Free JD’L fiction right now…

All this month you can read the opening two chapters of Fugue Hunter by Joseph D’Lacey, courtesy of the great Paul Kane:

And I’ll shortly be uploading the prologue and first chapter of Paul’s latest novella The Pain Cages right here on HR…

Add comment November 9th, 2010

Piatkus Book Competition!!!

Following Donna Condon’s rousing article on the apocalypse lurking just around the corner for horror publishers and writers, we are now giving away FREE HORROR BOOKS to cheer you up just before the end of the world really kicks in.

Several copies of each of these books are up for grabs if you can answer one inanely simple question (in fact, it took almost two weeks for us to think it up)…

That’s it. All over. Thanks to all those who entered. We gave a way a load of books. Might have to do it again someday soon!

4 comments November 2nd, 2010

Jen and Sylvia Soska on ‘Dead Hooker in a Trunk’: Interview by Adam Wolf (replacing Alan Kelly for the time being)

Welcome back to The 9th Circle of Horror Reanimated….

On this gloriously grim night, Alan Kelly lies bound and gagged in a sulphur pit! I, Adam Wolf, his blood-rag twin brother have replaced him! Horror Reanimated HQ think Alan is shooting his new TV spot ‘Alan K in the Mornin’ (those editors would believe anything I say - curse of looking sweet and easy I s’pose) but the truth is Alan Kelly’s got no talent. Wait ‘til they get a load of me!

Today’s guests are twisted twins and writer/director double act Jen and Sylvia Soska, whose debut feature ‘Dead Hooker in a Trunk’ is a genre bending, taboo-breaking melting pot of sexploitation/horror/grindhouse and just about every thing else. It’s one fucked-up adrenaline-fuelled ultra-ultra-violent psychosexual whodunit which has been making bloody waves on the underground film circuit and rightfully fucking so Sir. What makes this film more distinctive than any other are the iconic characters, the cleverly conceived storylines, and the talent attached who’ve delivered a high-concept action-horror thrill-ride that would make Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino go all girlish at the knees. Just check out the fast-paced and unapologetic narrative which undoubtedly has a resonance for perverts everywhere. Myself and the staff of HR included!

Jen and Sylvia had little more than an unconventional idea and a lot of odds stacked against them but persevered despite overwhelming criticism and accomplished their ambitious goal. They hope to inspire others to set out and take the bull by the horns and get what they most desire; not just filmmakers but folk from all walks of life and having checked out their film – twice – I wholeheartedly agree…

Adam Wolf: Good Evening Girls and welcome to Horror Reanimated, I hope your trip down here wasn’t too perilous? (more…)

2 comments October 30th, 2010

Seems Only Right at Dead Lines Magazine

Back in 2008 I won the British Fantasy Society’s short story competition with my entry, Seems Only Right.

Dead Lines 4But it sort of got lost… it wasn’t announced at the Fantasycon Awards of that year, and maybe somebody read it in the BFS’ New Horizons journal in which it appeared, and although I read it at a couple of Horror Reanimated nights my gut feeling is that very few people know of its existence.

I’m happy to say that Dead Lines an American online horror fiction magazine has picked the story for its latest issue, together with the wonderful illustration that Robert Elrod crafted to accompany the piece. The magazine also has fiction from Graham Masterton, JF Gonzalez and John Everson, amongst others, so I’m in good company.

Check out Seems Only Right here.

Add comment October 26th, 2010

Exclusive: Jovanka Vuckovic on her directorial debut ‘The Captured Bird’ – interview by Alan Kelly

Welcome back to The 9th Circle of Horror Reanimated!

Jovanka Vuckovic talks exclusively to Horror Reanimated today about her forthcoming six minute short film The Captured Bird. An otherworldly tale which promises to be told in the tradition of a Brother’s Grimm dark fable with nods to HP Lovecraft and has already attracted quite a lot of attention being accepted to the prestigious Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Mexico’s Morbido Film Fest, the UK’s Sheffield Horror Film Festival, LA’s Viscera Film Festival, and many others have expressed interest in screening the film, before it has even been shot. ‘The Captured Bird’ a film currently in pre-production already has some wonderful people onboard, including producer Jason Lapeyre, Academy-Award nominated production designer Anastasia Masaro (whose credits include Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Tideland and the Stephen King mini-series Storm of the Century) on production design, concept artist and art director Nat Jones (whose credits include 28 Days Later, The Devil’s Rejects and 30 Days of Night) and Guillermo del Toro (The Devil’s Backbone, Pans Labyrinth and H.P Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, which will be produced by James Cameron) and many others who will be delivering us to a place which will no doubt have an authentic sense of the otherworld.

A premise of the story is most intriguing: A little girl takes a wrong turn and finds herself in a realm which is presided over by The Shadow People. Folkloric entities which have also been the subject of numerous investigations into supernatural phenomenon and in the interview below Jovanka explains her reasons for using these chilling creatures in her first film. We also talk monster making, dreams, Guillermo Del Toro and lots more besides.

