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September

Barbie Wilde and Paul Kane: Liverpool Horror Festival

Photo credit: Adrian Wharton

Paul had a fantastic time last month as a Guest at Liverpool Horror Festival (here he is above on the Horror Literature panel with Barbie Wilde, both showing off the Clive Barker covers to their latest books). Below you can find a few more pictures, including shots of the panel itself, which also included horror legend Ramsey Campbell, the audience, The Human Centipede 2 & 3’s Laurence Harvey signing and chatting to fans, the giant Lament Configuration at the event, Paul on the Hellraiser/Leviathan panel (with L-R: Stuart Conran, Anna Lovatt, Gary Smart, Barbie and Christopher Griffiths), the fancy dress competition and Paul in front of the glowing puzzle box!

 

Ramsey Campbell, Barbie Wilde, Paul Kane

Photo credit: Tom Elliot

 

L to R: Ramsey Campbell, Barbie Wilde, Paul Kane

 

Audience for Hellraiser panel at Liverpool Horrro Festival

Photo credit: Stu Jopia

 

Laurence Harvey

 

 

Lament Configuration, Liverpool Horror Festival

Photo credit: Stu Jopia

 

L to R: Stuart Conran, Anna Lovatt, Gary Smart, Barbie Wilde, Paul Kane, Christopher Griffiths

Photo credit: Christopher Griffiths

 

L to R: Gary Smart, Barbie Wilde, Paul Kane and Christopher Griffiths

Photo credit: Adrian Wharton

 

Cosplay competition at Liverpool Horror Festival

Photo credit: Adrian Wharton

 

Paul Kane with the glowing Lament Configuration

 

And, thanks to Cool Cthulhu, you can watch a video of the Horror Literature panel by clicking the play button below:

 

Liverpool Horror Fest 15: literature panel

The Horror Literature panel discussion (38 minutes) at Saturday's Liverpool Horror Fest, featuring Ramsey Campbell, Barbie Wilde and Paul Kane. Excuse my shaking hands (it's a horror fest after all). Ramsey Campbell's first answer cut off - he'd said "What makes a good horror story as a writer is the same as it's always been - engage the audience, and engage yourself."

Posted by Cool Cthulhu on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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Paul was also interviewed during the event by Luke Greensmith, the results of which you can listen to below:

 

 

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Starburst Bookworm Podcast

 

Paul continued his summer blog tour last month, putting in an appearance on the Starburst Book Worm Podcast (above),
which you can listen to here

 

Flaming Arrow, Paul Kane

 

He was also interviewed over at Barbara Donlon Bradley’s site, where you’ll find an exclusive extract from Flaming Arrow (above) as well. You can read that by clicking here

 

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Monsters, by Paul Kane

 

Two more great reviews have appeared for Paul’s collection, Monsters. The first was from Scream magazine who said: ‘Paul Kane shits books; eight novels, seven novellas, nine short story collections, and thirteen edited/co-edited books. Best known for his Hooded Man series, retelling Robin Hood in a post-apocalypse world, Monsters collects together 17 stories and a dark ditty that have mostly been written for genre magazines and other collections over the past 16 years. They say don’t judge a book by its cover – but when the cover art has been painted by Clive Barker, it’s certainly worth a second glance. The monster on the cover – all rainbow whorls, grinning teeth and eye sockets – stands side on, looking over its right shoulder at the reader. Standing out against a jaundiced background, it is watching us as we watch it – seemingly posing the question, “Who exactly is the monster here?”…

