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May

HWA Pubmeet Derby

 

To kick off May, above and below are photos from the first ever HWA UK Horror Meet held in Derby at the Ye Olde Dolphin Inne – including Marie introducing the event and guest A.K. Benedict doing a reading from her latest novel Jonathan Dark or The Evidence of Ghosts.

You can read reports about it here and here.

 

Alexandra Benedict, reading from Jonathan Dark or the Evidence of Ghosts

 

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Edge-Lit

And the HWA are also sponsoring this year’s Edge-Lit in Derby, at the Quad on 16th July, which will feature Paul as one of the Guest Speakers alongside Paul Cornell (Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? Elementary), Sarah Pinborough (The Death House, 13 Minutes) and Jason Arnopp (The Last Days of Jack Sparks, Stormhouse).

To read the full list of guests and to book your tickets click here.

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Sci Fi London Event, Stratford Picture House

 

Sticking with events for a moment, Paul had a great time at Sci-Fi London last month – and you can find photos from this above and below, including Paul with festival director Louis Savy, Louis introducing one of the short film sections and postcards for Blood RED on display.

 

Dci-Fi-London Film Festival Poster

 

Louis Savvy, Paul Kane

 

Sci-Fi-London

 

Louis Savvy

 

Sci-Fi-London postcards: Blood Red, Paul Kane

 

And you can find out more about the Flash Fiction judges for the festival – including Paul – by clicking here.

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Wire in the Blood, Robson Green

 

We’re honoured here at the Shadow Writer site to welcome award-winning and number one bestselling author Val McDermid as Guest Writer for the month of May. Author of such novels as The Vanishing Point and The Skeleton Road, she is probably most famous for her series of books featuring psychological profiler Tony Hill (played by Robson Green in the TV adaptation Wire in the Blood, above). To read an extract from the latest novel to feature him, Splinter the Silence (below) – out now in paperback – just click here

 

Splinter in the Silence, Val McDermid

 

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Bride of Re-Animator

 

Last month, Paul reviewed two new releases for Sci-Fi Bulletin. You can read what he had to say about Arrow’s Bride of Re-Animator (above) and The Ninth Configuration (below) here and here.

 

The Ninth Configuration

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April

A.K. Benedict

 

We begin this month with an event, the first HWA Horror Meet in fact on 9th April in Derby at the reputedly haunted Ye Olde Dolphin Inne from 2pm to 7pm. Our guest is none other than A.K. Benedict (above), author of The Beauty of Murder and Jonathan Dark or The Evidence of Ghosts and February’s Guest Writer on the site (read an extract from the latter novel here).

All members of HWA UK are welcome, plus this event will also be open to non-members who are interested in meeting fellow horror fans and writers and learning more about what the Horror Writers Association can do for its members.

The link for the pub is here. It’s about a twenty-minute walk from the train station or five minutes in a cab. For anyone wanting to stay over, there are quite a few hotels not too far away.

For more details and to register your interest, visit the Facebook page for this event here.

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Sci-Fi-London Film Festival

 

Speaking of events, Paul is one of the judges for Sci-Fi London’s Flash Fiction competition this month, alongside Robert Grant, Gareth L Powell and Charles Christian. Now in it’s 16th year, this huge festival is on for 10 days between 27th April and 6th May and its guests include Benedict Cumberbatch (star of Sherlock, Dr Strange), John Landis (director of American Werewolf in London) and William Hurt (Oscar-winning star of Humans and Captain American: Civil War), all below.    

 

Top row, L to R: Benedict Cumberbatch, John Landis. Bottom row: William Hurt

To find out more about the festival, visit the website here.

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Tales to Terrify

 

You can listen to audio versions of Paul’s stories ‘Life-o-Matic’ and ‘Words to the Wise’ – which will feature in his forthcoming collection Disexistence – in recent editions of Tales to Terrify (above).

To go to the issues in question, click here and here.

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In the Dark, Mark Billingham

 

The Shadow Writer site is over the moon to welcome our Guest Writer for the month of April, the superb Mark Billingham. Award-winning author of bestselling books such as Sleepyhead, Good as Dead, In the Dark (above) and Rush of Blood, Mark’s most famous creation – London detective Tom Thorne – was brought to life by David Morrissey in two miniseries back in 2010. We’re fortunate enough to have an exclusive extract from his latest Thorne mystery, the number one Sunday Times bestseller Time of Death – which is coming to BBC TV later this year – so to read this simply click here.

