November update

November 8th, 2014 • Posted in Book News, Movie News, Random Stuff |

It’s been a while!  And that’s because although I have new book deals to announce, I still can’t quite announce them yet.  As soon as the ink’s dry I’ll reveal what they are, but I’m very excited … an exciting deal for two thrillers, a major new tie-in project, and a trilogy that’s something a little different for me.  Lots of good stuff happening over the next few years, so I’ll talk more about that soon.

Good news is that PAY THE GHOST finished shooting in Toronto, and a teaser poster has just been released (see below). The movie of my short story stars Nicolas Cage and Sarah Wayne Callies, and is directed by Uli Edel. More soon!

I also have a short story in the huge (700 pages!) new anthology, Dead Harvest.  You can order from the Cemetery Dance website.

My spooky animated kids’ film MY HAUNTED HOUSE is in development, and there’ll hopefully be more on that soon.  You can download a special MY HAUNTED HOUSE app.  Fun for kids and adults.  I’ll pass on more info as this movie progresses, but it’s going to be lots of fun.

In other movie news, EXORCISING ANGELS, written with Simon Clark, continues to be developed as a movie, and the script I wrote with the splendid Stephen Volk, PLAYTIME, is also in development.

I’m working on plenty of other projects, including a couple of TV series pitches.  And as the end of November–the 8th anniversary of me going full-time as a writer–draws near, I’ve never been busier.

Oh, and next year I’ll be doing another ironman.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pay the Ghost

September 24th, 2014 • Posted in Movie News, Random Stuff |

Pay the Ghost, the movie based on my short story of the same name, is filming now in Toronto.  It stars Nicolas Cage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Veronica Ferres and others, and is directed by Uli Edel.  Here are just a few photos from set that I’ve found on random net searches.  I’m not directly involved, so I’m not getting to hear about what’s going on directly from producers or director.

As well as extremely exciting––what writer doesn’t want a movie made from one of their stories?––it also feels quite strange knowing that this is happening several thousand miles away.  I wrote the original story 15 years ago for a Cemetery Dance anthology, October Dreams, and it probably took me 3 or 4 days to write.  And now, because of that idea I had so long ago, scores of people are building sets, operating equipment, acting, directing, and crewing a big movie shoot starring NICOLAS CAGE!  I’d never have believed it.  And I still pinch myself.

As and when I know more about the movie, or find more shots of the set, I’ll post them here and on my Facebook page.  And as soon as I get information on release dates, etc, you’ll be the first to know.

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Graham Joyce

September 10th, 2014 • Posted in News |

Graham Joyce was a friend of mine, and he was a friend of yours, too.  Because he was so right when he said that readers are not strangers.  I had a sense of that when Iain Banks died.  I’d only met Banks once (as it happens, drunk at a bar with Graham), but when he died I felt terribly sad, as if I’d lost a friend.  I’d been reading his books for decades, his writing is a huge inspiration, and so in a way I had.

Graham was right about that, as he was about most things.  Wise old bugger.  I guess we were writing friends.  And by that I mean we got together at conventions or other writing events, but rarely in between.  But we always got on like a house on fire, and I have many fond memories of long conversations with him, about writing, Hollywood, family, and long walks in the country.  I’ve seen other people talking about how he talked with you, not to you, and that was one of his great gifts.  Charismatic, funny, eloquent, one of the finest writers, intelligent, he had a lot of gifts.

Here’s a quick memory, one of many.  World Horror in the early 2000s — can’t even remember which one — we greeted each other in some hotel room party, “Hello, bastard!”  ”Hello, fucker!”  Stunned silence.  Those around us eyed each other warily, even when Graham and I sat down to chat over a bottle of piss-poor beer or wine.  And for the rest of the convention, both of us were quizzed, “Do you not like him, then?”  Of course, we played it up as much as we could.

I dropped him a line when we got home, saying how nice it had been to see him, and saying something along the lines of, “Hope we didn’t take the mutual abuse too far.”

To which his instant reply was, “Course not.  Cunt.”

I can’t remember the first time I met him.  And I can’t recall which was the first book of his I read.  It’s like he’s always been there, and damn, he’s going to be missed.

 

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Fantasycon and other news

September 2nd, 2014 • Posted in Book News |

It’s Fantasycon this weekend and Tim will be in attendance.  You can catch him bright and early on a panel at 10am Saturday morning. 

Does Anyone Get Out of Here Alive?
Can there be hope in Horror, or are unrelieved despair and gore the essence of the genre?

He will also be at the PS Publishing book launch at 5pm on Saturday where amongst many other titles “Shifting of Veils” will be released.  For those of you who won’t be in York you can pre-order now from PS Publishing.  There is an unsigned edition or a 100 copy signed hardcover.  All details on the book page here.

Some other news to catch up with.

Tim has written another collaboration with Christopher Golden, a novelette called FAULT LINES.  More details to follow.

Tim has a story in the “Letters to Lovecraft” anthology due from Stone Skin press on December 1st, pre-order and read more details here.

“The Silence” is due for publication in April 2015

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More Pay the Ghost news…

August 30th, 2014 • Posted in Movie News, News |

More exciting news about the forthcoming movie of my story, PAY THE GHOST.  It’s due to start shooting next month in Toronto, and as well as starring Nicolas Cage, the female lead has been announced as Sarah Wayne Callies, perhaps best known as Rick Grimes’ wife from THE WALKING DEAD.

Check out the details here.

More news as and when it comes in, but it’s all very exciting. Already mentally planning a local premiere…

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Shifting of Veils

August 12th, 2014 • Posted in News |

Launching in early September at Fantasycon in York, the final part of the Apocalypse Trilogy….

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Happy Birthday

July 23rd, 2014 • Posted in News |

Sometime soon it will be Tim’s Birthday again, we couldn’t afford him the carbon graphite super bike he wanted, so here’s Tim and his bike immortalised in cake – Happy Birthday Tim !

 

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Star Wars paperback and short story news

July 23rd, 2014 • Posted in News |

Star Wars – Dawn of the Jedi: Into the void was released in paperback in the UK this week.  Check the book page here for some ordering links.

Tim has the following stories out now or due soon:-

Terror Tales of Wales – Order from the publisher or Amazon uk

A new story “ CLOWN’S KISS” will appear in the anthology In Mint Condition: 2014, from Ambannon Books, due to be released later this year. You can pre-order here at a discount.

Jonathan Maberry is editing a series of all new X-files stories for IDW Publishing and Tim is one of the authors who will be appearing in the series.

The Novella “Shifting of the Veils” will be released at Fantasycon and will complete the trilogy started with Naming of Parts and continued with Changing of Faces.

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Pay the Ghost, and Nicolas Cage

May 25th, 2014 • Posted in Movie News |

Nicolas Cage is signed on to star in the movie version of my story PAY THE GHOST.  Details here.  Exciting news, but there’s still a way to go.  Watch this space!

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Signing news

May 9th, 2014 • Posted in News |

Just a reminder that if you are in Cardiff tomorrow morning (Saturday 10th May) Tim will be signing at Waterstones from 11am until around noon.

Copies of Star Wars:Dawn of the Jedi, and Alien:Out of the Shadows will be available, and I’m sure he’ll be more than happy to sign anything else you bring along (including but not limited to body parts, livestock, halibut)

 

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