“St August’s Flame” deposits a random businessman with lots of money in an Egyptian desert in the middle of a storm. He quickly finds himself at a monastery during Earth Hour (candles only, folks), and somewhere in the catacombs beneath there may or may not be the eponymous flame (doing my best to avoid spoilers here). When the businessman finally gets his hands on it (oops) it reveals a lot more of the future than he, or indeed anyone else, can handle. Three connected stories – “Nightlife”, “Half-Life”, “Lifetime” – trace the melancholy arc of a werewolf from the North of England and his rapidly shrinking social circle. There’s real pathos here as we watch all the main characters, despite their many lycanthropic advantages and all that goddamn hair, (spoiler alert) right royally fuck up their lives and those of everyone they come in to contact with. “Keeper of the Light” is an original take on the diligent lighthouse keeper – it’s Earth Hour here too – as the protagonist fights to keep the lights on, and other things with sharp teeth at bay. Another favourite was “The Weeping Woman”, which teaches us the important lesson that one should never, ever, under any circumstances, help one’s fellow citizens, especially when they have poor personal hygiene. Kane is clearly at his best when plot-driven. Characterisation is generally brief, protagonists being clothes horses upon which to hang plot twists of varying degrees of originality. But when he is on form there are strong ideas here to raise the heaviest of eyebrows, and make you turn back to that monster on the front cover for company.’

You can read the whole review here

 

Stormblade Productions

 

Meanwhile Neil Buchanan over at Stormblade (above) had this to say: ‘A rare thing for a collection of short stories to all hit the mark. There’s usually a dud or two lurking somewhere in the volume. Yet, Paul Kane’s Monsters delivers on all counts with a macabre collection of horror shorts that kept me entertained for hours. That said, there’s normally a few stories that stand out above the others and in this case it’s a collection of three that follow the story of a young group of lads originally out on the pull – or is it a hunt? But of course, things aren’t always what they seem. And that’s the beauty of Monsters: there’s always a twist to be had, something you don’t quite see coming. The cover art, by the way, is by Clive Barker, and nicely encapsulates the strangeness of the collection. If you’ve read anything else by Paul Kane (I’d recommend Sleeper(s)) then you’ll be familiar with the ease in which he writes and the life that he breathes into his characters. Sign of a great writer.

But the general mark of a good book, especially a good horror, is the ability of the story to stay with you long after you’ve read it. Something of a cliché in this day and age, perhaps, but nevertheless true. After I put this book down and went about my day, I found myself often thinking about werewolves, vampires, cuddly demons and the rag and bone men of yesteryear. Which to this jaded horror fan is no easy feat. In summary: buy this, read it and remember what it’s like to be scared of monsters!’

You can find that one online here

And finally, click on the link below for a terrific Five Star audio review of Monsters by Zak Arthur Ferguson over at the Ferguson Geek Sessions:

 

 

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The Surrogate, by Tania Carver

 

Time now for September’s Guest Writer, and do we have a treat for you this month! None other than bestselling author Tania Carver – responsible for the Brennan and Esposito crime series, starting with The Surrogate (above). We have an exclusive extract from the latest book, Heartbreaker (below), which you can read here.

 

Heartbreaker, by Tania Carver

 

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Bear Manor Voucher

 

Finally, BearManor Media are having a 10% off Labor Day sale between September 1st and 7th. This means you can get 10% of Paul’s Non-Fiction compilations published by them (below).

 

Shadow Writer: The Non-Fiction, Volumes 1 and 2

 

Just follow these simple instructions…

1. When ordering online at www.bearmanormedia.com: type in the discount code BM107 in the APPLY COUPON box.
2. When ordering by phone, fax, or e-mail, simply tell us to apply the discount code BM107.
3. Order by phone: (580) 252-3547
4. Order by fax: (814) 690-1559
5. Order by e-mail: books@benohmart.com

 

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August

Liverpool Horror Festival Poster

 

We start with news that Paul has been asked to be a Guest at Liverpool Horror Festival this month, alongside Hellraiser II actress and author of The Venus Complex, Barbie Wilde, The Human Centipede 2 & 3’s Laurence Harvey, and horror legend Ramsey Campbell (all featured on the poster above) – with musical entertainment provided by the band Zombina and the Skeletones (below).

 

Zombina and the Skeletones

 

The event is on August 15th and runs in the day and evening. Paul will be there to sign copies of his books, and also feature on horror panels.

 

Liverpool Horror Festival tickets

 

To book your tickets (above, with the special artwork by Uncle Frank Productions), click here.

