26 FEB 2015
FILM GUTTER - SLAUGHTERED VOMIT DOLLS (2006)
Well, that was fun...
If you start scanning the internet looking for shocking or extreme films, you're almost certain to stumble across the work of Lucifer Valentine. The Vomit Gore Trilogy in particular, starting here with Slaughtered Vomit Dolls and continuing in ReGOREgitated Sacrifice and Slow Torture Puke Chamber, is notorious for its disturbing content and unique style of presentation
FILMS THAT MATTER - IAN JARVIS ON THE WICKER MAN
The X-rated film certificates of old always sounded far more thrilling than our modern 18 ratings. Adopting a gruff voice and standing on tiptoe, I managed to bluff my way into a local cinema at fourteen to see Don’t Look Now in 1973. The suspicious cashiers asked your age and I found the trick was to claim nineteen; they were always expecting an answer of eighteen. I looked older than my years, but it wasn’t as if they were selling me alcohol or cigarettes - they were simply warping my mind with supposedly adult films. It was a different age and, back then, Twilight would have been rated X.
HORROR AUTHOR INTERVIEW - IAN JARVIS
Ian was born in the north of England, where he worked for three decades as an operational firefighter with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. He has spent the past twenty years in the village of Fairburn, near Selby, where he devotes his time to writing horror, urban fantasy and paranormal mysteries featuring the York-based "white witch" Iona Kyle.
HORROR REVIEW - DREAMWALKER BY RUSSELL JAMES
On its surface, Russell James’s Dreamwalker has it all: voodoo magic, dreamworlds aplenty, a nightmare version of Atlantic City, a horribly evil drug lord, and a love story. The novel follows the adventures of Pete Holm, who is lured from his uncomfortable life of a college student into a world of nightmares fueled by the power of the evil voodoo god Cauquemere. With all those elements, it should’ve worked.
25 feb 2015
THE COWBOYS FROM THE UK, TERRIFYING THE U.S.A.
I stared blankly at an equally blank page of 'word', trying for quite some time to figure out exactly what to say about what I have just been reading and seeing. The problem as I see it is that there's been an error in my life to date. I recently became a film reviewer here at 'The Ginger Nuts of Horror' website, and an assignment which came my way was to review 'Dead Still', a SyFy channel offering from The Booth Brothers. It stars Ben Browder and Ray Wise, two names I was familiar with and liked the work of, so all was well.
HORROR INTERVIEW - THE BOOTH BROTHERS
The metal banding on a Stetson catching sunlight, giving a halo effect to the gentleman wearing it, making him look every bit the Saint that his moniker declares him to be. By his side a Bandana is keeping a rock-star mane under control and away from the viewfinder of a state of the art movie camera. They look for the whole world like the next incarnation of Guns 'n' Roses but are in fact identical twin horror impresarios The Booth Brothers.
HORROR REVIEW- ABRAM'S BRIDGE BY GLENN ROLFE
Abram’s Bridge is not your typical ghost story. It’s a story that is so well written, it doesn’t have to rely on gore and heaps of bad language to get its point across. From the minute the story begins, readers feel invested in the characters and want to get to the bottom of the story. Lil Ron wants to escape his horrible home life, Sweet Kate is a ghost who needs answers to be able to move on from this life to the next, and personally, I couldn’t wait to find out how the story played out.
23 feb 2015
HORROR AUTHOR INTERVIEW - KEITH C. BLACKMORE
Keith believes that at this stage, not many folks would really want to know about him. And that most people visiting here will probably be family or friends or folks stumbling onto the site by accident.
So, he shall remain a mystery.
MONKEY'S BOX OF HORRORS - BY MATT KURTZ
In Monkey’s Box of Horrors - Tales of Terror: Volume 1 (a title I will only type out once in this review and heretofore refer to as MBH), we are treated to the dark imaginings of Matt Kurtz, who definitely knows how to describe a horrific scene. He’s got a talent for keeping you reading and his stories are anything but subtle. Some of the stories evoke childhood fears, such as The Man and Within the Closet, while others go further afield into invasive alien horrors: Piggyback and Finger Cuffs.
HORROR FILM REVIEW - JESSABELLE (2014)
Jessabelle concerns the young woman of the title, who, following a tragic accident that kills her fiancé, returns to stay with her taciturn father while she regains the use of her legs. Temporarily confined to using a wheelchair, it's not long before the spectres of the past (both real and possibly imagined) come a-haunting...
