#HearthstoneCottage @FlameTreePress blog tour begins Friday November 8th!

Hearthstone Cottage is open for visitors and wants you to stay… forever.

Check out my blog tour, starting tomorrow (November 8th). Be sure to follow yours truly and @FlameTreePress on twitter dear f(r)iends for Hearthstone Cottage reviews, and more, throughout November!

Here are the blog spots, and I’ll update the links as the tour progresses:

8th Nov Secret World of a Book
10th Nov Donna’s Book Blog
11th Nov The Coy Caterpillar Reads
12th Nov Bunny’s Pause
12th Nov Stardust Book Reviews
13th Nov Bookwormery
14th Nov Shalini’s Books & Reviews
15th Nov Hedwig’s World
16th Nov The Life of Ally
17th Nov Booker T’s Farm
18th Nov The Twist & Turn Book Blog
19th Nov Musings of a Final Girl

Beast witches,
Frazer

Frazer Lee’s new folk horror novel Hearthstone Cottage is available now in hardcover, paperback & ebook wherever folk horror novels about spooky cottages in the wilds of Scotland are sold.

(Or you can just grab a copy from Amazon)
https://amzn.to/2BKYgUO

Synopsis: Mike Carter and his girlfriend Helen, along with their friends Alex and Kay, travel to a remote loch side cottage for a post-graduation holiday. But their celebrations are short-lived when they hit and kill a stag on the road. Alex’s sister Meggie awaits them in the cottage, adding to the tension when her dog, Oscar, goes missing. Mike becomes haunted by a disturbing presence in the cottage, and is hunted by threatening figures in the highland fog. Reeling from a shock revelation, Mike begins to lose his grip on his sanity. As the dark secrets of the past conspire to destroy the bonds of friendship, Mike must uncover the terrifying truth dwelling within the walls of Hearthstone Cottage.

My fifth novel #HearthstoneCottage is out now!

Release day for my new folk horror novel Hearthstone Cottage passed by in a blur!

The dawn sky provided a suitably spooky herald of the day ahead.

Social media lit up in a Halloween-orange glow of publicity with f(r)iends, family, and other readers sharing their congratulations & photos of their copies of the book. My thanks to you all!

Hearthstone Cottage even crept up on the horror fantasy radar…

And I was interviewed by my publisher Flame Tree Press about the inspiration behind the novel, and what I’m working on next.

When I finally returned home to dusky Lee Cottage, I found a big box of books waiting for me.

My author copies had arrived! I particularly enjoyed getting my talons on the hardcover edition (my first hardcover title, to date, and hopefully not the last).

Cheers to all of you for making it such a fun launch day!

I will be posting details of an upcoming blog tour very soon.

Until then, i hope you will pick up a copy of Hearthstone Cottage. And when you do, I hope it gives you nightmares.

Beast witches, Frazer x

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Hearthstone Cottage is available now in hardcover, paperback & ebook wherever folk horror novels about spooky cottages in the wilds of Scotland are sold.

Or you can just grab a copy from Amazon:

https://amzn.to/2BKYgUO

In Memoriam: Robin Hardy, writer & director of ‘The Wicker Man’

Robin Hardy was a true original, and his 1973 film The Wicker Man is often and justifiably hailed as the finest British horror film ever made.

The Wicker Man by Robin Hardy & Antony Shaffer

The book is a cracking read, too!

The story of the film’s conception is perhaps as fascinating as The Wicker Man itself, with a studio unsure of what it had on its hands butchering Hardy’s masterpiece in the process of its clumsy and half-hearted initial release.

My own personal obsession with Hardy’s work began when I saw (the theatrical version of) The Wicker Man at a special screening at Glastonbury’s Library of Avalon. A discussion followed the screening of the film about its pagan themes, and I was well and truly hooked.

Those were the early days of VHS video and I managed to track down an alternate cut of the film on a yellowy, fifth-generation pirate copy from Australia. This was later cleaned up using the best possible source materials and released on DVD as The Director’s Cut of the film.

Years later, with the advent of home-HD and the Blu-Ray format, The Wicker Man – The Final Cut arrived, providing a fitting epitaph to Robin Hardy’s life and career as he finally got to release the version of the film that he deemed closest to his original vision.

In 2011 I was very lucky to meet Robin Hardy, for a brief “Hello!”, in person at FrightFest, London. Mr Hardy was there to present the premiere of his sequel The Wicker Tree, adapted from his novel Cowboys For Christ. He was a true gentleman and eccentric – very warm and wickedly funny. (Read my capsule review of the rather wobbly, but joyously bonkers, sequel The Wicker Tree here.)

One unsung hero in the whole Wicker saga is Anthony Shaffer’s brilliant script, which really is one of a kind. The basic storyline was based on Ritual, a novel by David Pinner, which has recently been republished. The novelisation of the film (also written by Shaffer & Hardy) is well worth tracking down (a new edition was published by Tor in 2000) – with some lovely embellishments to the screen story, not least its haunting and ambiguous ending, it provides yet another version of The Wicker Man for us all to enjoy.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, it is time to “keep my appointment with The Wicker Man.”

R.I.P. Robin Hardy, 1929-2016

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Quoted in The Wicker Man novel by Robin Hardy & Anthony Shaffer