<![CDATA[Ginger Nuts of Horror - NEWS]]>Mon, 22 May 2017 10:01:55 +0100Weebly<![CDATA[CINEMAPS AN ATLAS OF 35 GREAT MOVIES   BY ANDREW DEGRAFF AND A.D. JAMESON]]>Wed, 17 May 2017 23:00:00 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/cinemaps-an-atlas-of-35-great-movies-by-andrew-degraff-and-ad-jameson
Published 24 October, 2017 in HB, £25.00
Also available in e-format
Acclaimed artist Andrew DeGraff has created beautiful hand-painted maps of all your favorite films, from King Kong and North by Northwest to The Princess BrideFargoPulp Fiction, even The Breakfast Club—with the routes of major characters charted in meticulous cartographic detail. Follow Marty McFly through the Hill Valley of 1985, 1955, and 1985 once again as he races Back to the Future. Trail Jack Torrance as he navigates the corridors of the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. And join Indiana Jones on a globe-spanning journey from Nepal to Cairo to London on his quest for the famed Lost Ark. Each map is presented in an 11-by-14-inch format, with key details enlarged for closer inspection, and is accompanied by illuminating essays by film critic A. D. Jameson, who speaks to the unique geographies of each film. This beautifully designed atlas is an essential reference for anyone who loves great art and great films.
Includes gorgeously detailed maps of:

Metropolis
King Kong
The Wizard of Oz
Edward Scissorhands
Mad Max: Fury Road
And many more!  
 
Andrew DeGraff has created illustrations for the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Esquire, and other national publications.

A.D. James is an author and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he teaches writing and film studies. 
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<![CDATA[RETURN TO CASTLE ROCK IN GWENDY'S BUTTON BOX BY STEPHEN KING AND RICHARD CHIZMAR]]>Wed, 17 May 2017 14:15:14 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/return-to-castle-rock-in-gwendys-button-box-by-stephen-king-and-richard-chizmar
 
Cemetery Dance Publications, the world’s leading independent publisher of collectible horror and suspense books, has just published hardcover and eBook editions of Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar. The novella marks a return to King's fabled town of Castle Rock, Maine, and the first-ever collaboration between these two long-time friends and award-winning authors.
 
“It was a pleasure to work with Rich Chizmar one-on-one after all these years,” Stephen King said. “I had a story I couldn’t finish, and he showed me the way home with style and panache. It was a good time, and I think readers will have a good time reading it. If they are left with questions, and maybe have a few arguments, all the better.”
 
Gwendy’s Button Box is now available through Cemetery Dance Publications and all major booksellers, and the audio version was released today by Simon & Schuster.
 
“Steve and I have corresponded about books and movies and life for twenty years now,” said Richard Chizmar, “I'm a huge admirer of both his work and the man himself. Writing Gwendy's Button Box with Steve was truly a dream come true for me.”
 
“Steve sent me the first chunk of a short story,” Chizmar explained. “I added quite a bit and sent it back to him. He did a pass, then bounced it back to me for another pass. Then, we did the same thing all over again – one more draft each. Next thing you know, we had a full-length novella on our hands. We took a free hand in rewriting each other and adding new ideas and characters.”
 

Gwendy's Button Box is the coming-of-age story of twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson, who spends the summer of 1974 running the “Suicide Stairs” that connect Castle Rock to the Castle View Recreational Park. One day, while she catches her breath at the top of the stairs, a stranger calls to Gwendy. On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat...
 
Journey back to Castle Rock in this chilling new novella by Stephen King, bestselling author of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, and Richard Chizmar, award-winning author of A Long December.
 
Please visit http://www.CemeteryDance.com for more information.
 
Cemetery Dance Publications is widely considered the world's leading publisher of horror and dark suspense. Now celebrating twenty-eight years in business, Cemetery Dance magazine has won every major genre award and the Cemetery Dance Publications hardcover imprint has published more than 300 hardcover titles from the genre's most acclaimed authors.