 

Time of Death, Mark Billingham

 

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Confidence, a Mike Clarke film. Written by Paul Kane

 

New posters from the short film Paul scripted, Confidence, which finished shooting last month, have been released – and you’ll find some of these above and below.

 

Confidence poster 2

 

Confidence poster 3

 

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The Disease, by Paul Kane

 

A comic book adaptation of Paul’s classic story ‘The Disease’, included most recently in the collection Monsters, is in the works (above). Scripted by Paul, with artwork from Pawel Kardis, this is to be published by Hellbound Media as part of their Shock Value line (below).

 

Shock Value

 

You can read news reports about this project here, here and here, and visit the Kickstarter page for it here.

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Re-Animator, Basket Case the trilogy

 

Last month Paul reviewed the new Blu-Ray releases of horror classics Re-Animator and the Basket Case Trilogy (above) for Sci-Fi Bulletin. You can read what he thought of these by clicking here and here.

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March

Snow artwork

 

We start March’s news with a couple more great reviews for Paul’s novelette Snow, out now in print and e-book from Stormblade Productions. The first was written by Jim Mcleod of Ginger Nuts of Horror, who said: ‘No matter what our age, we all love fairy tales. There is something primal about their nature, they hint at a world beyond the pale, a world that despite the logical way of our adult brain works still has the power to haunt and chill us on a cold winter’s night…Snow from Paul Kane is a modern reworking of the classic fairy tale Snow White, a clever, well written adult version of the much loved classic story.  

Angela’s life has been a lonely one, kept secluded from others by her cruel mother and wicked uncle, her family life has never been a happy one, and when she starts to have suspicions about the death of her father, she is taken into the forest with the sole purpose of being disposed of. But when she manages to escape the clutches of her evil uncle and falls into an old discarded mine she finds allies to her plight in the most of unlikely of guises. With Snow, Paul Kane has delivered a unique take on a classic fairy tale… A fast-paced narrative that barely stops for breath will keep the reader enthralled throughout as the story unfolds, aided by some strong characterisations and a brilliant spin on the Dwarfs of the original story.  

While the overall story will be familiar, Kane has injected enough original ideas of his own to ensure that Snow reads like a fresh new story. There is a nice layer of dread that resides in this story, one that connects to the primal part of your brain, that is still susceptible to things that go bump in the night, making this a fast-paced and chilling story. You won’t be whistling while you work after reading this, you'll be whistling to keep the darkness away!’    

You can read the full review here.

 

The Clive Barker podcast

 

The second was from Rob Ridenour over at the Clive Barker Podcast (above), who gave the book 10/10 and said: ‘As a small boy I can vividly remember my loving grandmother putting me and my two older brothers to bed to such gruesome Brothers Grimm stories as Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, and Snow White. Looking back, I believe if she’d known how disturbing they truly were I doubt she’d have read them to us. But I’m glad she did because this was another part of my youth where I first fell in love with the fantastic.

Which brings me to the latest incarnation of the Snow White tale by writer Paul Kane simply titled Snow…What I loved most about this retelling were the characters. Angela is a sympathetic heroine who you find yourself rooting for right from the start. Without giving anything away I’d say don’t expect a prince charming to come in and save her at the last minute because Angela doesn’t need one. She’s a strong character by herself, but she does have some new “friends” that do lend her a helping hand.

I also enjoyed the wicked stepmother Ruth. I felt bad for Ruth and Uncle Robert. Paul gives them both a background that the reader can relate to as well. I found myself understanding why they would turn into such monsters. You should always love the villains as much as you love the heroes and that’s one of the reasons why I found Ruth so interesting. Paul also creates wonderful visual imagery through the use of such colours as red and white. They play an important part in the story just as much as the characters. He uses them to provide some very interesting symbolism throughout the story.

