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News Round-up Week Ending 24 October

 Beetlejuice

The Wicker Tree burns down UK TV

On Saturday 22 November, Horror Channel will show the UK Premiere of Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Tree. The film boasts renowned actor Christopher Lee amongst its ranks, which tips its hat to the 1973 cult classic film, The Wicker Man. The plot follows two devout Christians, Beth (Brittania Nichols) and Steve (Henry Garrett), who travel into the depths of Scotland to preach. It is not long before they discover the true horror of Celtic Pagan rituals.

Grimmfest Halloween Special

In collaboration with the Days of Fear and Wonder and The Manchester Science Festival, Grimm Up North will be screening a number of classic horror films at several venues across the city to celebrate Halloween. Supported by Film Hub North West, Grimmfest ensure that horror fans from across the city will get their fix with a double bill of Terry Gilliam, Paul Verhoeven and Ridley Scott films from Wednesday 29 October – Friday 31 October. On top of this, Retro and Dangerous will be holding a double bill screening of Hocus Pocus and Beetlejuice at Gorilla. For more information about films and screening times please head to the Grimmfest website.

Let The Outsiders In

British weird fiction writer James Everington has announced that his latest story “Impossible Colours” will be published in Crystal Lake Publishing’s Lovecraft inspired anthology The Outsiders, which is scheduled for release later this year. Joining Everington’s latest offering, there will be stories from authors V.H. Leslie, Ray Cluley, Stephen Bacon, Gary Fry, and Rosanne Rabinowitz. The stories are all based around Priory, the gated community setting in which the weird and terrible will unfold. Keep an eye on This Is Horror for updates on the release, and to find out more visit Crystal Lake Publishing.

Let William Meikle kill you!

Scottish genre writer William Meikle, author of The Invasion, is offering fans a chance to be a character in his next novel. From now until Halloween, Meikle is offering those who sign up for his newsletter, the chance to become immortalised in fiction, and also a free copy of The Midnight Eye Files: Amulet. For more information, and for your chance to have your name in one of his books, check out his website.

Horrific artwork at heavenly prices

Illustrator and designer, Vincent Chong, whose notable works include cover art for a number of limited edition releases of Stephen Kings novels The Shining and Doctor Sleep, has announced a 25% off sale on a selection of limited edition prints. Between now and 31 December you can get your hands on one of these illusive works for your study, living room or crypt. For more information please visit Vincent’s website.

RACHEL HOWARTH

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