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<![CDATA[PAPERBACKS FROM HELL BY GRADY HENDRIX]]>Mon, 15 May 2017 23:00:00 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/paperbacks-from-hell-by-grady-hendrix

​PAPERBACKS FROM HELL
 
By Grady Hendrix
 
Published 19 September, 2017 in PB, £20.00
Full colour, embossed cover
Also available in e-format

A “national treasure” – Wall Street Journal
 
Take a tour through the horror paperback novels of the 1970s and ‘80s… if you dare.
Page through dozens and dozens of amazing book covers featuring well-dressed skeletons, evil dolls, and knife-wielding killer crabs! Read shocking plot summaries that invoke devil worship, satanic children, and haunted real estate! Horror author and vintage paperback book collector Grady Hendrix offers killer commentary and witty insight on these trashy thrillers that tried so hard to be the next Exorcist or Rosemary’s Baby. It’s an affectionate, nostalgic, and unflinchingly funny celebration of the horror fiction boom of two iconic decades, complete with story summaries and artists and author profiles. You’ll find familiar authors, like V.C. Andrews and R.L. Stine, and many more who’ve faded into obscurity. Plus recommendations for which of these forgotten treasures are well worth your reading time and which should stay buried.
 
The perfect addition for any book or art lover, plus the ultimate Halloween gift for any horror aficionado.
 
About the author
 
Grady Hendrix’s first novel, Horrorstör, an illustrated story about a haunted IKEA, was named by NPR as one of the best books of 2014. He is also the author of My Best Friend’s Exorcism, also by Quirk. A diehard horror fiction fan, he lives in New York City, with his restaurateur wife.
 
What are your #PaperbacksfromHell? Tell us @QuirkBooks


GRADY WILL BE IN THE UK IN OCTOBER FOR MCM COMICCON AND OTHER EVENTS
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<![CDATA[Crone  by Jeannie Wycherley]]>Mon, 15 May 2017 07:20:31 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/crone-by-jeannie-wycherley
Ginger Nuts of Horror welcomes Jeanine Wycherley to you all about her new novel Crone
“I stood in front of the tree once more, the bark rough beneath my fingertips. This time I knew the truth. I swore on my son’s life that somehow, someway, I would have my revenge.”

I was stuck in what passes for traffic in the East Devon lanes where I live when Crone was born. Tucked right into the hedge, waiting for a truck to pass me, I looked into the foliage and imagined an impossibly old woman with piercing eyes staring back at me. That was it – I was up and running.
I’ve had success with a dozen or so short stories over the past few years, writing as both Betty Gabriel and Jeannie Wycherley, but Crone is my debut novel.


About the novel

Crone is the twisted tale of an ancient crone who lives deep in the forest and wreaks havoc on the unsuspecting rural community nearby. When a bereaved mother discovers the truth about her son's 'accidental' death, she makes it her mission to destroy this evil. Along the way we meet a number of oddball friends who want to help her solve the mystery of who the Crone is and why she’s intent on destruction. The tag line is ‘when furies collide’ because there’s a lot of hurt and anger in this novel!
The cover design by Jennie Rawlings at Serifim.com just sets the story off magnificently. She’s incredibly talented.

It is currently available through Amazon as a paperback and an eBook, and in some bookshops in East Devon.

Available on Amazon here


Find out more about Jeanine at her website JEANNIE WYCHERLEY, and follow her on Twitter here 

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Heather Keynes’ teenage son died in a tragic car accident. Or so she thinks. However, deep in the wilds of the Devon countryside, an ancient evil has awoken … and is intent on hunting the residents of Abbotts Cromleigh. 

No-one is safe.

When Heather takes a closer look at a series of coincidental deaths, she is drawn reluctantly into the company of an odd group of elderly Guardians. Who are they, and what is their connection to the Great Oak? Why do they believe only Heather can put an end to centuries of horror? Who is the mysterious old woman in the forest and what is it that feeds her anger? 

