#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.

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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***

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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

Get ready for Damnation!

As you all know, I’ve been working on something top secret and super spooky.

Now, at long last, I can reveal what it is…

But first, a little background info if you’ll indulge me.

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.

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The original Gothic Game in all its gory glory

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.

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Damnation, the updated version from Kris Rees & his talented team at Blackletter Games, expands 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!

So what’s my part in this exciting revamp (pun intended!), you ask? Well, I’ve been hard at work in my candlelit crypt writing the official novelisation of Damnation: The Gothic Game, and you can pick up a copy as part of a crowdfunding perk over at the game’s official Kickstarter, launching today! 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.

Here’s the book synopsis and cover concept reveal to whet your bloodthirsty appetite:

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.

Check out the game trailer for a full icy blast of gothic atmosphere, then proceed to the Kickstarter page to make your blood pact with Count Dracula himself!

Damnation awaits!

The game & book are both due to be unleashed in 2022, so I hope to see you all soon… in the graveyard!

Until next slime, take scare,
Frazer x

Coming 2022!

Spooky schedule revealed for #FrightNightFilmFest. See #TheStayMovie in screaming room A, on Friday Oct 1st!

Hey Boils & Ghouls, my multi-award winning folk horror film The Stay is screaming… sorry SCREENING at Fright Night Film Fest USA on Friday Oct 1st. Don’t miss it!

The Stay

Ladies & Gents, Boils & Ghouls, the spooky schedule for Fright Night Film Festival has been unveiled.

See our folk horror film The Stay on October 1st as part of Friday Night Frights, in screaming room A.

Don’t miss it!

Full details of timings & all the other amazing films are here.

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Historical horror #TheSkintaker returns in limited edition hardcover to scare you out of your skin!

He’s back!

Everyone’s favourite demonic dermatologist, The Skintaker, in a handsome, strictly limited hardcover edition.

Limited to only 350 copies worldwide

It’s been fun (and a little bit surreal) to revisit my backlist of books, and to give them a makeover via my own imprint Reel Fearz Editions.

Bound in human skin?

Last but not least to receive the hardcover treatment is The Skintaker (the prequel to my Bram Stoker Award nominated debut novel The Lamplighters), and I’m thrilled with the result. The book features black cloth binding and a matte dust jacket that feels just as luxurious as, well…. human skin.

Aww, feeling the love, you guys!

Order your copy now & get 15% off the print price.
Use code BOOKSTORE15 (offer valid through 10 September 2021)

If you prefer a signed copy, gimme a shout on social media
or email: info(at)frazerlee(dotcom)
and we’ll work out the shipping costs & any special dedication requests.


About ‘The Skintaker’
“You have what he wants!”
Reclusive nineteen-year-old Rosie Shields hopes for a new lease of life that will free her from the stigma of her debilitating skin condition. Making a pilgrimage to the Amazon rainforest, Rosie experiences a new world beyond her wildest dreams among the mysterious Myahueneca tribe. But Rosie’s dreams soon turn to nightmares when she embarks on a ritual vision quest that takes her to the very heart of darkness. Trapped between murderous hunters and raging forest fires, Rosie is thrust into a fight for survival, a struggle that awakens an ancient evil stirring in the shadows…the demonic deity known as The Skintaker.

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, writer of The Hitcher and Near Dark)

“A phenomenon in horror fiction that is truly chilling.” (Horror Novel 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.” (Horror Maiden’s Book Reviews)


For the full line-up of Reel Fears Editions limited hardcovers, check the webstore.


Thanks for reading!
Frazer x

First time in print: Acclaimed #occulthorror series ‘The Daniel Gates Adventures’

Excited to reveal this dark beauty!

Five years in the making, The Daniel Gates Adventures series of occult horror novellas began with The Lucifer Glass in 2013 and concluded with The Lucifer Gate in 2018.

Samhain Horror, and then Crossroad Press, published the ebooks, but these stories have never been in print—until now.

This handsome hardcover edition, combining all four books in one volume, is strictly limited to only 350 copies worldwide. When they are all sold, the book will be out of print. It’s a handsome tome and features blue cloth binding and a matte finish dust jacket.

Buy the book before it’s too late:

Lulu.com

Amazon

*But if you fancy a signed copy, contact me & i’ll chant the necessary incantations!

Thanks for reading,
Frazer x

Folk horror novel ‘The Jack in the Green’ returns to haunt your nightmares in limited edition hardcover

Here it is, and doesn’t it look lush?

My folk horror novel The Jack in the Green is now available in limited edition hardcover with matte finish dust jacket and green cloth. This edition is strictly limited to only 350 copies worldwide. I’ll be honoured if you add one to your shelfie!

Click to order your copy!

Praise for The Jack in the Green:
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.” (☆☆☆☆☆ The Horror Bookshelf)

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.

Also available in ebook & paperback from Crossroad Press.

Have fun in the woods!

x Frazer

You’ll never guess what happened next…

Now i’ve clickbaited your attention i’d like to let you all know that my Amazon #1 bestselling folk horror novel Hearthstone Cottage is on sale for only 0.99 until August 15th!

Would you like (s)cream with your coffee?

If you like haunted Scottish cottages, mysterious stone circles, and wicked witchery, you should hit the links below:

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All this horror in your hands for only 0.99

As ever, thanks for reading,

Frazer x