<![CDATA[Ginger Nuts of Horror - NEWS]]>Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:50:30 +0100Weebly<![CDATA[SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE DREAMING MAN, OUT NOW.]]>Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:11:54 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/sherlock-holmes-the-dreaming-man-out-now
Willie Meikle's new  Sherlock Holmes novel, The Dreaming Man  from Gryphonwood Press is now available for your reading pleasure.  Available in book paperback and e-book The Dreaming Man is a novel length expansion to his earlier novella Revenant, with a fabulous new cover from the talented Wayne Miller.  

After being called to help Mycroft with a case in the House of Lords, our duo find themselves on the run, pursued by the law and beset by a foe who cannot be traced.

The clues lead Holmes and Watson to an alchemist in Scotland, and deeper mysteries where they find their case linked to the quest for immortality, and a plot that might bring down the British Empire.

But even as the case appears to reach a conclusion, a series of seemingly unrelated robberies proves that the matter is larger – and more personal – than even the great detective can imagine.
A dreaming man, lost in a fugue, leads them down dark passages, through the streets of London – and underneath them.

Soon Holmes’ brother, Mycroft has to become involved, and the details of a fiendish plot become clearer when Mycroft is abducted.

A friend is lost and found again, an old enemy resurfaces and Holmes must walk perilous paths for a second time.

A fall is coming, a fall that has haunted Holmes’ dreams, and now must be faced again, in the place where past and present become one, and two old foes meet for a final battle.

                                                  You can read a sample  here 

Meikle’s authorial voice is a thing of wonder as you find yourself drawn into the story and racing along after clues with Holmes and Dr. Watson, sometimes losing sight of the fact that this is a horror/armchair mystery mashup created by William Meikle and not one of Doyle’s own creations. – Hellnotes
<![CDATA[XX: UK DVD RELEASE 8TH MAY 2017]]>Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:51:59 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/xx-uk-dvd-release-8th-may-2017
XX is a new all-female helmed horror anthology featuring four dark tales written and directed by four fiercely talented women:
  • ̈  Annie Clark (St. Vincent) rocks her directorial debut with “The Birthday Party”
  • ̈  Karyn Kusama (The Invitation, Girlfight) exorcises “Her Only Living Son”
  • ̈  Roxanne Benjamin (Southbound) screams “Don’t Fall”
  • ̈  Jovanka Vuckovic (The Captured Bird) dares to open “The Box”

  • Award-winning animator Sofia Carrillo (La Casa Triste) wraps together four suspsnseful stories of terror, featuring a cast including Natalie Brown, Malanie Lynskey, Breeda Wool and Christina Kirk. 

XX is a new horror anthology featuring four murderous tales of supernatural frights, thrills, profound anxiety, and Gothic decay. Written and directed by four fiercely talented women the film stars female leads and is framed around innovative animator Sofia Carrillo. Vigorously challenging the status quo within the industry, this collection of tightly coiled short films by some of horror’s most influential women offers a refreshing jolt to the senses.
“Wildly entertaining cinema.”
Bloody Disgusting
“Rich, interesting, and rife with surprisingly fresh perspectives on the genre.”
“A ghoulish chronicle of the monstrous, the mysterious, and the morbid”
Paste Magazine 

Special features: Director interviews Genre: Horror
Language: English
Runtime: 78 mins (approx.) 

RRP: £12.99
Cat no: SODA369 

<![CDATA[EXCLUSIVE COVER REVEAL:DEATH BY PAUL KANE]]>Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:02:58 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/exclusive-cover-revealdeath-by-paul-kane
Hot on the heels of The Sinister Horror Company's cover reveal of Jonathan Butcher's new novella last week, Ginger Nuts of Horror is honoured to bring you another exclusive cover reveal for their latest acquisition, Paul Kane's brand new collection Death.  

Paul Kane is the award-winning and bestselling author of many books, including the Arrowhead Trilogy, The Gemini Factor, The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy and The Butterfly Man and Other Stories. He is the co-editor of Hellbound Hearts, The Mammoth Book of Body Horror and the forthcoming Beyond Rue Morgue from Titan. His work has been optioned for film and television and his story ‘Dead Time’ was adapted as New Year’s Day for the NBC show Fear Itself by Steve ’30 Days of Night’ Niles, directed by Darren ‘SAW II-IV’ Lynn Bousman and starring The Sorority’s Briana Evigan, Glee’s Corey Monteith and Watchmen’s Niall Matter. His website, Shadow Writer, has featured Guest Writers such as Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Charlaine Harris and Robert Kirkman. 

