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“Prepare for a thrill-ride of epically gory and horrendous proportions” – Lamplighters gets the 5-star review treatment

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Thanks to Mallory Heart for this stonking 5-star review of my horror novel The Lamplighters:

“prepare for a thrill-ride of epically gory and horrendous proportions. Fasten your seat belt and hold on tight, as Frazer Lee takes you — away”

Read the full review at:
Amazon
and:
Goodreads

The Skintaker - a prequel to Bram Stoker Award® Finalist The Lamplighters is out in ebook and paperback, April 7th 2015

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The Jack in the Green gets a 5-star review: “Implacable, gruesome, nature horror”

Thrilled to receive a 5-star review from Mallory Heart Reviews:

Gruesome horror of the classic bent–wrapped in millennia-old paganism, Nature “red in tooth and claw,” (as Wordsworth depicted)–unfolding characters, raw terror, mix into one exciting, adventurous tale.

Read the full review at Amazon
and Goodreads

Have you read The Jack in the Green? I’d love to read your review too, so get posting & let me know what you thought of the book!

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The Skintaker: Cover, Release Date and Synopsis revealed!

Oh no! Another Frazer Lee novel!

Presenting:

The Skintaker.

Click to read on for Cover Art, Synopsis, release date & pre-order links.

 


New book, new title!

Samhain HorrorMy new novel THE SKINTAKERS is no more!

Instead, THE SKINTAKER will be released on April 7th, 2015.

So why the title change?

Well, I can’t actually go into specifics because *spoilers* but…

The decision came after a suggestion from my editor extraordinaire, Don D’Auria at Samhain Horror. (We’re hard at work on final edits for the novel.) The plural ‘Skintakers’ did make sense (but could have been distracting to the reader) whereas ‘The Skintaker’ singular makes much more sense (and is not distracting to the reader).

Titles are so important, perhaps the most important words you’ll write as a novelist. So I’m very happy with the change (especially as it leads directly to the title of the third book in the trilogy that started with The Lamplighters). And this, dear f(r)iends is just one of the many reasons why every writer needs an editor as awesome as Don, and a publisher as awesome as Samhain.

I hope you’ll join us for a trip into hot hell next April.

The Skintaker has some secrets he’d like to share with you…

Cheers,
Frazer

 


I just signed the publishing contract for my new novella…

SamhainSoonThe ink is just drying on the contract for my new novella The Leper Window. I’m thrilled to announce that Samhain Publishing will release the book in 2015.

The Leper Window is the sequel to The Lucifer Glass and is the second in my Daniel Gates occult novella series. This time, poor Daniel faces weird evil in the wilds of Wales.

My editor Don D’Auria said he had fun reading the book, and I hope you will too!

On that note I’d better sign off as the final copy edits have also come in for my new novel The Skintakers, (prequel to The Lamplighters) also due for release via Samhain Horror in 2015.

If you haven’t read them yet, why not check out The Lamplighters and The Lucifer Glass ahead of publication of the sequels?

One last thing before I go, did I mention I’ll be appearing at World Horror Con 2015 in Atlanta USA? It’s set to be a great event, and is my first USA gig since Horrorfind Weekend 2006. I’m looking forward to meeting fellow horror authors and readers alike – and I might even have some copies of my books to sign at the Friday Mass Signing Event. See you there!

Cheers,
Frazer


Halloween Greetings from the Pumpkin Patch

I always wanted a pumpkin patch.

My earliest Halloween memory is of Trick or Treating with a hollowed out turnip dangling from a string that threatened to snap as the candle flame licked at it and my tender young fingers. Actual pumpkins were in short supply when i was a kid (back in the late 1800s). But they became easier to pick up as the years rolled by, and are now a seasonal staple in farm shops and supermarkets across the land.

My first attempt at growing my own jack o’lanterns took place two decades later in a tiny, urban garden in the heart of Camden Town, London. The soil composition was mostly thick clay and cat poo, so it was a miracle when one green little fruit appeared – and not at all surprising when it died a week later.

Fast forward another decade and here we are at Lee Cottage. It’s our second Halloween out here in the countryside (…the October Country, if you will) and as the Season of Mists fast approached I was more determined than ever to give growing pumpkins another go.

We started them off in my office, on the windowsill that gets the sun. I read M.R. James Ghost Stories to them to get them germinating, and pretty soon we had four viable plants. We planted the best three of them outside and, after a lot of feeding and watering and slug wrangling, got two lovely pumpkins per plant.

The smaller ones we ate in September (one roasted in a risotto, the other souped up) had a very mellow flavour. But October’s batch has ripened much more, with that classic earthy sweetness.

Our biggest, prize pumpkin will be carved up by our two little monsters today. I like to think my sons will, like their Dad, marvel at the fact that they are scooping seeds from a pumpkin that we grew from a seed.

And at this special time of year (when the cycle of life, death, and birth is embedded in our Samhain rituals and customs) i can’t think of a more perfect way to celebrate than with a pumpkin plucked from my very own patch.

I always wanted a pumpkin patch.

Well, at long last i got one. And next year, it’ll be bigger.

Happy Halloween to you and all your pumpkins. Young or old, shop-bought or hand-cultivated, enjoy them!


Big audiobook dynamite news!

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put some horror in yer headphones!

Big news today – my publisher Samhain Horror signed a deal with Audio Realms who will produce audiobooks of The Lamplighters, The Lucifer Glass, The Jack in the Green, and the forthcoming The Skintakers for release in 2015.

Audio Realms has released horror audios by the likes of Brian Keene, Ramsey Campbell, H.P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker and many more – so to say I’m thrilled about the deal is a bit of an understatement!

More details as I get them.

(Sadly, Vincent Price is not available for narration duties. I don’t get to choose who performs the reading, but if I could my shortlist would be Doug Bradley, Robert Englund or…Christopher Lee!)

 


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