Monday, 30 January 2012

ZOMBIECORE - blog hop

Happy release day to me!!

A Bar Tender Tale can now be purchased through the Dreamspinnder website HERE

As a special treat, I've done a guest post on the awesome Babes In Boyland blog about
ZOMBIECORE music. Check it out here!

Or... "Turn back, while you still can!"

And in celebration, tonight I shall be scaring myself silly with horror movies.... :D

Look out for more blog posts here with me. And thank you for the feedback I've had so far -- I hope you like the story!

Friday, 6 January 2012

The art of music videos

I love music, and I love film. What better thing can there be than a good music video?
Some of them are art in its purest form; expressions of imagination (and other such ramblings)

Without further ado, I'm going to link to some of the most amazing music videos that left an impression on me.

I'm starting with Sepultura's 'Ratamahatta'  circa 1996.

(Now, let's see how much I can recall without actually looking it up!!)

Sepultura are a Brazilian band, the word 'sepultura' means spine. In this song, singer Max is actually singing in Brazilian, if you can call it singing! It ranges from chants, shouts, singing and hacking coughs!

This video is truly fantastic and features some beautiful stop motion animation.
It doesn't even feature the band, not once! All the footage is of models, set in what one would assume is a Brazilian jungle; there's a village, a masked demons, voodoo doctors, spirits and skulls!

It's truly mind blowing, and looks as fresh as anything even today, 15 years later.

I love it because it's like all the darkest and best parts of my own imagination - I adore voodoo witchcraft imagery, and jungle scenes. Who wouldn't?!
It's a kickass song too.

Continuing the 90s theme -

One of my personal faves, White Zombie and 'Electric Head Pt. 2'  circa 1995

Obviously one who understands film and presenting his imagination in full technicolour, Rob Zombie later became a film director (including shooting my fave horror visual fest 'House of 1000 Corpses'!)

What I love about the White Zombie videos, as well as being amazing rock songs, they were so visually full of delights. When at the time - 90s - other bands were all about playing image down and IMHO generally looking very dull and boring, bands like White Zombie were a sight for sore eyes.

Anyone who loves horror films, B movies, general vaudeville and showmanship will appreciate what this band do. Sadly never got to see them live, but did manage to catch Rob Zombie on his first solo tour; amazing live show, and what amused me most was the hollow, see-thru guitar that Riggs used, full of (fake) blood.

I've chosen this video as it's a mix of the band and one of their favourite themes - weird carnival circus freakshow! With some glow in the dark dancing girls. What more could you want? It even opens with a circus train!!

I've going to jump forward to the 'naughties now, to everyone's favourite band, Turbonegro!
Album 'Retox' came out in 2007, and this single was released with arguable one of the coolest videos ever made.

Muted colours/greyscale, amazing animation mixed with the filming, and little cameos of the band singing in the posters on the walls. Really clever, a joy to watch.

'Do Ya Dig Destruction?'

Now, I'm going to end on a somewhat 'kooky' note. If you don't know who Tom Waits is, shame shame -
and go buy his album Blood Money (2002) where this amazing song is from.

Tom Waits - you can still hear his cry of "maaassssterrr!!" from film Bram Stoker's Dracula, haha.
He is utterly incredible, there is non other like him.

This video is beautiful, the song is bizarre, and strangely catchy. I can't describe it much more than that, except for 'look out for the ostriches!'

Sunday, 1 January 2012

A Bar Tender Tale - almost here!

Happy New Year!

And what better way to kick off my first blog post with information about a new release  :o)

(There are 2 new releases imminent for 2012, and atm A Bar Tender Tale is in the lead! LOL)

Dreamspinner have kindly set up a page for my ebook on their Coming Soon list, which means....
Sneak preview of the cover art by the ever talented Ria Chantler!
Read the blurb, add to your wish list!
And even read an extract!

Take a looksee right here   

Cover art by Ria Chantler...
Doesn't little Nathan look uber cute?!


Twenty-two-year-old barman Nathan is always the odd one out. It's tough to get a date when his love of loud music, tattoos, and zombie paraphernalia usually sends potential candidates running for the hills. Trying to find anyone who wants to spend time with him, let alone stay in and watch trashy horror movies, has always been a problem.

Then, on his day off, Nathan does a friend a favor by covering a shift at a pub, and in walks a handsome stranger who shares his love of horror. It could be a match made in B-movie heaven, and Nathan is determined to pursue this new acquaintance, but—zombies aside—has Nathan got the guts to go on a real date?

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Ooh er! ;o)

If you want to read an extract, visit the Dreamspinner link here
and click on 'Read an excerpt'

You can also add A Bar Tender Tale on Goodreads

Expected release date 30th January, but please check the Dreamspinner website for updates  :o)

In the meantime, I shall be hurrying with my own website updates for more behind the scenes looks into my work. There have already been a few changes, which you can check out now!