Continue reading to find out more about this exciting collection, and the exclusive cover reveal....
The Sinister Horror company is proud to announce that that they are publishing Death, an exclusive story collection by Paul Kane, with the official release coinciding with Edge Lit 6 (15th July 2017).

One man seeks desperately to understand what lies beyond, by searching for a particular face – while another returns to fight crime in his old city. Someone at the end of their tether contemplates the many ways in which to end it all, even as someone else defies all the laws of nature to come back from the grave. And as a deadly disease threatens to wipe out the population, four legendary figures meet for a final drink in a pub at the end of the world… It’s a subject not many of us want to talk about, but will all have to face at some point, and the characters in this very special collection do so in various ways: whether be as a person, a choice, or even as revenge. So join award-winning and bestselling author Paul Kane (Monsters, Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell) as he takes a look at Death from every angle. 

Death also includes the script for the play version of ‘One for the Road’, an introduction from the author of The Beauty of Murder and Jonathan Dark or The Evidence of Ghosts, A.K. Benedict, and a stunning cover by legendary artist Les Edwards, this is one book you’ve all been dying for.
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On writing the stories, Paul says:

“Death is quite an important and central, if terrifying, subject with regards to horror or genre fiction. With regards to being human, in fact. And with these stories I wanted to explore some of the many different aspects of Death, whether that’s as a concept or as a physical representation. Looking back, I realised I’d written about it a lot anyway in the last two decades, from one of my earliest tales – 2001’s ‘The Face of Death’  – right up to ‘One for the Road’, which I’d just turned into a play…the script of which you’ll also find in this collection for the first time. So, it was just a case of gathering these together, and adding some new stories to the mix: one a superhero take on the notion, which I thoroughly enjoyed writing, the other revolving around the world’s greatest assassin. The stories included cover a fair range, including a sequel to Poe’s ‘The Masque of the Red Death’ and my novella ‘The Lazarus Condition’, which comes at things from the other side of the equation. I’m delighted that it’s found a home with Dan and Justin at Sinister, and it’s been an absolute delight to work with them over the last few months. I’m equally delighted that the legend that is Les Edwards has let us use his artwork for the cover, and that the hugely talented A.K. Benedict is kindly providing the introduction. All in all, I think this one will be quite a special book indeed.” 

The Sinister Horror Company is an independent UK publisher of genre fiction. Their mission a simple one – to write, publish and launch innovative and exciting genre fiction by themselves and others.
For further information visit The Sinister Horror Company  and for more information on Paul Kane visit his website Shadow Writer, for more information on Les Edwards visit his website here. 
<![CDATA[EXCLUSIVE COVER REVEAL: WHAT GOOD GIRLS DO BY JONATHAN BUTCHER ]]>Thu, 13 Apr 2017 06:04:42 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/exclusive-cover-reveal-what-good-girls-do-by-jonathan-butcher
I like to think of Ginger Nuts of Horror as a family, and like a big papa bear I get a warm feeling when one of the family gets a big break such as when Jonathan Butcher gets a great publishing deal. Jonathan's latest novella has been snapped up by The Sinister Horror Company, who are one of the finest and most upstanding of the new breed of horror publishers.  They produce great books, treat their authors with the utmost respect, and are a bunch of great guys, who support the genre as a whole with a passion that is inspiring and infectious.  When they asked if I would like to reveal the cover for Jonathan's new book I almost snapped their fingers off with excitement.  

But who is Jonathan? I hear you ask, well Jonathan Butcher authors strange and varied horror tales and loves to push boundaries. His work has been published by the Sinister Horror Company, Great British Horror, Burdizzo Books, Eyecue Productions, Dynatox Ministries, Quantum Corsets, and a big ol’ swathe of magazines and websites.

He earns his crust as a freelance copywriter/proofreader/wordhead, screams nihilistic hell-filth for the band Vomit Coffin, and lurks in Birmingham, UK.

