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May

Clive Barker

Welcome to Barker month at the Shadow Writer site! Paul’s association with Clive and his work is a long one and he’s delighted to be able to help with the celebrations for the debut of Clive’s new novel, The Scarlet Gospels! (out 19th May in the US from St Martins, 21st May in the UK from Macmillan).

Check out the trailer for the novel below:

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The Scarlet Gospels, Clive Barker (UK cover)

And what better way to kick things off than with Paul’s review of the book itself (above, UK cover art by David Mack), which sees detective Harry D’Amour encountering Pinhead. You can read this piece – which is also the official review for the British Fantasy Society – by clicking here

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The Scarlet Gospels, Clive Barker (US cover)

Hopefully that will have whetted your appetite enough to be dying for some fiction from The Scarlet Gospels (US cover above), which we have for you – as Clive is once again Guest Writer on the SW site. So, to read this extract ahead of the publication dates simply click here.

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The Scarlet Gospels, by Clive Barker (poster)

As if that wasn’t enough, we have a very special competition. Two lucky winners will receive an exclusive limited Scarlet Gospels poster featuring a brand new image of Pinhead by Clive (as seen at San Diego Comic Con last year). To be in with a chance of winning, send an email to hellraiser@shadow-writer.co.uk with the heading ‘Scarlet Gospels Poster Competition’ or you can retweet the SW news announcement on Paul’s Twitter feed which you can find at https://twitter.com/paulkaneshadow.

The winners will be announced next month right here on the site. Good luck!  

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Clive Barker's Nightbreed, The Cabal Cut

News now about The Book of the Tribes, which Paul contributed to. A celebration of Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut (above), this leatherbound edition features introductions and insight to the The Cabal Cut by Russell Cherrington and Mark Miller, a never-before published Clive Barker illustration, in addition to Paul’s Nightbreed artwork and a short story of his.

The Book of the Tribes

 

The Book of the Tribes, interior

 

To visit the page for this on the Oz Horrorcon site click here, and to get a preview of the contents or buy the book directly just click here.

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Monsters, by Paul Kane

Since it was announced last month, people have been asking about Paul’s upcoming Monsters collection from Alchemy Press – which features gorgeous cover artwork by Clive himself. This from the official PR for the release:

‘Be afraid. Be incredibly afraid…because the Monsters are here! One man starts to suffer from a strange affliction, as another seeks knowledge of the future – with dire consequences. A young boy gets more than he bargained for when he receives a unique Christmas present, while a lonely man battles creatures that live in the darkness. And as a rescue expedition finds strange animals in the jungle, one man’s wife returns from the grave to be with him once more… Vampires, werewolves, zombies, witches, this collection from the imagination of award-winning and bestselling author Paul Kane has them all! Including the first reprint of ‘Dracula in Love’ in over a decade, the original short story the movie Weeping Woman was based on and all three parts of the ‘Life Cycle’ trilogy (begun in the late ‘90s and concluding with the brand new ‘Lifetime’), plus an introduction by Nicholas Vince (who portrayed Chatterer Cenobite in the Hellraiser movies and Kinski in Nightbreed) and cover art by the legendary Clive Barker, this is one book you really should be afraid to miss!’

The book now has an official launch date and venue, Saturday 11th July at Edge-Lit in Derby which also has Guests of Honour such as John Connolly, Mike Carey and Joanne Harris. To visit the site for the event click here.

And to see the original announcement about Monsters visit the publisher’s site click here.

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Gunnar Hansen

The very next day, Sunday July 12th Paul is a Guest at Sheffield Horrorcon – alongside people like Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Gunnar Hansen (above), Dawn of the Dead’s Ken Foree and former Bond girl Caroline Munro (below).

To visit Paul’s page on the site click here and click here for the main page of the Horrorcon site.

