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Little Monster

Jun 1, 2017   //   by admin   //   Featured Posts, News  //  No Comments

photo 2Mad Science Films, the Cardiff-based production company, have announced that production is set to begin on their feature film “Little Monster”.

Little Monster will be produced by James Morrissey (Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection, Silent Night Bloody Night: The Homecoming) and James Plumb (Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection, Kerb Crawlers). Plumb will also be directing the film from a script adapted from his well-received novella of the same name.

Principal photography begins Summer 2017.

Synopsis

Your six-year-old daughter has been bitten by a zombie and now hungers for human flesh.

What do you do?

Do you double tap her in the brain?

Or do you become the ultimate enabler and feed her human flesh?

And where do you get human flesh from?

This is the dilemma that Gareth and Jen face with their beautiful daughter Ana.

What will they do?

And how far will it go?

Plumb had the following to say,

photo 1“After the amazing reception to the original novella last year, I felt it was time to bring these characters and their ordeals to the screen. Working with James Morrissey to bring it to life was an obvious step.”

Mad Science Films’ previous productions include ‘Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection’, released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment in the US and by 4Digital Media in the UK, and ‘Silent Night, Bloody Night: The Homecoming’ released by Elite Entertainment in the US and 101 Films in the UK.

Little Monster was a novella released by Infected Books as part of their 2016 “Year of the Zombie” Event. All Year of the Zombie Novellas are available via Amazon http://amzn.to/2rnJ4aa (UK) & http://a.co/hegWfgj (US)

‘A very personal tale of the zombie apocalypse. It’s the combination of horror and heartbreak that makes this such a page turner.’ (Gary Slaymaker, TV/ Radio Presenter and Author of Geraint Wyn: Zombie Killer)

‘Horror at its most visceral. James Plumb’s Little Monster is a very nasty piece of work!’ (Wayne Simmons, author of Flu and Plastic Jesus)

Artbiz with Wayne Simmons

Mar 30, 2017   //   by admin   //   artbiz, News  //  No Comments

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Artbiz explores that middle ground between “art” and “business”. How genuinely creative people manage (or do not manage) to carve out a living doing what they love. How they juggle dayjobs, families, real life, relationships, paying bills and doing their craft/art.

Wayne Simmons is an incredibly talented author able to work across genres effortlessly. Do yourself a favour and check out Flu (horror), Plastic Jesus (sci-fi) or The Girl in the Basement (crime). His character work is mind-blowing and he’s a master of pacing. I met Wayne Simmons back in 2012 when he was the host on a comic convention panel on horror, later he co-created Scardiff, Wales’ first horror convention in 2013. Thanks to Wayne for taking time out to chat with Artbiz.

Q1 First can you introduce yourself? Who are you? Do you have dependents? Do you have a mortgage? Are you the sole income earner?

I’m Wayne, a Northern Irishman living in Cardiff. I live with my partner, Rebecca, and we have two dependents: a Jack Russell terrier called Dita and a gerbil called Lucas. More hairy than your average kids but it sure as hell beats buying school uniforms every year.

Q2 What do you do creatively? How long have you been doing it?

I’m a writer. I’ve been writing books since my first one was published back in 2008, I think. Which means I’ve been part of this racket now for almost ten years. Scary. Since then, I’ve branched into journalism, becoming a regular contributor to Skin Deep Tattoo Magazine in 2014, and have even started writing about politics. Which, let’s face it, can’t end well.

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Q3 If you have one, what’s your day job? How long have had you that?

I guess writing is half of my day job. The other half involves walking dogs. Rebecca and I have been running our own dog walking business for around 4 or 5 years now and I love doing that just as much as I love writing. A typical day involves getting up around 8am, writing for a couple of hours in the morning and then starting my first dog walk around 11am, clocking off around 3 or 3.30pm and either heading to the local Co-Op to pick up some messages or heading straight home to do the dishes and tidy up before tea time. Evenings are for kicking back, relaxing and playing guitar. I very rarely work weekends.

Q4 What are the benefits of your day job?

I love it. I love dogs and I love being around animals all day. I love keeping them safe and I love the walks we have together. They’re a lot better company than people 

Q5 What are the drawbacks of the day job?

Zero drawbacks.

16990735_10154846254610801_490415796_oQ6 Your art/craft is it a hobby/ a side gig/ your dream job/ your full time job?

I write because I need to write and it just so happens it pays a fair few bills, too.

Q7 How much of what you do creatively is dictated by commercial consideration?

Very little, to be honest. It’s sheer luck that writing pays the bills as well as satisfies my need to create. I only write what I like to write, which is more or less what I like to read.

Q8 Have you turned down commissions? If so, why?

I haven’t been offered commissions, as such. I’ve sought out most of the writing gigs myself/ through my agent as opposed to anyone approaching me to write for them. I may have turned down some short story request for anthos etc. over the years, mainly due to workload at the time. The mag work was a happy coincidence – I was the right person in the right place at the right time. And I work hard, meet deadlines and try real hard not to be an asshole. That goes a long way in this business, I guess.

16976789_10154846255540801_1635624780_nQ9 Do you have a long term plan? A series of short term plans? Plans, never heard of them?!

I want to create as much as I can in as many ways as possible throughout my life. And I want to work with animals. I like sci-fi and I like politics and I like tattoos and art and music and I guess none of that will change any time soon. And that’s about the height of my planning.

Q10 What do you think of your “industry”? Q11 Is there anyone out there that you aspire to be like? Why?

I’m quite cynical about our industry, to be honest. I don’t much like hanging around with other creative folks. I hate all the pretentiousness and posturing I’ve seen at some of the genre conventions I’ve been at – it makes me cringe, to be honest. I much prefer the company of dogs to the company of writers.

