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A woman is trapped in a dream like state which appear to represent various stages of her relationship.

Watching films can sometime be dull, but occasionally the planets align and you get to view something quite stirring. Austrian director Kevin Kopacka offers a genuine haunting piece of art house film with a kitchen sink of camera tricks, sound design and lighting effects. Following a series of individual arresting sequences actor Anna Heidegger’s organic beauty and fine performance really enchants as you journey through her nightmare. It has a universal standing as there’s little, if any dialogue, its all about visuals and Kopacka delivers more treats in his experimental short than many features manage to do.

This Berlin made short film (just shy of fifteen minutes) unfolds like a Steven Berkoff play of uneasiness. Broken up by title cards Kopacka injects Giallo’s horror and psychological thriller elements into his piece. He also throws in for good measure elements reminiscent of Kubrick’s The Shining and a cross section of Lynch’s work to name a few, successfully borrowing from the some of the best with lingering long corridors, locked doors, shadowy figures and silhouettes. Shots with glimpses of things that seemingly supernaturally move, notable are the eerie bed clothes. There’s also the haunting stillness of faces, sunsets and hazy memories.

Is it paramount that you analyse writer H.K. DeWitt’s take on the five rivers of the realm of Hades and their symbolic meanings? Possibly, but it’s not important, as Kopacka’s Hades is about how it makes you feel with its unrelenting pressure and a sense of all-pervading paranoia and dread. The short is almost pure cinema and comes highly recommended.

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So that’s it for this year. Thank you all for following my blog, reading my film comments  (they are not  reviews, everyone has their own taste like women/men, wine and music) and reading my news. To-date this blog has had 49,997 hits.
Next year the 2nd Editions of my top 40 ebooks Blood Hunger (#13 unlucky for some) and Dead Pulse (#39) will be released.
It’s been a great year for my scifi The Final Version, with it reaching #12 in the Cyber Punk ebook chart.
The music video I directed (packed with scifi references, see how many you can spot) has had 3,550 views to date, be warned it gets a little bloody towards the end -check it out here:
Thank you all for following my blog, reading my books and watching my videos – I really appreciate it. Be safe, have a fantastic seasonal time and have a very merry Christmas.

THE FINAL VERSION CoverI haven’t blogged much lately, the reason being I wanted to surprise readers with a brand new book – The Final Version. To give you a little background the original manuscript dates back to 2008! Now six years in the making The Final Version, my third novel, and first science fiction is out now on paperback and Kindle.

The trailer:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f895hM2wpZ8

Journey through the history of genetics and be catapulted to a post-apocalyptic future, a conflicted dystopian utopia of cyberpunk, cryogenics and government-conspiracy. London… The future, Jan Denton is abducted close to Big Ben Redux and is taken across the Atlantic Tunnel to the Oval Skyscraper, New York. He is accused of various murders of famed figures throughout history. Is Denton really Vasco, the killer of these prominent individuals? How could one person live so long? Time is running out as Denton must try to unravel the mystery before an assassin who knows the truth tracks him down. Are you unique or simply the final version?

 

The Press Release.


Put a note in your diary of the dead!Blood Hunger topped the kindle horror charts last month now the zombie Dead Pulse is totally free this Halloween and Day of the Dead season. Grab yourself the ultimate walking dead bargain!*
When being dead no longer means the end…

With a staple on George A. Romero’s dead mythos while paying homage to his ‘rules’,  Dead Pulse gives an insight into the zombies food pecking order, their thought process and how they actually function.

Dead Pulse also explores what it truly means to survive a zombie apocalypse through the harshest seasons on the land, sea and air over an intense 12 months. Of course there’s all the zombie action you’d expect from the genre and more.
*update 03/11/2013 Dead Pulse made the top 40 horror ebook chart #39. Thanks to all.
 

Death does not discriminate…

Remember Dead Pulse is totally free this Halloween and Day of the Dead season, but if you can wait its out now from a variety of online stores, including Amazon US and Amazon UK you can also order it from your local store. Also if you get your undead hands on the paperback edition the Kindle comes free.

Check out Dead Pulse’s “calm before the storm” trailer:
Pictures with kind permision juliland.com and A. M.Esmonde

I’ve been almost off the grid for the last two months. Although you probably think I’ve been immersed in Commedia dell’Arte, The Voice, Hannibal, Bates Motel or Maimi Vice tee hee – I’ve been handling production of a music video. (Video and set snaps below).

Promotional music films predate the 1930’s and 70s TOTP deserves a mention but it was MTV that popularised them new heights in the 80’s. There was money to be made and new talent emerged and careers were launched off the back of a music videos. Like everything else these it’s now saturated, exploited (oh such a pessimist), times have changed but the purpose still remains not just to promote but to entertain. Although there are many great and innovative video’s out there I personally feel ‘Thriller’ is still thee music video, er or maybe that’s just because of my association with horror.