Caroline Munro

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Leviathan Promotional Poster

But before all that in May, Paul will be attending another launch – that of the Leviathan documentary (above) in London, which looks set to be a brilliant evening. As well as featuring people such as the Cenobite actors Doug (Pinhead) Bradley, Barbie (Female Cenobite) Wilde, Simon (Butterball) Bamford and Nicholas Vince in the actual documentary, there are a whole host of extras including a 25 minute featurette named after Paul’s book, ‘The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy’, where Paul is in conversation with producer and writer Gary Smart.

Check back next month to see photos from the launch, but in the meantime you can order your copy of the 3-disc DVD pack here and visit the brand new Leviathan page on the SW site here.

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April

Monsters, by Paul Kane

We start this month with a sneak peak at the cover for Paul’s forthcoming collection for the award-winning Alchemy Press, Monsters – with cover art by the legendary Clive Barker! The collection also comes with an introduction by Nicholas Vince (Chatterer Cenobite from Hellraiser, Kinski from Nightbreed and author of What Monsters Do) and will be launching over the summer.

More details coming soon – including during ‘Barker Month’ in May on the Shadow Writer site – but for now you can check the announcement on the publisher’s site here.

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Expiration Date anthology launch, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick.

Expiration Date (see January’s News for more details) published by Edge and featuring Paul’s story ‘The Shadow of Death’ is launching at Sellers & Newel Books in Toronto on April 9th with readings from the likes of Kelley Armstrong, Sephera Giron and J.M. Frey, plus editor Nancy Kilpatrick will be there too (see poster above). So if you’re in the area please do go along; the fun begins from 7pm onwards. 

There was also an online event last month for the anthology, where lots of the authors revealed inspirations for their stories and readers had their chance to ask questions. Paul was present for about six hours in total, so to read the whole thing you can click here.

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Another anthology that Paul is in, The Mammoth Book of Sherlock Holmes Abroad edited by Simon Clark, also launches this month – on 2nd April. It features Paul’s tale ‘The Case of the Lost Soul’ so to purchase this one just click here.

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Birdbox, by Josh Malerman

Our Guest Writer piece for April is from the book everyone’s talking about, Bird Box by Josh Malerman. Josh is lead singer with the rock band The High Strung and Bird Box is his first novel, released last year in hardback (above) to much acclaim and out now in paperback (below). To read this extract simply click here. With thanks to Josh, and also Ann and Amy at Harper.  

Birdbox, by Josh Malerman

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Scribe Puzzlebox

A new photo has appeared of Paul’s Scribe Box, by Travis Meadows of Oni Studio, and very nice it is too (above). For those who don’t know, the box was designed by Paul and Mark Buckle, with Paul providing the text for the exclusive booklet that comes with the box.

You can find out more by visiting the Pyramid Gallery website page for The Scribe Configuration here.

That’s it for this month, but don’t forget to join us in May for ‘Barker Month’ where we’ll be having lots more exclusives including a very special competition!

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March

The Shadow over Innsmouth, H.P. Lovecraft

 

Paul is delighted to announce that he has a story in a brand new anthology from PS. ‘Thicker Than Water…’ will appear in Innsmouth Nightmares, edited by New York Times bestselling author Lois Gresh and also featuring the likes of Nancy Holder, Tim Lebbon, Caitlín R. Kiernan and John Shirley. The anthology is, of course, inspired by the fictional town of Innsmouth created by H.P. Lovecraft in the famous tale (above), filmed by Re-Animator director Stuart Gordon as Dagon (below).  

 

DAGON

 

You can read more about the anthology, which is launching at Necronomicon in Providence (visit the website here) in August, over on Lois’ site here.

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A Dark Phantastique, edited by Jason V. Brock

 

News now of another anthology Paul has a story in. A Darke Phantastique, edited by Jason V. Brock (above) is on the list for Final Ballot Consideration to win a Bram Stoker Award (from the Horror Writers’ Association). The 720 page hardback, with cover art from Samuel Araya, merges Magic Realism with Horror and Paul’s contribution is called ‘Michael the Monster’.

