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A Horror Master on why the Genre will Live Forever

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I couldn’t not post about this one. My love affair with the films of John Carpenter goes way back to the days of dusty old video stores and those rental VHS tapes in big, squidgy boxes. It reached fever pitch when I was lucky enough to enjoy a run of his movies on the big screen, a personal highlight being Prince of Darkness (i had bruises on my arm from my poor terrified date after that one, let me tell you!). I was a gibbering fanboy mess after seeing his talk/screening on the films of Howard Hawks at the National Film Theatre (he smoked liked a gunslinger throughout). And yes, I am one of the few who enjoyed Ghosts of Mars and rocked up to see The Ward on release day – so sue me, even when his movies are slightly below par they still rock my world.

It’s heartening to know that Carpenter is out there, still doing it (this time in comic book form with a Big Trouble in Little China spin-off). And when I read this interview, I just had to share it. Here’s a choice cut:

“Horror is the most durable genre in cinema,” Carpenter says. “It’s outlasted the Western, it’s outlasted the musical, it’s outlasted all sorts of genres.”

“It will live forever.”

Amen to that, Master Carpenter. Read on for more of his insights here, and follow the great man on Twitter @TheHorrorMaster.

Long live John Carpenter! And long live horror!

 

 


Accomplished Screenwriter, Director, and Author Frazer Lee Discusses His Newest Novella, Writing, and His Pesky Eating Habits

Re-blogging this – my first interview for ages, with many thanks to Erin of ‘Oh, For the Hook of a Book!’ for the excellent questions, and sense of humour (for example calling me ‘accomplished’ hehehe).

Accomplished Screenwriter, Director, and Author Frazer Lee Discusses His Newest Novella, Writing, and His Pesky Eating Habits.


Euro #scriptchat #horror chat starts 8pm GMT!

If you wanna chat horror screenwriting, or just the horror genre in general, join me on Twitter for Euro #scriptchat.

Starts tonight, 8pm GMT. Details here. Full instructions on how to chat are here.

(go to TWEETCHAT or search the hashtag #scriptchat on the web, Tweetdeck or Seesmic and jump in)

Thanks to the #scripchat team for inviting me to be their guest tonight. Look forward to chatting HORROR with you!


Panic Button: Meet the Team (Watch the Guerilla Filmmakers Masterclass Q&A Video)

With thanks to all at Movie Mogul Films and the inimitable Chris Jones, check out the Guerilla Filmmakers Masterclass Q&A, which details the creation of  indie horror/thriller ‘Panic Button’ from script to screen…and beyond. Hit the link below for the full video.

http://vimeo.com/37791495

And a reminder that the Official Movie Novelization is FREE for your Kindle for 5 days!

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Samhain Guest Author: Jonathan Janz

Time to welcome fellow Samhain Horror author Jonathan Janz back to the blog. His debut The Sorrows marked the arrival of a striking new voice in horror fiction. Read on for the (ahem) Skin-ny on his new novel House of Skin and more! Let’s flay!

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1.Your 2nd Samhain novel House of Skin just released, congrats! What’s the Skinny on this book?

First of all, thanks so much for having me on today, Frazer! You know I’m a fan, and hopefully those readers who enjoyed the exploits of The Skin Mechanic in your excellent The Lamplighters will also enjoy my monstrous villain Annabel in House of Skin.

To answer your first question…I’m not saying I’m the equal of these writers, but those who love horror will know the names Peter Straub and Richard Laymon. House of Skin is the kind of story that would have occurred had Straub and Laymon collaborated. First of all, the pace of House of Skin is very brisk, and pacing was one of Laymon’s best attributes as a writer. There are also real-life villains who bring about some nastily violent sequences, which was another staple of Laymon’s books.

But the overall story and structure of House of Skin harkens back to the early books of Peter Straub. Ghost Story, Julia, and Shadowland influenced this book in many important ways, so if you enjoy the Gothic framework (where the past ultimately meets and influences the present), you’ll love this novel.

