feelings aside and made plans for a comeback. A documentary was scheduled to chronicle the group’s return. New album. World Tour.

But then…

THE DEAD WALK! Chaos in the streets! The breakdown of society!

But even the end of the world can’t stop this band. Cramped together in their fortified tour van, Serpentine travels the backroads of America, documenting their journey on film as a living testament to humanity’s will to survive and the true spirit of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

‘Spinal Tap meets Dawn of the Dead. Duza’s Ride The Serpentine ticks just about every box I’ve got!’ (Wayne Simmons, Author of Flu and Plastic Jesus)

RIDE THE SERPENTINE is available now from Amazon.

This is Horror live podcast this Sunday 7pm (UK time)

Thrilled and honoured (and not a little nervous) to announce that I’ll be guesting on the 100th THIS IS HORROR podcast at 7pm UK time on Sunday 3 July. It would be great if you could join us.

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As you probably know, THIS IS HORROR and I go way, way back… “Livestreaming with David Moody was the easiest decision in the world. David Moody has been there for This Is Horror from the start (truth be told he’s been there before the start, This Is Horror Founder Michael David Wilson interviewed him for Scream Magazine before This Is Horror was even an idea). Whenever we experiment or try something new David Moody is there. He was there for the first ever live event, alongside Adam Nevill and Gary McMahon, on Monday 31 October 2011 at the Warwick Arts Centre. Joe & Me by David Moody was the first ever This Is Horror publication on 18 June 2012. And when we decided to experiment with author-narrated story episodes of the This Is Horror Podcast it was only fitting that we kicked things off with the audio debut of Joe and Me on 23 December 2014. So here we are again with another first—the This Is Horror Podcast Live!—and once again David Moody is with us.

Can’t wait. Listen in at http://mixlr.com/thisishorror/

It was twenty years ago today…

Man, I hate the Beatles (sorry, folks), but that seemed like an appropriate title for this post because, on 26 September, it will be exactly twenty years since the first version of my first novel, STRAIGHT TO YOU, was released. My dislike of the original and my love of the rewritten version has been well documented, but I thought I shouldn’t let the twentieth anniversary of the book pass unmarked.

I’ll be serialising the 2014 version of the book (ie the good one) on Wattpad between now and 26 September. New chapters will be posted every Tuesday and Thursday, and the first chapter is available right now.

Why Wattpad? Quite simply, because I love it. It’s a great platform that’s growing with real speed in terms of audience and impact (you might remember the 5th Wave story I wrote for them last year). You can still read TRUST on the site – more than 200,000 people have already done so!

Enjoy STRAIGHT TO YOU. It’s a book I’m (finally after twenty years) insanely proud of.

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