When Heather determines the true cause of her son’s death, she is hell-bent on vengeance. Determined to halt the march of the Crone once and for all, hatred becomes Heather’s ultimate weapon. Furies collide in this twisted tale of murder, magic and salvation.

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<![CDATA[WHO’S WATCHING OLIVER]]>Wed, 10 May 2017 12:02:01 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/whos-watching-oliver
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Who's watching Oliver tells the story of a mentally unstable loner lost in a life forced upon him. By night Oliver aimlessly wanders the streets and bars on what can only be described as a truly shocking and humiliating killing spree. His only savior and possible way out of a life he is desperate to escape comes in the form of the beautiful Sophia with her sweet eccentricity and naivety to the danger she has put herself in. 
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Directed by Richie Moore who  was born in Portland Oregon USA and grew up between Los Angeles and Portland where he began working first on his father’s crew in 1991. Richie has continued to work as full time film crew for the past 27 years in the camera department with some of his latest credits include

"Gold" starring Matthew McConaughey "Marco Polo" Netflix original TV series "No Escape"
"Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" "The Hangover Parts II and III"


Richie has just completed his first feature film “Who’s watching Oliver” as Director.

The film is produced by Raimund Huber and Aki Komine  is a German/Austrian, Writer/Director/Producer born in Munich. He has produced titles such as:

“Cam2Cam” and “Buffalo Rider”

Aki Komine was born in Japan and started out producing movies in the early 90’s with titles such as:
“Guyver 1991”
“Necronomicon 1993”
“Fist of the north star 1995”
“Crying Freeman 1995”
“No way back 1995” –
Russell Crowe
And his latest the “Kamen Rider TV Series”.


The film stars Russell Geoffrey Banks and Sara Malakul Lane.  Russell Geoffrey Banks is an English actor born November 13 1981. His career path wasn’t smooth and had many different jobs from construction to barman to market trader, to door to door sales to pay for his acting classes. Eventually he found his calling and has been lucky enough to work on different movies.

“Cam2Cam 2014” “Pernicious 2014” “Ghost house 2016” “Knights 2017”
Actress Sara Malakul Lane (Sophia)

Sara Malakul Lane is a successful Thai model and actress. She began modeling at the age of 14, and has also been in a number of big screen movies.Sara is a model of Thai- English descent. Her father is an English businessman named Alistair Lane. Her mother is named Madam Tuptim Malakul Na Ayuthaya. Some of her latest titles include:
“12/12/12 2012”
“Jail Bait 2014”
“Sun Choke 2015” “Kickboxer: Vengeance 2016” “Kickboxer Retaliation 2017”


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<![CDATA[TOM DEADY: A RESPONSE TO HIS STOKER WIN]]>Mon, 08 May 2017 16:59:53 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/tom-deady-a-response-to-his-stoker-win
Uncover the mystery in Haven: A small-town horror debut novel
 
Tom Deady took home a Bram Stoker Award® for his debut horror novel, Haven” late Saturday night at the StokerCon Bram Stoker Awards® Banquet. The award for superior achievement in a first novel has been around for 30 years, establishing the leading authors in the horror genre.
Tom wrote Haven over the course of fifteen years. It was published in 2016 by Cemetery Dance Publications and quickly recommended and nominated for the Bram Stoker Awards®. The novel takes place in a small town in Massachusetts and explores many dark layers of horror and humanity.
                                                              
As a writer, I should be able to express my joy at receiving the Stoker Award, but I simply cannot put it into words. It is the culmination of a lot of hard work and incredible support. I am honored to be recognized by the HWA [Horror Writers Association] and blessed that my wife and daughters were on hand to celebrate the moment with me ,Says Deady.
 
Since publication, Haven has been receiving praise from several reviewers, including Publishers Weekly, and a starred review in ALA Booklist. Haven has been recognized by several authors in the genre as well, including Rio Youers, Stewart ONan, Christopher Golden, and more.
 
