GUEST POST: Frazer Lee

Check out my guest post on spooky board games over at Meghan’s Haunted House of Books. Thanks Meghan for ghostly-hosting!

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Top 5 Spooky Halloween Games

Spooky season is upon us and it’s almost time kids… The pumpkin flesh is tender and ready to carve. A scary horrorthon is queued up on the telly. This year’s costume is even more fabulous than last year’s, and the candy pail is already overflowing with treats! How else can we add to the frightful fun before the clock strikes twelve on the creepiest night of the year? In my haunted house, after the dead man’s fingers and gooey eyeballs have been devoured, we always play a spooky game together. So gather around my table of terror brave ones, and feast your eyes on the…

5. Horror Top Trumps

(image © Frazer Lee)

This game will bring out the spooky strategist in you as you pit your wits against the other players in order to grave-rob them of all their cards. If you’ve ever wondered…

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#HappyHalloween … Your DAMNATION awaits!

My seventh novel Damnation: The Gothic Game, based on the exciting new horror board game from Blackletter Games, is OUT NOW in ebook & paperback.

DAMNATION: The Gothic Game … OUT NOW!

https://mybook.to/damnation

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Carpathian Mountains, 1897.

An impassable storm forces a group of travellers to disembark from their steam train and take shelter in a remote castle for the night. Their enigmatic host invites them to take part in some after-dinner entertainment. But as they each explore the castle’s rooms and passageways, they discover they have become part of a deadly game. Only one guest may leave in the morning and it is up to each of them to use their wits, and weapons, to survive the night.

For the others, Damnation awaits.

Who will survive the night?

I’ve always wanted to write a Dracula story, especially one with a unique twist, so this book is a nightmare come true for me.

I’m super excited to share this book with you and I hope that it gives you chills and thrills in equal measure.

Drop a rating / review at Amazon / Goodreads and let me know what you think of it.

Spooky Samhain Blessings & Happy Halloween!
x Frazer

ABOUT THE GAME

Damnation: The Gothic Game is a brilliant new version of my all-time favourite board game. The original Gothic Game was created by ‘Blood on Satan’s Claw’ screenwriter Robert Wynne Simmons and Nigel Andrews, and became a horror fan favourite when it was released back in the 1990s.

My own experience with The Gothic Game began when I was working at The London Dungeon (where my Saturday job was scaring the life out of tourists!). The Marketing Manager popped down and said they had this preview copy of this creepy new game. He asked me to take it home and play it, and tell him if I thought it would be a good addition to the gift shop. The concept of the game took competitive play to dastardly new levels with the aim being to kill all the other players on the board. Terry Jones of Monty Python fame said, “This game will make you turn in your grave!” And of course it did! For me, it was love at first bite and I played it every Halloween after that fateful night.

Damnation, the updated version from Kris Rees & his talented team at Blackletter Gamesexpands beautifully on the original with a cast of cunning characters, tons of new traps, weapons, and artefacts, and also the added attraction of being able to haunt the other players from the graveyard if you get bumped off!

The game was a smash hit success on Kickstarter, fully funded in just 20mins & raising over £77k!

Will YOU survive the night?

Pre-order the game from: https://www.blacklettergames.com

Buy the book: https://mybook.to/damnation

#TheStayMovie awarded Best Mystery Thriller at #CyprusHorrorSociety 2022

The Stay

Thrilled to announce that The Stay has picked up the Best Mystery Thriller Award at the Cyprus Horror Society gala screening in Limassol, Cyprus.

The Stay — Best Mystery Thriller

Our thanks to organiser Andreas Avgousti for selecting, supporting & celebrating our film.

And many congrats to all the other filmmakers!

What a great line up!

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#TheStayMovie Awarded Best Short Horror at #HollywoodBlvdFilmFestival !

Amazing news to share today, The Stay has won Best Short Horror at Hollywood Blvd Film Festival 2022! This film has had quite the run and is still going strong. I’m really looking forward to making another one soon. 26 awards! Thanks to the festival organisers and to my amazing cast & crew & to all our wonderful supporters. Cheers, Frazer

The Stay

The results are in from the Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival 2022 and we’re delighted to announce The Stay has won Best Short Horror.

Our thanks to the festival organisers and to all our supporters!

This fantastic Best Short Horror accolade is the film’s 26th film festival award to date.

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#TheStayMovie awarded Best Horror at Austin International Art Festival!

“And the award goes to…”

Thrilled to announce that the Austin International Art Festival 2022 has awarded Best Horror Short to The Stay.

Huge thanks to the festival organisers for supporting and awarding our work, on behalf of the cast and crew of The Stay.

The Stay has received 25 awards and a further 14 nominations to date!

#TheCure concerts I have known & loved: Kilburn National Ballroom, 3rd May 1992

The Cure Wish Tour programme ’92

Thirty(!) years ago today I was beside myself with excitement for a very special The Cure gig. Ahead of the full Wish Tour, the band announced a clutch of warm-up dates at club venues.

