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September

The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes, edited by Mike Ashley

Paul is delighted to announce that he is contributing a story to the new Mammoth Book of Sherlock Holmes Abroad anthology, to be published by Constable & Robinson/Running Press (publishers of the Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures – above).

Edited by bestselling author Simon Clark, the stellar line-up includes such writers as Mark Morris, Alison Littlewood, Paul Finch and Chris Lunt (who wrote the recent TV series, Prey). The character is currently riding high, with not one but two small screen incarnations: the UK’s Sherlock (which recently cleared up at the Emmys) and American show Elementary (both below).

Sherlock

 

Elementary

Paul’s story is called ‘The Case of the Lost Soul’ and you can find the Amazon link to this officially endorsed mass-market book here.

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Being Human

It’s that time of year again, and Paul will be at FantasyCon in York this coming weekend. Running from Friday to Sunday, you’ll find him on a panel on the Saturday at 5pm talking about TV horror with Guest of Honour Toby Whithouse (creator of Being Human, above), one of the contributors to the Hellboy miniseries Witchfinder (below), Maura McHugh, and creator of Afterlife (below) Stephen Volk.    

 

Afterlife

 

Witchfinder, Maura McHugh

You can find the complete schedule on the FantasyCon site here.

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The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Mark Morris

Our Guest Writer section for September is devoted not to a person, but a book. The Spectral Book of Horror Stories (above) – edited by Mark Morris (Toady, Cinema Macabre, and next month’s Guest Writer) – is launching at FantasyCon and to celebrate we have an exclusive extract from the aforementioned Stephen Volk’s story (Stephen is, of course, responsible for the Spectral publication Whitstable, below, which has been nominated for a British Fantasy Award this year).

Whitstable, by Stephen Volk

To read the extract click here. To find out more details and buy the book click here.

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Fangoria Magazine

 

In issue #336 of the famous American horror magazine Fangoria, you’ll find Paul’s piece on the creepy new TV series Intruders, which includes exclusive quotes from the author of the novel it’s based on, Michael Marshall. Starring John Simm (below) and Mira Sorvino, the show is already screening in the States on BBC America and we’re due to get it here very soon.

 

John Simm, Intruders

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August Extra

Nicholas Vince
Photo Credit: Claire Grogan Photography

Just in time for the UK bank holiday, our Guest Writer for August is actor and author Nicholas Vince (above). Nicholas is, of course, famous for such film roles as Chatterer Cenobite from Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Kinski from Nightbreed (below).

 

Chatterer Cenobite

 

Kinski from Nightbreed

 

His latest collection is Other People’s Darkness (below)…

 

Other Peoples' Darkness, by Nicholas Vince

 

And you can read ‘Green Eyes’, taken from his debut collection What Monsters Do (below) by clicking here.

 

What Monsters Do, by Nicholas Vince

Nicholas is also responsible for the ‘Luggage from the Crypt’ interview series. Click here to find him chattering with fellow Hellraiser & Nightbreed actor Simon Bamford in September, and to watch his interview with Female Cenobite and previous Guest Writer Barbie Wilde this coming Sunday simply click here.

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August

Shadow-Writer The Non-Fiction vol. 2, Paul Kane

 

Another month, another new book and we’re delighted to announce that Shadow Writer – The Non-Fiction Vol. 2: Articles and Essays (above, with the wraparound cover) is now out. This from the official press release:

‘Bestselling and award-winning author and editor, Paul Kane (the Arrowhead trilogy, Lunar, Hellbound Hearts, The Mammoth Book of Body Horror) has also been a genre journalist and writer for almost twenty years, working for such magazines as SFX, Rue Morgue, GoreZone, Eclipse, Area 51, DeathRay and Fangoria to name but a few. He wrote the bestselling, critically-acclaimed and British Fantasy Award-nominated The Hellraiser Films and their Legacy, and compiled Voices in the Dark (interviews with such genre luminaries as Neil Gaiman, John Carpenter, Ron Perlman and Betsy Palmer) with his wife, Marie O’Regan. Here, for the first time, we present a collection of his articles and essays which span the entirety of his career. Covering subjects as far ranging and interesting as the work of Clive Barker, Planet of the Apes,Jack the Ripper, Child’s Play, Masters of Horror, Genetics in SF movies, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Lord of the Rings, Robots in Cinema, The Hound of the Baskervilles and the legacy of H.G. Wells, this book also includes event reports and Paul’s Masters dissertation about Women in Horror: Scream Queens (never published before). A non-fiction book that no fan of the genre should be without.’

Like Vol. 1: Reviews (see previous news sections for more details) the book is again published by BearManor and can be bought here in the UK and here in the US.

