My old mum always said, and I’ve always believed her, “there’s no such thing as a freebie….” And it’s a philosophy which has generally held me in good stead down the years. However, today my mum and I are happy to eat humble pie, as I’ve just digested a juicy literary freebie which really has no catches. Being a long-term reader and admirer of Adam Nevill it was a privilege to pen some thoughts on “Cries from the Crypt: Selected Writings” for the Ginger Nuts of Horror. Adam is seven novels into a highly distinguished career of writing supernatural horror, with book eight “Under a Watchful Eye” due early next year.
I discovered Nevill in 2010 when I was particularly taken by his second novel “Apartment 16” and after tracking down his debut “Banquet for the Damned” have read all his subsequent novels immediately after publication. Reading a Nevill novel is most definitely an event for me. Being a life-long reader (not just of horror) I have a decent sized bank of authors with whom I always look forward to releasing something new which will force me to pull down the shutters and devour immediately. So Nevill keeps good company with Scott Sigler, Ian Rankin, Stephen King, Ian McEwan, C J Sansom and a few other big beasts.
Sinister Horror Company (September 17, 2016)
Over the last few years, the vampire genre has. For want of a better phrase, become a bit long in the tooth. They have lost their ability to frighten, reduced to emo-ridden leading actor status with as much bite as a toothless hamster.
Thankfully we have gifted writers like Rich Hawkins to take back the night and turn the vampire into a creature that should be feared once more. King Carrion dust off the glitter puts away the leather jacket and buries any notion of romantic entanglement in a cold, dirty grave far beyond the reach of love-struck teenage girls and the writers who seem hell bent on ruining a genre.
Sinister Grin Press (1 Aug. 2016)