      While the novel is obviously for fans of Stranger Things and the classic small-town horror by those like King or Straub, dont let its setting keep you looking in the past. There is a modern perspective behind this tale, similar to Maberrys Pine Deep trilogy or Janz Children of the Dark (2016). Hand out freely to anyone looking for a solid scare. -Booklist (starred review)
 
      Full of well-drawn characters and slow burn suspense, Tom Deadys Haven is a terrific dose of New England horror that harkens back to some of my favorite classic monster fiction from writers like Rick Hautala and Charles L. Grant. If youre a fan of this sort of thing, youll know thats damn high praise. Give it a read. - Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Snowblind and Dead Ringers
 
      Haven is about scars, both literal and figurative; its about second chances and broken memories. This is a great small-town horror novel - a bullet-read with deep characters and perfect pacing. Best of all, its creepy as hell. -Rio Youers, author of Westlake Soul and Point Hollow
 
      Haven is a big, generous, Stephen King-like small town boys vs. monster epic. - Stewart ONan, author of The Night Country and A Prayer for the Dying
 
Tom Deady has already released another novel earlier this year, Eternal Darkness, a vampire horror reminiscent of the paperback horror days in sense of style and dread. He promises at least one more release in 2017 and says there are big plans in store. Rumors have also surfaced about a young adult novel in the works. One things for sure, Tom Deady isnt slowing down. He assures us the Stoker win has only fueled his passion and drive for the craft.
 
Completing Haven has unlocked some creative vault inside me. The ideas and stories demand to be put to paper, and Im doing my best to keep pace. My first novella will be released in September, and I promise it is unlike anything Ive written to date. I also have a few short stories that should hit this year, and the rumors of a young adult work - possibly a series - are true! Stay tuned for more on that, says Tom Deady.
 
Haven is now available in eBook and Paperback. Uncover the small town mystery and start reading today: http://bit.ly/HavenBook
 
ABOUT: Tom Deady is the Bram Stoker Awards® Winning author of Haven and Eternal Darkness. He lives in Holliston, Massachusetts with his wife. Tom has a Masters Degree in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University, and is a member of both the Horror Writers Association and the New England Horror Writers.

Toms first novel, Haven, was released in 2016 by Cemetery Dance Publications. His new release, Eternal Darkness was released in 2017 by Bloodshot Books.
As always, he is actively working on his next novel.

 
Learn more at TomDeady.com and follow him on your favorite social media platforms:
https://twitter.com/deadytom
https://www.facebook.com/tomdeady
 

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<![CDATA[ARROW FILMS ANNOUNCES THREE NEW FILM COMPANION B0OKS.]]>Thu, 04 May 2017 06:57:02 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/arrow-films-announces-three-new-film-companion-b0oks
Following the success of their lavish debut book last year, Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion, at the end of July Arrow Books are releasing three brand new film books: Asian cinema expert Tom Mes explores the extraordinary world of the queen of Japanese action cinema in Unchained Melody: The Films Of Meiko Kaji; Anime authority Andrew Osmond examines the the story behind the visionary 1995 classic Ghost In The Shell; and filmmaker and writer Russell Gomm delves into the background of one of the most influential and groundbreaking horror films of modern times in The Blair Witch Project.

With specially commissioned cover artwork, and jam-packed with new interviews and illustrated with colour stills and promotional materials, the books are a genuinely exciting and highly collectable addition to any self-respecting film fan’s bookshelves.

All three books will be available on July 31 2017.  Read on for more details about the books...

Unchained Melody: The Films Of Meiko Kaji

Release date: Monday 31st July 2017

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With such iconic roles as Lady Snowblood and Female Prisoner Scorpion she defined a decade of cult cinema, creating an archetype of female strength that was equal parts ferocious and mysterious.

