In case you missed it… I spill the spooky beans about my new novel Greyfriars Reformatory, discuss the darkest movie I’ve ever watched, reveal what scares me, and chat all things horror over at Uncomfortably Dark.
In case you missed the Greyfriars Reformatory Halloween Special reading & book launch Q&A (which was streamed live over Zoom on Oct 28th) here’s a recording for you to enjoy!
With thanks to: Seb Jenner & all at Hillingdon Literary Festival, our M.C. Dr Emma Filtness & all at Brunel Writers Series, the fab student readers (who read flash fiction from their charity anthologyRobots Rogues & Revenants – available now, with all proceeds to NHS combined charities) — and to all who tuned in. Hope you had a Happy Halloween & a safe Samhain.
Way back in March, as the wheel of the world turned in an altogether surprising direction, these little pumpkin seeds were planted…
With offerings and incantations to the ancients, they blossomed… and grew… (swipe/scroll to see more below)
And look at them now! All grown up and ready to have their guts ripped out before carving…
At this most special, and spookiest time of year, the veil between worlds of the living and the dead is at its thinnest. Today I am honouring our dear departed — and also looking forward to the life after the death.
When the lights have fizzled out in the eyes of the jack o’lanterns, their flesh will rot down into compost — and nourish newly planted pumpkin seeds of life. The wheel of the world will turn again, in anticipation of next October… and next Halloween!
Chicago Review of Books on Greyfriars Reformatory:
“Greyfriars Reformatory delivers on suspense and a classic asylum setting that brings to mind novels like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest… the teen characters are three-dimensional, and the story is anchored by a strong sense of atmosphere”
In Frazer Lee’s Greyfriars Reformatory, Emily Drake has no memory of what she did to get sent to the imposing brick institution she first sees looming before her through the window of a prisoner transport bus. It will be her prison until and unless she submits to experimental psychological treatment designed to cure her of a danger within herself of which she is not consciously aware. She’s among a group of shackled teen girls being shipped to Greyfriars for “rehabilitation.” In their lives outside, they were dismissed as hopeless, psychopathic screw ups. But at Greyfriars, they have the opportunity to heal and earn themselves a life beyond the institution’s lichen-laced walls if they only follow strict rules and ignore any spectral inmates who climb into bed with them at night.
This is the sixth novel by Lee, who is also a screenwriter and filmmaker. His novel, The Lamplighters was…
Join me on Wednesday October 28th from 3-4pm (GMT) for a special live online event presented by Brunel Writers Series in association with Hillingdon Literary Festival.
Creative Writing students from Brunel University London will read flash fiction from their horror/sci-fi-fantasy charity anthology Robots, Rogues & Revenants, and I will read from, and answer your questions about, my latest horror novel Greyfriars Reformatory.
The Greyfriars Reformatory blog tour is off to a whirlwind start comparable to the autumn weather here in blustery old Blighty, which saw branches flying and zoom calls crashing.
First up was the delightfully monickered Duckface Kim, who said, “This book was so vivid & so well written that I did find myself looking around a couple of times to make sure the Grey Girl wasn’t there” – check their full review here.
Then, Nightfall Mysteries made my book release day with this marvellous 5 star review of the book they’re calling, “A Fantastic #spookyread of this month!” I’m as giddy as a grey girl to read about how much they enjoyed the book!
And today, The Magic of Wor(l)ds kindly hosted me as part of the Fearless blog tour promotion — and let’s face it, you have to be feeling pretty fearless to read about The Grey Girl!
The blog tour is scaring up a storm up until Samhain, so keep haunting the web for updates: