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Well the start of 2011 has been very blog lite!
Basically after one illness after another (boo, hoo get that man a hanky). I’ve done very little. That isn’t to say I haven’t done anything.
TerminusSo where are we? Sean P. Parson’s Terminus is doing modestly well in the USA video on demand market. Alternative pet project The Breathing Show gains momentum. Independent films Terminus, Bear Scary and Revamped have been entered into several 2011 film festivals, their screening fate yet to be decided.
Bear ScaryThat said, it’s less about making money and moving onto the bigger projects, it’s about art, creativity, myself, my collected collaborators and the viewers experience.
A person once said to me, “I’ll speak to you when your famous.” My answer was direct, “I don’t think so, I can’t measure fame, only success.” It’s a fickle and superficial world, I feel almost unspoiled living a corner of the world that is farthest from, but also out of the buzz, and pulse of where it’s all happening it has it’s pros and cons.
Anyone that knows me, will tell you I’m a self confessed film addict, music lover and horror fan. My first website was dubbed the ‘quirky to turkey’ film reviews. I regularly write reviews on IMDB. Not to practice writing, (although some may say need it) but because a hour and a half or so of my life has past me by as the credits roll and I’d like to have something good or bad to show for it.
The Ten Commandments (Limited Edition Gift Set) (DVD/Blu-ray Combo)I simply adore motion pictures, and the work and effort that goes into them. A short stay in Elstree studios solidified this for me. From B-films to blockbusters, I love them. The more atmospheric the better but it cant be any old pap. It has to have flare, a je ne sais quoi.
The Crazies > In broad terms everything is about the money, the pound, the dollar it is a big business indie or not. As much as I like some remakes, I can help but feel it’s creatively lazy, that said remakes have been around for a long-time, nearly a long as film itself, one and not the first as early as 1904, The Great Train Robbery. But for me the best remakes are the ones that go back to the origin, the conception and/or original source material, if its based on a book etc. or take the essence of the original and turn it into something new, yet it does not necessarily have to be something better, just something as special.For example, Invasion of the Body Snatchers; The Ten Commandments; Dawn of the Dead; Fistful of Dollars, Little Shop of Horrors;The Crazies to name a few.
Lawrence of Arabia
I wont comment on the flurry and mixed production values of Japanese horror remakes, I leave alone the film that are remade in less than two years of release because most don’t want to read subtitles. I won’t mention the bad ones, ultimately everyone has their own opinions and taste. But the soulless ones can be sniffed out and found in a bargain bucket somewhere. And I feel the same about sequels, no one wants a rehash of the first, but it pains me when a sequel disregards the ideas of the predecessor or changes the concept into an uber version, just for the sake of showing us something new. We vested time in the characters we want to see them continuing in ‘that’ world, or develop further. I don’t wanna see them become something they are not.
Star Wars Darth Vader Collector's (Supreme) Edition Adult Halloween Costume (X-Large)
Don’t stick a jetpack on Darth Vader or put Lawrence of Arabia in a BMW. The extreme I know but you understand what I mean right?
I digress, while I have been poorly it’s given me a chance to reflect on my work, I find it hard to juggle my writing with my film work. And like my love of films the same can be said for writing, James Herbert did for my writing what Elstree did for my film calling. They go hand in hand but are very different beasts. I’ve recently have been commissioned to write a book based on a true crime, I can’t say too much but it’s a horrific, brutal and violent contemporary story. I also have Dead Pulse coming out later this year, a zombie tale. If truth be told I’m nervous and reluctant for it’s release, don’t get me wrong I have confidence in the story but the market has been saturated, and sometimes ideas seem to be in the air and comparisons can easily be drawn. Nevertheless, Dead Pulse is what it is, a zombie story many years in the making and I hope it will be enjoyed by it’s intended hardcore audience.
Blood Hunger is out there available to the public and critics, it seems to have been well received. I was asked in a radio interview how do you feel about critics, if truth be known no one likes negative criticism, especially when it’s clear they haven’t even read or seen your film. That aside I laugh at these bull shitters who say it doesnt bother them, I agree though, some constructive criticism is healthy, it helps you improve but if you’re a newbie filmmaker and or a writer and you’d like some advice on the subject don’t put yourself out there if you can’t take the flak. And certainly don’t rush something out if it’s not ready.
Blood HungerWell that was rumour control, those were the facts, this is A. M. signing off until the next time…
The nights are getting darker, chilly and it’s that spooky time of year as the winter rolls in. This is Halloween!
Halloween appears to be celebrated far more in the USA and where I have been welcomed a one of their own. But there’s plenty of horror to go around. Every year more and more people are enbracing horror and the film and book indusrty are taking notice and as a result horror is being taken more seriously. It’s encouranging! 
It’s been an extremely busy 24 months for myself and the anticipation has been immense. As a bonus I’ve met some of my hero’s. It’s been novels and film projects. Photo shoots, celebrities and more. I hope my fellow horror fans out there will enjoy what I’ve created to date.
In addition, to getting projects on screen and books published there’s my free horror webshow with the delighful Sophia Disgrace here and on youtube.
Over the months I’ve been spurred on, not just by the usual suspects that you expect but the people I’ve met
 on Facebook and especially twitter. I’ve met some great models, actresses, photographers, artists and authors/ writers but more importantly I discovered some real horror fans with passion.