Another aspect that I enjoyed were the little nods to the original story Paul would throw in from time to time. Like when Robert brought Angela’s bloody coat as proof that she was dead. And how Ruth would constantly keep Angela out of the public “eye”… Fun stuff! Paul Kane has another winner on his hands with Snow. This is the third book of his I’ve read and every one of them has been a complete joy. He’s a writer that has the wonderful ability to put his own spin on previous stories and make them fresh and new. He’s definitely on my top ten favourite author’s list. I’m so stoked for Sherlock Holmes and Servants of Hell!’
 

You can read the whole review here plus a mini-interview with Paul here.

And you can buy the book here.

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Cuckoo Song, by Frances Hardinge

 

Our very special Guest Writer for this month is bestselling and British Fantasy Award-winning writer Frances Hardinge. Author of such books as Cuckoo Song (above) Fly by Night, Twilight Robbery and Gullstruck Island, we have an extract from her latest novel, Costa’s Book of the Year 2015 The Lie Tree (below). To read this, simply click here.    

 

The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge

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Simon Bamford on the set of short film, Confidence

 

Exclusive on set photos now from the short film Paul scripted, Confidence, starring Hellraiser and Nightbreed actor Simon Bamford (above and below). Filming took place over the end of February/beginning of March, so expect more news on this soon.

 

Simon Bamford, Confidence

 

Simon Bamford, Confidence

 

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BFS Journal, Spring 2016

 

Paul’s non-fiction appeared in a couple of publications last month. Firstly, his review of the movie Pay the Ghost – based on the story by author Tim Lebbon, and starring Nicolas Cage – is in the latest British Fantasy Society Journal (above).

While his article on Monsters can be found in the British Science Fiction Association’s journal Focus (below). 

 

BSFA Magazine, Focus, Winter 2015/16

 

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HWA UK Flyer

 

Above is the brand new flyer designed by Marie to promote the UK chapter of the Horror Writers Association. As you may recall from previous news sections, Marie and Paul have taken over as the chairs of this arm of the organisation, so keep checking the site here and its Twitter page by here for all the news about upcoming events.

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February Extra

The Dead Trilogy, Paul Kane - artwork by Charlie Adlard

 

A special news extra for February. Launched on Paul’s birthday, The Dead Trilogy (above) is an e-book that brings together all of Paul’s ‘Dead’ stories, beginning with ‘Dead Time’ which was adapted for NBC/LionsGate’s Fear Itself starring From Dusk Till Dawn’s Briana Evigan (below – see the page for this here.

 

Briana Evigan, Fear Itself

 

The book also features exclusive cover and internal artwork from The Walking Dead’s Charlie Adlard, and a percentage of the profits will be split between Macmillan Cancer Support and The Alzheimer’s Society.

Published by NewCon Press, you can buy this publication by clicking here.

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The Rainbow Man, by P.B. Kane

 

Paul’s 2013 YA novel – as P.B. Kane, published by Rocket Ride Books – The Rainbow Man has now been turned into an unabridged audio-book, which runs to almost 4 hours. You can buy this one here and here.

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Tales to Terrify

 

And sticking with audio adaptations for a moment, Tales to Terrify have turned Paul’s stories ‘Keeper of the Light’ (from Monsters) and ‘Remote’ (from the forthcoming Nailbiters) here and here.

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February

Snow, by Paul Kane

 

We begin February with news of not one, but two releases from last month. The first is the novelette Snow, which is out now in print and e-book from Stormblade Productions, with an audio version to follow in a few weeks. This from the official PR:

‘In the frozen wilderness, Angela is running: away from the man who’s trying to kill her; away from a lonely upbringing; and away from terrible family secrets… When she discovers something else hidden from prying eyes – horrors unthinkable, inconceivable. Monstrous things that might just save her life. Join bestselling and award-winning author Paul Kane (Sleeper(s), Blood RED) as he once again puts a dark modern spin on another well-known fairy tale in Snow.’

 

Lazarus Remarque, Paul Kane

 

The book had an online launch on the 28th January, where lots of prizes were given away including signed books, audio CDs and the special star prize (above), a one- off original remarque by Paul in the front of his quite rare Lazarus Condition. If you missed the event, you can still go and have a look at it here.

