Happy #Friday13th – watch #TheStayMovie online!

stay-admit-oneHappy Friday 13th!

The clock is about to strike 13:00 hrs here in the UK, so…

Head on over to my Facebook Page for a private screening of my new short film The Stay.

Your link and password will be active for the next 24 hours.

Thanks for watching, and I hope you enjoy your stay.

And if you do, why not post a quick rating / review at the Internet Movie Database?
It only takes a minute, and you can sign in using your Facebook, Google or Amazon account.



#TheStayMovie wins Independent Horror Movie Award. Watch the film online on Friday 13th!


Now for some really good news.

Excited to announce that my new short film The Stay won the Best Atmosphere Award at the Independent Horror Movie Awards 2015.

The Stay was also nominated in the Best Original Concept and Best Music categories.

All of which are great honours – I’d like to thank the judges and organisers for recognising and celebrating The Stay in this way.

The Stay cast and crew screening. L-R: Exec Producer Sarah Stokes, Writer/Director Frazer Lee, Actress Daniela Finley, Composer Lester Barnes, Exec Producer Phil Stokes.

The Stay cast and crew screening. L-R: Exec Producer Sarah Stokes, Writer/Director Frazer Lee, Actress Daniela Finley, Composer Lester Barnes, Exec Producer Phil Stokes.

We held an intimate cast and crew screening this week (in atmospheric fog-bound London) and I’d like to thank all our supporters for making it a great evening. We raised a glass of Gangly Ghoul Ale afterwards in celebration.

And I’d love for you to share in the celebration with me.

Look out for a special online screening of The Stay on Friday 13th November.


You’re all invited.

But please note the screening will only happen at my Facebook Page, so go ahead and bookmark the page right now!

See you there on Friday 13th – i hope you’ll enjoy your stay…


Halloween Giveaway Winners Announced!

Frazer Lee Halloween GiveawayCongrats to the winners of my Halloween Giveaway!

Check the widget to see if you won: http://gvwy.io/np1fpks

Winners – be sure to check your Facebook “other” messages folder (if you entered via Facebook), or junk email folder to claim your prize.

If you enjoy your prize, please consider giving it a star rating and leaving a quick review at:

The Skintaker:

The Leper Window:

Panic Button:

Didn’t win? Hey, you can still get a 20% discount on my books at https://www.samhainpublishing.com/author/1628/frazer-lee

Thanks to all who entered!

The Next Chapter: Don D’Auria/Samhain Update

On Wednesday, i posted a tribute to my editor extraordinaire, Don D’Auria.

I learned (just hours after posting his tribute) direct from Don via email that Samhain had let him go.  Perversely, Samhain’s marketing department had asked us authors to make tributes to Don as part of their 10th anniversary celebrations. We were only too happy to do so. But then utterly dismayed and confused by his sudden dismissal. Was the call for tributes an attempt to soften the blow? Or a last ditch effort from those on the inside who disagreed with the decision? I guess we’ll never know.

To put it mildly, the horror-net went quietly ballistic. Samhain authors huddled together in cyberspace and howled at the moon, shared their disbelief, anger, disappointment – and support. An official statement from Samhain followed (Ramsey Campbell posted it in the comments section on my Wednesday blog if you want to take a look), the general gist of which was that Don was dropped as a cost-cutting measure and because he isn’t active on social media. As others have commented, it’s a sad state of affairs that Twittering and Farcebooking should take precedence over curating and editing a multiple award-nominated horror line. The former activities are within the purview of marketeers, not necessarily Executive Editors.

My mate Hunter Shea posted a brilliantly optimistic response to the news, and author and genre champion Brian Keene called for a #SamhainBlackout (a call to unfriend and unfollow Samhain’s official social media channels and to follow the individual authors instead).

I personally feel for Don and for the many authors who were looking forward to working with him, either for the first time, or the umpteenth time. Tomorrow is Don’s last day at Samhain and at present, the future’s uncertain.

But one thing is for certain.

Don knows horror fiction and i’m sure he will continue his great and nurturing work elsewhere. I wish Don all the very best for the future, and as he’s also a huge Pink Floyd fan (yet another plus point) this song’s for him.

Don D’Auria, shine on you crazy bloody diamond.

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Halcyon days – Don D’Auria & Samhain in Famous Monsters magazine (copyright Famous Monsters 2014)

And here’s to whatever the next chapter brings!


All hail the Don (D’Auria) of Horror! Happy 10th Birthday Samhain #Samhain10 #SPHorror

This week, Samhain Publishing celebrates 10 years with 30% off all ebook titles and a ton of giveaways.

I thought I’d celebrate too, by posting my respects to editor extraordinaire Don D’Auria.

Don was still at Leisure books when I sent my first novel The Lamplighters to him on a wing and a prayer. He was interested in seeing the full manuscript and then…disaster. Leisure books imploded and the shockwave impacted on the genre far and wide. From the ashes, Don went on to build a new horror line at Samhain. I was delighted when he offered me a contract with Samhain for The Lamplighters. The following year was a whirlwind, culminating in the book being nominated as a Bram Stoker Award® Finalist for First Novel.

Don was supportive throughout the whole process, and it’s no wonder that I went on to publish four more books with him. I finally got to meet Don in person this year at the World Horror Convention in Atlanta. We sat outside the hotel building and talked ideas, music, Italian giallo classics and publishing industry snobbery about print-on-demand technology. Later we got together with several other Samhain Horror authors and had a few drinks/laughs at the Bram Stoker Awards banquet.

To work with an editor who loves horror as much as I do? That’s not a job, that’s a bloody privilege.

Very roughly translated, with a pinch of poetic license, Don’s name can mean ‘The Priest of Fear’.

I think that sounds about right.

Happy Samhain memories. L-R Messrs D'Auria, Dries, Pinkerton, Lee, Kirk.

Happy Samhain memories. L-R Messrs D’Auria, Dries, Pinkerton, Lee, Kirk.


Don’t delay, enter the Frazer Lee Halloween Giveaway today!

Frazer Lee Halloween Giveaway

Click to enter the Frazer Lee Halloween Giveaway!

Hell-o boils & ghouls.

I have some Halloween tricks n’ treats for you this Samhain season.

Enter now to win 1 of the following prizes:

  1. The Skintaker audiobook
  2. Panic Button DVD
  3. The Leper Window ebook

Winners will be announced Nov 4th. Good luck and ~ Happy Halloween!


“The Leper Window is a mysterious thrill ride into the unknown” (Horror Maiden’s Book Reviews)

Ace reviewer Angela Crawford says,The Leper Window is a mysterious thrill ride into the unknown.”

Read the full review at Horror Maiden’s Book Reviews.

horror maiden leper window review

The Maiden loves Horror!

The Leper Window is out now & available from:

Samhain Horror store
(30% off for a limited time)


Amazon UK

(and all Amazon outlets)

Barnes & Noble NOOK BOOK



And wherever ancient demonic grimoires are sold.



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