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Some kind readers (hello kind readers!) wrote to me in support of the Author’s Note (pictured below) I included in my recent horror novel The Jack in the Green – in which I highlighted the threat posed by the UK rail Project HS2.
In brief – HS2 is a high speed rail line that will cut through acres of ancient woodland, farmland, and communities – including those in Buckinghamshire where I am lucky enough to reside.
The initial proposals for the scheme made journey speed a key selling point: business travellers could shave off a massive 30 minutes or so if they travel via the high speed line. When many voiced their opinion that 30 mins of train time actually = 30 mins of uninterrupted work time, the scheme seemed to change tack, this time citing capacity as the new justification behind the project.
Now comes the bombshell that the rail line would displace thousand of graves – without the assurances in place that sacred remains would be properly relocated. I mean, haven’t these crazy HS2 people even seen POLTERGEIST?
My opinion (because everyone has one, right?) is that HS2 is designed, primarily, to make money for those behind it. Well, duh. It is a rich* man’s train (*for the financially rich, but spiritually bankrupt). I am utterly disappointed to see cross-party support for HS2 in UK politics – and feel especially betrayed that the Labour Party appears to back the project – so much so that for the first time in my life I cast my vote in the European Elections for the Green Party (among other, personal reasons). You see, I have just not seen any justification for the project that convinces me the environmental cost is worthy of the line’s creation. As with all things infrastructure, there is always another way (the clever folks at StopHS2 and HS2 Action Alliance have some excellent suggestions).
Sigh. I am aware that I’m just a local yokel author, banging on about this on his blog. What difference is that gonna make? Not a jot, of course. But there are things we little people can do to stop the goose-stepping forward march of ecological destruction. Maybe those of us who oppose HS2 are like Arthur Dent, trying to stop the Vogon Constructor Fleet in our dressing gowns. Maybe lying down in front of that bulldozer will be all the protest we have left – if, and when, the decision comes to decimate our wildlife and destroy so much that is green and good in the land.
But we have to bloody well try. And try we shall. In that spirit, I’ll sign off this post with one last video – this time from an inspiring young voice that should absolutely be heard – that of 9 year-old Midlands schoolboy Alexander Rukin.
And as ever, thanks for reading.
Delighted to see the first reviews of my new Samhain Horror novel The Jack in the Green hit the web.
Here are a few choice cuts:
“An intriguing tale filled with genuine horror and a plot that explores some very dark territory” (Rating: 4/5, Horror Novel Reviews)
“Quintessential British horror with vivid interludes of bodily trauma and mental anguish” (Keri O’Shea, Brutal As Hell)
“A romp of a book that combines pagan mythology with visceral contemporary action” (Rating: 4/5, MikaReadsHorrorFiction)
“A captivating read that weaves a spell, leading you into the Scottish countryside to a village that isn’t all that it seems. The shocking ending makes this one of the most satisfying reads of the year. Frazer Lee scores again, big time.” (Rating: 5/5, Hunter Shea, author of Forest of Shadows and Evil Eternal)
My thanks to all for taking the time to read, rate and review!
‘The Jack in the Green‘ release day is upon us dear f(r)iends.
To celebrate the release of my new Samhain Horror novel I’ll be posting an extract over at the Samhain Cafe, giving away a paperback copy on Goodreads, and signing books at the British Fantasy Society open night book launch party in London.
Meanwhile, here’s a tune to wish you all a green day before Jack puts out the light…
“An intriguing tale filled with genuine horror and a plot that explores some very dark territory…” Horror Novel Reviews
I think visually, so when it comes to writing a new novel a mood board is an essential I can’t do without. Lucky for me there’s so much foliage around these parts, as when the time came to draft my new Samhain Horror novel ‘The Jack in the Green‘ (out in paperback and ebook, October 1st) I found inspiration during every stroll.
Some of the images made it straight into the text (readers of ‘The Jack in the Green’ will know the importance that trees joined at their roots have in the overall story), while others simply served to get me in the mood before writing. Like music (or in my case in addition to music) an evocative image can help fast-track you into your writing process. And, as was the case with many of the images included in the gallery below, I occasionally got lost inside of them.
I hope if you pick up my new book that you’ll enjoy getting lost in those forests too.
Just watch out for ‘The Jack in the Green’. “He’s in the trees…he’s waiting.”
Here’s a snippet:
I found myself completely wrapped up in this one, eager to reach conclusion and receive a few answers to my mounting questions. With a fine razor edge twist, Lee carries this story into a fully fleshed out novel.
Satisfaction is found within this read. So when all is said and done I am highly recommending this one. Be ready for what you really aren’t ready for. Whatever you do, do not read the ending first. Open this and enjoy.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
The postman came a-callin’ today with a big box o’ books, and I knew it was that George McFly ‘Back to the Future’ moment as I tore into it and saw the Samhain Horror logo peeking out from a gap in the cardboard. It’s an undeniably good feeling to hold your new book in your hands and sniff the pages. If it ever stops being so, it’s probably time to hang up the pen.
Yes, my author copies of ‘The Jack in the Green‘ had arrived. Aren’t they handsome?
There are only 10 of these author copies in existence and you can grab one by entering the Goodreads Giveaway.
And I hope you’ll check out the book anyhow when it releases on Oct 1st in ebook and paperback.
He’s in the trees. He’s waiting…
The October 1st 2013 release date for my new Samhain Horror novel The Jack in the Green is a long way off, but I can now reveal the synopsis for the book which is also available to pre-order through Amazon.com.
Check out the synopsis and link at The Jack in the Green page.
Pleased as pumpkin pie to reveal the cover art for my new Samhain Horror novel THE JACK IN THE GREEN. Just take care not to wake him dear f(r)iends, as you can see, he’s a sleeping beast…
I think cover artist Scott Carpenter (who also wove his magic on THE LAMPLIGHTERS cover) has done Jack proud. My thanks, as ever, to Scott and to editor extraordinaire Don D’Auria.
And I now have a release date for the novel. It will be published by Samhain Horror around 1st October 2013, just in time for next Hallowe’en! Hope you’re as excited as I am :)
More news on this, and other projects, soon.
I’m thrilled to announce I just inked contracts with Samhain Horror for my novel THE JACK IN THE GREEN and novella THE LUCIFER GLASS.
Executive Editor Don D’Auria told me he loves the books and I’m excited to be working with him and Samhain again on these new titles.
Cover art, release dates and further details to follow, keep an eye on this here Blog and also www.samhainhorror.com.