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Hi Horror fans,

With Halloween just around the corner it got to me to thinking, what is my favourite horror movie?

I love horror movies, I love to be scared and to be terrified. In my opinion scary movies are never going to grow old, because people, like me, are always wanting to be scared. I think we need that rush of fear. And the scarier the movies is , the more we love it.

I have been a fan of horror movies since I was young boy. I remember watching horror films when I was about 10 or so with my dad.  There use to be a horror night on BBC2 I think, every friday or saturday night (can’t remember which now). And I watched all the hammer movies and classic old horror movies, Dracula, Frankenstein, ect in black and white.. And that’s what got me hooked.

But I think the 1st real scary movie that scared the living daylights out of me was probably Alien or poltergeist. I remember watching these on VHS video, back when video recorders were the size of the living rooms and before the invention of DVD’s and the interweb :).

Nowadays you might not think it was that scary but back then, for a child of my age, it was very scary.

In alien the scene I most remember (that made me jump out of my skin) was the alien coming out of the stomach scene….. Here it is below if you havent seen it…But be warned it is bloody so don’t click on it if you are scared easily.

Around the same time I also watched another scary film and that was poltergeist.  I thought both of these were extremely scary.

There have been many many horror films so it really hard to list my top ones but here goes, here is my personal top 15 scariest films….

15. The Quartermass experiment (1955, Directed by Val Guest)

14. Dawn of the Dead (1978, Written and Directed by George A. Romero)

13 Silence of the lambs

12 The Omen (1976, Directed by Richard Donner

11. The Exorcist (1973, Directed by William Friedkin

10. Friday the 13th (1980, Directed by Sean S. Cunningham)

9. Final Destination (2000, Directed by James Wong)

8. Psycho (1960, Directed by Alfred Hitchcock)

7. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984, Directed by Wes Craven)

6. Jaws (1975, Directed by Steven Spielberg)

5. SAW (2004, Written and Directed by James Wan)

4. Halloween (1978, Directed by John Carpenter)

3.Poltergeist  (1982, Directed by Tobe Hooper)

2.The Thing (1982, Directed by John Carpenter)

And…my favourite horror Movie of All Time (in my opinion):

1 Alien (1979, Directed by Ridley Scott)

You may/may not agree with me and I’m sure I have missed many others. I have picked Alien as Number 1 as it, I mentioned before, it was the one of the 1st horror films I watched which scared the hell out of me at the time.

What do you think? What are your favourite/scariest horror movies?

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Hi folks,

I am proud to announce the debut of my horror ebook “The Madness of Beelzebub”.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO PURCHASE MY EBOOK

The ebook “The Madness of Beelzebub” is available as a kindle ebook for eReaders, tablets, phones and other devices from amazon and as a pdf from lulu for the low price of £3.75.

The madness of Beelzebub is a horror thriller and is about the story of an average man and his journey into madness, horror and murder. He is seduced/saved by an entity that claims he is “the chosen one” to do battle against evil.

Is he mad or is he really “the chosen one”?

Beelzebub  ”Lord of the Flies”; Ba’al-zebub, also called Beelzebub or Beelzebul is known as the ‘prince of demons’. In the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke),  it’s who the Pharisees accused Jesus of being because he could cast out demons.

Here is a quick peak of the prologue to wet your appetite….

“The first thing you need to know is that this is not an ordinary story, far from it.  This is a story of love, hate, passion, betrayal, madness, evil and the devil. That in itself doesn’t seam all that unusual I hear you say, but it’s more than just that, much more.  This story details 52 days of an average man’s life. It is an account that could happen to any of us and what would happen if you lose everything, your hope and your soul.  Now, where shall I begin, that’s a good question, a story doesn’t just begin, it develops. Maybe it started when the man first bought the computer or maybe the seed was laid in the accident many years ago……   Who knows?”

Happy reading and let me know what you think…

And has anybody else written a novel and managed to publish it themselves??  What are you experiences of writing? Click here for my blog on my experiences.

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Hi Folks,

As some of you may know I will be publishing my 1st horror ebook “The madness on Beelzebub” very soon (click here for details) and it got me to thinking about when I first decided to write it and my journey from the initial idea to novel…And I thought I would share my experiences with you.

I guess I had my first idea to write a novel many moons ago and my journey, of writing a book, started with a single step, an idea.

That reminds me of quote I heard recently ” A journey of a thousand miles…. begins with a single step (Lao-tzu)”. I guess this can apply to anything.

Anyway, where was I. Well I had worked for about 12 years at Sanofi Aventis (a major pharmaceutical company) as a scientist. But I quit (end of 2006), for a number of reasons, sold the house and spent 6 months travelling around the world with my soon to be wife. We came back to england, broke and expecting our 1st child.  I was unemployed and had time on my hands and therefore made the decision to make use of this spare time and do something I’ve always wanted to do and that was write my1st book.

I had many ideas floating round my head so deciding on the story topic/plot was my first step and it was very difficult to say the least….But, after many sleepless nights I managed it….. I decided on a horror novel about a mans journey into madness, murder and the devil.  I wont give much more away as I don’t want to spoil the story if you want to read it.

Now deciding to write a story and actually writing are two completely different things… You sit there, open the word processing document software ready to start typing and then….. God! what on earth do I write, how do I put my story on paper? My mind went blank…

Now, because of my scientific background I decided to approach it the way I would approach writing a scientific report.  So I took time out to plan my novel. First I decided on the characters, when and where it was based, outlined a beginning, middle and ending….and, after a couple of weeks of planning what it was about I started writing…… It was still very hard as there were a lot of distractions but I did it.