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Edge-Lit

Paul had a great time guesting at Edge-Lit in Derby last month, and below you can find photos of him on the Dark Borders panel with Simon Clark and Janet Edwards – with Kim Lakin-Smith moderating, sitting next to Freda Warrington. You can also see Guest of Honour Half a King author Joe Abercrombie MC-ing at the raffle. 

L to R: Paul Kane, Simon Clark, Jan Coleborn-Edwards

 

L to R: Kim Lakin-Smith, Freda Warrington

 

Paul Kane

 

Joe Abercrombie

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You can find a brand new interview with Paul – including an up-to-date bibliography – on the Festivale site as part of their ‘The Usual Questions’ section.

To read this, just click here.

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Avengers: Captain America and Thor

If you’re suffering from withdrawal symptoms after all the news about Avengers: Age of Ultron (above) coming out of San Diego Comic-Con, then head over to Sci-Fi Bulletin where you can read Paul’s review of the new Avengers Confidential cartoon, Black Widow & Punisher (below) here.

Avengers Confidential: Black Widow and Punisher

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Ghosts, by Paul Kane

Another glowing review for Paul’s GHOSTS collection now, this time from Chris Limb at the British Fantasy Society, who had this to say: ‘A compilation of supernatural tales that lift the curtain on the ever-present spectre of death and what may lie beyond.
After the death of a hoarder the crew sent to clean up his house encounter more than they bargained for… A hotel room with a deadly secret… A selfless charity worker who is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve who hope to persuade him to change his ways… An unexpected guest at a funeral… Social media updates from beyond the grave… GHOSTS  is an enthralling collection of stories – some with a humorous touch, some thick with heartbreak and some which will chill to the bone – all of which will trouble the reader long after they have finished the final page. Although in theory short story collections are designed to be dipped into, this one is as compelling as a novel and no sooner has one story ended than the next drags you into its sphere of influence.
The protagonists of all these stories are immaculately drawn – convincing and very realistic with foibles and neuroses like the rest of us. This makes it all the more shocking when they come up against the unexplained and the downright terrifying. In some of the stories the supernatural element is an extrapolation of very real human tragedy – the death of a parent or child – and in others it has a terrifying life all its own. Two of the stories here are sequels to perhaps a couple of the most famous ghost stories of all time – Dickens’s A Christmas Carol and “The Signal-man”. Some might consider it audacious to tackle these but they both work superbly – Humbugged as a dark comedy in which the ghostly visitors are attempting to get Scrooge’s descendant to stop being so compassionate and Signals as a grim tale of inevitability and destiny with an atmosphere as oppressive as the original and a circular logic about it which is as satisfying as it is horrifying.
A haunting selection of tales that all feel like classics, GHOSTS will probably draw the reader back to it again and again…’

To read the review on the BFS site, just click here and to buy the book itself click here or here.

And don’t forget, if you want to read about what inspired GHOSTS you can find a piece by Paul all about it on the Upcoming4Me website here, which is also, coincidentally, included in Shadow Writer – The Non-Fiction Vol. 2: Articles and Essays.

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July Extra

Den Patrick

Our Guest Writer for July is fantasy author Den Patrick (above). This from his official bio: Den Patrick was born in Dorset and shares a birthday with Bram Stoker. He has at various times been a comics editor, burlesque reviewer, bookseller and Games Workshop staffer. Anything to avoid getting a real job in fact. He lives and works in London. His first three books for Gollancz, the War Manuals, were released autumn of 2013. The Boy with the Porcelain Blade is his first novel. Find him at http://www.denpatrick.com/

The Boy With the Porcelain Blade, Den Patrick

And we're lucky enough to have an extract from The Boy with the Porcelain Blade (above) - so to read the first two stunning chapters as a PDF
download, simply click here.  

 

July

Clive Barker, Leviathan

We kick off this month’s news with the announcement that Clive Barker himself has been added to the list of interviewees for the Leviathan documentary Paul is involved with (see February & March news sections for more details).

More recent additions to the DVD include effects man Bob Keen; writer of Hellbound, Hell on Earth & Bloodline Peter Atkins and publicity man on the first three movies, Stephen Jones (all below), and the project has received support from the likes of Brian (Manhunter, X-Men 2) Cox who commented that Leviathan was ‘Well worth supporting’.

Leviathan Documentary: Bob Keen and Peter Atkins

 

Stephen Jones, Leviathan documentary

 

The Kickstarter campaign has almost reached its target, but if you still wish to contribute you can find the page here.

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Paul Kane

Photos now from last month’s Gemmell Awards ceremony which Paul attended at the Magic Circle in London, including Paul in the sunshine outside (above) and the event itself inside (below). It was a brilliant evening and a good time was had by all who went along!