I digress, I’m a little like Billy Connolly at stand up gig sometimes.

Filmed over two days (20-21st April, with Mark Lysons and Vicki Macgregor) while I didn’t have the 1983 $500,000 budget (not adjusted!) of Thriller, or want to produce another short film I couldn’t pass at the chance to Direct/Produce this little offering… “Say My Name” – I hope you enjoy.

Just for fun – see how many film references you can spot.

For information on the rock band V0iD visit: www.v0idonline.com

With the sad passing of James Herbert who works have also been adapted for screen – including Fluke, Haunted,The Rats” (filmed as Deadly Eyes) and The Ghosts of Sleath. I’ve reblogged this as he was one of my main influences and will be missed.

The Breathing Dead

James Herbert one of Britains bestselling horror/thriller novelists, who’s books include Haunted, The Rats, The Ghosts of Sleath wrote to me wishing me luck with my writing career prior to Blood Hunger and Dead Pulse. 
 
After a spanning longtime communicado, I met him and his family over a drink – it was the horror icing on the cake for me. Meeting your hero is always neat especially when they are down to earth and exceed your expectations.

Sadly James Herbert passed away March 20th 2013. My thoughts are with his lovely family. A straight up guy and true gentleman. I enjoyed his company, his great eye for marketing and his horror writings. He will be terribly missed.

 

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You can now join the team, become a producer or just share The Longest Night film. One crime, one woman, one reckoning.
Whether you’d like to become part of the team or just keep updated with it’s production progress and release. Help ensure its completion and distribution spread the word and make some noise about this project, so by passing this link onto others through Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, word of mouth and good old-fashioned email you will be doing us a big favour.

Visit Indiegogo imdb, or http://www.breathingdead.co.cc for more information.

Having been confined to the USA as a download only I am pleased to announce anyone worldwide can now watch Terminus the film for free.
From director and writer Sean P. Parsons and myself the novelist of Dead Pulse and Blood Hunger comes Terminus – an existential vampire tale which crosses violent supernatural hijinks with an arthouse aesthetic to produce a new take on a worn-out genre.
The Story
Ellicott City, a condemned paper mill, home of Anushka – a vampire assassin haunted by self-imposed isolation. Her vow to never feed on humans is tried when a chance meeting tests her resolve. Her first bite could be your last.
Terminus is an original film that plays as prelude capturing the spirit of my book Blood Hunger. Sean P. Parsons’ screenplay features the sub character of the novel Anushka, who an important part of the Serbian plot. Marquise, played by Stacey Jackson, is an incarnation of the character Monica from the novel.

Watch this wonderful slow-burning vampire short by Sean P. Parsons here:

CAST

Philip Fletcher … Hauer
Katherine DuBois … Anushka
Stacey Jackson … Marquise
Sarah Taurchini … Caelum
Ben Cunis … Jacob
Ryan Sellers … Target 2
Bruce Allen Dawson … Bodyguard
Theo ‘Rick Vick’ Johnson … Target 1


With the flooding of the vampire market I’ve unjustly neglected my own enigmatic, gothic and blood soaked vampire book Blood Hunger.

So what’s it about?

An explorer makes a discovery in Romania, dubbed the ‘Ice Prince’ find it is

Blood Hunger film style poster

significant enough to put him and his girlfriend Lucia Ferrara in the media spotlight. Iliana and her sister’s journey to the United Kingdom, news that the ‘Ice Prince’ had been discovered ceases their many years of blood abstinence and they unleash a bloodthirsty terror on humankind leaving a trail of death from London to the Welsh countryside.

From the fall of the vampire and the Dracul brothers in medieval Europe to their return in the present day. Prepare yourself, their first bite will be your last!

Blood Hunger is  definitive and fresh reinvention of the vampire legend. Inspired by the spirit of Bram Stoker’s novel ‘Dracula’, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s novella ‘Carmilla’, ‘Hammer Horror’s’ film series and cult horror ‘The Hunger’.

Out now on paperback and ebook. Watch the trailer here:

Nothing like some film style promotion to celebrate the underdog Dead Pulse novel! Thanks readers! Keep spreading the word.
The dead have returned to life…
The world’s focus is on the city of Ravenswood and the once idyllic town of Farmore as platoons and scattered survivors fight the hordes of the dead, unbeknownst one of them holds the key to end the undead’s reign of mayhem. Across the city at a body disposal plant a small group take shifts on the ‘death watch’. Their hopes hinge on the soldiers of Farmore to rescue them. But with no contact for months, no food and surrounded by the dead, have they got what it takes to survive?
With death at their door, only time can tell…
In Dead Pulse I refine the zombie mythos and add a twist to the George A. Romero inspired horror adventure.
Click on the link below to enjoy the opening Dead Pulse free.