New releases

A couple of new releases to tell you about…

MATT SHAW’s THE DEVIL’S GUESTS is out now. Matt’s put together a really ambitious book, and it’s a project I was pleased to be a part of. I had far too much fun creating a particularly obnoxious character for Matt to ‘dispose of’ later in the book. Here’s the cover blurb:

From outside the hotel looks like any other in the city. Inside though, a maze of ever-changing corridors, rooms filled with death, traps and – behind the reception desk with a welcoming smile, a sadistic owner who can not wait to help his guests check-out permanently.

From the twisted imagination of Matt Shaw, and partly based on the serial killer H. H. Holmes, comes a new extreme horror and a new way of telling the story. While Shaw writes the part of Henry, the sadistic serial killer, he has invited some leading horror authors to write their own characters – introducing them to the hotel before Shaw finishes the story off. This is not an anthology. This is one story with guest authors Jeff Strand, Wrath James White, Kealan Patrick Burke, Shane Mckenzie, Sam West, Wade H. Garrett, Ryan Harding, Armand Rosamilia, David Moody, Gary McMahon, Jasper Bark and Mark Tufo.

Click here for more information and to pick up a copy of the book.

Also out now is the paperback edition of GREEN AND PLEASANT LAND, an excellent anthology edited by Steve J Shaw which includes my story OSTRICH.

Green and Pleasant Land is the first in an annual series showcasing the best in modern British horror. Every year, Great British Horror will feature ten British authors, plus one international guest contributor, telling tales of this sceptered isle. The 2016 edition features eleven original stories of small town, rural and folk horror from V H Leslie, Rich Hawkins, Laura Mauro, Ray Cluley, David Moody, Barbie Wilde, James Everington, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Adam Millard, A K Benedict and Jasper Bark.

Click here to order.

And don’t forget, my World War II zombie novel – THE FRONT: RED DEVILS – is out in a couple of weeks time!

Birmingham Horror Con – this Saturday

Hope to see you at the BIRMINGHAM HORROR CONVENTION at Edgbaston Stadium this Saturday. I’ll be there along with a host of horror luminaries, including stars of the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, FRIDAY THE 13th and HALLOWEEN movies, and some excellent author chums like ADAM NEVILL, MATT SHAW, PETER MCKEIRNON, ADAM MILLARD and many others. It promises to be an absolute cracker of an event. Tickets are still available – click here for more information.

 

Birmingham Horror Con February 2017

I’m very pleased to announce that I’ll be a guest at the Birmingham Horror Con at Edgbaston Stadium on Saturday 4 February 2017. Really excited about this one as it’s a). a brand new event that’s b). on my manor. Tickets are available now, and you can find more information at www.horrorfan.co.uk.

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Other guests confirmed so far include Adam Millard, Matt Shaw and Peter McKeirnon. Should be a cracker. Hope to see many of you there!

Great British Horror and shady hotel visits

Some news for you at long last! I’m pleased to announce I’ll have two new shorts available later this year. First up, I’ll have a story in Great British Horror 1: Green and Pleasant Land – a collection of eleven new stories of small town, rural and folk horror by authors including Jasper Bark, Ray Cluley, Adam Millard and Rich Hawkins. The book will be released as a special edition, signed hardback in late 2016, and is available to pre-order now from http://blackshuckbooks.co.uk/green-and-pleasant-land

No doubt some of you will have heard of Matt Shaw. Matt’s had quite an impact on the UK horror scene over the last couple of years, and he recently asked me to get involved in his new project, The Devil’s Guests. Matt’s invited a number of horror authors to each create a character and write a story getting them to a specific location where Matt will… I can’t say what Matt will be doing to them, but given that he’s the author of books including Sick B*stards and Rotting Dead F*cks, you know it’s not going to be pleasant! More news as I get it.

Events round-up

HitE3I’ve had the pleasure of taking part in a couple of excellent events over the last few weeks (and my final appearance of the year is coming up this Saturday…). First was TALES AND TASTES 2 at the Delish Deli and Kitchen in Rugby on Halloween. It was a brilliant night, where I found myself sandwiched between SARAH PINBOROUGH and JOSEPH D’LACEY. A genuinely warm and appreciative crowd, generous and accommodating hosts, great food and drink… what more could we ask for? Click the link below for a few pictures.

Last Saturday saw the third annual HORROR IN THE EAST convention in Lowestoft, the UK’s most easterly town, and the setting for the final book in the HATER series, THEM OR US. It’s always a great event, but it’s a real shame it never seems to draw the crowds it should. Honestly, folks don’t know what they’re missing. I can show you, actually – visit the Videos page on this site to watch me, Adam Millard, Iain McKinnon and others on the panels from both this year’s event and the 2013 con.

Thanks as always to the organisers (Gary and Claire at Delish, Emma and Jo in Lowestoft), and to all those folks who came out to support the events. Hopefully I’ll see some of you this weekend at Zombie Ed’s annual celebration of all things zombie – the DAY OF THE UNDEAD in Leicester.

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UK Festival of Zombie Culture

This is a quick post to publicly thank Zombie Ed and everyone involved in the UK Festival of Zombie Culture last Saturday. As always it was an excellent event: a gracious host (Ed), the usual suspects (myself, Wayne Simmons, Adam Millard and Sean T Page), loads of great traders (the Zombie Shop team) and staff, and about 500 rabid fans all crammed into the Phoenix arts centre in Leicester to watch a marathon thirteen hours of zombie movies (click here to see what you missed).

