Well the new book has been out a few days and, as I expected, it’s polarising opinion (as have the other books in the series, to be fair). Some folks hated CHOKEHOLD (sorry, Starburst), while others really, really liked it – many thanks to Max at Geeks of Doom for his great review.
CHOKEHOLD is just as the name suggests: a story that viciously grabs ahold of you and will not let go, no matter how much you struggle. It is cutthroat, relentless, and — trust me when I say this — shockingly inspiring.
I had the pleasure of chatting to Jason Henderson at the Castle of Horror about the novel yesterday, and you can hear our conversation here:
All joking apart, the reason for the title of this post is quite straightforward. I don’t write the prettiest of books, and I don’t shirk away from taking my stories down grim pathways if they need it. In the case of CHOKEHOLD, much of it is necessarily bleak. I hope that readers will find some positives from the conclusion of Matt Dunne’s story. I think this final chapter is surprisingly uplifting and it sets the tone nicely for THEM OR US.
What do you think? Have you had chance to read CHOKEHOLD yet? I’d love to know what you think.
The collision of great things? DEAD TOWN, alongside a whole host of other movies, TV shows and exclusive premiers, will be shown at the STARBURST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. There’s some incredible stuff showing and many special guests. More info at www.starburstfilmfest.co.uk.
And here, for your viewing pleasure, is episode one of DEAD TOWN:
A few folk have asked the question recently, so it’s good to be able to confirm that signed copies of TRUST – my anti-science-fiction novel – are now back in stock. This is the book that relaunched Infected Books back in 2012 – the book that Starburst Magazine rated as 10/10 and said “Trust is a slow-burner and all the richer for it. The layers of characters and details of the story play out perfectly when matched with an ending you’re not likely to forget. It’s also an outstanding novel, delivers in more ways than one, and is worthy of a place on the discerning fan’s bookshelf.”
Hello all. I was hoping to tease you with announcements about a couple of new projects this week, but for various reasons I’m holding off a short while longer. As it stands I hope to be able to tell you about new stories/books next week, and I hope you’ll be pleased. I’m very excited. In the meantime, I thought I’d use this opportunity to pimp the new issues of two of my favourite genre magazines.
Issue 10 of SCREAM is now out. I post about this mag every time they release an issue and I stand by my assertion that it’s a publication made by real horror fans, for horror fans. This issue’s highlights include interviews with Howard J Ford, one of the brothers behind THE DEAD (which I wrote about here), special effects genius Alec Gillis, and legendary 2000 A.D. co-creator Pat Mills. Also, magazine subscribers can enter to win one of five signed copies of HATER. Click here for more details.
I posted about my love for STARBURST back in February, and this week issue 376 dropped through my letter box. It’s great to see it back on the shelves and in such good shape, and this month I geeked myself out by achieving my long-held ambition of actually appearing in the mag. I wish I could hop back in time thirty-odd years and show this issue to the nerdy, snotty-nosed, overweight, ten year-old me. See, Dave, I’d tell myself, ignore all the kids who take the piss. Stick with your STAR WARS and horror film addictions – you’ll do okay in the end.
Right. Have a good weekend. Be back here next week if you want to hear about a couple of new releases.
Obviously, as I pinched the term post-post-apocalypse from the recent Kirkus review, the piece ties in to the release of AUTUMN: AFTERMATH next week. I was fantastically pleased to read another excellent review of AFTERMATH, this time courtesy of STARBURST: “The last few chapters are the greatest yet, and the questions posed stay with you long after the book has been put down… British horror at its absolute best.”
I cannot wait for you all to be able to read this book.