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Edge-Lit 4, Jenny T. Colgan

 

Jenny T. Colgan reading from Resistance is Futile

 

Photos now from two events Paul was at last month. The first was Edge-Lit in Derby, which had a preview evening on 10th July featuring Dr Who author Jenny T. Colgan, there to promote her new book Resistance is Futile, which she read from (above).  

 

L to R: Paul Kane and Peter Coleborn of Alchemy Press

 

Monsters, by Paul Kane

 

Paul Kane's Monsters, for sale at Edge-Lit, Derby

 

Then on the Saturday, Paul and Peter Coleborn of Alchemy Press launched the Monsters collection (which was filmed for television), in paperback and a gorgeous hardback limited edition with free Weeping Woman DVD (above). Other highlights included The Girl With All The Gifts author Mike (M.R.) Carey giving a talk and reading from his next book, postcards for Bric-a-Brac Man on the Pendragon table, plus Sarah Pinborough and John Connolly doing the famous Edge Raffle (all below).

 

M.R. Carey, reading from The Girl With All the Gifts

 

Dalton Quayle and the Bric-a-Brac Man, by Paul Kane

 

Sarah Pinborough and John Connolly, running the Edge-Lit 4 raffle.

 

On the Sunday, Paul and Marie headed off to the first ever HorrorCon in Rotherham where they were Guests (and featured in the local paper, below).

 

Paul Kane and Marie O'Regan - HorrorCon publicity, Derbyshire Times

 

They were there alongside other Guests such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Gunnar Hansen and Dawn of the Dead’s Ken Foree, plus other attendees (below).

 

Gunnar Hansen

 

Ken Foree

 

Mrs. Bates figure

 

Stalls at Sheffield HorrorCon

 

Zombie walker at Sheffield HorrorCon

Photo Credit: Hellbound Media

 

Michael and Jason look a bit puzzled

Photo Credit: Hellbound Media

And below you’ll find photos of Paul signing books at his table…

 

Paul Kane

 

Paul Kane signing books at Sheffield HorrorCon

 

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Theakston Old Peculier - Crime Novel of the Year

 

Someone Else's Skin, by Sarah Hilary

 

We’re very proud here at the Shadow Writer site to present our Guest Writer for August, Newly-crowned winner of The Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year for Someone Else’s Skin (above), Sarah Hilary. To read an exciting extract from this just click here, and don’t forget to look out for Sarah’s new book : No Other Darkness (below).

 

No Other Darkness, by Sarah Hilary

 

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Ghosts, by Paul Kane

 

A reviews round up now, and we begin with a couple of previous books. Morpheus Tales have just reviewed Paul’s collection from 2013 and they had this to say: ‘GHOSTS, from Spectral Press, is a collection of sixteen short stories, one poem and a film script, all on the topic of ghosts…Some of the stories are horrific, some are scary, some are moving, and some are light in tone…If ghosts in all shapes and sizes are your thing, it’s worth checking out this collection.’

You can read the whole thing here.

 

The Hellraiser Films and their Legacy, Paul Kane

 

Now we have a review by Destructive Music of one of Paul’s most well-known books, The Hellraiser Films & Their Legacy, which says: ‘This fine book explores Hellraiser and its influences and its own influence on other art and culture in turn. Its influences can be seen in such films as Dark City, Event Horizon, Hellboy, and The Matrix. Look at Star Trek: The Next Generation and look at the Borg, and compare them with Barker’s Cenobites. Pinhead even appeared in The Simpsons. I was intrigued to read that the appearance of the Cenobites was inspired by a book on anatomy by Andreas Vesalius that Barker had seen. A real joy for fans of the series are reproductions of Barker’s incredible concept artwork. Paul begins with Barker’s influences on the genesis of Hellraiser, devoting much time, and rightly so, to the first film of the series. The behind-the-scenes production details are most impressive indeed…

It explores the film’s themes: the inevitable corruption of the flesh, the destruction of the traditional family unit, and religious themes. The characters are explored in great detail and there is a fine forward from Doug Bradley who plays Pinhead. I enjoyed reading about sequels that never made it into production. Barker had an idea for setting Hellraiser III in ancient Egypt! Barker told Doug Bradley the idea that the Great Pyramid was the very first Lament Configuration. (This might explain barker being attached to a remake of The Mummy). The unmade Hellraiser: Hellfire also sounds very intriguing. There was also once a notion of a crossover with John Carpenter’s Halloweeen, entitled Helloween…  Paul Kane is an excellent writer and researcher, with an in-depth appreciation for his subject matter and a novelist’s skill for writing about it. I’d like to see this book reach more people as it truly is a fabulous piece of work, one that its subject matter deserves. It’s worth every penny, and is essential for fans of Clive Barker and Hellraiser…it has such sights to show you!’

