STALKERS, from Avon Books (HarperCollins), I still have an active involvement in the world of horror fiction as well.
First of all, check out the rather sexy teaser poster which has now been produced for DARK HOLLOW, mine and Paul Campion’s movie adaptation of Brian Keene’s famous horror novel of the same name.
DARK HOLLOW is set in rural Pennsylvania, and is a sexually charged tale of ancient lore and woodland witchery. It’s also pretty gory in parts and rises, if I say so myself, to some real crescendos of movie horror. It’s quite a while now since I wrote the actual script for this, but this poster was released at the FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL earlier this summer, and interest in the project was very high. Watch this space for more info on this. It ought to be coming thick and fast in the near future.
Over here in the UK, meanwhile, I’m delighted to be appearing in several new horror anthologies between now and the end of the year. One of these, the 9th BLACK BOOK OF HORROR, from MORTBURY PRESS, will be well worth checking out. As always with the BLACK BOOKS, there will be strong emphasis on the Pan Horror style ‘contes cruels’, but with plenty of supernatural shockers included as well. I urge anyone who hasn’t already done so, to try out a couple of the BLACK BOOKS. For my money, the editor, Charles Black, has published several of the best horror stories of recent times in Minos Or Rhadamanthus by Reggie Oliver (7th Black Book of Horror), Family Ties by Steve Lockley and Paul Lewis (3rd Black Book of Horror) and Two For Dinner by John Llewellyn Probert (5th Black Book of Horror).
Though I haven’t got a copy of the cover art for the 9th BLACK BOOK OF HORROR (which is expected to be launched at FANTASYCON in Brighton next September, but may be available for purchase a little earlier) here is a full table of contents. I’m sure most of you will agree that this line-up ought to be well worth catching:
The Anatomy Lesson by John Llewellyn Probert; The Mall by Craig Herbertson; Salvaje by Simon Bestwick;
Pet by Gary Fry; Ashes to Ashes by David Williamson; The Apprentice by Anna Taborska; Life Expectancy by Sam Dawson; What's Behind You? by Paul Finch; Ben's Best Friend by Gary Power; The Things That Aren't There by Thana Niveau; Bit on the Side by Tom Johnstone; Indecent Behaviour by Marion Pitman; His Family by Kate Farrell; A Song, A Silence by John Forth;The Man Who Hated Waste by Marc Lyth; Swan Song by David A. Riley