2. How does it differ from The Sorrows? Or are both books similar in style?

Stylistically, they have several similarities (Gothic structure, fast pace, etc.); there are, however, some important differences. The Sorrows contained six main points of view, as well as the flashback sequences. House of Skin only really uses three main points of view in addition to its flashbacks, which means you get into these characters’ heads to an even greater degree (though, of course, I felt like you got to know my characters in The Sorrows quite intimately as well).

Another difference between The Sorrows and House of Skin is the nature of the villain. In The Sorrows, I think the audience comes to feel some sympathy for the main villain, although they ultimately despise and fear him in the end. In House of Skin, I doubt that anyone will feel anything but horror at Annabel and the terrible events she brings about. Of course, there is a strong element of eroticism with Annabel, which might make readers desire her the way the characters do…but readers will hate her even more than they’ll desire her.

3. How did House of Skin evolve & become your 2nd Samhain book?

Well, it was the second book I submitted to Don D’Auria, the editor you and I (thankfully) share at Samhain, but it was also the first book I ever tried to write. I say “tried” because when I first attempted to capture the basic story (which had been with me since my early twenties), I didn’t have the chops to pull it off. I wrote and threw out seven drafts of the novel, which went by a few different names. After I wrote The Sorrows, I felt like I had grown enough as an author to take another stab (hah!) at this book. What resulted was House of Skin, and I’m extremely proud of the way it turned out.

4. Say you could wear another’s Skin for a day… Who – or what – and why?

Whoa…that’s a weird, wonderful question, Frazer. I think I’d wear Alexander Payne’s skin; he’s the screenwriter and the director of Sideways, The Descendants, and other great films. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how he tells a story. If I could wear his skin, I assume I could also share his brain, and in doing so I could take with me his abilities and amazing traits as a storyteller.

5. What’s up next for Jonathan Janz?

My third book will be published by Samhain Horror in early 2013. It’s called The Darkest Lullaby and has a bit of Paranormal Activity and Rosemary’s Baby in it, which I find to be very cool. After that I’ve got something very strange and wonderful planned, but since I’m still editing it right now, I don’t want to jinx myself by talking about it.

In addition to novel #3 (and hopefully novel #4) coming out in 2013, my first three novels are likely going to be published in audio form next year as well, which I’m really jazzed about.

I’m currently working on my fifth novel, which will likely turn out to be the first book in a trilogy. I’ve never done a sequel before, so if this one keeps going as well as it has thus far, following it up will also pose a new and exciting challenge.

Thanks muchly for dropping by and sharing your thoughts, here’s wishing you all the very best for your new releases and projects, can’t wait to read ’em!

Thank you so much for having me back on your blog, Frazer! I can’t wait to read Panic Button and anything else you cook up!

Keep up on all the latest Jonathan Janz-based goodness at his official site: www.jonathanjanz.com

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Samhain Guest Author: Hunter Shea

It’s an honor to welcome fellow Samhainer Hunter Shea back to the blog. Hunter blazed a trail onto the horror fiction scene with his Samhain debut Forest of Shadows, and his new release Evil Eternal is out now from Samhain Horror. So crack open a bottle of awesome sauce, kick back and read on to learn more about Hunter’s new release, his thoughts on ‘evil’ and news on his new projects – take it away Hunter!

Evil Eternal by Hunter Shea - out now from Samhain Horror

Evil Eternal by Hunter Shea – out now from Samhain Horror

So your new novel EVIL ETERNAL just released with Samhain Publishing, congrats! Pray tell what it is about?

