“Open for a surprise”

Ta—daaaa!

In a desperate attempt to be relevant in a genre dominated by big-name authors, my horror novel Hearthstone Cottage is on sale for only $0.99/£0.99.

Hurry, offer ends January 24th.

UK: http://flametr.com/2XYcr3O
US: http://flametr.com/3odD93j
AU: http://flametr.com/3o5MU3t
CA: http://flametr.com/394YhEh

0.99 on Kindle

Here are some nice things that nice people have said about my novel (which is decidedly not nice).

Reviews

“Lee creates an atmosphere of unease and foreboding that culminates in explosive violence and terror. Rife with frightening imagery, ghosts, and visceral horror, this tale will please the most ardent of horror fans.” – Booklist

“HEARTHSTONE COTTAGE is a nonstop riveting read and the suspense never slackens. Prepare to lose sleep.” – The Haunted Reading Room

“A story which is worthy of being on the big screen! Full of tension, suspense & good old-fashioned heart-thumping scary bits” – Stardust Book Reviews

“This was a fantastic spooky read! The writer pulls you in and does not let you go until the very last page.” – Secret World of a Book

“Hearthstone Cottage is the first folk horror book I’ve read, and what a great introduction to the subgenre…Every chapter represented a new horror for the protagonist as he delved deeper and deeper into madness. Frazer Lee is fantastic.” – The Bookdad

“Gripping from beginning to end, Lee knows how to spin a horror story that makes your flesh crawl. Filled with suspense and tension you will struggle to look away.” – Bunny’s Pause

“Outstanding writing, intriguing layers, the tension and suspense was edge of your seat stuff, relatable characters that I could see myself getting along with and the twists and turns left me aching for more.  The author certainly has gained a new fan. Thank you, Frazer Lee, for scaring the crap out of me!” – The Coycaterpillar Reads

“This book had me on my toes until I reached the very last line…I really, really, really enjoyed it.” – Nightfall Mysteries

“I was actually scared to go to sleep at one point…part of the book hit me so hard, I actually had to put it down and have a break…a great read if you enjoy being on the edge of your seat, it was very creepy and suspenseful” – Ally’s Book Corner

“A trippy tale of isolation set in the Scottish countryside that really takes the reader off guard.” – Hedwig’s Books

“A fun, creepy read” – Book Reviews by Shalini

“This is a fantastically creepy tale, with a sense of gradually building menace. Gripping, spooky and thoroughly entertaining.” – Lesley Budge, Orlando Books Blog

I did mention it’s only $0.99 until January 24, right?

Hearthstone Cottage — Frazer Lee — you might like it?

Glancing back at 2020, looking ahead to 2021

(we were all this screaming tree at some point in 2020…)

2020. A year during which any horror writer would be hard pressed to outdo real-life events with any of their fictional terrors.

Glancing back, here’s my horror writing year in review.

Novels

Greyfriars Reformatory my sixth novel, which was published by the fine folks at Flame Tree Press, got some of the most positive reviews i’ve ever had (from Chicago Review of Books, and others). My thanks to all the readers, raters & reviewers!

Non-fiction

I published two academic chapters:
“Not everything that moves, breathes and talks is alive”: Christianity, Korean Shamanism and Reincarnation in Whispering Corridors (1998) and The Wailing (2016) – published in Scared Sacred: Idolatry, Religion and Worship in the Horror Film, editors: Rebecca Booth, Valeska Griffiths, Erin Thompson, R.F. Todd (House of Leaves Publishing, 2020)
&
Koji Suzuki’s Ring: A world literary perspective – published in Horror Literature From Gothic to Postmodern: Critical Essays. Editors Nicholas Diak, Michele Brittany (McFarland Publishing, 2020).

I penned guest blogs & articles for the HWA, CrimeReads & Kendall Reviews (among others you can find here).

Screenwriting

I lost two screenwriting commissions due to the pandemic in 2020. I know many film & TV writers struggled last year, and here’s hoping the industry picks up again in 2021, but there’s a way to go yet.

I put my time & energy into writing two speculative feature film screenplays (I’ve learned never to speak too much about those, so let’s just wait and see if they actually become movies).

My screenplay adaptation of Bram Stoker Award®️ nominated debut novel The Lamplighters was a Semi-finalist in the ScreenCraft Horror Screenplay Contest 2020.

