AUTUMN: HORROR IN THE EAST
Takes place in Lowestoft tomorrow. I’ll be there from 10am onwards, and it promises to be an excellent day. So if you’re in the area, why not come along? The event is free, and you get the added bonus of seeing the sights of Lowestoft, the town where much of THEM OR US was set. There’s more information at www.horrorintheeast.com and a schedule for the day can be found here at This is Horror.
SCREAM MAGAZINE Will hopefully be in attendance this weekend in Lowestoft. Issue 14 of the magazine is available now. Click the cover for more details. It’s another issue filled with much goodness for the discerning horror fan, including interviews with some of the original Cenobites from Hellraiser, Alex Chandon (the director of Inbred), and Oren Peli (the chap responsible for Paranormal Activity).
GUEST POSTS AND INTERVIEWS
Finally, I was asked to put together a number of guest posts for Halloween specials during October. In case you missed any of them, here’s a list:
Are there really too many zombies, Graeme?
An interview with Booklist Online (warning – some spoilers)
Last night I had the honour of interviewing James Herbert again – this time at Foyles in London, in front of a sell-out audience of more than 200 people. As I said in my previous piece, it’s hard to quantify the effect James’ books have had on me and on my writing. I don’t profess to have slavishly read everything he’s written, but his style, approach, attitude and (of course) his success are an inspiration to anyone who writes horror. There’s no doubt in my mind that discovering his books as a teenager was a pivotal moment which set me on the path to doing what I do today. Thanks again to James, his team, and the staff at Foyles. A truly memorable evening.
By the way – the audio quality isn’t great, but I stumbled across a brief clip of James and I on YouTube this morning. It’s embedded at the bottom of this post. (Thanks to YouTube user astroduckula – I hope you don’t mind the link, and I hope you enjoyed last night!).
And on the subject of James Herbert… my friend Michael Wilson (the brains behind THIS IS HORROR), recently interviewed James for SCREAM magazine. The interview appears in the latest issue (pictured) which is available now.
And on the subject of This is Horror… the second in their series of chapbooks – THIN MEN WITH YELLOW FACES by Gary McMahon and Simon Bestwick – is released this Saturday, 22nd September. There will be an exclusive launch event in Manchester on Saturday featuring Ramsey Campbell and Conrad Williams alongside Gary and Simon. Click here for details. I believe there are a few copies of JOE & ME (my entry in the series) still available. That’s a story no AUTUMN fan should be without, but I’ll say no more about that for now…
I always like to mention new issues of SCREAM magazine when they’re released, because I think it’s a genuinely great publication – a mag for real fans of the horror genre.
In this issue, as well as the usual reviews and interviews, there’s an excellent article on the history of the zombie from the Voodoo movies of the early 1930’s, right through to The Walking Dead and the sudden surge of mainstream popularity the living dead currently enjoys. Great stuff. You can get hold of copies from all branches of Forbidden Planet in the UK, or by clicking here.
Issue 8 of SCREAM is out now. As well as the usual stack of great features, reviews and interviews, it also features an in-depth interview with me which was carried out by Michael Wilson of the superb Read Horror website.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, SCREAM is a magazine for people who genuinely love horror, not just those who want to sell it. Click this link to pick up a copy, and try it for yourself if you haven’t already.
Issue 7 of SCREAM Magazine is now available (did you see their great quote gracing the UK cover of THEM OR US, by the way?). As usual, there’s lots of great stuff inside, including interviews with Robert Englund, Rutger Hauer and Simon Oakes – CEO of Hammer Films.
Visit the website to order a copy (click here) or, if you’re in the UK, you can now pick up SCREAM from your nearest branch of FORBIDDEN PLANET.
I’ve just posted my first entry over at Babel Clash – the Borders Scifi blog. It’s about zombies (wouldn’t you know) and why they scare me as much today as they did 25+ years ago when I first watched Night of the Living Dead. Please click here to check it out, and feel free to add to the conversation – it would be great to hear what you think it is about zombies that scares the heck out of so many of us. While you’re there, check out Jonathan Maberry’s post from yesterday about the horror books and movies which have inspired him.
It’s been a busy day today. I’m working flat out on AUTUMN: AFTERMATH right now, but I took time out this afternoon to speak to Ian Berriman from SFX magazine. Ian interviewed me for their forthcoming zombie special (on sale in September). I’ll tell you more about that nearer the time. I think you’ll like what they’ve got planned…
And in other news, the postman delivered issue #5 of SCREAM magazine (with some great features including interviews with Doug Bradley – Pin Head from Hellraiser, and Frank Henenlotter – director of Basket Case, Frankenhooker and various other cult movies I loved watching on VHS back in the day).
And finally, this morning I was asked to blurb the final volume in a hugely popular trilogy of zombie novels. It’s a book many of us thought might never see the light of day, and one I know many of you are looking forward to. Can’t wait to get into that!
Please check out the Babel Clash blog, and come back here tomorrow when another free AUTUMN short will be going online.
The new issue of Scream Magazine dropped through my letterbox this morning. I know I seem to write here about every issue of Scream as soon as it’s released, but there’s a very good reason for that: I think it’s a superb mag. And it’s not just because this issue happens to have an excellent review of HATER on page 37 (thank you chaps!), it’s because Scream is a magazine put together by a team of people who clearly love the horror genre. As with previous issues, there are a wealth of quality features on show here – an interview with John Carpenter, a look at the evolution of Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies, an essay focusing on some of Hammer Films’ more obscure titles, and a retrospective of 3D horror movies to name but a few. Particularly close to my heart, there’s also an article about the Bring Back Classic Horror campaign I blogged about here. Oh, and the mag also just shot up in my estimations because they almost apologised for printing a Twilight picture. How cool is that?
And on the subject of horror movies…
I’ve written before about the great and very active Facebook group – Moody’s Survivors – which was set up by Shawn Riddle. As well as working on their own anthology, raising funds to help a group member replace damaged computer equipment, and discussing the end of the world and the coming zombie apocalypse in unhealthy detail, the group also arranges interviews with authors, artists and filmmakers.
Coming soon, courtesy of group member Ryan Fleming, are interviews with Emily Booth (star of Evil Aliens, Doghouse, and well known UK horror model and presenter) and Kim Poirier (Monica in the 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake). If you have any questions for either of them, head over to the group and submit them or use the contact page on this site to send them to me and I’ll forward them to Ryan.
If it seems as if I’m plugging SCREAM every issue, that’s because I am! It’s a great magazine, and worthy of the support. If you’re after flashy graphics, bog-standard news and reviews, and endless glossy pages full of photographs of vapid celebrities, then you’re probably better off looking elsewhere. But if you’re a real fan of the genre – past, present and future – then you’ll love SCREAM.
This month – an in-depth EVIL DEAD retrospective, a wealth of A SERBIAN FILM coverage (including a fascinating list of all 49 BBFC cuts), and much more.
The second issue of UK horror magazine SCREAM has just been released, and it’s well worth your time. Click here to order a copy. As with issue one, it’s a great read which focuses more on in-depth interviews and articles than most similar mags. This month, there are features on the Zombie Flesh Eaters films, the classic 1931 Frankenstein movie, the new Video Nasties documentary from Jake West and Marc Morris, and Fulci’s The Beyond to name but a few. There’s also a comprehensive round up of October’s Grimm Up North festival.
We hear so much these days about magazines closing down, so it’s fantastic when publishers are able to buck the trend and announce new titles. Readers in the UK can now get their hands on issue 1 of SCREAM magazine – a glossy, bi-monthly mag filled with the latest horror news and reviews.