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

Panic Button: USA dvd cover art & release date

My debut feature film (screenwriter) Panic Button is unleashed on DVD in USA/Canada April 22nd 2014 from Phase 4 Films.

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

And the Canadian DVD release of PANIC BUTTON here.

(note: the distributor has the release date set for April 22nd, Amazon currently has the slightly later street date of May 13th)

Here’s the cover art:
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‘Panic Button’ is also available on DVD/Blu-ray in the UK, Germany, Australia, Japan and more.
Check out my Facebook Page for a gallery of Panic Button cover art from around the world – which is your favourite cover?

What the critics say – praise for ‘Panic Button’:
“The best British horror in years” ☆☆☆☆ (Adam Stephen Kelly, Ain’t It Cool News)
“The Social Network of Shocks” ☆☆☆☆ (Alan Jones, Film4 Frightfest)
“This is British horror at its bloody best” ☆☆☆☆ (Sky Movies)
“Nail-bitingly terrifying” ☆☆☆☆☆ (Abertoir Film Festival)
“Just excellent” ☆☆☆☆ (Screenjabber)
“Totally terrifying!” (Billy Chainsaw, Shock Horror)

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)

In praise of: Whistle and I’ll Come to You

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I really fell in love with the ghost stories of M. R. James while lurking in a sentry box, dressed as a Victorian serial killer (they wore top hats apparently), ready to jump out on unsuspecting tourists with an exclamation of “tickets please!”

Let me explain.

I worked weekends at The London Dungeon to help pay my way through college in the early 90s. To pass the time during each shift i sometimes listened to audiobooks, sneakily hiding my headphones beneath my costume. These were the days of books-on-tape, or cassettes (which, to explain to younger readers, were like mp3 files stretched across two reels of dental tape and listened to via an iPod device the size of a house brick). One of the audiobooks was a collection of M. R. James tales read by Michael Hordern. I had read a couple of James’ classics and knew i was in for a flesh-creeping time – and then i heard “The Ash Tree”. By the gods my heart nearly stopped in my chest at that one and for once it was me who got a fright when the tourists came asking for directions.

I then discovered the telly adaptations of some of James’ tales, presented by the BBC each Christmas. The tradition continued into the new millenium with a series of Christopher Lee-narrated adaptations, which i enjoyed during Christmas hols in the wilds of Ireland. And of course just last month, Mark Gatiss made his directorial debut with his fun, Hammer-esque M. R. James adaptation “The Tractate Middoth”.

But the one that got to me the most was “Whistle…” And to my delight, Father Christmas (or perhaps his pal Krampus) left a copy of the BFI’s double bill dvd “Whistle and I’ll Come to You” under the tree for me this year. The disc includes both the 1968 and 2010 versions, plus extras featuring contemporary master of the macabre, Ramsey Campbell. I’ve seen both versions before of course – and both are beloved to me in different ways. I think one exploits shaky denial in the face of fear and the other channels total, harrowing despair. If you haven’t seen them, do seek them out. But (ahem) a warning to the curious… both are utterly disturbing in the true spirit of James’ original short story “Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to You My Lad” (also included in audio form as a nice bonus on the dvd – now all i need is a draughty sentry box. The garden shed will have to do).

Here’s to the traditional festive ghost story – long may they continue to scratch at our windowpanes, rattle our doors.

And tangle with our bedsheets.

Happy Horrordays to all my f(r)iends!

Happy Horrordays y’all!

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And it just wouldn’t be that time of the year without the Christopher Lee Christmas Message.
Take it away Sir Christopher of Lee!

Here’s to a stonking 2014.

x Frazer

 

Caption contest winner(s)!

Some great entries in my festive caption contest, thanks f(r)iends!

Best delivered in a Vincent Price voice…

The winner:
Doll voice, with -
“She would not fit into a single box. You, on the other hand…”

Runner up:
Ann K. Schwader, with -
“You say festive Yuletide packages. I say the corpse won’t be found till January.”

Doll voice wins all 3 of my Samhain ebooks, The Lamplighters, The Lucifer Glass and The Jack in the Green!

Ann wins 1 ebook of her choice!

Winners please email me via info@frazerlee.com and remember to let me know your preferred ebook format (.mobi for Kindle, Nook, PDF etc.)

Cheers & Merry Vincemas!

x Frazer

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