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It’s been a hard year with personal loss and sadness, so I’ve been off the social media merry-go-round. Whatever you are going through, you will get through it. Keep the dream alive, have trust. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

The Christmas season is upon us and we’ve got a few signed editions of Darkest Moons (contact via the website), also if you order any paperbacks you get the Kindle Free, for those who want to start reading immediately and have a keepsake paperback winging its way to you.

Darkest Moons

Darkest Moons

In 1878 a mining community came to terms with the existence of a terrifying horror.

As the moon rises the curse begins!

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Blood Hunger

Blood Hunger

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!

Dead Pulse

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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.

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darkest-moons-promoWell I’m ecstatic. Darkest Moons is now available on paperback and Kindle! A gothic mansion, hidden secrets, crypts, beasts and mysteries. With a never seen before creature that spawned legends. What is real and what is not in a seemingly perfect community? Present day set ‘Darkest Moons’, incorporates flashbacks throughout a Welsh village’s history packed with elusive characters.

Darkest Moons is available as an e-book, readers who want the traditional paperback will get the e-book free. Order your copy from here or any good bookstore.

From the press release.

A 1878 a mining community came to terms with the existence of a terrifying horror.

Over 130 years later a troubled London police officer, Alex Caine, is transferred to the sleepy village of Red Meadows. Her country life and the investments to rejuvenate the valley are put in jeopardy when a World War II bomb is unearthed triggering a chain of disturbing events.

A series of grisly mutilations follow but what is causing this mayhem, a wild animal or a serial killer hell-bent on destruction? With limited resource, battling local politics and with help from an unlikely ally, legends from the Garloupmira to Sasquatch are probed. Caine’s well-being, sanity and beliefs are tested as she desperately strives to solve her case.

As the moon rises the curse begins!

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Watch the Darkest Moons Teaser Trailer: https://youtu.be/5qYX7Sal0k4

Hello ghosts and ghouls. Finally (phew) and aptly this Halloween my new book entitled Darkest Moons is released on paperback and Kindle. If you would like a chance to win a free electronic copy share this post on Twitter or Facebook @amesmonde! Read on for more Darkest Moons’ details.

From the press release:

darkest_moons_cover_for_kindleDarkest Moons

In 1878 a mining community came to terms with the existence of a terrifying horror.

Over 130 years later a troubled London police officer, Alex Caine, is transferred to the sleepy village of Red Meadows. Her country life and the investments to rejuvenate the valley are put in jeopardy when a World War II bomb is unearthed triggering a chain of disturbing events.

A series of grisly mutilations follow but what is causing this mayhem, a wild animal or a serial killer hell-bent on destruction? With limited resource, battling local politics and with help from an unlikely ally, legends from the Garloupmira to Sasquatch are probed. Caine’s well-being, sanity and beliefs are tested as she desperately strives to solve her case.

As the moon rises the curse begins!

Darkest Moons

By A. M. Esmonde

An AM to PM Publishing Book

Publication Date October 31st 2016

Paperback ISBN 1508567700

e-book ASIN B01MDSP46K 

202 Pages

Ask in your favourite bookstore or order from Amazon

Link T.B.C

Watch the Darkest Moons Teaser Trailer: https://youtu.be/5qYX7Sal0k4

A. M. Esmonde, “A gothic mansion, hidden secrets, crypts, beasts and mysteries. With a never seen before creature that spawned legends. What is real and what is not in a seemingly perfect community? Present day set ‘Darkest Moons’, incorporates flashbacks throughout a Welsh village’s history packed with elusive characters. Darkest Moons will be available as an e-book, readers who want the traditional paperback will get the e-book free and can also enjoy the revelation connections to my all my other novels.”

As with any first edition, if there are any niggling little errors please let me know and we’ll get it correct for the second run. Thanks

Stomping Ground DVD cover*** Written for BCRising.com. This review may contain cryptozoology spoilers ***

A young Chicago couple Ben and Annie return to Annie’s small North Carolina hometown, bumping into some of her old friends they embark on an impromptu Bigfoot hunt which threatens their relationship and lives.

I love a good Bigfoot film, the ones though with blood and guts, there’s been a spate of the recently, like shark films and creature features they’re a minefield in terms of quality ranging from Eduardo Sánchez’s Exists to (Syfy, enough said) Bigfoot. Director Dan Riesser’s Stomping Ground, is a low budget surprisingly good traditionally shot Bigfoot film. While the camera work is a little rough in places, it benefits from an on location shoot. To drum up the film’s saleability to horror hounds Evil Dead’s Theresa Tilly appears very briefly. We get some dead bodies, a severed finger, a severed head and a pretty good Bigfoot costume (no rubbish CGI, hooray).

