Fiction extract: Death Night by Todd Ritter

Monday, June 22nd 2015

Then the sirens started, so distant and muffled that Kat at first thought they were just another part of the dream. But they continued, even after Henry, the table and the paper all vanished. That’s when she knew they were real.
Kat listened without opening her eyes. Although they were far away, she could tell the sirens belonged to the fire department and not her police force. The ones on the firetrucks were louder and deeper — the baritones to her patrol cars’ tenor.
Sliding out of bed, she went to the window and saw the reason for the sirens — a fire, glowing orange and eerie in the distance.…

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Extract from Scott Mariani’s new Ben Hope thriller; The Martyr’s Curse

Sunday, June 7th 2015

Out now from Avon, here’s an extract from the latest thrillfest from Scott Mariani:

The first rumours had begun to circulate about a month after Salvator’s recovery. Just a few passing whispers to begin with, quickly growing to a widespread consensus that the presence of this itinerant priest was cause for deep concern. Increasingly, villagers complained that the content of his sermons was scandalous. He railed against core doctrines of the Church, even attacked the views of the Pope, which he declared to be ignoble and ungodly. But that wasn’t the worst of it. What really worried people were the seizures.…

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Avengers star Tom Hiddleston has narrated the audiobook of J.G. Ballard’s High Rise

Sunday, March 22nd 2015

Audible.co.uk is delighted to announce that Avengers star Tom Hiddleston has narrated the audiobook of J.G. Ballard’s High Rise ahead of the release of a highly anticipated film of the critically acclaimed novel.
Hiddleston, who is known to millions worldwide for his role as the evil god Loki in the blockbuster Thor and Avengers movies, has lent his voice to this first UK audiobook adaptation of High Rise, which was published in 1975.
High Rise is an unnerving dystopian tale of life in a modern tower block falling into disarray. Within the concealing walls of an elegant forty-storey tower block, the affluent tenants are hell-bent on an orgy of destruction.…

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Exciting news from Spectral Press – Michael Armstrong Screenplays

Wednesday, February 25th 2015

SPECTRAL PRESS IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE FOLLOWING:

London Repertory Company Joins Forces With Spectral Press To Publish The Entire Screen Play Output Of Michael Armstrong
February 25th 2015, London, UK – London Repertory Company are delighted to announce a working relationship with Spectral Press who will be publishing the complete screen play output of the LRC’s Artistic Director Michael Armstrong (Mark Of The Devil, Eskimo Nell) in paperback and e-book format, with the first edition due in April.
Spectral Press is a British Fantasy Award-nominated independent, specialising mainly in the supernatural, quiet horror, and ghost story end of the literary fiction spectrum.…

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The Cinema Museum trip with thanks to the @BFI

Sunday, February 22nd 2015

For several terms now, my son’s been enjoying a young filmmakers’ Saturday club run by the BFI (British Film Institute) at the SouthBank.
On Saturday, as an extra added bonus between his terms on Film Noir and Documentary filmmaking, they provided him with the opportunity of a guided tour and talk at one of London’s biggest kept secrets and a real Aladdin’s cave of cinema at the Cinema Museum in Kennington. And, better still, parents could go along too !
Well worth a trip if you want to swot up on the history of British cinema houses, although it is by tour arrangement only so you have to book up so they can arrange volunteers to take you round.…

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Boy in the box

Sunday, November 23rd 2014

Well, November’s racing along as it always does and, once again, my attempt at 50,000 words for Nanowrimo is being a real struggle.
However, in a bit of a furious writing session yesterday I did find an excuse to shoehorn in just under 250 words as part of that novel ‘The Very Last Night’ which is about witchcraft in a form that might just suit the latest ‘Horrorites’ challenge laid down by Laura Jamez over on her blog: www.officemango.com
As usual, she threw out a photo prompt (see below), and I figured this one could easily be the work of one of the witch’s disciples in my novel, so here you go…

‘Don’t touch it.’ The woman pushing the trolley said.…

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Living Doll: Horror Bites Challenge #2

Sunday, April 20th 2014

Thanks to Laura over at Office Mango for yet another unnerving picture prompt for a piece of flash fiction.
Here goes……
Living doll
She saw it twitch.
Was certain of it, but she said nothing – not wanting to appear the fool in front of her friends but sure that, before long, one of them was also bound to see it move.
Maybe by then though it would be too late, maybe it would be even more animated, perhaps moving quickly. In her mind’s eye it was already dragging itself across the wooden floor on its tiny claw-like hands, reaching up and grabbing the nearest leg it could reach as they all sat there, sinking sharp fangs into soft flesh, drawing blood quickly, drinking it down in thirsty gulps.…

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Self-Publishing in the Digital Age – A Writers & Artists essential conference – 2nd November

Thursday, September 12th 2013

Writers & Artists present the essential one-day conference on self-publishing, offering invaluable advice on everything from editing your manuscript and choosing a distributor to building book buzz and insider tips on getting your book into the bestseller charts.

Date: Saturday 2nd November 2013, 9.30AM – 6.00PM
Location: Imperial College, South Kensington Campus, Exhibition Rd, London SW7 2AZ
Tickets: £95
Discover what’s happening at the cutting edge of digital publishing innovation with today’s foremost digital publishing experts.
It’ll be a day of inspiration and information, with interviews with bestselling self-published authors Mel Sherratt and Tracy Bloom alongside talks from Kobo’s Diego Marano and Amazon’s Jon Fine on the tips, tools and services out there that can help you sell more books.…

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Frightfest 2013 – plenty of gore in store!

Friday, June 28th 2013

It’s out there ! – The programme has been released, and you can check it out on the Frightfest website.
And, what’s not to love about this year’s cracking poster and the nice inclusion of Peter Cushing and one of Ray Harryhausen’s skeletons by way of tribute?

Keith…

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Psychological Crime Writing Event at Waterstones Piccadilly

Friday, May 10th 2013

Just a quick heads up  – there’s a great triple bill of some of the finest names in psychological crime writing next Thursday (16th May) at Waterstones Piccadilly from 6.30pm.
Crime supremo Barry Forshaw will be chairing a panel comprising:
Erin Kelly – with her most recent title ‘The Burning Air’ – my review of ‘The Poison Tree’ HERE.
Sabine Durrant – with her breakout crime novel ‘Under Your Skin’
Alex Marwood – with the stunning ‘The Wicked Girls’, my review HERE.
And you can read my review of Mr Forshaw’s excellent ‘Death in a Cold Climate’ HERE.
Tickets are just £3 (please quote CRIMECLUB) from Waterstones 020 7851 2419 or email events@piccadilly.waterstones.co.uk
Enjoy!…

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