So I’d like to use this Halloween blog to say a big thank you.

Below is The Breathing Dead horror round up.What we’ve accomplished. Spread the word and “Hammer Horror Home.”


After film 4/four’s restructure in 2002 my Ghost story script was left in development hell it a long story but with the reshaping of UK film Council it got me thinking about those modern day horror classics/Sci-fi classics.

If you look through the list of 100 Favorite British Films of the 20th Century you’ll see an eclectic mix the likes of A Clockwork Orange (1971), The Ipcress File (1965), Room With A View (1985), The Crying Game (1992), yada, yada, Doctor Zhivago (1965), Dr. No (1962), The 39 Steps (1935), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), and so on. You’ll be lucky to find any type of horror or Sci-fi (the norm’ with best of film lists) apart from possibly, The Wicker Man (1973) and Brazil (1985).

I’ve taken sometime away from writing since the release of Blood Hunger and put down some thoughts about British Directors Neil Marshall and Danny Boyle’s definitive Brit horror and Scifi’s.
Inspired by Orwellian tales, Hitchcock mixed with the likes of Louise Lawrence, Herbert George Wells? Influenced by George Miller and George A. Romero? Who know where the inspirations came from, some probably plucked from the air. One thing is for sure, I’m convinced these films will stand the test of time, more so than Nuns on the Run.

Danny Boyle’s 28 Day Later is the best mindless human being film since Romero’s zombie movies. It’s an exceptional horror film that follows a handful of survivors after an incurable virus spreads throughout the UK.

From the opening frantic scene that is quickly followed by the quiet empty deserted streets of London, you know your watching something different and fresh. Without detriment to the story there’s lots of gore and bloodshed. However, there’s also a lot of psychological terror happening and subtle character touches that make you feel for these people.
Outstanding writing by Alex Garland and a pulsating chilling score John Murphy adds to 28’s perfect tension, atmosphere and tone. The casting by Gail Stevens is faultless, it includes Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson and Christopher Eccleston in their best roles to-date. This is director Danny Boyle’s unnerving masterpiece. A perfect gritty horror, with a realistic scary premise. A must see.
It’s very rare that a sequel encapsulates the look and style of the original under s different director. However, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo successful takes over the reins from Danny Boyle.

In 28 weeks the US Army secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. The story is told from Don’s (Robert Carlyle) and his children point of view, exceptionally acted by Imogen Poots and Mackintosh Muggleton giving the film a grounded personal feel and Catherine McCormack is great a part of the supporting cast. Fresnadillo builds up the tension splendidly and keeps you on the edge to the final as the soldier played exceptionally by Jeremy Renner who tries to get the children to safety.