 

David Gemmell Awards, 2014

 

David Gemmell Awards - Magic Circle, 2014

 

Awards ceremony, David Gemmell Awards, 2014

 

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Simon Bestwick, Paul Kane, Emma Newman and Ian Culbard at Edge Lit

Looking ahead now to Edge-Lit 3 – sponsored by Gollancz and SF Gateway – where Paul is a Guest on 19th July at the Quad in Derby (above is a photo of Paul on the ‘Are We Still Afraid of Monsters?’ panel, moderated by Simon Bestwick and featuring Emma Newman and Ian Culbard, during the first Edge-Lit event a couple of years ago).

A PDF of the full schedule of events has now been released here and we can report that Paul is on the ‘Dark Borders: Where Horror and Other Genres Meet’ panel at 2pm and the ‘What An Editor Really Wants Panel’ at 5pm, as well as doing a signing at 12:15 – 12:45.

To book your place, simply click here.

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Publishers of the bestselling Arrowhead trilogy and sellout Hooded Man omnibus, Abaddon, are having a summer sale at the moment (above) featuring selected Afterblight titles and including Paul’s books at a reduced price.

The sale only lasts until 17th of this month, so don’t miss out – go straight to the sale page on the Rebellion store here.

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Best British Horror 2014

Editor of the Best British Horror anthology published by Salt, the prolific Johnny Mains, has written a mini-review of Paul’s collection GHOSTS in which he says: ‘This has one or two stories that maybe should have been left out, but is more than made up for the fact that “Funeral For a Friend” blew me out of orbit and is a sublime piece of writing and shows why Paul is a much needed author in this genre of ours. 8.0/10.’

You can buy GHOSTS from Amazon here or directly from the publishers here.

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June

Shadow Writer The Non-Fiction Volume 2, by Paul Kane

Above is the exclusive first look at the cover to the second volume of Paul’s Shadow Writer – The Non-Fiction series, once again published by BearManor. This one collects the very best of his articles – including the popular Kane’s Korners he used to write – and essays, all covering a wide range of genre topics.

More about this as and when.

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Beware the Dark

A new glowing review of GHOSTS has appeared in the second Beware the Dark magazine from SST publications (above). Here’s what William J. Grabowski had to say: ‘I’m embarrassed to admit not knowing much about the work of Paul Kane, but let’s face it: you can’t read everything. So I came to his hefty collection of short fiction with no preconceptions, beyond a simple awareness of his high rating shared by readers and fellow writers. My ignorance had the serendipitous effect of providing a fresh perspective. As Nancy Kilpatrick writes in her Introduction, Kane explores a wide variety of ghostly manifestations, each written with inventive verve and eclectic personality so lacking in much recent “ghost fiction,” which seems reliant on bad TV and movies and “clever” gimmicks. I’m pleased to report this collection has none of those failings, and can’t remember when I’ve more enjoyed a single-author collection.

‘Too, such narrative diversity showcases Kane’s adaptability. “Homeland,” wherein a gruff clean-up crew tasked to handle the residence of a deceased hoarder, literally have their hands – and fears – full. (Having once worked in disaster-restoration, this really chilled me.) Kane is adept at fusing physical detail with emotional, bringing his settings to life, no matter how unpleasant. In “Funeral for a Friend,” we are reminded that the passed-on can be unwilling to pass over the sins of the living…a morality tale for the New Shallow who’re too busy to live. “Wind Chimes” is a lacerating tale of loss, redemption, and…never mind. Kane’s own script for what became a short film, directed by Brad Watson, ends the book, and even includes a Watson Intro. The book’s front-matter helpfully (for late-comers like me) lists books published – and edited – by the author.’

You can buy copies of Beware the Dark from the publisher site here.

And you can buy GHOSTS from the Spectral Press shop here.

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The Killing Club, by Paul Finch

The SW site is very happy to welcome back another old friend for the Guest Writer section this month. The Killing Club (above) is the latest in Paul Finch’s crime series of novels featuring DS Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg, and heralds the return of ‘The Good Guys’ from last year’s bestselling Stalkers (below). To read the exclusive extract just click here

Stalkers, by Paul Finch

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Butterfly remarque by Paul Kane

Paul was hard at work last month doing more remarques for fans (original illustrations inside copies of his books), like the ones above – inside The Butterfly Man – and below – inside a copy of Shadow Writer. Due to demand, a page for these will soon be set up on the SW site and Paul is now charging for them. In the meantime if you’re interested in having a personalised remarque done, drop a line here.

