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News-splash! ‘The Beauty of Death Vol. 2: Death by Water – The Gargantuan book of Horror Tales’ is out now in ebook

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Released today in ebook (with a paperback edition to follow soon) The Beauty of Death Vol. 2: Death By Water is a gargantuan book of horror tales, boasting stories from Clive Barker,‎ Ramsey Campbell,‎ Caitlìn R. Kiernan,‎ Peter Straub,‎ and many more (including yours truly).

About the book: In each of these stories from some of greatest writers of horror and dark fiction, water plays the dual role of accomplice and executioner. With accidental drownings, irresistible calls of sirens from the deep, strange whisperings from household plumbing, faces of the dead in droplets of water, rabid fish, leviathan monsters, and more, these thirty-nine tales of death by water will make you think twice about taking that long-awaited cruise, going for a midnight swim, or taking your next shower.

Stories by: Joanna Parypinski, Lucy Taylor, Dona Fox, Eric J. Guignard, Lucy Snyder, Stephen Gregory, Daniel Braum, Simon Bestwick, Peter Straub, Lisa Mannetti, Daniele Bonfanti, Ramsey Campbell, Gregory L. Norris, Michael Bailey, Marge Simon, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Frazer Lee, Paolo Di Orazio, Dennis Etchison, John Palisano, Brian Evenson, Michael Hanson, Edward Lee, Tim Waggoner, Gene O’Neill, Jonah Buck, David J. Schow, Anthony Watson, Bruce Boston, Michael A. Arnzen, Adam Nevill, John Langan, Alessandro Manzetti, Clive Barker, Lisa Morton, Jodi Renée Lester, Jeremy Megargee, Nicola Lombardi, Adam Millard.

Edited by: Alessandro Manzetti & Jodi Renée Lester

Grab your copy from Amazon

UK readers, follow this link

Sweet dreams… (or Wet nightmares!)

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Guest Author: Catherine Cavendish on The Real Mummy’s Curse

Delighted to welcome guest author Catherine Cavendish (Wrath of the Ancients) back to the blog today. Read on for her illuminating post, and ‘beware the beat…of the cloth-wrapped feet!’

The Real Mummy’s Curse
Or how I learned to stop worrying and embraced the possibilities

Remember the film The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb? That classic piece of Hammer Horror kitsch from 1964 where British archeologists disturbed the mummy’s resting place and angered the slumbering Prince Ra. Needless to say, the mummy was not about to allow his tomb to be violated and soon sought revenge, lumbering about, killing without mercy, and swathed in suspiciously clean bandages considering he had been dead and embalmed for the past few thousand years.

Fiction, right? Of course it is, but behind every myth or legend there is so often a grain of truth. Leaving aside the most famous of them all – the alleged curse of Tutankhamen’s tomb – there are in fact some lesser known real examples of deceased pharaohs and high ranking officials determined that all that is buried with them shall stay with them.

During the 18th dynasty (c. 1542-1292 BCE) a highly influential scribe and public official, who later went onto have his own mortuary temple at Thebes (now Luxor), Amenhotep, son of Hapu, left a pretty graphic curse. He warned any tomb violator that they would:

“Lose their earthly positions and honours, be incinerated in a furnace in execration rites, capsize and drown at sea, have no successors, receive no tomb or funerary offerings of their own, and their bodies would decay because they will starve without sustenance and their bones will perish”.

Pretty strong stuff and if you think that’s bad, just read what Sarenput I, a senior provincial governor during the 12th Dynasty (c1991-1778 BCE), had in store for anyone who dared to interfere with any offerings left to his statue:

“…his arm shall be cut off like that of this bull, his neck shall be twisted off like that of a bird, his office shall not exist, the position of his son shall not exist, his house shall not exist in Nubia, his tomb shall not exist in the necropolis, his god shall not accept his white bread, his flesh shall belong to the fire, his children shall belong to the fire, his corpse shall not be to the ground, I shall be against him as a crocodile on the water, as a serpent on earth, and as an enemy in the necropolis.”

