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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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