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Beltane Fires and Samhain Horrors

When I was writing my folk horror novel The Jack in the Green, I knew I wanted to blend ancient and modern to create a new horror story. As I so often do, I looked to the Celtic calendar for some inspiration.

30th April/1st May:
Beltane, or Fire Festival, which has its origins in pagan and druidic practice. The name Beltane is derived from Belenus (a Celtic sun deity) and when translated means ‘the fires of Bel’. Fire Festival is celebrated on May Eve and traditionally marked the bringing out of livestock into the spring. Animals would be herded between the fires to ward off illness, and rowan would be hung above the hearth in the home to purify the live-giving fire. Beltane is a fertility festival, and that aspect was key to my decision to work some of its lusty magic into the story of The Jack in the Green. As you’ll find when you read it, fertility is a strong theme in the book. After the Beltane fires have died down, we celebrate May Day (1st May), which sees the tradition of ‘The Jack in the Green’ played out to this day in places such as Whitstable and Hastings. The anarchic, often rather drunk, Jack is dressed from head to toe in greenery and processes through the town as an anarchic symbol of mischief and mayhem. The origins of this fiendish figure of fun are said to harken back to Roman times, when a tree would be cut down and decorated in veneration of the Goddess Flora. This tradition is said to have given us the maypole, around which promiscuous revellers would dance and cavort. Jack would be proud of them, no doubt.

Samhain (31st October) is another festival of renewal in addition to being the name of the publisher of The Jack in the Green! (Pronounced Sow-when). As the wheel of the year turns into winter, Samhain marks Celtic New Year. We celebrate it nowadays as Halloween, and aspects of ancient tradition can be seen in our ‘guising’ (wearing masks and costumes) and the act of remembering our dead ancestors, perhaps most strikingly of all in the Dia de los Muertos celebrations. Celtic belief made Samhain a time to reflect on past mistakes and to take stock, and this is really what Tom’s journey in The Jack in the Green is all about as he moves through the darkness into enlightenment.

It is one of the great pleasures of being a writer to take folklore that fires the imagination and to blend it all together into something new. 

I hope you enjoy reading The Jack in the Green and ‘May’ I wish you all a fantastically fiery Beltane!

Now, where did I put that Jack in the Green costume…? 

The Jack in the Green is on sale at only $0.99 thru 6th May from:

Amazon Kindle

Barnes & Noble Nook


Apple iBooks

Samhain Horror

About the book:

A nightmare made real.

On Christmas Eve, six year-old Tom McRae 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.

“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.” (5 out of 5 stars, The Horror Bookshelf)

The Skintaker & The Stay: Horror Happens Radio Show With Jay Kay

Hear more about my latest novel The Skintaker and my new film The Stay on the Horror Happens Radio Show. You can listen to the archived broadcast over at Soundcloud.

HHRS host Jay Kay’s thoughtful questions and his insights into the horror genre are second to none. It was fun to chat with Jay about my writing and filmmaking work, live on the airwaves.

Check out the Horror Happens Radio Show for some amazing guests and interviews! Share, Support & Listen On-Demand Right Now at: and follow HHRS on Facebook and Twitter.

The Skintaker is out now in ebook, paperback & audiobook:

Samhain Horror


The Stay is available on DVD & VOD



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


“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:


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


Panic Button: Horror Channel UK TV network premiere

Panic Button, the acclaimed horror/thriller feature film I co-wrote with John Shackleton, David Shillitoe & Chris Crow, gets its UK network telly premiere this Friday 15th January at 22:45.

Watch it on Sky channel 319, Virgin TV channel 149, Freeview channel 70 and Freesat channel 138.

And for more social networking scares read Panic Button – The Official Movie Novelisation by yours truly!