Devoting plenty of space to her star-making turns as Scorpion and Lady Snowblood, Unchained Melody: The Films of Meiko Kaji goes beyond the movies that made her name. This book traces her career from its earliest beginnings as a teen model and tomboyish basketball fanatic to Kaji's critically-lauded and versatile performances for master directors including Kinji Fukasaku and Kon Ichikawa.

Author Tom Mes also investigates Kaji's acting work in television and the singing career that would eventually introduce her to a whole new, international audience as the musical cornerstone to Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill.

Tom Mes is the author of books on cult Japanese filmmakers Takashi Miike and Shinya Tsukamoto and was one of the founders of Midnighteye.com, the world's go-to website for information on Japanese cinema.

DETAILS
Cover illustration: Nathanael Marsh
Cat Code: AB002
Pages: TBC
RRP: £19.99
ISBN-10: 0993306044
ISBN-13: 978-0993306044

Ghost in the Shell

Release date: Monday 31st July 2017

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A science fiction classic that was largely overlooked on release, Ghost In The Shell has grown in stature with the support of such Hollywood fans as James Cameron and the Wachowskis, and in 2017 was controversially remade as a live-action spectacular, starring Scarlett Johansson.

Anime expert Andrew Osmond focuses on the original 1995 film, tracing the paths of the Japanese talents who came together to make it, including the visionary and maverick director, Mamoru Oshii, as well as the original manga creator, Masamune Shirow, and how their different sensibilities came together. Other chapters look at the film’s unusual international co-production with the UK’s Manga Entertainment; discuss the figure of Kusanagi, the film’s iconic cyborg heroine who's both a James Bond-style killer and a contemplative philosopher; examine Ghost In The Shell’s debts to Blade Runner and Japan’s tradition of robot fantasies; and ask if it’s really a “cyberpunk” film, as it’s so often labelled.

Andrew Osmond is the author of BFI Modern Classics: Spirited Away, Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist and 100 Animated Feature Films.


DETAILS
Cover illustration: Chris Malbon
Cat Code: AB003
Pages: TBC
RRP: £19.99
ISBN-10: 0993306020
ISBN-13: 978-099306020

The Blair Witch Project 

Release date: Monday 31st July 2017

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As the Millennium approached, horror was becoming an unusual commodity. Low budget horror films flooded the home video market while their big budget counterparts took hold at the box office. It seemed that a balance could not be found that would please everyone.

In the final months of 1999, horror was saved by a film that became a turning point in many aspects – including film production, film marketing and film distribution. One film was a revelation of cinema which shook the world at the time and created such panic and fear that the effects of the film can still be felt today.

Film-maker Russ Gomm takes a look at the phenomena of The Blair Witch Project through the eyes of a fan who was captivated by the unusual promotional strategy that led up to the release. This book takes a trip back in time to the 1990s to uncover the history of the production of the film including a unique making of and its path to success.

Through conversations with fellow fans, filmmakers and other industry professionals, the book also examines the lasting effect that this seminal film had on not only the audiences, but the film industry itself and indeed the future of the horror genre.


DETAILS
Cover illustration: Peter Strain
Cat Code: AB004
Pages: TBC
RRP: £19.99
ISBN-10: 0993306037
ISBN-13: 978-0993306037
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<![CDATA[Jakop Ahlbom Company presents "Horror" at Sadler's Wells]]>Wed, 03 May 2017 04:34:45 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/jakop-ahlbom-company-presents-horror-at-sadlers-wells
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Horror 
Tuesday 23 May - Saturday 10 June
Performances Tue 
– Sat at 7.30pm, Sat mat 2.30pm, Sunday 1pm & 6pm Tickets: £15 - £32
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8222 or www.peacocktheatre.com 


Jakop Ahlbom’s Horror, an imaginative, terrifying and playful homage to the horror movie genre, returns to The Peacock from 23 May - 10 June 2017.

Ingenuously gruesome, genuinely scary and very funny, Horror references famous spine-chillers including The Shining, The Ring, Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist. A deserted mansion. A young woman returns to the place of her bleak childhood. No longer able to suppress memories of her cruel parents and strange sister, she is forced to confront the past and some terrible truths.

