#TheStayMovie awarded Best Mystery Thriller at #CyprusHorrorSociety 2022

The Stay

Thrilled to announce that The Stay has picked up the Best Mystery Thriller Award at the Cyprus Horror Society gala screening in Limassol, Cyprus.

The Stay — Best Mystery Thriller

Our thanks to organiser Andreas Avgousti for selecting, supporting & celebrating our film.

And many congrats to all the other filmmakers!

What a great line up!

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#TheStayMovie Awarded Best Short Horror at #HollywoodBlvdFilmFestival !

Amazing news to share today, The Stay has won Best Short Horror at Hollywood Blvd Film Festival 2022! This film has had quite the run and is still going strong. I’m really looking forward to making another one soon. 26 awards! Thanks to the festival organisers and to my amazing cast & crew & to all our wonderful supporters. Cheers, Frazer

The Stay

The results are in from the Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival 2022 and we’re delighted to announce The Stay has won Best Short Horror.

Our thanks to the festival organisers and to all our supporters!

This fantastic Best Short Horror accolade is the film’s 26th film festival award to date.

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#TheStayMovie awarded Best Horror at Austin International Art Festival!

“And the award goes to…”

Thrilled to announce that the Austin International Art Festival 2022 has awarded Best Horror Short to The Stay.

Huge thanks to the festival organisers for supporting and awarding our work, on behalf of the cast and crew of The Stay.

The Stay has received 25 awards and a further 14 nominations to date!

#TheCure concerts I have known & loved: Kilburn National Ballroom, 3rd May 1992

The Cure Wish Tour programme ’92

Thirty(!) years ago today I was beside myself with excitement for a very special The Cure gig. Ahead of the full Wish Tour, the band announced a clutch of warm-up dates at club venues.

All the shows I had seen up to that point had either been in enormous arenas, or outdoor shows. The Kilburn National Ballroom was a relatively tiny venue for The Cure, and that only added to the feeling of anticipation. Seeing your #CultHeroes live is honour enough, but up close and personal? Even better.

The journey to seeing this gig was fraught. I was studying for a Journalism degree at the time and had an in-class assessment the day that tickets went on sale (at only £10 each!). In these pre-internet days phoning up to book tickets, or queuing in person, were the only options. The only person I knew who would want to go wasn’t able to queue up either, so I had to knuckle down and complete my class assessment while the clock ticked down and – you guessed it – the gig sold out.

First world problems, I know! (Hey, I was still very young back then.) And it turns out I passed the in-class assessment so there is that. I was trying to be responsible, even in the face of my borderline insane Cure obsession! And, luckily I was working a part-time job to support myself so I rolled up my baggy black sleeves, put in several extra hours and saved up some cash.

Long story short, the £10 ticket ended up costing me £60 on the night, but I had enough cash left over for a tour shirt and a couple of beers. People danced and sang along. There were promotional balloons! Happy the man, as the old b-side goes.

Yes, I still have the balloon 😀

The gig itself was a loud, joyous, sweaty sprint through the amazing new double album Wish plus several hits and surprises. The crane camera swinging and floating above the crowd added a showbiz touch to proceedings, and from what I recall there was a fair bit of crowd-surfing going on during the faster numbers. (Hey, this was ’92, the golden age of grunge…)

I emerged from the tiny, packed out venue with a massive grin on my face. I would see The Cure a further nine times on the ’92 Wish tour, in those huge arenas again. But, as an intimate introduction to a massive tour, the 3rd May 1992 would be very hard to beat.

The shirt still fits! (pic taken on 6music #tshirtday November 2021)

See what The Cure played on 3rd May 1992 here.

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Comment below with your Cure memories! I’d love to hear them!

See my folk horror film #TheStayMovie — streaming today at Vipco Vaults of TerrorFest!

Honoured to be in Official Selection at the inaugural Vipco’s Vaults of TerrorFest film festival with my folk horror film The Stay.

The festival livestreams today, Saturday 22nd January 2022 from 5pm (GMT) here:

https://www.vipcovaults.com/general-8

TerrorFest includes a terrifying range of shorts & feature films (followed by a prize giving at 10pm).

The event screams… oops i mean, streams just once today, so catch it if you can.

Thanks to all at Vipco for making a spooky start to 2022! 🎃

A glance over the shoulder at 2021

A wee glance over the shoulder at last year before embarking upon the challenges of the new.

2021 was a painful time for so many people struggling with the loss of loved ones during the pandemic, amidst safety restrictions that kept us at a distance from one another. (Meanwhile, the UK government was hosting piss-ups at Downing Street. I hope the electorate will never forget this, but I don’t hold out much hope. The UK has collective memory loss at the best/worst of times, and certainly whenever a general election comes around again. Oh well.)