Praise for ‘Panic Button’ – the novel:

“A chilling commentary on the modern phenomenon of social media…I highly recommend reading this book, after which you really should go and see the film as well” (Jim McLeod, Ginger Nuts of Horror)

“More than competes with anything the creators of the original Saw could dream up” (Hellnotes)

“Frazer Lee explores the real dangers of putting our lives online and, through his characters, shows the real-life consequences of cyber-bullying, privacy, identity theft and the dangers of hiding behind the internet” (Malysa Stratton Louk, Digital Journal)

This is an intelligent and propulsive book, pressing all the right buttons – panic or otherwise – as a standalone piece of fiction even if you’ve not seen the movie version” (Paul Mount, Starburst Magazine)

Praise for Panic Button: The Movie

“The best British horror in years” ☆☆☆☆ (Adam Stephen Kelly, Ain’t It Cool News)

“The Social Network of Shocks” ☆☆☆☆ (Alan Jones, Film4 Frightfest)

“This is British horror at its bloody best” ☆☆☆☆ (Sky Movies)

“Nail-bitingly terrifying” ☆☆☆☆☆ (Abertoir Film Festival)

JanuSCARY Sale

I’d like to wish all my f( r )iends and followers a very Happy New Fear 2016 with some discounted January chills.

Winner, Best Atmosphere – Independent Horror Movie Awards

The Stay Dvd starring Daniela Finley

includes 1 hour of extra features
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Winner, Best Horror Short – Dragon*con
Winner, Best Short – Fearless Tales Genre Festival

On Edge and red Lines DVD starring Doug Bradley

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30% OFF On Edge + Red Lines DVD
includes Doug Bradley on-set interview & more
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Frazer x


The Best Christmas Movie of all time is…

The Exorcist.

This festive tale of the possession of a young innocent by the demon Pazuzu enchanted audiences when it opened on Boxing Day in 1973. And it has continued to cast its seasonal spell ever since.


The film’s story opens rather aptly in the Holy Land, where loveable priest Father Merrin’s Christmas wishes come true with the discovery of a beautiful statue. The shots of cute dogs playing together in the sand are particularly heartwarming.

Cut to Georgetown (complete with its decidedly festive Icelandic embassy!) and the happy household that young Regan calls home. Her mom’s excitement, when she finds her daughter has been playing that Christmas classic boardgame ‘Ouija’ with her adorable imaginary friend Captain Howdy, is a joy to behold. It’s enough to put your head in a spin.


And who could fail to feel that glimmer of Christmas cheer when the demonic possession fully takes hold? These scenes are perhaps the most magical of all, with director William ‘Joy to the World’ Friedkin playfully ensuring that we can see the priests’ breath in Regan’s wintry wonderland bedroom – let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!


And the icing on the Christmas cake is Mike Oldfield’s twinkling soundtrack. ‘Tubular (Jingle) Bells’ is surely everyone’s Yuletide top of the pops.

So there you have it folks, the ultimate Christmas movie of all time: The Exorcist.


“Why you do this~mas to me Dimi?”

Happy Ho-ho-horrordays,

Frazer x

#TheStayMovie On Demand & On DVD. 10% off for f[r]iends & followers!

Award winning supernatural suspense chiller The Stay hits Video On Demand and DVD.


The VOD version (not available in all countries) includes the short film only – rent or buy now!

The DVD (ships worldwide) includes 1 hour of special features: Filmmaker Q&A, Cast & Crew Video Podcast, Behind the Scenes & VFX Archive – buy it now!

Please note that we have set prices at the minimum accepted by Amazon for listing on their site. By renting or owning the movie you are supporting indie filmmaking – thank you.

10% off The Stay – DVD offer for f[r]iends and followers!

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Please watch, rate, review and share – thank you for supporting independent filmmaking!


About The Stay

A young woman checks into a secluded cottage and discovers that some vacations stay with you…forever.

The Stay is a supernatural suspense chiller from Bram Stoker Award finalist Frazer Lee (Panic Button, On Edge, Red Lines, Simone), starring Daniela Finley with cinematography by BAFTA Award Nominee Alan Stewart (Sherlock Holmes, Into The Woods, SPECTRE, King Arthur).

Winner Best Atmosphere, Independent Horror Movie Awards 2015
Nominated Best Original Concept, Independent Horror Movie Awards 2015
Nominated Best Music, Independent Horror Movie Awards 2015



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