As well as Matt and myself, the book includes stories by Tim Lebbon, Shaun Hutson, Ryan C. Thomas, Jeremy Bates, Guy N. Smith, Matthew Stokoe, Justin Woodward, Gary McMahon, Rich Hawkins and Jim Goforth. The book is being published to complement Matt’s second movie, also called NEXT DOOR, which is due for release in 2020.
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.
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.
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 cannot 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 chapters written by: 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.
The book is released on 3 February 2017 but is available to pre-order now from Amazon. For more about the book and Matt’s other works, visit www.mattshawpublications.co.uk, or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
Here are the full details of the Edinburgh event I mentioned recently. Organised by This is Horror, it takes place at Blackwell’s bookstore on 30th March from 3pm – 5pm. It’s a free but ticketed event. To reserve tickets, e-mail email@example.com with the subject line ‘This Is Horror Event’ or call 0131 622 8218.
I’ll be there alongside Joseph D’Lacey and Gary McMahon, and the event will be hosted by Jasper Bark. It promises to be an excellent afternoon and I hope to see you there.
Check out this wonderful promotional poster created by the very talented Daniele Serra.
Last night I had the honour of interviewing James Herbert again – this time at Foyles in London, in front of a sell-out audience of more than 200 people. As I said in my previous piece, it’s hard to quantify the effect James’ books have had on me and on my writing. I don’t profess to have slavishly read everything he’s written, but his style, approach, attitude and (of course) his success are an inspiration to anyone who writes horror. There’s no doubt in my mind that discovering his books as a teenager was a pivotal moment which set me on the path to doing what I do today. Thanks again to James, his team, and the staff at Foyles. A truly memorable evening.
By the way – the audio quality isn’t great, but I stumbled across a brief clip of James and I on YouTube this morning. It’s embedded at the bottom of this post. (Thanks to YouTube user astroduckula – I hope you don’t mind the link, and I hope you enjoyed last night!).
And on the subject of James Herbert… my friend Michael Wilson (the brains behind THIS IS HORROR), recently interviewed James for SCREAM magazine. The interview appears in the latest issue (pictured) which is available now.
And on the subject of This is Horror… the second in their series of chapbooks – THIN MEN WITH YELLOW FACES by Gary McMahon and Simon Bestwick – is released this Saturday, 22nd September. There will be an exclusive launch event in Manchester on Saturday featuring Ramsey Campbell and Conrad Williams alongside Gary and Simon. Click here for details. I believe there are a few copies of JOE & ME (my entry in the series) still available. That’s a story no AUTUMN fan should be without, but I’ll say no more about that for now…
As you may have heard, Wayne Simmons and I will be signing in various locations over the next few months, and our little jaunt has been christened the Never Trust a Man With Hair Tour. We’ve even got T-shirts (but I’ll spare you a picture of me wearing mine this morning – primarily because I’m alone in the house for once and I don’t have anyone to take a photo – you’ll have to make do with just the logo instead!).
We’ve made a few changes to our published schedule, so here’s a quick update:
CHELTENHAM – 31st October
We’ll be at Waterstones in Cheltenham on Halloween, along with a few friends. Adam Baker, Adam Nevill and Joseph D’Lacey will be joining us for a very special evening of readings and signing.
HORROR IN THE EAST – 2nd/3rd November
Back to Lowestoft (the setting, as you might remember, for THEM OR US) for a FREE weekend of horror alongside many other authors. Visit the website www.horrorintheeast.com for full details.
MAIDSTONE – 9th November
A new date! Wayne and I will be signing at Waterstones in Maidstone on the afternoon of 9th November, followed by a reading, Q&A etc. at the Hazlitt Arts Centre in the evening.
HULL – 24th November
I’m delighted to announce that Wayne and I will be joined by the brilliant Gary McMahon at Waterstones in Hull on 24th November.
SWINDON – 8th December
Wayne and I will be at Waterstones Swindon on 8th December.
Finally, I’m disappointed to announce that this coming weekend’s horror festival in Northampton has been cancelled. Not good. The words ‘piss up’ and ‘brewery’ spring to mind (a typically English expression, if you’re wondering what I’m on about).
Hope to see you while we’re out and about. Remember, if you want us to come visit your neck of the woods, please get in touch or ask your local bookstore to contact either/both of us. And I’m sorry, though we’d love to travel overseas and I am working to make that happen, we’re just doing the UK for now.
I promised to tell you about two new projects this week: here’s the first.
Many of you will already know about This is Horror – an excellent website which, in its short existence, has developed a large following and a reputation for being a key resource for finding out about all things horror. The founders of the site have plenty of enthusiasm and ambition, and are about to branch out into a new venture: the This is Horror Premium Chapbook series. These chapbooks will be released every quarter and will showcase original stories from (in TiH’s words) “some of the very best names in the genre today”.
I’m honoured to have been asked to contribute a story, and I’m very pleased to announce that my piece – Joe and Me – will be the launch title.
I don’t want to say too much at the present time, I’ll just give you the salient facts: the chapbooks will be strictly limited to 500 copies, and Joe and Me will be launched in early June (with a launch event to take place in Warwick later in the month). Pricing, subscription and ordering details will be made available very shortly, but for now you can find out more by visiting this page over at www.thisishorror.co.uk. My story will be followed later this year by tales from Conrad Williams, Joseph D’Lacey, and a collaborative story from Gary McMahon and Simon Bestwick.
So what’s Joe and Me about? Well again, I won’t give too much away at this stage, I’ll just say that if you have even a passing interest in the AUTUMN series, you might want to check it out!
It was great to finally meet Adam and Gary, other folks including Joseph D’Lacey, Simon Marshall-Jones, and also more members of Moody’s Survivors who’d made the trip to Warwick (now roll on Lowestoft!)
It was truly heartening to see so many people supporting the event with such enthusiasm. Thanks to Adam, Gary and Michael, and thanks also to everyone who came and spent their Halloween evening with us. Writing can be an incredibly insular occupation at times (and that’s not necessarily a bad thing), and it’s great to have opportunities like this to present your work in public and get such a positive and immediate reaction. Here’s to more Read Horror events.
Photographs by Andy McGeechan, used with permission.
A quick reminder: I’ll be signing at Waterstone’s Cardiff on Friday 28th October with Wayne Simmons. We’re kicking off at 12:30pm, and hanging around for as long as we’re wanted! It’s always great to spend time with Wayne, and I’m looking forward to meeting up with some Welsh fans too.
And while I’m on the subject of appearances… don’t forget the Halloween Horror Night at Warwick Arts Centre this Monday evening. Adam Nevill, Gary McMahon and I will be reading from our books and discussing our work. It promises to be a great night. Click here for tickets and further details.
Got a few things to quickly tell you about today, and I thought adding them all to one blog post would be the best way to do it:
THE GOODREADS ZOMBIE GROUP
If you’re a Goodreads user and a zombie fan, why not join The Zombie Group? For one week from 24th October, Jonathan Maberry, Steven C Schlozman (author of The Zombie Autopsies) and I will be there talking about all things undead. By the way, I’m here on Goodreads if you want to add me as a friend.
Just a reminder that I’m NOT now appearing at the Aliens to Zombies convention in LA this week – apologies to anyone who was heading there to say hello. However I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be signing at Cardiff Waterstone’s with Wayne Simmons on Friday 28th October from 12:30pm. Also, don’t forget to book your tickets for the Halloween Horror Night at Warwick Arts Centre where I’ll be reading and talking alongside Adam Nevill and Gary McMahon.