“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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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

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!)

 

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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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 Amazon.com / Amazon.co.uk.

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!
Frazer

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:
http://www.the-top-shelf.com/?p=2404

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.

This is Hallowe’ek

It’s been a helluva couple of days here at Lee Towers. Hallowe’en was a blast as always and I am now only just removing the last of the pumpkin soup from my hair… those pesky trick or treaters. The Lamplighters ebook launch went off with a cauldron-sized bang. I had fun giving away Samhain Book Vouchers on Facebook & Twitter, and answering probing questions & posting excerpts at the Samhain Cafe.

The dollop of cream on top of the pumpkin pie was the news that The Lamplighters hit the #1 spot in Samhain Publishing’s Horror Bestsellers list, thanks to all those purchasing the ebook. I made the screengrab (below) as I’m fully aware that these things are only fleeting ~ and The Lamplighters sure as hell can’t hold off all that amazing Samhain Horror talent for long!

Talking of which, I traded interviews with fellow Samhain author Hunter Shea (if you missed it, you can check out his insightful interview here) and you can read my musings on all things horror, The Lamplighters and my fishiest secrets at Hunter’s official website.

Yup, it’s Hallowe’en all week here… so here’s wishing you a Happy Hallowe’ek!