Find him here: www.facebook.com/jonathanbutcherauthor

Read on for the cover reveal and more about the book.  
She lives with no name.
She has never left her room.
All she has ever known is pain and abuse.
Until now.
Today, she will breathe fresh air for the first time, feel sunshine against her skin and even witness human kindness.
But she has a point to make – a bleak, violent point – and when she meets her neighbour, Serenity, she finds the perfect pupil.
Forced to endure a lesson distilled from a nightmarish existence, Serenity must face unflinching evil, witness the unspeakable, and question her most deeply-held views, until at last she has no choice but to fight for her family’s survival.
Jonathan has this to say about the book:
“I wrote What Good Girls Do out of compulsion. I’ve known too many people who have been terribly hurt by those close to them to pretend that “evil” doesn’t exist, but while “evil” is spiteful and cruel, it is also commonplace. Humanity’s worst acts are perpetrated just as often by our neighbours, our friends and our families as they are by serial killers and dictators. “Evil” is mundane and omni-present, and What Good Girls Do is my recognition of that.”
The cover was created by a concept from Jonathan, photography by Sian Jansen-Bowen, and layout and graphic design wizardry by SHC logo designer Vincent Hunt.
<![CDATA[CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: THE DEAD OF NIGHT FILM FESTIVAL]]>Wed, 12 Apr 2017 06:53:51 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/call-for-submissions-the-dead-of-night-film-festival
The Dead of Night Film Festival
An International Horror Film Festival 20-21
st October 2017 

We want your horror trailers, short and feature length movies. Submit now exclusively on FilmFreeway. Click below for all the details.


The Dead of Night Film Festival comes to you on the 20th & 21st October 2017 and is a new addition to the ever growing International horror film festival circuit. The objective of our festival is to bring new independent horror short and feature films to the genre loving public of the seaside town of Southport, England. The festival is brought to you from the creative team behind the award winning festive horror movie 'Good Tidings' and will be apart of this years Spookport festivities this HALLOWEEN. Making this festival truly special is our venue, the beautiful The Atkinson Theatre. So rest assured this festival is made for horror fans by horror fans.

We want audiences to have the same experience they get when watching their favourite larger budget movies, an experience in our eyes that every movie should have, screened on the big screen.
It can be hard for Independent filmmakers to get theatrical releases for their movies and we want to help get them the audiences they deserve. It's such an important part of independent cinema and is the best way to get their movies seen around the globe.

The film festival will screen 8 short and 8 feature films within the genre bracket, there'll be special guests and a whole lot more fun over this two day extravaganza.

Submit your films, become a vendor or join us as a guest in October 2017.


Best Feature Best Short Best Director Best Trailer

Guest Judges:

Nicholas Vince:

Actor Nicholas Vince played The Chatterer Cenobite in Clive Barker's Hellraiser & Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Kinski in Barker's Nightbreed. In 2016 he was awarded the London Horror Society Award for Outstanding Contribution to UK Independent Horror and is Patron of the London Horror Festival.

Recently, he starred in the independent feature film, Hollower(dir. MJ Dixon), and numerous short films including the award winning Mindless (dir. Katie Bonham). He wrote and directed the short film, The Night Whispered, which screened in the UK, USA and France and he is in pre-production on two short films.

His two collections of short stories, What Monsters Do and Other People's Darkness are both available on amazon sites. In the 1990's he wrote comics for Marvel, some of which are included in the Marvel Frontier Collection.

On his popular YouTube show and iTunes podcast, Chattering With Nicholas Vince, he interviews independent film makers, writers and artists. 

<![CDATA[SCI-FI-LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2017 LAUNCHES ITS LANDING IN LONDON ON 27th APRIL – 6th MAY]]>Mon, 10 Apr 2017 23:00:00 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/sci-fi-london-film-festival-2017-launches-its-landing-in-london-on-27th-april-6th-may
The SCI-FI-LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2017 launches its astronomical 17th annual programme which will run from the 27th April until the 6th May 2017 across London with ten days of amazing film, live music, immersive experiences and more. It will showcase a fantastic lineup with 6 world film premieres, 13 UK film premieres, 11 world short premieres and 13 UK short premieres. It will host 25 features, 51 shorts and 4 VR shorts alongside its regular classic cult events such as the 48 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE and SCI-FIDO, the world’s only cosplay for dogs!

read on for full details...
Opening this year’s festival on the 27th April at the Rich Mix is the UK Premiere of Caught – a film that returns us to the great days of British Science fiction, directed by Jamie Patterson (Fractured), written and produced by Alex Francis (Moon) and starring April Pearson, Mickey Sumner and Cian Berry. It’s the story of a ‘work-from-home’ journalist couple who invite a man and woman, called Mr & Mrs Blair, into their idyllic village home. But what begins with an informal interview descends into a nightmarish fight for survival.

