Wednesday, 23 April 2014

LAST DAYS: FRENCH EDITION PUBLISHED

This month sees the publication of LAST DAYS, or DERNIERS JOURS, in France. Translated by BenoĆ®t Domis, who also translated THE RITUAL, this is my third French translation published by Bragelonne. A foreign translation never gets any less satisfying for me. Serbian and Polish translations of APARTMENT 16 are coming soon too. The Unholy Cochon is rampaging through Paris!


Tuesday, 22 April 2014

FILM REC: CHAINED.

Grim, often brutal depiction of a life without conscience, and mostly unadorned by fantasy. Uncomfortable viewing but gripping, and further proof to me of what an exciting film maker Jennifer Lynch is. I wish she'd make a film every year.



Thursday, 10 April 2014

THE JAMES HERBERT AWARD FOR HORROR WRITING

Horror Writing Prize in memory of James Herbert is launched  
   
 ‘I didn’t plan to write horror; it just poured out of me’ James Herbert

To celebrate the life and career of one of the world’s best and most loved horror writers, Pan Macmillan and the estate of James Herbert have announced the launch of The James Herbert Award for Horror Writing.   

The announcement coincides with the fortieth anniversary of the first publication of The Rats for which Pan Macmillan will be releasing special anniversary paperback and collectors’ hardback editions in May and September respectively and which will contain an exclusive new introduction by Neil Gaiman. 

The prize, which will be awarded annually, aims to discover and publicise a new generation of horror authors working today and celebrate the boldest and most exciting talent in the genre.  The winning author will receive a cheque for £2,000 and a specially-designed commemorative statuette.

The inaugural award will be open to horror novels written in English and published in the UK and Ireland between 1st January 2014 and 31st December 2014. Entries should be submitted to Pan Macmillan via their online submission form available at www.jamesherbertaward.com by 1st October 2014.

James Herbert’s daughter, Kerry, will head up the panel of five judges whose names will be announced in the summer.
A shortlist of five novels will be announced in January 2015 with the winner announced at an awards ceremony in March 2015.
Eileen Herbert, James Herbert’s wife, says, “I was thrilled when Jeremy talked to me about this Award. Throughout his years as a storyteller Jim encouraged new and upcoming writers and I know he would be delighted and honoured that his name will continue this tradition.
“Thank you Pan Macmillan.”

Jeremy Trevathan, James Herbert’s long-time editor and Publisher, comments, “Whenever a giant in their field passes away it’s up to those left behind to find an appropriate way to mark the memory.  I’m so pleased that we will be remembering Jim in this way and I hope he would be happy and proud.”

Year one of the award will be overseen in partnership with the Serendip Foundation, the administrative organisation responsible for the Arthur C. Clarke Award.   Serendip will work closely with Pan Macmillan and the judging panel as neutral third party organisers to establish and promote the award and ensure transparency throughout.

Serendip Director Tom Hunter said: “Being asked to be involved with the inaugural James Herbert Award is a huge honour for Serendip and a personal pleasure for me as a long-time fan of James Herbert’s work. Serendip’s mission has always been to promote great books, and we welcome the opportunity to help launch a major new award in this way.”

For more information, please contact Liz Sich or Jane Acton at Four Colman Getty; 020 3697 4241/020 3697 4247; liz.sich@fourcolmangetty.com; jane.acton@fourcolmangetty.com
James Herbert
Notes to Editors
Submission forms and full details of Terms & Conditions are at www.jamesherbertaward.com
  1. The James Herbert Award is open to publishers established in the UK to submit any full-length horror novel for adults that is first published by them in the English language in the UK between 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014 inclusive. Works which comply with that criteria are still eligible even if they may have been previously published in other territories whether in English or other languages.
  2. Works must be submitted by an eligible publisher and works are only eligible for entry if they are not self-published and/or the author has not contributed to the cost of publication. Entry is limited to submission of a maximum of three (3) works per eligible publisher imprint.
  3. Entries should be submitted for consideration by midnight on 1st October 2014.
  4. Entries must be registered online via jamesherbertaward.com.
  5. In addition to online registration via the Website, publishers must submit a total of seven non-returnable print copies of each work in either publication version or advance proof. All copies must be sent to The James Herbert Award, Communications Dept., Pan Macmillan, 20 New Wharf Road, London, N1 9RR.
  6. Where digital copies of works are available these should also be submitted via the submission form in addition to the print copies to facilitate the judging process.
  7. Digital-only publications will be accepted subject to condition 2, and must be supplied in multiple e-reader formats including Mobi, ePub and PDF.
  8. Where a work is to be released in digital only format one year, and print the next, the publisher may choose which year to submit the work, but it can only be considered once.
  9. The shortlist of five authors will be announced in January 2015 with the winner shall be announced at an Award ceremony in March 2015.

