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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:


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.


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.


A. M. Esmonde

Blood HungerCelebrating 5 years of my top ranking novel Blood Hunger, the anniversary of my deadly enigmatic vampires. Get your free copy of Blood Hunger HERE on Kindle Unlimited. You can also watch the slow burning prelude film Terminus free.

Terminus from A. M. Esmonde on Vimeo.

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.

A group of youngster visit a cabin to help their friend detox, however, they so find them themselves pawns in a prophesy to raise an abomination.

Evil Dead ‘re-imagining’ was overseen by Sam Raimi himself, there’s a few tweaks and a couple of beloved things are missing (mostly comedy setups), it follows Evil Dead’s highs and lows story blueprint wisely hitting all the right notes, loss, sacrifice, possession, supernatural high-jinks, the book of the dead, a cellar, cabin and so on.

However, gone is the mix of wackiness with horror and what we’re left with is just horror. Packed with jump scares there’s blood – more blood than you can possibly imagine coupled with gratuitous and graphic violence, a nail gun, chainsaw, and claw hammer action.

It’s dark, ominous, gritty and wonderfully shot by Fede Alvarez. The special effect and music score a worthy of note. The opening is reminiscent of a million torture-porn films and adds little to the proceedings, although the series is known for irregular continuities, if anything the setup robs Evil Dead of being a sequel to the original. In addition, there’s a odd homage after the credits that takes Evil Dead 2013 stand alone stature. It’s as if Raimi and Co. couldn’t cut the umbilical cord to the original video nasty, or avoid backlash from fans.

The cast are a group of good looking kids and on the whole the acting is pretty good, lead Jane Levy is exceptional. But the group of twenty something Americans has been done to death and steals any novelty away from Dead by default. Nevertheless, there’s a welcomed gender change and duel role that allows Levy to really excel.

All in all as someone who avoids horror-comedy I thought a serious remake would be a good idea, that said, The Evil Dead 1981 was a basic concept and it was its style that made it. It goes to show that you should be careful what you wish for.

To Alvarez’s credit as horror film it is skilfully made, and if you’ve not seen its 1981 counterpart it excels. Nevertheless, if you’re familiar with the Evil Dead, its novelty , choppy charm, resourcefulness and it’s mix of scares humour, you may feel that this in some peculiar uncanny way falls short. There’s a reason archetypal books don’t get rewritten – the same could possibly be applied to cult films.

Ultimately, even with it’s ‘Evil Dead’ shortcomings it’s an entertaining piece of horror and still a must for horror fans.

Evil Dead on IMDB


A family move into an American country house haunted by its original owner. So after a paranormal investigative couple are called in to debunk the disturbances only to find they may have bitten off more than they can chew.

After a strong 1960s opening involving a creepy demonic doll it flashes-forward to the 70s with a family moving into their new house. From then on The Conjuring pretty much doesn’t let up on the scares. While derivative, director James Wan wastes no time building on and defining what we’ve seen in other horrors but offering a complete package.

Based on a true story, writers Chad and Carey Hayes offer basements, pianos, priests, dolls and clocks. Their natural dialogue is well delivered by the cast, here the child actors are on form (argubly faultless) with Wan’s regular Watchmen and Insidious actor Patrick Wilson delivering a good performance, his calibre adds to the proceedings. Vera Farmiga gives a subtle performance and gets the bulk of the character development. Their sub-plot sets this apart from other horrors of its kind. In addition, with some academic demonology information the lecture segments pay off once the couple being their investigation giving some scope to the proceedings. After the half hour mark the scares come thick and fast.

The 1970s is recreated perfectly, the camera work and lighting add to the ominous feel in conjunction with Joseph Bishara’s score with its piano and horns that add to the creepier moments. As it develops every horror cliché is put on screen, dead animals, apparitions, mirrors, bruises, sleepwalking, recordings everything apart from the horror kitchen sink is thrown in. But Wan delivers the shocks and scares exceptionally as well as subtly leaving much to the viewers imagination.