The festival’s Closing Night on the 6th May at Stratford Picturehouse is the World Premiere of The Rizen  directed by Matt Mitchell and Taliesyn Mitchell and starring Lee Latchford-Evans, Laura Swift, Tom Goodman-Hill, Adrian Edmondson and Sally Phillips. The year is 1955. NATO and the Allied Forces have been conducting secret, occult experiments in a bid to win the Arms Race. Now, they have finally succeeded but what the Army has unleashed threatens to tear our world apart. One woman must lead the only survivors past horrors that the military has no way to control - and fight to close what should never have been opened.

This year we’ve teamed up with the Science Museum and their fantastic blockbuster Robots exhibition, to present a movie double-bill focusing on the world of artificial intelligence with A.I. AND Ex Machina.
Special events don’t stop there. Screenwriter Darren Rapier and SCI-FI-LONDON’s Louis Savy will be hosting a Sci-fi SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP: ROBOTS & ROCKETS at the BFI on Sunday 30th April 10.30am. It will take you through the process of creating a low-budget sci-fi screenplay, and provide a practical guide on how to choose the best ideas, then work them into a pitch, synopsis and script.
The festival will host electronic live music event from the future with KRAUTWERK at London’s Moth Club and Ramsgate Music Hall on the 5th and 6th May. SCI-FI-LONDON in association with PsychFI, Bad Vibrations and Snap Crackle & Pop are delighted to bring together one of the most exciting music collaborations in recent years. For the first time, Eberhard Kranemann (Piss Off, Kraftwerk, Neu) and Harald Grosskopf (Synthesist, Ash Ra Tempel, Klaus Shulze) will transmit live their cosmic sonic visions of TODAY, TOMORROW & BEYOND.

SCI-FIDO – THE WORLD’S ONLY COSPLAY FOR DOGS EVENT returns again this year on Sat 29th April at Juju’s Bar, The Old Truman Brewery in association with ALL DOGS MATTER for the Crufts of Science fiction! Do you have a four-legged friend who likes to dress up as a sci-fi character? Or a pooch that looks like Princess Leia? Bring them along to our ‘dressed-up dog’ photo session!

will play out on Mon 1st May catering for our trumpocalyptic and brexited, post post-modern lives. Maybe the robots should rule?! But what if the malaise gets to them too? Who wants to work to survive when we have such wonderful technology at our fingertips? SCI-FI-LONDON and PsychFI have produced an immersive experience in VR to give you a taste of how our robot friends cope with their utopia. Developed by leading VR house, beLoudest, the experience will be available on IoS and Android for all good smartphones and will work in your lovely Google Cardboard or headset of choice.

Augmented, virtual, enhanced, trans or multimedia – it’s ‘mixed up’.  A few brands have led the way - adding a VR thing here, an AR thing there – but does it really make any difference and does this usual corporate approach get to the audience in a way that makes them care? #HACKSTOCK: BEYOND 2017 on the 5th and 6th May at The Trampery in Old St is our answer – bringing creators, makers, disrupters, artists, musicians, hackers, developers and you together in one place to talk it, think it, do it and play with it. And it’s Free! We have every flavour of headset - from cardboard to HoloLens and a myriad of other toys to play with. Our discussions are around the Talkaoke table. It’s informal, organic and not as arsey as this sounds! Like looking at the ocean, you think you know all about it... but underneath the surface there is a whole ecosystem we have hardly explored.
Other major Film Premiere Galas this year include the UK Premiere of BLUE WORLD ORDER directed by Ché Baker and Dallas Bland, starring Billy Zane, Stephen Hunter, Bruce Spence, Jack Thompson. The film is set in a post-apocalyptic world in which civilisation has crumbled. A massive electromagnetic pulse has killed all children on the planet, with the exception of Molly (Billie Rutherford), the daughter of Jake Slater (Jake Ryan). Mad Max meets Star Wars? With a car chase in the desert by 7 DeLoreans this will hopefully be a reference for other films of the future. 