So if you want to write a novel, take my advice, and plan your novel first…..and then write.

Here are my top ten tips:-

1. Decide on the Plot, What the novel is going to be about.

2. Plan your novel.

3. Map out whats going to happen at the beginning, middle and end.

4. Create your main Characters. Make notes about each of them and how the characters relate to each other.

5. Decide the tense, where and when it is based and who is going to be telling the story. For example it could be a character in the book telling the story from his perspective.

6. Keep a notepad for ideas. I had a notepad and would always write silly ideas in it, some of which went into my book and some didn’t.

7. Then write and make yourself write every day, whether it’s a sentence, a chapter, or more, you must regularly dedicate some time to your novel. Set aside a quiet hour where everyone must leave you alone. Morning or night, it doesn’t matter, although some writers work better at certain times of the day. Just make sure you write daily! In my case, I would make sure that I would spend an hour each morning devoted to my novel.

8. Seek constructive feedback……from somebody you trust.  I asked a couple of people to read mine and give me feedback. And I used this feedback to revise my novel.

9. Keep revising, editing and rewriting your story..

10. Complete & then publish.

I know there is more to it than that and I know there are several methods than you can use, but these were the basic steps I used. It took me about 2 years to complete in total, re writing it many times in the process. But at last it was complete (at end of 2008) and then I thought “now what do I do?”.

Well, I thought maybe I should try and get published, it cant be that hard can it??? lol mmmm how little I knew.  So I took a trip to the library and got the latest edition of the writers handbook and started writing letters to as many publishers/editors/agents as I could….. Well, 50 rejections later I realised it wasnt that easy…

We are not taking new authors at this present time… We dont publish anything from people who dont have an agent……its not what we are looking for at the moment, ect..

This was very disheartening and so I gave up on trying to publish it… Then I thought “Maybe I should try and do it myself, or try an ebook!”.  I did look at trying to publishing it myself, and there are many companies out there that will help, but its costs a lot money to self publish (which I didnt have at that time) and so decided not to pursue this route….

However, the idea of ebook appealed to me  BUT! by this time (last year) I was too scared to publish it.  After all the rejection letters I received it had really put me off…. If I did publish my novel as an ebook, what happens if no body likes it.  What happens if it doesnt sell. I hate to admit it but I was afraid……. very afraid.  And FEAR is a good persuader.

But then I got to thinking If I dont try, I will never know.  So after much soul searching, I conquered my fear and decided yes, yes I will publish as an ebook and if nobody likes it, so what! at least I have tried, at least Ive done it…… and the journey leads us to here and pretty soon my first horror ebook will be on sale as a kindle ebook, exciting times hey 🙂 I will let you know soon when it is on sale.  And by the way, if I can do it, you can do it too. Dont make the same mistake as me and let Fear hold you back… I guess this applies to a lot of other things too.

So has anybody else written a novel and managed to publish it themselves??  What are you experiences of writing? Let me know.

Thats about it now, But I have to admit writing this blog and talking about ebooks has got me thinking about another question. As ebook sales take off, will they overtake paper copies of books, and will there be a time when we no longer publish/sell books in paper format?? Just a thought…


What’s in store for 2011

In 2010 we saw the return of dr who and part 1 of the Harry Potter Finale. Both of which I enjoyed.  It’s also been a good year for comic hero movies. But the dust has barely settled on 2010 and yet here I am looking forward to another year of must-see movies and television programmes that have already got me very excited for the next twelve months. There is a superb line-up superhero movies to science fiction westerns, but which ones are the cream of the crop? Let me guide you through the minefield of buzz and into the most promising films that lie ahead.

I await with eager anticipation for upcoming X-Men, Green Lantern, Spiderman Reboot, Thor, Captain America and the First Avenger’ movies. In fact the comic book landscape looks pretty good. Lets just hope they live up to my expectation.

In addition, the superhero wildcard ‘The Green Hornet’ offers something a bit different. It promises interesting visuals, and the unconventional casting of Seth Rogan gives us hope for comedy capers.

Then there is Cowboys vs Aliens which I am also looking forward to…The title says it all. Cowboys AND aliens, it’s the golden combo! Gun-toting loners battling little green men is the B-movie dream. Only this B-movie has gone positively A-List, recruiting Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde to its madcap cause. I dare you to watch the trailer and tell me that this doesn’t look awesome… Here is a taster.

But what I am waiting for most of all is Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part II

The final Potter outing just pips it in the anticipation stakes against its most high-profile rival, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt1, as the teen vampire epic could yet go either way. Part 1 of the Potter finale did a great job of setting up the climatic battles we have all been looking forward to, even if the film itself suffered by feeling like a glorified prologue in the process. Even cinemagoers who can’t stand the franchise will be keen for this instalment to finally come, and go. Alas, we must wait a little longer for the trailer.

And then there is new series of Dr who and the contunuation of the event to look forward to.

Of course, I could be wrong on these. So if you think I’ve missed out or neglected any more exciting prospects, please enlighten me.


I was listening to Scot Mills earlier on the radio and he mentioned a new exciting film and that is the longly awaited follow-up to Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus, which unfortunatley I didn’t have fortune to see by the way.. and that is Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus, yes I am not making it up, that’s what it is called and to prove it here is the little look at the movie.. 

It sort of reminds me of the old Godzilla movies, now they were good 🙂

So has any body actually seen this move, or even the first one….. What did you think?

Let me know?



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