If  there is anybody out there who’d like to get involved in letting This Bird fly, please go here:

In the run-up to production Jovanka will be interviewing genre luminaries over at The Captured Bird in her very own film school, getting advice from some of the greatest names in horror. I urge you to check out her website. I am very excited about The Captured Bird and know that you will be to.

So here are a few words from Jovanka and remember, once you’ve visited Horror Reanimated, you never know who’s followed you out, so mind how you go…


Add comment October 18th, 2010

Are We Doomed: Is the apocalypse waiting around the corner for writers? by Donna Condon

The title of my piece sums up the feelings of a large chunk of writers and publishers today: Are we doomed?

Within the book trade – both publishing and retail – the general feeling is that the grim reaper, with every mention of ‘economic downturn’ and every advancement in digital, gains more ground on the print book, which he stalks insistently and not so quietly. This coupled with an overwhelming sense of uncertainly means it’s a stressful time for all involved: booksellers, authors, agents, editors and publishers. The feeling is particularly prevalent for more niche areas of publishing, such as horror, and, within the more mainstream market, literary fiction. (more…)

3 comments October 13th, 2010

Coming very soon to a dungeon near you…

In the next few days, we’ll have a cracking article on the future of genre publishing by Donna Condon, commissioning editor for Piatkus. Are we headed for a publishing apocalypse? Are horror writers damned? Get the inside curve right here.

Donna also provided us with some new Piatkus titles, so the following week we’ll run a competition, giving away copies of the following books:

Good luck to writers, publishers and competition entrants alike – the future isn’t what it used to be…

Add comment October 7th, 2010

Peter Crowther: The Book I Would Like To Be Buried With…

The thirtieth and last entry in the weekly incarnation of the Bury Me series (thanks to all who have contributed so far) features an author, editor and publisher who’ll you all be familiar with: Peter Crowther, boss of PS Publishing, a wonderful short story writer and editor supreme; a man whose appropriately titled Narrow Houses anthologies chilled me in the early-nineties. If those titles aren’t books to be buried with, then I don’t know what are…

Something_wicked_this_way_comes_first“You have to have belief in what a book says in order to make it special . . . believe in the possibilities it shows you. That’s my view.

I made the best two friends I’ve ever had when I was reading my burial book: two sides of the same coin—Will Halloway, growing in the sturdy and safe shadow of his father; and Jim Nightshade, a James Dean wannabe, filled to bursting with the possibilities life offers to those who are strong (or foolhardy) enough to grasp for the merry-go-round brass ring. Two boys of around the same age as I then was (and still am, pretty much, even now, way deep down inside, where it matters) who I have never seen or spoken with. (more…)

Add comment October 4th, 2010

John Langan: The Book I Would Like To Be Buried With…

The twenty-ninth Bury Me With features an author who has risen up the ranks of ghosty story-telling this last couple of years, John Langan

200px-IronweedNovel“Buried in Albany. How appropriate that the book I’d like to have tucked inside my coffin with me begins with a ride in the back of a truck into a cemetery. William Kennedy’s Ironweed (1983) starts with its protagonist, Francis Phelan, shoveling dirt in St. Agnes Cemetery, outside Albany, NY, to pay off a debt. As Kennedy presents it, the cemetery is a place whose residents are aware of their visitors and can communicate with them silently; it’s a secular version of Dante (a quote from whose Purgatorio opens the novel). At the cemetery, Francis finds the grave of his infant son, Gerald, whose death he caused when he dropped the boy. Shame and guilt caused Francis to flee his action and his family, and he’s spent the decades since Gerald’s death as a wanderer, hopping trains, working odd jobs here and there, inevitably circling back to Albany before once more bolting from the site of his great failure. In front of Gerald’s grave, Francis begins to face up to his past, and his dead son places an obligation on him:  to return home to the family he abandoned.


Add comment September 27th, 2010

DF Lewis: The Book I Would Like To Be Buried With…

The twenty eight episode of the Bury Me With… series features a pure one-of-a-kind, DF Lewis, the man behind Nemonymous magazine, innumerable short stories, a collection or two, and his wonderful ‘real-time reviews’ of genre titles.

proustMarcel Proust:  À la recherche du temps perdu or as it is often translated into English: In Search of Lost Time or Remembrance of Things Past. I prefer the former translated title as it fits into my life-long interest in ‘retrocausality’, an interest that seems to radiate backwards: making me feel as if I have been  interested in ‘retrocausality’ all my life!

It is a massive novel in seven volumes:  written between 1909 and 1922 (I think) although I’m not into literary history so much as literary criticism from an objective consideration of the text compared to what lies behind the text (Cf: Nemonymity and ‘The Intentional Fallacy’). Indeed, the novel lends itself to that ‘purist’ preoccupation of mine, despite it being called ‘semi-autographical’ by some, mainly because the Narrator is known as ‘Marcel’. (more…)

1 comment September 20th, 2010

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