Since I started writing zombie books we’ve become overrun by the living dead. Back then there only seemed to be me, Brian Keene, David Wellington and a handful of others doing anything with zombies, but over the course of the last decade our undead friends have shuffled out from the fringes of horror to take up their current position right in the middle of the mainstream. In some respects that’s great, but I’ve been increasingly worried that zombie fatigue will soon start setting in. On the basis of what I saw in Leicester this weekend, we’ve got absolutely nothing to worry about.

A picture tells a thousand words they say, so I’ll save myself some typing and let these excellent photographs from the very talented Grace Elkin do all the talking instead. You can see the rest of her pictures here.

Make sure you’re signed up to receive the Zombie Times (click here if you’re not signed up already), and do yourself a favour: when tickets for the 2014 event go on sale, get in quick. This is an annual event that no self-respecting zombie fan can afford to miss. Special thanks, as always, must go to the man in the first photo below: the driving force behind the festival and the Zombie Times, the one and only Zombie Ed.

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From Lowestoft to Leicester

Had a brilliant time at Horror in the East last Saturday. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – it’s a lovely little convention which boasted a host of top guests. It was great to catch up with old friends again and to take in a long-overdue viewing of the BBC’s controversial (back in 1992) GHOSTWATCH. Thanks to Henry Baker, all the day’s panels were recorded for posterity and are available on YouTube for your viewing pleasure. To save you a click, you’ll find the Armageddon-related discussion featuring myself, Adam Baker, Sean T Page, Adam Millard and Simon Coleby at the bottom of this post. Huge thanks to Emma and Jo, the event organisers – you did a cracking job, ladies. Here’s to next year!

David Moody, Adam Baker, Sean T Page, Adam Millard and Simon Coleby at Horror in the East. (Photo: Deborah Cosgrove - deborahcosgrovephotography.co.uk)

David Moody, Adam Baker, Sean T Page, Adam Millard and Simon Coleby at Horror in the East. (Photo: Deborah Cosgrove – deborahcosgrovephotography.co.uk)

Don’t forget – this Saturday I’ll be at my final event of the year, the annual Day of the Undead at the Phoenix Centre, Leicester. Click here for information. Hope to see a few of you there!

SCARdiff and Horror in the East

A belated thank you to everyone involved in putting together the magnificent SCARdiff festival in Cardiff a couple of weeks back. It was an excellent event – very well attended and supported. This was a horror expo created by fans of the genre for fans of the genre, and as such it was a huge success. Congratulations to Wayne and the team. I got to hang out with some great folks, and I’ve posted a few photographs below (one stolen from Rich Hawkins, the other from Zoe Millard – hope you don’t mind, Zoe and Rich!). You’ll also find a clip from S4C (in Welsh) about the Expo which, even though you probably won’t understand it, will give you a better indication of how great a day it was than I could if I wrote for another couple of pages…

David Moody and Dominic Brunt (Before Dawn)

David Moody and Dominic Brunt (Before Dawn)

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Photo by Zoe Millard

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Adam Millard, me, Wayne Simmons and Rich Hawkins (photo: Sara Hawkins)

This coming weekend sees the second AUTUMN: HORROR IN THE EAST convention in Lowestoft. It’s a FREE event, so if you’re in the area please come down and say hello. This year sees a rare showing of the BBC’s notorious GHOSTWATCH with special guests in attendance. Can’t wait. All the details you need are here.

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Day of the Undead – UK Festival of Zombie Culture

Had a fantastic day in Leicester on Saturday. The Day of the Undead (now in its twelfth year!) is a day-long zombie movie festival. As well as being an opportunity to hang out with good friends Wayne Simmons and Adam Millard, it was also great to meet other authors (check out Luke Duffy’s books), traders and zombie fans.

Highlight of the day for me was without a doubt catching the stunning movie BEFORE DAWN and chatting to Dominic Brunt (well known to UK readers as Paddy from Emmerdale) and Joanne Mitchell – the driving forces behind the film (on both sides of the camera). Watch this space for plenty more about BEFORE DAWN in the near future. All I’ll say for now – if you get a chance to see it, see it! Easily the best zombie movie I’ve seen in a long, long time.

Thanks to everyone involved with the festival (particularly the insane and tirelessly enthusiastic Zombie Ed) and everyone who came along. A truly phenomenal day.

Above photograph shows (left to right) Adam, Wayne, me and Luke. Picture courtesy of Adam from www.zombieshop.co.uk. To keep up to date with future events from Zombie Ed and his team, sign up for the ZOMBIE TIMES newsletter.

Horror in the East

Bloody hell, I enjoyed that! This weekend saw the inaugural Horror in the East convention in Lowestoft, a place which, as you know, is very close to my heart (not least because I pretty much destroyed it in THEM OR US!).

I go to a lot of events, and I decide not to go to many more. I’m a fussy sod – much as I genuinely love talking to other authors and publishers etc., I have to say I prefer meeting readers. Many conventions seem to be one thing or the other, but Horror in the East was a straight down the middle collision of both. Relaxed, informal and well supported by both the local and the horror community, it was an absolute pleasure to be there. Congratulations to Emma Bunn and Jo Wilde for putting together such a superb event. I’ll be back for more Horror in the East on 1st – 2nd November 2013, and I hope to see many of you there.

Pictured: the excellent Horror in the East line-up. From left to right: (front) Richard Cosgrove, Andrew Hook, Joseph Freeman, Michael Wilson, Conrad Williams, (back) Sean Page, me, Adam Baker, Adam Millard, Joseph D’Lacey, Simon Coleby, Ivan Bunn, Iain McKinnon, Henry Baker, Paul Huggins. (Photo pinched from Adam Millard on Facebook – hope you don’t mind, Adam!).