Friday, 2 December 2016

Monaco International Film Festival - Part Two

Well - extremely happy to announce that Romain and I won TWO awards at the festival - best Historical but also the Independent Spirit Award - the awards were presented by the French actress Dominique Frot who was so made up by the script she's interested in acting in it! WOW!

More to follow - but at the moment - two very happy writers right now.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Monaco International Film Festival

What a year it has been as Romain and I have worked on our script - well, happy to announce that we've just been nominated for a screenplay award - more news to come - but here's the poster.

The festival is at the end of the month - so will update as the weeks progress but wish us luck!

William Burroughs Anthology

Extremely proud to say that my anthology in honour of Beat Writer William S Burroughs (entitled The Junk Merchants) has just been published by Alex S. Johnson and his Nocturnicorn Press. It is brimming with some great stories, all influenced (naturally) by Mr Burroughs. We also have a cracking introduction written by one of my literary heroes and good friend to William, Graham Masterton.

Check it out if you can (it is available in all formats)


Amazon Paperback Link

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Thirteen Signs - Review

Well thanks to "Reading By Dawn" we have a Five Star Review on Amazon - here you go:

The Thirteen Signs.
Published by Nocturnicorn Books.
Edited and Compiled by Dean M Drinkel. This book contains enough shorts that truly will/should surely be nominated for awards and stay with you.
Stories that take primal fears, medieval monstrosities, angry employees, lost and loveless topiarists, angered and cruelly shaped young men.

This Anthology and its works had pieces that have shown me and other writers, readers how you write and create a masterpiece within a short limited space of words.
It has given me inspiration and my love for short fiction like no other book/anthology ever has.

This contains stories that go beyond pulp, hyper reality violence and poses deep questions on the soul, humanity, spirituality and the horrors we put unto ourselves.

The stand outs were for me:

Leo by Tim Dry,

Tims story telling is deftly handled- to convey a multitude of emotions, depth and an unnerving reality had me truly tied up with Leo' mind and personality.
From the get go " ... I was very different from the very moment that I poked my head out of her diluted, ruby-lipped fanny..." to passages of "The one that was only really used for finding snot, picking off the scabs from damaged knees and cradling plastic toys". And the rest, the way that within a few sparse paragraphs and pages you are given the whole history, niggling small moments, that familar nostalgia of place, smell touch, reverting us into deep reveries and deliberations- that allow you to be with Leo on his journey from the ginger haired boy to Leo The Lover. Leo a man strong in many aspects but deeply clawing for that attention and worth he lost in a way from his Mother pushed me in my seat.
I really love Tims prose, distinctive writing and am willing and working towards to getting more of his work to be on my shelves.

Carapace by Raven Dane, which left me wanting more and left me emotional.
I now have read a story that, no hyperbole left me near to tears by the way the genre is treated and handled with unique perspective and care by love by Raven.

Its rare that within a short, a place where recently my love slumped has been reaffirmed.
It is mesmeric, the detail, the history of this world and Kingdom of Wrax- of mutated creatures in a Ye Olde time works wonders and gives it that edge of time, a verve and history that is a welcome combination that slots together magnificently.

Ravens piece featured has made me fall in love with short story writing. It has strangely affected me in a very personal way.
All three from Tim/Raven/Lily encapsulating themes, worlds and terror, benign , fierce, real, primal that as a young rookie finding his feet have affected me as a Free Lance writer myself.
Her short is nothing short of gripping. It never stops but has a pace where you are not skimming but luxuriating in this vivid world she has crafted.

Come Join The Blood Parade by Lily Childs, is really a story that made me go-"I WISH I wrote/and could write something like that"- the pace is sensual, the minutiae of detail in her prose encapsulated me.
I love nature, inanimate objects birthing life or coming to life, and this is that and much, much more.
Truly a grand piece.

Trevor Kennedys and Robert E. Tates
SOLOMON CARSON AND THE DEATH OF A VIRGIN, is about a man receiving messages from another realm. It is a highly enjoyable and a vastly assured piece. And I have yet to read a short written by two writers before- until niw! But both feel as one in this short and never are there dominant passages and moments.

Seven For Eight by Romain Collier was a welcoming surprise, being his first English written short that since the recent events of France, his story has that addition of sadness, revolt and perspective weighing on the story and giving it a very up to date relevence.

Hooked by James Everington, is another that stood out among this masterfully takented crowd- that is the most, for me, by the book horror/extreme in its by the book tropes- but it is very pacy, grisly gory and a has a killer edge.

Editor and fellow contributors short Worshipping The Snake by Dean M Drinkel is also one that was, is, still firmly stuck in my mind, coiling and striking with its vivid clarity and vivaciousness and dark sinners sensuality. Dean is a dark horse, with a variant of knowledge, originality and prowess in his writing skills.

The only short that I did not get along with was Mark Wests - The Order Of Aries.
It is probably down to me not having read all of this certain characters-Mike Deckers- various stories featuring in a stream of Drinkels Anthologies, and not yet bonded with him as a character much.
Its fast, well written, but its very cliched and on the nose. But it got a cringe from me in one moment where a nail gun is involved so Mark still, with the weakest among the bunch, still affected me.

The rest are all very good.

