a genre giant – on the set of Nightmare On Elm Street (photo source: WesCraven.com)
Horror fans are mourning the loss of a Master of Horror. Wes Craven was a true innovator in the genre who had a knack for taking transgression and giving it mainstream popularity. From his early video nasties through to the live burial scene in The Serpent and the Rainbow (arachnophobes beware!) and the crowd-pleasing jump scares of the Scream series, Uncle Wes knew what scared us. I remember having bruises up my arm for a week after taking the prettiest girl at high school on a date to see A Nightmare on Elm Street – and I hardly slept a wink that night after seeing a red and green car on the walk home (for real – what are the chances). Wes Craven’s filmography is an impressive legacy and he will be sorely missed.
Here is Wes Craven talking about being a filmmaker, about finding something deeper, and about the geek inheriting the Earth in one of my favourite segments from the brilliant Nightmare Series Encyclopedia (1999). It is bittersweet to hear him speak about how he’d like to be remembered.
And remember him we will.
Rest in Peace Wes Craven, sweet dreams – and thank you for all the nightmares.
When I was ten years old I used to pretend Christopher Lee was my dad (still do sometimes – between you and me). Staying up to watch him play Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster and The Mummy in Hammer double bills on telly made quite an impression on me. (and look how well I turned out….)
I’ll never forget meeting Mr Lee years later at a signing – he made a point of standing up because i was with a young lady. What a gentleman (this lovely piece at Brutal As Hell says it all really) and what a phenomenally talented performer. Whether he was playing a Bond villain, the scourge of the Musketeers, a Sith Lord, Dark Wizard, or his inimitable Lord Summerisle – Sir Christopher always gave it his all. He gave so much in his 93 years and the world shall never see his like again.
I close my eyes and hear his voice and to me he is forever The Count.
Rest in Peace, Sir Christopher of Lee x
The Leper Window is the latest in my ‘Daniel Gates’ novella series, which began with the critically acclaimed The Lucifer Glass (click here to read some rave reviews) from Samhain Horror.
I’m super thrilled today to share the cover art with you (below – again by artist Scott Carpenter) and to announce the release date of October 6th 2015 – just in time for Halloween!
Keep an eye on this blog and my social media for pre-order links, extracts and contests in the run up to release.
Of course October is a little way off, but Samhain is never far away so in the meantime why not catch up with my other titles at the Samhain Store.
I hope you’re enjoying this character and series. Daniel Gates will return in novella number three in the series in 2016.