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!

 

Open The Leper Window (and take a peek)

I’m celebrating the release of my new occult novella The Leper Window today.

In the Top 50 Amazon British Horrors...

In the Top 50 Amazon British Horrors…

 

Cheers!

Cheers!

I hope you’ll join me over at the Horror Writers Association blog, where I discuss some of the inspiration behind the story.

You can also read an extract from The Leper Window and I will be giving away a copy of the ebook to one “lucky” reader.

Thanks for reading,
Frazer x

The Leper Window is out now & available from:

Samhain Horror store
(30% off for a limited time)

Amazon.COM

Amazon UK

(and all Amazon outlets)

Barnes & Noble NOOK BOOK

Kobo

iTunes

And wherever ancient demonic grimoires are sold.

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I Skin The Body Electric

skintakerThe Skintaker audiobook is out now from Audio Realms with narration by the mellifluous Susan Saddler.

Fill your ears with 8 hours of unabridged Amazonian Rainforest thrills and chills with the book that Horror Novel Reviews describes as “A phenomenon in horror fiction that is truly chilling (5 stars)”

Free to listen for those with an Audible account (or listen free as part of Audible’s Free Trial offer!) Or download the mp3 version from Audio Realms.

Listen to The Skintaker:

Audible.com

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Download mp3 version: Audio Realms

More 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, 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)

“An engaging and innovative slab of pagan horror.”
(Keri O’Shea, Brutal As Hell)

And coming soon from Audio Realms: The Lamplighters Audiobook


Coming soon!

The Skintaker – win an papperbock copy! #horror #paperback #book #giveaway

Skintaker_giveaway2Remember the days when we used to have actual, physical things that we could caress and hold and (yes!) sniff?

Those days can be yours again with the advent of THE SKINTAKER, coming atcha in paperback April 7th.

And i’m giving away a free copy at Goodreads. Go there now and luxuriate in lurid fantasies of book-sniffing, spine-breaking and page-turning.

You know you want it.

(and a reminder that i’m giving away 5 copies of the ebook too! enter at Rafflecopter, or via Fassbock)

The Skintaker is my fourth novel and is the prequel to my Bram Stoker Finalist first novel The Lamplighters. Here are some advance reviews, mmm hmmm, oh yeah, like a boss:

“A phenomenon in horror fiction that is truly chilling.”
five-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.”
five-stars
(Mallory Heart Reviews)

The Skintaker book trailer – @SPHorror #horror #novel #ebook #paperback

My new novel The Skintaker is released just one month from today!

Take a peek at the book trailer here:

[The Skintaker Book Trailer from Frazer Lee on Vimeo]

You can pre-order the paperback and ebook from Samhain Horror, Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Barnes & Noble, iTunesKobo, Wordery – and wherever horror novels about demonic deities are sold!

Read a 5-star rated review of The Skintaker at Horror Novel Reviews – can’t wait to hear what you think of the book.

Cheers,
Frazer

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New book, new title!

Samhain HorrorMy new novel THE SKINTAKERS is no more!

Instead, THE SKINTAKER will be released on April 7th, 2015.

So why the title change?

Well, I can’t actually go into specifics because *spoilers* but…

The decision came after a suggestion from my editor extraordinaire, Don D’Auria at Samhain Horror. (We’re hard at work on final edits for the novel.) The plural ‘Skintakers’ did make sense (but could have been distracting to the reader) whereas ‘The Skintaker’ singular makes much more sense (and is not distracting to the reader).

Titles are so important, perhaps the most important words you’ll write as a novelist. So I’m very happy with the change (especially as it leads directly to the title of the third book in the trilogy that started with The Lamplighters). And this, dear f(r)iends is just one of the many reasons why every writer needs an editor as awesome as Don, and a publisher as awesome as Samhain.

I hope you’ll join us for a trip into hot hell next April.

The Skintaker has some secrets he’d like to share with you…

Cheers,
Frazer

 

Halloween Greetings from the Pumpkin Patch

I always wanted a pumpkin patch.

My earliest Halloween memory is of Trick or Treating with a hollowed out turnip dangling from a string that threatened to snap as the candle flame licked at it and my tender young fingers. Actual pumpkins were in short supply when i was a kid (back in the late 1800s). But they became easier to pick up as the years rolled by, and are now a seasonal staple in farm shops and supermarkets across the land.

My first attempt at growing my own jack o’lanterns took place two decades later in a tiny, urban garden in the heart of Camden Town, London. The soil composition was mostly thick clay and cat poo, so it was a miracle when one green little fruit appeared – and not at all surprising when it died a week later.

Fast forward another decade and here we are at Lee Cottage. It’s our second Halloween out here in the countryside (…the October Country, if you will) and as the Season of Mists fast approached I was more determined than ever to give growing pumpkins another go.

We started them off in my office, on the windowsill that gets the sun. I read M.R. James Ghost Stories to them to get them germinating, and pretty soon we had four viable plants. We planted the best three of them outside and, after a lot of feeding and watering and slug wrangling, got two lovely pumpkins per plant.

The smaller ones we ate in September (one roasted in a risotto, the other souped up) had a very mellow flavour. But October’s batch has ripened much more, with that classic earthy sweetness.

Our biggest, prize pumpkin will be carved up by our two little monsters today. I like to think my sons will, like their Dad, marvel at the fact that they are scooping seeds from a pumpkin that we grew from a seed.

And at this special time of year (when the cycle of life, death, and birth is embedded in our Samhain rituals and customs) i can’t think of a more perfect way to celebrate than with a pumpkin plucked from my very own patch.

I always wanted a pumpkin patch.

Well, at long last i got one. And next year, it’ll be bigger.

Happy Halloween to you and all your pumpkins. Young or old, shop-bought or hand-cultivated, enjoy them!

The Cult Of Me reviews ‘The Lucifer Glass’

The Lucifer Glass by Frazer LeeMichael Brookes (at The Cult of Me blog) has the following to say about my Samhain Horror novella ‘The Lucifer Glass‘:

A nice blend of physical and psychological horror…I’d recommend it to any horror fans. I’ll look forward to reading more of the author’s work.

Read the full review here.