To read the full review of this, click here and scroll down.

 

Monsters, by Paul Kane

 

Turning to more current releases, Monsters received another five star review from The Book Lovers’ Boudoir – reprinted on PaperBlog. Pamela Scott said: ‘Monsters is a well-written and thoroughly enjoyable collection of stories. I loved all the different ways the author interprets the idea of monsters. The collection contains stories about common horror monsters including werewolves, vampires and zombies. The author writes about these well used creatures in fresh and interesting ways. One of the best examples of this is the zombie story, “Pay the Piper”. I loved how the traditional take about the Pied Piper and the idea of zombies blends in this story. The collection contains a triptych of werewolf stories; three stories dealing with the same characters at the start, middle and end of the collection (“Nightlife”, “Half-Life”and “Lifetime”). These stories were among my favourites. Others included “The Disease”, “A Chaos Demon Is For Life”, “St August’s Flame”, “Guilty Pleasures”, “Speaking In Tongues”and“Rag And Bone”. I enjoyed all of the stories but these stood out a little more. Monsters is an excellent collection of horror stories.’

You can read that one here and here, plus buy Monsters here – and now as an e-book here.

 

Flaming Arrow, Paul Kane

 

Finally, Geek Syndicate have reviewed Paul’s e-book novella Flaming Arrow, and here’s what they had to say: ‘I was very happily surprised when I first got hold of a copy of Paul Kane’s first novel for Abaddon Books, Arrowhead. I’ve been a follower of the tales of Robin Hood since I was a very young man, being captivated by the Robin of Sherwoodtelevision series primarily. It was clear from Kane’s novel (and its equally enjoyable sequels) that he also felt a kinship to that series and there are strong links between it and these entries in the Afterblight Chronicles. Paul Kane’s latest entry in the post-apocalyptic series is an ebook novella titled Flaming Arrow

Straight away, the reader is drawn back into the post-apocalyptic shared world that Abaddon have created with their Afterblight Chronicles series. The tale is bookended by a glimpse into the future, with a small child (who has grown up for the most part without parents and has little working knowledge of the world) meeting an old man who determines to tell the boy a story… Kane’s writing style is fluid and detailed. While not quite on the level of Ian Fleming, there is enough “real world” detail here for the reader to pick up on and recognise (or be able to check up on) without ever stopping the flow of the story being told. Action scenes are well presented, being both detailed and visceral where necessary. Kane is not afraid to back away from the realities of combat or brush over the results of violence.

Flaming Arrow follows two strands as the Hooded Man himself has responsibilities beyond his own band of followers by this time. One strand follows Robert as he takes part in an inspection tour of European facilities, the other follows his adopted son, Mark, who has been left in charge of the Rangers. Both strands are interlaced and include Kane’s use of the mystical elements as inspired by the Robin of Sherwood series. These somehow don’t seem out of place in this post-apocalyptic world, which always surprises me when reading Kane’s books. While this is a great novella to read, I would definitely say that any potential readers need to pick up the previous trilogy by Paul Kane. While standalone from the wider series, as a continuation of Robert Stokes and his allies, these three books are essential reading… I was left with a feeling of wanting to know more, which I guess was the point. This is an excellent way to pass the time on your commute or while enjoying the summer sunshine.’ 

And the full 4/5 review can be found here.

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Geek Syndicate

 

And sticking with Geek Syndicate for a moment, they were next on Paul’s blog tour over the summer; you can read his thoughts about ‘Modernising a Legend’ by clicking here.