Shadow Writer Remarque by Paul Kane

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The David Gemmell Legend Awards

Paul will be at the prestigious David Gemmell Legend Award Ceremony once again on 13th June held at the Magic Circle headquarters in London. A wonderful event, hopefully he will see some of you there and to check out the list of nominees this year you can visit the site here.

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May

Zombie Apocalypse! Endgame, edited by Stephen Jones

The fantastic cover for forthcoming anthology Zombie Apocalypse! Endgame, featuring Paul’s story ‘He is Legend’ (see last month’s news) has now been revealed and it’s a belter (above).

You can pick up your copy later this year when it hits the shelves, but in the meantime you can visit the publisher page for the book by clicking here.

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A Darke Phantastique, edited by Jason V. Brock

More short story news now, as Paul can now announce that his tale ‘Michael the Monster’ will feature in the gorgeous hardback anthology A Darke Phantastique (above), edited by Jason V. Brock and published by CYCATRIX PRESS. Paul features in this alongside such genre heavyweights as Dennis Etchison, Joe R. Lansdale, and creator of Logan’s Run William F. Nolan to name but a few.

The page for the book on the publisher’s site with pre-order details for the trade and lettered editions, plus full line-up of stories can be found here and here.

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Dead Roots

Paul’s copy of the limited edition hardback version of the Dead Roots zombie comic anthology arrived last month (above). It features his story ‘The Easy Way Out’, which was illustrated by Jack Tempest (below). Other contributors include Torchwood’s James Moran and Dr Who’s Jason Arnopp, but for the full line up visit the anthology’s site here.

Dead Roots anthology

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Black Cathedral, by L.H. Maynard and M.P.N. Sims

Paul is delighted to welcome a couple of old friends as Guest Writers on the site this month. Publishers, editors and authors Maynard and Sims, who write the paranormal Department 18 thrillers, like Black Cathedral (above) and crime novels – as Maynard Sims – like Let Death Begin (below), are celebrating 40 years in the business with the Maynard Sims Library. Click here to read an exclusive short story called ‘COAT’ which will feature in a future volume.

Let Death Begin by Maynard Sims

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Noir Anthology, edited by Ian Whates

Reviews now, and the first has come in for the Noir anthology, edited by Ian Whates and containing Paul’s story ‘Grief Stricken’. Here’s what Amazing Stories thought of the tale: ‘“Grief Striken” is a dark revenge thriller with no fantastical or supernatural elements. The protagonist is on a quest to find the doctor responsible for the death of his wife. What follows will not be pleasant. Paul Kane’s story may remind you of a Christopher Nolan film. I forget which one.’

To read the full review, click here and to purchase the book click here or here.

 

Horror 101: The Way Forward

While the non-fiction book Paul contributed to, Horror 101: The Way Forward, has just been reviewed on Nick Daw’s Writing Blog, where he commented: ‘Horror 101 comprises over sixty articles from a wide range of horror writers, including big names such as Graham Masterton and Ramsey Campbell and some up-and-coming authors whose names are not (yet) as well known... There are articles on subjects such as how to get an agent (and whether you need one), the pros and cons of Kindle self-publishing, creating audiobook versions of your work, screenplay writing, and so on. But there is plenty of advice related to the craft of horror fiction writing as well, including developing your ideas, avoiding genre clichés, endings to avoid, proofreading and editing, and many more…The articles are interspersed with thought-provoking quotes from successful writers, from Stephen King to Lord Byron.’

To read the full review click here and to order the book click here.

 

The Rainbow Man, by P.B.Kane

Finally, The Rainbow Man received yet another glowing review, this time from Layers of Thought who said: ‘This is a terrific, slowly escalating thriller that readers who love scary books will devour. I know I did. And it’s a perfect read to take in on one sitting…I would say that the author knows his craft, creating this “clean” literary thriller that will be just as great for teens as for adults. It has a great setting that the reader will love – an island somewhere off the UK. It’s a small coastal town that helps create a feeling of being stranded, which is a key element in the story for Daniel as he is the only person to believe that the rainbow man is not who he leads everyone to believe. Recommended for lovers of horror and books with paranormal or mythological twists. Also recommended to audio book listeners since it’s just as great of a book in its audio version, with its UK accented reader. Highly recommended at 4 stars.’

You can read the full review here and visit the publisher page at Rocket Ride Books – which includes glowing recommendations from the likes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer author Nancy Holder – by clicking here.

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April

Zombie Apocalypse! ed. by Stephen Jones

We start this month with some exciting short story news. Paul’s tale ‘He is Legend’, an homage to the famous Richard Matheson vampire novel, is to appear in the third Zombie Apocalypse! book, edited by Stephen Jones. Zombie Apocalypse! Endgame follows the original Zombie Apocalypse! (above) and Zombie Apocalypse! Fightback (below) and will be out in mass market paperback later this year.

