Getting blurbed by Stephen King is the Holy Grail of the horror writer. If you don’t know what that means, it’s when an author (usually famous) reads your book and gives you a quote to put on the cover of your book to attract readers. For Stephen King to put his name on it, you know the book has to be outstanding. And when you’re talking about The Book of Paul, it is. I first heard Richard Long on a podcast and the way he described his book really caught my attention. He delves deeply into the occult, mythology, and astrophysics. As these are the same themes running through my books, especially The Portal Arcane series, I had to check it out. The Book of Paul does not disappoint. Long wrote it in a “cinematic” style that is fast-paced and streamlined. He doesn’t waste a lot of time on narrative description and his characters are so visceral you’ll swear you’ve been friends with them for years.… Read the rest
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Terrifying harlequins inexplicably haunting sleepy UK towns has officially reached epidemic status. The BBC reports on the latest, the self-proclaimed Carrick “Killer Clown”:
A clown has turned himself in to the police after alarm was raised among frightened parents in County Antrim. Mysterious pictures online of a clown and a balaclava-wearing sidekick have caused a stir in the town.
Police said they started an investigation after receiving reports from parents that their children were frightened of the clown. The mystery man, who calls himself the Carrick “Killer Clown”, contacted the police following the appeal to apologise for any distress.
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New video footage of the Northampton Clown emerging from Abington Park lake has been recorded by the Chronicle & Echo. It is the first video footage that has been obtained of the Northampton Clown, whose identity still remains a mystery. In an exclusive interview with the Chronicle & Echo last week, The Northampton Clown, who wishes to remain anonymous, said that he was planning to continue making appearances in the town. The clown said he wanted people to see it as a bit of “harmless fun”. The Northampton Clown said he had received more than 1,000 death threats sent to the message inbox of his Facebook page.
Disinfonaut Benny alerted us to a movie that may be of interest to some of our readers: L’Autre Monde, directed by Richard Stanley, a horror filmmaker and Fortean Times contributor.
Richard Stanley explores a region of France more full of mystery than the Bermuda Triangle.
MONTREAL — A singular introduction to “a place where magic still has currency,” Richard Stanley’s L’Autre Monde is part documentary about a storied region in southwestern France, part first-hand testimony of the paranormal, and part psychedelic head trip. It’s all entrancing, though, and even viewers who walk out unsure what they’ve seen (they’ll have plenty of company) may well want to share the experience with friends. It has “Cult Movie” written all over it, and for once that flavor isn’t affectation but the result of perfect sync between filmmaker and subject.
Writer and director Michael Merino seems to have followed the path of most people who dream of making a living in the creative arts. As it states on his IMDB bio, “Mr. Merino held many jobs which included jobs as a contractor, bartender, waiter, short order cook, ladies shoe salesmen, door to door sales and jewelry rep, a landscaper, art dealer, carpenter, brickmason, house painter, truck driver, dock worker, and his most interesting jobs as a pornographic pizza-maker in Sydney’s ‘red-light’ district.” And yes, we will get to that pornographic pizza job in the interview. In all seriousness, Merino has grit. Persevering through those jobs and with the support of his father, Michael was able to pursue his passion which is writing and directing witty, intelligent, independent, horror films. I have seen 502 and The Haunting of Pearson Place and I can say that a Merino film involves more than a high-priced special effects team and crafty CG.… Read the rest
Speculative fiction author and podcaster Scott Sigler joins me for a wide-ranging discussion covering mutations, buddy films, aliens, artificial intelligence and much more.
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Euro-cult great Jess Franco has passed away after producing nearly 200 films. A unique filmmaker, Franco’s work fits in a category all its own, combining art, the erotic, and the macabre into titles like Lorna the Exorcist, The Awful Dr. Orloff, Succubus, Venus in Furs and of course, the eponymous Vampyros Lesbos. While Franco isn’t to everyone’s taste, he certainly stretched the definition of erotic horror cinema.