#ThrowbackTuesday – 10 years and 1 day ago…

…I signed the publishing contract for my debut novel The Lamplighters.

I had pitched the book to legendary horror editor Don D’Auria at Dorchester Publishing’s infamous Leisure Books imprint in 2009, and I was excited to receive a full manuscript request from Don by return. I submitted the book and waited anxiously for the outcome.

…and then Dorchester Publishing went under.

It was difficult not to take that as a sign. Ha ha!

But when Don D’Auria became Executive Editor of the new Horror line at Samhain Publishing, my manuscript followed him there. Don told me he loved the book and thought it would be a fine addition to the line.

Contracts were finalised 26th April 2011, and the e-book was published in November of that year, followed by the paperback in February 2012. An audiobook followed in 2016 (now out-of-print).

Crazy scenes at the Bram Stoker Awards!

Things went a little bit crazy from there. The Lamplighters was selected as a Finalist in the Bram Stoker Awards for ‘Superior Achievement in a First Novel’ from all the horror debuts published that year. I enjoyed sitting up at 4:30am in freezing cold England, watching the Stoker Awards webcast broadcast live from the USA. Don had written to me prior to the awards ceremony and asked me for an acceptance speech ‘just in case’. I wrote some waffle about not winning because I knew I wouldn’t, and I didn’t, so that was that. But as I always say to my creative writing students: “Remember, it’s cooler to be nominated. Unless you win and then it’s cooler to win.”

The Lamplighters — Book Pipeline Finalist

The Lamplighters was a Finalist again, this time in the Book Pipeline Contest for books deemed suitable for film/TV adaptation, one of only 6 from almost 1,000 entries. I wrote a screenplay based on the novel, and that went on to be a Semi-finalist in the Screencraft Horror Screenplay Competition, from over 2,000 entries.

Close, but no close-up this time Mr DeMille.

I still think The Lamplighters would make for an excellent scary movie, but then I would think that, wouldn’t I? (Ha ha #2)

The Lamplighters — Screencraft Horror SemiFinalist

The book became my first translated work, with the Japanese edition published by TakeShobo in 2015. I was really thrilled about that, especially when I learned that the Tokyo-based publisher has Stephen King and the Star Wars books on its roster. Getting my author copy was a surreal experience, and it’s a very beautiful object, that edition. Hey you guys! My other books are available for translation, just sayin’.

a very beautiful object

And then, just as Dorchester Publishing had during my initial pitching of the book, Samhain Publishing went under. IT’S NOT MY FAULT, OKAY? STOP MAKING OUT LIKE IT’S SOME KIND OF WEIRD CURSE THAT FOLLOWS ME AROUND… (Ha ha #3).

I like to keep my work out there and available and soon after, I signed with Crossroad Press/Macabre Ink for all my Samhain backlist titles. My thanks to the two Davids at Crossroad for keeping my malformed offspring in circulation.

And so, without any further ado, here it is.

Ten years and a day since I became a fully signed-up novelist, a new 10th anniversary paperback edition of The Lamplighters is now available.

The nightmare continues!

The Lamplighters — 10th anniversary paperback edition — out now!

And coming soon… There will be a limited edition hardcover, too.

Happy anniversary, old thing. My thanks to Don D’Auria & all at Samhain, to the two Davids at Crossroad Press, and to all my readers (yes, all 3 of you! Ha ha #4) and reviewers for the last ten years.

Here’s to a few more, eh?

Frazer x

About The Lamplighters:

Life on Meditrine Island is luxurious…but brief.
Marla Neuborn has found the best post-grad job in the world—as a “Lamplighter” working on Meditrine Island, an exclusive idyllic paradise owned and operated by a consortium of billionaires. All Lamplighters have to do is tend to the mansions, cook and clean, and turn on lights to make it appear the owners are home. But the job comes with conditions. Marla will not know the exact location of the island, and she will have no contact with the outside world for the duration of her stay.
Once on the island, Marla quickly learns the billionaire lifestyle is not all it is made out to be. The chief of security rules Meditrine with an iron fist. His private police force patrols the shores night and day, and CCTV cameras watch the Lamplighters relentlessly. Soon Marla will also discover first-hand that the island hides a terrible secret. She’ll meet the resident known as the Skin Mechanic. And she’ll find out why so few Lamplighters ever leave the island alive.

Buy The Lamplighters:
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…and from all good horror novel stockists!

The Jack in the Green: The countdown to Beltane has begun!

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To mark Beltane (May eve) and in celebration of this year’s Festival of Fire, my folk horror novel The Jack in the Green is on sale from today through to 6th May for the special price of only $0.99.

Here’s what one reviewer said about the book:
“I have enjoyed all of Frazer Lee’s work, but The Jack in the Green is by far my favorite! Lee strikes the perfect balance between psychological horror…and vicious violence and gore.”
(Rating: 5 out of 5 stars, The Horror Bookshelf)

Spread the word like wildfire my f[r]iends – thank you!

