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Eddie Brewer at Halloween Event

October 28, 2013 - 11:16 am No Comments

Halloween Horror Readings

KnightWatch Press and Terror Tree are delighted to announce that actor Ian Brooker who plays the eponymous Eddie Brewer will be joining us at the Halloween Horror Reading at the Pat Kavanagh Thu 31st Oct from 7pm in Moseley Birmingham. He will be bringing copies of the DVD to sell and if the vote goes that way we can premier the film on the night.

INTERNATIONALLY AWARD WINNING PARANORMAL FILM RELEASED FOR HALLOWEEN!!

Stand by to hide behind the sofa this Halloween as acclaimed Birmingham film, The Casebook of Eddie Brewer, comes to DVD and Blu Ray.

The film, shot entirely in Birmingham by Erdington writer/director, Andrew Spencer, using local crews and actors, scooped up award after award this year at film festivals across the globe. Specialist horror magazines and websites have consistently given it rave reviews and, after numerous requests, the makers have released it on DVD and Blu Ray in time for Halloween.

Over the course of a few weeks, a TV documentary film crew follows old-school paranormal investigator, Eddie Brewer, as he investigates a couple of disturbing and baffling local cases. He visits a suburban house where a neurotic mother is convinced that her ten year old daughter is possessed by something malevolent; and a dilapidated Eighteenth Century building, Rookery House, where weird and disquieting noises have been heard in the cellar.

A lonely figure, Brewer must not only contend with sceptics and rivals in his own field who denounce his methods and try to undermine his investigations, but he is dogged by personal guilt over the death of his wife. Eddie Brewer faces the greatest challenge of his life when he confronts the source of these paranormal manifestations during an all night vigil at the old house. For Brewer it is not just a matter of belief – it is a matter of survival.

Birmingham actor Ian Brooker, who plays Eddie Brewer, believes that the film celebrates the abundance of acting and production talent available here in the Midlands. “At a time of cutbacks in local broadcasting it is wonderful that a Birmingham film has not only achieved recognition at film festivals here and in the USA but has won awards in places like New York, Memphis and Los Angeles. We are very proud of our film and are delighted by its success.
“And now everyone here has the opportunity to watch this creepy, haunting film in the discomfort of their own homes. And what better time to watch it than at Halloween.”

The film is currently for sale exclusively via the website at:
www.thecasebookofeddiebrewer.com

ENDS

For further media information, interview opportunities etc: 07947 091712
ianabrooker@blueyonder.co.uk
Pictures and further info: http://www.thecasebookofeddiebrewer.com

CRITICAL REACTION TO THE CASEBOOK OF EDDIE BREWER:

Starburst Magazine: Jon Towlson:

“Harking back to the classical ghost stories of M.R. James, Eddie Brewer is a quietly haunting character study.”

“Andrew Spencer’s solid direction combines mock-documentary and “fourth wall” drama that give Eddie Brewer the feel of Most Haunted meets The Stone Tape and invokes the work of Nigel Kneale in its sense of slowly mounting dread.”

New in Cinema: Daniel Sarath:

“Ian Brooker is fantastic in the lead role.”

“Instead of being grave and po-faced it’s filled with humour….It’s unnervingly effective.”

“This is, after all, an entertaining and refreshing…. horror that stands out from the crowd.”

Horror News.net (USA):

“Prepare yourself for a damned eerie experience.”

“It is powerful surreal stuff.”

“Director and writer Andrew Spencer has succeeded in the area where SO many have failed.”

“I strongly suggest others seek out this remarkably haunting film – an easy contender for one of the creepiest films of the year.”

Cinetalk: Jonathan Hatful:

“The Casebook of Eddie Brewer is a very impressive debut….It’s a horror that’s well worth seeking out and it marks Andrew Spencer as a talent to watch.”

Stephen Volk, screenwriter of Ghostwatch, The Awakening, & Afterlife:

“A smart and unassuming film that builds to become not only creepy but truly haunting”

Zombie Survival Manual

October 21, 2013 - 7:37 pm No Comments

Haynes Zombie Survival Manual
Author: Sean Page
Publisher: Haynes
Page count: 128pp
Release Date: 10th Oct 2013
Reviewer: Adrian Middleton

Haynes Manuals seem to be carving out quite a niche for themselves in terms of the novelty guidebook. Their latest offering, from Sean T Page and the Ministry of Zombies is the Zombie Survival Manual, which enters an already crowded marketplace dominated by Max Brooks’ Zombie Survival Guide.

However, the Haynes format, with its uniquely colourful and instructive style is perhaps ideally suited for this kind of product, and the care and attention taken (including a brief stay by the author in an underground bunker) shows on every page. Whether your zombie of choice is from Shaun of the Dead, The Walking Dead, World War Z or Zombieland this book seems to capture the spirit of them all.

The illustrations (which seem mostly to be of the author and his girlfriend “in costume”) are both credibly placed and amusing as, like the best of these books should always be, the manual brings a smile to the reader’s face and can be read in bite-sized chunks for comedy value or in depth as a serious genre resource, providing the kind of easy reference guide that is perfect for writers, reader and players of zombie-based games. It certainly feels like the sort of thing that, if zombies existed, would take pride of place in every survivalist’s library.

As a companion to Sean Page’s other Ministry of Zombies books it is crying out to be accompanied by the ultimate Ministry of Zombies role-playing game, and until then this book is perhaps the ultimate companion volume for the would be survivalist/hunter.

