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In 1968, George A. Romero and co-writer John Russo made a black and white film on a small budget, it became one of the most successful independent films of all-time. It was Night of the Living Dead.

I won’t dig up old stories about copyright woes, remakes or go through his career and the like, there are plenty of documentaries, books and websites about his zombie films before zombie films (became let’s just say) mainstream, he revolutionised horror creating a whole sub genre of horror. Yes, Romero did make other films and TV shows, but Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead had a personal and lasting impact on me. Also without Romero there would be no 28 Days Later, Return of the Living Dead, Zombie Flesh Eaters, Zombie Land, Shaun of the Dead, World War Z and certainly no Walking Dead to name a few, heck there’d be no zombie genre. His influence is so wide, it’s amazing how much money, flashy big-budget films and shows have been made off his back.

I digress, so big George – filmmaker, writer and editor, his touch stretched over to the UK in form of a tubed TV and touched a young Esmonde sometime during the 1980s. I don’t recall the specific years, a late night showing of Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, then at some point Day of the Dead on a VHS. I was hooked to his gore-filled and satirical horrors. He inspired an epidemic of imitators (myself included). In 2010 my own novel Dead Pulse was published (based my 2007 erroneously published short) and without Romero, this tribute pulp would never have existed. While George was busy with his adoring fans I remember talking to his wife Suzanne, she kindly took a copy to give to George, I didn’t want to give it to him directly, because I didn’t want him to get the impression that I wished him read it (I’d be embarrassed if he ever did, maybe he used it as tinder on a cold Canadian night) but I gave it to her to give to him at a later time out of respect because I wanted him to know what an influence he’d had on my writing and film-making work. “It’s debatably not my best one,” I’d said. We shared a laugh and had a conversation, Suzanne was every bit as pleasant as George himself saying that he’d be touched and she was every bit sincerer.

People say something like – ‘avoid meeting your heroes, you may be disappointed’, I’ve met two of mine and on both occasions they have been everything I hoped, both are now sadly no longer with us. George is one of them. Two years ago I got to spend sometime with George and basically thank him, I can truly say that and I was not disappointed, as well as a great talent he was a kind and gentle giant, full of humour, modest to the core and a down to earth gentleman. My thoughts are with his wife and family.

He a left behind a terrific legacy to be enjoyed. He will be missed.

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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

It’s the fifth anniversary of Blood Hunger this year, so I thought I ‘d reflect and look to the future a little. Sometimes the way forward, is sometimes the way back. I had the privilege of meeting both Steve Crisp and Les Edwards who have produced some of the best, paintings, book cover and film concept work in the world and pick up some pointers.

Here’s a collection of the latest and some previous promotional material for the top ranking Kindles scifi The Final Version, vampire horror Blood Hunger and zombie chiller Dead Pulse. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some great models and makeup artists over the years including J. Nash and German painter C. Schreck, Welsh photographer Catrin Arwel and Juliland. IMG_0896

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Answer: When it’s done like George A. Romero.
 
Romero has become one of the most defining, successful and imitated director/writer in recent times, almost single handily spawning a sub-genre of films. Still, he has readily admitted that Herk Harvey’s Carnival of Souls influenced in his making of Night Of The Living Dead (NOTLD).
 
I miss that cult feel that Romero’s zombie incarnations had, you know before they went mainstream. Although entertaining I’m not a big z-omedy fan, the likes of Return of the Living Dead (1985), Peter Jackson’s Brain Dead (1992) and Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead (2004) to name a few have thier respected places. And not forgetting alternative virus-like flicks Resident Evil and 28 Days Later (2002). There’s also a few little gems out thereCemetery Man (1994), Eaters (2011) and Mutants (2009) are worth checking out.
 
 
When being dead no longer means the end…
 
So with a staple on George A. Romero’s dead mythos while paying homage to his ‘rules’ I wrote Dead Pulse. Without reinveting the wheel I give an insight into the zombies pecking order, their thought process and how they actually function for the first. Dead Pulse also explores what it truly means to survive a zombie apocalypse through the harsh seasons on the land, sea and air. Of course there’s all the zombie action you’d expect from the genre and more.
 
 
 
 
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Dead Pulse the horror adventure is out now from a variety of online books stores, including Amazon US and Amazon UK you can also order it from your local store.
 
 
Check out Dead Pulse’s “calm before the storm” trailer:
 
 
 
 

Apologies for the lack of posts, we’ve been busy in pre-pro with The Longest Night film. However, it would be rude of me not to fit in Halloween. As a thank you for your support check out this giveaway and have a great Halloween!

All you have to do is ‘Like’ the give away picture on http://www.facebook.com/aesmonde and you will be entered into a draw to win a copy of Dead Pulse or Blood Hunger. The draw will take place on 31 October and 20th December 2012. Free UK mainland delivery. Good luck and get sharing.

Visit if you are an Amazon Prime customer you can download the books free today:
http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Pulse-ebook/dp/B004RCLWAO/
There’s no fancy pictures with this blog post, no eye-candy, no poll and no video. For promos head over to my site. Here are words, numbers and letters. Many have already closed down the window – those still reading I thank you…
 
The thing about being 5’4 is that you fall under the radar. For me it is a blessing, it’s what being an underground author is all about and as you get older you shrink. Ghost writing gigs aside I turned down two projects in 2011. One for ethical reasons, the other because I preferred the films to the TV series. No one can ever accuse me of selling out.
 
