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Many thanks to all at Couch Film Festival in Toronto Canada for this amazing award, and congratulations to all the winners and nominees!
“I would love to see this made into a movie or mini-series (are you listening to this #Netflix ?)” Check out this awesome 4.5/5 starred review of my new novel #HearthstoneCottage ! Out 24th October from #FlameTreePress
My Rating: 4.5/5
I would love
to see this made into a movie or mini-series (are you listening to this Netflix?).
The imagery and scope of the landscape, the nightmare sequences, down to the
descriptions of the characters (especially Meggie) is work of flawless art. This
book is a real testament to the ability of the author.
The scene is set from the beginning; creepy yet beautiful Scottish Loch, an old stone circle, a house in the middle of no-where (a glorious old building), Meggie the mysterious sister and not to mention the majestic stag. An accident on the way to the house for the groups post-graduation holiday results in a wrecked hire car and a dead stag. No one was seriously hurt… but the accidental killing of the stag sets of a chain reaction of supernatural events centered around Mike Carter (our main protagonist). Mike’s friends Alex and Kay…
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We are thrilled to be invited to screen The Stay in official selection at Spook Screen 2019 in Cork, which marks the film’s Irish Premiere. Our thanks to all at Spook Screen for selecting The Stay! Follow Spook Screen and get involved ahead of the event, which runs Sept 13-15th on the Emerald Isle: Facebook.com/spookscreen […]
Horror novels never really die. They do sometimes go out of print, then find new publishers and (rather like the monsters within their pages) are resurrected to give you sleepless nights all over again.
Attend the tales of The Lamplighters and The Jack in the Green. Both are back in shiny new ebook editions from Crossroad Press.
I have been teasing the covers on my social media for a little while, and now it is time to unleash these beasties.
Feast your eyes, f(r)iends.
The Lamplighters was my debut novel, and had the honour of being selected as a Finalist in the Bram Stoker Awards for ‘superior achievement in a first novel’. It introduces the character of the Skin Mechanic (who will return in a new edition of my prequel novel The Skintaker soon) and goes something like this:
Life on Meditrine Island is luxurious…but brief.
Marla Neuborn has found the best post-grad job in the world—as a “Lamplighter” working on Meditrine Island, an exclusive idyllic paradise owned and operated by a consortium of billionaires. All Lamplighters have to do is tend to the mansions, cook and clean, and turn on lights to make it appear the owners are home. But the job comes with conditions. Marla will not know the exact location of the island, and she will have no contact with the outside world for the duration of her stay.
Once on the island, Marla quickly learns the billionaire lifestyle is not all it is made out to be. The chief of security rules Meditrine with an iron fist. His private police force patrols the shores night and day, and CCTV cameras watch the Lamplighters relentlessly. Soon Marla will also discover first-hand that the island hides a terrible secret. She’ll meet the resident known as the Skin Mechanic. And she’ll find out why so few Lamplighters ever leave the island alive.
The Jack in the Green saw me turning my bloodshot eye to folk horror, and the story takes place in the same fictional universe as my forthcoming novel Hearthstone Cottage. Here’s the scary skinny:
A nightmare made real.
On Christmas Eve, six year-old Tom McRae witnessed an unspeakable atrocity that left him orphaned, his childhood in tatters. Now in his mid-thirties, Tom still has terrifying nightmares of that night.
When Tom is sent to the remote Scottish village of Douglass to negotiate a land grab for his employer, it seems like a golden opportunity for him to start over. But Tom can’t help feeling he’s been to Douglass before, and the terrible dreams from his childhood have begun to spill over into his waking life.
As murderous events unfold and Tom’s feverish nightmares escalate, he will discover the hideous truth behind the villagers’ strange pagan ritual of The Jack in the Green.
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…and from all good horror novel stockists!
My thanks to the two Davids at Crossroad Press. To Don D’Auria, without whom… And many thanks to you, as ever, for reading.
Thrilled to confirm that on the 13th of June (the 13th being an auspicious date for any horror writer) I signed the contract with Flame Tree Press for my new novel GREYFRIARS REFORMATORY. I started writing the book while I was travelling on business in China, and it looks likely to be released in 2020. More updates to follow!
“A chilling, atmospheric tale that creeps up on you like fog off a loch. Highly recommended.” (Jon Recluse)
“HEARTHSTONE COTTAGE is a nonstop riveting read and the suspense never slackens. Prepare to lose sleep.” (Fungi From Yuggoth)
“Well written and great suspense.” (Heather Bennett)
“I really enjoyed this book and the unique storyline.” (Rachel Drenning)
My thanks to all the reviewers!
I’m also excited to announce that I have signed with Crossroad Press to republish my out-of-print horror novels THE LAMPLIGHTERS (Bram Stoker Award® Finalist for Best First Novel), THE JACK IN THE GREEN and THE SKINTAKER. It feels good to be getting these evil offspring back into print! Crossroad Press did such a wonderful job publishing my DANIEL GATES ADVENTURES series of occult horror novellas.
I will post updates about cover art, release dates, and such, as and when I get them.
Until then, thanks (as ever) for reading,
Great news from Catalonia!
#TheStayMovie — Official Selection — Terror Shorts category
Galacticat (June 7-9, 2019)
Thanks to the Festival Programmers from the Cast & Crew of The Stay!
Official Selection — Haunted House FearFest
‘Independent Horror Short Films Monthly Screening’
@ The Castle, Friedrichshain Berlin, June 9th 2019
This is a walk-in screening at The Castlethat has 50+ draft beers on tap.
The cover charge is 3 Euros on the door (no exceptions), this includes being part of the draw for a Haunted House T-shirt worth (20 euros), and you get to vote on your favourite films on the night. Check out the Facebook event page for further details.
And you can see The Stay on VOD / DVD now — just follow the links at https://thestaymovie.wordpress.com
The Infinite Bard is an exciting opportunity to read free stories (yes, free!) from some of your favourite (and soon to be favourite) authors working in genre fiction today.
All of the writers are members of The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers, and I’m delighted to be one of the Bards bringing you a new story to read every couple of weeks, starting on May 1st, 2019.