Humble Bundle With Added Horror

Humble Bundle is selling a great selection of ebooks from Night Shade Books. For just $1.00, you get to download six digital titles including Best Horror of the Year Volume 1, edited by Ellen Datlow, which includes my Nebula Award-nominated novelette Girl in Pieces. Pay $8.00 to boost your booty to 13 books, and for … Continue reading Humble Bundle With Added Horror

“Alien: Covenant” Crew Remembers “Alien”

While researching my upcoming Cinefex article on Alien: Covenant, I spoke at length with supervisors in the visual effects, creature effects, and special effects departments. At the end of each interview, I asked everyone the same question: “What are your memories of seeing the original Alien for the first time?” As a long-time fan of the … Continue reading “Alien: Covenant” Crew Remembers “Alien”

Sledge-Lit 2016

If you want to hear me blathering on about dark tales, fantasy moviemaking, and many of the strange things that fill up my head, book yourself a place at Sledge-Lit 2016. This one-day convention is the Christmas special edition of the ever-popular Edge-Lit, Derby’s ongoing celebration of science fiction, fantasy and horror fiction. Guests of … Continue reading Sledge-Lit 2016

Animated Insanity with “Mad God: Part 2”

Can you imagine taking Fritz Lang’s Metropolis by the scruff of the neck, dragging it through a septic tank filled with toxic waste and owl pellets, electrocuting it, injecting it with dubious hormones, and irradiating its nether regions so that its secret inner organs grow tumours and swell to the size of rotted grapefruits before … Continue reading Animated Insanity with “Mad God: Part 2”

Free Fiction – “Ephemeron”

Happy New Year! My first blog post of 2016 comes with a free gift attached. Ephemeron is a story I wrote about four years ago. Having stumbled over it while rooting through my hard drive during the Christmas holidays, I read it through, and decided it was respectable enough to be let out in public. It's short and not terribly sweet. Actually, I … Continue reading Free Fiction – “Ephemeron”

Fire City: End of Days – Now on VOD

Directed by Tom Woodruff Jr., Fire City: End of Days is a genre-bending mix of urban fantasy, horror and detective thriller. Originally crowdfunded via a successful Kickstarter campaign, it's out on VOD today. I reviewed the film earlier this year, under its original title Fire City: The Interpreter of Signs. Here's a brief extract: Fire City: The Interpreter … Continue reading Fire City: End of Days – Now on VOD

Harbinger Down – Film Review

For a sci-fi horror movie set on a frost-covered trawler in the middle of the icy Bering Sea, Harbinger Down positively oozes warmth. A warm respect for its genre. A warm regard for its audience. And a blazing passion for its mission - to prove that old-school practical filmmaking techniques are alive and kicking in this brave new digital world. An unashamedly nostalgic riff … Continue reading Harbinger Down – Film Review

“Harbinger Down” Theatrical Release

A little over two year have passed since indie horror movie Harbinger Down, the brainchild of a gang of independent filmmakers led by the film's director Alec Gillis, reached its Kickstarter funding goal and went into production. This week, from 7 August 2015, the "Harbies" have reached the amazing milestone of achieving theatrical release for the finished feature. … Continue reading “Harbinger Down” Theatrical Release

Cinefex Looks at the Digital Makeup of “Maggie”

Just like Arnold Schwarzenegger, visual effects aren’t just about action and spectacle. In Henry Hobson’s melancholy zombie film Maggie, Schwarzenegger plays Wade Vogel, a devoted father who cares for his daughter, Maggie (Abigail Breslin), after she contracts a dreadful disease which gradually turns its victims into flesh-eating monsters. For my latest article on the Cinefex … Continue reading Cinefex Looks at the Digital Makeup of “Maggie”

Ten Reasons to Write Fantasy

 “Why don’t you write something normal for a change?” That’s what my wife often says to me after she’s read my latest piece of fiction. It doesn’t mean she doesn’t like what I’ve written - well, not always … It’s just another reminder that one man’s meat is another woman’s poison. So why bother to … Continue reading Ten Reasons to Write Fantasy