 

Zombie Apocalypse! Fightback - edited by Stephen Jones

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Noir, edited by Ian Whates

And, as reported last month, Paul’s crime story ‘Grief Stricken’ appears in the NewCon anthology Noir (above) alongside writers such as Adam Roberts, Simon Kurt Unsworth and Marie. The book is out now and you can buy your copy in hardback or paperback here but you can also purchase as part of a very special limited edition ‘Black Box’, which comes with the other NewCon crime anthology La Femme and lots of extras (below).

 

Newcon Black Box, containing La Femme and Noir anthologies

 

 

To buy that, just click here

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Edge-Lit 3

Paul is delighted to announce that he’s one of the Guests at this year’s Edge-Lit (above) at the Quad in Derby, on Saturday 19th July. Sponsored by the likes of Gollancz and Harper Voyager, the Guests of honour this year are fantasy author Joe Abercrombie and SF author Charles Stross, while other guests include Simon Clark, Jane Fenn, Conrad Williams and Niki Valentine.

To book your place visit the site here.

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Michael Boatman

Spin City, The Good Wife and Anger Management star turned author, Michael Boatman (above) is our Guest Writer on the site for April. You can read an exclusive extract from his latest novel Last God Standing (below), published by Angry Robot, by clicking here.

Last God Standing, by Michael Boatman

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Frankenstein: The True Story

Lastly this month, Paul’s reviews for the DVD release Frankenstein: The True Story and Michael Marshall Smith’s new collection Everything You Need are now up on the Sci-Fi Bulletin site here and here.

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March

Shadow Writer: The Non-Fiction, by Paul Kane

We kick off this month with the first Kane book release of 2014, Shadow Writer – The Non-Fiction Vol. 1: Reviews (above) from BearManor. This from the official press release:

‘Bestselling and award-winning author and editor, Paul Kane (the Arrowhead trilogy, Lunar, Hellbound Hearts, The Mammoth Book of Body Horror) has also been a genre journalist for almost twenty years, working for such magazines as SFX, Rue Morgue, GoreZone, Eclipse, Area 51, DeathRay and Fangoria to name but a few. He also wrote the bestselling, critically-acclaimed and British Fantasy Award-nominated The Hellraiser Films and their Legacy, and compiled Voices in the Dark (interviews with such genre luminaries as Neil Gaiman, John Carpenter, Ron Perlman and Betsy Palmer) with his wife, Marie O’Regan. Here, for the first time, we present a collection of his film, TV and book reviews which span the entirety of his career. From movies like The Black Cat, Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Blade Runner, right up to The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus and Avengers; from TV shows such as Dr Who, Time Tunnel and Night Gallery, to Xena, Masters of Horror and Stargate: Universe; from classic novels such as Nineteen Eighty-Four, I Am Legend and The Haunting of Hill House, to more modern fare like Under the Skin, The Intruders and The Secret of Crickley Hall…there should be something of interest for all fans of the genre.’

You can order the book here and read an ‘Author of the Week’ interview with Paul about the release here.

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The Rainbow Man, by P.B. Kane

As well as yet another five star customer review on Amazon for The Rainbow Man here, the novel was recently given a Readers’ Favourite Five Star Review, which commented: ‘The Rainbow Man by P.B. Kane is a quiet, sinister fantasy thriller with a mythological twist… Like the secrets of Shorepoint, the plot reveals itself in relentless, slithering waves that break upon the strand of reason and erode the reader’s sense of security. As the various denizens of Shorepoint are alternately lulled into complacency or perplexed by the blight that has befallen their normally idyllic community, shadows loom and threaten until the reader is breathless with anticipation. Conversational, engaging narrative makes The Rainbow Man a real page-turner, appropriate for young audiences but gripping enough to hold any adult’s attention.

In Shorepoint, P.B. Kane has created a vivid, bustling community full of people who could easily be our friends and neighbours; good people whom one would never want to see in distress. As a result, the reader is drawn into the story with a sense of real concern for the way things might turn out in the end. The Rainbow Man is a multi-hued, keenly absorbing work of contemporary fantasy with enduring images that will linger long after the story is finished.’   

You can visit the publisher page at Rocket Ride Books – which includes glowing recommendations from the likes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer author Nancy Holder – by clicking here.

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Horror 101

Paul’s essay on ‘Writing About Film and for Film’ is included in Crystal Lake Publishing’s Horror 101 book (above), which also features helpful pieces by the likes of Ramsey Campbell, Jack Ketchum, Graham Masterton, Mort Castle, Ellen Datlow and more, covering most topics of the genre.

