First Review: The Lucifer Glass

The first review of my Samhain Horror occult novella ‘The Lucifer Glass‘ is in, and it’s a beauty.

Here’s a snippet:

Confident, collected and entertaining, The Lucifer Glass is a page-turner, and it will be very interesting to see where we go from here. As the first entrant in a new series, it promises great things indeed, and lovers of occult horror should take the chance to support the series from the get-go.

Go, now, to Brutal As Hell where lovely and talented reviewer Keri O’Shea has yet more awesome things to say about the book.

My thanks to Keri and all at BAH.

(The Lucifer Glass is out June 4th 2013 in ebook.
Pre-order from the Samhain Store and get 30% off.)



Panic Button movie novel: Starburst Review


Paul Mount reviews PANIC BUTTON: the Official Movie Novelization for Starburst Magazine.

“this is an intelligent and propulsive book, pressing all the right buttons – panic or otherwise – as a standalone piece of fiction even if you’ve not seen the movie version” (click to read full review)

Read PANIC BUTTON on ebook & paperback:

30% off The Lamplighters, 100% off Panic Button, and other news!

For a limited time only (’til Witching Hour Feb 29th), get your copy of The Lamplighters at 30% off from the Samhain Horror Store. Enter code FIRSTBOOK at checkout.

Thanks to all at Samhain Publishing for running this awesome banner ad on the publisher homepage!

The Panic Button movie novelization (Kindle/ebook edition) is FREE for 3 days starting today. Grab yours at /

Hope you enjoy reading them – and please give The Lamplighters and Panic Button a Rating / Review at Amazon, Goodreads, or wherever you post about books. Help spread the word! Thanks!

Other news:

The horror web is buzzing with the news about the Bram Stoker Award nominations. It is a great honor to be included in the list with so many fine authors and works. Check out the full list of nominees here. Yahoo! News, and others, ran a piece on Samhain’s 2012 line-up with quotes from editor Don D’Auria and a focus on the Stoker Awards / World Horror Convention.

Samhain Publishing unveiled its first Times Square Jumbotron ad this week including, i’m delighted to say, the cover of The Lamplighters! For those who don’t know what a ‘Jumbotron’ is, it’s a massive screen at One Times Square in New York that reaches a potential half a million pairs of eyeballs every day. Click here for the full story and get a sneak peek at the ad itself on Youtube:

Samhain Publishing One Times Square Jumbotron ad

Dreadcentral gave The Lamplighters a 4.5/5 rave review, go here to check out the latest press quotes about the book.

Digital Journal says The Lamplighters and Panic Button are ‘mind-frightening horror releases of 2012’. Click here to find out why.

Last but not least, don’t forget to vote for your Samhain favorites in the Sammies. The categories requiring reader votes are:

  • Reader’s Choice Best Cover Art eBooks 2011
  • Reader’s Choice Best Cover Art Print Books 2011
  • Reader’s Choice Best eBook 2011
  • Reader’s Choice Best Print Book 2012

The Sammie Awards ceremony will take place at the Samhain Publishing Cafe, March 24th. Click here for instructions on how to vote and the voting form link.

Cheers for reading!

The Lamplighters: news digest!

Wow, what a week it’s been for The Lamplighters!

The ebook held the #1 spot in Samhain Publishing’s Horror Bestsellers for 10 days since its release on November 1st.

The first review of The Lamplighters came in and it’s a goody!

I did a guest blog about all things Lamplighters at The Top Shelf, my thanks to Misty Rayburn:

Then, my publisher Samhain got in touch and informed me I was “voted a close 2nd to Ramsey Campbell in their favorite horror author election.” I had no idea! Thanks to all the kind readers who voted, and am looking forward to cosying up in my Samhain Horror hoodie while working on my next book 🙂

"*model not included" dammit. she looks like she could keep a feller cosy!

And hey, if you’d like to win a Samhain Book Voucher worth $5 to spend on The Lamplighters or any other title, just ‘like’ this Facebook page. Go there now and do it folks. The winner will be drawn at random on November 13th.

Last but not least, a 2-page ad for the Samhain Horror line appeared in HorrorHound #32, go here to see a snapshot in all its glory.

What’s next? Well, the movie novelization of ‘Panic Button‘ (out now on UK DVD/Blu-ray to tons of great reviews) is coming soon, and I am working on book #3 along with new feature film projects. Yup, as the freezing English fog draws in, that hoodie is gonna be very handy!

‘Til next slime, take scare my f(r)iends.

