Monday, 30 October 2017

The Sound of Horror

What does horror sound like? You can find out today on Brighton & Hove's Coastal Waters Review, hosted by Caroline Waters, with special guests Tom Johnstone and... me!

It's on at 4 pm. (That's UK time and our clocks just went back, so as far as I know, that means time has stopped entirely in the rest of the world.)

You can hear us live here:

Tom will read his story "The Apotheosis of Jenny Swallow" and he'll also be discussing the role of sound in horror. I'll be reading an extract from my radio-based horror story "Two Five Seven", about a little girl who hears a ghostly voice coming from her grandfather's old radio. Has she merely found a numbers station? Or is there something else at work behind those dials that look like staring eyes?

Friday, 6 October 2017

Fantasycon 2017 - Peterborough

Well, Fantasycon 2017 has come and gone. As always, it was great to see old friends and make new ones. And OMG, how much easier and less stressful it is not having to perform! LOL Don't get me wrong - it's an utter delight that so many people remember our crazy Teatro Proberto shows and ask us when the next one is, but they probably can't imagine just how much obsessive work goes into those things. We had some great ideas for 10-minute versions of HALLOWEEN, THE HOWLING and one we called EVERY GIALLO YOU'VE EVER SEEN, but if they ever happen, they may have to be shot on film.

But let's talk about books now!

I had an unofficial launch for Unquiet Waters, my "micro collection" of stories with a linking theme. (No points for guessing that theme, sorry.) Black Shuck Books is definitely a name to watch and Steve Shaw is doing a great job with Great British Horror too. I hope to have a story in volume 3.

We also launched Darker Companions, the eagerly awaited Ramsey Campbell tribute anthology, which contains my story "The Sixth Floor". Alas, we didn't get to take home our contributor copies, but I'll do the requisite book selfie once it lands!

I also got my contributor copy of Steve Jones's The Lovecraft Squad: Waiting. As with all these anthologies, I find myself in stellar company, and I hope you like my 1950s-set story "Arkham House on Haunted Hill" because I had a blast writing it. (Shout-out to my brother jesse, who helped me with the blokey car talk bit!) And is it just me or does the guy on the cover look a lot like Captain Picard in Dixon Hill mode?

It wasn't launched at FCon, but I recently got my contributor copy of Phantasm/Chimera: An Anthology of Strange and Troubling Dreams, so I thought I'd include it here. I'm super proud of this one, which contains my story "The Last of Liquid Sleep". The Ginger Nuts of Horror review by William Tea gave the book a great review and here's what he said about my story:

Thana Niveau’s “The Last of Liquid Sleep,” meanwhile, offers a more particular and personal perspective of gender oppression. A woman with no memory struggles to assert her own identity against the demands of a disembodied male voice hiding in her mind, eating away at her like a psychic parasite. Niveau plays to a variety of emotions here, blurring the line between magic-realism and science-fiction.

Baby Groot shows you where to start reading...

In Not-Me news, John launched his new collection, Made for the Dark, which he did a reading from (in his usual subtle, understated style). It's on YouTube if you want to check it out.

Until next time... I'm still writing and you'll see more from me soon!