Celebrating its World Premiere, FLORA is a brilliant début for director Sasha Louis Vukovic, whose excellent cast deliver a refreshing take on the ‘monster-in-the-woods’ canon. Set in the spring of 1929 near the end of a golden age of exploration, an expedition of Ivy League University Botanists enter an uncharted forest on the North American frontier. Tasked to study the native flora, the students unearth a deadly organism and are soon in a fight with nature itself.
NEIL STRYKER AND THE TYRANT OF TIME Directed by Rob Taylor and starring David Ogden Stiers, Rob Taylor and Walter Koenig, this is a cult film in the making. Set in a future time, Neil Stryker is a hardened Elite Forces agent famous for hunting and capturing his former mentor and villainous time-traveller, ‘The Mad Scientist’. Following a magnificent escape, the Mad Scientist rains down chaos on the city in a quest for revenge. Stryker must now race through time and do battle with goblins, robots, and ten-foot killer penguins in order to save the world and rescue his son from the clutches of his infamous former mentor. This sci-fi/comedy feature is a 1980s throwback where every set, every effect, every puppet was crafted by dedicated artists, some of whom might get time off for good behaviour!

Other World Premieres include YESTERDAY LAST YEAR directed by Jeff Hanley and written by Adam Bradley, this is a brilliant debut on time travel with lots of loopholes and paradoxes. SUBLIMATE, directed by Roger Armstrong and John Hickman, is based on a short film made for the SFL 48hr Challenge and is a beautiful, raw, unflinching, nihilistic satire on twenty first century life – a tale of idiocy, delusion and obsession. LOVE AND SAUCERS, directed by Brad Abrahams, is a documentary exploring issues of time, space and fractured identity.

UNSPEAKABLE HORRORS: THE PLAN 9 CONSPIRACY, directed by Jose Prendes, is a docu-film focussed on Ed Wood who unleashed PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE in 1959 to an audience not yet ready to look beyond the limitations of budget to what was really being said in the film. The film received a remarkable amount of backlash that, not only ruined many a career (including Eddie's), but gained the film the unwanted prize of 'Worst Movie Ever Made'. This film attempts to set the record straight by highlighting the unspeakable horrors that Ed Wood was trying to shed a light on with the help of some of the genre's best and brightest inducing: Joe Dante, Mick Garris, Fred Olen Ray, Brian Yuzna, and Larry Kraszewski and Scott Alexander (who wrote Tim Burton's ED WOOD), among many others. “Remember, my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future” Criswell.

Other UK Premieres include: SPACE DETECTIVE directed by Antonio Llapur featuring galactic gangsters, interstellar visuals and an out of this world soundtrack and dry wit in vast amounts - this is not to be missed! DOMAIN about a deadly virus directed by Nathaniel Atcheson also celebrates its UK Premiere as well as THE FITZROY, directed by Andrew Harmer. The Fitzroy Hotel, set in a post-apocalyptic 1950s, is a derelict submarine beached just off Margate, and the last place for a traditional summer holiday. A joyous black comedy, think Basil Fawlty running the Crimson Tide.
THE END OF THE LONELY ISLAND directed by Ren Chao Wang from China is set against the backdrop of a deadly plague spreading across the Earth, the ‘Bi’an’ (“another shore”) project is humanity’s first interstellar exploration. The ‘Shenzhou 20’ starship has set off toward the Centaurus planetary system but now this scientific journey has become the last hope for human civilization. China is becoming known for producing effects-heavy action movies for the international market, but a few independent filmmakers are making superb high-concept science fiction, which is why we are excited to bring Ren Chao Wang’s début feature to the UK. 

We are used to cameras everywhere, recording everything we do – what if they capture things our eyes cannot see? OCCUPANTS, directed by Russ Emanuel and starring Robert Picardo and Briana White has been a worldwide film festival hit. It’s a cutting edge and brilliantly performed thriller that puts a new twist on ‘found-footage’.
THE IMMIGRATION GAME, directed by Krystof Zlatnik is set in a Europe that has closed its borders to millions of refugees. Only Germany continues to offer citizenship if you compete and survive a new TV show called “Immigration Game". The show is a manhunt through Berlin where every citizen can become a Hunter to track down refugees and stop them from winning their priceless German citizenship. In 2017 we are talking about immigration, wall-building and travel bans and the far-right being is called ‘populist’! The premise of this film could never happen right… Right?
Snowden, Assange, and even the Russians have ‘allegedly’ been putting leaked information online for a while now. When KAOS, a group of anonymous activists find some footage in a Snowden file that reveals the events surrounding the disappearance of four teenagers, they put it out there to try and get some answers. THE KAOS BRIEF, directed by JP Mandarino also celebrates its UK Premiere.
THE LAST SCOUT, directed by Simon Phillips, is ambitious and will appeal to old-school Sci-fi enthusiasts. It is also set in 2065 when Earth is rendered uninhabitable by war and humanity’s remaining survivors send a fleet of ships to different points in the galaxy in the hope of finding a new world.
DIVERGE, by US director James Morrison, follows the aftermath of a global pandemic when a survivor searches for ways to cure his wife of a deadly virus. In movie shorthand, you could use TWELVE MONKEYS meets PRIMER as a reference, as it deals with similar ideas and is brilliantly constructed on its modest budget, however it packs a feisty punch in the time-travel genre. Winner of the Siren Award for Best International Feature at the 2016 Lund Fantastic Film Festival.
MAGELLAN, directed by Rob York, follows seasoned astronaut Roger Nelson who is picked to pilot a mission that will challenge his skills and test the life he leaves behind. After NASA picks up a trio of mysterious signals from within our solar system, Nelson is dispatched on a multi-year trip aboard the Magellan spacecraft to investigate the sources. What he discovers will change our understanding of science and our place in the universe. Magellan delivers a credible high-concept science fiction. If they asked you, would you go? 
For the full line up visit the website: sci-fi-london.com #SFL17

