Stuart Keane on Trick Or Treat Thrillers [Article]

Stuart Keane on Trick Or Treat Thrillers [Article]

Stuart Keane was recently interviewed for the Trick Or Treat Thrillers website, for the launch of his latest novella, Cine. In this in-depth piece, Stuart not only tells us about his fantastic new release, but he has some invaluable insights in there for horror writers. Take ten minutes out and enjoy.

Exerpt from the interview:

What gave you the idea for your book, Cine?

Cine was developed from a combination of different things. Once upon a time, many moons ago, I worked in a cinema. I was always amazed at the idea of working in a cinema, from a young age in fact, and I knew other people – people who applied for their ‘dream job’ – who shared this sentiment too. Who doesn’t like free movies, right? However, once you’re behind the scenes, once the curtain drops and the blinkers are removed, you realise that working in a cinema isn’t that fun, is not glamourous and it certainly isn’t a wise career decision.

Some of the people I worked with made the job a lot more difficult than it needed to be, and this was the prime catalyst for Cine, one that helped develop the dark undercurrent that runs throughout the book, and several of the characters.

To read the full interview, click here.

[Review] Ravensdowne by David Basnett

[Review] Ravensdowne by David Basnett

Let’s get the preliminaries out of the way, shall we? I’ve known the author for about 15 years now, so we’ve been friends for a good long while and compared notes on stories throughout our friendship. We have a loose collaboration in that sometimes I mention De Omori in some of my stories as a nod to him, and he sometimes mentions Tilwick in his stories as a nod back. We both appear in the anthology Kill For A Copy a horror publisher with whom we both have ties.

And after all that, I still hate this book. Just kidding! But you do need to know all of that before you read my honest review. David and I have always been clear on that, if the book isn’t up to scratch, we review and rate accordingly – it’s our duty as professionals to work that way.

Still here? Let’s get into it, then.

First of all, this book is the first adult horror outing for some characters set up across the Young Adult targeted Rise of the Vampire trilogy. I enjoyed that trilogy immensely, as do a great many other adults, so I was interested to see how he would make the leap into full-on adult horror.

Well, he doesn’t pull any punches, that’s for sure. David has operated on the fact that if you can read, you can read that the other books were ok for your teens, and this one isn’t aimed at them until they’ve grown up a bit.

De Omori, the vampire-hunting organisation of David’s work, send an operative to investigate a spate of brutal killings that have gripped the nation and spawned copycats. The investigation begins in north-east England and De Omori have specified that a disgraced policeman is reinstated to help on the case. That policeman, Will Hunter, seems to have an uncanny skill for seeing past the facades put up by the everyday human, and understands the darkness they keep inside. It gave him an incredible conviction rate until one fateful case ended his career for him. De Omori need him to use that skill once more and an uneasy partnership forms between Will and heroine of the original trilogy, Eve Evans, now a fully-fledged, battle-scarred agent.

Several characters draw us into Ravensdowne and as we wonder how an easily solved case related to the town of the title, all hell breaks loose and the duo are re-assigned. That’s when the story really kicks into gear and all of the unrelated characters you are introduced to start to click into place.

With the police overcome and the Army struggling to keep a lid on the disaster at Ravensdowne, only Eve and Will have the abilities needed to identify friend from foe. Of course, dealing with the foes is another matter, in a town devastated when the creatures who are the ancestor of the humanoid vampires are unleashed, spreading their venomous bite to create an army of blood-sucking killing machines.

Packed with suspense, splattered with gore and rammed full of action, Ravensdowne is one horror adventure you certainly don’t want to miss.

Dark Chapter Press – One Year On… | Stuart Keane

Stuart Keane shared his thoughts on the one year anniversary of Dark Chapter Press, following up on Rob McEwan’s earlier article. Take a look at his view on this landmark, from his perspective as both an author participating in competitions at the birth of DCP, to a member of the editing team who prepare to take Dark Chapter Press into a year where we will at least treble the number of titles currently available!

One year ago, I submitted a flash fiction piece to the very competition he mentions in the blog. I won with my submission, Pieces, which now has a home in Whispers – Volume 1: A Collection. This was my first attempt at flash fiction, so for Rob to pick it as the winner was a proud moment for me. Which brings me to my short point…

I said a year ago that Dark Chapter Press were going places. A year on, hindsight is awesome. If you’d asked me a year ago if DCP would have Shaun Hutson provide the Kill For A Copy foreword, I would have said yes. Call it intuition or something more, but I sensed that Dark Chapter Press were going to make waves. Sometimes, you just know, and seeing DCP progress, evolve and develop in the way I thought they would, it makes me proud.