Awards

My folk horror film The Stay won two awards on the international festival circuit in 2020:


Exemplar Award – Creepy New Concept & Plot (Creepy Tree Film Festival, USA)


& Best International Film (The Thing in the Basement Horror Fest USA)

The Stay was screened in Official Selection at several film festivals from Los Angeles Lift-off to the Hitchcock Film Awards. Film festivals weren’t the only happenings that were streamed…

Events

Remember those? It was a tough year for conferences and conventions, and my heart goes out to their organisers, who have been forced to postpone, go online, or to cancel outright.

An Evening With Horror Writer Frazer Lee went ahead, and I enjoyed inflicting my horrors on a full house, had fun answering some great questions, and we raised some money for my favourite charity.

The inaugural UK edition of Stokercon was postponed, and then became Chillercon, with the Bram Stoker Awards & Final Frame Film Contest (for which i was a Juror) moving online. Congratulations to the winners & nominees!

I was looking forward to screening The Stay and doing a Q&A about my film work at Contemporary Folk Horror in Film & Media conference, Leeds, until the pandemic delivered its own persistent brand of viral horror. Hopefully it will happen in 2021.

Last but not least — My book launch for Greyfriars Reformatory went online, and together we raised £35 for Hillside Animal Sanctuary through signed book sales — thank you!

Looking forward? I’m hoping to get all kinds of things done in 2021. Making horror stories sometimes helps me to face the real-life ones. And i hope reading/watching them helps you sometimes, too.

If you’re still reading this, I’d just like to wish you & yours the very best of health. And i’ll close on a plea, if i may:

Don’t you dare be one of those characters in horror stories — you know the one who goes down to the basement with a faulty flashlight? Or the one who says, “We’ll cover more ground if we split up.” Just don’t. I’ve written and consumed enough horror stories to know those aproaches rarely pan out so well — for anyone.

Please.

Wear a mask. Wash your hands.

Stay safe out there, and keep others safe.

And if you need to borrow a flashlight, just scream!

x Frazer

ICYMI: Dark Dozen interview at Uncomfortably Dark

In case you missed it… I spill the spooky beans about my new novel Greyfriars Reformatory, discuss the darkest movie I’ve ever watched, reveal what scares me, and chat all things horror over at Uncomfortably Dark.

read on for the interview

(scroll down just below the book review).

My thanks to Candace Nola for hosting & posting! When you’re done reading the interview & review, be sure to check out Candace’s debut novel Breach.

#TheJackintheGreen returns in paperback! Read my #folkhorror tale if you dare…

Wondrous news from the wild woods of Scotland!

He’s back!

My third novel, The Jack in the Green, a folk horror tale set in Scotland (originally published by Samhain Publishing in 2013) is available again in a new paperback edition from Crossroad Press/Macabre Ink.

My thanks to the two Davids at Crossroad for making this happen.

He’s in the trees… He’s waiting…

Read The Jack in the Green:

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

Amazon Canada

Amazon Australia

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.

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

“An intriguing tale filled with genuine horror and a plot that explores some very dark territory” (Horror Novel Reviews)

Quintessential British horror with vivid interludes of bodily trauma and mental anguish” (Keri O’Shea, Brutal As Hell)

A romp of a book that combines pagan mythology with visceral contemporary action” (MikaReadsHorrorFiction)

“A captivating read that weaves a spell, leading you into the Scottish countryside to a village that isn’t all that it seems. The shocking ending makes this one of the most satisfying reads of the year. Frazer Lee scores again, big time.”
(Rating: 5/5, Hunter Shea, author of Forest of Shadows and Evil Eternal)

Get your copy today:

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

Amazon Canada

Amazon Australia

#TheSkintaker returns!

“A charnel carpet of bones—a femur here, a shattered ribcage there—and worst of all, hundreds upon hundreds of skulls” 💀

He’s back! The Skintaker returns in a handsome new edition from Crossroad Press/Macabre Ink.

The Skintaker is a prequel novel to my Bram Stoker Award ‘Best First Novel’ Finalist The Lamplighters, and can be read before or after that book. If you dare.

My thanks to the two Davids at Crossroad Press for giving this old demonic deity a new lease of life.

And this monster comes sheathed in a shiny new skin, too. Check out the new cover art:

The Skintaker cover 2

Pretty spiffy, eh?

And if you’d like to hear my insights into the book and its themes, check out the Horror Happens Radio Show interview I did with amazing horror host Jay Kay back when the novel was first published.

Meet The Skintaker at

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Apple Books

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

and wherever horror ebooks are sold.

