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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2012 … looking back (and forward)

January 1st, 2013 • Posted in Book News, Movie News, Random Stuff |

Happy New Year!

So, 2012.  It was an exciting year for me in many ways, with ups and a couple of downs.  I had several books published, parted ways with two publishers, and I’m about to sign an exciting deal with a new publisher.  I had books published to great reaction, but I also came to learn that publishers are becoming even more cautious.

We live in interesting time, and that’s what makes it so exciting.

2012 saw publication of my novelisation of The Cabin in the Woods, as well as my novels Coldbrook, The Heretic Land, and Toxic City Book One: London Eye.  My collection Nothing as it seems was also released from PS Publishing.  And The Secret Journeys of Jack London: The Sea Wolves (written with Christopher Golden) was published in the USA by HarperCollins.  I’m really proud of all of these books, and it was a thrill to see so many books hitting the shelves in one year.  Coldbrook seemed to make a bit of a splash.  And the Toxic City trilogy is even now in development at ABC Network as a TV series (and more on that soon).

All in all, a great year.  And though it also had its downs, 2012 ended with an exciting new deal being agreed for a novel I’m extremely excited about writing.  That novel is The Silence, and I’ll be able to tell you more about that very, very soon.

So what does 2013 have in store?  As well as The Silence, Toxic City Book Two: Reaper’s Legacy will be published.  And then there’s my very exciting Star Wars novel Into the Void: Dawn of the Jedi, due to be published in May.  Can’t wait for that!  And I’m also thrilled that I’ll be attending my first Star Wars convention at the National Space Centre.  I’ll be writing a novella for Spectral Publications (tentative title Still Life), as well as a long-awaited third novella in the Naming of Parts/Changing of Faces trilogy for PS Publishing.  And there are other exciting projects in the pipeline which I’ll talk about more here as and when I can.

Oh, and I’ll also be training for and racing the single most challenging one-day endurance event in the world … Ironman UK.  I talk about that and more on my website RunWalkCrawl.  Madness.  But in a good way.

A big thanks to all of you who continue to read and enjoy my work.  Without you I wouldn’t be doing this, and I’m grateful.  If you read my books and enjoy them, do drop me a line.  It’s always good to hear from you.

I’ll do my best to update this blog more frequently during 2013.  Meanwhile, I’d like to wish you all a happy, fruitful, and safe 2013.

 

 

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ABC develops TOXIC CITY trilogy for TV

November 2nd, 2012 • Posted in Movie News |

And here’s that exciting news I’ve been looking forward to announcing.  ABC Network in the ‘States is developing my TOXIC CITY trilogy of novels as a TV series!  Directed by Alex Proyas, written by Jaime Paglia, the series will be called EVOLVE, and will be set in Los Angeles.  The news hit the net last night and now it’s everywhere, but I’ll point you to Deadline Hollywood FOR ALL THE DETAILS .

Very exciting times.  I’ll keep you informed of progress here and on Twitter/FB.  Onwards and upwards!

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COLDBROOK, and many other updates

November 10th, 2010 • Posted in Book News, Movie News, Random Stuff |

COLDBROOK, my big science fiction zombie novel due from Corsair/Constable in the UK, has had its publication put back until January 2012.  Don’t worry, though, as next July sees the publication of ECHO CITY from Orbit UK.

Chris Golden and I have delivered our script for THE SECRET JOURNEYS OF JACK LONDON: THE WILD to Fox 2000.

The JACK LONDON series has sold in Germany and France, with more foreign rights interest all the time.

I’m currently working on a new novel for Orbit in the UK, as well as a couple of screenplays (one a collaboration), a collaborative YA novel, a couple of TV series proposals, some comics ideas, and another novel idea or two.  Oh, and there are some short stories screaming to be written, and a novella or two.  Never a dull moment, and that’s just how I like it.

The end of this month marks four years since I left my previous job at Monmouthshire County Council to write full time.  It remains the best decision I ever made, and I’ll write a longer post about what those four years brought, and what the next year or two might bring.  Exciting things are afoot.

