A new home for Horror Reanimated!

Welcome to Horror Reanimated, the voice of Bloody Books.

We’ve only gone and bought ourselves a URL haven’t we? A Universal Resource Locator, no less.

Or a web address.

So please go to www.horrorreanimated.com from now on, and don’t forget to update your bookmarks and feeds.

This URL will live on for a few weeks only; then it’s the knacker’s yard…


August 18, 2008 at 8:32 pm 10 comments

Bill and Joseph’s series on novel writing Part II: Research

Bill Hussey

Well, Joseph, we’ve discussed The Idea. The germ is in place. After a bit of story development next comes research. How do you approach research?

Joseph D’Lacey

I usually approach it with a very long, sharp object and give it a quick poke to make sure it’s safe to proceed. It usually isn’t – I’m not very keen on research, I’m afraid. Reminds me too much of being at school. That said, there are some subjects you have to look into if you want to avoid producing badly informed fiction. I usually do most of my research online. How about you? (more…)

December 1, 2008 at 11:03 am 2 comments

First Review of ‘The Absence’!

An extremely early mini-review of ‘The Absence’ has appeared online! With a little under five months to go until publication I was really surprised to find this review appearing on the Waterstones website. Steve Birt reviewed ‘Through A Glass, Darkly’ earlier this year (‘a great debut novel’) and was kind enough to give it 4 stars. He’s now boosted ‘The Absence’ with a 5 star review saying ‘Bill Hussey just gets better and is in my new all time favourite horror authors list.’

Check out the full review at the website.

November 26, 2008 at 4:16 pm 1 comment

Breathtaking by Bill Hussey

cliff1Joseph and I have agreed that we will rarely, if ever, write book reviews for Horror Reanimated. We’ll leave such back breaking labour to Mathew. From my point of view, the decision is because I would feel uncomfortable writing reviews of books whose authors I might meet up with at a convention or on a panel in the not too distant future. I’m just cowardly that way! That said, I have felt compelled to tap out a little piece about a book I have just finished. Put simply, it is possibly the best children’s ghost story I have ever read. Actually, let’s not be mealy-mouthed: it is one of the best children’s stories I have ever read full stop.


November 24, 2008 at 5:12 pm 3 comments

Interview with Sarah Pinborough

taken_us_150x240Sarah Pinborough is a horror and thriller writer with a string of successful novels.

Her titles include The Taken (‘Her writing is full of dread and passion’, Christopher Golden) and Breeding Ground (‘… beautifully wrought by an author with an unflinching eye and a steady hand. This is scary stuff’, Creature Feature). Seek Sarah out at her website… 

BILL HUSSEY:     So, Sarah, it seems to me that horror writers, perhaps more than any other genre practitioners, are heavily influenced by their early exposure to the form. What are your earliest memories of horror fiction?

SARAH PINBOROUGH:      When I was at boarding school there were lots of tatty 70s Pan style horror anthologies on the shelves of the boarding house and I read a lot of those. My first real horror memory though, and I do think this really did unlock that part of my imagination, was of going to see Dracula as a school play when I was five…


November 20, 2008 at 8:54 am Leave a comment

The Garbage Man cover: Take II by JD’L

I’m finally able to reveal the cover you’ll see on the shelves when The Garbage Man is released in May ‘09!

Once again, like Bill, I’d like to talk about ‘mood’ and ‘subtlety’ as key aspects of my latest cover.

I’d like to but I can’t.

Here’s why: (more…)

November 18, 2008 at 11:41 pm 5 comments

Digital Wasteland #2

g441Er, not exactly digital this one I’m afraid, more televisual and print-based oddities of evil deliciousness really.

As previous posts attest, there’s some good, (or potentially good), viewing around for us genre folks thesedays. Not sci-fi, (or is it sf?), or fantasy, but good old horror… or a sub-genre thereof.

Sunday night sees the first Survivors, an updated version of Terry Nation’s post-apocalyptic serial that ran from 1975 to 1978 over three series on the BBC. Here’s an article in The Independent. A poll on the above linked BBC website shows that 24% of respondents are ‘sure they’ll like it’; 51% including myself are ‘cautiously optimistic’; 7% are ‘undecided’; 16% are worried it ‘might not be that great’, and 2% are ‘sure they won’t like it’. If it’s anything as convincing as Apparitions, it’ll be another Sky Plus series linker. Here’s a rather nice fan site concerning original said series from which I purloined the truly terrifying image of mid-seventies crockery.


November 17, 2008 at 11:49 pm Leave a comment

To edit, change nappies or clean house? That is the question by JD’L

This is a very swift entry about the realities of working part time, writing the other part of the time and being a parent…

Today I’m at home with mini me while her mum is out at work. Tomorrow, the role-reversal reverses and I’m out at work. (more…)

November 17, 2008 at 3:29 pm 4 comments

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