He can’t wait to invite you into his lair.
Just mind your feet on those skulls and bones…

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 will be 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 phenomenon in horror fiction that is truly chilling.”
(5 out of 5 stars, Wesley Thomas, Horror Novel Reviews)

“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, screenwriter of NEAR DARK, THE HITCHER and author of IT WAITS BELOW and WHITE KNUCKLE)

“Fans of extreme horror will find it all very satisfying, as author Frazer Lee paints his narrative so vividly.”
(5 out of 5 stars, Mallory Heart 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.”
(5 out of 5 stars, Horror Maiden’s Book Reviews)

 

#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
19th Nov House of Books Halloween Extravaganza: Frazer Lee: The Folk Horror of Memory & Place in Hearthstone Cottage
19th Nov House of Books Halloween Extravaganza: INTERVIEW: Frazer Lee

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

🎃

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

Horror novels never die! #TheLamplighters #TheJackintheGreen #CrossroadPress

Horror novels never really die. They do sometimes go out of print, then find new publishers and (rather like the monsters within their pages) are resurrected to give you sleepless nights all over again.

Attend the tales of The Lamplighters and The Jack in the Green. Both are back in shiny new ebook editions from Crossroad Press.

I have been teasing the covers on my social media for a little while, and now it is time to unleash these beasties.

Feast your eyes, f(r)iends.

The Lamplighters was my debut novel, and had the honour of being selected as a Finalist in the Bram Stoker Awards for ‘superior achievement in a first novel’. It introduces the character of the Skin Mechanic (who will return in a new edition of my prequel novel The Skintaker soon) and goes something like this:

Life on Meditrine Island is luxurious…but brief.
Marla Neuborn has found the best post-grad job in the world—as a “Lamplighter” working on Meditrine Island, an exclusive idyllic paradise owned and operated by a consortium of billionaires. All Lamplighters have to do is tend to the mansions, cook and clean, and turn on lights to make it appear the owners are home. But the job comes with conditions. Marla will not know the exact location of the island, and she will have no contact with the outside world for the duration of her stay.
Once on the island, Marla quickly learns the billionaire lifestyle is not all it is made out to be. The chief of security rules Meditrine with an iron fist. His private police force patrols the shores night and day, and CCTV cameras watch the Lamplighters relentlessly. Soon Marla will also discover first-hand that the island hides a terrible secret. She’ll meet the resident known as the Skin Mechanic. And she’ll find out why so few Lamplighters ever leave the island alive.

The Jack in the Green saw me turning my bloodshot eye to folk horror, and the story takes place in the same fictional universe as my forthcoming novel Hearthstone Cottage. Here’s the scary skinny:

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.

Buy The Lamplighters on
Amazon.com
https://amzn.to/2YmMHvJ

Buy The Jack in the Green on
Amazon.com
https://amzn.to/30WUOAN

Buy The Lamplighters at
Amazon UK
https://amzn.to/2Y91v5L

Buy The Jack in the Green at
Amazon UK
https://amzn.to/2YuceHA

…and from all good horror novel stockists!

My thanks to the two Davids at Crossroad Press. To Don D’Auria, without whom… And many thanks to you, as ever, for reading.

Sweet dreams….

Frazer x

Edgar Allan Poe Gothic Filmmaker Award 2018 awarded to Frazer Lee for #TheStayMovie

Happy 2019!

And what a wonderful start to the New Year.

(Drumroll please…)

News just in that ZedFest Film Festival & Screenplay Competition in Hollywood USA has awarded the Edgar Allan Poe Gothic Filmmaker of the year award to yours truly for my film The Stay.

To quote the great poet, “I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched.”

My thanks to Festival Directors Wendy Medrano & Ed Stephens, and to their sponsors iPitch.tv for this very great honour.

As previously posted, The Stay won big at ZedFest 2018, where it was awarded the Outstanding Directing, Outstanding Screen Story & Outstanding Acting Performance Awards.

To be able to add the Edgar Allan Poe Gothic Filmmaker Award to that list of accolades is a wonderful surprise indeed.

As ever, a huge thank you to the cast & crew of The Stay and to all of our supporters.

Here’s to a fun & creative year ahead.

It’s already off to a great start!

“A masterful collection of paranormal adventure” – Kendall Reviews on ‘The Daniel Gates Adventures Vols. 1 & 2’

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“I highly recommend this collection if you want a really fun, action packed, occult-paranormal tale.”

Check out this marvellous and balanced review of The Daniel Gates Adventures Volume 1 and Volume 2 from Steve Stred at Kendall Reviews.

My thanks to Steve & all at Kendall Reviews.

Read:
The Daniel Gates Adventures,
Vol. 1: The Lucifer Glass & The Leper Window

Read:
The Daniel Gates Adventures,
Vol. 2: The Lilyth Mirror & The Lucifer Gate

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