Cheers,
Frazer

The Jack in the Green – ebook only $0.99!

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Barnes & Noble

iTunes

Kobo

Samhain Publishing

(special price offer ends 6th May 2016)

About the book

A nightmare made real.

On Christmas Eve, six year-old Tom McCrae witnessed an unspeakable atrocity that left him orphaned, his childhood in tatters. Now in his mid-thirties, Tom still has terrifying nightmares of that night. When Tom is sent to the remote Scottish village of Douglass to negotiate a land grab for his employer it seems like a golden opportunity for him to start over. But Tom can’t help feeling he’s been to Douglass before, and the terrible dreams from his childhood have begun to spill over into his waking life. As murderous events unfold and Tom’s feverish nightmares escalate, he will discover the hideous truth behind the villagers’ strange pagan ritual of The Jack in the Green.

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Bram Stoker Award® Finalist ‘The Lamplighters’ – now an audiobook!

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“The Skin Mechanic is destined to become one of the great monsters of modern horror”
(David Brzeski, British Fantasy Society)

 

Bram Stoker Award® Finalist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel, The Lamplighters is out now in an audiobook version from Audio Realms, narrated by Susan Saddler (who also narrated The Skintaker).

 

If you love to fill your ears with fears on the go, you can get your copy of The Lamplighters audiobook from:

Audible

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

– and wherever audiobooks about beautiful Mediterranean islands that harbour dark and terrifying secrets are sold.

 

The Next Chapter: Don D’Auria/Samhain Update

On Wednesday, i posted a tribute to my editor extraordinaire, Don D’Auria.

I learned (just hours after posting his tribute) direct from Don via email that Samhain had let him go.  Perversely, Samhain’s marketing department had asked us authors to make tributes to Don as part of their 10th anniversary celebrations. We were only too happy to do so. But then utterly dismayed and confused by his sudden dismissal. Was the call for tributes an attempt to soften the blow? Or a last ditch effort from those on the inside who disagreed with the decision? I guess we’ll never know.

To put it mildly, the horror-net went quietly ballistic. Samhain authors huddled together in cyberspace and howled at the moon, shared their disbelief, anger, disappointment – and support. An official statement from Samhain followed (Ramsey Campbell posted it in the comments section on my Wednesday blog if you want to take a look), the general gist of which was that Don was dropped as a cost-cutting measure and because he isn’t active on social media. As others have commented, it’s a sad state of affairs that Twittering and Farcebooking should take precedence over curating and editing a multiple award-nominated horror line. The former activities are within the purview of marketeers, not necessarily Executive Editors.

My mate Hunter Shea posted a brilliantly optimistic response to the news, and author and genre champion Brian Keene called for a #SamhainBlackout (a call to unfriend and unfollow Samhain’s official social media channels and to follow the individual authors instead).

I personally feel for Don and for the many authors who were looking forward to working with him, either for the first time, or the umpteenth time. Tomorrow is Don’s last day at Samhain and at present, the future’s uncertain.

But one thing is for certain.

Don knows horror fiction and i’m sure he will continue his great and nurturing work elsewhere. I wish Don all the very best for the future, and as he’s also a huge Pink Floyd fan (yet another plus point) this song’s for him.

Don D’Auria, shine on you crazy bloody diamond.

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Halcyon days – Don D’Auria & Samhain in Famous Monsters magazine (copyright Famous Monsters 2014)

And here’s to whatever the next chapter brings!

 

All hail the Don (D’Auria) of Horror! Happy 10th Birthday Samhain #Samhain10 #SPHorror

This week, Samhain Publishing celebrates 10 years with 30% off all ebook titles and a ton of giveaways.

I thought I’d celebrate too, by posting my respects to editor extraordinaire Don D’Auria.

Don was still at Leisure books when I sent my first novel The Lamplighters to him on a wing and a prayer. He was interested in seeing the full manuscript and then…disaster. Leisure books imploded and the shockwave impacted on the genre far and wide. From the ashes, Don went on to build a new horror line at Samhain. I was delighted when he offered me a contract with Samhain for The Lamplighters. The following year was a whirlwind, culminating in the book being nominated as a Bram Stoker Award® Finalist for First Novel.

Don was supportive throughout the whole process, and it’s no wonder that I went on to publish four more books with him. I finally got to meet Don in person this year at the World Horror Convention in Atlanta. We sat outside the hotel building and talked ideas, music, Italian giallo classics and publishing industry snobbery about print-on-demand technology. Later we got together with several other Samhain Horror authors and had a few drinks/laughs at the Bram Stoker Awards banquet.

To work with an editor who loves horror as much as I do? That’s not a job, that’s a bloody privilege.

