#TheStayMovie awarded Silver Award for Best Horror Short at Independent Shorts Awards in LA USA

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Thanks to the curators of the Independent Shorts Awards in Los Angeles USA for selecting The Stay and awarding our film the amazing Best Horror Short Silver Award!

Check the Awards website for the full list of honours.

36865701_2088807444480334_631847478026567680_nMany thanks to the cast & crew, and all our supporters for helping make The Stay a successful independent film production.

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Next up – DragonCon Independent Film Festival, Aug 30–Sept 3, 2018 Atlanta, GA USA!

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See #TheStayMovie at HorrorCon UK next weekend!

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If supernatural suspense / folky horror is your kind of thing, be sure to catch The Stay, screening in Official Selection at HorrorCon UK next weekend.

The film is part of a scare-packed programme, which includes talks, traders, tunes — and of course very special guests including the legendary Dario Argento and musical maestro Claudio Simonetti, Re-Animators Jeff Combs and Barbara Crampton — among many, many more.

If you’re brave enough to venture into the film screenings, let me know what you think of the film — in the comments below, or on Facebook, or Twitter.

Beast witches,
Frazer x 

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Guest Author Catherine Cavendish on ‘Waking the Ancients’

Welcoming back Guest Author Catherine Cavendish to the blog today, with a fascinating post on her new book Waking the Ancients. Take it away Cat!

Set – God of Chaos, Friend of the Dead

My new novel – Waking the Ancients – centres on a sinister archeologist called Dr. Emeryk Quintillus and his deadly obsession with the last Egyptian Pharaoh – Cleopatra. His quest to possess her immortal spirit leads to his involvement with a major ancient Egyptian deity – the god Set.

Dangerous, unpredictable – but a good friend to have in a crisis, Set was one of the most ancient of the Egyptian gods – and exceptionally well connected.

Brother of Osiris, Horus the Elder, Isis and Nephthys, he was the god of storms, chaos, earthquakes, and all manner of natural disasters, but he was also a friend of the dead, helping them to ascend his ladder to transport them to heaven and he protected desert oases. He was unhinged in many ways and prone to extreme violence, right from the time he lay in his mother’s womb. Instead of waiting to be born naturally, legend has it that he ripped himself from his mother’s body.

Married incestuously to his sister, Nephthys, he was the antithesis of everything she represented. He was the earth, she was the air. He represented the desert and, as such, was infertile. She, on the other hand, had designs on her much more handsome brother Osiris who was married to Isis (evidently, they liked to keep everything in the family – a trait they shared with the Cleopatra’s Ptolemaic dynasty, among others). One day Nephthys disguised herself as Isis and seduced Osiris who, it is said, did not realise he had been tricked. A child, the god Anubis, was conceived out of this union and that is when the trouble really began.

When he found out about her infidelity, Set was enraged but decided to wreak his vengeance on his sibling rather than his faithless wife. He already had form in attacking his brothers. In a power struggle for control of Egypt which lasted eighty years, Set plucked out one of Horus’s eyes. Horus responded by ripping off one of Set’s testicles. Now that’s what I call a dysfunctional family!

Set was determined to kill Osiris and enlisted the help of his followers into tricking his brother. Set laid on a great feast in honour of Osiris and presented him with an elaborate chest which he said he would give to whichever guest fitted into it. One after the other tried, but failed. Then Osiris had a go and, of course, it fitted perfectly. Before he could escape, Set’s followers nailed it shut and tossed it into the Nile.

A distraught Isis found it, brought it home but was unable to prevent Set from taking it from her. He opened the chest and dismembered the body which was intact – except for his penis which had been eaten by a fish in the river. Set then scattered his body parts all over Egypt. Isis and Nephthys began searching for the pieces of Osiris’s body and reassembled them. Even without his penis, Isis managed to somehow magically conceive a son – another Horus.

There was another side to Set. On a positive note, he was the protector of the sun god Ra, who made his nightly journey in a barque across the heavens to rise again in the morning. But even in his role of protector, Set could not resist his evil side. He threatened Ra with storms if he did not treat him in the manner to which he felt was his due. Ra tired of his threats and expelled him from his barque. Other gods would assume his role.

