The team behind SCREAM have been long-time supporters of my work, and it’s an absolute pleasure to be able to return the favour and promote each and every new issue of this great horror mag. It gets better and better each month. Maybe it’s just me, but SCREAM seems to regularly prey upon many of my horror weaknesses and it’s become compulsive reading. It manages to feel fresh and contemporary, whilst retaining the look and feel of the horror mags I remember from my youth.
The new issue is out now, and it’s an absolute peach. Packed with plenty of news, reviews and interviews, I particularly enjoyed the interviews with David Morrissey (THE WALKING DEAD), and Jennifer Rubin (NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3 – an early horror crush from my younger days!). With features on Italian zombie movies, the new Australian zombie film WYRMWOOD, and THE WOMAN IN BLACK: ANGEL OF DEATH, I’d recommend getting your hands on a copy asap.
Most of the film recommendations I share here are post-apocalyptic movies, but today I’m making an exception. Kind of.
Back in 2008, just after Guillermo del Toro’s involvement in the planned Hater movie had been announced, other names soon became attached to the project. Glen Mazzara (late of AMC’s The Walking Dead) wrote a script and Juan Antonio Bayona was lined up to direct. I immediately got hold of a copy of Bayona’s debut feature – The Orphanage – and was very, very impressed by the film. If you haven’t yet seen it, I suggest you check it out. Bayona was also kind enough to blurb Hater, saying ‘Be careful with Hater; chapter by chapter it will make its way into your soul ‘til it finds the seed of evil which lurks within.’
For one reason or another (and I still don’t know exactly why), the Hater movie didn’t happen. And just for the record, because I seem to get asked several times every day, I don’t know what the current status of the project is.
Fast-forward to now, and J A Bayona’s second feature – The Impossible – has recently been released. I’m sure you’ve already heard plenty about it. The film is based on the true story of a Spanish family of five who, despite being split up and scattered by the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004, all managed to survive and were later reunited. The sheer improbability of their story gives rise to the title of the movie.
Couldn’t think of a better title for this post, so I just went with the facts! I’m going through one of those weird periods at the moment: loads of stuff happening behind the scenes, but I don’t have much to say in public just yet. So here’s a very brief update…
NEW SIGNING DATE WITH WAYNE SIMMONS
I’m really pleased to announce that I’ll be signing with Wayne again at Waterstones Cardiff on Saturday 21st April from 12:30pm. We had a great time there last October, and I’m looking forward to returning. Please come along if you’re able.
Forgive me for shamelessly using the (justly deserved) popularity of The Walking Dead to promote my own work, but did you know showrunner Glen Mazzara wrote a script for the long-gestating, Guillermo del Toro-produced HATER movie? He mentions it in this interview.
Right, back to work. I finished writing a novel this morning. Can’t wait to tell you about it.
I’ve been waiting to talk about this for ages, and as it’s now been announced on the SFX website, I guess I finally can!
On 26th September SFX release their latest special issue – ZOMBIES: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE. Now any self-respecting zombie fan should immediately click here to order a copy, but if you like my writing (and as you’re on my website, I’m hoping you do), there’s another good reason to pick it up. As well as a huge number of zombie-related features, articles, reviews, and interviews (with George Romero, Charlie Higson, Mira Grant and myself amongst others), the magazine also features MURIEL – a brand new piece of original zombie fiction I’ve written exclusively for SFX.
So there you go… 132 pages of zombie goodness, free ‘zombie hazard’ stickers, a huge double-sided poster, and a new David Moody short story. Sounds pretty good, I think!
I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read nearly enough of The Walking Dead (I’m currently working my way through this little beauty), but I was a big fan of the first season of the TV show. It’s great to see another zombie story which focuses on the characters and situations more than on the living dead. This trailer for season two looks absolutely incredible:
By the way, here’s an interesting fact for you: Glen Mazzara, lead writer for season two, wrote the original version of the script for the HATER movie. Hope to have some news on that project for you soon…
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