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In the Silence release day extravaganza

Monday 10 September, 2018

BluCaps: Perversion Story

Saturday 8 September, 2018

In the Silence available for pre-order

Tuesday 4 September, 2018

BluCaps: Tenebrae (Synapse Films)

Monday 3 September, 2018

Arrow November announcement

Tuesday 28 August, 2018

BluCaps: Spectre

Saturday 11 August, 2018

BluCaps: L’amant double

Friday 10 August, 2018

Movie Matters rides again

Tuesday 31 July, 2018

Arrow October announcements

Friday 27 July, 2018


It’s finally here! In the Silence, my debut novel, goes on general sale today in both paperback and eBook formats. This is a story that originally began a decade ago, with a feature film screenplay with a working title of Giallo in Winter, which I dashed out over an intense two-week period, writing straight ahead with only the vaguest feeling of my ultimate destination. Along the way, the concept has metamorphisised into something very different, but the core of that script — a murder-mystery thriller set in Glasgow at Christmastime, featuring a series of violent murders sparked off by a decade-old unspeakable trauma — has remained intact.

It’s difficult to adequately convey with words just what a momentous occasion this is for me. I often have to remind myself that I’m not imagining things, that this really is happening. I can’t thank the people at Bloodhound Books enough for taking a chance on me, or my editor, Ben Adam, whose guidance was instrumental in finessing the final draft. Thanks also to everyone involved in the blog tour, and everyone who’s read the book and published a review.

Yes, it actually exists as a real, physical thing!

Yes, it actually exists as a real, physical thing!


Where can I get a copy?

You can order In the Silence right now in both paperback and eBook (Kindle) formats from Amazon. Follow the links below to buy them from the relevant Amazon website in your locality:

If, for whatever reason, Amazon isn’t your thing, the following retailers are also stocking the paperback version:

UK

US

Others

If you spot it available anywhere else, let me know and I’ll add it to the list!

Where can I read reviews?

The following bloggers are kindly featuring In the Silence on their sites over the next few days.

10th September

11th September

12th September

A massive, massive thank you to everyone taking part. As the reviews go live, I’ll update these listings with direct links to the reviews.

And, of course, you can also read reviews on Goodreads, Amazon and Netgalley.


BluCaps: Perversion Story

  • Label: Mondo Macabro
  • Disc Locality: USA
  • Region: ABC
  • Codec: AVC
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Source Format: 35mm (spherical)

In the Silence cover

My murder-mystery novel, In the Silence, can now be pre-ordered in both Kindle and paperback formats from Amazon! For a limited time, the Kindle version will be available for only 99p (UK) and $1.28 (US). Follow the links below to head over to your locality’s Amazon website and reserve your copy today.

Update, Wednesday 5 September 2018:

Updated with paperback listings.


BluCaps: Tenebrae (Synapse Films)

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

I’m only overseeing one title from this month’s batch of Arrow announcements, but it just happens to be one of my all-time favourites…

Children of Men

Children of Men

No children. No future. No hope.

Academy Award®-winner Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Y Tu Mamá También) is renowned for his bold and ambitious camerawork, pushing technology to its limits in his pursuit of cinematic truth. With 2006’s Children of Men, he delivers one of the most chilling and visceral works of cinematic speculative fiction in recent memory.

In 2027, following eighteen years of global human infertility, the world is a bleak and hostile place. Former activist Theo (Clive Owen, Gosford Park, Shadow Dancer) drifts through the violence-riven streets of London without hope or purpose. However, when he reluctantly agrees to help former lover Julian (Julianne Moore, The Fugitive) smuggle a miraculously pregnant woman out of the country, he is unwittingly thrust into the role of all that stands between the human race and its extinction. As the country descends into anarchy and the authorities close in, Theo must race against time to secure safe passage for the humanity’s only hope of salvation.

Based on the dystopian novel by P.D. James and co-starring Michael Caine (Pulp) and Clare-Hope Ashitey (Seven Seconds), Children of Men offers a powerful and frightening glimpse at a future that, more than a decade later, feels even more chillingly prescient than at the time of its original release.

Special Edition Contents:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original 5.1 DTS-HD master audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • New audio commentary by author and critic Bryan Reesman
  • There is No Future, a new video appreciation by film historian Philip Kemp
  • Fertility & Progeny, a new video essay by author and critic Kat Ellinger
  • The Possibility of Hope, an archival documentary featuring interviews with activist Naomi Klein, philosopher Slavoj Žižek and others, exploring the film’s resonance with contemporary current affairs
  • Comments by Slavoj Žižek, an archival featurette on the film’s themes
  • Creating the Baby, an archival featurette on the film’s visual effects
  • Futuristic Design, an archival featurette on the film’s sets
  • Theo & Julian, an archival featurette on Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and their characters
  • Under Attack, an archival featurette on the film’s ground-breaking camerawork
  • Deleted scenes
  • Image gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Mark Cunliffe and Amy Simmons


BluCaps: Spectre

  • Label: MGM
  • Disc Locality: USA
  • Region: A
  • Codec: AVC
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
  • Source Format: 35mm (4-perf anamorphic Panavision)/4K DI

BluCaps: L'amant double

  • Label: France Télévisions Distribution
  • Disc Locality: France
  • Region: B
  • Codec: AVC
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
  • Source Format: ARRIRAW (resolution unknown)

My debut novel now has a revised title, as well as a cover and a confirmed release date!