The e-book is out on March 10, so keep an eye on the CL site here for more details as and when.

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The Girl With No Hands & Other Tales, by Angela Slatter

Our Guest Writer slot this month is taken up by Aurealis Award-winner and World Fantasy Award-finalist, Angela Slatter – author of The Girl With No Hands (above) and Black-Winged Angels (below). To read ‘Frozen’ just click here.

Black-Winged Angels, by Angela Slatter

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Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II

Paul had a great time in Birmingham last month filming his bits for the Leviathan documentary (above), and found out he is to get a featurette to himself about the sequels – in conversation with director Gary Smart. Below is a picture from the day showing Paul (middle) with Marie, immediate right, Chatterer Cenobite Nicholas Vince far right, Paul’s daughter Jen, immediate left, and Butterball Cenobite Simon Bamford, far left.

L to R: Simon Bamford (Butterball Cenobite), Jen O'Regan, Paul Kane, Marie O'Regan and Nicholas Vince (Chatterer Cenobite)

 

More people have been added to the list of interviewees, including producer of the first two Hellraisers, Christopher Figg, and Pinhead himself, Doug Bradley (below).

Doug Bradley

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Finally this month, Paul is delighted to announce that his crime story ‘Grief Stricken’ is to be included in the Noir anthology, published by NewCon press and launching at Eastercon in Glasgow next month.

Join us next month for more Shadow Writer news and announcements.

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February

Sleeper(s) by Paul Kane

The first piece of news this month is a glowing 4/5 review of one of Paul’s most recent novels, Sleeper(s). Here’s what Horror Novel Reviews reported: ‘I’ll be the first to say I’m not a big fan of zombie novels (not the most popular opinion, I know). Looking at the cover I figured that’s what this was. Luckily I couldn’t have been more wrong. There’s more than a trace of that subgenre here, but Paul Kane’s Sleeper(s) is unlike anything I’ve read. Part medical thriller, part zombie story, part fairy tale and part sci-fi shlockfest, Sleeper(s) is a unique beast that genre fans of all sorts will enjoy… I was drawn in immediately by the general conceit, and drawn further by the great characterisation. Strauss, his assistant, and the group of people they’re with are all three-dimensional personalities, flawed (sometimes deeply) but with understandable motivations…

The atmosphere is brilliant as well. It’s utterly creepy. Kane does a great job mixing tension with a sort of hazy, dreamlike quality that appropriately matches the story’s events. It’s got the feel of a modern dark fairy tale, partly inspired as it seems to be by Sleeping Beauty. The first act is all mystery, and really keeps you turning the pages… I won’t spoil plot details or get into the origin of the virus. All I will say is there’s a lot to like here, and I very much recommend it. It’s a cerebral take on the genres it culls from, but it’s fast-paced and always entertaining. Think of it as the written equivalent of a B-movie with brains. Good stuff indeed.’

You can read the full review here, read an exclusive extract of the novel here and order the book in paperback or on Kindle here and here.

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More reviews now, and another for Paul’s first YA book The Rainbow Man (the trailer for which you can find above) this time on the Ebookwyrm’s website here. Reviewer Andy Angel commented: ‘Daniel Routh lives in a small fishing community on the island of Shorepoint with his mother and his little brother Mikey. After a storm he, his brother and two friends, Jill and Greg follow a rainbow and find a body on the beach. This strange, unknown man, when he recovers, becomes a part of community life, everyone seems to love him but Dan is not convinced. Alas, he seems to be the only one, though.

This is P B Kane’s first foray into YA fiction (he is better known as Paul Kane) and a very fine effort it is too. Not as much of an all out horror story, more of a creeping fear. It makes you feel as though you are watching events, you want to yell at the characters to wise up to what is happening. I must say I really enjoyed this and by the end I was so wrapped up in the story that when the “reveal” of who the man on the beach really is I never saw it coming, even though I should have guessed. Hopefully Mr Kane will write more in this genre as well as his usual adult horror tales
(and if you have a young adult reader treat them to a copy of this… and read it yourself when you can pry it out of their hands).’

 

You can also read the story behind this novel on the Upcoming4Me site by clicking here.

 

Ghosts, by Paul Kane

There were reviews for both The Rainbow Man and Paul’s most recent collection GHOSTS on Terror Tree published here last month. Here’s what Theresa Derwin said about the former: ‘This YA novel by Paul Kane features an introduction by Morganville Vampires author Rachel Caine and according to the blurb, “you will never look at a rainbow in the same way again.”… I was more than a little excited to read this book, especially as Caine likens it to Hitchcock in tone, more of a creeping build up than a Michael Bay bang.