The Scorpion Dance by Amelia Mangan is short about a dwindling musician who finds a new rite of passage in life through sex, revenge and rebirth. Layered and strong and as usual not a cliched piece that unrolls the familar whether personel or frequently experienced from social media/ media itself and our pop culture obsession-and having a slathering of the absurdists goods of malevolent/dormant evil arising from a failed name in our dog eat dog world of arts and consumerism.

One In Twelve by Steve Byrne felt quite like a retrodden story, a piece about a man worrying about his wife's involvement in a stream of Sagittarius murders. But like all its not bad writing, just left me with the feeling if - read it once and will read it a dozen more times.

A Sorrow Of Sweet Pipings By Jan Edwards was a unique almost cosmic horror that felt like somebody who knew and loved that sub genre in horror.
Very poetic, assured and I have been aware of her as an Editor of grand Anthologies herself with Alchemy Press, but as a writer I wish to seek out her own works.

Ganymede by Emile-Louis Tomas Jouvet was just a very singular piece that I felt by the description was misplaced. But oh boy how wrong was I.
Vivid, lyrical, fresh.

Leeber by Christine Dougherty, is a very Shakespearian love story thats both sweet/deadly. A nice tip of the hat, but not even that- its just a cliche in many genres and dibs generes since the Bard himself, but without being anything like the infamous star crossed lovers of Romio & Juliet, it is its thing and better for it. The question being, is love stronger than fate?
You will have to read to find out.

It is a Five star read, period.

It holds a dear place in my heart as it will shape people's futures and perspectives as readers, writers and critics alike.
As it has done me.

Overall: This book features truly exceptional pieces of work. Awards worthy?
Yes. Will these stories stand the test of time? The majority of them will indeed.

This book will stay with you, all down to these short, and nothing short of seminal pieces of horror/speculative fiction.

The Thirteen Signs

And now our brilliant book is out on paperback :>)
Check it out if you can - it really is worth the money

Thirteen Signs Paperback Link

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

The Thirteen Signs

Hey Hey Hey!

Kindle publication day of my new anthology "The Thirteen Signs" by Nocturnicorn Books / Alex S. Johnson.

Really really happy how this turned out - here's the official write-up:

The Thirteen Signs
The stars have always held a fascination. The yearly rotation of the constellations guides ceremonies, rites, symbols, prepares for the harvest and sows the fields. More than merely celestial bodies, they seem to have some uncanny relationship to the affairs of humanity.

The signs that designate the zodiac may portend good but every star sign has its dark side. An association seen both in popular culture and criminality.

As the stars wheel through the seasons, we grow older. Some grow wiser, others stranger. Some choose to listen to the better angels of their nature. Others brood over the fires of anger, cruelty, revenge. In the end, though, the course of the stars, and our fate, is fixed. A grinning skull punches its way through the belly of the sundial. A skeletal hand points towards the ultimate destination: The grave.

The stories in this anthology, expertly chosen and edited by Dean M. Drinkel, play weird and dissonant variations on the music of the spheres. They pluck the dark potential from each zodiacal sign, the better to wring delicious shivers from the reader. All the horrors have been fictionalized for your convenience and safety.

All thirteen – which are:

The Order Of Aries
by Mark West
Mike Decker is asked by an old friend to rescue his daughter from a small group of Satanists. He discovers the job is a lot tougher than he'd originally thought and things turn nasty and painful.

Come Join The Blood Parade
by Lily Childs
Ancient bloodlines and the carving of beasts bring terror to green and not-so pleasant England.

Seven For Eight
by Romain Collier
The bakery shouldn’t have that many people in it at closing time, surely? The rain is pouring and the lights go out. Then comes the first scream... 

by Raven Dane
A spoiled and indolent young nobleman gets a rude awakening, one with horrific consequences. 

by Tim Dry
The story of a young man who exacts a terrible revenge on his abusive father.

Solomon Carson And The Death Of A Virgin
by Trevor Kennedy & Robert E. Tate
A tormented and dejected young man, who may or may not be mentally ill, receives demonic messages and diabolical demands from another realm

by Christine Dougherty
A hitman and his target couldn’t be a more star-crossed combination, but is love stronger than fate?

The Scorpion Dance
by Amelia Mangan
A secluded Hollywood mansion. A faded musician. His private obsession. A dance of death, sex, rebirth, revenge.

One in Twelve by
Steve Byrne
A family man worries that his wife may be complicit in the brutal Sagittarius murders…

A Sorrow Of Sweet Pipings
by Jan Edwards
What could a boat trip offer her beyond sun, sea and sand? Darkness beneath the sun. 

by Emile-Louis Tomas Jouvet
A being from the stars visits the past, present and future – what message does it have for the planet and one man in particular? 

by James Everington
A paranoid holidaymaker is unsure if he is caught in a trap or is merely bait for someone else...

Worshipping The Snake
by Dean M. Drinkel
Jules meets Frank at a party, does he really know what he’s let him in for? Does it really matter? After all, what has he got to lose?


Monday, 1 August 2016

FEAR Magazine

Great news - FEAR has been relaunched - I am Associate Editor and will be writing a regular column about horror films in particular (as well as some updates on my own work ha ha) - of course it is still edited by Mr John Gilbert!!!

Anyway - it's out now - here's the link.

Well worth the money - even if I do say so myself.

There is already some great debate going on which can be found also at the link.