Swedish-born theatre maker Jakop Ahlbom’s shows garner rave reviews and play to sell-out houses all over the world. In Horror he uses special effects to surprise and terrify: blood spurts up to the ceiling, a dismembered hand crawls, wailing as it goes, across the floor.

This immersive stage spectacular continues Ahlbom’s legacy of highly visual stage works. Over the last decade Ahlbom has developed a trademark theatrical form that unites theatre, mime, dance, music and the world of illusion.

Jakop Ahlbom says: “In my youth, I devoured every film in the genre I could find. I enjoyed the absurd fantasies and special effects, the extreme events, the sense of a dark unknown, and the rush of adrenaline they all triggered. I was also intrigued by the dark humour of the films; the combination of the slapstick and the surreal made them captivating and terrifying.”

Horror was previously at The Peacock in January 2016 when it received critical acclaim as part of the London International Mime Festival.
ABOUT JAKOP AHLBOM 
Over the last 10 years theatre maker Jakop Ahlbom has developed a trademark theatrical form that unites theatre, mime, dance, music and the world of illusion. He has a unique talent for combining powerful visual language with equally powerful content. Born in Sweden in 1971, Ahlbom came to the Netherlands in the 1990s to attend the Mime department of De Theaterschool in Amsterdam. He has worked under his own name since 2000, building up a distinctive and original body of work. In addition to Horror (2014) his successes include Stella Maris (2000), Lost (2004), Vielfalt (2006), Innenschau (2010), Lebensraum (2012), Life: A User’s Manual (2013) and Swan Lake (2016). Ahlbom has already achieved international success touring extensively across Europe, New Zealand and the USA. He has also directed his first opera Hoffmann for the Deutsche Oper Berlin and choreographed the dance film Off Ground, directed by Boudewijn Koole and starring Louise Lecavalier, which won the prestigious TV award the Prix Italia. 
ABOUT SADLER’S WELLS 
Sadler's Wells is a world-leading dance house, committed to producing, commissioning and presenting new works and to bringing the best international and UK dance to London and worldwide 
audiences. Under the Artistic Directorship of Alistair Spalding, the theatre’s acclaimed year-round programme spans dance of every kind, from contemporary to flamenco, Bollywood to ballet, salsa to street dance and tango to tap. Since 2005, it has helped to bring over 130 new dance works to the stage and its award-winning commissions and collaborative productions regularly tour internationally. Sadler’s Wells supports 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies, an Associate Company and three International Associate Companies. It also nurtures the next generation of talent through research and development, running the National Youth Dance Company and a range of programmes including Wild Card, New Wave Associates, Open Art Surgery and Summer University. 
Located in Islington, north London, the current theatre is the sixth to have stood on the site since it was first built by Richard Sadler in 1683. The venue has played an illustrious role in the history of theatre ever since, with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Opera all having started at Sadler’s Wells. Sadler’s Wells is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation and currently receives approximately 9% of its revenue from Arts Council England. 

Horror was made with the financial support of Performance Infinity, Jingying Group, the Performing Arts Fund, City of Amsterdam, Embassy of the Netherlands, WK Producties 
Age guidance: 14+
Horror 
Tuesday 23 May - Saturday 10 June
Performances Tue 
– Sat at 7.30pm, Sat mat 2.30pm, Sunday 1pm & 6pm Tickets: £15 - £32
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8222 or www.peacocktheatre.com 

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<![CDATA[NEW TITLES FROM GREY MATTER PRESS]]>Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:48:12 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/new-titles-from-grey-matter-press
Grey Matters Press, one of the finest publishers of horror and weird fiction, has just announced the details of three very intriguing books from Paul Kane, Karen Runge and Chad Stroup 

Grey Matter Press is a Chicago-based publisher whose mission it is to discover and cultivate the best voices working in the dark fiction genre. The company is committed to producing only the finest quality volumes of exceptional fiction. Since the publication of their first volume in late 2013, Grey Matter Press has released a succession of bestselling titles, including two of which that have been nominated for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for horror fiction. More information about Grey Matter Press is available at http://www.greymatterpress.com.