You can get your hands on a trade copy here, as the signed editions have all sold out.

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Rebus, by Ian Rankin

 

We continue our line-up of extraordinary Guest Writers for 2015 with March’s visitor, creator of Rebus (as portrayed by Ken Stott on TV, above) and bestselling author of so many books including The Naming of the Dead, Exit Music, Doors Open, and most recently The Beat Goes On and Saints of the Shadow Bible (below), it’s none other than Ian Rankin! To read a never before seen exclusive short story from Ian, called ‘The Long Twilight’, just click here.

 

Saints of the Shadow Bible, Ian Rankin

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Leviathan DVD

 

Finally this month, news of the Leviathan project Paul has been involved in. The limited edition 3 disc DVD boxed set, which includes Paul’s 25 minute featurette ‘The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy’, is out on April 13th and you can order your copy by visiting the website here.

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February

The Curse of the Wolf, by Paul Kane

Paul’s novelette for Hersham Horror Books, The Curse of the Wolf (the second in the ‘Curse’ series) is now out. As a reminder, this is Paul’s love letter to the history of lycanthropy, tracing the history of “The Curse of the Wolf”, back through the ages, from modern times to the dawn of the original werewolf. The story also contains links to Paul’s ‘The Life Cycle’ and RED/Blood RED mythologies as well as The Gemini Factor, so it’s definitely one for completists.

To order The Curse of the Wolf, click here.

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Starburst Magazine

Speaking of Blood RED, news has been spreading about Paul’s multi-book deal with SST Publications (see last month’s news for full details). Sci-Fi Bulletin, Horror News.net, Top Horror Films Blogspot, IMDB and Starburst (above) are just some of the places who have shared this – the latter saying of Paul here: ‘Kane is a highly regarded author whose influence can be felt across the genre, with a large and notable body of work behind him.’   

To read more about the deal you can read the original press release over at SST here.

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Birthdays for the Dead, by Stuart MacBride

A special treat now for fans of gritty crime. Our Guest Writer for February is Sunday Times Number One Bestselling author of Cold Granite, Flesh House, Close to the Bone and Birthdays for the Dead (above), none other that Stuart MacBride. To read an exclusive extract from his new Logan McRae thriller The Missing and the Dead (below) just click here. With special thanks to Stuart, plus Lucy and Louise at HarperCollins.

 

The Missing and the Dead, by Stuart MacBride 

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Paul Kane - Chattering with Nicholas Vince

The interview Paul did live with Nicholas Vince, which was shifted from 25th January to 1st February is now available to view on YouTube – just click below to watch the entire thing.

The next Chattering show will be a Valentine’s Special on 15th February with the Soska sisters, Barbie Wilde and Simon Bamford (below).

Chattering with Nicholas Vince - A Soska Cenobite Valentine, with Jen and Sylvia Soska, Barbie Wilde and Simon Bamford

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Hallows Eve, a film by Brad Watson

 

Director of the forthcoming film version of Lunar, Brad Watson, is currently filming his latest venture Hallows Eve (above) and below you’ll find a couple of stills of Brad on set.

 

Brad Watson

 

Brad Watson, set of Hallows Eve

 

For more on the movie of Lunar (below) you can visit its page on the SW site here.

 

Lunar

 

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Puzzle box birthday cake

 

Finally, it’s Paul’s birthday month so we made him a little cake (above). We’re sure you’ll all join us in wishing him a very happy day!

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January

RED, Paul Kane

We hit the ground running this New Year at the Shadow Writer site with a major announcement. This from the official press release:

SST Publications is delighted to welcome bestselling and award-winning author & editor Paul Kane to its stables with a multi-book deal. The first of these publications will be Blood RED, a reprint of Paul’s 2008 horror fairytale RED (now incredibly rare) alongside its brand new sequel. The book will again feature cover art from the wonderful Dave McKean (Sandman, The Graveyard Book, Mirrormask), will be introduced by Alison Littlewood (A Cold Season, Path of Needles, The Unquiet House) and will come complete with some very special extras. The other releases include a graphic novel adaptation of Paul’s book Lunar (soon to be a motion picture) and a ‘Best of…’ collection celebrating Paul’s 20 years as a professional writer.

