From Flu to Fever

8 12 2011

Wayne SimmonsGood news continues to come in for Wayne Simmons fans, in addition to the special edition books announced last week; we now have exciting news about brand new releases from the zombie master.

Wayne has announced that Fever, the follow up to his excellent tome Flu, will be available in February 2012 and a full launch is expected to take place at Cardiff Comic Expo 2012.

Fellow zombie scribe David Moody has provided the cover blurb for Fever and said “Fever wears its reanimated heart proudly on its sleeve. Simmons builds on the nightmare world he created in Flu and manages to make it even more horrific and diseased. A sequel which surpasses the original.”

In addition, Wayne has announced that Doll Parts, a book on hold since 2009 and the long-awaited sequel to Drop Dead Gorgeous, will be released in March 2012.

If that isn’t enough for Wayne’s fans, he is also pleased to announce that Morpheus Tales have published his story from the Flu world, Mary’s Boy Child in their special Christmas issue which is available to download for free now.

DAN HOWARTH

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Drop Dead Frickin’ Gorgeous: Special Edition

2 12 2011

Wayne SimmonsThis week zombie aficionado Wayne Simmons has announced that his Belfast-based undead tomes Flu and Drop Dead Gorgeous are to see limited edition hardback release.

Each title will be strictly limited to 500 collector’s edition hardbacks that will be of exemplary paper stock and have a ribbon bookmark amongst other features. In addition to being signed, each book will be re-edited and will contain some extra features.

Drop Dead Gorgeous will feature brand new cover art from Wayne’s favourite tattoo artist, the award winning Chris Jones [Editor’s note: that’s Chris ‘Frickin’ Jones!].

Wayne is expected to release more details of this must have book for British zombie fans over the next few weeks.

DAN HOWARTH





100 Horror Story Recommendations

6 11 2011

Last week we brought you a five part horror story recommendation series spanning over seventy stories in novel, short story, novella and comic book form. Here is the list in its entirety, complete with twenty five extra entries.

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Undead invade Leicester

3 11 2011

A few weeks ago a few of the Read Horror writers headed over to Leicester for the filming of Unbound Video Edition 2 with zombie specialists David Moody, Wayne Simmons and Jasper Bark. This part book signing, part filming day attracted a loyal group of fans from around the country to take part in the filming. Our own editor even found himself with a small cameo in this tongue-in-cheek zombie short.

All of the authors were in good spirits with Jasper Bark proving once again that he is as much a flamboyant performer as he is an artist. Without spoiling too much for viewers, David Moody was certainly the brains of the outfit and Wayne proved to be a dab hand with a baseball bat!

Whilst we await the final results of the short film, director Vincent Holland-Keen has released a trailer preview of the shenanigans.

In the meantime, do consider buying books by the starring authors to really get you in the mood. Below are links to reviews of each of the authors.

Hater – David Moody

Drop Dead Gorgeous – Wayne Simmons

Way of the Barefoot Zombie – Jasper Bark

And if you’re after something completely different, you could do far worse than check out Jasper Bark’s audio offering Dead Air.

Finally, Read Horror would like to give a special shout out to Jenny Jackson for her special effects make-up and Adele Wearing, of Unbound, for organising the day. Let’s keep horror alive…or should that be undead?

MICHAEL WILSON

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Halloween Story Recommendations Part 1

31 10 2011

It’s Halloween week, so all this week we’ll be recommending stories that you should go out and read. This five part series spans no less than fifty recommendations from both renowned genre authors and the Read Horror team. Stories can take the guise of novels, novellas, short stories, graphic art and whatever is deemed worthy of your attention. To find out more head on over to part one of this very special feature.

What should I read this Halloween? Part One





Review: Drop Dead Gorgeous by Wayne Simmons

21 04 2011

As many of you are aware, I am currently bringing horror literature to the masses with in-depth critiques and reviews in each issue of Scream Magazine. The current issue (four) features reviews of Hater by David Moody and Deadfall by Shaun Jeffrey. Each review clocks in at an impressive one thousand words. Given that horror literature is usually given little to no coverage in mainstream horror mags (is that an oxymoron?) this is a fantastic step in the right direction. Fret not, we’ll be taking more steps like that very soon!

Next issue (five) will feature a full review of Wayne SimmonsDrop Dead Gorgeous, however for now I present to you a cut-down, more succinct assessment of his richly developed, Belfast based, apocalyptic adventure. Enjoy!

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Meet The Writer: Wayne Simmons

8 04 2011

What first attracted you to horror writing?

Like most horror writers out there, I started out as a horror fan. I remember, as a kid, staying up late to watch the old Hammer House of Horror films and falling quickly in love with the genre.

About five or six years ago, I started writing for a few online mags, interviewing folks like Bowie Ibarra, David Moody and Andre Duza. Their writing really appealed to me, but I also found them to be really cool guys and very approachable. Dave, in particular, was very supportive of my first dabbles in fiction writing.

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