With excellent makeup, effects, great cinematography and a pulse pumping emotional strong score by John Murphy, it’s the perfect grounded horror film. A completely plausible worthy sequel that has possibly one of the greatest openings to horror thriller ever.

For many years Brit flick had become stale with numerous romcoms, comedies and gangster films. Dog Solider came at a turning point in British produced horror, made the same year as a flurry of effective horror/chillers including 28 Days Later and Deathwatch. Dog Soldiers follows a group of Army Soldiers who after finding the bloody remains of a Special Ops Squad take refugee in a farmhouse that becomes under siege by werewolf’s.

What stops Dog Soldiers from becoming B- movie fodder is the great script, story, lighting and effective practical effects of the werewolves that remain unseen for the most part.Writer/director Neil Marshall’s keen eyes deliver a witty, atmospheric, claustrophobic thrill-ride. There is a talented memorable cast of likable characters, including Wells (Sean Pertwee), Cooper(Kevin McKidd)and Ryan, (Liam Cunningham) who is excellent as the shifty Special Ops Captain. You care about and are rooting for the squadies, which gives this film an edge over other similar horrors.

The in jokes are subtle and it’s played serious.It’s a perfectly round werewolf film, packed with witticisms, action and blood. Dog Soldiers does what it says on the tin and more.

Doomsday is a solid sci-fi, with a strong cast including the talents of Adrian Lester, Bob Hoskins, Sean Pertwee and Rhona Mitra in her best role to date. A deadly plague has broken out and Scotland is walled off from the rest of the UK. Thirty years later, with the wall still up and the victims forgotten, the virus breaks out again in London. The Government decides to send a crack team of operatives over the wall to investigate the possibility of a cure as there are survivors.With hints of Mad Max, Resident Evil and Escape from New York it still has it’s own look and story-line.
The film admirably directed by Neil Marshall- who in my opinion hasn’t made a bad or uninteresting movie to date. The look is dark and gritty with some great, makeup, costumes, sets and locations. It’s also very bloody and violent with effective action scenes. Nevertheless, the medieval section featuring Malcolm McDowell doesn’t quite fit and is distracting beyond believe (however, you can see why Marshall has gone on to direct Centurion). After this hick-up it comes back on track with an amazing car chase and an enticing great ending that make you want a sequel.Packed with homages and its own look, Doomsday is an enjoyable sci-fi set in the not too distant future which keeps the film grounded and relevant.
Well that’s it folks, hope you enjoyed, hammer horror home!

Blood Hunger is out now.
Audiobook on iTunes

So who are Professor Abraham Van Helsing and Baron Wilton J. S. Abrahams, in a nutshell, they’re both fictional characters and vampire hunters.

As you may know Professor Abraham Van Helsing is the character in the novel Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker. He is a Dutch doctor, of an advanced age and a vampire hunter. Bram Stoker’s fictional slayer is a similar to vampire-hunting paranormal expert, Dr. Hesselius, who appears in J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s seminal 1869 vampire story Carmilla.

So where does Baron Wilton J. S. Abrahams fit into this? Well, what vampire book wouldn’t be complete without a fearless vampire hunter. In the 15th century segments of the vampire book ‘Blood Hunger’ Wilton Abrahams is portrayed younger than the usual incarnations of Helsing type huntsman. Wilton is a 15th century noble man, a man ahead of his time. A well travelled adventurer, an unsanctioned advisor to the King and while brave he is still not yet fearless. His stories of his travels as a young man make him an ideal guest at shindigs but is his open views on religion and such, cause him to be shunned by bigoted social circles. The present day character Lucia Ferrara reads of Wilton’s adventures in the ‘Tale of Truth’ book that is given to her by a mysterious stranger.