Panic Button: Film4 Frightfest red carpet video & stonking Screen Daily review

Check out this cool video featuring interviews with the main cast & director of Panic Button at its Film4 Frightfest World Premiere. SPOILER ALERT: pretty major plot spoiler occurs around 8 mins into the video –


Pleased as punch to report that Screen Daily features a review of ‘Panic Button’ by ‘Anno Dracula’ and Empire Magazine scribe Kim Newman. The review will soon disappear behind the Screen Daily premium content paywall, but meantime you can catch it here.

“(Panic Button) addresses its subject effectively, and may prompt some viewers to moderate online habits, but works primarily as a solid horror-thriller” (Kim Newman, Screen Daily)

That’s a keeper of a quote – thanks Kim!

Check out the Comments in my previous post (scroll down) for a ton of other reviews, mostly very positive indeed.

And don’t forget, ‘Panic Button’ hits UK DVD & Blu-ray November 7th thru UK distributor Showbox Films.


Also in November, my horror novel ‘The Lamplighters‘ will be unleashed via Samhain Horror.

My next post will include news on the Samhain Publishing horror novels line, which launches October with works from Ramsey Campbell, Hunter Shea, Krist Rufty, Brian Moreland and others.

I will have a couple of cool Samhain Horror exclusives for you in the run up to the launch, so stay tuned on this blog and at The Lamplighters Facebook Page

‘Til next slime, take scare!

Frightfest 2011: Panic Post-mortem

So here we are on the other side of the Panic Button world premiere at London’s Film4 Frightfest 2011. 

climbing the stairs to FrightFest 2011 – it all starts with the poster…
i mean the screenplay, yes the
screenplay dammit!

My crazy schedule of late meant I could only duck in to Empire screen 1 to check out one other movie during the weekend. And anyone who knows me won’t be surprised that movie was ‘The Wicker Tree’, with Robin Hardy’s 70s original being something of a lifelong obsession of mine. The man himself gave the film a fantastic and funny intro, full of the camp humour one would expect from him. The film itself is a curious mash-up of bawdy comedy, religious diatribe & country evangelistic music that (unlike the original) never quite gelled for me. I did get goosebumps during a brief cameo from the one & only Christopher Lee, but even that felt shoehorned in for shareholder value. The eclectic movie was strengthened by a smashing performance from Honeysuckle Weeks as ‘Lolly’ – she delivered some killer lines and moments (“all the way to 7,” hehehe) and is definitely one to watch.

Oh Chriiist! Oh Jeeesus Chriiist!  – The Wicker Tree

A brief interval gave me the chance to catch up with some old friends & to make a few new ones, then it was time to head on in for the World Premiere of ‘Panic Button’. Frightfest founder (and erstwhile Panic Button supporter – thanks Alan your cheque is in the post!) Alan Jones and producer/co-writer John Shackleton introduced the movie to a packed auditorium. My thanks to John for giving me a shout out during his intro, I was touched (your cheque is in the post too!). It was fun seeing the film on huge screen with a full-on sound mix, amidst a crowd of likeminded horror fans. There was lots of applause, laughs (in all the ‘right’ places) & a palpable feeling of rising tension during the finale (either that or my Premiere trousers were on too tight). Mr Shackleton took to the stage again for a Q&A after the end credits rolled, accompanied by the main cast members and director Chris Crow. My favourite moment was when an audience member asked (in all seriousness) if the film would be used in schools as an educational tool about the dangers of social networking. “We might have to tone Michael Jibson’s dialogue down a bit,” came the reply (Michael plays pottymouthed ‘Dave’ in the film 🙂 

Panic Button Q&A:
L-R Chris Crow (director), Joshua Richards (Rupert Turner), Elen Rhys (Gwen),
Jack Gordon (Max), Scarlett Alice Johnson (Jo), John Shackleton (producer)

The Empire foyer afterwards was buzzing, and cast and crew took to the red carpet for a press junket of photo calls and interviews – you can see them shine in the Frightfest Day 3 report below (coupla mins in to the video). It was a pleasure to finally meet some of the cast members & to catch up with some of the production team – also to meet the lovely Louise of UK distributor Showbox & raise a glass with some FrightFest friends before hometime.

A slew of reviews has since appeared online, with people Tweeting, Blogging and Facebooking about the movie. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, with a few naysayers out there (but you can’t please everybody). One negative Twitter response bemoaned the movie’s ‘unbelievable’ premise – i’d love to hear their thoughts on the premises for ‘Troll Hunter’, ‘Fright Night’ and of course… ‘The Wicker Tree’! Sorry, but I go to festivals like Frightfest year in, year out, expressly to see films with unbelievable premises – leave banal reality at home on the telly where it belongs. Rant over!

So, here are some of the post-FrightFest reviews for Panic Button. Positive or negative, huge thanks to the reviewers for taking the time to watch and comment on the film.

“A modern horror movie that is very much a product of our times. Just excellent.” (Adam Stephen Kelly, Screenjabber)