Read the full article on Stuart’s website: Dark Chapter Press – One Year On… | Stuart Keane

First Review is in for Ravensdowne…

First Review is in for Ravensdowne…

I finished reading this fantastic book recently and need to pull my finger out and get the review up, but in the meantime, check this one out.

David Basnett

My first adult horror... My first adult horror…

Well it’s been a long few months since I released Ravensdowne and I’ve been keeping half an eye on watching for reviews. It’s a weird feeling waiting for that first one. I can only liken it to standing with your exam result in your hands and not wanting to open the envelope to see your results, but on the other hand really wanting to open it!

So when I noticed a review had popped up on US Amazon and on Goodreads, I was torn between clicking the link and reading what had been said, and pretending that I wasn’t the author David Basnett and going to live like a hermit on one of the Farne Islands.

Well new authors like myself live or die by the reviews that we get and thankfully I clicked the link / opened the goddamn envelope and was delighted to read…

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Want a Free Horror Story? The Winner of the August Flash Fic Competition is Here [Dark Chapter Press]

Want a Free Horror Story? The Winner of the August Flash Fic Competition is Here [Dark Chapter Press]

From the blog at Dark Chapter Press

The return of our monthly flash fiction competition attracted much interest and a great response from writers, both familiar to us here at Dark Chapter Press, and new. Such a response is great news for us here in the DCP dungeon, because it means writers like what we’re doing and want to jump onboard, but what if I told you it could be a poisoned chalice, a double-edged sword? Would you believe me?

Allow me to explain. The quality this month overall was some of the best we’ve ever seen. The image of that little creature in the basement really did spark something off in the imaginations of the writers who got involved. No wonder we over-ran on the judging time.

But it’s done. We have our August winner. This writer will soon be invited to join us, with a secret submission call to write a story for inclusion in an anthology for release next year. Don’t forget, that’s the prize this month, too – and in all the competitions that make up this 6-month campaign. This is how we are sourcing new talent and forging relationships with the writers who really want to have their work branded with the Dark Chapter Press seal.

David M Hoenig is our August winner. His story My Boy really nailed it this month. Congratulations to David and well done. We think his story is fantastic, and we’re sure you’ll all feel the same when you read it.

To read the story click here

10 Minutes With Horror Writing’s new Blood (Interview)

10 Minutes With Horror Writing’s new Blood (Interview)

Feind Gottes made his publishing debut in this summer’s Kill For A Copy. His story is the nasty taste in the mouth you are left with, as the final piece in the volume. Hell Awaits is now highlighted in several reviews as not only a fantastic story, but one which really does stay with you long after the book is closed. It’s the sort of story that really gets to the core of what horror is all about and is beyond doubt the perfect parting shot for the anthology.

Here you can hear from the author himself, a hard-working horror fanatic whose talent is matched only by his motivation.

[Article] Wes Craven – A Tribute by Stuart Keane (Dark Chapter Press)

[Article] Wes Craven – A Tribute by Stuart Keane (Dark Chapter Press)

After yesterday’s sad news on the death of Wes Craven, a man whose horror movies captured the fears and imaginations of generations, Dark Chapter Press team member Stuart Keane shares his thoughts on this most influential horror master.

Wes Craven – A Tribute

It was 3.44am. I should have been sound asleep, but being a writer, these late hours are my bread and butter; the perfect time to write horror. Outside is dark and quiet, the sound – or lack thereof – of mass humanity in slumber haunt the crisp air that preludes dawn and another day altogether. As I breathe in the cool air with the window wide open, I stare at the darkness, wondering what lies in the flickering shadows. Yes, I should have been asleep. But I wasn’t, I was adding some finishing touches to Cine, my upcoming novel.

And then the news broke. Wes Craven had passed away.

As one can expect, social media exploded. Facebook and Twitter lit up with the shocking news. Me, I was devastated. I even thought it was a hoax, such is the cruelty of the Internet these days (I wasn’t alone, many on my Facebook friend feed thought the same – unfortunately, it wasn’t to be).

Craven was the first director who terrified me – and when I say that, it’s with the sincerest truth and utmost respect. A Nightmare on Elm Street, possibly the most famous film on his illustrious resume, had me covering my face with a cushion and missing sleep for a week. Hell, even the cover scared me, something I alluded to in my latest blog post. It was only yesterday I was discussing his controversial The Last House On The Left with my wife, reminiscing on the film that offended many and launched a stellar horror career that would last over forty years.

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