<![CDATA[COMING SOON: DARK CITIES, AN ANTHOLOGY OF URBAN TERROR ]]>Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:22:51 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/coming-soon-dark-cities-an-anthology-of-urban-terror
Coming soon from Christopher Golden and Titan Books, and anthology of urban terror, featuring some of the finest writers of genre fiction.  

From crumbling brownstones to shining skyscrapers, horror lurks everywhere in the city, where life can be hell. Top horror masters explore urban terror supernatural and otherwise. An anthology of horror stories in urban settings: whether back alleys, crumbling brownstones, gleaming high-rise towers, or city hall. Terrifying urban myths, malicious ghosts, cursed architecture, malignant city deities, personal demons (in business or relationships) twisted into something worse; virtually anything that inspires the contributors to imagine some bit of urban darkness.

Table of Contents 

THE DOGS by Scott Smith
IN STONE by Tim Lebbon
DEAR DIARY by Scott Sigler
GRIT by Jonathan Maberry
DARK HILL RUN by Kasey Lansdale & Joe R. Lansdale
HAPPY FOREVER by Simon R. Green
THE MAW by Nathan Ballingrud
FIELD TRIP by Tananarive Due
THE REVELERS by Christopher Golden
THE STILLNESS by Ramsey Campbell
SANCTUARY by Kealan Patrick Burke
MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH by Sherrilyn Kenyon
THE CRACK by Nick Cutter
<![CDATA[COMING SOON: THE TRUANTS BY LEE MARKHAM ]]>Mon, 10 Apr 2017 07:46:57 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/coming-soon-the-truants-by-lee-markhamThe razor-sharp tale of ancient evil set amid the
very modern tensions of ‘Broken Britain’
Published on 27th April 2017 Demy Paperback
The Truants is a startling, noirish tale of immortality, bloodlust and rage, giving a fresh twist to the traditional vampire novel.

Following his lover’s suicide, the last of the ‘old-ones’– ancient, near-immortal beings as clever as they are ruthless, and unable to withstand the light of the sun – has had enough of this world gone to ruin and decides to finally end his existence. Yet as he waits for the burning dawn on a bench near a council estate, he is held up at knifepoint by a youth and stabbed. While the old-one’s body turns to ashes with the rising sun, his assailant scurries back into the estate’s feral underbelly with the knife in his pocket. The old-one’s blood is still seared into its sharpened blade, and as the knife does its bloody rounds his consciousness is awakened in the city’s children from the depths of the afterlife. 

Determined to die, he must find and destroy the knife to regain control of his soul. But someone is out to stop him…

A powerful new voice, Lee Markham has written an intelligent, penetrating novel which uncovers the fragility and hopelessness of Britain’s social underclass – and the terror of their everyday lives. Inspired by the London Riots and cases such as the murders of Damilola Taylor and Baby P, The Truants is a gritty, unrelenting and visceral realisation of modern urban horror.
‘Markham’s take on the inside of an ancient vampire’s head is as invigoratingly fresh as his story is, by turns, brutal and touching. Stripped of romance, paced like a crime novel, it engages a milieu which most of us, happily, will never need to see – the teen gangs on the cruel, poverty-stricken streets, the ‘rats’ in the gutters – and makes us give a damn.  An extremely smart, talented first novel
Jack Ketchum, author of Off Season
The best vampire story since Let The Right One In and a bleak and bloody antidote to the romanticised prettification of the vampire myth popularised by TwilightThe Vampire Diaries and other toothless, teen-oriented nonsense. Markham takes the vampire mythology and twists it into fascinating new shapes... definitely one for your must-read list
Neil Martin, somethingyousaid.com

‘An extremely smart, talented first novel… Brutal and touching… 
paced like a crime novel..’

