Okay, so we’re cynically jumping on the bandwagon here, but why not? All we’re trying to do is spread a little doom and gloom this coming holiday season… Not content with Black Friday, we’re having a whole Black Christmas!
Loads of signed books, plenty of discounts. Free shipping in the UK. The sale also includes Wayne Simmons and Andre Duza’s recently released VOODOO CHILD, which Starburst Magazine gave a superb 8/10 to in their review this week.
The second TRUST update of the week is here, and it follows on the back of an absolutely wonderful 10/10 review from STARBURST magazine. “TRUST is a slow-burner and all the richer for it. The layers of characters and details of the story play out perfectly when matched with an ending you’re not likely to forget. It’s also an outstanding novel, delivers in more ways than one, and is worthy of a place on the discerning fan’s bookshelf.” Chapter 17 brings the second part of the novel to a close, and you can read it here.
I owe an apology to Craig Paton – the artist responsible for the book’s phenomenal artwork. Craig sent me a number of very cool mocked-up images which you can see making up the background of the cover, and I haven’t yet displayed them. I’m going to start putting that right today, and more of Craig’s illustrations will appear here in the coming weeks.
The team at This is Horror have announced that pre-orders for Joe and Me are now open. The (very reasonably priced) chapbook is strictly limited to 500 signed copies, so get in quick if you want to secure one. You can also subscribe to the chapbook series and enjoy several exclusive subscriber benefits – click here for more details. Here’s a little more about Joe and Me:
“Joe is anything but an ordinary eight year old. His father’s a stay-at-home dad and his mom’s going to save the world.
Forced to live in cramped quarters after the military pull funding on his mother’s research, Joe is thrown into the midst of a race against the clock to save mankind. As tensions rise and the family disintegrates, they must face an uncomfortable ultimatum. Do they save each other or humanity?”
I think it’s a lovely little story, which is linked (though I’m not yet saying how) to the AUTUMN series. Fellow author Jasper Bark (who once had the honour of eating my brains) said: “This is compulsive reading, a story you can’t put down unless someone hacks both your arms off!” and Starburst magazine said: “Satisfyingly morose. Takes a lo-fi route to an unavoidable apocalypse.”
If you’ve read a lot of the interviews I’ve done over the years, you’ll no doubt have heard me moaning about what a pain in the backside it was to be a horror fan growing up in the UK in the 1980’s. Pressure applied by certain areas of the media resulted in legislation being passed which saw most horror movies being labelled Video Nasties and banned. Hammer, Amicus and Universal horrors managed to scrape through, but if you were hoping to watch anything by Romero or Cronenberg, for example, you were out of luck.
In the early 1980’s, however, I discovered something which helped ease the frustration – Starburst magazine. I found it by chance in a newsagents and begged my mom for 60p (I think) to buy issue 3, and I bought pretty much every edition thereafter for many years. The magazine lasted until issue 365, then folded. Along the way Starburst managed to open my eyes to some magnificent movies which I’d otherwise have heard nothing about back in those pre-Internet, pre-home video, only three channels on TV days. One edition in particular always stuck with me: issue 48. I’ve posted the cover here, and I can still clearly remember my parents mumbling to each other, arguing whether or not this was the kind of thing they wanted their eleven year-old lad to be reading… Thankfully they let me have it, and I got my first real introduction (albeit just via text and black and white pictures) to zombies and the films of Romero, Fulci and the like.
Starburst reappeared online last year, and has now made the transition back to print with issue 374. I’ve just received a copy of the latest edition, and I’m really pleased to report that it’s bloody brilliant.
It’s another zombie special, and the editorial even mentions the last zombie-themed edition – good old number 48 from August 1982!
To find out more and pick up a copy for yourself, visit the official website here. While you’re there, you can download pdf copies of some of the original issues. If you’re as old as me you’ll have a lot of fun reading through the old digitised editions. The memories will come flooding back…
I wish the people behind the mag every success. Congratulations on the relaunch, and long may Starburst continue!