Artbiz with David Moody

Feb 10, 2017   //   by admin   //   artbiz, News  //  No Comments

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Artbiz explores that middle ground between “art” and “business”. How genuinely creative people manage (or do not manage) to carve out a living doing what they love. How they juggle dayjobs, families, real life, relationships, paying bills and doing their craft/art. 

This one’s a biggy. I first heard of David Moody when picking up the paperback of Hater in a Waterstones bookshop in Cardiff. I knew nothing about the book or the author, but the blood-splattered cover and blurb pulled me in. Jump ahead years later and mutual friend Wayne Simmons, recommends my first film Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection to David. David gets in contact to say how much he enjoyed the film and asks if he can interview me over on his site. I was blown away. Firstly the sick mind behind the Hater and Autumn series had heard of me. Secondly he actually liked my film. If you want to read my rambling answers to David’s questions, they’re over here. I’m a big fan of David’s work, do yourself a favour and check out his Autumn series. Its the sort of long form epic that The Walking Dead wishes it could be. Also David’s put together some great science fiction as well, check out Straight to You and Trust.

Many thanks to David for his frank, honest, insightful answers.

Q1 First can you introduce yourself? Who are you? Do you have dependents? Do you have a mortgage? Are you the sole income earner?

I’m David Moody, author of a number of horror and science-fiction novels. I’m married with a lot of kids (three of which still live at home, though one’s currently at university). I do have a mortgage. It is far too big. I’m not the sole income earner, but I do pay all the household bills.

Q2 What do you do creatively? How long have you been doing it?

I’ve been writing for twenty years (which feels more like twenty minutes). After a spectacularly unsuccessful first novel with a traditional publisher, I began independently publishing in 2001 – way before Kindle and iBooks and Print on Demand etc. I hit it big with a book called AUTUMN which I originally gave away for free. It spawned a series of sequels (which I charged for) and a notoriously bad movie starring Dexter Fletcher and the late David Carradine. I wrote a book called HATER in 2006, which was optioned for film by Guillermo del Toro. The movie adaptation is still rumbling slowly forwards… I launched my own publishing company in 2005 – Infected Books – which I’m still managing today. Sometimes that feels like a full-time job on its own.

16357956_10154114401661746_808925598_oQ3 If you have one, what’s your day job? How long have had you that?

I wrote full-time for just under seven years, but went back to work in 2014. As pretentious as it sounds, I found it increasingly difficult to create to pay the bills. Additionally, my books are predominantly concerned with people, and how they deal with extreme, usually apocalyptic, situations. In my home-office-bound isolation, I realized I’d lost touch with the rest of the world so I went back to mix with people again and be inspired! Bizarrely, as I live on the outskirts of Birmingham, I’m a Charging and Enforcement Policy Manager for Highways England.

Q4 What are the benefits of your day job?

A reliable, steady income which covers most of the bills and takes the pressure off financially. Since returning to work, although the time I’ve had to write has dropped dramatically, the quality and volume of my writing has actually increased. Also people. My colleagues provide much inspiration. Interestingly, in a weird example of life imitating art, when I wrote HATER back in 2006, I put the main character in the worst possible job I could imagine, working for a council’s parking fines processing department. To all intents and purposes, that’s what I’ve ended up doing!

Q5 What are the drawbacks of the day job?

I have absolutely no spare time. The writing job is increasingly demanding. I finish one job and start the other, then crash into bed around midnight.

Q6 Your art/craft is it a hobby/ a side gig/ your dream job/ your full time job?

I think I’ve already covered this. It’s my main source of income, and both my dream and nightmare job. I think I’d like to balance things out a little: write more, go out to work less. There’s also a massive amount of administration involved in running a business, albeit a very small one. It’s a further drain on the time I have to create.

16358715_10154114402386746_220017671_nQ7 How much of what you do creatively is dictated by commercial consideration?

That’s quite hard to answer. Although pretty much everything I do comes from a creative perspective, much of the time it’s also a commercial decision because I have publishers paying me advances to write. I’d love the freedom to be able to write whatever I liked, whenever I wanted to. At the moment it’s a balancing act. I tripped myself up a few years back by spending far too long writing a (still unpublished) novel to the detriment of other, more commercially viable projects.

Q8 Have you turned down commissions? If so, why?

I have. Usually it’s because of a lack of time, but also because I don’t think it’s appropriate to automatically say yes to everything. If it doesn’t fit with my plans, I usually don’t do it. I’ve found that I can’t write to order. I have to be excited by the story to want to tell it. I wish I could write romance or fantasy, because it sells by the bucket-load whereas my nihilistic, miserablist dystopian novels don’t!

Q9 Do you have a long term plan? A series of short term plans? Plans, never heard of them?!

I do, but they change continually. Maybe not a plan… more a tenuously strung together series of ideas which might or might not happen at some point in the future.

moodyleicesterQ10 What do you think of your “industry”?

Publishing is constantly changing, and has been doing so at pace for the last fifteen years or so. The marketplace is now wide open (to an extent) as a result of the rise of self-publishing, but that also means the competition has increased dramatically. It’s harder than ever to get noticed. Additionally, traditional publishers are dealing with a smaller market share, and that means it’s harder to get signed by a mainstream press. I still think it’s important to do so. If nothing else, they tend to give you a foothold in bricks and mortar bookstores which you generally can’t get as an indie.

Q11 Is there anyone out there that you aspire to be like? Why?

The late James Herbert, who taught me more about writing and the business of writing in the couple of hours I spent in his company, than I’ve learnt from twenty plus years in the business. And because he sold nearly sixty million books!

Counting down…

May 10, 2016   //   by admin   //   News, Uncategorized  //  No Comments