Snow has also received its first review, so here’s what The Fluffy Red Fox Horror Blog had to say: ‘Paul Kane is an excellent master of vivid description; he uses words beautifully to evoke the mental image of a scene. With his fast moving narrative, I was soon embedded in the story. Angela’s family background and history are swiftly and succinctly dealt with, giving you just enough information to get a brief snapshot of her life and understand the dynamics, grinning at all the comparisons and links to the original fairy-tale. The overall premise IS the story is Snow White. All the elements from the “original” are there but Paul Kane has brought them into the modern world with a bang!

‘I loved Angela’s inner dialogue as it really pulled the story along and gave odd flashes of tongue in cheek humour. Kane was very clever in adding all the elements that were so central to the fairy tale and slotting them in so I barely noticed them until they slapped me upside the head and made me grin like an idiot. There is just a splash of gruesome and horror as in all good fairy tales. Overall, I really loved the way Kane writes and will definitely be seeking out other titles by him to enjoy.’

You can read the whole review here and buy the book here.

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The P.I.'s Tale, by Paul Kane

 

Meanwhile, as reported last month, Paul’s story for charity The P.I.’s Tale – complete with Edward Miller cover (above) – also came out, as a standalone and as part of the second volume of Refuge stories edited by Steve Dillon (below).

 

The Refuge Collection, Volume Two

 

The P.I.’s Tale was also reviewed by Lee Murray on Goodreads, who commented: ‘The UK’s Paul Kane shows his award-winning style with the story of a P.I.’s search for a missing boy, a search which takes him on a detour to Refuge where the authorities are less than helpful. But P.I. Mickey owes it to the parents of the kid, so he perseveres with his investigations, only to uncover a twist from his own past…Volume 2 of The Refuge Collection doesn’t disappoint: it’s compelling and creepy, crammed with gritty unforgettable stories from some of horror’s best.’

You can read her full review here, buy The P.I.’s Tale here and The Refuge Collection Volume Two here.

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The Beauty of Murder, by A.K. Benedict

 

Here at the Shadow Writer site, we’re thrilled to welcome A.K. Benedict as this month’s Guest Writer. Author of that wonderful novel The Beauty of Murder, her latest is Jonathan Dark or the Evidence of Ghosts and we’re very lucky to have an exclusive extract for you, which you can read by clicking here.

 

Jonathan Dark or the Evidence of Ghosts, by A.K. Benedict

 

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Confidence, written by Paul Kane

 

Word about the short film based on Paul’s original script, Confidence, continues to spread, with The Clive Barker Podcast piece here, Shock Till You Drop’s here, The Horror Society’s here, Arrow in the Head’s here, Movie’s With Butter’s here, as part of Schlock’s Film News here, Project Dead’s here, and featured on the mighty IMDB’s news page here.

As reported last month, Luke Greensmith is producing, award-winning Mike Clarke (A Hand to Play, Paper & Plastic) is directing and Simon Bamford (Hellraiser I & II, Nightbreed) is starring in this, due to start filming in February.

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The House on Pine Street

 

Paul has just reviewed the low budget supernatural movie, The House on Pine Street (above) for Sci-Fi Bulletin. To read his thoughts, just click here.

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Blood Red, by Paul Kane

 

Last month Paul was interviewed for Simon Bestwick’s ‘Lowdown’ over on his site, where he talked about his latest releases – including Blood RED (above) – as well as future projects. And you can read this by clicking here.

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Hellraiser birthday wish

 

Finally, it’s Paul’s birthday month and we feel the above message says it all really. So I’m sure you’ll join us in wishing him Many Happy Returns!

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January

Horror Writers' Association

 

Happy New Year all our visitors. We kick off 2016 with some pretty exciting news – that Paul & Marie have taken over as co-chairs of the UK Chapter of the Horror Writers Association! Formed in 1985 by Joe Lansdale, Karen Lansdale, and Robert McCammon, to promote awareness of horror literature, the HWA’s first president was none other than Dean Koontz, and in 1987 it inaugurated the Bram Stoker Awards®, the highest recognition for writing in the horror genre. You can find out more about the organisation at its homepage here.

There’ll be more announcements in the months ahead about events and promotions over on these shores, but in the meantime you can check out the HWA UK site and join by clicking here and visit its Twitter page by clicking here.

