Friday, 22 August 2014

Black Ceremonies by Charles Black

I am very much enjoying working on Charlie Black's collection of short stories, Black Ceremonies, which I'll be publishing through Parallel Universe Publications a little later this year as a trade paperback. There are ten stories so far, with one still to come. 

The line up at the moment is: 

The Obsession of Percival Cairstairs
Call of the Damned
The Revelations of Dr Maitland
Tourist Trap, Face to Face
The Coughing Coffin
The Madness Out of the Sea, Death on the Line
The Necronomicon
A Bit Tasty
A Fistful of Vengeance
To Summon a Flesh-Eating Demon. 

More well known as an editor, I am pleased to be able to publish this outstanding collection of his finely crafted stories and show just how good a writer he is as well.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

H. P. Lovecraft - Born August 20th 1890.

Born this day in 1890, perhaps the greatest icon in horror fiction, H. P. Lovecraft.

I mentioned this on facebook and someone kindly posted the following song in commemoration. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Their Cramped Dark World and Other Dark Tales to be published by Hazardous Press

I am pleased to announce that Hazardous Press will be publishing a second collection of my short stories, Their Cramped Dark World and Other Dark Tales. This will be the third collection of my stories in total (including The Lurkers in the Abyss and Other Tales of Terror from Shadow Publishing).

The stories included in this new collection will be:

Hoody (first published in When Graveyards Yawn, Crowswing Books, 2006)
A Bottle of Spirits (first published in New Writings in Horror & the Supernatural 2, 1972)
No Sense in Being Hungry, She Thought (first published in Peeping Tom #20, 1996)
Now and Forever More (first published in The Second Black Book of Horror, 2008)
Romero's Children (first published in The Seventh Black Book of Horror, 2010)
Swan Song (first published in the Ninth Black Book of Horror, 2012)
The Farmhouse (first published in New Writings in Horror & the Supernatural 1, 1971)
The Last Coach Trip (first published in The Eighth Black Book of Horror, 2011)
The Satyr's Head (first published in The Satyr's Head & Other Tales of Terror, 1975)
Their Cramped Dark World (first published in The Sixth Black Book of Horror, 2010)

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Cargo - A brilliant short Australian zombie movie

I have often thought that the best medium for the zombie tale is in the short story form. I am now beginning to wonder whether it is also ideal for the short film format too, as shown in this brief but excellent Australian movie Cargo, which is both poignant and clever in its use of a mere seven minutes and no dialogue. Directed by Ben Howling & Yolanda Ramke, it was a Tropfest Australia 2013 finalist. It's so short that a review is superfluous except to say that it is well worth watching.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Need for Speed - review

Need for Speed - awful, idiotic nonsense
After thoroughly enjoying all five seasons of Breaking Bad, I was looking forward to seeing Aaron Paul in whatever movies he made as a result. Recently I saw and mildly enjoyed A Long Way Down, which was a light comedy about suicide (!). In this, though, starring parts were divided between Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots and Aaron Paul.

Need for Speed saw Paul starring in his own right.

The pity is that this is a terrible movie. Morally, it's downright awful. The idea that a group of people who may be superb drivers can drive high powered cars, not only at incredibly dangerous speeds on public highways in illegal races, but endanger other road users by driving the wrong way down roads, cross pavements, etc., is so morally reprehensible that I can't imagine how anyone should think producing a film that makes heroes out of people like this is right, especially when the only audience this film is likely to appeal to are impressionable wannabe boy racers. Worse still are the sheer stupidities in it, such as the idea that a car can hurtle through the air at high speed, land and still be in a fit condition to drive or that a car can be refueled while racing at high speed on a public highway. It's not only morally reprehensible but downright stupid, with a plot that is an insult in its cliche-ridden naivety to every intelligent (or semi-intelligent) viewer.

Please, Aaron Paul, think twice before taking on something as bad as this again - or whatever kudos you amassed in making Breaking Bad will be thrown away.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

The Little Mermaid

I am proud to announce that my daughter, Cassandra's next production at the Civic Theatre in Oswaldtwistle will be The Little Mermaid on the 29th-31st January next year.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Royalties on His Own Mad Demons

I was nicely surprised to receive my latest royalty payment for His Own Mad Demons: Dark Tales from David A. Riley, which was published by Hazardous Press in 2012. It sold even better in its second year than its first.

His Own Mad Demons includes:

The Worst of All Possible Places
Lock In
Their Own Mad Demons
The Fragile Mask on his Face
The True Spirit

These were previously published in Houses on the Borderland edited by David A. Sutton for the BFS, The Black Book of Horror and the Fifth Black Book of Horror edited by Charles Black, Dark Discoveries #15 edited by James Beach, and Back from the Dead edited by Johnny Mains.

The 170-page paperback can be ordered via and  In the US it's $8.09 (with free shipping available) and £5.49 in the UK (again with free shipping available).

The kindle ebook versions are also available: and

Monday, 28 July 2014

The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies Trailer

Having enjoyed the previous two films of the trilogy, I am looking forward to watching its conclusion with The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies later this year.

Here's a trailer for it.

Superman Series 1 starring George Reeves

Though I've owned the dvds for the entire run of the George Reeves Superman TV series from the 1950s for a while now, I've only just finished the first, climaxing with a double parter: Superman and the Mole Men, which was the first of the stories to be filmed, originally as a B-feature and as a pilot for the TV series. Although the series at this point was filmed only in black and white, it was quite incredibly good and I can well understand why it was such a hit back then. I have another 4 series to enjoy watching yet, the later ones in full colour.

Mad Max - Fury Road

After the disappointment of the last Mad Max movie many years ago, this looks like a return to the form of Mad Max 2 - The Road Warrior, which was the best of the original three. I just hope the film lives up to the trailer!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Daft Amazon Review of Aickman's Dark Entries

Yesterday I bought the kindle edition of Robert Aickman's collection Dark Entries from I was surprised to see the following review of it on the Amazon site. And the reviewer has the temerity to call Amazon stupid! What reader gives a book a one star review like this? Unbelievable!

See below. To follow this and the comments that others posted click on this link.  

(Update: the link will no longer work as the one-star review has now been removed. I complained to Amazon about it.)

This was the review: "Don't be so damn stupid, Amazon - I only bought it yesterday and haven't finished reading the previous book yet."

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The Pan Book of Horror Scrapbook to go ahead

The great news is that Johnny Mains' kickstarter campaign to raise £5,000 to publish the Pan Book of Horror Scrapbook has succeeded. At the moment the actual amount pledged stands at £5,756.