On the advice of my publisher, I chose to retitle it IN THE SILENCE, which they felt would be more marketable and sales-friendly than its previous title, KELVINGROVE PARK. Its release date has been confirmed as Monday September 10th, and the fabulous cover art was unveiled this morning. NetGalley members can request a copy now, with Amazon pre-order links to follow before long.

And here’s the official blurb…

Anna Scavolini hasn’t set foot in Glasgow for ten years. And for very good reasons…

Anna, a criminology lecturer, returns to Glasgow from Rome during the coldest winter in memory. While out with her best friend from school, Anna has a chance encounter with a former flame, Andrew Foley. Tragedy strikes later that night when Anna discovers Andrew stabbed and dying on a blanket of snow.

Soon Anna finds herself at the centre of the investigation as the star witness for the police, and embarks on investigating the case herself. But Anna doesn’t realise the danger she is in and soon finds herself in trouble.

When another body shows up, who has links to the first victim, it appears that the motive may lie buried in the past.

As Anna gets closer to the truth, the killer starts closing in.

But can she solve the gruesome mystery before the killer strikes again?


…at least in terms of the site, iTunes feed and episodes all having been restored. This is not an announcement to the tune that Movie Matters will be relaunching with immediate effect (though we still hope to be back with new content someday), but in terms of our existing content, we’re now back to where we were before our host unexpectedly went belly-up, nuking the entire site and all its content in the process.

Check it out!


These are the two October releases I’m in charge of overseeing…

Schlock

Schlock

A love stranger than King Kong!

From writer/director John Landis, the mind behind The Blues Brothers and An American Werewolf in London, comes a love story that transcends the boundaries of nature and good taste - the one and only Schlock!

Carnage! Terror! Banana skins! The mighty prehistoric ape Schlockthropus has emerged from hiding to embark on a full-scale rampage across a quiet Southern Californian suburb. The police are baffled. The army is powerless. The body count is rising. But when Schlockthropus encounters a kindly blind woman (Eliza Garrett, National Lampoon’s Animal House) who sees beyond his grotesque visage, the homicidal simian is presented with a chance at redemption…

Shot over twelve days on a micro-budget, Schlock launched the careers of both Landis and legendary effects makeup artist Rick Baker (Videodrome). An uproarious pastiche of monster movies, packed to the gills with irreverent humour and biting satire, Schlock serves as the outrageous missing link between the creature features of yesteryear and its creators’ subsequent varied and celebrated careers.

Special Edition Contents:

  • 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original lossless mono soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary by writer/director John Landis and makeup artist Rick Baker
  • New video interview with author and critic Kim Newman
  • Birth of a Schlock, a 2017 video interview with John Landis
  • Archival video interview with cinematographer Bob Collins
  • 1972, 1979 and 1982 US theatrical trailers
  • US radio spots
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Joe Bob Briggs


Torso

Torso

A talented and versatile journeyman, director Sergio Martino (The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail, Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key) has lent his talents to multiple genres across his long and varied career, but it is undoubtedly his giallo thrillers from the early 70s for which he is best known. Among the most highly acclaimed of these, 1973’s Torso revels in the genre’s time-honored traditions while simultaneously laying the groundwork for the modern slasher movie.

A sex maniac is prowling the streets of Perugia, targeting the picturesque university town’s female students. Alarmed at the plummeting life expectancy of the student body, Jane (Suzy Kendall, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage) and her three friends elope to a secluded country villa - only to discover that, far from having left the terror behind, they’ve brought it with them!

Also known as Carnal Violence, Torso was released in Italy towards the end of the giallo boom before enjoying a second life on the American grindhouse circuit. Co-starring Tina Aumont (Salon Kitty) and Luc Merenda (The Violent Professionals), the film finds its director at the top of his game, delivering copious levels of violence, sleaze and one of the tensest cat-and-mouse games ever committed to celluloid!

Special Edition Contents:

  • Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative by Arrow Films
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of both versions of the film: the 94-minute Italian and 90-minute English cuts
  • Original lossless Italian and English mono soundtracks*
  • English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by Kat Ellinger, author of All the Colours of Sergio Martino
  • New video interview with co-writer/director Sergio Martino
  • New video interview with actor Luc Merenda
  • New video interview with co-writer Ernesto Gastaldi
  • New video interview with filmmaker Federica Martino, daughter of Sergio Martino
  • New video interview with Mikel J. Koven, author of La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film
  • 2017 Abertoir International Horror Festival Q&A with Sergio Martino
  • Italian and English theatrical trailers
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Adrian Smith and Howard Hughes

* The English audio track on the original, longer cut has some portions of English audio missing. English audio for these sections was either never recorded or has been lost. As such, these sequences are presented with Italian audio, subtitled in English.