John Bobek’s city boy Ben and Tarah DeSpain’s Annie are strong enough to carry the film as their relationship is tested. For a low budget film the acting excels. Jeramy Blackford, is notable as Paul and gives performance (akin to Eric Balfour’s Brad in Blackfoot Trail killer bear feature) as Annie’s former boyfriend, which prompts some tension between him and Ben. Justin Giddings is amusing enough and plays local Bigfoot expert Jed. J. Michael Radtke’s visual Bigfoot effects work better from behind and in the shadows, with the bright showdown stealing some impact and effect.

There’s the expected Deliverance jokes and references to Wrong Turn, writers Riesser and Andrew Genser’s script works best when it avoiding pop culture references, to their credit they give Annie enough back-story throughout without dropping everything in the first five minutes and the knocking, den building, hair and calls remind you it’s a Bigfoot film. The extremely long build up struggles to hold attention with the Bigfoot segments coming late in the latter half of the third act. The ego-stroking, chest-beating competition between Ben and Paul gets a little repetitive objectifying Annie. Stomping Ground is more interesting when they’re talking about local history, drinking moonshine, playing games and being attacked.

At 80 minutes it feels longer than it is, tonally Riesser’s offering doesn’t hold up comedy wise to be another Tucker and Dale versus Evil, there’s also not enough Sasquatch focus and gory action set-ups to fully satisfy horror fans. That said, it’s a commendable independent film effort and certainly worth checking out especially if you’re a Bigfoot lover.

This review like the title and poster of the film may contain spoilers

After the death of their foster-mother two brothers go back to the town where they were born only to find the place holds a deadly secret.

Thankfully Feed the Gods is not a found footage, hand-held camera movie. It is comparable to The Wicker Man, borrowing elements in terms of story. Its laced with horror and off beat humour. However, writer/director Braden Croft has a lot on his hands and it never quiet merges the two tone elements like Cabin in the Woods, nor is it wacky enough to to be as entertaining as Tucker and Dale Versus Evil. 

Croft’s writing works best when the middle of nowhere town’s conspiracy aspects and vigils (reminiscent of Hot Fuzz) are centre stage rather than the shoehorned one liners. The unnecessary moments of POV camera stuff plonked in aside Shawn Roberts is memorable as Will, the loser geeky older brother and Erica Carroll gives a great performance.

Croft’s direction is great, thankfully it is for the majority traditionally shot and not another shaky cam film and he creates atmosphere especially during the opening and introduction to the rural townsfolk but it never fully reaches its full potential even with the well designed beast showing up in the latter half. It possibly would have worked as a welcomed all out serious horror or a full on comedy. 

Yes the main plot reveal is predictable from the outset given away by the films own title but thanks to the Bigfoot effects and likable lead its certainly worth checking out rather than writing it off.

A documentary filmmaker and his brother with his parter go to Siskiyou County, California to investigate alleged Bigfoot sightings and get more than they bargained for.

As the found footage influx continues this addition is strong enough as a POV film, but if anything it’s a little miss sold with the prominent Bigfoot tag. Writer, director Stephon Stewart’s Bigfoot County a.k.a Bigfoot Tapes is too real for its own good, yelling, cursing, screaming in the dark and rape, the reactions feel real but does that make good entertainment? It has a great on location setting of forest and caves there’s some notable realistic tense scenes especially at the beginning and final act. What starts as a Bigfoot hunt turns into a blunt, hard hitting Deliverance-like film by the closing act.

It debatably has the edge over the similar Big Foot: Lost Coast Tapes (2012) from an audience engagement perspective but unlike ‘Tapes it has very little full on Bigfoot encounters which may leave some viewers feeling short changed. 

The opening first act works well due to the leads and supporting casts performances. The odd local characters and the two leads are excellent for a low budget entry. Stephon Stewart as Stephon Lancaster and Davee Youngblood as Davee Lancaster are naturalistic and have good on screen chemistry.

Due the the one camera aspect it has credibility but also loses the scope of a traditional film setting. Like the comparable aforementioned it may not be the best hand held camera shot movie or Bigfoot film, that probably goes to Exists but it’s better than what Syfy are churning out.

Bigfoot Exists

Posted: October 26, 2014 in FILM REVIEWS/COMMENTS
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IMG_0739.JPGFive vacationers find themselves terrorised by a disgruntled and legendary Sasquatch.

As a POV film it’s finely executed by one of the godfathers of modern POV films director Eduardo Sánchez. However, given that there’s been so many POV films since its debatably needless when you have the likes of the Rec series to contend with.

The clips and trailers steal surprise shock and value so avoid if possible. Yes it’s another cabin in the wood horror as the group are picked off but it does build to a satisfactory conclusion unlike acclaimed Witch Project which built up to a single scare as copied by The Paranormal Activity series.The acting is solid especially from Chris Osborn’s main character Brian but are not as rounded or fleshed out as in the low budget The Battery (2012). The effects, make up and costume are first rate and story wise it will certainly appease bigfoot fans.

Script aside thanks to the (predicable yet fulfilling) story and Brian Steele who plays the creature, it’s possibly the most defining bigfoot /sasquatch film to date but bare in mind the majority of sub genre is as reliable as bigfoot sightings themselves.