Did the curses prevent desecration or theft? In these two cases, the jury is out. The exact location of Amenhotep’s tomb is unknown – although bits of his sarcophagus have been found which suggests that he did not get to spend eternity if peaceful slumber. It does not appear Sarenput I fared much better. His tomb is at Qubbet el-Hawa and has suffered considerable damage. Quite what happened to the perpetrators of any violation is unrecorded.

So far, I have mentioned merely the written curse but the Egyptians were nothing if not creative. They laid booby traps that, even to this day could cause injury or even death to the unwary. One of the most famous contemporary Egyptologists is Dr. Zahi Hawass. He had a potentially fatal experience in 2001 when entering the Bahariya Oasis tomb. They located the sarcophagus but then found the ancient Egyptian engineers had covered the floors and walls in eight inches of haematite powder which, if inhaled in any quantity, can cause a slow and painful death. Hawass and his team beat a hasty retreat, only returning when they were suitable covered in Hazmat suits and respirators.

Other favourite booby trap devices are reminiscent of Indiana Jones, with massive stones ready to release when a sealed tomb is breeched. Traps were laid, corridors were blocked with massive stone slabs, deep holes were cut – put one foot wrong and it would be the last step you ever took.

So, whether you believe in the supernatural power of the mummy’s curse or not, there is no denying that these ingenious engineers of the distant past worked long and hard to try and ensure that no good would ever come to anyone who dared violate the place of the dead. For some, the power of the mummy’s curse is a firmly held belief. As for me? I keep an open mind. You see and hear strange things when you visit a tomb in the Valley of the Kings alone…

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Destiny In Death

Egypt, 1908

Eminent archaeologist Dr. Emeryk Quintillus has unearthed the burial chamber of Cleopatra. But this tomb raider’s obsession with the Queen of the Nile has nothing to do with preserving history. Stealing sacred and priceless relics, he murders his expedition crew, and flees—escaping the quake that swallows the site beneath the desert sands . . .

Vienna, 1913

Young widow Adeline Ogilvy has accepted employment at the mansion of Dr. Quintillus, transcribing the late professor’s memoirs. Within the pages of his journals, she discovers the ravings of a madman convinced he possessed the ability to reincarnate Cleopatra. Within the walls of his home, she is assailed by unexplained phenomena: strange sounds, shadowy figures, and apparitions of hieroglyphics.

Something pursued Dr. Quintillus from Egypt. Something dark, something hungry. Something tied to the fate and future of Adeline Ogilvy . . .

Wrath Of The Ancients

Available from:

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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. She was the joint winner of the Samhain Gothic Horror Anthology Competition, with Linden Manor. 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, Saving Grace Devine and many more. She lives with her long-suffering husband, and a black cat who has never forgotten that her species used to be worshiped 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.

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(with thanks to Bryan Hill and ancient-origins.net. Read more about Tomb Curses of Ancient Egypt: : Ancient-origins.net)

 


Stuck for something SCARY to watch this Halloween?

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Check out my article on ‘The Scariest Horror Movies you’ve probably never seen‘ over at Higgypop.com.

I can guarantee a few nightmares…

🎃 HAPPY HALLOWEEN! 🎃


‘So Much To See’ at Stage Fright: A Day of Theatrical Horror

Thrilled to announce that my short horror story ‘So Much To See’ will be performed by (Oxo ad Mum!) Morag McLean Peacock at Stage Fright: A Day of Theatrical Horror this Sunday Oct 29th, in Salford UK. My thanks to the event programmers and organisers for including my work in what looks set to be a goosebump-inducing day (& night!) out.

Find out more about Stage Fright & book tickets here!

Win a copy of Remastered social network horror PANIC BUTTON – released on DVD & Digital today!

Panic Button DVD and download re-release 23 October 2017 - Frazer Lee

Don’t um Panic, but on October 23, 2017 (today!) – “Ground-breaking, hard-edged psycho-cyber horror thriller” PANIC BUTTON gets a remastered re-release on DVD & Download (from Trinity Films).

