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Hey you readers! Here’s to 2019 being full of health and happiness for you.

So I’m back after a full year break. As you know, I like to be interactive in my work and value your input. There are three amazing stories I have in mind and I am leaving it up to you to choose which novel/work you’d want to read in 2019/20. The three choices are as follows, so please comment or drop a note on my website or email me:

1. THE LONGEST NIGHT.

Scripts in book format appear to be on the rise. I suppose they’re more digestible and put you closer to the voice of the characters. It’ll be my full screenplay of my thriller film that had a fantastic talented cast. It’s about an American detective who travels to the Britain to help find a missing woman but in the process embarks on a journey of self discovery and redemption.

2. Untitled BLOOD HUNGER sequel.
Blood Hunger is my most successful novel to date but I left it on a cliffhanger reveal of sorts, even though there are clues in my other novels of what became of the players it’s void of what happened to the main characters only the underpinning sub-characters and their world. It’ll be the continuing vampire thriller about a country haunted by vampire violence and murder.

3. RIVERSIDE HOTEL. Amongst my many projects in development over the years this was one of my first and favourite. It put me in touch with legendary author James Herbert, and was touted around the film industry. (Imitated and borrowed, I never saw a penny). I’ll rework to remove some of the elements of this ghost story that have been ‘borrowed’ in the past to give it a fresh overhaul.

So over the next few weeks let me know which one or maybe there’s something else I’ve missed. I will complete/the novel with the most interest over the next year.

FAQ’s:

Q: Why not The Final Version 2 or a Darkest Moons follow up, even another Dead Pulse novel?
A: After the year that was 2018 I’m not ready to pen what would be back to back Darkest Moons books. Darkest Moons took a lot out of me and Final Version was research intensive along with the film and video work I’ve made. I am excited about writing follow ups to either one of these books but just not ready at this time. With Dead Pulse, after speaking to George Romero’s widow, for me- creatively zombies died when the genre’s legend passed away.

Q: Why are A. M. Esmonde novels no longer being sold in stores?
A: All of my novels ARE available in stores but would need to be ordered in via the store for you to collect. I don’t mention this as Amazon e-books are available and they usually do free shipping on paperbacks. Also I’d rather sell them directly to you, signed and on request via my website than fight for shelf and stock space and have you visit the store more than once.

The publishing industry has changed. Publishers are no longer offering the kind of advances necessary for authors to make a lively hood to support their families. Agents don’t have power they once did. The market is saturated. Games now rule. There are authors who pump out a new book every three months, sometimes hire ghostwriters, which is not my thing, (I was one of those ghostwriters). As you know, my novels are incredibly imaginative and can take years to complete.

Q: How are these books published?
A: There’s no easy answer. I’ve been under contract, which three of the novels were tied to. However, AM to PM is a publisher with editors, artists located in Wales and Europe. Even known publishers have moved to print on demand similar to Warner Bros. DVD production. Quality of the finished product is a given. Many pay for ISBN numbers to appear published. Many publishers do this themselves offering authors a raw deal. I found this out the hard way. Once my contract commitments were fulfilled and rights reverted back I didn’t want to be in a position to beg ‘Publishers’ and/or rely ‘Agents’. It can be detrimental and a struggle but many authors and artists in many mediums have been successful without selling out, or compromising their story/vision. Mine did well in their chart rankings more so when going solo.

Please let me know what you fancy reading. There is more coming, you got me this far and its up to you to decide what’s next.

Aaron

A. M. Esmonde

Sometimes you have to test yourself and give something back to the film community. It had been many years since I thought about writing any sort of screenplay. I’d been badly burned by ‘development hell’ and the frustration it brought, and then the carpet pulled was pulled up from underneath me. I was younger and took things a little too much to heart and thought less about the business and more about creativity and didn’t consider how they fitted together.
 
After writing character profiles and story outlines I haven’t and will not tackle the screen adaptation of Blood Hunger and have left it to other talented writers. This will give a fresh perceptive on the story and characters. Sometimes you have to let your creation breathe a little and allow it to be looked after by others.
 
As with anything in life you’ve got to face those demons and get back on the horse. So I came up with a little idea, tinkered a little, drank some, ate some, tinkered a little more and started small with ‘Scarlet Chess’, a 10-15 minute short, two characters, two locations. A ground thriller/horror that becomes surreal towards the end. The premise is that a psychologist commences their final appointment of the day. As the session proceeds a series of mind games ensue. As darkness arrives their client may infact be the last patient they see… Ever.
 
The Scarlet Chess script is available to the right filmmaker(s), from producer to director, as a festival entry, actor/director showcase or for anything that will allow filmmakers to implement their skills without having to start with a blank page. There’s also a Hollywood niche there. If you are interested in making this project please drop me a note with the Subject as ‘Scarlet Chess’ and your brief filmaking history.

Contact me via twitter @amesmonde

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…