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Updates – interview, and audio book news

August 16th, 2010 • Posted in Book News, Movie News, Reviews & Interviews |

We’ve just returned from Cape Cod where my family holidayed with the Goldens – had a wonderful time, and I’ll post a picture or two over the next few days.  Meanwhile, here’s an update of what happened when I was away:

Audio Realms Inc will soon be releasing an audiobook version of BERSERKGo here to check out details and download the first chapter to listen to – it’s wonderful, and I can’t wait to hear the whole book.

There’s a new interview with me on the SF Site, you can go here to read all about it.

Workwise, Chris Golden and I are on the home stretch with the Secret Journeys of Jack London script for Fox 2000.

And there are a few other projects I’m working which I won’t say much about right now – early stages – but they include a TV series and a new screenplay.

More soon!

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FOX movie announcement

May 24th, 2010 • Posted in Movie News |

Here’s an announcement about the Jack London movie deal with FOX 2000 (see below) in Deadline Hollywood.  You can see an exclusive first peek at the gorgeous cover art created by the brilliant Greg Ruth, whose stunning artwork will also grace the inside of the book.

It’s a beautiful cover, and I can safely say that this is going to be one of – if not the - most attractive book I’ve ever had published.

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Movie News – The Secret Journeys of Jack London

May 19th, 2010 • Posted in Movie News |

I’m thrilled to announce that in a pre-emptive offer Fox 2000, part of 20th Century Fox, have acquired film rights to THE SECRET JOURNEYS OF JACK LONDON, the book series I’m writing with Christopher Golden.  Chris and I will be writing the screenplay.  We’re incredibly excited about this, and I’ll post more here as and when I can.

You can check out the full press release here.

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And in Movie News, Coming Soon …

April 11th, 2010 • Posted in Movie News |

PAY THE GHOSTDennis Iliadis will direct the movie version of my short story, originally from Cemetery Dance’s October Dreams anthology.  It’s due to start shooting this summer.  For all the exciting details, click here to check out the Variety press release.

The announcement has also been picked up by ComingSoon.net and Fangoria, as well as loads of other horror and movie sites.

You can imagine how thrilled I am about all this.  The team working on the project are fantastic, I love their vision for the story, and I hope to bring you loads more updates and exciting news as and when they occur.

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Pay The Ghost optioned

December 18th, 2008 • Posted in Movie News |

I’m delighted to announce that Midnight Kitchen Productions have optioned my short story Pay The Ghost, originally published in the Cemetery Dance anthology October Dreams.

Midnight Kitchen Productions focuses on adapting genre source material for film.  They currently have an adaptation of China Mieville’s Details set up at Paramount Pictures, with Pascal Laugier (Martyrs, Hellraiser) attached to direct.

Screenwriter Dan Kay (Timber Falls) is adapting Pay The Ghost, and from the discussions I’ve had with Midnight Kitchen, I’m thrilled at their vision for the movie.

More news here as this develops, but suffice to say … I’m very excited.

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Deat Set episode one: Verdict

October 28th, 2008 • Posted in Book News, Movie News, Random Stuff |

Well, what a great opening episode!  I read in one preview that Big Brother is beyond satire, and in a way I think that’s right.  But I also think that the Big Brother producers were either brave – or possibly stupid – to let this happen.  I’m delighted they did, of course … because it turned out to be a true horror movie, on TV!

One of the best moments was when the guest room, featuring – so my wife informs me – some of the ex-housemates from real life Big Brother – was invaded by zombies.  If only they hadn’t held back showing Chantelle having her throat ripped out, but ho hum, I guess that would have messed up her look for her next Hello! shoot.

Now if the Big Brother producers were really brave, and had a real handle of what the public wanted to see, we all know what they’d do for the next series, right?  Cut the cameras, silence the area, and drop just a small hint somewhere that the world had been taken over by zombies.  The smell of cooking meat wafting into the BB compound, perhaps.  Screaming.  Explosions.  And I’ll bet that at least some of the housemates would think it was real.

After all, they’ve seen it on the telly.

Really looking forward to seeing how this progresses, although I do fear that it’ll be all downhill from now.  Hopefully I’ll be proved wrong.

Writing updates: I’ve just finished a spec screenplay – a zombie movie, no less, that I’m very excited about.  It’s with my agent now, so we’ll see what happens …

And zombies seem to be in my life right now, because today I wrote the first draft of a zombie story.

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