Daniel Routh would never forget the day they found the body. This book is refreshing in that its teenage characters aren’t all angsty with more excess baggage that Paris Hilton going through airport control. Daniel’s little brother Mikey is always tagging along with Daniel and his best friends, which isn’t surprising given that they live on an island with little to do. So the teenagers with Mikey in toe set off on an adventure following the storm of the previous night. On the beach the next day as the kids explore, the enthusiastic collie Vincent appears to be chasing the left over rainbow that leads to the body of a man, barely alive. But there is something about the man, whose only name he can remember is John, that makes Daniel distinctly uncomfortable. Strange things are happening in the village, which Daniel believes could be linked to the mysterious newcomer John Dee, the Rainbow Man.

As usual with Kane’s writing there is a great deal of atmosphere from the outset. The ghost of the boys losing their father hovers around the text. There is an almost Stephen King vibe to the novel, with the small town environment, intimate locals and a sense of the supernatural. Kane keeps the tension building as Daniel, then his friends investigate exactly who, or what, the Rainbow Man is. This is a compelling story of Daniel’s growth into adulthood and the nature of humanity and the grip of something inherently evil on a small community. And when the mythology is finally revealed, well, what a cracker. Brilliant YA Fantasy in action.’

And her thoughts on GHOSTS: ‘This collection from Spectral Press brings together 16 short stories on the subject of ghosts and hauntings from one of my favourite modern horror writers, Paul Kane. Also included here is the film script for Wind Chimes as well as the story itself (which I’ll come to later).

With the title and subject matter you may be expecting terror and frights all the way but the second piece “Kindred Spirits” is actually quite a feel good tale which left me with a smile. The majority of the tales here though will leave you placed well and truly on the edge of the seat. In amongst these stories there are two Christmas tales (including a re-working of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol), some proper haunting stories (“Grandpa’s Chair”, “The Procession”) and the truly scary (“The Suicide Room”), but the standout offering for me was “Wind Chimes”.

Sometimes, long after you finish a story, you find yourself recalling the events and “Wind Chimes” is a case in point. This is a truly disturbing tale that never lets go, but the highlight for me. This is a corker of a collection, just what the long, cold Winter nights need – just don’t be hoping for a good nights sleep after.’

 

Ghosts artwork, Edward Miller

And, finally, another review of GHOSTS from Dark Musings, who said: ‘GHOSTS is a collection of sixteen stories and one poem from Paul Kane, drawn from his back catalogue and based on the theme of, well, ghosts. The suitably atmospheric cover is by Les Edwards and it is, of course, another beautifully produced book.

It’s a strong collection of stories, written in clear, precise prose – there aren't too many stylish flourishes here, this is straightforward story-telling… It’s difficult in these post-modern times to make a ghost story scary and the tale that probably best achieves this is “Homeland”which uses the haunted house trope to good effect.

The standout stories for me were “Kindred Spirits”and “The Suicide Room”for the concepts behind them and “Wind Chimes”which is a nicely atmospheric tale with a twist. A DVD of the short film made form this story is also included.

Dickens provides the starting point for two of the stories in the collection. “Humbuggered”is an updated version of A Christmas Carol which didn't quite work for me, whereas “Signals”was my favourite story in the book. The story it references is “The Signal-man”– which just happens to be my favourite Dickens ghost story (and which is definitely the best of the BBC’s adaptations). I was a little apprehensive starting Signals – a high risk of sacrilege and all that – but actually really enjoyed this clever sequel to the original. GHOSTS is the first in Spectral’s Collections series and provides a strong start to what will hopefully be a long line to come.’

To read the full review, click here.

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Scribe Puzzle Box

To celebrate its official release, the Scribe Configuration (above) which Paul designed and came up with the backstory for now has its own promo page, which you can find here.

 

Leviathan, The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II

 

Leviathan Clapperboard and puzzle box

And sticking with the Hellraiser theme for a moment, Paul is due to be interviewed this month for a forthcoming major documentary about the first two movies in the series: Leviathan (above and below).

 

Paul Kane, author of The Hellraiser Films and their Legacy

 

The documentary features interviews with the cast and crew from the movies, including Nicholas Vince (Chatterer Cenobite), Barbie Wilde (Female Cenobite from Hellbound), Simon Bamford (Butterball Cenobite) and Kenneth Cranham (below, who played Dr Channard).

 

Kenneth Cranham

More news as and when, but in the meantime you can visit the official site for the film here.

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Book of the Tribes

Moving on to that other famous Clive Barker franchise now, and Paul has contributed a story and a piece of artwork to the Book of the Tribes – a tribute publication to Nightbreed, which coincides with the new extended ‘Cabal Cut’ of the movie, due out on DVD and blu-ray soon.