He then followed this up with a trip to Civilian Reader where he shared his views on ‘Heroes and Villains’ which you can find here.

 

The Scarlet Gospels, Clive Barker

 

Paul also chatted to Tom Elliot at Gentlemen’s Grindhouse Radio, not only about his own work, but about Clive Barker’s new novel The Scarlet Gospels (above). And you can listen to this here.

 

Story Behind the book, Volume 2. Edited by Kristijan Meic and Ivana Steiner

 

In addition, Paul’s essays about his publications GHOSTS and The Rainbow Man – which he originally wrote for the online literary magazine Upcoming4me – will be reprinted in a forthcoming edition of their regular anthology series Story Behind The Book. Look out for future essays Paul is writing about the genesis of both Monsters and Flaming Arrow, which will appear on the site itself here.

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Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II

 

Lastly, the documentary Leviathan that Paul was a part of was discussed recently on the Clive Barker Podcast. You can listen to the episode by clicking here.

And you’ll find the Leviathan section of the SW site by clicking here.

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July

Dalton Quayle and the Bric-A-Brac Man, by Paul Kane

 

Another month, and news of yet another new Kane release. This time it’s the turn of another one of Paul’s most popular characters, and – like the Hooded Man before him – this marks the first new Dalton Quayle story in about half a decade. So, without any further ado, here is The Bric-a-Brac Man (above, with brilliant cover artwork from Ian Simmons) out later this month from Pendragon Press.

This from the official PR: ‘The esteemed gentleman adventurer Dalton Quayle and his colleague Dr Humphrey Pemberton are back… and in two all-new yarns to entertain you. With painful puns and knowing winks, from the obvious to the less-so, you'll love Dalton’s “Snow Joke” and his trifling time with “The Bric-a-Brac Man”. Transcribed from the pages of Dr Pemberton’s diary by Mr Paul Kane, with an introduction from Mr Guy Adams (The Clown Service, Sherlock Holmes – The Breath of God) this is a strictly limited edition paperback of 100 copies (numbered and signed by Paul Kane) with a mass-market e-book to follow.’

 You can find out more and pre-order the book at the publisher’s website here.

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Monsters, by Paul Kane

But before that, of course, don’t forget that Monsters is launching at Edge-Lit on 11th July at 3:15p.m. in the Green Room (you can see the whole schedule for the event here.

It has also just been announced that anyone who buys the limited edition hardback of Monsters will receive a free copy of the film adaptation of The Weeping Woman (below) on DVD. You can read more about that movie by clicking here.

The Weeping Woman, directed by Mark Steensland, written by Paul Kane

And the collection has just received its first review, a five star one from Andy Angel: ‘Question: What is the first thing you think of when the word “monster” is used? Is it the old black and white hammer films? Video nasties of the 80's? Or something else completely? Whatever it may be there will be something in this collection for you… There is enough diversity to keep you hooked for “just one more” and you can’t always be sure where that “just one more” will be taking you. There is humour here, in places, but the darkness is never far away. A prime example being “Guilty Pleasures” which tells of a Guilt Demon visiting people with, as you might expect, guilty secrets, whispering in their ears. The demon itself came across, to me, as a more of a cheeky rascal type than an evil hellspawn, but the ending certainly dried up the chuckles. “Guilty Pleasures” is followed by “Speaking in Tongues” which, again, had a vein of humour in the way the lead character interacts, unwillingly, with people but the reasoning behind it all is Body Horror at its best (see what I mean about diversity). There is “old school” horror here (“Nightlife”, “Dracula in Love”), Body Horror (the aforementioned “Speaking in Tongues”, “The Disease”), and all points in-between. Plenty for everyone – and cover art by Clive Barker!... I think it is safe to say Paul Kane is one of my “go to” guys for horror shorts and this is a worthy addition to his oeuvre. If you've read his works before you will want to own this and if you are new to him this is as good a starting point as any.’

To read the whole review at Ebookwyrm, click here, to visit the brand new Facebook page for Monsters click here and to order the collection, just click here.

