Sunday, October 12, 2014

Monday, October 06, 2014

Game City live event in Nottingham

I'm heading back to Nottingham for my third visit to Game City, a really fun gaming event all about games and booze - well, mainly about games, but they do like to throw booze down your neck, and I'm obviously far too polite to refuse.

Last time, I wrote a playable, Fighting Fantasy-style mini adventure with Ian Livingstone (yes, THAT Ian Livingstone), called The Tentacled Horror - it was printed in a newsletter, so you could play it like one of the Fighting Fantasy books. Obviously it was much, much shorter, but I had a lot of fun writing it (and a lot of brain-ache, I have no idea how anyone writes the full length ones without losing their mind).

The newsletter was only available in selected places in Nottingham during the event, but now it's being launched as a digital, interactive version, and launching at this year's event. You'll be able to pick it up online, and play it, trying to avoid the many grisly deaths that await you.

Even more excitingly, I'm going to play an all new text adventure, live at the event, along with Ian himself, Kieron Gillen, Zoe Quinn, and Chris Avellone. I have no idea how it will work, but it will be very silly, I'm pretty sure of that. So come along and watch us flail around. I'll link to The Tentacled Horror when it goes online.

The live play is on Thursday 30th October, but the event runs all week, and most of it is free. Details are all at their website here, so come and join in the fun!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Crazy For You at Knoxville Horror Film Festival

Americans etc! My short film Crazy For You just added another date to its festival tour, and will play at the Knoxville Horror Film Festival, in Knoxville, Tennessee, which runs from October 25th-27th (full schedule to follow).

The website with info is here - and you can preorder passes and/or posters, t-shirts, etc, at this link here. It's the next American date after Fantastic Fest, so hopefully will be nearer any of you who couldn't make one of the other screenings.

I'm not sure if there'll be any other American screenings after this, I'm still waiting to hear back from a couple - so if you're nearby, and want to see it on a big screen, this may be your last chance!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Crazy For You at Fantastic Fest - schedule

The schedule for Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas is now live, where my short film Crazy For You is screening. If you're going, you will have two - count 'em, two! - chances to see it as part of the Short Fuse 2014 group:

Click here for the info page on the group of shorts. Even if you don't want to see mine, they're showing several others in the same block, including Goat Witch, and the romantically titled He Took His Skin Off For Me - how could you not want to see those??

I'm really sad to miss out on attending, but producer extraordinaire Jen Handorf will be there, representing the short, so if you have ANY problems at all, go and tell her she's a horrible, horrible human being. Just tell her that anyway.* Hope you enjoy the short, and Fantastic Fest!

*Don't actually do this, she's lovely and brilliant and could probably beat you up.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Crazy For You at Raindance in London

Another quick festival update - my short film Crazy For You screens at this year's Raindance Film Festival in London, on Sunday October 5th, at 12pm. Info and tickets at this link here.

I'll be attending the screening, so if you're going, I hope to see you there.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Crazy For You at Fantastic Fest

It can finally be revealed: Crazy For You, the short I wrote and directed, starring Arthur Darvill and Hannah Tointon, will screen at this year's Fantastic Fest, in Austin, Texas.

Go here for information! And here for a direct link to the FF website!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Writers on Writing - Episode 1

This is a new, semi-regular video series where I interview other writers - I know! Other writers who aren't me! The very thought! - about their writing process. How do they start, how do they develop an idea into a full story, and so on.

Episode 1's victim guest writer is Amber Benson, who has been writing novels, comics and movies for years - her acting background means she has a very different process to me. Although there are many similarities. Oh, you'll see. Just watch the interview, it's really good fun - it's at this link here.

Amber's new book The Witches of Echo Park comes out on January 6th 2015, and you may get it from these places:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes and Noble US

Foyles UK

There are also some other US links available at the book's Tumblr here. Amber is on Twitter, so you should go follow her. Huge thanks to Amber for being so cool and willing to talk process - we met at LeakyCon, so it was lovely of her to find time to do this. And I didn't accidentally call her Tara even *once*!

I have a few other participants on my list, but if there are any writers you'd like me to talk to - that I might reasonably be able to get - I will gratefully steal your suggestions and pretend I thought of them.