Read on for the full details of these three books...

BEFORE Unveils True Nature of Humanity and Poses Disturbing Consequences in Epic Dark Fantasy Blockbuster

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 Embark on a full-throttled adventure of epic proportions that reveals the answers to mankind’s most enduring questions in the thrilling new eye-opening blockbuster adventure novel Before,  coming June 2017 from award-winning author Paul Kane.
Part horror story, part non-stop road adventure, part historical drama, Before  (ISBN: 978-1-940658-78-0) is a work of fiction like no other. Described as “the dark fantasy version of Cloud Atlas,” Kane’s Before  is an engaging thrill ride as wide in its scope as it is in its imagination, which seeks to answer some of the greatest questions that haunt mankind: Who are we? Why are we here? And where are we going?
A mind-bending journey through the past, present and future, Before  opens in a psychiatric hospital in 1970s Germany where a patient nearing the end of his life speaks again for the first time in years. Fast-forward to England today where college professor Alex Webber is celebrating his birthday with family and friends, an occasion that unexpectedly sends him into a terrifying downward spiral where he is plagued by a series of disturbing, hallucinatory visions that threaten his own life and, ultimately, becomes a high-stakes gamble for the souls of all humanity.
”I’m delighted that Grey Matter will be publishing what is, I think, my best – and definitely most ambitious – novel to date,” said Kane. “Before  is a book that’s very close to my heart, so I’m glad it’s landed with a publisher who totally gets where I’m coming from with it.”
Horror and dark fantasy icon Clive Barker calls Paul Kane, “a first-rate storyteller, never failing to marry his insights into the world and its anguish with the pleasures of phrases eloquently turned.”

Upon its publication, Kane’s Before  becomes the next action-packed release in the expanding catalog from the Chicago-based independent publisher Grey Matter Press. With a long line of critically acclaimed titles in its three-year history, the publisher continues to push the envelope on what defines genre fiction with a series of successful releases that began with their Bram Stoker Award®-nominated inaugural title Dark Visions: A Collection of Modern Horror – Volume One.
“I’m honored to welcome the incredibly talented and highly accomplished Paul Kane and his epic thriller Before  to our publishing family,” said Anthony Rivera, Stoker Award-nominated editor and publisher at Grey Matter Press. “In Before,  Kane once again takes no quarter with the chills and the horrors that have become the signature ingredients in the genre-shattering fiction for which he’s become known. The concepts explored in Before  are going to blow readers away, during and long after they’re done reading the book.”
When Before  is released in June, it will be available in trade paperback and all common digital formats wherever fine books are sold worldwide. For more information, visit Paul Kane’s website at shadow-writer.co.uk.

SECRETS OF THE WEIRD, a Novel of Transformational Horror, Coming in July from Chad Stroup

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 The fulfillment of your every desire… That’s the enticing yet dangerous promise of Sweet Candy, the new designer drug making the rounds through the community of club kids, neo-Nazis, drag queens, prostitutes and punks who populate the mean streets of Sweetville.
With its chewable hearts and candied lips threatening to forever transform the delicate social balance and the very lives of each and every member of the city’s underground, Sweet Candy is poised to ignite the tenuous powder keg that is life, love and lust in Sweetville.
But could the enigmatic back-alley surgeon Julius Kast and his partnership with a peculiar cult be the spark that lights the fuse once and for all? And how will their actions affect the life of a young woman named Trixie who is seeking salvation through transformation?
Take a remarkable journey that’s equal parts irreverent social commentary, revisionist dystopia, dark fantasy and horrifying reality when you travel to the unforgettable world of Sweetville’s counterculture where a host of sometimes dangerous, often deviant and always dark secrets are waiting to be revealed.
Such secrets refuse to be confined to Sweetville. But instead will come home to live with you. Changing everything.Forever…

ABOUT CHAD STROUP:
Chad Stroup’s dark short stories and poetry have been featured in various publications. Secrets of the Weird is his first novel. Stroup received his MFA in Fiction from San Diego State University. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the San Diego Horror Professionals, and he dearly misses playing music. Visit his blog at subvertbia.blogspot.com, or drop by his Facebook page at facebook.com/ChadStroupWriter.

