Wednesday, 14 November 2012

The Next Big Thing - My Invitees

Okay - so, following on from me, I have invited the following authors - check them out too - you know you want too!!!!


Greg Yeates

Dave Jeffery

Jason D. Brawn
Born 18th August 1973, date of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Jason has always been a lifelong fan of the horror genre, and is now writing fiction and poetry. His body of work includes anthologies, magazines, webzines and now his own books.
His blog
His website

And watch out on their sites next week for their answers

The Next Big Thing - My turn....

Okay - so, as mentioned previously, Barbie Wilde invited me into "The Next Big Thing" - here are my answers to the Questions asked - hope you enjoy.

(as I'm typing this I'm listening to Tara by Bryan Ferry - that's the kind of mood I'm in today!)

1. What is the working title of your next book?
As usual, I have a couple of projects on the go - but right at this moment I am compiling / editing a new horror anthology called "The Demonologia Biblica". 
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
Recently I've been obsessed with Demons - as well as this antho, I'm actually doing a second one for Static Movement called "Demonology".  King James 1st of England wrote a book called "Daemonologie" and was very personally involved in witch trials and the like - actually as I'm typing this perhaps I should write a Steampunk type of book where James 1st is a demon, I quite like that....hold that thought.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
There are twenty six authors in the book.....I would say horror with some elements of dark fantasy, dark comedy and a little bit of humour.... 

4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
My particular story is called "The Sixteenth Chapel" and (stop sniggering at the back) I have to thank Justin Bieber for the title.  If you don't know he was recently interviewed on David Letterman and he apparently mixed up Sistene Chapel with Sixteenth - but what was his stupidity was actually a flash of inspiration for me and I have written a series of stories which have appeared / are appearing in a number of anthologies about some mysterious goings on in Paris.

With that in mind - the "lead role" (as such) I wrote for a great young french actor called Vincent Rottiers - he's really getting a name for himself and MASSIVE things are predicted.  I've very recently written a short film script also set in Paris with him in mind which has just got me nominated for "best screenplay" at the upcoming Monaco Film Fest.   

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
For the antho as a whole it would be something like "An A - Z of Demons" - I know, not very exciting and I'll work on that before publication.

For my personal story it would be something along the lines of "The Devil hides in the most strangest of places" but don't quote me on that - it'll be a thousand times better than that soon - as I say, it's a large story arc....
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
No - the antho will be published by Western Legends Press - back end of December or early 2013.  Check them out!
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
The story usually only takes a week or so but the editing / fine tuning - a couple of months!

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
For me, some of my work has been compared to early Clive Barker - so I'll stick with something like the "Books Of Blood".
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I'd love to say the Bieber but I won't....right now, I'd say PARIS inspires me on a daily basis.
10. What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?
The fact that I compiled / edited it?  No?  Okay - let's say it's a great anthology full of brilliant, nominated and award winning writers - and a cover by the amazing James Powell.  Western Legends are a new publisher and they deserve all the successes that are coming their way!!!!

More when I have it!!!

Here's the front cover:

The Next Big Thing - Barbie Wilde


I was asked by the delectable Barbie Wilde if I wanted to be part of  an ongoing chain of book and author recommendations called 'The Next Big Thing.'

First, here's a link to Barbie's site - please take a couple of moments to check it out and in particular her new book "The Venus Complex":


Nice little review over at the British Fantasy Society :>)

PHOBOPHOBIA Compiled and Edited by Dean M. Drinkel, Dark Continents Publishing, s/b, £9.99,

Reviewed by Matthew Johns
Phobophobia offers up 314 pages of tales about phobias – an A-Z of frightening fears, ranging from fear of written words (Bibliophobia), to fear of hospitals (Nosocomephobia), to fear of frogs (Ranidaphobia).
Some are exceptionally graphic – S is for Sarmassophobia, by D.M. Youngquist for example, where a man who is afraid of dating follows his female friend (who is a submissive) into a sex club and finds himself thrust into a world of bondage, which cures his phobia. Others though have their tongues firmly in cheek, such as the excellent J is for Jesusphobia by William Meikle. What happens when a good man with a deathly fear of Jesus dies and is sent to Heaven?
All of these short stories are incredibly gripping – some tug at the heart strings, some tug at the funny bone, while others just make you shiver. The bonus story from Steven Savile and Steve Lockley is also excellent, and worth waiting for.
If you like a good horror story, then check this anthology out – they probably won’t save you the cost of a visit to a psychiatrist to cure your phobias, but they’ll make you realise that whatever you’re afraid of, there are much worse things out there!

Cool - don't forget to check it out!!!

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Monaco Film Festival - Nomination

Cool - just found out that me / my screenplay has been nominated for "Best Screenplay" at the Monaco Film Festival in December.  It's called "Bright Yellow Gun"!!!!