Archive for March, 2011

Welcome to the Launch!

March 1, 2011 - 9:41 pm 2 Comments

Hi everyone.

Thanks for taking the time to look at my website.  As the name suggests, it’s all about the scary, spooky or freaky – a bit like me then.  So, what scares you?  Failing that, what makes you smile with deranged glee? If you’re me what scares you can make you howl with laughter, squeal with shock or chuckle with mild amusement.  Horror can do all of these things, which is why I love it. 

I decided to get in the mood for this launch by watching some old school horror last night.  It may have an American cast but Clive Barker’s Hellraiser; gauche, gory & fabulously violent is wonderfully British. It isn’t afraid to push the boundaries & it is truly inspirational.  Surely the beating of Frank’s heart in the darkened room is in honour of ‘The Telltale Heart’. 

I too hope to push the boundaries, entertain you, make you squirm, but most definitely make you chuckle.  I do hope you enjoy my tawdry ramblings. 

As the immortal creation Pinhead said, I . . . “have such sights to show you”

Interview with author Raven Dane

March 1, 2011 - 12:07 pm No Comments

Having written all of her life, professionally as a journalist working on local newspapers and national magazines, and writing unpublished short stories in her leisure time, Raven Dane has recently released fantasy parody ‘The Unwise Woman of Fuggis Mire’.

Photograph of Raven DaneIn the mid nineties, Raven wrote a vast space opera, and in her own words “epic in scale and in utter dreadfullness . . . it was complete pants”. As a result, she found herself needing a new direction. Following a chance meeting with a friend over coffee, she was urged to switch genres to dark fantasy. The friend in question wanted her to write a book she would enjoy.

That night she began Blood Tears, the first of the Legacy of the Dark Kind series. Raven’s writing career had started. Three are alredy published and she is currently working on the fourth in the series.

Raven took time out from her scribbling today to chat with me and answer a few questions.


Review: Pretty Smart for an Unwise Woman

March 1, 2011 - 12:00 pm No Comments

The Unwise Woman of Fuggis Mire
By Raven Dane

For an unwise woman, Morven the witch can be pretty smart. Or at least she can be when it’s not about men. In love with handsome rogue and highwayman Jed Moonraven, and content for a bit of tupping when he decides to visit, Morven is often naïve when it comes to her love life. But when it comes to hatching plans to save the metaphorical ‘day’ and showing bravery in the face of adversity, Morven is on the ball.

Banding together to form an unlikely Fellowship, the witch, the highwayman, a gorgeous elf, a dashing demon/rock star, a young poet, the obligatory talking animal and er, a Baker, join forces to save their land from the armies of hell. So far; So clichéd. And this is where the novel becomes fun.


Review: Patient Zero – Jonathan Maberry

March 1, 2011 - 11:58 am 4 Comments

Baltimore detective Joe Ledger knows the week isn’t off to a good start when he finds himself killing the same terrorist – twice.
Patient Zero Book Cover Image
As Ledger puts it “there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills . . . and there’s nothing wrong with my skills”.

This book is exactly what it says on the tin. Tagged as “24 meets 28 Day’s Later”, Maberry’s pitch on the Zombie novel is a fast paced thriller featuring shadowy government operatives, terrorist factions and the living dead – the latest bio-weapon. This novel starts from the ground running and continues at a breakneck pace, delivering action, strong characterisation, well placed humour, and thrills and spills aplenty. I don’t want to spoil this novel for you by going into plot details; suffice to say it’s a cracking read with multiple plot strands that keep you gripped from start to finish. And for horror fans, the gore and death scenes are suitably gruesome.

It’s immense fun and is a welcome change from the run-of-the mill zombie lit I’ve been reading of late. It’s got the bloodthirsty violence of Brian Keene and David Moody, the intricacy of Dan Brown (without the, ahem, bad writing) and the zeal of Jack Bauer.

This book is a seriously addictive read.

Watch out for equally fast paced sequel The Dragon Factory. goes live

March 1, 2011 - 11:52 am 2 Comments

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