I’ve got a few events coming up at the end of this year and I wanted to give you plenty of advance notice.
First off, on 30 October, I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be heading to the Freemasons Grand Lodge in Dublin where I’ll be guesting at HORROR EXPO IRELAND 2016. This sounds like a cracker: Running from 2pm to 2am Horror Expo Ireland promises an unforgettable and unique experience, which boasts a plethora of horror related events and activities ranging from panels, Q&A sessions, screenings, and paranormal investigations. While it is fair to say that this event is not your average convention, the organisers have provided a public platform which is entirely fan focused, as the audience is afforded an opportunity to critically engage with the genre of horror from a range perspectives alongside some of the industry’s most acknowledged experts.
My final event for 2014 will be a return to Leicester for Zombie Ed’s annual DAY OF THE UNDEAD. This is a day no self-respecting zombie fan should miss: 12 hours of zombie movies, alongside a whole host of authors, special effects artists, cosplayers, film-makers and traders. The full movie line-up for this year is still to be confirmed, but Bombshell Bloodbath, Go Goa Gone, and I Survived A Zombie Holocaust have already been announced.
If you’ve not come across festival organiser Zombie Ed before, where have you been? He’s a legend in zombie circles, and is the brains behind THE ZOMBIE TIMESthe world’s only zombie newspaper (which gets delivered free to more than 14,000 folks each month – subscribe here). He’s a great guy, and it’s worth a trip to Leicester just for the experience of meeting him.
I’m looking forward to catching up with the regulars and hopefully seeing a few new faces in Leicester next month.
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)
If you read my post earlier this week from Grimmfest, you’ll know how much I enjoyed STALLED, a great new British zombie movie. I couldn’t find any release dates (other than VOD in the US from 20 October), but I wanted to give you a heads up so if you see the film showing anywhere, you can make sure you catch it.
Zombie movies are, as we all know by now, easy to get wrong. There’s a tendacy to veer towards clichés and gore at the expense of the story (though I accept there are a huge number of folks who just want clichés and gore…). To my mind, the same is true of both straight-laced zombie movies and comedies (I refuse to call them zomedies, though lots of people apparently do). Okay, so you can have a laugh finding endless gruesome, slapstick ways to get rid of the undead (I’m looking at you here, Zombieland), but I think all zombie stories, whether being played for laughs or not, need a solid plot and characters you give a damn about to succeed.
I’ll be honest, I went into STALLED thinking I was going to hate it, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Watch the trailer then hit the link to read more.
I’ve just confirmed a couple of dates, so I thought now would be a good time to let you know about a few events I’ll be attending before the end of 2013.
GRIMMFEST – 3/10/13 – 6/10/13
Manchester’s brilliant international festival of horror and cult films again takes place at The Dancehouse Theatre this October. Another great collection of eclectic films are showing. Full information can be found at www.grimmfest.com, and I’ll be there on Sunday 6 October.
SCARDIFF 2013 – 27/10/13
A brand new horror event in Cardiff, organised by Fantasy Events, Shock Horror Magazine, and good friend Wayne Simmons. It takes place at the Mercure Holland Hotel, and I’ll be there all day. It promises a brilliant mix of guests and you can find much more information at Scardiff.co.uk.
AUTUMN: HORROR IN THE EAST 2 – 8/11/13 – 9/11/13
A return trip to Lowestoft – the spiritual home of the HATER books! – for this gem of a convention. Highly recommended. I’ll be there, and I hope many of you will be able to support this brilliant free event at the Aspire Centre. More information at www.horrorintheeast.com.
DAY OF THE UNDEAD – 16/11/13
Finally, it’s back to the Phoenix, Leicester for Terror4Fun’s 2013 Festival of Zombie Culture. Twelve hours of zombie movies, special effects, games, competitions… I don’t really need to say anything more! Details here at the Terror4Fun website.
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.