Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Did You Forget About Me by Andrew Cull

Did You Forget About Me? by [Cull, Andrew]

"He had written to me a month or so before he died. I'd ignored the letter the same way I ignored the others."

This is a really cool little tale that can be devoured in an hour. If you're into creepy things that roam in the night then this is the book for you.

Straightaway this book really intrigued me the tense foreboding atmosphere is perfectly accrued in a fast paced tale. Andrew Cull through his narration raises a lot of questions throughout this dark tale which leaves you desperate to read on and find out more.

Did You Forget About Me documents the tale of Cam and his sister Kelly travelling back to Thatcham in Berkshire to the cottage in which he had spent a turbulent but entirely forgotten chapter of his childhood. When Cam's estranged father dies suddenly he leaves the house to Cam alone, and they both travel there to seek closure from their monster father and to be free of it's grip on them.

But as they settle in to the secluded cottage memories come back in force and not only does he remember the abuse he suffered at the hands of his cruel father but also that of his dear childhood friend Sam with whom he was inseperable...

I really loved the title of this book, it makes perfect sense when you finish and really adds to the creepy vibe! 

This is a small tale but it packs a big punch the ending was great and brutal. Andrew Cull really draws you in and quickly you feel really connected to Cam. This is a tale of loss and regrets and was quite moving in some parts as well as creepy! I was even more creeped out when I read this tale was inspired by real life events which he describes in the afterword. 

About the Author 

Andrew Cull

Andrew's first screenplay attracted the attention of 
BAFTA award-winner, Philip Saville. He went on to 
develop film projects with Hammer Films, 
Paul W.S Anderson's Impact Pictures and 
wrote for cult TV hit, 'Urban Gothic'. Alongside this, 
Andy ran a video rental store in London with the 
largest horror collection in the UK.

In 2007 he created the YouTube sensation, 
'In the Dark'. Regarded as the first YouTube 
horror series it is considered to have been the inspiration for such renowned projects as Marble Hornets. This was followed by his first feature, 'The Possession Of David O'Reilly'. It quickly garnered much praise and enjoyed a UK theatrical and DVD release with Momentum Pictures. In the US, it was picked up by IFC Films for VOD and DVD release.

Andy recently completed his first novel, 'Remains' and is in pre-production for his next horror feature.

Andy loves Horror and Hitchcock and, like you, he's not easily scared.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Darkest Hours by Mike Thorn

I knew this book was going to be something different when I read the first story, Hair. It was totally gross but I couldn't stop reading it. It's been a long time since I have read something so original perplexing and horrific. Mike Thorn can spin a horror tale from any situation.

What's scary about these 15 tales are that the characters are normal people, they could easily be you or me. With each tale you know each one of these tortured souls is going to have something terrible happen to them and half the fun of reading this collection is trying to determine which angle Mike Thorn is coming from.

This is a really diverse collection and packs a very powerful debut drawing on a wide range of influences ranging from academia to science fiction. Each tale is very different in terms of subject matter but each is cleverly thought out and executed. I really liked every one of these, all killer no filler and can't wait to see more from this author in the future. There's a real talent here and its only going to keep getting better.

There's moments of pure brilliance in this collection such as The Auteur in which one guy tries to push his boundaries of experiencing horror. I felt really creeped out after reading this! Some of these tales are so dark because they could so easily happen to anyone, no one is safe.

Stand out favourites for me include; Long Man, Party Time, The Auteur and Sabbatical!

About the Author

Mike Thorn is the author of the short story collection Darkest Hours. His fiction has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, including Dark Moon DigestBehind the Mask - Tales from the Id and Straylight Literary Arts Magazine. His criticism has been featured recently in MUBI Notebook and The Film Stage, and he co-authors the horror-themed series "Devious Dialogues" with A.M. Stanley for Vague Visages.