“Tales to Terrify” Need You!Comments Off
Tales to Terrify, the international horror fiction podcast, are looking for more short horror fiction. They’d like 8000 words or less, recent or old, author’s choice.
For further details, or to submit a piece, email the editor, Cher Eaves, at email@example.com
Midnight Echo seeking submissions on a ‘mythical horror’ themeComments Off
Midnight Echo, the official magazine of the Australian Horror Writers’ Association, is seeking submissions for Issue 9 Mythical Horror (edited by G.N. Braun). Submissions are open from 1 October 2012 to 31 January 2013.
They are looking for “re-workings of myths and legends, brought into the modern world … the tale must have horror as a central theme.”
They state that although they seek to emphasise the work of Australian writers, they are open to international submissions too. Contributors do not need to be members of the AHWA. This is a paying publication.
For full submission information go HERE
Call for submissions for Best Horror of the Year #5Comments Off
She states: “I am looking for stories from all branches of horror: from the traditional-supernatural to the borderline, including high-tech sf horror, supernatural stories, psychological horror, dark thrillers, or anything else that might qualify. If in doubt, send it. This is a reprint anthology so I am only reading material published in or about to be published in 2012. Submission deadline for stories is December 1st 2012.”
See Ellen’s website HERE for full submission details.
‘The Screaming Book of Horror’ available nowComments Off
You’ll be pleased to hear that The Screaming Book of Horror anthology is now in stock over at Screaming Dreams. Limited hardback edition. Be quick if you want to grab a copy though, as we’re told that they are selling out quickly!
The anthology features stories by John Brunner, Alison Littlewood, Robin Ince, Bernard Taylor, Reggie Oliver, Anna Taborska, David A. Riley, Claire Massey, Paul Finch, Rhys Hughes, Kate Farrell, Craig Herbertson, Janine-Langley Wood, Alison Moore, Johnny Mains, John Llewellyn Probert, Steve Rasnic Tem, Alex Miles, Chris Fowler, Charlie Higson and John Burke.
You can find out more and order the book at http://www.screamingdreams.com
Charles Black’s The Ninth Black Book of Horror now availableComments Off
About the book:
Sixteen stories by John Llewellyn Probert, Craig Herbertson, Simon Bestwick, Gary Fry, David Williamson, Anna Taborska, Sam Dawson, Paul Finch, Gary Power, Thana Niveau, Tom Johnstone, Marion Pitman, Kate Farrell, John Forth, Marc Lyth and David A. Riley. Cover art is by Paul Mudie.
Ghosts and Other Worlds: A short course in writing horror and SF tutored by Simon Kurt UnsworthComments Off
World Fantasy Award-nominated author Simon Kurt Unsworth will be running a short course in writing horror and SF entitled “Ghosts and other Worlds”. It will run on four consecutive Tuesdays (7:00 – 9:00pm) from 23 October 2012 at One Voice, St Leonard House, St Leonard Gate, Lancaster LA1 1NN. The programme is as follows:
Advance booking is required, and the cost is £7.50 per session. For further details or to book a space, please contact Simon at simonkurtunsworth [at] gmail [dot] com
Bereavement. Film ReviewComments Off
Starring: Alexandra Daddario, Michael Biehn, Brett Rickaby & John Savage
Written, produced and directed by Stevan Mena
Duration: 103 mins
Reviewed by Guy Adams
Horror can do many things. It can inspire, liberate, chill, amuse and terrify. Sometimes, however, it just wants to rub your face in the dirt. Stevan Mena’s prequel to his movie Malevolence certainly fits into that latter category. Viewers who like their gore, claustrophobia and lunacy tempered with elements of hope or redemption may find this a little suffocating.
Centering around a serial killer who “adopts” a young child suffering from congenital analgesia (a rare condition where the sufferer is unable to feel pain), Bereavement is classed by its creator as a “character study” compared to the more traditional stalker antics of the previous film.
In this it certainly achieves its aim though whether we actually want to spend 100 minutes in the presence of such a character is another thing entirely. All the grim necessities are present: the killer operates out of a disused charnel house; drives a truck that looks like it would eat any roadkill it found and spouts cod moral philosophy at his victims before giving them a sound gutting.