And you can WIN a copy thanks to the fine people over at Masters of Horror. Click here to enter, and hurry! The closing date for entries is October 30.

The Remaster includes all-new extras including audio commentary from yours truly, and a host of other cool features.

You can see the new trailer that PromoteHorror is calling “Hard-Core” here:

SYNOPSIS:
Four young people win a trip of a lifetime to New York, courtesy of their favourite social-networking website – All2gethr.com. On board the private jet, their mysterious host invites to take part in the in-flight entertainment – a new online gaming experience. But this is no ordinary game. Trapped at 30,000 feet, they are forced to play for their lives and the lives of their loved ones. They are about to learn that putting your life online can have deadly offline consequences and that there no ESC key…

Panic Button, made in 2011, was one of the first British horror films to explore the dark side of social networking and the perils of sharing too much information online. Played out in a claustrophobic, almost real-time situation, the film taps into pertinent social issues that now have a universal significance in the digital age. Themes such as social media crime, identity theft, cyber bullying, voyeurism, peer pressure, child safety and terrorism all come into play, at a time when iPads and smart phone apps were in their infancy.

DVD EXTRAS:
• Audio Commentary with writers Frazer Lee, John Shackleton & David Shillitoe
• Trailer Galler
• Gag reel
• Outtake/deleted scenes
• Making of, Gallery
• Guerrilla Filmmakers Masterclass
• Flight School – How to get a film off the ground

Available from –

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CREDITS:
PANIC BUTTON is a MOVIE MOGUL PRODUCTION,
starring SCARLETT ALICE JOHNSON JACK GORDON MICHAEL JIBSON ELEN RHYS and JOSHUA RICHARDS.
Costume Designer: SIAN JENKINS, Hair and make up by VICTORIA NORTHBROOKE Production Designer: TIM DICKEL, Director of Photography: SIMON POULTER, Edited by JOHN GILLANDERS, music by MARK RUTHERFORD, Line Producer: GARETH I DAVIES, co-producer: DAVID SHILLITOE
Written by FRAZER LEE, JOHN SHACKLETON, DAVID SHILLITOE & CHRIS CROW
Produced by JOHN SHACKLETON & directed by CHRIS CROW
Read PANIC BUTTON the official movie novelisation by FRAZER LEE on Kindle

 “The Social Network of Shocks” ☆☆☆☆ (Alan Jones, Film4 Frightfest)
“British horror at its bloody best” ☆☆☆☆ (Sky Movies)
“Nail-bitingly terrifying” ☆☆☆☆☆ (Abertoir Film Festival)
“Just excellent” ☆☆☆☆ (Screenjabber)
“Totally terrifying!” (Billy Chainsaw, Shock Horror)


The Beauty of Death II Anthology – T.O.C. Revealed

Cover Art by World Fantasy Award Nominee Artist Zelda Devon


The Table of Contents for horror anthology The Beauty of Death 2 – Death by Water has been revealed, including my story ‘To Take The Water Down And Go To Sleep’.

Follow the link to see the full Table of Contents, which features Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, and many, many admirable authors. I’m honoured to be part of such a wonderful line up of writers and their tales.

The book is edited by Alessandro Manzetti and Jodi Renée Lester and published (in print and digital) in October 2017 by Independent Legions Publishing.

 


The Lamplighters: “A trembling nationwide!” フレイザー・リー 断頭島 ギロチンアイランド

Today marks the publication of The Lamplighters in a Japanese translation from Takeshobo Publishing, Tokyo.

The alternate Japanese title is the rather subtle and elegant Decapitation Island, which I admit is kind of growing on me!

Here’s what the cover looks like:

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My Japanese reading skills are non-existent, so I ran Takeshobo’s book description through an online translator.

This is my favourite part:

“A horror horror that is rolling in an isolated island separated from the outside world, a trembling nationwide!”

The Lamplighters (or Decapitation Island!) is available now from Amazon.co.jp and all good horror horror stockists.

Yoi ichinichi o,
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