Downsides? Well, the book covers so much detail that it makes certain real-world elements feel like they are missing. I’m used to Haynes Manuals having a few photographs (which would have been a nice touch), and The Zomb-Chair, the Jordanian anti-zombie truck and Chinese anti-zombie policy all had me heading for Google where I found things I really wish had been mentioned in the book (such as Japan’s anti-zombie fortress and the 2012 Zombie Apocalypse training exercises in San Diego). Also, the friendly green cover perhaps gives away that the book isn’t as real as it pretends, favouring a grasping zombie over something more technical and nondescript. That slight detail might boost sales to the detriment of its overall suspension of disbelief.

Doctor Sleep and Meat

October 18, 2013 - 11:33 am No Comments

Doctor Sleep
Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Page count: 500pp
Release Date: 24th Sept 2013
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

This book is the ‘hugely anticipated’ sequel to the eponymous novel The Shining. In his introduction to it, King mentions two influences which encouraged him to write this book. One was a question asked by many pf his fans; whatever happened to young Danny Torrance? And he also wanted to use the well known urban legend of the cat in a hospice that sits on the bed of a patient predicting their death. King felt he just had to combine these two ideas and write about them.
The novel starts with an interesting interpretation of the events that actually took place at the Overlook Hotel that winter. One morning in March 1981, young Danny wakes his mom Wendy in the night and tells her not to go into the bathroom. Because some dead thing from the Overlook is in there. After that incident he refused to talk at all, and Wendy’s only option was to call in Dick Halloran, the amiable chef with a bit of the ‘shining’ from the original novel, to help Danny deal with the things he sees. As Danny grows older and fights with his alcoholism, the sights of dead people, and his ability to help residents at the hospice to ‘sleep’ (hence the title), he learns to live with the horrors shutting them up in an internal ‘box’. But Danny is not the only one with the shining. There is a powerful young girl who contacts him through his whiteboard and she is in danger from a group who want to eat her shining.
King’s magic is still there. It’s invigorating to read a master at work. King gets into the heart of his characters until they are living, breathing entities. The world King creates as Danny reaches adulthood, meeting all manner of people, is corrupt, cruel and dirty. The worst of humanity is on show here, with the theme of potential abuse running through the narrative. There is also a definite vibe here of ‘like father, like son.’ The reader wonders in the end if Danny will succumb to the darkness within him just like Jack Torrance.
In short, this is a monumental journey of discovery for many of the characters and is a breathtaking piece of work. After Gerald’s Game I left King alone and it is clear he is back on form here. However, at times I got the feeling King was being self-indulgent with some passages and perhaps the editors were wary of doing something that was obviously required; editing Mr King. Nevertheless, it’s a powerhouse of a novel.

Meat
Author: Joseph D’Lacey
Publisher: Oak Tree Publishing
Page count: 371pp
Release Date: Oct 2013
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

Meat new cover

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Meat-Joseph-DLacey/dp/178333195X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1382098467&sr=1-2

From Stephen King, we have the author who Stephen King said ‘rocks’, Joseph D’Lacey. This edition of Meat by D’Lacey is the re-release of his award winning eco horror. As a direct result of the research conducted for this novel, set in a meat processing plant, D’Lacey became a staunch vegetarian. Well, judging by the novel, he certainly learnt a lot to put him off regular processed meat. D’Lacey asserts that his aim in writing this story was to entertain, not to preach, and if the reader does think on the content, and the themes in different ways, then that is indeed a bonus.
The first character we meet is Bob Torrance (a homage to Stephen King perhaps) who is watching his colleague Rick Shanti at work at the Magnus Meat Plan. Rick, or Ice Pick Rick, is the calmest worker there; his firm control as he manages the stun gun to knock out the cattle, declaring “God is Supreme, the flesh is Sacred” making him stand out as an employee. But Shanti is changing; from the confines of the pens, Shanti can hear uber bull BLUE-792 ‘talking’ to the other cattle with raps on the doors. After all, this is the only way they can communicate, having had their vocal chords slashed. He has a deeply personal relationship with the cattle who are the ‘Chosen’ and his job is becoming harder every day, but it doesn’t do to go up against Rory Magnus the Meat Baron. For Meat is a way of life in Abyrne and the Parsons control this religion.
D’Lacey’s research becomes evident as he describes the slaughtering process in full gruesome detail, which makes for grim reading. Worse still, is when the reader realises that not all the meat comes from cattle. If a townsfolk, such as Grenville Snipe who gets a little jiggy with a cows’ nipples, is taken up to the Baron for justice, then it doesn’t take much imagination to guess what happens to them.
Meat justifiably won a major fantasy award following its release in 2009. Now, this re-release clarifies some of D’Lacey’s ideas and thoughts from the original story and ensures that this book again gets the audience it deserves.
There is a reason that D’Lacey rocks, according to King. And that’s simply because he just does!

Halloween Horror Readings

October 3, 2013 - 4:54 pm 1 Comment

Halloween Horror Readings

KnightWatch Press Presents an evening of Halloween fun, fears and frolics on Thu 31st Oct at the Pat Kavanagh, Birmingham 19:00 – til late.

Join horror and dark comedy writer Jasper Bark http://www.jasperbark.com/ and Midlands writers Chris Amies, Adrian Middleton, Theresa Derwin and Dave Jeffery among others (Lesley McIntee) for a fantastic night.

Jasper

There will be books on sale!
Books on the door for the first 20 bookers/entrants, and;
Books to be won in our amazing raffle!

Come enjoy these spooky candle lit readings, quaff a beer, pop some popcorn in your mouth and get in the Halloween groove!

And stay after the event for a 21:00pm showing of the original Dawn of the Dead in the snug Pat Kavanagh lounge.

PRE-BOOK via Paypal to theresa.derwin@yahoo.co.uk

Prepare to be scared!