Faustian updates

Thrilled to confirm that on the 13th of June (the 13th being an auspicious date for any horror writer) I signed the contract with Flame Tree Press for my new novel GREYFRIARS REFORMATORY. I started writing the book while I was travelling on business in China, and it looks likely to be released in 2020. More updates to follow!

Meantime, get ready for HEARTHSTONE COTTAGE, published by Flame Tree Press this October. The very first reviews are in, which you can read in full over at Goodreads, and here are a few highlights:

“A chilling, atmospheric tale that creeps up on you like fog off a loch. Highly recommended.” (Jon Recluse)

“HEARTHSTONE COTTAGE is a nonstop riveting read and the suspense never slackens. Prepare to lose sleep.”
(Fungi From Yuggoth)

“Well written and great suspense.”
(Heather Bennett)

“I really enjoyed this book and the unique storyline.”
(Rachel Drenning)

My thanks to all the reviewers!

I’m also excited to announce that I have signed with Crossroad Press to republish my out-of-print horror novels THE LAMPLIGHTERS (Bram Stoker Award® Finalist for Best First Novel), THE JACK IN THE GREEN and THE SKINTAKER. It feels good to be getting these evil offspring back into print! Crossroad Press did such a wonderful job publishing my DANIEL GATES ADVENTURES series of occult horror novellas.

the daniel gates adventures by frazer lee

I will post updates about cover art, release dates, and such, as and when I get them.

Until then, thanks (as ever) for reading,

Frazer x

Unsolicited desk pic: The impossible glamour of my writing desk in Dalian, China.

 

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Hacking the Green (or Why I’d Like to #StopHS2)

Some kind readers (hello kind readers!) wrote to me in support of the Author’s Note (pictured below) I included in my recent horror novel The Jack in the Green – in which I highlighted the threat posed by the UK rail Project HS2.

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Author’s Note from The Jack in the Green

In brief – HS2 is a high speed rail line that will cut through acres of ancient woodland, farmland, and communities – including those in Buckinghamshire where I am lucky enough to reside.

The initial proposals for the scheme made journey speed a key selling point: business travellers could shave off a massive 30 minutes or so if they travel via the high speed line. When many voiced their opinion that 30 mins of train time actually = 30 mins of uninterrupted work time, the scheme seemed to change tack, this time citing capacity as the new justification behind the project.

Now comes the bombshell that the rail line would displace thousand of graves – without the assurances in place that sacred remains would be properly relocated. I mean, haven’t these crazy HS2 people even seen POLTERGEIST?

a rich man, on a train (photo credit: Andrew Parsons)

a rich man, on a train (photo credit: Andrew Parsons)

My opinion (because everyone has one, right?) is that HS2 is designed, primarily, to make money for those behind it. Well, duh. It is a rich* man’s train (*for the financially rich, but spiritually bankrupt). I am utterly disappointed to see cross-party support for HS2 in UK politics – and feel especially betrayed that the Labour Party appears to back the project – so much so that for the first time in my life I cast my vote in the European Elections for the Green Party (among other, personal reasons). You see, I have just not seen any justification for the project that convinces me the environmental cost is worthy of the line’s creation. As with all things infrastructure, there is always another way (the clever folks at StopHS2 and HS2 Action Alliance have some excellent suggestions).

Sigh. I am aware that I’m just a local yokel author, banging on about this on his blog. What difference is that gonna make? Not a jot, of course. But there are things we little people can do to stop the goose-stepping forward march of ecological destruction. Maybe those of us who oppose HS2 are like Arthur Dent, trying to stop the Vogon Constructor Fleet in our dressing gowns. Maybe lying down in front of that bulldozer will be all the protest we have left – if, and when, the decision comes to decimate our wildlife and destroy so much that is green and good in the land.

"what do you mean why has it got to be built?"

“what do you mean why has it got to be built?

But we have to bloody well try. And try we shall. In that spirit, I’ll sign off this post with one last video – this time from an inspiring young voice that should absolutely be heard – that of 9 year-old Midlands schoolboy Alexander Rukin.

And as ever, thanks for reading.

 

Horror Novel Reviews: The Jack in the Green

The 1st review of my new novel for Samhain Horror ‘The Jack in the Green’ is in – and it’s a goody!

Here’s a snippet:

I found myself completely wrapped up in this one, eager to reach conclusion and receive a few answers to my mounting questions. With a fine razor edge twist, Lee carries this story into a fully fleshed out novel.

Satisfaction is found within this read. So when all is said and done I am highly recommending this one. Be ready for what you really aren’t ready for. Whatever you do, do not read the ending first. Open this and enjoy.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

 You can read the full review here, and pre-order the book (out October 1st 2013) here.

My thanks to Horror Novel Reviews for taking the time!
Cheers, Frazer x