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Beatrice Beecham’s Cryptic Crypt by Dave Jeffery

March 3, 2017 - 5:51 pm No Comments

Beatrice Beecham’s Cryptic Crypt by Dave Jeffery

Published by Crystal Lake Publishing on 3rd March 2017

277 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Dorsa Finn, has its secrets. A typical quiet coastal town where everyone knows each other. Mayor Codd wants to keep his town peaceful, so when the Blue Thunder Foundation wants to set up their new base, Mayor Codd jumps at the chance and wants every teenage boy to sign up to the project. Beatrice, Patience, Elmo and Lucas are The Newshounds; 4 teenagers who like nothing else but a good mystery but with strange tremors, re-educated boys and history resurfacing they get more than they bargained for.

It takes a skill to write from the POV of a teenager without it sounding annoying and immature and Dave Jeffery has nailed it. These 4 teenagers had a really great friendship and relied on each other for support. I did not find any of the characters annoying. I personally thought that the girls Beatrice and Patience was the brains behind the group. Beatrice was a great chef and I did smile to myself when to help her make decisions had an imaginary debate with her favourite chefs and Patience had a knack with languages and that came in useful when a new resident came to live in Dorsa Finn who was deaf. When the older generation were in trouble, the Newshounds were the ones they called. Talking about the older residents Maud and Agnes where my favourites characters as they reminded me so much of Cissie and Ada, and if you are too young to remember them, then google Les Dawson

Using the link between the Occult and the Third Reich as the base of the story added mystery and intrigue. This enabled the author to explain the history of some of the older residents of Dorsa Finn whilst adding a supernatural element to the story.

This book is not just for teenagers, as an adult I enjoyed reading it as there was enough mystery and intrigue to keep my interest. The author teased you throughout the book dropping hints about what the Blue Thunder Foundation were and what their beliefs were but it was not till the end of the book that the secrets came out. This is the 1st book that I have read by Dave Jeffery and although there are other books starring Beatrice Beecham, you do not have to read them to understand and enjoy this story. Move over Nancy Drew, watch out Mystery Incorporated there are a new gang of teenagers in town.

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”

Meet Guest Dave Jeffery

August 19, 2013 - 7:14 pm No Comments

Dave Jeffery

I am delighted to introduce another of our guests for Andromeda One http://terror-tree.co.uk/andromeda-one/ Dave Jeffery.

Dave Jeffery is perhaps best known for his zombie novel Necropolis Rising which has gone on to be a UK #1 Bestseller. His Young Adult work includes the critically acclaimed Beatrice Beecham Series, BBC: Headroom endorsed Finding Jericho and the 2012 Edge Hill Prize Long-listed Campfire Chillers short story collection.

Necromancer: Necropolis Rising II is slated for release through Dark Continents Publishing, Inc. in October, 2013. His short story Ascension (featured in ALT-ZOMBIE, Hersham Horror) has been filmed by Venomous Little Man Productions and will be released on the festival circuit throughout 2013. A spin-off 13 part TV series Exodus is currently in development.

Necropolis Rising
Author: Dave Jeffery
Publisher: Disturbed Earth
Page count: 156pp
Release Date: 10th Sept 2010
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin
I have a particular fondness for this book because it is set in my hometown Birmingham. Although liberties are taken with locations, Hilton Towers for instance, the urban area is instantly recognisable.
The novel stars with a bang, literally, as the Animal Activist League attacks the property of Dr Whittington in Hilton Towers. The attackers, Sam and Sean, reach the penthouse apartment to find the good doctor munching on the remains of a golden retriever. Then an explosion wracks the room.
We next encounter Kevin O’Connell with Stu Kunaka, Amir and Suzie scoping out a building, the National Criminal Intelligence DNA Database. The group plan to infect the database with a massive computer virus. But they have to get into the building first before they can do it. If they can get into Birmingham centre that is, because the city is in lockdown.
There is a wry sense of humour to the novel and it is very representative of the multi-cultural society we live in. As for Suzie, at first she appears a little clichéd; “As a woman Suzie should’ve turned out a mess.” She was an abused coke addict, hence the cliché and is now a mercenary working with O’Connell, however, the character develops quickly into a strong female figure who can kick arse with the best of them.
Next we meet hard as nails Major Edward Shipman who is trying to control the outbreak, and he is aware that before the explosion in the centre Dr Whittington was involved in The Lazarus Initiative, a covert research programme aimed at bringing soldiers to life. Shipman is determined to find the one person who could be the answer to a cure to the Risen.
If your idea of fun is grisly, gruesome displays of the worst humanity has to offer and a bounty of undead, you will certainly have fun with this book, which is filled with gallows humour.
Apart from the military contingent, these are real people, working class or middle class citizens with a history and survivor instincts. One particular scene (I won’t spoil it for you) is oddly poignant and almost reminiscent of the twin towers destruction of 9/11. There is also a dash of romance going on in this novel that feels warm and comfortable, and does not intrude on the action. There are hints of something larger in the background with the elusive and mysterious Consortium pulling the strings behind the database infection. A little bit of historic zombie lore is also present in the form of a character musing on the Haitian origins of zombies and voodoo. Each character is given a solid back story that helps the reader engage with them. Jeffery has a style which reminded me of William Meikle; nard core pulp with heart. A jolly good adventure that keeps you hooked until the end.