Jack Ketchum, author of Off Season

‘The Trainspotting of supernatural prose’ 
Liam Sharp, author of God Killers
<![CDATA[JACK SPARKS - THE MOVIE? IMAGINE ENTERTAINMENT OPTION JASON ARNOPP’S DEBUT NOVEL]]>Tue, 04 Apr 2017 03:52:27 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/jack-sparks-the-movie-imagine-entertainment-option-jason-arnopps-debut-novel
Jason Arnopp’s debut novel, The Last Days Of Jack Sparks, has proven very popular since it’s release in the summer of last year (we dug it enough to review it twice - see here and here.
Apparently, we weren’t the only ones who were impressed. As announced on his blog, Jason has revealed that the movie rights have been optioned by none other than Imagine Entertainment, Ron Howard’s production company. Ron Howard had this to say about the project:"Jack Sparks is a tremendously fascinating, entertaining, and entirely contemporary movie character.  His journey into the supernatural and his clashes with those forces and with himself are hilarious, disturbing, exciting and surprising as hell.  I couldn't put the book down and I believe it will be a blast for audiences to experience the movie version."
Jason himself has been hard at work on producing a script treatment for the novel, but he recently commented on the news as follows: "Ron Howard is a living legend, so it's absolutely wonderful to see the director of Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code and Frost/Nixon place so much faith in The Last Days Of Jack Sparks. Ron and his ingenious production wizards have been a joy to deal with and I'm having a blast writing the script. I know the late Jack Sparks would feel his posthumous book is being ferried towards the silver screen by exactly the right people."
The news couldn’t be breaking at a better time, with Jack Sparks arriving in paperback in the US on April 4th. For more Jack Sparks related chat, as well as some more details about this latest development, and some insight into Jason’s eagerly anticipated second novel, please check out our exclusive interview here.


It was no secret that journalist Jack Sparks had been researching the occult for his new book. No stranger to controversy, he'd already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed.
Then there was that video: forty seconds of chilling footage that Jack repeatedly claimed was not of his making, yet was posted from his own YouTube account.

Nobody knew what happened to Jack in the days that followed - until now. 

'Fascinating, hilarious, disturbing, exciting and surprising as hell. I couldn't put the book down' - Ron Howard 

'Ingenious and funny . . . A magnificent millennial nightmare' - Alan Moore

<![CDATA['TEENAGE GHOST PUNK' AVAILABLE ON VOD:APRIL 4TH, 2017]]>Sun, 02 Apr 2017 04:45:22 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/teenage-ghost-punk-available-on-vodapril-4th-2017
Life changes for a high school cheerleader named Amanda when she and her family move from a small town in Michigan to a Victorian house near Chicago.  While her newly-divorced mom struggles with a new job and her eccentric little brother seems to fit in effortlessly, Amanda tries to find her way in her daunting new high school. Meanwhile, weird things happen in the family’s new house.  Knocking sounds.  Strange guitar riffs during rainstorms.  Unexplained household messes.  

A quirky medium and a bumbling young paranormal investigation team search for answers but add little clarity before an unseen force meting out rough power chords scares them away.

Amanda soon discovers that her house is haunted … by Brian, the ghost of a teenage punk rock guitarist who has been jamming on the roof during rainstorms since the 1980s.  He enjoys spirited poker nights with a neighborhood quintet of teen ghosts from different eras – the 1960s, 1950s, 1910s, 1870s, and 1700s.  Amanda and Brian forge an unlikely friendship, but tension arises when Amanda asks him to her school’s Homecoming dance.
Amanda hosts a Halloween party and invites her new school friends and Brian’s teenage ghost pals. When uninvited guests arrive, paranormal investigators clash with Chicago’s most badass spirit, and the neighborhood’s past collides with its present.  How will Amanda solve her future?

 Teenage Ghost Punk was shot just outside Chicago, primarily in a 126-year-old house in in Oak Park’s Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District.  The owner says it really is haunted.  And we can’t argue with that!