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

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

In Memoriam: Paul O Turin

So sorry to have to say that my good friend & collaborator Paulo (aka Paul O) Turin has passed away after contracting Covid-19.

My sincere condolences to his family & many friends. We were all hoping he’d pull through after three weeks in the ICU in Brazil. Thanks to all the doctors & nurses who tried so hard to keep Paulo alive.

Here’s a photo from much happier times, taken when we worked on the music for ‘On Edge’ together with our band Self Destructive Nature

My friendship with Paulo began in the mid-90s when we were introduced via mutual contacts. We spent many happy hours writing and recording music together, discussing life the universe & everything — and eating penne arabiatta, or pizza, or both. Paulo worked & studied hard and was always inquisitive and determined to master whatever he put his mind to. His musicianship was second to none. Our song Cycles of Abuse featured in my film On Edge, as did Paulo’s killer dance moves (you can spot him in the nightclub scenes that bookend the film). Another composition Defiler featured on the Planet Metal compilation and on Brazilian rock radio.

SDN’s track Defiler featured on Planet Metal Volume 2

When Paulo returned to Brazil, we kept in touch and exchanged family photos (and godawful Dad jokes!). A couple of years ago, Paulo asked for my help in putting together a Wikipedia page about him. But the Wiki editors rejected the page as ‘not notable’!!!

Well, screw them. I’m including the Wikipedia text below in full, in tribute to Paulo, who was very notably a gentle giant, and a brilliantly talented musician. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

(And if any Wikipedia wizards out there can create a page for Paul O Turin, please do so. He would have liked that!)

Sweet dreams Paulo, be at peace, the world will rock a lot less without you x

Paulo in his own words…

Paul O Turin performing live in 2014

Paul O Turin

Background information

Birth name: Paulo Eduardo Turin

Born: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Genres: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Instrumental Rock/Metal

Occupation: Guitarist, songwriter

Instruments: Guitar

Associated acts: Gangland UK, Battlezone, Paul Di’anno, Self Destructive Nature, Aquiles Priester, Felipe Andreoli, Realm of Illusion

Labels: Pony Canyon, Encore Records, Magick Records, Zoom Club Records

Biography

Paulo Turin was born in Brazil but made his mark in metal music in England where he lived for 22 years. He was of Italian heritage. His grandparents moved to Brazil from Venice during the first world war. He spoke English, Italian and Portuguese.

He started playing his father’s acoustic guitar at a very young age and learned music from some music books that also belonged to his father. After begging his parents to buy him an electric guitar for two years, he finally got it at the age of 13. It was a Fender Jaguar copy. The first songs he learned on the electric guitar was from Credence Clear Water Revival, Slade and Chuck Berry but when he heard Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin his guitar playing and musical taste went to a new dimension.

Turin then started taking private guitar lessons with some well known teachers around the Sao Paulo area. The lessons included rock, jazz and music theory. During this period he played with some local bands.

In 1986 Paul took advantage of his European (Italian) citizenship and moved to England where he worked part time and took guitar lessons at the Musicians Academy and at the Guitar Institute. Paul also held a degree in management and graduated to be a University teacher.

Paul O Turin at the Marquee, London

Career

In England, Paul went to several auditions for bands in the underground metal scene of London and got the job as the guitarist of an up and coming act called Gangland UK. They toured the UK nonstop for two years and recorded two songs Beyond the Law and Death Threat for the album Metal for Muthas ‘92 released in Japan. Gangland also put out a single One in a Million/Crazy Angel for the Japanese market.

Paul composed the soundtrack song Cycles of Abuse for the horror film On Edge with Self Destructive Nature (SDN), a band he formed with vocalist and writer/director Frazer Lee. Another SDN song Defiler featured on the Planet Metal compilation. Paulo did session work and played for bands as a hired hand also.

In 1997 he was invited to join Paul Di’anno’s (former Iron Maiden vocalist) Battlezone. They recorded and toured the album Feel My Pain. Paul returned to Brazil in 1999 and put together a band for Paul Di’anno which recorded and toured the album Nomad. Nomad was re-released in 2006 with a few bonus live tracks under the name of The Living Dead.

Since then Turin was writing and recording solo instrumental Rock Metal, and with thrash metal oufit Realm of Illusion, in addition to producing, and hosting guitar masterclasses.

