Very pleased to announce that I’ll be appearing (virtually) at my friend Joseph Freeman‘s MIDSUMMER MACABRE event alongside Peter Atkins, Tim Lebbon, Alison Moore, and Joseph himself. It takes place online from 1pm UK time on Saturday 25 June.
I chose one of my foulest, seediest short stories to read (it’s one from THE LAST BIG THING collection, if you’re interested), and recorded it in an empty attic a couple of months back. It’s a suitably grubby, audio-visual treat! ivermectin anemia
As well as Matt and myself, the book includes stories by Tim Lebbon, Shaun Hutson, Ryan C. Thomas, Jeremy Bates, Guy N. Smith, Matthew Stokoe, Justin Woodward, Gary McMahon, Rich Hawkins and Jim Goforth. The book is being published to complement Matt’s second movie, also called NEXT DOOR, which is due for release in 2020.
I’m sure you know Tim. He’s a very prolific, very approachable writer whose written many original novels as well as TV and movie tie-in books (including STAR WARS, ALIEN and FIREFLY). I’d known him for a while through social media then met him in person for the first time at a horror convention in Birmingham in February last year. We were table-neighbours for a very enjoyable weekend and, as is the done thing, we book-swapped at the end of the event. He went home with a copy of HATER, and I chose THE SILENCE.
I’d long known that a film adaptation of Tim’s book was in development, and we talked quite a bit about it over the weekend. Fast-forward a few weeks and I was on holiday. I devoured THE SILENCE (and thoroughly enjoyed it) in the space of a few short hours at the poolside. I was really interested to see how the film adaptation stacked up. Jump forward in time again until April this year, and THE SILENCE appeared on NETFLIX accompanied by a huge wave of publicity.
I’ve been stung by having one of my books adapted into a less-than-satisfactory movie, and I’m always nervous for fellow writers I know when films of their works are in the pipeline. So how did THE SILENCE stack up?
When the world is under attack from terrifying creatures who hunt their human prey by sound, 16-year old Ally Andrews (Kiernan Shipka), who lost her hearing at 13, and her family seek refuge in a remote haven.
Here’s one which doesn’t need any recommendation from me, but I wanted to comment on it anyway. I first read Josh Malerman’sBIRD BOX several years ago. My friends at THIS IS HORROR sent me a copy of the chapbook they’d published by Malerman, THE HOUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF A LAKE, and I was really taken by it. Having been aware of the buzz surrounding BIRD BOX, and the fact it was being adapted for film, I picked a copy up and was seriously impressed. Fast-forward a few years, and the Netflix movie adaptation of BIRD BOX is proving to be incredibly successful.
Unless you’ve been living in a house with the windows covered and have been blindfolded every time you’ve dared step outside your front door, you probably know what it’s about by now. If not, here’s a synopsis and the movie trailer:
Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a mother and her two children make a desperate bid to reach safety.
A quick post to tell you about a couple of events which are coming up. On 24 and 25 February I’ll be heading back to Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham, for the BIRMINGHAM HORROR CON. It’s always a pleasure to take part in a hometown event, and this time I have the honour of signing alongside such horror luminaries as Simon Clarke and Tim Lebbon. I’m very much looking forward to it, and I hope some of you are able to make it to pick up a copy of ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING, YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE and more. Tickets are available here and you can find out more about the event on Facebook.
And on 30 June I’ll be heading to London for my first convention in the capital since, I think, 2009. The LONDON HORROR CON is another show from Vic Wright and the Horrorcon team, so you know it’ll be a blast. The event takes place on 30 June and 1 July at Printworks London, Surrey Quays Road. Tickets are here, and more details are here and here.
Remember THE BLEED series that I wrote with Mark Tufo and Chris Philbrook? It was a wild, wild, wild, wild set of books that ended up going to places I don't think any of the three of us expected. A huge amount of fun to write (and read).If you missed it and you're in the US, you're in luck. Until tomorrow, Audible have book one - RUPTURE - on offer as part of their End of Summer Sale.www.audible.com/ep/end-of-summer-sale... See MoreSee Less
Just posted this to the group itself, buuuuut:To celebrate my birthday, and to celebrate the Ringfamily (fan club) group here approaching the 1,000 member mark, I'm going to do a giveaway.Three prizes are available, and once we hit 1k members, I'll use a random number generator to pick three winners. All members of the group who have posted, or commented within the prior 30 days of the group hitting 1k will be eligible to win. Lurkers, get off your ass. plz & tyvm.(All prize packages can be swapped for a 1 hour Facebook messenger video chat with me, so... that's an option.)Pack One: Tesser: A Dragon Among Us, Ambryn & the Cheaters of Death, and The Bleed: Rupture (by Mark Tufo, David Moody & myself). Pack Two: Adrian's Undead Diary books 1, 2 and 3 (Dark Recollections, Alone No More, & Midnight), plus an AUD bumper sticker.Pack Three: The Darkness of Diggory Finch books 1 and 2, plus the full swag pack: 2x bumper stickers, 2x bookmarks, plus a solid metal Coin of the Twelve.Anyone, anywhere in the world can win.So make sure you've posted, commented, and to help us get to 1k faster, give a heads up to friends who might actually enjoy the group, and please make sure they'll want to be here. Let's now open the doors and invite people who won't have a good time, yeah?Good luck, and thank you all so, so much.If you're needing a link to the group: #Ringfamily - Fans of author Chris PhilbrookThank you all so much! ... See MoreSee Less