With a debunking element from the Red Lights (2012), underrated Innkeepers (2011) and with moments reminiscent of The Exorcist (1973) The Amityville Horror and its remake, it shares much with these other films but still stands on its own. The Conjuring is debatably more grounded than Wan other work probably due to the true story aspect. The special effects are outstanding and although the closing act is slightly overblown, it finishes on a fitting, tense and ominous low key closing.

It may not be as nerve-racking as the recent Sinister, but if you like haunted house and possession films this isn’t one to miss.

Tape 407 (2012)
Survivors of an aeroplane crash find themselves close to government testing area, pursued by predators they get picked off one by one.
Another Blare Witch, Paranormal Activity, REC, Zombie Diaries to name a few camera style POV film. Despite an impressive created crash site set, CGI ‘dinosaur’ effects and young Abigail Schrader’s acting, Tape 407 is average at best. It’s packed with annoying screaming, shaky camera, bad make-up, sub- par performances and a painfully predicable ending.
Where as the likes of the mediocre Grave Encounter’s made sense to have a camera at all times this falls short in logic and execution. I’m sure the production and crew worked extremely hard and it may have worked better if conventionally filmed. That said, it still would have had the short falls previously mentioned.
The world is devastated by an epidemic and is overrun by hordes of living dead. Three men, Igor and Alen, hunters of dead and a scientist, Gyno try to find an answer to what has happened to the human race.
Everyone’s having a stab at the zombie/virus flick since 28 days Later – Spain with REC, Germany with Rammbock and France Le Horde to name a few.
Although Marmite director Uwe Boll has a producer credit, this shares little if anything with his films. Both writers/ Directors Luca Boni and Marco Ristori deliver a competently constructed bleak atmospheric zombie horror that is stylishly shot and presented in washed out colour.
Eaters opens with the standard zombie exposition affair of news clips how virus infection has spread. Gyno spins that the zombie epidemic maybe the next step in evolution while the hardened soldiers believe otherwise.
There’s some good zombie make up design, lopped off heads, blood, fried zombies, undead torture, skulls and exploding heads. Guns, grenades and machetes are used to dispose and there are some interesting kill scenes as the two hardened soldiers, Igor a likable hard-man played excellently by Alex Lucchesi and Alen notably by Guglielmo Favilla go to section F on a ‘corpse hunt’. Notable is chained up Alexis (Rosella Elmi) who is a carrier of the virus. Young actress Elisa Ferretti as Cristina deserves a mention.
Although Igor is likened to Leon it’s doctor Gyno played by Claudio Marmugi who is the Jean Reno-alike. He experiments on the dead, shooting them after their used, chopping them up, feeding them scraps reminiscent of Day of the Dead. Interesting the zombies here eat their own body parts, encounters with a Cultist group, slow/fast zombies and armed zombies add to the pleasure.
This serious slick Italian production is grim with a sense of black humour and irony there’s characters reading ‘corpse and girls’ magazine. Crazy Caravaggio painter of dead people. The score is similar to resident evil with electronic heavy beat and it had a few flash backs and eerie dream sequences deliver some jump moments.
Sector b’s Nazi group aside the script delivers some tension as madness sets in as the character try to pass time, humour feels unforced and the acting for the most part realistic. Eaters may have it’s faults debatably some CGI, editing and pacing issues but for the most part it’s a fulfilling ride. Although it borrows from the likes of Resident Evil Apocalypse and 28 Weeks Later to name a few there’s enough twists and originality as the leads try to accept their situation to prevent it becoming stale reinforced with an ending that goes against the clichés in the last act.
Gory, bloody and overall more fun than it should be due to it’s great execution and grimness.

Exclusive, Clips on wordpress! Two Previews of  Terminus Coming soon from Innerface Films Directed by Sean Parsons, Starring Katherine DuBois. Visit: Written by Sean Parsons losely based on an A.M. Esmonde Breathing Dead Novel.