When we first meet Wilton he knows very little about the vampire myths and only through a Serbian acquaintance, Lazar, is introduced to the horrors of the vampire. There his adventure begins learning his new vocation along the way to Romania.

Is there room for another vampire hunter? In contrast the 15th century London compared to the 19th make them different men born in very different times. Wilton’s life expectancy in 1477A.D is much shorter, and at 40 Wilton is considered an old man. Much of the world still lay unexplored and folklore is still very much taken at face value, with science in its infancy.

Numerous actors to have played Van Helsing. Various screen versions include Edward Van Sloan in Universal Studios’ Dracula series; Peter Cushing (my personal favourite) in Hammer Films’ Dracula series; Laurence Olivier in Dracula (1979) and Anthony Hopkins in Dracula (1992). In 2004 Hugh Jackman played Gabriel Van Helsing, essentially the same character but younger and only renamed to avoid copyright infringements.

With the Blood Hunger film in development, and Norina Mackey and Richard J. Parker linked to write the screen-play, as previously mentioned many fine actors have played Van Helsing but who could possibly play Baron Wilton’s role? Sean Pertwee, Paul Bettany or Kevin McKidd spring to mind.

Are Helsing and Abrahams linked? Are Helsing and Abrams related? That’s for the reader of Blood Hunger to decide, one thing is for sure is that they are both the greatest vampire hunters that have ever walked the earth.


Blood Hunger is out now.
Audiobook on iTunes

Okay, Terminus the Horror Drama has finished filming, it’ll be entered in film fest’s across UK/Europe and the USA/Canada. Watch the trailer here: Director Sean Parsons and Innerface films have done a great job bringing the character of Anushka alive! You can also see headshots of the amazing cast.

The Breathing Dead Webcast show will be revamped, no pun intended, with a new style and new presenter.

I’ve been typing away with my werewolf novel Darkest Moons, I’ve written in a UK cult horror figure with her kind permission. (can’t reveal who yet).

Whilst I was expecting Blood Hunger the novel to be out late ’09 early/Jan’10 the editing process has taking longer than I expected. Dead Pulse will follow quickly after.
In the meantime you can view the inspired photo shoot here:

I’m developing another horror film…

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We’ll that’s it for now, keep it creepy and Hammer Horror Home!

In 2007 the Breathing Dead zombie novella was first published and in the last three years there has been a boom of Zombie movies and books. Some good, some bad and some just ugly.

Coincidentally idea’s from the short story have ended up on the screen, most recently Collin & Zombie Land. In any case no harm done. Author A.M. Esmonde says,”it’s typical you think of an original idea and some else on the other side world comes up with a similar thing around the same time. It’s like it’s in the air. It’s annoying but it’s impossible, I hope, that my story was plagiarised.”The novella was clearly inspired by George A. Romero and follows his film ‘rules’.

However, like most cult, popular culture thingsThe Breathing Dead is now out of print and hard to find. Nevertheless it can be heard via an Audio-book version from various download Internet sites including, iTunes and Audible.In this tough economy it appears the Audio-book about the dead published by Listen and Live has life. Maybe it’s the subject matter of hope in harrowing times, who knows but the audio-book has hit a nerve.The audio-book features the voice talent of Welsh born Paul Rees of the volts artz show who’s Richard Burton sounding tones gives weight to the simple story of survival and little of Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds.

Although it’s not a musical it does feature a great soundtrack by Kevin MacLeod.Will The Breathing Dead ever be reprinted? The answer from The Breathing Dead Ltd was this, “The Breathing Dead will not have another print run, however, after follow up vampire book Blood Hunger, A.M. Esmonde’s next novel will be a re-imagined expanded version of The Breathing Dead called Deathwatch. So fans of the Breathing Dead will be taken back to Farmore and introduced to characters, old and new.”

Whether or not Deathwatch will have the the horror following of The Breathing Dead remains to be seen, one thing is for sure if you want the creepy Halloween atmosphere this year download The Breathing Dead, you wont be disappointed.

Happy Halloween!

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