BEST BRITISH HORROR 2014

Out May 1st 2014 and I am clapping my small porcelain hands in anticipation, and also in admiration of Johnny Mains and Salt Publishing for getting this anthology out of the trunk and before your eyes, without the use of visible strings ... My story DOLL HANDS is included.

Here's the full track listing:

CONTENTS OF BEST BRITISH HORROR 2014
 
WHEN CHARLIE SLEEPS – Laura Mauro
EXPLODING RAPHAELESQUE HEADS – Ian Hunter
THE BLOODY TOWER – Anna Taborska
BEHIND THE DOORS – Ramsey Campbell
THE GARSCUBE CREATIVE WRITING GROUP – MURIEL GRAY
SECONDARY HOST – John Llewellyn Probert
THE GUINEA PIG GIRL – Thana Niveau
BIOFEEDBACK – Gary Fry
TOUCH ME WITH YOUR COLD, HARD FINGERS - ELIZABETH STOTT
AUTHOR OF THE DEATH - Michael Marshall Smith
DOLL RE ME - TANITH LEE
ARSELICKER – Stephen Volk
NAMESAKE – V.H. LESLIE
DOLL HANDS – Adam Nevill
DAD DANCING – KATE FARRELL
LAUDATE DOMINUM (FOR MANY VOICES) – D.P. WATT
SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER YOU – Marie O'Regan
COME INTO MY PARLOUR – Reginald Oliver
THE RED DOOR – Mark Morris
THE MAGICIAN KELSO DENNET – Stephen Volk
THAT TINY FLUTTER OF THE HEART I USED TO CALL LOVE – Robert Shearman
 
Edited by Johnny Mains for Salt Publishing



http://www.saltpublishing.com/shop/proddetail.php?prod=9781907773648

HOUSE OF SMALL SHADOWS - AN UNUSUAL REVIEW

An unusual review of HOUSE OF SMALL SHADOWS. Better to affect than to not affect, I would say. I write books out of what feels like a compulsion, and some parts resemble eruptions from my own fathoms that make me uncomfortable, so I often wonder if certain parts distress readers. Horror takes many forms after all and means many things to readers.

http://graemesff.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/did-not-finish-house-of-small-shadows.html



Friday, 4 April 2014

CARRIE IN THE GUARDIAN ON HER 40TH BIRTHDAY - AN APPRECIATION

I've contributed a few words to an appreciation of Stephen King's CARRIE, a novel now 40 years old. It's a pretty good piece by Alison Flood, with commentary and insights from writers, a critic, and the King's own words about his first novel (taken from his preface, I think).

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/apr/04/carrie-stephen-king-horror

Brian De Palma's Carrie

Thursday, 13 March 2014

BANQUET FOR THE DAMNED: PUBLICATION DAY

The author was seen gliding more than walking into the publisher's office. Reports differ, but it was thought he was draped in a tatty black robe and insisted on hand delivering the manuscript. Soon afterwards, staff called in sick, others complained of bad dreams, coats on the back of chairs took on unappealing shapes ... the editor who worked on the proofs was sure she was followed home, but never quite saw who was behind her. And then it spread to bookshops: in many branches of Waterstones when a member of staff went to ask the last customer to leave because they were closing, there was no customer to be found. They thought it had been a man, last seen on his hands and knees in the place where Horror bristles between the colourful wings of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Someone else said the man had been talking to himself, others claimed he made strange gestures in the air with his dirty hands ... the heating was turned up in shops, but browsers in the romance sections still complained of draughts ... the non-fiction aisles bloomed with the smell of sewage ... in the cafes milk soured .... The legend of The Brown man lives on. He was officially resurrected today!