In Wrath of the Ancients – Set’s role is pivotal. The obsessed Emeryk Quintillus enlists his help, but a terrible price must always be paid…

Waking the Ancients

Legacy In Death

Egypt, 1908

University student Lizzie Charters accompanies her mentor, Dr. Emeryk Quintillus, on the archeological dig to uncover Cleopatra’s tomb. Her presence is required for a ceremony conducted by the renowned professor to resurrect Cleopatra’s spirit—inside Lizzie’s body. Quintillus’s success is short-lived, as the Queen of the Nile dies soon after inhabiting her host, leaving Lizzie’s soul adrift . . .

Vienna, 2018

Paula Bancroft’s husband just leased Villa Dürnstein, an estate once owned by Dr. Quintillus. Within the mansion are several paintings and numerous volumes dedicated to Cleopatra. But the archeologist’s interest in the Egyptian empress deviated from scholarly into supernatural, infusing the very foundations of his home with his dark fanaticism. And as inexplicable manifestations rattle Paula’s senses, threatening her very sanity, she uncovers the link between the villa, Quintillus, and a woman named Lizzie Charters.

And a ritual of dark magic that will consume her soul . . .

You can find Waking the Ancients here:

Kensington Press

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Apple

Google

Kobo

About the Author:

Following a varied career in sales, advertising and career guidance, Catherine Cavendish is now the full-time author of a number of paranormal, ghostly and Gothic horror novels, novellas and short stories. Cat’s novels include the Nemesis of the Gods trilogy – Wrath of the Ancients, Waking the Ancients and Damned by the Ancients, plus The Devil’s Serenade, The Pendle Curse and Saving Grace Devine. She lives with her long-suffering husband, and a black cat who has never forgotten that her species used to be worshipped in ancient Egypt. She sees no reason why that practice should not continue. Cat and her family divide their time between Liverpool and a 260-year-old haunted apartment in North Wales.

You can connect with Cat here:

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It’s March 13th ~ and ‘The Daniel Gates Adventures, Vol. 1’ is out now!

out now!

It’s the 13th today, what better date for my occult horror novellas THE LUCIFER GLASS and THE LEPER WINDOW to be available in one volume from Crossroad Press?

Lucky (or unlucky!) for some — depending on your perspective on weird tales of demonic grimoires and cursed artefacts.

kick back, relax, and…

BUY THE DANIEL GATES ADVENTURES, Vol. 1

from:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

— and wherever occult tomes and evil mirrors are sold.

Explore the links above to read free sample chapters in your browser, or to send them to your Kindle/e-reader/mobile device!

you can take the horror with you – anywhere

ABOUT THE DANIEL GATES ADVENTURES:

Together in one volume, the first two novellas in the Daniel Gates Adventures.

THE LUCIFER GLASS

“It may cost you your soul. ”

Daniel Gates is a fixer. Whatever his client wants, he can get for a price. But the price of his latest assignment is a high one indeed. He is to travel to Scotland to exchange a rare demonic text, a grimoire, for a consignment of even rarer whiskey. Reading the grimoire, Gates learns of the legend of Lucifer s Glass and the unholy trinity of green-eyed demons who protect it. As he does battle with the demons, Daniel realizes too late that there is much more to his assignment than meets the eye. He is locked in a struggle to save his very soul from damnation.

THE LEPER WINDOW

“Do not gaze into its secrets.”

Daniel Gates’s last assignment involving a rare demonic book left him plagued by hideous nightmares, which are about to get even worse. When a page is stolen from Choronzon’s Grimoire, Daniel is sent to the wilds of North Wales to retrieve it for his mysterious client. But the stolen page contains dark, occult secrets, and he finds to his peril that he is not the only one desperate to find it. Daniel’s journey takes him to the very brink of madness and to the demons that await—beyond the Leper Window.

note to self – if you come across a demonic grimoire in your local library, maybe just put it back on the shelf…


The Daniel Gates Adventures, Vol. 1 – cover reveal

The first two novellas in my Daniel Gates Adventures occult series are back in ebook from Crossroad Press very, very soon.