Related links:

https://www.facebook.com/pauloturinlegacy/

Paul O Turin on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7d9Df3eDlbKJATJIGYg7G0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Di’Anno

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquiles_Priester

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felipe_Andreoli

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feel_My_Pain

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?search=metal+for+muthas+92&title=Special:Search&fulltext=1&ns0=1

#ThrowbackTuesday – 10 years and 1 day ago…

…I signed the publishing contract for my debut novel The Lamplighters.

I had pitched the book to legendary horror editor Don D’Auria at Dorchester Publishing’s infamous Leisure Books imprint in 2009, and I was excited to receive a full manuscript request from Don by return. I submitted the book and waited anxiously for the outcome.

…and then Dorchester Publishing went under.

It was difficult not to take that as a sign. Ha ha!

But when Don D’Auria became Executive Editor of the new Horror line at Samhain Publishing, my manuscript followed him there. Don told me he loved the book and thought it would be a fine addition to the line.

Contracts were finalised 26th April 2011, and the e-book was published in November of that year, followed by the paperback in February 2012. An audiobook followed in 2016 (now out-of-print).

Crazy scenes at the Bram Stoker Awards!

Things went a little bit crazy from there. The Lamplighters was selected as a Finalist in the Bram Stoker Awards for ‘Superior Achievement in a First Novel’ from all the horror debuts published that year. I enjoyed sitting up at 4:30am in freezing cold England, watching the Stoker Awards webcast broadcast live from the USA. Don had written to me prior to the awards ceremony and asked me for an acceptance speech ‘just in case’. I wrote some waffle about not winning because I knew I wouldn’t, and I didn’t, so that was that. But as I always say to my creative writing students: “Remember, it’s cooler to be nominated. Unless you win and then it’s cooler to win.”

The Lamplighters — Book Pipeline Finalist

The Lamplighters was a Finalist again, this time in the Book Pipeline Contest for books deemed suitable for film/TV adaptation, one of only 6 from almost 1,000 entries. I wrote a screenplay based on the novel, and that went on to be a Semi-finalist in the Screencraft Horror Screenplay Competition, from over 2,000 entries.

Close, but no close-up this time Mr DeMille.

I still think The Lamplighters would make for an excellent scary movie, but then I would think that, wouldn’t I? (Ha ha #2)

The Lamplighters — Screencraft Horror SemiFinalist

The book became my first translated work, with the Japanese edition published by TakeShobo in 2015. I was really thrilled about that, especially when I learned that the Tokyo-based publisher has Stephen King and the Star Wars books on its roster. Getting my author copy was a surreal experience, and it’s a very beautiful object, that edition. Hey you guys! My other books are available for translation, just sayin’.

a very beautiful object

And then, just as Dorchester Publishing had during my initial pitching of the book, Samhain Publishing went under. IT’S NOT MY FAULT, OKAY? STOP MAKING OUT LIKE IT’S SOME KIND OF WEIRD CURSE THAT FOLLOWS ME AROUND… (Ha ha #3).

I like to keep my work out there and available and soon after, I signed with Crossroad Press/Macabre Ink for all my Samhain backlist titles. My thanks to the two Davids at Crossroad for keeping my malformed offspring in circulation.

And so, without any further ado, here it is.

Ten years and a day since I became a fully signed-up novelist, a new 10th anniversary paperback edition of The Lamplighters is now available.

The nightmare continues!

The Lamplighters — 10th anniversary paperback edition — out now!

And coming soon… There will be a limited edition hardcover, too.

Happy anniversary, old thing. My thanks to Don D’Auria & all at Samhain, to the two Davids at Crossroad Press, and to all my readers (yes, all 3 of you! Ha ha #4) and reviewers for the last ten years.

Here’s to a few more, eh?

Frazer x

About The Lamplighters:

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.

Buy The Lamplighters:
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Buy The Lamplighters at
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…and from all good horror novel stockists!

Visit haunted Greyfriars Reformatory — for only $0.99/£0.99!

UPDATE: THANK YOU to all who picked up a copy of Greyfriars Reformatory in the Flame Tree Press ebook sale, I truly appreciate it and hope you enjoy the book!

If you do, please let everyone know at Goodreads.

THANKS AGAIN!

Original post follows:

Hey f(r)iends, hope you’re doing okay.

My spooky sixth novel #GreyfriarsReformatory is on sale for just $0.99 / £0.99 on Amazon Kindle or Apple Books

— and is currently riding high in the Amazon charts just a couple of places below #GameOfThrones

Grab a copy now— offer ends soon!

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“Eerie, gripping, haunting” — Bookscream

Take care & thanks for reading!

Frazer x

“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.

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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)