Very roughly translated, with a pinch of poetic license, Don’s name can mean ‘The Priest of Fear’.

I think that sounds about right.

Happy Samhain memories. L-R Messrs D'Auria, Dries, Pinkerton, Lee, Kirk.

Happy Samhain memories. L-R Messrs D’Auria, Dries, Pinkerton, Lee, Kirk.

 

Open The Leper Window (and take a peek)

I’m celebrating the release of my new occult novella The Leper Window today.

In the Top 50 Amazon British Horrors...

In the Top 50 Amazon British Horrors…

 

Cheers!

Cheers!

I hope you’ll join me over at the Horror Writers Association blog, where I discuss some of the inspiration behind the story.

You can also read an extract from The Leper Window and I will be giving away a copy of the ebook to one “lucky” reader.

Thanks for reading,
Frazer x

The Leper Window is out now & available from:

Samhain Horror store
(30% off for a limited time)

Amazon.COM

Amazon UK

(and all Amazon outlets)

Barnes & Noble NOOK BOOK

Kobo

iTunes

And wherever ancient demonic grimoires are sold.

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Examiner review: “The Leper Window is a subtle work of horror”

Looks like my new horror novella The Leper Window passed the exam over at Examiner.com:

“The novella has a very strong sense of location as well as an almost palpable sense of doom that engulfs the story and gives it the feel of an older horror work by writers such as H.P Lovecraft or M.R. James. For fans of classic horror, ‘The Leper Window’ is sure to be a treat and a break from the norm in the current horror genre.”

Read the full review here.

The Leper Window is released October 6th.

Pre-order The Leper Window:

Read an exclusive extract and pre-order The Leper Window at the Samhain Horror store
(30% off for a limited time)

Also available from:

Amazon.COM: http://amzn.to/1JTChKM 

& Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1Ikt2xn

Samhain Publishing: https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5591/the-leper-window

Barnes & Noble NOOK BOOK: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-leper-window-frazer-lee/1122158318?ean=9781619229082

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-leper-window

And wherever ancient demonic grimoires are sold.

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‘Demons, chills and superb writing’ The Leper Window: early reviews & pre-orders

The Leper Window, my new occult novella, is released Oct 6th by Samhain Horror.

Just in time for Halloween.

The Leper Window is the 2nd in the Daniel Gates Adventures series (which began with The Lucifer Glass) and will transport you to the haunted wilds of North Wales – and beyond into a realm of demons and ancient curses.

If you like that sort of thing then you can pre-order the book today for less than the price of a cup of coffee.

 

About the book:

Do not gaze into its secrets.

Daniel Gates’s last assignment involving a rare demonic book left him plagued by hideous nightmares, which are about to get even worse. When a page is stolen from Choronzon’s Grimoire, Daniel is sent to the wilds of North Wales to retrieve it for his mysterious client. But the stolen page contains dark, occult secrets, and he finds to his peril that he is not the only one desperate to find it. Daniel’s journey takes him to the very brink of madness and to the demons that await—beyond the Leper Window.

 

Early praise for The Leper Window:

“Demons, chills, and superb writing.”
(Cat After Dark Book Reviews)

‘The Leper Window is an interesting and creepy work…it packs an eerie punch’
(The Novel Pursuit)

 

And here’s what The Horror Bookshelf had to say about the Daniel Gates Adventures:

“Lee is a supreme talent when it comes to building a sense of atmosphere and that is evident not only in The Lucifer Glass, but his other works as well.…Lee has at least another two books planned in the Daniel Gates universe, but I hope the stories continue well beyond that!”
(The Horror Bookshelf)

 

Pre-order The Leper Window:

Read an exclusive extract and pre-order The Leper Window at the Samhain Horror store
(30% off for a limited time)

Also available from:

Amazon.COM: http://amzn.to/1JTChKM 

& Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1Ikt2xn

Samhain Publishing: https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5591/the-leper-window

Barnes & Noble NOOK BOOK: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-leper-window-frazer-lee/1122158318?ean=9781619229082

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-leper-window

And wherever ancient demonic grimoires are sold.

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I Skin The Body Electric

skintakerThe Skintaker audiobook is out now from Audio Realms with narration by the mellifluous Susan Saddler.

Fill your ears with 8 hours of unabridged Amazonian Rainforest thrills and chills with the book that Horror Novel Reviews describes as “A phenomenon in horror fiction that is truly chilling (5 stars)”

Free to listen for those with an Audible account (or listen free as part of Audible’s Free Trial offer!) Or download the mp3 version from Audio Realms.

Listen to The Skintaker:

Audible.com

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Download mp3 version: Audio Realms

More praise for The Skintaker:

“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)

“An engaging and innovative slab of pagan horror.”
(Keri O’Shea, Brutal As Hell)

And coming soon from Audio Realms: The Lamplighters Audiobook


Coming soon!