Announcing the UK Chapter of the Horror Writers Association

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Ah, the United Kingdom. Birthplace to all manner of horrors and their creators (and I’m not just talking about the current Government).

With its rich history of ghost stories and gothic nightmares, wouldn’t it be great if the UK had its own chapter of the Horror Writers Association I hear you ask? Well, behind the scenes, we writers have been discussing that very possibility. And, thanks to co-chairs Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane, HWA UK has now launched.

This is exciting news for the genre, its fans, and practitioners. Together, we can celebrate all things horror and help to promote the work of UK horror scribes, at home and beyond our shores.

Check out the official website http://hwauk.org where you can find a list of current members, details on joining the organisation, along with information about Stokercon and the Bram Stoker Awards®.

Cthulhu Brittania!

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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.

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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!

Order your DVD direct from the Createspace Store and use code
BA9JFT96
at checkout to get 10% off.

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

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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).

Awards:
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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Happy #Friday13th – watch #TheStayMovie online!

stay-admit-oneHappy Friday 13th!

The clock is about to strike 13:00 hrs here in the UK, so…

Head on over to my Facebook Page for a private screening of my new short film The Stay.

Your link and password will be active for the next 24 hours.

Thanks for watching, and I hope you enjoy your stay.

And if you do, why not post a quick rating / review at the Internet Movie Database?
It only takes a minute, and you can sign in using your Facebook, Google or Amazon account.
Thanks!

Frazer

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#TheStayMovie wins Independent Horror Movie Award. Watch the film online on Friday 13th!

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Now for some really good news.

Excited to announce that my new short film The Stay won the Best Atmosphere Award at the Independent Horror Movie Awards 2015.

The Stay was also nominated in the Best Original Concept and Best Music categories.

All of which are great honours – I’d like to thank the judges and organisers for recognising and celebrating The Stay in this way.

The Stay cast and crew screening. L-R: Exec Producer Sarah Stokes, Writer/Director Frazer Lee, Actress Daniela Finley, Composer Lester Barnes, Exec Producer Phil Stokes.

The Stay cast and crew screening. L-R: Exec Producer Sarah Stokes, Writer/Director Frazer Lee, Actress Daniela Finley, Composer Lester Barnes, Exec Producer Phil Stokes.

We held an intimate cast and crew screening this week (in atmospheric fog-bound London) and I’d like to thank all our supporters for making it a great evening. We raised a glass of Gangly Ghoul Ale afterwards in celebration.

And I’d love for you to share in the celebration with me.

Look out for a special online screening of The Stay on Friday 13th November.

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You’re all invited.

But please note the screening will only happen at my Facebook Page, so go ahead and bookmark the page right now!

See you there on Friday 13th – i hope you’ll enjoy your stay…

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Halloween Giveaway Winners Announced!

Frazer Lee Halloween GiveawayCongrats to the winners of my Halloween Giveaway!

Check the widget to see if you won: http://gvwy.io/np1fpks

Winners – be sure to check your Facebook “other” messages folder (if you entered via Facebook), or junk email folder to claim your prize.

If you enjoy your prize, please consider giving it a star rating and leaving a quick review at:

The Skintaker:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Skintaker-Frazer-Lee-ebook/dp/B00R2IMMAE
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25354091-the-skintaker

The Leper Window:
http://www.amazon.com/Leper-Window-Daniel-Gates-Novella-ebook/dp/B00ZTT9SRI/
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25748905-the-leper-window

Panic Button:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Panic-Button-Scarlett-Alice-Johnson/dp/B005I58O8C/

Didn’t win? Hey, you can still get a 20% discount on my books at https://www.samhainpublishing.com/author/1628/frazer-lee

Thanks to all who entered!


The Next Chapter: Don D’Auria/Samhain Update

On Wednesday, i posted a tribute to my editor extraordinaire, Don D’Auria.

I learned (just hours after posting his tribute) direct from Don via email that Samhain had let him go.  Perversely, Samhain’s marketing department had asked us authors to make tributes to Don as part of their 10th anniversary celebrations. We were only too happy to do so. But then utterly dismayed and confused by his sudden dismissal. Was the call for tributes an attempt to soften the blow? Or a last ditch effort from those on the inside who disagreed with the decision? I guess we’ll never know.

To put it mildly, the horror-net went quietly ballistic. Samhain authors huddled together in cyberspace and howled at the moon, shared their disbelief, anger, disappointment – and support. An official statement from Samhain followed (Ramsey Campbell posted it in the comments section on my Wednesday blog if you want to take a look), the general gist of which was that Don was dropped as a cost-cutting measure and because he isn’t active on social media. As others have commented, it’s a sad state of affairs that Twittering and Farcebooking should take precedence over curating and editing a multiple award-nominated horror line. The former activities are within the purview of marketeers, not necessarily Executive Editors.

My mate Hunter Shea posted a brilliantly optimistic response to the news, and author and genre champion Brian Keene called for a #SamhainBlackout (a call to unfriend and unfollow Samhain’s official social media channels and to follow the individual authors instead).

I personally feel for Don and for the many authors who were looking forward to working with him, either for the first time, or the umpteenth time. Tomorrow is Don’s last day at Samhain and at present, the future’s uncertain.

But one thing is for certain.

Don knows horror fiction and i’m sure he will continue his great and nurturing work elsewhere. I wish Don all the very best for the future, and as he’s also a huge Pink Floyd fan (yet another plus point) this song’s for him.

Don D’Auria, shine on you crazy bloody diamond.

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Halcyon days – Don D’Auria & Samhain in Famous Monsters magazine (copyright Famous Monsters 2014)

And here’s to whatever the next chapter brings!

 


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