Pay The Ghost

September 7th, 2015 • Posted in Movie News |

Pay the Ghost, the movie starring Nicolas Cage and based on my short story of the same name, has a release date in the USA of 25th September, and in the UK October 23rd.  It’s all very exciting, and I’ll be posting more updates here as and when they come in.  Meanwhile, here’s the first spooky trailer to whet your appetite.  And yes, I did freeze it to see my name in the end credits…

Coming soon, the original short story available on Kindle from my own Dreaming in Fire Press.  Watch this space!



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.







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.


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…


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!


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.




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!


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.


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!


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.