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HorrorCon 2015

 

A reminder as well that the day after Edge-Lit, Paul and Marie will be Guests at HorrorCon in Sheffield (above). To visit the website for that one which has more details about the event, just click here

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Jacey Bedford

 

Photos now from the last event Paul was a Guest at, the SFSF Social in June, where Jacey Bedford (above) also did readings and answered questions from the audience – before the pair did the raffle together.

 

Sheffield SF Social

 

Paul Kane

 

You can read the official report with more photos by clicking here

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Empire of Dust, Jacey Bedford

 

And Jacey – author of Empire of Dust (above) and Crossways (below) for DAW – is our Guest Writer for the month of July. You can read an exclusive extract from the former by clicking here.

 

Crossways, by Jacey Bedford

 

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Innsmouth Nightmares, edited by Lois H. Gresh

 

Above and below you can see the finished version of the wraparound cover for PS Publishing’s hardback anthology Innsmouth Nightmares, featuring Paul’s story ‘Thicker Than Water…’ (see previous news sections for more details).

 

Innsmouth Nightmares, edited by Lois Gresh - wraparound cover

 

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McFarland ad for The Hellraiser Films and their Legacy

 

Turning now to a subject close to Paul’s heart, Hellraiser, and above you’ll find the very cool advert for his book The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy which appeared in Monster Bash’s summer issue.

 

Leviathan DVD

 

Meanwhile, Paul’s contributor copy of the three disc limited edition of Leviathan arrived in June (above) featuring his 35 minute featurette named after Legacy, where Paul chats with Gary Smart about the sequel films (below).

 

The Hellraiser Films and their Legacy, with Paul Kane - Leviathan DVD

 

L to R: Gary Smart and Paul Kane - Leviathan DVD

 

You can check out the Leviathan section of the SW site by clicking here

 

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Butterfly remarque by Paul Kane

 

The Shadow Writer site now has a dedicated section for Paul’s remarques (personal illustrations he does inside his books for fans and readers, like the one above) which you can find by clicking here.

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

 

You can read the review Paul did last month of the new Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell DVD/Blu-Ray especially for the BFS by clicking here. The show, which originally aired on the BBC starring Bertie Carvel and Eddie Marsan (above), was based on the Hugo Award-winning novel by Susanna Clarke (below).

 

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke

 

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Sci-Fi Bulletin

 

Finally, Paul has been doing a bit of blog and interview tour recently to help promote his new releases, including Flaming Arrow, Monsters, Bric-a-Brac Man and Blood RED. You can read his guest blog for Mass Movement by clicking here, his interview and guest blog for Rising Shadow here and here, his piece on ‘A Hero’s Journey’ for Sci-Fi Bulletin here and read about his top five post-apocalyptic movies on the Abaddon site here.

 

Mass Movement Magazine

 

Rising Shadow

 

Abaddon Books

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June Extra

 

Johnny Mains and Alison Moore

 

A very special news extra now, as we announce our Guest Writer for June. After seeing Booker Prize nominee Alison Moore doing her reading and being interviewed by Johnny Mains at the Derby Literary Festival last weekend (above), Paul asked if she would like to be a Guest on the site – and Alison very kindly agreed! Alison is, of course, the author of the phenomenal novel The Lighthouse (below), which earned her a place on the Man Booker shortlist, as well as new novel He Wants.

 

The Lighthouse, Alison Moore

 

Alison’s story ‘Overnight Stop’ is taken from her collection The Pre-War House and Other Stories (below), and you can read that for yourself here.

 

The Pre-War House and other stories, Alison Moore

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June

 

Flaming Arrow, by Paul Kane

 

We start with some good news for fans of Paul’s Arrowhead stories, because the Hooded Man is back in a brand new novella, Flaming Arrow (above): the first original Hood tale in five years!

We pick up the story several years after the end of Arrowland, as you can see from the promo-blurb below:

Flaming Arrow information, Paul Kane

You can also read a new connected short story – ‘A Dream of Sherwood’ – on publisher Abaddon’s site here complete with an illustration by Paul (below).

