#TheLamplighters 10th Anniversary Limited Hardcover Edition

Last week, I told you about the 10th anniversary, and the new paperback edition, of my debut novel The Lamplighters.

Eagle-eyed readers will have noticed a teaser for a Limited Hardcover Edition of the book in that post, and on my social media.

And I’m giddy with excitement to announce that it is out now!

(Bram Stoker Award Finalist for ‘Superior Achievement in a First Novel’)

The hardcover is strictly limited to 350 copies worldwide, with 50 (webstore exclusive) signed & numbered copies.

Linen bound, matte dust jacket
Limited to 350 copies worldwide (50 will be signed & numbered as webstore exclusives)
Published independently via my own Reel Fearz imprint — a true labour of love!

Get 15% off the unsigned edition with code SPRING15 (until May 7)

Fancy a signed copy? Head to the webstore!

Thanks for reading,

Frazer x

#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:
Amazon.com
https://amzn.to/2YmMHvJ

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

…and from all good horror novel stockists!

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

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.

 

The Lamplighters: “A trembling nationwide!” フレイザー・リー 断頭島 ギロチンアイランド

Today marks the publication of The Lamplighters in a Japanese translation from Takeshobo Publishing, Tokyo.

The alternate Japanese title is the rather subtle and elegant Decapitation Island, which I admit is kind of growing on me!

Here’s what the cover looks like:

lamplighters_japan_frazer_lee

My Japanese reading skills are non-existent, so I ran Takeshobo’s book description through an online translator.

This is my favourite part:

“A horror horror that is rolling in an isolated island separated from the outside world, a trembling nationwide!”

The Lamplighters (or Decapitation Island!) is available now from Amazon.co.jp and all good horror horror stockists.

Yoi ichinichi o,
フレイザー・リー
x

 

The Lamplighters Goes J-Horror

Takeshobo The Lamplighters by Frazer Lee

Takeshobo Tokyo HQ Photo By Lombroso (Public Domain)

Major publisher Take Shobo will release a Japanese translation of my Bram Stoker Award® Nominated horror novel The Lamplighters in ebook and paperback.

I’m excited about the translation, and the potential for my work to reach new Japanese readers.

And I’d love to be a fly on the wall when the poor translators get to the part where [spoiler] uses a syringe to extract [spoiler]’s buttock fat, before injecting it into his [spoiler] so that he can [spoiler] [spoiler]’s eye socket… (Sigh)

I will post the release date and cover art when I have them!

Domo arigato,
Frazer x

 

The Lamplighters: Book Pipeline Finalist

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The results of this year’s  Book Pipeline Competition, for writers with material suitable for Film/TV adaptation, have been announced and (insert fanfare here) I’m thrilled to announce that my novel The Lamplighters is a Finalist!

It’s a real thrill to have The Lamplighters make the selection from over 900 entries.

Congratulations to Grand Prize winner Zach Fortier with I Am Raymond Washington. It sounds like a fascinating book and I am looking forward to reading (and seeing!) it.

Here’s the complete list of Book Pipeline 2015 Finalists and Semifinalists. Congrats to all who were selected:

Finalists

Executive Outcomes by Nick Bicanic
A Fistful of Clones by Seaton Kay-Smith
The Lamplighters by Frazer Lee
Stranded by Douglas Wentworth
The Dress Thief by Natalie Meg Evans
The Wet Woman by Alejandra Mattoni

Semifinalists

Do Not Resuscitate by Nicholas Ponticello
Jubilee by Jennifer Givhan
Just a Theory by Annie Wood
Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash
The Virus by Janelle Diller

What does this exciting news mean for The Lamplighters?

Well, in the coming weeks I will be consulting with the Book Pipeline and Script Pipeline development team to discuss the screen adaptation potential of my work.

I’ll keep you posted on any developments.

Thanks for reading,
Frazer

Bram Stoker Award® Finalist for Best First Novel,
The Lamplighters is available in ebook and paperback from:

Samhain Horror (publisher website)
Amazon.com (kindle)
Amazon.co.uk (kindle)
Barnes & Noble (nook)

and wherever scary horror novels about The Skin Mechanic are sold.

Countdown to The Lamplighters: 7 days

My horror novel ‘The Lamplighters‘ is out a week today on 1st November.

Thanks to all who have been pre-ordering the book it is currently #4 in Samhain Publishing’s Top 10 Horror Bestsellers.

To celebrate I’ve given the old website a bit of an overhaul – hope you like the new look?

Have a browse around and be sure to check out the special Lamplighters page, where you can read an excerpt from the book and find links to pre-order the book in all major ebook formats for your Kindle, Nook or other newfangled e-reader device.

Paperback (or as some are calling them now, ‘Treebooks’ – I love that name) aficionados please note The Lamplighters trade paperback is out on 7th February 2012.

I will be running a Halloween competition to win a freebie so make sure you drop by and ‘Like’ the official Facebook page to be in with a chance of winning!

The Lamplighters is published by Samhain Horror, which launched this month under the supervision of Editor (and genre legend) Don D’Auria with exciting releases from authors both established and new.

A few of the Samhainers (Kristopher Rufty, Jonathan Janz, Ron Malfi, Brian Moreland and Hunter Shea) got together and recorded a radio chat in which they discuss the process of writing, getting published, and what to expect next from them. It’s a fun and informative listen and you can check it out here.

‘Til next slime, take scare.