There seems to be less reading going on these days, with more people spending time on Facebook, sort of facebook-worms and on game consoles. Lot’s of authors think a book signing makes them a good writer, even famous but in reality most people there are just browsing and not specifically there to see them. Even at conventions, the readers are there to see the ‘famous’ head-liners, the book you signed will probably end up on eBay. You are usually there as ‘padding’.
 
 My editor makes me look good – I have no marketing company behind me and will remain an alternative writer. Does it matter, not to me, of course everyone wants to make it like Tony Montana, however, I never have to proclaimed to be a great writer, just an engaging, neat storyteller. I’d like to think those who buy my books retain them. And story telling is a dying art. Those strong narratives are progressively being replaced by watered-down, bloated, re-jigged, reworked, repackage, mis-sold, ‘safe’ stories. Saturated and bland with anything intriguing being few and far between. The same can be said for film.
 
There’s no doubt that there’s a snobbery and click within the film and writing industry, it’s not just confined to those fields. All my working life and to my own detriment I’ve never been willing to play the game. And yet both Blood Hunger and Dead Pulse (outselling Blood Hunger 5-1?!) continue to be modest successes and Terminus my art-house film has exceed expectations. POWER TO THE PEOPLE! And lately power to ebooks and kindle.
 
 
That said, I am not alone there are many like myself that call a spade a spade and strive to create, not to conform. Being professional doesn’t mean you have to sellout or give in. Although these days does it matter, I’ll never be down with the kids most can’t watch a film over 89 minutes or read anything longer than a 140 character tweet. Should I cater for them or the growing and diverse following I have? You have to ask why do you do it? If your doing it for fame, money it’s unlikely you’ll make it unless you have a bagful of cash to hand over to a PR company and 15 -25% to an agent. It’s all a bottle neck smoke screen. Many of the best artists are sadly not filthy rich, so don’t get the credit they deserve, you have to search them out they are there. They could be you. Get you site, get your product, it’s true build it and they will come. Despite my latest works being part if a saturated genre, they were conceived a long time ago and are definitive and exciting horror homages.
 
 
2012 will see the release of the last of my sub-horror genre books Darkest Moons (limited Edition) which will be followed by a film adaptation.
 
 
Thanks again for all your support, you don’t have to read my books or films but keep spreading the word to keep an ageing man happy. If you are a writer or filmmaker or anyone with a dream – believe in yourself and just keep plugging. (Unless you really do suck)
 
 
 
Have a great 2012!
 
My best
 
A.
Why do writers write? Whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, poetry or plays, writers use words to transport readers, inform readers or entertain readers and from the simplest blog post to the greatest novel, it’s emotionally satisfying. I did it because I had a story to tell. After a failed attempt of writing simply to satisfy what publishers thought the readers wanted I set out to write something that I would enjoy reading myself and hoped others would too. Below I’ve touched on what inspired me to write each book and what the books are about…
With Blood Hunger by default you’ll find elements of pop culture hits Twilight, True Blood, Vampire Diaries due to their source material but what I’ve set about doing with Blood Hunger is give a fresh reinvention of the vampire legend. As well as traditional folklore I’ve encompassed the spirit of Bram Stoker’s novel ‘Dracula’, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s novella ‘Carmilla’. The story premise is that of

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=thebredea-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0041VXTMA&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifran explorer making a discovery in Romania, dubbed the ‘Ice Prince’ find it is 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! 
Also you can sink your teeth into a bloodthirsty, gruesome and vicious comic tale adaptation.
The first issue here. based on the book Blood Hunger.

With DEAD PULSE I set about to re-imagine and pay homage to George A. Romero undead. Lucio Fulci films also inspired the zombie horror adventure.

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…

The Breathing Dead Tales encompasses both books and is only available as an eBook exclusive to Amazon. With them both read together you can see the subtext of how they are ‘linked’ ever so slightly.
I hope you enjoy the books as much as I did writing them. Please leave a review wherever possible and spread the word. Thanks

Their first bite will be your last
(Aiden Ashley)

Take a look at the latest provocative promo’s for the vampire novel Blood Hunger and the zombie horror Dead Pulse.

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

An age of blood abstinence ends…
(Karlie Montana)
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!
Vampires want roses too
(Amy Reid)

A 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’.


The dead have returned to life… 

Being dead no longer means the end…
(Jayme Langford)

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?

Just eat me
(Karlie Montana)

With death at their door, only time can tell…

The author of ‘Blood Hunger’, A. M. Esmonde re-imagines his often imitated ‘The Breathing Dead’ novella in his latest George A. Romero and Lucio Fulci inspired zombie horror adventure, Dead Pulse.




With kind permission from cutting edge adult erotic photograph site Juliland.com with the legendary photographers Helmut Newton,Chris Von Wagenheim and Richard Avery.


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.
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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.
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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…
Well 2010 is drawing to a close, I’d like to thank everyone who has bought Blood Hunger in whichever format, supporting my work and horror in general.
 
2011 will see the release of my book Dead Pulse another genre piece. However, there will plenty of twists in this zombie tale to set it apart from the recent pop culture flurry of the undead rising.
 
For updates, please join the facebooks groups for each book and spread the word. I also hope to see you on Twitter.
 
Also exclusive to the USA is the film Terminus. Check out the preview on Amazon’s Video on demand.
 
Thanks again, have a horror Christmas and a fantastic New Year!
My Best
A. M.