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Confidence

 

The next piece of big news is film-related. Confidence will be a short movie based on an original script from Paul, with Luke Greensmith as producer, award-winning Mike Clarke (A Hand to Play, Paper & Plastic) as director and starring Simon Bamford (Hellraiser I & II, Nightbreed – below).

 

Simon Bamford

 

You can find out more information about this one on both the Kickstarter and Facebook pages for the film here and here.

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Black Static #50

 

In the latest issue of Black Static (above), #50, and as part of a massive eight page article about the publisher Alchemy Press, Peter Tennant has given Monsters a glowing review. Here’s just a little of what he had to say: ‘Paul Kane’s Monsters has the distinction of a cover by no lesser talent than Clive Barker. After an introduction by Nicholas Vince extolling the virtues and abiding appeal of monsters, we get “The Ugly”, a pithy little poem that further examines our attitude to such creatures, showing how over time they are transformed from something monstrous into sideshow freaks… Gus, the protagonist of “The Disease”, is afflicted by an illness that seems beyond the scope of science, but he is the first of many, the prelude to a quantum shift in mankind’s existence. Harrowing in its detailed description of the onset of the illness and its symptoms, the story subtly intrudes a subtext about the human condition and the true nature of the disease inflicting the world…
           
As the title might suggest, there’s a rich streak of black comedy running through festive tale “A Chaos Demon Is For Life…”, with Kane going engagingly over the top and having a grand old time referencing numerous monster movies in a romp of a story that is pure pleasure to read… Harry is one of the last survivors, a “Keeper of the Light” in a world of universal darkness, and with ravenous creatures lurking in the dark, the story offering us a novel vision of the apocalypse, one reminiscent of Hodgson’s epic The Night Land… “Guilty Pleasures” details some episodes in the professional life of the Guilt Demon, a being that preys on the feelings of others, and who possibly might have misgivings of its own, or perhaps not. It’s a fun story, surprisingly so given the subject matter, but Kane offers us the balm of seeing the guilty pay for their flaws… “Rag and Bone” is the story of a philanderer getting his well-deserved comeuppance, a piece with plenty of wet work thrown into the mix, but underlying that a conception of the rag and bone industry that gives it an almost mythic status and offers a unique and original monster for the reader’s entertainment. I’d like to see Kane do something more with this creation… A collection that is never less than entertaining and on occasion offers us that bit more.’

You can read the full thing in the magazine, which you can subscribe to at the TTA website here.

 

Tales to Terrify

 

And, speaking of ‘Guilty Pleasures’ you can now hear an audio version of that very story in the latest Tales to Terrify, which you can listen to by clicking here.

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The Dead, David Gatward

 

We’re delighted to welcome our first Guest Writer of the year now, author of The Dead (above), The Dark, The Damned and Doom Rider (below), David Gatward – as seen recently on the special features of the Scarlet Box Set from Arrow talking about the influence of Clive Barker’s fiction. We’re very lucky to have an exclusive early peek at David’s next book, School is Hell, which you can dive into immediately by clicking here.

 

Doom Rider, David Gatward

 

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The Refuge Collection

 

Paul is happy to report that he is now involved in The Refuge Collection, a charity project created by Steve Dillon to help refugees in this time of crisis. Paul has contributed a story called The P.I.’s Tale with cover artwork from the legendary Edward Miller (Les Edwards) which you can see below.

 

Mean Streets, Edward Miller

 

More on this as and when, but you can check out the rest of the tales in the collection by buying them here and supporting a good cause.

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The Walking Dead

 

Paul gave his first interview of the year to Book Punks, where he talked not only about his own post-apocalyptic work, but how he’d survive in a Walking Dead-style zombie world. You can read that by clicking here.

 

The Rot

 

Finally, you might also notice in the above interview mention of a brand new post-apocalyptic novella by Paul. That’s right, later on this year get ready for The Rot to set in! – as Horrific Tales bring this one out in time for FantasyCon. More details, including the blurb, to follow soon.

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2015 news can be viewed here

2014 news can be viewed here

2013 news can be viewed here

2012 news can be viewed here

2011 news can be viewed here

2010 news can be viewed here

2009 news can be viewed here

2008 news can be viewed here

2007 news can be viewed here

2006 news can be viewed here

2005 news can be viewed here

2004 news can be viewed here

2003 news can be viewed here

 

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