ICYMI: Halloween Haunts – “You don’t have to be mad to work here, but it helps…”

In case you missed it, this year’s Halloween Haunts series of blogs from members of the Horror Writers Association was chock full of treats.

My blog entry was on the subject of Friern Barnet Mental Asylum and its haunting influence on my new novel Greyfriars Reformatory.

Read on, brave souls, for the spooky scoop!

And follow the Halloween Haunts links for an entire October’s worth of tricks & treats.

Greyfriars Reformatory awaits…

ICYMI: Dark Dozen interview at Uncomfortably Dark

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.

read on for the interview

(scroll down just below the book review).

My thanks to Candace Nola for hosting & posting! When you’re done reading the interview & review, be sure to check out Candace’s debut novel Breach.

Brunel Writers Series: Halloween Special #GreyfriarsReformatory #RobotsRoguesandRevenants

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.

Tickets are free, and you can book yours here.

Look forward to spooking you at the perfect paranormal primer for Halloween!

Beast witches,
Frazer

Book release day: #GreyfriarsReformatory interview & review at #UncomfortablyDark

I spill the spooky beans about my new novel Greyfriars Reformatory and all things horror over at Uncomfortably Darkread on for the interview and a review of the book.

My thanks to Candace Nola for hosting & posting!

When you’re done reading the interview & review, check out Candace’s debut novel Breach.

And don’t forget to enter today’s giveaway – win signed copies of Greyfriars Reformatory!

#TheStayMovie awarded #BestInternationalFilm at #thethinginthebasementhorrorfest

Amazing news!

My folk horror film The Stay has been awarded Best International Film at The Thing in the Basement Horror Fest, USA.

What an honour!

Many thanks to Tyler Darkow & all at the Fest for supporting our work, on behalf of the cast & crew of The Stay 🎃

Signed books & the mystery of the missing PayPal feature

It’s the first day of autumn, and spooky season is well and truly underway.

(I know, it’s Halloween every day for me too!)

I was looking forward to signing copies of my sixth novel Greyfriars Reformatory at a series of live reading events culminating in a mass séance that would see several audience members seeking spiritual/medical help.

After they’d stopped screaming.

But the pandemic put an end to all that fun. (Though having seen Host on Shudder, I do have a few ideas about how to proceed with the mass séance at least…)

Instead, I’m delighted to offer signed copies of my books by mail order
(and I promise to wash my hands thoroughly before inscribing them, and before packaging them for transit. It’s the only way to keep the blood off the pages.)

The details are up on my Store page if you’re looking for the perfect Halloween/Nightmare Before Christmas gift for your bestie, your bad self, or your mortal enemy.

There is a slight fly in the pumpkin spice-scented ointment though.

PayPal always used to feature a “special instructions to merchant” text box at check out, so you could specify (for example)
HEY FRAZER, PLEASE SIGN IT ‘TO FRANK N. STEIN, LOVE YOU OODLES’.

But PayPal apparently did away with this very useful feature — for reasons known only to itself! (And yes, I know you can add a text box to a PayPal button, but there’s no way to get it to work with a WordPress.com site.) Sigh. It was a useful thing and now it’s gone.

So if you do order a book, please DM me on Twitter, Insta, my Facebook Page
(or in the Comments section below)
with any specific dead-ication (see what I did there?) requests and I’ll get my pen ready.

(If I don’t hear from you first, i’ll haunt your email inbox to check before committing ink to paper.)

And PayPal — please reinstate that super useful “additional instructions to merchant” feature, or I cannot guarantee that the Grey Girl won’t get mad and come for you…

As ever, thanks for reading.

Take scare.

And see you on the other side.

Frazer x

Writer/Director Frazer Lee awarded Creepy Tree Film Festival Exemplar Award for #TheStayMovie

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Many thanks to all at #creepytreefilmfestival for this amazing award!

