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This house will become a shrine –

frazerlee:

Lovely tribute to the late, great Rik Mayall from the talented folk at http://brunelwriter.com

Rik will be laid to rest tomorrow at a private funeral, with a public memorial planned for September.

R.I.P. bogey bum x

Originally posted on Brunel Writer:

” – and punks and skins and rastas will all gather round and hold their hands in sorrow for their fallen leader. And all the grown-ups will say, ‘But why are the kids crying?’ And the kids will say, ‘Haven’t you heard? Rick is dead! The People’s Poet is dead!’  And then one particularly sensitive and articulate teenager will say, ‘Other kids, do you understand nothing? How can Rick be dead when we still have his poems?’” 

Rik

Comedy lost a hero this week. It is with a heavy heart that we say our goodbyes to Rik Mayall – the People’s Poet, the Young One, an imaginary friend; one of the most lovable comedy geniuses of the last thirty years.

It is rare to see someone’s popularity stand the test of time, and even more rare to see their jokes do the same. It is a testament to him as a person…

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Hacking the Green (or Why I’d Like to #StopHS2)

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.

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Author’s Note from The Jack in the Green

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?

a rich man, on a train (photo credit: Andrew Parsons)

a rich man, on a train (photo credit: Andrew Parsons)

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.

"what do you mean why has it got to be built?"

“what do you mean why has it got to be built?

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.

 

Happy 92nd Birthday Sir Christopher of Lee!

The Lee-gend releases metal Don Quixote album on his 92nd birthday.

Metal happy returns Sir Christopher of Lee! \m/ \m/

Don’t Panic (1 week until April 22nd)

Just 1 week to go until Panic Button‘s USA/Canada release (April 22nd, 2014 from Phase 4 Films)

About the movie
Trapped at 30,000 feet aboard a private airplane, four helpless friends are forced to fight for their lives and the lives of their loved ones by participating in a horrific and twisted in-flight entertainment game. Behind the terror, a mysterious and unpredictable captor cruelly punishes those who do not follow his rules.

Director
CHRIS CROW

Screenplay

FRAZER LEE, JOHN SHACKLETON

Cast

SCARLETT ALICE JOHNSON, JACK GORDON, MICHAEL JIBSON, ELEN RHYS

Pre-order PANIC BUTTON – Region 1 USA DVD here.

And – Canada DVD release here.

(note: Amazon currently has the slightly later release date of May 13th)

Praise for ‘Panic Button’:
“…a great cast, and some genuine talent behind the camera” (Dread Central)
“Constant tension…that will take viewers through a nightmare and back” (28 Days Later)
“The best British horror in years” ☆☆☆☆ (Ain’t It Cool News)
“The Social Network of Shocks” ☆☆☆☆ (Film4 Frightfest)
“This is British horror at its bloody best” ☆☆☆☆ (Sky Movies)
“Nail-bitingly terrifying” ☆☆☆☆☆ (Abertoir Film Festival)
“Just excellent” ☆☆☆☆ (Screenjabber)
“Totally terrifying!” (Shock Horror)

panic button dvd usa region 1

 

 

I just signed the publishing contract for my new novel…

Signed in blood :)Excited to announce I just signed the publishing contract with Samhain Horror for world rights to my 4th novel THE SKINTAKERS.

The Skintakers is the prequel to my Bram Stoker Award® nominated debut novel The Lamplighters.

My Editor, Don D’Auria, said some lovely things about the book. I hope you’ll like it too.

Cover art, release date and more details to follow!

 

The Cult Of Me reviews ‘The Lucifer Glass’

The Lucifer Glass by Frazer LeeMichael Brookes (at The Cult of Me blog) has the following to say about my Samhain Horror novella ‘The Lucifer Glass‘:

A nice blend of physical and psychological horror…I’d recommend it to any horror fans. I’ll look forward to reading more of the author’s work.

Read the full review here.

What Monster Haus says about my latest horror novel

Image‘The Jack in the Green’ by Frazer Lee takes the reader on a terror filled trip through Tom McCrae’s nightmares that unveil a ‎horrific‬ truth.

M.F. Wahl, Monster Haus (via Facebook / Twitter )

In Memoriam: Christopher Barry, Alain Resnais, Selim Lemouchi

Doctor Who and the Daemons director Christopher Barry has sadly passed away. He famously helped introduce the world to the Daleks, but Daemons is my all-time favourite of the Time Lord’s adventures. Yes, I cleaved to a fuzzy, fifth generation VHS copy for many years (much of it in b/w) until the show finally became available on DVD. And yes, like many of ‘a certain age’, I devoured the Target novelisation. The BBC website posted a lovely obituary of this amazing, talented man – aside from his outstanding contributions to Dr Who, Mr Barry also helmed The Tripods (another childhood fave of mine) and many more.

Christopher Barry, I salute you – with five rounds, rapid.

The world is also a lesser place for the loss of filmmaker extraordinaire Alain Resnais. His Last Year in Marienbad has haunted me for years, and continues to do so. It was lovely to see his life and work so celebrated in memoriam this week. ‘Innovative and unusual’ just about nails it:

And while I was composing this blog entry, I was saddened to hear about the death of Selim Lemouchi. Frontman of one of my favourite bands The Devil’s Blood (and later of Selim Lemouchi and His Enemies), he was a fiercely talented musician who passed far too soon, aged 33.

I’ll leave it to Selim (with his sister Farida on vocals) to roll credits on these three blazing stars, who will all be missed by any who knew, or knew of, them.

Happy World Book Day! Here, have a 50% off coupon. You’re welcome.

Happy World Book Day. Here’s a little something that might add to your bookish reverie.

samhain horror 50% off frazer lee and all other titles!

50% off all paperbacks from my publisher Samhain Horror, including my titles The Lamplighters and The Jack in the Green. Just use the code PAPERBACK50 at checkout (limited time offer).

Cheers, Frazer

Fresh Fiction Reviews: The Jack in the Green

The Jack in the Green by Bram Stoker Award Nominee Frazer LeeCheck out Fresh Fiction’s review to discover why:

Supernatural horror readers should check THE JACK IN THE GREEN out.

(review by Amber Keller, 22 January 2014)

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