Hooded Man Sketch, by Paul Kane

And the first review is already in, published by Sci-Fi Bulletin. Here’s what Andy Angel had to say about the novella: ‘The story is set some years after the events in the original trilogy, which was itself set in the near future after The Cull had decimated the population and the world was turning to a second Dark Age. Robert Stokes (The Hooded Man) and his family and friends are firmly ensconced in Nottingham Castle, while his peace-keeping force is doing just that both at home in Europe but as you would expect, there are forces at play trying to take control and take any power back from Robert and the new King.

There is a lot going on here…and I am limited to what I can tell you because…well, y’know…spoilers! Sufficient to say though Paul Kane makes a great job of carrying on the story and setting up quite a few possibilities for future stories. The tale is very Robin Hood based but is not a direct futuristic retelling, more a reimagining of the legend…

The Robin Hood story has been a big thing for me for as long as I can remember so I am always wary when people start meddling with it but with Paul Kane’s Hooded Man series he has done a great job…and Flaming Arrow is an excellent addition to the series. Highly recommended. 9/10.’

You can read the full review here and buy the novella here and here.

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Venomous Little Man Productions

 

More exciting news now, as Paul has been hired by the film company Venomous Little Man to work on their feature Bad Medicine (below). More details as and when, but to read the official announcement just click here.

 

Bad Medicine

 

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Innsmouth Nightmares art

 

Above and below you can find the stunning preview artwork by Ben Baldwin for the anthology Innsmouth Nightmares, edited by Lois Gresh and featuring Paul’s story ‘Thicker Than Water…’ (see the March news section for more details).

The book is being published by PS and is due to launch at Necronomicon in Providence over the summer.

Innsmouth Nightmare art

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Expiration Date online launch

 

Events news now and there’s quite a bit of it. First up, Paul took part in an online Bitten By Books event on June 3rd for the launch of Expiration Date (above) – which contains Paul’s story ‘The Shadow of Death’. Paul stayed for about four hours and you can read the results of this here

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Rufus Hound

 

Paul will be at the Derby Literary Festival on 5th June to support Marie in a horror event also featuring TV’s Rufus Hound (above), editor of Dead Funny Johnny Mains and Andrew Hook. For more details about this click here

 

Crossways, Jacey Bedford

 

Then, on 27th June, Paul himself is a Guest at the third SFSF Social in Sheffield at the Eten Café, alongside author of Empire of Dust and Crossways (above) Jacey Bedford. There will be readings, a Q&A and raffle, so for more details about that one click here

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Leviathan Launch

 

Turning to a previous event, here are photos from last month’s Leviathan Launch (above) which took place at the Cinema Museum in London (below).

Cinema Museum

 

Interior of Cinema Museum

 

Cinema memorabilia, Cinema Museum

 

Cinema Museum

 

Cinema Museum, posters

Below you’ll find the Leviathan team introducing screenings from the documentary on stage, the whole of the Leviathan cast and crew that were present (including Paul, second from the left), Paul with Dr Channard himself, Kenneth Cranham, and copies of the screener DVDs that were given away on the night.

 

Leviathan documentary team

 

Cast and Crew of Leviathan

Photo credit Christopher Griffiths

 

Paul Kane and Kenneth Cranham

Photo credit Christopher Griffiths

 

Leviathan screener DVD

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Scarlet Gospels draw

 

Sticking with Hellraiser for a moment, thanks everyone who entered the competition to with The Scarlet Gospels posters last month, either by mailing in or retweeting the announcement. We were totally overwhelmed by the response and all the names went into a giant puzzle box at the end of the month, with two being drawn by Marie (above).

Commiserations to all those who missed out, but congratulations to Erik Hofstatter from Kent and Jason Stolarik from Illinois who won the posters.  

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The Alchemy Press Newsletter, featuring Monsters, by Paul Kane

 

There’s a brand new in-depth interview with Paul on Fiona Mcvie’s site – which covers topics such at Flaming Arrow, Monsters (which features prominently in the latest Alchemy Newsletter above) and future projects – you can read by clicking here

And, finally, Paul has blogged about writing sequels – which you can read by clicking on the ‘Journal’ button to your left, or simply by clicking here

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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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