And to the cast, crew and supporters of #TheStayMovie – couldn’t have done it without you – thanks again!

via Writer/Director Frazer Lee awarded Creepy Tree Film Festival Exemplar Award for #TheStayMovie

Out now: Horror Literature From Gothic to Post-Modern – Critical Essays

Way back when, at the Horror Writers Association‘s now-annual event Stokercon, I presented a paper-in-progress on Koji Suzuki‘s seminal J-horror novel Ringu at the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference.

After the event, Annradcon organisers Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak kindly invited me to submit my research as a Chapter for their forthcoming book, which is out now from McFarland with a foreword by former HWA President Lisa Morton and an afterword by Becky Spratford.

Horror Literature From Gothic to Post-Modern – Critical Essays, covers a wealth of topics, from children’s literature to Aboriginal tales, and is a must-read for any horror scholar. My chapter covers Ringu, and its many sequels and adaptations, from a world literary perspective.

As with all academic texts Horror Literature… is pricey it’s true, but there is a Kindle version available for e-readers, which halves the cost.

You can discover other purchasing options at Goodreads.

Congratulations to editors Michele & Nick on birthing this beautiful beast of a book – the first academic textbook from the HWA. And may many more follow!

Oh, and a word of warning from The Ring: “Before you die you see the ring.”

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#TheSkintaker returns!

“A charnel carpet of bones—a femur here, a shattered ribcage there—and worst of all, hundreds upon hundreds of skulls” 💀

He’s back! The Skintaker returns in a handsome new edition from Crossroad Press/Macabre Ink.

The Skintaker is a prequel novel to my Bram Stoker Award ‘Best First Novel’ Finalist The Lamplighters, and can be read before or after that book. If you dare.

My thanks to the two Davids at Crossroad Press for giving this old demonic deity a new lease of life.

And this monster comes sheathed in a shiny new skin, too. Check out the new cover art:

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Pretty spiffy, eh?

And if you’d like to hear my insights into the book and its themes, check out the Horror Happens Radio Show interview I did with amazing horror host Jay Kay back when the novel was first published.

Meet The Skintaker at

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Apple Books

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

and wherever horror ebooks are sold.

He can’t wait to invite you into his lair.
Just mind your feet on those skulls and bones…

About The Skintaker

You have what he wants!
Reclusive nineteen-year-old Rosie Shields hopes for a new lease of life that will free her from the stigma of her debilitating skin condition.
Making a pilgrimage to the Amazon rainforest, Rosie experiences a new world beyond her wildest dreams among the mysterious Myahueneca tribe.
But Rosie’s dreams soon turn to nightmares when she embarks on a ritual vision quest that takes her to the very heart of darkness.
Trapped between murderous hunters and raging forest fires, Rosie will be thrust into a fight for survival, a struggle that awakens an ancient evil stirring in the shadows…the demonic deity known as The Skintaker.

Praise for The Skintaker

“A phenomenon in horror fiction that is truly chilling.”
(5 out of 5 stars, Wesley Thomas, Horror Novel Reviews)

“A grandly entertaining period horror adventure in the classical Kipling and Conrad tradition…THE SKINTAKER has never a dull moment. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
(Eric Red, screenwriter of NEAR DARK, THE HITCHER and author of IT WAITS BELOW and WHITE KNUCKLE)

“Fans of extreme horror will find it all very satisfying, as author Frazer Lee paints his narrative so vividly.”
(5 out of 5 stars, Mallory Heart Reviews)

“I loved this book! Filled with fabulous descriptions and fully formed characters I devoured The Skintaker in one sitting…I didn’t want the adventure to end. This was my first novel by Frazer Lee but it definitely won’t be my last. If you’re looking for a great read, grab this 5 star book and hold on for the ride.”
(5 out of 5 stars, Horror Maiden’s Book Reviews)

 

#TheStayMovie wins Best Mystery at Hollywood Blood Horror Festival in Los Angeles!

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Amazing news just in that The Stay has won BEST SHORT FILM in the MYSTERY category at the Hollywood Blood Horror Festival in Los Angeles USA.

What a wonderful post-Halloween treat!

My thanks to all at Hollywood Blood & to the cast and crew of The Stay and to all our supporters.