19 FEB 2015
FILM GUTTER - CUTTING MOMENTS (1997)
Welcome back to Film Gutter, and today it's a quick and refreshing dip in the putrescent waters at the very limits of cinema, as we're looking at a short film this time around. There are a few others we'll be coming to in the coming weeks, but today's offering is Douglas Buck's Cutting Moments, a very shocking slice of suburbia that pays a grisly homage to Blue Velvet in tone and style. Despite the runtime of just 25 minutes, I was really surprised just how went into this film and how much I was left wondering about in the finale.
HORROR FICTION REVIEW - AT HELLS GATE 2 : ORIGINS OF EVIL
What do you get when you put together a horror anthology that contains stories from some of the world’s best authors? You get a great value that is a hell of a lot of fun to read. Mark Tufo, Kit Power, Paul Mannering, Ian McClellan and more come together to raise money for charity and this is one collection you should not miss.
FILM REVIEW - COHERENCE (2013)
On the night a comet is due to pass close to Earth, four couples gather at one of their homes for a dinner party. These people all know each other, are friends for the most part, though it's clear early on there are underlying tensions, secrets and wavering loyalties.
OUT NOW - TORMENTOR BY WILLIAM MEIKLE
This story isn't really about me.
On the Isle of Skye, near the community of Dunvegan, sits a rustic old one-bedroom home, waiting for a new tenant. It seems like the perfect opportunity for Jim Greenwood to escape the hectic London city life—a place to move on from tragedy.
This is the story of a house
THE LIFE OF A BOOK : THE LIFE OF A SMALL HORROR PRESS
Once upon a time I was a little girl reading Cyndy and the Lighthouse, but then I grew up a little, and thanks to my Dad's love of old Universal horror movies, I spent Saturday nights tucked under a blankie on the sofa, watching those films with a bag of chips and a bottle of Tango. Whilst my sister and friend Tracey hid under the blanket, I revelled in the delights on the screen. Thus, my love of horror was born.
TWICE UPON A TIME
Fairytales don’t always happen once upon a time. Fables don’t always have a happy ending. Sometimes the stories we love are too dark for nightmares. What if waking Sleeping Beauty was the worse thing the Prince could have done? What if Rapunzel wasn't in that tower for her own protection
HORROR AUTHOR INTERVIEW - CHANTAL NOORDELOOS
Chantal Noordeloos' short story collection 'Deeply Twisted' ended up with two entries in Kit Power's best of 2014 reads list, including best flash piece for 'A Taste Of Darkness'. Chantal kindly agreed to sit down with Kit for an in-depth interview, discussing in depth how this collection was formed. This discussion is spoiler free, but familiarity with the collection will probably enhance your reading experience (also, it's really good, so treat yourself).
LATEST POSTS - 17 FEB 2015
Horror Author Interview - Matt Shaw
Matt Shaw started writing when he was 25 years old. Always of a creative mind he originally wanted to be a filmmaker but the dream faded, like the dreams of so many other people, when the harsh reality of 'needing to earn a living' got in the way.
Now in his thirties Shaw has written over 40 publications and now started turning his stories into films (starting with MENU). His goal is to release a new book every few months and one film a year...
Hardworking, determined and looking forward to plaguing your nightmares
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Do As I Say Not As I Do – Some Hypocritical Advice On Writing Episodic Fiction
To coincide with the launch of his new serialised novel The Quarantined City, Ginger Nuts of Horror welcomes James Everington the author of The Shelter and Falling Down. James is one the rising stars of the UK genre scene. James joins us today for a guest post where he gives us some "Hypocritical advice".
I’m sure you’ve all read columns like this before, where some author you’ve likely never heard of offers advice about the best way to write. And I’m sure some of you have had the same nagging thought as I have: does the author really do all these things? All the time?
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HIGH MOOR BY GRAEME REYNOLDS AND CHRIS BARNES AUDIOBOOK REVIEW
High Moor is a complex, tightly plotted werewolf story, split between 1986 and the present day. The narrative follows a group of children living in the town of High Moor during what proves to be a very eventful summer, before pivoting to the here and now for the conclusion.
The children of High Moor are incredibly well realised – well rounded, pleasingly un-PC and just the right side of amoral.