It’s a complete departure from my first novel with Samhain, Forest of Shadows. Evil Eternal is about an undead priest who is called from his home in the Vatican catacombs to fly to America to battle the recently resurrected demon, Cain (he of the Cain and Abel story). Cain has a penchant for violence and demon-making and has taken on the flesh of the mayor of New York City. It’s Father Michael’s job to stop Armageddon, if he can. Along the way, he comes across a homeless guy named Shane who has special abilities he was never even aware of, and he’s reluctantly recruited in the ultimate battle. Poor guy is an atheist and now he’s fighting alongside God’s most treasured monster.  It’s very over-the-top with sweeping scenes of carnage, but it also has a heart and a bit of an untraditional love story. There have been many attempts at the angels vs. demons storyline, and I wanted mine to add a little more depth while maintaining a non-stop action pace.

How did the story of EVIL ETERNAL unfold and become your second Samhain Horror book?

I originally wrote it as a short story to test out my new computer! I liked it, wrote another, then asked a friend who is an artist if he would be interested in making a go at building this into a graphic comic. He did some preliminary artwork that was awesome, but we both got distracted by other things. I couldn’t give up on the story, though, so in time it became an e-serial on a horror website, then a novella, and finally a full length novel. As soon as the ink was dry on the Forest of Shadows agreement, our editor, Don D’Auria, asked me what else I might have in the old manuscript drawer. I was thrilled that he wanted to give life to Father Michael and company.

I read on your blog that you wrote this novel in a different style to your debut FOREST OF SHADOWS?

You couldn’t get any different. This is my ode to comic books and the way action moves from one panel to the next. These are larger than life characters, and it was fun coming up with dialogue for them all. I threw subtlety out the door when I wrote Evil Eternal. Forest of Shadows was a deeper examination of the human condition and how very real people reacted to an environment that was out to get them. Evil Eternal takes readers to a world that I hope never, ever exists.

What is the true evil in Hunter Shea’s world?

If I ever faced a fraction of the true evil in Evil Eternal, I’d probably drop dead from heart failure before I had time to piss my pants. Being raised a good Catholic, a lot of the themes came from the fear that was hammered in to me by the priests and nuns that taught me. The very concepts of the devil, hell, exorcisms and possession still make me uneasy. I was an altar boy for years and have always been fascinated by the history and lore of the church. For a believer, these things are very real, more so than the boogeyman or a vampire.

What’s coming up next, any new projects you’d like to tell us about?

Oh, so much. I’m busy at work at the moment on a novella for Samhain. Fingers crossed, we hope it sees the light of day later this year. This one is very different from both novels and has been a ton of fun to write. I’m mashing up crime noir with a monster tale. There is also a sequel to Forest of Shadows, though I’m not at liberty yet to say when it will be out. It can be read as a standalone novel, but takes a few of the characters from FOS and moves them to a new time and place. I think fans of FOS will be stoked to see what I’ve done. I also have a story that will be out in Cemetery Dance’s Shockline: New Voices in Terror. I’ve been a fan of CD for almost 2 decades, so it’s a thrill and an honor to publish anything with them! And then it’s on to writing the next book, which I plan to start this summer. And of course, there will be new episodes of the Monster Men podcast every month. We hope to add author and director interviews over the next few months. The few minutes of downtime I have will be spent with my amazingly supportive family and watching the Mets struggle to have a winning season.

I certainly wish you all the best with all of that, Hunter! Great to welcome you back to the blog, thanks for stopping by as part of your busy blog tour.

For all things Hunter Shea, and to purchase his amazing horror fiction, check out these links…

Official Author Page: www.huntershea.com

Monster Men (vlog): http://www.youtube.com/user/MonsterMen13?feature=grec_index

BUY ‘EVIL ETERNAL’
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Evil-Eternal-ebook/dp/B007S0CWGK/ref=ntt_at_ep_edition_2_2?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1109861197?ean=9781609289195

Samhain: http://store.samhainpublishing.com/evil-eternal-p-6801.html


Frazer Lee interview by Samhain author Brian Moreland

I was interviewed by fellow Samhain author Brian Moreland about all things horror; film & fiction. Check it out!


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