All the shows I had seen up to that point had either been in enormous arenas, or outdoor shows. The Kilburn National Ballroom was a relatively tiny venue for The Cure, and that only added to the feeling of anticipation. Seeing your #CultHeroes live is honour enough, but up close and personal? Even better.

The journey to seeing this gig was fraught. I was studying for a Journalism degree at the time and had an in-class assessment the day that tickets went on sale (at only £10 each!). In these pre-internet days phoning up to book tickets, or queuing in person, were the only options. The only person I knew who would want to go wasn’t able to queue up either, so I had to knuckle down and complete my class assessment while the clock ticked down and – you guessed it – the gig sold out.

First world problems, I know! (Hey, I was still very young back then.) And it turns out I passed the in-class assessment so there is that. I was trying to be responsible, even in the face of my borderline insane Cure obsession! And, luckily I was working a part-time job to support myself so I rolled up my baggy black sleeves, put in several extra hours and saved up some cash.

Long story short, the £10 ticket ended up costing me £60 on the night, but I had enough cash left over for a tour shirt and a couple of beers. People danced and sang along. There were promotional balloons! Happy the man, as the old b-side goes.

Yes, I still have the balloon 😀

The gig itself was a loud, joyous, sweaty sprint through the amazing new double album Wish plus several hits and surprises. The crane camera swinging and floating above the crowd added a showbiz touch to proceedings, and from what I recall there was a fair bit of crowd-surfing going on during the faster numbers. (Hey, this was ’92, the golden age of grunge…)

I emerged from the tiny, packed out venue with a massive grin on my face. I would see The Cure a further nine times on the ’92 Wish tour, in those huge arenas again. But, as an intimate introduction to a massive tour, the 3rd May 1992 would be very hard to beat.

The shirt still fits! (pic taken on 6music #tshirtday November 2021)

See what The Cure played on 3rd May 1992 here.

Follow The Cure on TwitterInstagramFacebook, and visit the official website.

Comment below with your Cure memories! I’d love to hear them!

See my folk horror film #TheStayMovie — streaming today at Vipco Vaults of TerrorFest!

Honoured to be in Official Selection at the inaugural Vipco’s Vaults of TerrorFest film festival with my folk horror film The Stay.

The festival livestreams today, Saturday 22nd January 2022 from 5pm (GMT) here:

https://www.vipcovaults.com/general-8

TerrorFest includes a terrifying range of shorts & feature films (followed by a prize giving at 10pm).

The event screams… oops i mean, streams just once today, so catch it if you can.

Thanks to all at Vipco for making a spooky start to 2022! 🎃

Short horror stories to give you the Yuletide shivers!

These beastly beauties arrived today!

Thanks to editor Darrell Buxton & congrats to all the authors & illustrators (i loved seeing the artwork for my stories — buy a copy & see!)

The Six-Six-Sixth BHF Book of Horror Stories includes my satanic story ‘Sixpack and the Angel’
Buy now: https://bit.ly/31sA89Y

The Seventh BHF Book of Horror Stories features my twisted tale ‘So Much to See’
Buy now: https://bit.ly/3EuNCQt

***All proceeds to charities FAST (Foundation for Angelman Therapeutics) & Bassetlaw Hospice***

Follow BHF Horror on Insta, Twitter, and Facebook.

Thanks for reading, Frazer x

#HappyHalloween2021 #SpookySamhainBlessings to all, and to all a good night!

Many of us have felt like this spider, clinging on for dear life during what has been a very challenging year:

Hang in there kids, it’s almost time!

But some of us are lucky enough to be emerging from our solitude – for a while, at least! And for that I, for one, am truly thankful. As the veil grows thinner this weekend I’ll be thinking of those I’ve lost to Covid-19, cancer, and old age this year, and finding ways to carry some of their light into the dark corners of the year ahead.

I think it’s very true to say that horror fans take great solace in spooky season. (It’s also true all year round, I know, but October is THE special month for many). And whether it’s an opportunity to party with family/fiends, go trick or treating, or hunker down and watch some scary movies (or all of the above!) I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all Spooky Samhain blessings, a Happy Halloween, a very merry little Goth Xmas, or whatever macabre moniker is the best fit for you!

And by way of a modest treat (or trick?) for this year, I have recorded the first ever reading from my new tie-in novel Damnation: The Gothic Game, with another to follow soon. Check it out below, or over at the Damnation Kickstarter, where you can pick up a copy along with the game.

Damnation awaits!

I hope the extract gives you pleasant nightmares! And if it does, perhaps it is testament to how important it is right now to treat yourselves, and those that you love.

Because if we try, we can also feel like this spider – feasting on the stuff of life – if only for one, perfectly spooky night:

Pleasant screams!

Beast witches,
Frazer x