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Horror Film Review - Deliver Us From Evil
Based on the supposedly true experiences by New York police officer, Ralph Sarchie (make of that what you will), Deliver Us From Evil follows Eric Bana as the detective himself, who seems to have a knack of knowing which of the dispatch calls will result in violence, no matter the innocuous nature of the incident. His partner dubs this his 'Radar'. When one of these calls leads them to a seemingly 'simple' case of domestic violence, it kicks of a spiral of events that increasingly leads to three ex-US Marines and their encounter with something terrible in the wilds of Iraq...
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16 FEB 2015
FILM REVIEW - HORNS
Blamed for the brutal murder of his girlfriend, a man wakes up one day to discover he’s grown horns. Along with the horns, he gains some pretty impressive, if not disturbing powers that make people tell him exactly what they’re thinking. The people the man with the horns comes into contact with tell him the truth and later, don’t remember any of it.
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) stars as Ig Perrish, the man accused of killing his girlfriend, Merrin, played by Juno Temple. Max Minghella plays Ig’s best friend and attorney, Lee Tourneau and Joe Anderson plays his drug-addicted, musician brother, Terry.
HORROR AUTHOR INTERVIEW - DAVID BERNSTEIN
David is originally from a small town in upstate New York called Salisbury Mills. He now resides in NYC and misses being surrounded by chainsaw-wielding maniacs and wild backwoods people who like to eat human flesh. He’s grown used to the city, though hiding bodies is much harder there.
HORROR FICTION REVIEW - A DARK AND WINDING ROAD BY MATTHEW WEBER
Matthew Weber’s A Dark and Winding Road is a collection of eleven short horror stories set below America’s Mason-Dixon line. Several take place in the town of Trapper Valley, a place one might call the Derry of the Deep South.
Good short stories are like a slap in the face: something snappy to get your attention. A short story happens to you. A novel’s more like a dance: you go along with the writer, let him lead you where he wants you to go.
HORROR FICTION REVIEW - Shade City: The Dead Side Blues
Dante Butcher lives in LA. He owns a pocket watch he bought in an antique shop. The watch is the conduit that Violet uses to communicate with Dante from the “dead side”. She died when she was 12 years old. Dante has always had a knack for detecting shadows – or shades – spirits that are possessing the living that have come from the dead side. Getting help from Violet, he trawls the clubs at night seeking out shades to banish back home.
12 FEB 2015
FILM GUTTER - GUTTERBALLS (2008)
Where to start with this one? Gutterballs is a film loaded with sleaze, peppered with genuinely shocking scenes and also sprinkled with a large dose of comedy. The closest I can come to surmising this movie is to say it's Last House on the Left meets Kingpin. Yes, you heard me right.
Gutterballs has the look and feel throughout of an 80s comedy, ably assisted by a superb rock soundtrack that often put a smile on my face. The entire film is set in a bowling alley, after hours, where two rival teams bowl each night under the watchful stare of the abrasive alley owner. This rivalry appears to be pretty innocent at first, but soon enough takes a darker twist when Lisa drops a bowling ball on the foot of the creepy leader of the 'jock' team, Steve.
HORROR AUTHOR INTERVIEW - CRAIG CAUDILL
Craig Blends many genres with his Sardonic humor Never shy to be dismal he never fails to destroy "types" he loves flawed characters not bigger than life people.
having been published in several literary journals he returns to his original love of speculative fiction. he lives with his wife of 13 years in Fort Mitchell Ky. he is currently working on novels
HORROR FICTION REVIEW - WALLED IN BY DAVID OWAIN HUGHES
It's always a tough thing to read and critique something written by a friend, or, at the very least, someone you know and like. I try to be as honest as possible while also bearing in mind the fact that the author might feel stung by any seemingly 'negative' comments. I'd temper this by saying that if the feedback is genuinely meant, the 'negative' comments should serve to highlight possible areas for improvement and in effect, make the author a 'better writer' (bearing in mind the subjective nature of much of this).
HORROR NEWS - ANATHEMA - MANKIND'S END IS NEAR
Vacant streets, boarded and lifeless. Nothing stirs for miles around except overgrown plant life, litter and a sharp breeze. A barren, unmaintained reminder of an extinguished era.
The silence is shattered by hollering and crippling screams. A pack of, once upstanding people, brutalize a smaller group, throwing them into the street. The fight is over in minutes as the feral beasts batter the smaller group to submission.
HORROR NEWS - GORY GRADUATION
The class of 2015 used to have good heads on their shoulders!
One week prior to their high school graduation, a group of students are given the task of decorating the school gymnasium for the upcoming ceremony. While some are more than happy to help, others aren't too keen with having to give up a Saturday evening.