Saturday, 26 September 2015
Thursday, 24 September 2015
Wednesday, 16 September 2015
Tuesday, 15 September 2015
Sunday, 13 September 2015
For Stuart Keane's latest release - Cine, we return to Lake Whisper, a place that has seen its fair share of horror.
The town has a new cinema - A state of the art business, with its choice of eleven screens it is by far the most established cinema within the county (at least).
The book is written in a day by day format, starting with the Cinema opening on Thursday – Day Zero and following through to its finale on the following Friday.
The hustle and bustle of the lobby, a mix up over the payment of their tickets sees a couple of cinema goers exchanging words with a rude girl in the queue after sniping at them from beneath her beanie hat and hoodie. A cinema worker observes the altercation from a distance whilst standing on his pedestal surveying his domain - Enter Keeley and Jordan. We cut to a scene where the same woman is forced to make a decision that could result in life or death. From a distance, an observer watches.
The next section sees the introduction of the main characters, Huey and Leonard, Gemma a girl with a traumatic childhood, her friend Louise and her older sister Michelle. Michelle and Leonard are unofficially an item, he has tickets for the brand new cinema and has offered to take the group. We also get introduced to Alex - a local business man and Huey's employer. His main source of business - protection and racketeering, he is decided on shaking down Robert Benton, the cinema owner, something that doesn’t quite go to plan.
Saturday morning and the friends meet up at the cinema to watch the film, it starts at 10am. Michelle and Leonard couple up leaving the remaining member of the group to chat between themselves. After the film, Huey offers to treat the group to a McDonalds, The only problem - One of them is missing. None of them can recall seeing them since during the film. The group begin to get concerned when they don't turn up after 30 minutes.
They report the disappearance to the police, DI James Sutton advises that there is nothing that the police can do officially for another six hours but promises to stop by at the cinema later that evening to look around – a decision that he will severely regret making, he finds the missing person, but at his own personal cost.
Invitations go out to the entire town, offering free tickets to a movie showing on Friday. The lure of a freebie leads half of the town to attend the showing as Robert Benton unveils his surprise – screen nine. A vast, six hundred seated auditorium where he is to put on a show that people have never seen the likes of.
This book has cemented Keane as a true kingpin of English horror writers in my mind, he portrays situations that are believable yet truly terrifying. As a reader you get the feeling that you are caught up in a Wes Craven movie. The background of each character is laid out perfectly, not a single detail is left out. It is fast paced, and although the story has many layers it flows seamlessly. There are several brutal scenes in various stages of the book and the tension builds day by day right up until the climax – total depravity, a blood bath that will leave even the most extreme horror fan in a state of shock. Look out for the cameo parts in the latter part of the book, and a couple of references to other stories by the author, superb work.
Saturday, 12 September 2015
A succesful business man, business is a gamble. Something that Duncan is about to discover. As his debts mount and his luck continues to run out. He is left with only a small amount of money left in his back account, his luxury home - the penthouse in the luxury Watch Tower apartment complex and his laptop computer.
Duncan has a brainwave about setting up his own reality TV show. He has seen it so many times before, all of these shows were set up - fake. His would be real. Using the last of his money he buys the necessary equipment and presses record.
As things begin to unfold, Duncans deluded plan falls flat on its face and he has to desperately think of ways to bring viewers to his site.
A dark story with some great dialogue. Watch out for the unique, hilarious twist.
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
Nobody knows where the stones came from, or their purpose. In the opening chapter of the book we see Elizabeth Creasey meeting her grizzly demise at the hands of one of the mysterious objects whilst out walking her dog one morning.
We are introduced to several main characters each written from a different perspective and location from around the world;
Rick Bastion. An ex pop star living a recluse lifestyle off the back of his one hit wonder 'cross to bear.' Rick gets a surprise visit from someone who he hasn't seen in a while. His brother, Keith. Devon, UK.
Mina Magar and David Davids. Investigative reporter and photographer from the Slough Echo. London, UK.
Tony Cross. A soldier in the English army, currently serving in the border between Iraq and Syria.
Guy Granger. Captain of the USCG Hatchet. Lower Bay, New York.
The story cuts to the perspective of Samantha Smart, Central Park. One of the stones has opened up, revealing a gateway - the scene transcends into carnage as evil creatures and demons attack the earth in their hundreds, killing anyone that stands in their way. Literally creating hell on earth.
From here on in we follow the stories from the different aspects of the main characters. Each one a different scenario played out with developing twists. Each character have their own agendas. Sacrifices are made, unlikely alliances are formed and people are drafted in from across the globe to make a stand against this common threat.
Anyone who knows Iains work would tell this was his writing without being told. It has his signature stamped all over it. Take aspects from The Final Winter, Savage, and Soft Target and you will have an idea of the scale of an apocalypse portrayed in the gates.
Anyone unfamiliar with Iains work, think Hellraiser meets Independence Day.
