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Coming Soon – The Westfield Orphan

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Born to a privileged, upper-class family whom he saw murdered as a boy, the Westfield Orphan has attained a near mythical status in the slums and with the poor of Victorian London. He is drawn back to the streets by the latest fad of upper-class slumming where fellows of good standing dress down to mingle with the less fortunate for entertainment. Following the brutal death of a prostitute outside a gin palace, he sets out to hunt down the white beast that has been unleashed on the streets and the shadowy organisation behind the attack.

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Free Horror Short Story from Dark Chapter Press

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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?

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First Review is in for Ravensdowne…

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 what Tony over in the US of A made of my first adult horror novel. Here’s an excerpt:

Warning: This book is for adults only & contains extreme violent or graphic adult content or profanity &/or sexually explicit scenarios. It may be offensive to some readers.

Sounds interesting? Then read the full thing: Continue reading “First Review is in for Ravensdowne…”

Wes Craven – A Tribute

David Basnett
David Basnett

Although it was perhaps fitting that he should pass through the night (GMT), Wes Craven’s death brought a profound sadness to those of us who grew up in the eighties and nineties and rose to the news of his passing.

A Nightmare on Elm Street was the first movie I saw that truly terrified me and it has left an indelible impression on my writing. Thank you Wes

I will hand you over to my colleague at Dark Chapter Press, Stuart Keane, who has put his thoughts much more eloquently than I.

Extract from Dark Chapter Press:

Wes Craven
Wes Craven

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. Continue reading “Wes Craven – A Tribute”

Greatest Horror-Comedy Movies

Some fantastic movies in this list. I’ve seen most of them but there’s a few I’ll be looking up!

Think I would probably add the hugely underrated Dog Soldiers to the list – check out the fight scene below (spoilers). Any others that they’ve missed? Let me know in the comments.

Chillingham Castle

Chillingham Castle Torture Chamber
Chillingham Castle Torture Chamber

This torture chamber has a horrible, oppressive feeling. One of the strangest places I’ve been to… I don’t think there were any rooms in the whole castle that felt right and don’t get me started on the lake… Hell of a story to the place as you’d expect!

Stephen King Rolling Stone Interview

Stephen King

“We can’t be on a main road because people would find us,” says one of his assistants. “And it’s not people you want to find you. He draws some weird people.”

This interview with the horror master is well worth 5 minutes of your time.

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Interview with Jack Rollins

Regular readers will know that Jack Rollins and I go back a long, long time but in this in-depth and revealing interview with him, even I learned something new about him. Great read.

Book Reviews by Lisa Ann

I’d like to introduce you to Jack Rollins, author of some very good books, check them out, you will not be disappointed.

Many thanks, Jack, for a great interview!


Let’s start with getting the formalities out of the way- 
Tell me a little about yourself, age, location, family, etc. 

I’m 35 years old, I live in Alnwick, in the North East of England. I live with my partner and our two sons (a 2 year old and a 6 month old) and nearby is my 14 year old daughter, who lives with her mum. 

By day I support adults working towards qualifications in Health and Social Care, as well as English and Maths. 

What is something you’d like to share that most people don’t know about you? 

I almost joined the British Army, and I know lots of my friends, if they get to read this, are going to…

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There goes my spare time

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Well now… It’s all signed and official. I’m dipping my toes into the world of publishing and I am going to be working with Dark Chapter Press (home of Jack Rollins) as co-editor on at least one project. It’s a Scottish horror anthology called Bloody Heather and I can’t wait to get cracking.

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Here’s an intro from Dark Chapter Press:

With great pleasure we’d like to introduce you to the latest member of the Dark Chapter Press editing team. David Basnett and Rob McEwan have been friends for around 15 years and both cut their teeth writing horror together. His uncanny knack for storytelling and his eagle eye for details make him the perfect addition to the Dark Chapter Press family.

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