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Who Saw Her Die?

Who Saw Her Die?

Former Bond star George Lazenby (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, The Man from Hong Kong) headlines this classic giallo directed by Aldo Lado (Short Night of Glass Dolls, Night Train Murders) — as compelling for its haunting atmosphere, twists and turns as for its parallels with another great Venetian horror/thriller - Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now.

Sculptor Franco Serpieri (Lazenby) welcomes Roberta (Nicoletta Elmi, Deep Red) — his young daughter from a failed marriage — to Venice, unaware that a disturbed child-killer is stalking the city’s canals. When Roberta’s body is found floating face-down in the river, the lives of Franco and his estranged wife Elizabeth (Anita Strindberg, The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail) are ripped asunder. Desperate for vengeance, Franco turns detective in a bid to track down his daughter’s killer, and in the process unearths shocking evidence of depravity and corruption which implicates some of the most respected figures in Venetian society.

Released at the height of the giallo boom, this gripping mystery thriller boasts some of the most iconic names associated with the genre on both sides of the camera. Co-starring Dominique Boschero (The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire) and Adolfo Celi (Thunderball), and featuring one of the all-time greatest scores from maestro Ennio Morricone (What Have You Done to Solange?), Who Saw Her Die? thrills anew in its high definition debut.

Special Edition Contents:

  • Brand new 2K restoration of the full-length Italian version of the film from the original 35mm camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
  • Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio
  • Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles and credits
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by author and critic Travis Crawford
  • I Saw Her Die, a new video interview with director Aldo Lado
  • Nicoletta, Child of Darkness, a new video interview with actress Nicoletta Elmi
  • Once Upon a Time in Venice, a new video interview with co-writer Francesco Barilli
  • Giallo in Venice, a new video interview with author and critic Michael Mackenzie
  • Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
  • Poster and fotobusta gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Haunt Love

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Rachael Nisbet and Troy Howarth


Macabre Visions: The Films of Mario Bava

Macabre Visions: The Films of Mario Bava

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The legendary Mario Bava has inspired generations of filmmakers, including names as wide-ranging as Martin Scorsese, Tim Burton and Guillermo Del Toro. With their virtuoso photography and budget-belying visual effects, his films transcend their unassuming origins and played a vital role in shaping the horror movie as we think of it today. This exclusive collection from Arrow Video gathers together nine films from Bava’s diverse catalogue — including gothic horrors, giallo thrillers and even a real-time crime drama.

Our journey through the maestro’s output begins with Black Sunday, the ground-breaking gothic shocker that defined the Italian horror film, before launching the “giallo” phenomenon with the twisty The Girl Who Knew Too Much. Up next is a triple bill of terror with the gruesome anthology Black Sabbath, followed by a further slice of the macabre with the spine-tingling Kill, Baby… Kill! Next, Bava channels his inner Agatha Christie with the Ten Little Indians-inspired Five Dolls for an August Moon, followed by the proto-Friday the 13th slasher A Bay of Blood (aka Twitch of the Death Nerve). Bava then returns to his horror stomping ground with the twisted and atmospheric Baron Blood and his surreal classic Lisa and the Devil — widely considered to be his masterpiece. The collection concludes with Rabid Dogs (aka Kidnapped), a gritty, frenetic crime thriller that grabs the viewer by the throat and refuses to let go.

This stunning collection represents one of Italian cinema’s unsung heroes at the height of his creativity, ably assisted by a diverse and talented cast of cult actors, including Barbara Steele (The Pit and the Pendulum), Telly Savalas (Kojak), John Saxon (Tenebrae), Edwige Fenech (Strip Nude For Your Killer), Erika Blanc (The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave) and Boris Karloff (The Comedy of Terrors). Whether you’re a newcomer to these films or experiencing them for the umpteenth time, Macabre Visions: The Films of Mario Bava is a must-have addition to your library.