SEEING DOUBLE, the Debut Novel of Dark Horror, Coming in July from Karen Runge

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 A trio of American expats living in Asia form a tenuous bond based on mutual attraction, sexual obsession and the insatiable desire to experience the deadliest of thrills.
As their relationship matures, the dangerous love triangle in which they’ve become entwined quickly escalates into a series of brutal sexual conquests as they struggle to deal with lives spinning out of control and the debilitating psychological effects mental and physical abuse.
Known for her distinctive brand of unsettling fiction, author Karen Runge is at the top of the modern horror game in this, her premiere novel. SEEING DOUBLE is a beautifully evocative and stunningly dark coming-of-age exploration of human sexuality and the roles of masculinity and feminism, polyamorous relationships, social and psychological isolation, and the humiliation of ultimate betrayal.

ABOUT KAREN RUNGE:
Karen Runge is a horror and dark fiction author whose works have appeared in various anthologies and fiction collections from around the world. Her first solo collection, Seven Sins, was released in 2016 by Concord Free Press. She currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.


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<![CDATA[HORROR NEWS: BODYBUILDERS FROM HELL AND EXORCISMS GALORE]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:58:40 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/horror-news-bodybuilders-from-hell-and-exorcisms-galore
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Looking for a couple of films to fill the gap in your life?  Then read on for news of two films coming your way...

AMERICAN EXORCISM OUT ON VOD 01 AUGUST 2017 

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Just your average, All-American, small town girl… possessed.
Uncork’d Entertainment yields the cross and garlic this Spring, with the release of American Exorcism, premiering On Demand 5/2.
Damon Richter thought he left the world of possessions, exorcisms, and evil behind until an old friend arrives with frightening information about his estranged daughter knowing that only his otherworldly skills can save her.
Produced by Thriller Films in association with Master Key Productions.
Written and directed by Tripp Weathers, and starring Braxton Davis (The Butchers), Michael Filipowich (24), Sicily Fontaine, Jessica Morris (Lucifer), Kate Tumanova and William McKinney,  American Exorcism possesses VOD May 2 and DVD August 1.

On VOD May 2, DVD August 1.

Coming soon on limited edition VHS tape ... BLOODY MUSCLE BODY BUILDER IN HELL

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Dust off your VHS players!  To celebrate the DVD release of Japanese comedy horror BLOODY MUSCLE BODY BUILDER IN HELL (AKA THE JAPANESE EVIL DEAD), Asian horror specialist Terror Cotta are releasing Shinichi Fukazawa's ketch-up soaked splatter-fest as a limited edition VHS tape.

After a surprise phone call interrupts his daily workout, beefy body builder Naoto agrees to meet his photojournalist ex-girlfriend to help with her research on haunted houses. Accompanied by a professional psychic, they visit an abandoned house once owned by Naoto's father. But inside the house a dark secret lingers and they find themselves trapped and tormented by a relentless ghost with a 30 year grudge.


From the land famous for cursed VHS tapes, comes a 'forgotten video nasty'. Unleashed from a mysterious Tokyo cellar and available for the first time in the UK, the Bloody Muscle Body Builder invites fans of bizarro, lo-fi cinema on a far out journey ... into hell.
 
Available only from Terracotta Distribution's online store - grab a copy from 09:00am BST on Monday 24 April: shop.terracottadistribution.com

ALSO AVAILABLE ON DVD FROM 24 APRIL 2017

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