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The Sex Lives of Monsters, by Helen Marshall

Our Guest Writer this month is author of The Sex Life of Monsters (above) and the recent British Fantasy Award-winning Hair Side, Flesh Side (below), Helen Marshall. You can read a story from the latter entitled ‘Lines of Affection’ by clicking here.  

Hair side, Flesh Side by Helen Marshall

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Beyond Rue Morgue, edited by Paul Kane and Charles Prepolec

 

Some great news now about Paul’s anthology from last year, Beyond Rue Morgue published by Titan. One of the stories from the line-up ‘The Gruesome Affair of the Electric Blue Lightning’ by Joe R. Lansdale has been picked up to be reprinted in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2014 (below), edited by Paula Guran. Needless to say Paul, his co-editor on the project Charles Prepolec, and Joe himself are all delighted by this news!

 

Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, 2014, edited by Paula Guran

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Terror Tales of the Seaside, edited by Paul Finch

Terror Tales of the Seaside, which includes Paul’s story ‘Shells’ was reviewed by D.F. Lewis on the Null Immortalis site last month. He called the book itself, which is edited by Paul Finch, ‘superlative’ and here’s what he had to say about Paul’s tale:

“Then there, down along the beach – a couple by the edge of the water, holding hands and skimming stones into the sea.” A story of another marriage faced by its coming ‘Flowers of the Sea’ moment, as we all are faced by it eventually: a deadpan naivety told as an accretive zombie story through the young son of this couple who – while on holiday that is meant to break the circle, to save the family from such a slow motion dulling by fate – befriends a local boy by the sea …. But that friend’s gathered seashells when held to the ear, perhaps like those ears affixed to the stone arch in the Spalding story, sound out to us Stone’s “elevated white noise” or Spalding’s whistling – revealing, I sense, the encroachment of the central crux of this book: the “tenuous duty”, the depletion of self as an attempt to defeat those who would deplete us first. The pale-faced, melancholy side of the sea that we all should take into our soul even as we give back to it something of our own soul. It now seems fateful to me that this author had a story in the first Nemonymous a number of years ago, partly by which means, for me, this whole parthenogenetic process started.’

You can read the full review here.

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Birthday Cake

Finally February is, of course, Paul’s birthday month so we’re sure you’ll all join us in wishing the old man a very happy horror birthday!

Join us next month for more Shadow Writer news and announcements.

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January

The Rainbow Man, by P.B. Kane

Happy New Year! And we hit the ground running in 2014 with yet another four star review for Paul’s first YA book The Rainbow Man, this time from Once Upon a Moonlight, who said: ‘Full of mystery and intrigue, this story will suck you straight in to how a tight community can fall to pieces in the blink of an eye!... Daniel is a character who is consistent and driven to solve any problems, no matter what people think of him. He also tries his best to protect his family and friends no matter what, even if it means driving them away. His involvement in the story was key and his theories prompted you to try and solve the mystery alongside him…The mystery and conflict behind his story is incredibly engaging. The way that some of Daniel's thoughts concerning his father always ended in: ‘Especially before he...’, ah, I just really wanted to know what had happened. The manipulation of the community was interesting to read about, how they turned against each other and acted the opposite of their usual characters gave a thrilling and creepy edge to this story that kept you wanting to read further and allowed you to look deeper into their hidden feelings and personalities. This is an engaging and thrilling story, testing the friendships and family bonds between all when they are pushed to their limits.’

You can read the full review here and you can read a brand new interview with Paul about the book on the Layers of Thought site here.

Plus you can visit the publisher page at Rocket Ride Books – which includes glowing recommendations from the likes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer author Nancy Holder – by clicking here.

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Pain Cages, Paul Kane

Paul is also delighted to report that his novella collection from a couple of years ago, Pain Cages, published by Books of the Dead, reached #1 in the Amazon.com Horror Bestseller lists over the festive season.

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Theatre of Curious Acts, Cate Gardner

The first Guest Writer of the year is rising genre star Cate Gardner, author of Strange Men in Pinstripe Suits and Theatre of Curious Acts (above). We’re lucky enough to have an exclusive extract from her novella published by Delirium Books, Barbed Wire Hearts (below). To read this, just click here.

Barbed Wire Hearts, Cate Gardner

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Miseria's Chorale, edited by David Nell

Finally, Paul’s story ‘The Face of Death’ has been given another airing thanks to a major new horror anthology called Miseria’s Chorale, edited by David Nell and published by Forgotten Tomb Press. He features alongside authors such as Peter Crowther, Anna Taborska and Peter Mark May, and you can find out more at the publisher website here.

 

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