Check out the new cover art for The Lucifer Glass & The Leper Window – together in one volume for the first time.

More details soon!


StokerCon 2018 and Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference schedule

Good evening Providence!

If you’re heading out to Providence, RI for StokerCon 2018 & the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference, I look forward to seeing you there for amazing Guests of Honour, a huge range of panels, presentations, Horror University workshops, the Final Frame Film Contest, and the Bram Stoker Awards® Banquet.

Here’s my schedule for the duration:

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THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018

Panel 2: Monster Studies, Eurasia / 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

  • Emily Anctil, “‘Not a Bedtime Story’: Investigating Textual Interactions Between the Horror Genre and Children’s Picturebooks”
  • Naomi Borwein, “Monster Studies, Monster Anthropology, and Australian Aboriginal Horror Literature”
  • Frazer Lee, “Koji Suzuki’s Ring – A World Literary Perspective”
  • Amanda Trujillo, “Contagious Curses: Identifying the Characteristics and Origins of a Horror Trope”

STOKERCON 2018

READING – FRIDAY, MARCH 2

Block Four, 10 a.m.

Patrick Freivald, Heather Herrman, and Frazer Lee 

All readings will take place in L’Apogee on the 17th Floor.

Following each reading, authors will be available for signings in the Dealers Room (Renaissance Salon) as their schedules allow. Special thanks to Broad Universe, sponsor of our Autographing Table.

PANEL – FRIDAY, MARCH 2

5:00 P.M.

A (Haunted) House with Many Rooms—Horror Sub-Genres 

State Suite A / Moderator: Tim Waggoner; Panelists: Don D’Auria, Frazer Lee, Jennifer Loring, Donald Sidney-Fryer, Paul Tremblay

The horror genre encompasses a multitude of types: action, bizarro, body, extreme, gothic, Lovecraftian, psychological, splatterpunk, the supernatural, vampire, weird, Western, zombie, ghost stories, and many others. The panelists will discuss how sub-genres evolve and key works that have defined or inspired sub-genres. Can authors become typecast in a sub-genre? What about mash-ups? What new types of horror might emerge in the future?

PANEL – SATURDAY, MARCH 3

3:00 P.M.

Terrifying Teaching Tactics

State Suite C / Moderator: Michael Arnzen; Panelists: Heather Herrman, Frazer Lee, Thomas F. Monteleone, Sara Tantlinger

Educators who write and teach horror fiction, poetry, and film are a rare and darksome breed! Come learn their classroom strategies that engage learners with horror entertainment and help new writers enter the field we all love. The discussion will include not only books and  movies that have educational value but also actual activities that use the craft and technique of horror writing to advance learning. What should those considering a career in horror education know?

PANEL – SATURDAY, MARCH 3

5:00 P.M.

Book to Screen: How to Market Your Work for Film and Television

State Suite B / Moderator: Lynne Hansen; Panelists: J.D. Barker, Michael Gingold, Frazer Lee, Daniel Waters, Douglas E. Winter

Think your book would make a great movie or television show? So do a lot of other authors! What attracts the interest of producers and filmmakers? What makes a novel or story a good candidate for film or TV? What works against it? How do you go about getting your work into the hands of filmmakers and protect your intellectual property in the process?

Check out the Stokercon website at: http://stokercon2018.org

And the Horror Writers Association at: http://horror.org


#TheStayMovie in Official Selection at Starburst MediaCity Festival 2018 – get free festival passes here!

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The Stay is screening in Official Selection at Starburst MediaCity Festival 2018.

The festival takes place at The Landing in MediaCity, Salford UK (March 16-17) including the STARBURST Fantasy Awards 2018, and you can book FREE TICKETS* here.

(*first 500 applicants, see festival website for T&Cs)

Check out the impressive line-up of genre films and guests at https://starburstmagazine.com/filmfestival/
See #TheStayMovie at Starburst Media City Festival 2018 - free tickets

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