Paul Kane is the award-winning, bestselling author and editor of over fifty publications – including the Arrowhead trilogy (gathered together in the sellout Hooded Man omnibus, revolving around a post-apocalyptic version of Robin Hood), The Butterfly Man and Other Stories, Hellbound Hearts and The Mammoth Book of Body Horror. His non-fiction books include The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy and Voices in the Dark, and his genre journalism has appeared in the likes of SFX, Dreamwatch and Rue Morgue. He has been a Guest at Alt.Fiction five times, was a Guest at the first SFX Weekender, at Thought Bubble in 2011, Derbyshire Literary Festival, Edge-Lit and Off the Shelf in 2012, plus Monster Mash and Event Horizon in 2013, as well as being a panellist at FantasyCon and the World Fantasy Convention. His work has been optioned and adapted for the big and small screen, including for network US television, plus his latest novels are Lunar (set to be turned into a feature film) and the Y.A. story The Rainbow Man (as P.B. Kane). He lives in Derbyshire, UK, with his wife Marie O’Regan, his family and a black cat called Mina. Find out more at his site www.shadow-writer.co.uk which has featured Guest Writers such as Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Charlaine Harris, Dean Koontz and Guillermo del Toro.’

 Keep checking back for more about this deal and the books involved.

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Deity, by Steven Dunne

 

As if that wasn’t enough, a World Exclusive now for our first Guest Writer slot of 2015. The SW site is delighted to welcome Steven Dunne, author of the bestselling DI Brook thrillers, which include The Reaper, The Disciple, Deity (above) and The Unquiet Grave. We’re fortunate enough to have an extract from the next Brook novel, A Killing Moon (below), published by Headline but not out until May! To read this, just click here

 

A Killing Moon, by Steven Dunne

 

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Expiration Date, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick

 

Also out in May in the USA (April in Canada, E-book out in March) is the anthology Expiration Date (above), edited by Nancy Kilpatrick and featuring the likes of Kelley Armstrong, Nancy Holder and Steve Rasnic Tem. Published by Edge this also contains Paul’s new story ‘The Shadow of Death’. You can find the publisher page for the book here.

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Chattering

 

Following his guest appearance on the Soska Cenobite Xmas Special of Chattering with Nicholas Vince (see previous news for details and to watch the results), Paul has a show to himself on Sunday 25th January.  

The fun begins at 7pm so to watch what transpires and maybe ask a question yourself pop along to the event hosted by Google Hangouts. For more details click here.

 

Nicholas Vince

 

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Paul Kane, Leviathan Bonus Feature

 

Paul was once again interviewed for the Leviathan documentary last month. Above you can see him and the team getting set up and below are pictures of Paul chatting with the director Gary Smart. For more on the documentary, out very soon, visit the website here.

 

Gary Smart and Paul Kane

 

 

Paul Kane, Leviathan documentary bonus feature

 

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Sleeper(s) by Paul Kane

 

Paul’s short novel Sleeper(s) from Crystal Lake is now available in Mobi and ePub formats at the following links, where you can also find quotes from reviews the book received. Just click here and here.

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Frizzi 2 Fulci CD

 

The live concert Frizzi 2 Fulci – featuring music from the short film Paul scripted The Weeping Woman – is now on a double CD courtesy of Beat Records (above). To order your copy from the Beat site click here or look out for it in all good record stores!

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Deliver Us From Evil

 

You can find out what Paul thought of new horror movie Blu-ray/DVD Deliver Us From Evil (above) by reading his review on Sci-Fi Bulletin here.

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Finally, Paul has updated his blog looking back on 2014, which you can access by clicking the button on your left or simply by clicking here .

 

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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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