After losing my dear friend Marcus Campbell Sinclair to cancer in December 2020, this year also hit hard. Norman J Warren, friend, mentor & collaborator, and my old band mate and good friend Paulo Turin both left us far too soon. (COVID-19 killed Paulo after three weeks in the care of medical staff in the ICU in Brazil.) My heart goes out to their families and friends. I know I’ll miss them a lot. Please get vaccinated & boosted if you can. Wear a mask. Just do. Take good care of yourselves and others.

Like many, I found it hard to keep motivated creatively during 2021. My University teaching workload more than doubled with colleagues on sabbatical or off sick, and the pressures of online learning provision left little time or headspace for creative work. That said, it was still a pretty good year. I was promoted from Senior Lecturer to Reader. I supervised a student charity anthology – and Covid safety measures even relaxed enough to allow for a launch party event, which was a great way to reunite with the students and to celebrate their efforts. I wrote two feature length screenplays, published two short stories, and released a CD soundtrack (also in support of NHS charities). I published limited edition hardcovers of my back catalogue of novels. And I began work on my next novel, due out this year.

Film-wise, it was exciting to see so many film festivals coming back online and my folk horror film The Stay screened at 15 events, garnered 4 nominations and won 10 awards including Best Short at V.i.Z. Bulgaria, Best Short at Medusa Film Festival, Best Short at Cinestesya Portugal, and Best Horror at 4th Dimension in Bali. A pretty amazing year!

I enjoyed reading new (to me) voices such as Christa Carmen and Clare Castleberry, and re-reading some old classics this year (the highlights being Frank Herbert’s Dune, and F. Paul Wilson’s The Keep). Movies and box sets too numerous to mention kept the freak flag flying, and I was glad to be back in the cinema again for Dune, Halloween Kills, and the new Spidey adventure. The live immersive theatre of Doctor Who: Time Fracture made me feel like my bony old self again. Albums of the year were supplied by CHVRCHES, Duran Duran, and John Carpenter. Much as I tried to enjoy online gigs, a welcome return to real world concert-going couldn’t have come a moment sooner, with trips out-out to see The Sisters and The Nephs. 2022 is promising a full-blown tour (and maybe even an album!) by The Cure and I for one cannot wait.

Looking ahead to 2022, I am hoping that Chillercon UK will finally happen in-person. Contemporary Folk Horror in Film & Media (at Leeds Beckett) looks set to be an online event. That new novel I was talking about above will be published around Springtime. I won’t talk about other projects here… because i’ve learned the hard way that the more you talk them up, the less likely they are to happen!

So I’ll sign off for now by wishing a happy, healthy new year 2022 to you all!

Thanks so much to anyone who took the time to big up my film at a festival, or picked up one of my books and posted a rating/review on Goodreads or Amazon, liked/shared a post, or sent encouraging words or thank yous.

I appreciate the support more than you can ever know.

Cheers,
Frazer x

Short horror stories to give you the Yuletide shivers!

These beastly beauties arrived today!

Thanks to editor Darrell Buxton & congrats to all the authors & illustrators (i loved seeing the artwork for my stories — buy a copy & see!)

The Six-Six-Sixth BHF Book of Horror Stories includes my satanic story ‘Sixpack and the Angel’
Buy now: https://bit.ly/31sA89Y

The Seventh BHF Book of Horror Stories features my twisted tale ‘So Much to See’
Buy now: https://bit.ly/3EuNCQt

***All proceeds to charities FAST (Foundation for Angelman Therapeutics) & Bassetlaw Hospice***

Follow BHF Horror on Insta, Twitter, and Facebook.

Thanks for reading, Frazer x

#TheStayMovie is in Official Selection at #Shockfest Las Vegas 2021!

My thanks to the organisers of Shockfest 2021 for selecting my award winning folk horror film The Stay to screen in Las Vegas in Official Selection.

You can join haunted host Bill Oberst Jr. on December 10th live from Las Vegas for this year’s Ghost Ship themed event. Online event tickets are available here and the frightening fun begins at 18:30 (PST).

It’s great to be rounding off this year’s festival screenings at Shockfest. My thanks again to everyone involved in making it happen, and congrats to all the other filmmakers and creators!

“Halloween never ends.” Amen!

Beast witches,
Frazer x

Spooky Spoiler Alert! 2nd reading from my Damnation: The Gothic Game tie-in novel

In my last post from Castle Dracula I promised you a 2nd reading from my forthcoming Damnation: The Gothic Game tie-in novel… and here it is!

Spoiler alert though — this reading includes an early death scene from the book, so if you prefer to wait and find out who comes a cropper and when, avoid hitting ‘play’ on the video below my exclusive interview about the book.

Today marks the last day of the Kickstarter campaign for Damnation: The Gothic Game, so if you want to get your claws on a copy of the game & my book, plus some very cool perks, make a deal with the devil now!

See you in the graveyard again soon,

Frazer x