Some solid set-pieces show a solid imagination at work though there’s no doubt that the film feels a bit flabby at times (it was apparently filleted down from a three hour initial cut which would have been an exercise in endurance beyond what the killer’s victim’s suffer when hanging from their meat hooks). That said, when it works, as it frequently does in its last half, it’s a tense and grisly affair.
If you like your horror relentless and lacking in lighter shades then it’s certainly worth a look.
The Pact. Film ReviewComments Off
Starring: Caity Lotz, Caspar Van Dien
Written and Directed by Nicholas McCarthy.
Reviewed by Guy Adams
I’m reviewing The Pact via an authorised PR internet stream because the future is a shiny place and discs are for squares. God knows how Kim Newman manages, we all know he accesses the internet via a steam-driven homunculus powered by the mummified heart of Rasputin.
Such technology is appropriate here though as The Pact is at great pains to be a modern picture from the off. Blackberry phones offer exposition via loud speaker, spooky iPhones ring in a dead woman’s house, Google Maps will prove haunted and the first glimpse of something amiss is seen over Skype.
In other ways the creeps are distinctly traditional, things bump and shatter in empty rooms, presences are felt offscreen and there’s even a child’s toy on a rocking chair. If it were to creak into life we could hardly be surprised.
A mixture of the ancient and modern then and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that, writer and director Nicholas McCarthy’s first full-length picture knows its roots but is determined to grow-up it’s own man.
Caity Lotz stars as a young woman returning to her childhood home to sort out the affairs of her recently deceased mother. She’s haunted of course, and by more than whatever we sense inveigling its way into the shadows. Caspar Van Dien offers support, stubble and a gravely voice. He also has a method for quitting smoking that would see this reviewer marooned in his house, no longer able to fit through the door.
Not only is McCarthy’s ghost modern but it’s distinctly proactive too. It’s not content to whisper from the darkness for long, and is soon physically attacking Caity with a confidence not seen since The Entity. From there on the plot makes a resounding effort to go places you weren’t expecting. Along the way, the landmarks are familiar but they’ve all been given a slight twist.
The film isn’t perfect by any means. It’s been given something of a rough ride in the press. But I can’t help but feel a number of reviews were missing the point. Yes, the performances are not always perfect; no, the script isn’t always on the nose but the one promise the movie makes it lives up to: it’s scary. McCarthy knows how to build tension, shoot a scare and make his audience jump. That’s what The Pact is for and on those terms it’s a great success. To quibble about anything else is like criticizing a Ghost Train for having bumpy rails.
Dark Hall Press release Michael Bray collectionComments Off
Dark Hall Press is proud to present its third release, Dark Corners, a collection by Michael Bray.
About the book:
Dark Corners is a collection of twelve interlinked short stories plotting the darkest reaches of the human psyche.
Dark Corners is now available for purchase via Amazon and other sites, in both ebook and paper editions.
About the author:
First full-length novel from John Llewellyn Probert coming soon from Atomic FezComments Off
Pre-orders are now being taken for John Llewellyn Probert‘s first full-length novel, The House that Death Built, due in October 2012 from Atomic Fez. The book is available in three formats: a limited edition signed hardcover, trade paperback and ebook. The limited edition is signed by the author and the cover artist, Steve Upham.
In addition, all customers pre-ordering or purchasing the book through Atomic Fez before 31 October 2012 (copies in any format; only Kobo and Amazon purchases are excluded) are entered in a draw to win the following:
About the book:
But Marx hasn’t been seen since he entered the repository of death and madness that is The Dark Manor, and neither have any of the people who have gone looking for him. Now Sir Anthony Calverton has purchased it and needs the place investigating properly, which of course calls for some proper supernatural investigators.
You are cordially invited to join Mr Massene Henderson and Miss Samantha Jephcott, specialists in paranormal adventure, as they embark on their most perilous case to date.
Who will survive The House That Death Built?
Only time and the pages within will tell…