Limited Edition Contents:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of all nine films
  • Original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
  • English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks
  • Alternative cuts of Black Sunday, The Girl Who Knew Too Much, Black Sabbath, A Bay of Blood, Baron Blood, Lisa and the Devil and Rabid Dogs
  • Audio commentaries on every film by Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas
  • Numerous interviews with critics, cast and crew members
  • Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre, a documentary profile of the director, hosted by Mark Kermode and featuring interviews with Joe Dante, John Carpenter and Tim Burton
  • The Devil’s Daughter, a video essay by critic Kat Ellinger
  • Multiple introductions by author and critic Alan Jones
  • Yellow, Semih Tareen’s short film homage to Bava’s cinema
  • Multiple theatrical trailers and TV spots
  • Limited edition packaging featuring original theatrical artwork
  • Collector’s souvenir hardcover book featuring writing by Matt Bailey, Alan Jones, Kier-La Janisse, David Cairns, Tim Lucas, Travis Crawford, Glenn Kenny, Adrian Smith, Jay Slater, Oliver James, Stephen Thrower, Peter Blumenstock, Michael J. Carroll and Helen Mullane
  • And much, much more!

I’m absolutely thrilled to report that my debut novel, In the Silence, has been both shortlisted for the prestigious McIlvanney Debut Prize… as well as being longlisted for the main McIlvanney Prize. It takes its place alongside a seriously impressive line-up of titles, including some of the biggest names in Scottish crime fiction.

The longlist and shortlist were chosen by an independent panel of readers and booksellers and the finalists for the McIlvanney Prize 2019 will be revealed at the beginning of September. I’ll be appearing at the debut panel on Saturday 21st September at Allan Park South Church in Stirling alongside the rest of the nominees, and tickets can be ordered now.

Full information on both prizes, including all the nominees, are on the Bloody Scotland website.


It’s finally here! Today sees the launch of my second novel, CRUEL SUMMER — sequel to last year’s highly-praised IN THE SILENCE and the second instalment in a project trilogy of mystery thrillers set in Glasgow. eBook editions are now available to download from Amazon, Apple Books and directly from myself via Gumroad, and paperbacks are available from Amazon as well if you’d prefer a physical copy to hold in your hands. Signed paperbacks will hopefully be available via Gumroad within the next week or so; stay tuned for further details.

When I finished writing In the Silence, I knew I’d lobbed a grenade slap bang into the middle of my characters’ lives and that things would never be the same for them again. In most mystery series, the individual books are self-contained, with the detective protagonist moving onto the next case, the events of the previous novel only referenced fleetingly, if at all. But I knew I wanted to do things differently. I wanted to explore the aftermath. What does being at the centre of a murder spree do to a person? How do you pick up the pieces and carry on after such a life-changing experience?

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BluCaps: Hannibal

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  • Label: Kino Lorber
  • Disc Locality: USA
  • Region: A
  • Codec: AVC
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Source Format: 35mm (spherical)

Cruel Summer extract

Saturday 11 May, 2019 16:32

With just over two weeks to go until Cruel Summer launches, I’ve posted an exclusive preview, consisting of the prologue and an extract from Chapter 3.

Cruel Summer (cover)

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Fancy an advance review copy of Cruel Summer? They’re now available through Booksprout. In exchange for a review, a mobi, epub of pdf copy of the novel is yours to keep!

Zoe Callahan is having the summer from hell… and it’s about to get a whole lot worse.

She’s stuck in a dead-end job, her relationship is going nowhere and the memory of the Kelvingrove Park Murders three years ago continues to cast a long shadow over every aspect of her life.

When a prostitute is brutally assaulted by Dominic Ryland, a rising political star with a suspiciously spotless personal reputation, Zoe leaps at the chance to embroil herself in a noble cause and sets out on a one-woman crusade to bring Ryland to justice.

But in doing so, she quickly finds herself on the wrong side of some very dangerous people - people who have reputations to protect and who would think nothing of silencing Zoe by any means necessary.

An explosive thriller set against the backdrop of a sweltering heatwave, Cruel Summer is the sequel to M.R. Mackenzie’s critically acclaimed debut In the Silence and the second instalment in the Kelvingrove Park Trilogy.

Cruel Summer (cover)


The Loveless

The Loveless

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They’re going nowhere… fast!

