Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

Collected Halloween Horror Shorts: Trick ‘r Treat

October 31, 2017 - 8:02 pm No Comments

Collected Halloween Horror Shorts: Trick ‘r Treat
Published by KJK Publication on 1st October 2017
304 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies


With a title like this, I knew that this was a must read for Halloween. A collection of 16 short stories all with the Halloween theme. This anthology was a treat to read, whilst I was familiar with quite a few of the authors, I did not know what to expect from this book.
A few stories that jumped out at me were as follows:

Black Widow by Christina Bergling: One of the enjoyments of Halloween is “what costume to wear” Dane only had one enjoyment, to see how many girls he could sleep with to tick off his costume bucket list. He knew that his look was in, when he got an invitation. Attending the party, he saw Charlotte dressed as a spider, and the next one on his bucket list. But was it a night of passion. This story reels you in, Charlotte comes across as a sweet girl and you could see why Dane would zone in on her. The twist at the end shows just what a sweet girl she is.

Girlfriend by Andrew Lennon: Simon had finished just broken up with his girlfriend Susan. She was a bit of a control freak, so he was looking at getting his life back together. After a fatal phone call, was his life ever going to get back on track. I felt sorry for Simon, you could tell that Susan wore the trousers in the relationship and when they broke up, it was like a new start for him. I could not put this story down as I just wanted to know what happened next. If this book was made into a film, it would be riddled with jump scares. A ghost story, where there are no winners.

The Coffin Man by Mark Lukens: Every little village has its own urban legend, and the little village when Dennis and Kara were staying was no different. Living in Kara’s grandma’s house, Dennis is soon bought up to speed with the legend. Whatever you do, do not look out the window if you hear noises, just in case the Coffin Man sees you. The telling of the legend, made this a creepier story, but the ending was a surprise.

Don’t Fear the Reaper by Steven Stacy: If you have watched Halloween, then you would have heard of the surname Strode, but what if Laurie died and her younger brother Tommy was in an asylum for her murder. Amber her other sister still hated Halloween, but this year she had a plan to draw out the real killer, but on this Halloween, is the real killer revealed. This story is a real slasher story, the tension is built up to Halloween night. The death scenes are bloody and intense read.

Halloweenland by Kevin J Kennedy: What Halloween book is not complete without a scary carnival story, and I was not disappointed. Both lovers of Halloween, Zak and Wendy were really excited as Halloweenland was coming to their town. On the day of the carnival they both got up early, so they could enjoy the whole day, but as the night draws in, the carnival becomes darker and the trip through the funhouse had an unexpected ending. As soon as Zak and Wendy exit the funhouse, the action starts with killer pumpkin clowns and strange dog creatures, you can imagine Zak and Wendy fighting for their lives. Although this is a horror story it is also a coming of age and the relationship between Zak and Wendy was so sweet and innocent.

I loved this book and whilst I have only reviewed a few of the stories, I can honestly say I loved them all. I have one question what holiday anthology will Kevin Kennedy come up with next. A great horror read.

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”

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!

Detachment – David Moody Blog

October 13, 2012 - 2:52 pm 1 Comment

To get you in the mood for Hallloween, I have a guest blog from successful horror author David Moody, who talks about . . .
DETACHMENT
David Moody
How many times have you been watching a movie or reading a book and you’ve found yourself screaming at the characters to not go down a particular dark hallway, or to stay away from a certain locked room? We curse these mindless idiots who stumble around in the dark for our entertainment, almost applauding when they get their inevitable comeuppance. Countless whole franchises are built on the premise that stupid people will be killed. Without these morons there would be no chainsaw massacres in Texas, no nightmares on Elm Street, and Friday 13th would be just like any other Friday down at Camp Crystal Lake.
But you know what? I think maybe we should go a bit easier on these gullible victims, and here’s why: there’s an enormous difference between doing and watching. In the heat of the moment, if it was you with your back to the wall, maybe you’d make the same fatal decisions they do. We’re watching from a distance. We have the benefit of detachment.
Have you ever been caving? Spelunking, some folks call it. I used to love it, back in the days when I had a). spare time and b). no responsibilities. I’d think nothing of suiting up and disappearing down into a hole in the ground with a load of mates for endless hours of crawling, squeezing and climbing through the cool darkness and eerie subterranean silence.
It was only when I got home and thought about what we’d been doing, that I realised how dangerous it could have been, and it was only then – post-event – that the nerves set in.
I remember a particular occasion – I was in the middle of a party of ten or so, and we had to get through a low tunnel to get any further forward. And by low, I mean low, as in crawling on your belly to get through. And did I mention the stream? Picture the scene… (I’m six foot tall and weigh about fifteen stone, by the way): ten similar-sized blokes, facedown, crawling over rock and mud through a passage no more than a metre wide, filled with running ice-cold water, and with just a few centimetres clearance above our heads. You had no choice – once you’d started to crawl, you had to keep going. There was no way of turning back, even if you wanted to – no space to turn around, and people directly behind and in front. I can still vividly remember the frequent banging of my safety helmet on the low rock ceiling above me, and the way my battery pack would often snag and stop me moving forward. I remember the lack of light – only being able to see the soles of the boots of the guy in front of me and a little of the surrounding area, often having to keep my head down because there wasn’t even enough room to look up. I remember the discomfort at the cavern’s lowest points, when the water and low ceiling combined to leave just enough room to keep breathing and drag myself through…
At the time, it was an adrenalin rush, and getting through and out the other side was an enormous buzz. But it was only afterwards that I started to question what the hell we’d just done. I remember getting home and having nightmares about that cave. Even now, many years later, writing about it has made me feel really uneasy because, with the benefit of hindsight, I’m thinking ‘what if?’ What if I’d got stuck? What if someone else had got stuck? What if we’d all been trapped down there? Can you imagine the horror – wedged underground, lamp batteries fading, claustrophobia building, numb with cold, bodies cramped, unable to even stand up… It really doesn’t bare thinking about, and maybe that’s why your mind keeps such thoughts at bay when you’re actually in danger. Dwell on the risks and you’ll start to panic. Start to panic and you’re probably screwed.
Like I said earlier, when we’re watching a movie or reading a book, we have the benefit of detachment. We’re separated from the action and, to an extent, the real emotion. So maybe we should give the protagonists of the horror stories we love a break? They’re running on nervous energy – fight or flight, sink or swim. Mark my words, they’ll feel it later when they stop and look back at what they’ve been through. That’s if they survive, of course!