Weird West

14 11 2011

Hot on the heels of Read Horror’s fantastic Halloween event the guys over at Twisted Tales have put together another exciting event in their series of themed readings. Their next event will have a ‘weird west’ theme and will be part of the promotion of the new collection Gutshot.

Gutshot is a brand new collection from PS Publishing and features stories from many prominent authors in the genre including Adam Nevill, Mark Morris and Stephen Volk. The book is described as ‘a Smith & Wesson gripped by a skeletal fist, chambers loaded with alien ice, muzzle pointed at your heart…’

In attendance on the night will be Gutshot editor and horror master Conrad Williams in addition to three contributors including Brummie scribe Joel Lane, Sangreal author Amanda Hemingway and one of the new masters of horror, Dead Bad Things author, Gary McMahon.

The event will be held at Twisted Tales favoured venue of Waterstone’s in Liverpool One on Friday the 25 November 6:00-8:00pm. Tickets are available either in store or via 0151 709 9820 and are FREE of charge so get in touch quickly to avoid disappointment. There will also be a £3 on the night discount on the hardback version of Gutshot.

Further details can be found on the Facebook event here.


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Review: Dead Bad Things by Gary McMahon

8 11 2011

Trevor Pumpkiss is a bastard. A murdering, child raping, bastard to be exact. He is also a superbly realised, complex and nuanced character, one of many that feature in this second novel-length outing for Thomas Usher.  His continual use of the term ‘friend’ is genuinely creepy and on finishing a chapter featuring him you almost feel the need to put the book down and wash your hands.

Dead Bad Things by Gar McMahon Review

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.

Read 100 Horror Story Recommendations

Halloween Recommendations Pt III

2 11 2011

Want to find out what Mark Morris, Gary McMahon and Shaun Jeffrey recommend? Read on.

Read Halloween story recommendations

Halloween Horror Competition – Win Tickets to Warwick Arts Centre

27 10 2011

As the Halloween Horror evening draws ever closer, more and more people are starting to talk about Read Horror and our spectacle with David Moody, Gary McMahon and Adam Nevill at Warwick Arts Centre.

Not only have Un:Bound and Jim Mcleod’s Ginger Nuts Of Horror running news stories, but Jim was kind enough to invite David, Adam, Gary and I over to GNOH for a quick interview on Halloween Horror Night. Please do read the interview and get psyched for what promises to be a most enjoyable – and terrifying – night of horror fiction.

In the meantime, we’re giving away two tickets to the event. To be in with a chance of winning a ticket simply send an e-mail to entitled ‘Halloween Horror Competition’. In the body of the e-mail please explain why we should give you a ticket to the evening. The Read Horror staff will choose their ten favourite entries and then pull two winners – from the ten – out of a hat. Please only enter this competition if you will be able to attend the event on Monday 31 October 2011. Entries close on Saturday 29 October 2011 at 12:01am.

Alternatively, if you have to buy a ticket right now, follow the link to buy tickets to Halloween Horror Night at Warwick Arts Centre.

Good luck!


Halloween Horror Night – Warwick Arts Centre

24 10 2011

This time next week is the Halloween Horror Night at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry. Hosted by Read Horror Editor, Michael Wilson it promises to be an exciting evening with three of the best horror authors in the UK today.

First up is Gary McMahon, author of The Concrete Grove trilogy and the man behind the Thomas Usher series (most recently Dead Bad Things, stay tuned for a full review this week). He will be reading a classic horror story to leave fans entertained and terrified.

Following on from Gary, is Gollancz’s David Moody. Not only has he written one of the most successful zombie series in years – Autumn – but he’s also written the terrifying apocalyptic Hater trilogy. The concluding chapter Them or Us will hit stores next month.

Last, but by no means least is Adam Nevill. He is fast establishing himself as the most exciting author in supernatural horror today. Having enjoyed success with Banquet for the Damned, Apartment 16 and the Blair Witch meets Texas Chainsaw Massacre great outdoors horror, The Ritual, he is set to release Last Days next year.

I am reliably assured that they’ll be other members of the horror fiction scene attending the event, so bring your autograph book if you’re a fan and get networking if you’re an author.

Please come along to this event and support both Read Horror and three of the top names in horror fiction today. Tickets are available for £6-8 and the fun kicks off Monday 31 October 2011 at 7:15pm.

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See you there,

Michael Wilson


It’s raining dogs

14 10 2011

Here is some great news for Gary McMahon fans and horror collectors alike, in the wake of the imminent release of his sold out collection It Knows Where You Live on Gray Friar Press, McMahon has announced that he is to re-release his debut novel Rain Dogs.

Originally published by the now sadly defunct Humdrumming Press in 2008, Rain Dogs garnered positive reviews and recognition despite a limited release.

Thankfully McMahon has teamed up with Andy Remic’s Anarchy Books to release a slightly re-edited and updated version of the book in ebook format on Saturday 15th October.

Gary McMahon said, “Rain Dogs was the first novel I ever had published. This new, slightly revised version, sees the story presented in my ‘author’s favoured version’, with some minor edits and the original final chapter reinstated.”

The book follows the story of ex-con Gary Renfield and Rosie, a woman returning home from America for the first time in years. Played out against a background of growing malevolence and an endless downpour Rain Dogs builds to an inevitable climax for two people confronting evil in their lives.

Described as “a scary urban fantasy” in the mould of Stephen King’s The Mist, Rain Dogs could be the perfect reading for your weekend. Let’s just hope the weather stays dry…