The United States, late 1950s. A time of generational conflict, of immense social change, of bold fashions and toe-tapping music — just some of the elements that collide in thrilling fashion in The Loveless, the feature debut of both its star, Willem Dafoe (To Live and Die in LA), and its directors, Monty Montgomery (producer, David Lynch’s Wild at Heart) and future Academy Award®-winner Kathryn Bigelow (Near Dark, Detroit).

A motorcycle gang roars into a small southern town en route to the Daytona races, unnerving and angering the locals with their standoffish attitude and disrespect for social niceties. When one of their number, the charismatic Vance (Dafoe), hooks up with sportscar-driving Telena (Marin Kanter, Endangered Species), he incurs the wrath of the girl’s father, setting the gang on a collision course with the rest of the town as simmering tensions boil over into violent retribution.

Raw, angry and honest, The Loveless evokes, with unflinching clarity, both an attitude and a bygone era, exploring the tensions between two very different Americas — now fully restored and presented in high definition for the first time in this feature-packed new edition from Arrow Video!

Special Edition Contents:

  • Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative by Arrow Films, approved by co-writer/co-director Monty Montgomery and director of photography Doyle Smith
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original lossless mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • New audio commentary with co-writer/co-director Monty Montgomery, moderated by Elijah Drenner
  • No Man’s Friend Today: Making The Loveless, new video interviews with actors Willem Dafoe, Marin Kanter, Robert Gordon, Phillip Kimbrough and Lawrence Matarese
  • U.S. 17: Shooting The Loveless, new video interviews with producers Grafton Nunes and A. Kitman Ho
  • Chrome and Hot Leather: The Look of The Loveless, new interviews with production designer Lilly Kilvert and director of photography Doyle Smith
  • Relentless, new audio interview with musician Eddy Dixon
  • Extensive image gallery, including on-set photographs, storyboards and original production documentation
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Peter Stanfield


The release date for Cruel Summer, the sequel to the critically acclaimed In the Silence, has been confirmed as 28th May 2019. Additionally, the Kindle edition is now available for pre-order from Amazon from the following link:

Click here to order on Amazon

Due to the way Amazon’s KDP programme works, pre-order links for physical copies of self-published titles aren’t possible. If you want to pick up a paperback edition, you’ll need to wait until the 28th May.

Unlike In the Silence, which was a Kindle exclusive, I’m planning to release Cruel Summer on a number of other eBook plaforms. Stay tuned for further details!

Cruel Summer (cover)


It’s been a long time coming, but the time has finally come to unveil the blurb and cover art for Cruel Summer, my upcoming second novel and sequel to In the Silence.

Zoe Callahan is having the summer from hell… and it’s about to get a whole lot worse.

She’s stuck in a dead-end job, her relationship is going nowhere and the memory of the Kelvingrove Park Murders three years ago continues to cast a long shadow over every aspect of her life.

When a prostitute is brutally assaulted by Dominic Ryland, a rising political star with a suspiciously spotless personal reputation, Zoe leaps at the chance to embroil herself in a noble cause and sets out on a one-woman crusade to bring Ryland to justice.

But in doing so, she quickly finds herself on the wrong side of some very dangerous people - people who have reputations to protect and who would think nothing of silencing Zoe by any means necessary.

An explosive thriller set against the backdrop of a sweltering heatwave, Cruel Summer is the sequel to M.R. Mackenzie’s critically acclaimed debut In the Silence and the second instalment in the Kelvingrove Park Trilogy.

Cruel Summer (cover)

For the cover art, I knew I wanted something moody and evocative, as well as something that captured something of the city of Glasgow — arguably as much a character as Zoe, Anna or anyone else. I eventually settled on the McLennan Arch on Glasgow Green — a key location in the novel whose significance only becomes clear very late in the game. The result, I think, evokes something of the same mood as the cover art for titles by the likes of Peter James and Ian Rankin while also having a personality of its own.

Stay tuned for more information, including a concrete release date, an extract from the new book and more, very soon… and be sure to bookmark the newly launched Cruel Summer homepage!


BluCaps: Mandy

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  • Label: Universal
  • Disc Locality: Sweden/Denmark/Norway/Finland
  • Region: ABC
  • Codec: AVC
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
  • Source Format: ARRIRAW 2.8K (Panavision)/2K DI