Effortless to read , well written and scary as Hell (on Earth)
Trey and Simone have been happily married for sixteen years. They have a good marriage and a healthy sex life. Which is why it came as such a surprise to Simone when she came home one day to find Trey in bed with another woman - Sharon, the office bike.
After the affair, the seeds of doubt were sewn in Simone's mind, the man she married, once the man of her dreams was a cheat, she struggled to trust him after he admits that the affair had been going on a couple of months.
Being a proud woman, Simone never told anyone of her husband's betrayal, not even her family and closest friends.
She finds herself completely paranoid about his every action. She suspects every single phone call or text message that he receives. She threatens to leave, she starts to have hallucinations about Trey and his lover. It begins to affect her sleep and her health.
Trey lays it on the line and suggests that they both take a holiday - A road trip together, to essentially make or break their marriage. She begrudgingly agrees.
Following a random run in with a racist thug at a petrol station, Simone runs to Trey's office for a shoulder to cry on, only to find that his car isn't there. He isn't at work and neither is Sharon.
Betrayal and hurt turns to anger and thoughts of revenge as the story takes a much darker path.
Enter Nathan Tyson, the well educated man with his own agenda. A man who believes that fear is the ultimate motivation.
I can't give too much away as it is essentially the plot of the story but i will say expect the unexpected with several clever plot twists along the way. There will be violence, sex, and depravity. The finale of this book will leave you stunned.
Shaw and Bray really take us to a dark place in this book. Gritty, shocking and superb. Be warned, its not for the faint hearted.
This new collection of short stories is from a series of fairly new or unknown writers. Please do not let this deter you!! Setting aside Jack Rollins and Stuart Keane, I have never read of of the work from any of the other authors in this anthology.
From the offset Rollins and Keane catch our attention immediately by grabbing us around the literary scruffs of our necks with their tales Home Sweet, Home and Bon Appetite respectively. Both of which are well written and examples of authors understanding the truest concept of horror.
I wont mention all of the stories, but the collection continues and shoots off in many different angles and introduces sub genres. Each story told with a unique spin and delivery. Here is my pick of my favourite five;
Be Careful What You Wish For by Sharon Higa - A short but punchy tale of an ill fated hitch hiker.
Bovine Rule by SL Dixon - Horror meets dark humour as the cows start to go wild.
Tactile Living by Audrey EL Coots - This clever story brings us a woman living her dream lifestyle with the help of a state of the art virtual reality game. What could possibly go wrong?
The Herald Of Our Times by Matthew Teah - An extremely well written story about an apocalypse scenario, written from a totally unique perspective.
Towards the end of the collection we see the intensity being increased until it explodes into the final story in the book, a story which i found a particularly uncomfortable read - And trust me, I do not scare easily!
Hell awaits by Feind Gottes - A story that just about nailed my entire worst fears in the most horrible way possible.
In summary, a great release from a fairly new press that really showcases the talents of some great undiscovered writers.
Coming soon - Behind Closed Doors : Tales of murder, passion, suspense and horror!
Featuring stories from Matt Shaw, Michael Bray, Andrew Lennon, Shaun Hupp, Stuart Keane, Matt Hickman, Craig Saunders, Ian Woodhead, Paul Flewitt and Mr E.Jones
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Behind Closed Doors
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Matthew Hickman, I live in a small town called Tipton in the West Midlands with my partner - Helen and our two children, Millie and Jake.
Over the past few months, I've tried my hand at writing and have been pleasantly surprised that some of the stories that I've submitted for collections have been accepted into various publications.
For many years I've been an avid reader. I enjoy books from any genre. I grew up reading brilliant books by;
As I grew, so did my love for reading and I lapped up many of the classics such as
Bram Stoker's - Dracula.
William Golding's - Lord Of The Flies.
Mark Twain's - Huckleberry Finn Adventures.
Mary Shelly's - Frankenstein
Fyodor Dostoyevski's - Crime And Punishment.
As long as it was entertaining, I would read it.
Over the past few years I've developed a taste for the horror and thriller genres. I've read anything as far back as classic horror books by Edgar Allen Poe, Bram Stoker and William Hope Hodgson through to the more traditional horror writers such as Stephen King, Richard Laymon, Dean Koontz, James Herbert and Clive Barker.
Along came digitally published books and with it came a whole new host of authors that I started to persue. Writers included Alex Kava, JA Konrath, Bryan Smith, Matt Shaw, Michael Bray, Iain Rob Wright, Graeme Reynolds, Tim Miller and Ian Woodhead right the way through to new writers who are currently starting out. I've found some great up and coming writers like Stuart Keane, Jack Rollins, Kyle M Scott, Andrew Lennon and Shaun Hupp.
It is my intention to use this blog to keep you updated with any reviews of books that I believe that you may be interested in and general news from various authors. Including dates and details of releases including pieces by myself.
Watch this space..
Thanks for reading