Sunday, 28 June 2015

Would You Rather

So yesterday, I watched a movie on Netflix called Would You Rather. I was kinda bored and looking for something a bit different and it seemed to have a good rating, so I thought, 'why not?'

The premise for the film is okay. A young woman, Iris, is looking after her brother, who has leukaemia and desperately needs a bone marrow transplant to save his life. This transplant doesn't seem like its likely and she gets invited to a doctor's office to hear a proposal from a Mr Lambrick who believes he can help them.

Lambrick is a millionaire and offers to give her whatever money she needs to rid herself of their debts, their health bills, their mortgage AND get her brother the bone marrow transplant he so desperately needs, but only if she attends a dinner party and takes part in a game. The winner gets everything.

She accepts and goes to the house, where it soon becomes apparent that this is no ordinary trivia quiz, but a sadistic challenge, created by Lambrick and his weirdo son, Julian. Participants must play, 'Would You Rather' but in this version, the option they choose, they must carry out (e.g.. Would you rather stab the person next to you in the thigh with an icepick, or would you rather whip Travis with a stick three times across his back?)

Those that choose not to do the challenges, get shot in the head by Bevans, the butler. And slowly, one by one, the dinner party of eight is reduced to one winner.

I won't tell you the end, but suffice it to say, I half suspected what it might be.

The film had no flashy special effects, the make-up was awful (the guy who has to cut into his own eye with a razor blade had the worst!) and parts of the script weren't great, but I still enjoyed this film. Lambrick, I thought could have been fleshed out a bit more and he had some weird morals. It seemed it was okay to watch people stab each other, electrocute each other, be shot, be drowned, but he seemed very upset with his son for attempting to rape the main character and apologised to her for his despicable behaviour.

I wanted a small flashback on each of the other party guests, so we knew their reasons for being there, but we only got Iris's story and her motivations and I still don't understand her final choice in the final round...She did it because she felt that there had to be a reason for everyone else's deaths?

All in all, it was a decent film. It made you wonder what you would do, if you were given those choices and how you might react or fare.

3 out of 5 stars.

So what did you think? Have you seen it? What were your thoughts? Or, if you know of any decent films on Netflix, give me a pointer.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Sh*t! I'm back.

Hello peeps. Yes, it's me, back from the dead. (Sort of)

I could give you a really good reason as to my web disappearance, but you're not interested in that (if you are, you probably need therapy) but I'm back again and so you're either happy about it or you're not.

I am. Happy that is. This may have something to do with the great pills my doctor has me on, or it could just be my splendidness in general. Anyhoo, what have I been up to?

Writing! I got myself a publisher - a proper bonafide publisher - and I'm now a published writer! Not for horror, for another genre, but so far I've had two novels published, got a third coming out in November 2015, am editing my fourth and am contracted for a fifth.

So now that I've got this writing lark sussed (hah, yeah right) I'm coming back to the stuff that really grabs me. I've got a few ideas rattling around the old skullbones and I'm in that idea-scribbling, character-sketching, frantic note-making mode that has me drifting off into my own world when I'm in the middle of a conversation with someone, forcing them to whack me around the head with a two by four just to get me back on track.

Where was I?

Oh yeah, talking to you guys........

So, apologies and all of that for going MIA, I'll try not to do it again, but you know what life's like, it likes to throw the odd rabid dog at you for a bit of a laugh to send you around the bend and adds a spanner or two to keep you on your toes and I'm no ballet dancer (you guys don't want to see me in a tutu) so I tend to just collapse and sob quietly in a corner until all the bad stuff passes.

So, yeah, I'm back, if you guys are still lurking, feel free to say "hi, how are you? Why did you leave us, you mangy dog?" Or some other nice pleasantries so that I know I'm forgiven.

Hope you're all doing okay?

Let's speak again soon,


Friday, 7 June 2013

New Adventures

So!What have I been doing lately?

First of all, I managed to secure another sale of one of my short stories to The Horror Zine, entitled 'The Snake'. Jeani Rector was so happy with it, she also wants to put it into her print anthology, so I was a very happy bunny indeed at this news. I also had a horror short accepted into the anthology by Sanitarium, called 'The Doctor Is Waiting' which you might recall from my previous post.

I've also been thinking about securing my future a bit more, now that technically I'm a full time writer, by trying to get myself an agent and have recently submitted my WIP to John Jarrold. Will let you know in time what he thinks, good or bad, or standard response! Let's keep our fingers crossed that he'll love it and want to represent me. You never know.

Been suffering a bit with my Menieres lately, so sometimes that means I can't get to the keyboard as often as I'd like, or if I do manage it, then after a few moments of staring at the screen, my head goes all woozy like I've suddenly downed a few whiskies without realising it and it becomes time to switch it off. (Might I point out that I'm teetotal, so definitely haven't been at the old Jack Daniels [other brands are available]).

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Two new short stories

So, over the last two days, I've managed to write two new horror short stories, that I will try to get homes for.

The first is called, The Doctor Is Waiting and is based on two images that came together randomly and started making connections in my twisted little mind. The first situation came from me being sat in a doctor's waiting room, the second came from flicking through some TV channels, desperately trying to find something to watch.
The second story, called Blocked was much stranger and probably originated from a situation that happens across many homes.

The loo was blocked.
Everyone denied doing it, everyone denied never having used the loo in their entire lives (probably a slight exaggeration) but it took my husband three days, many bottles of bleach and lots of dyno-rodding to clear it.

One heck of a blockage at any rate.

Now my toilet is working (hurrah!) and I also got a horror short story from it.

Stories come from the oddest of places, but I never thought I'd get inspired by the loo...

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Return from the Dead

Firstly, I would like to apologise for my absence these last few months, but I've been I'll.

I'd like to say that I was struck down by some mysterious illness that turned me into some kind of zombie and then back again, but that would only be half-true.

I've got Menieres Disease, which is a horrible illness in which I suddenly, and without warning, get struck down by dizziness and nausea, sweating and shakes. They can last for hours or minutes, but the after effects of each attack can last days and leaves me staggering around my house like a drunken sailor.

But enough about my misery. I've accepted the condition and a heck of a lot of medications from my doctor to control it and have been busy with the old laptop a bit more.

Two stories submitted today and a hunt for an agent has begun. I've been busy reviewing books for The Horror Zine and proof reading articles for the British Fantasy Society.

Hopefully, I'll be posting a lot more often, once again, to put Hayling Island on the map as a source of spine tingling horror.

Monday, 23 July 2012

The Horror of School Holidays

The school hols are upon me and with four kids to entertain, writing time is suddenly diminished. I'm stretched between my eldest who needs to be surgically removed from his Xbox and my youngest who wants to go anywhere that costs at least £100 for us all to walk through the front doors, never mind go on rides or eat anything.

Considering the fact that I've just shelled out over £100 for a new car battery and over £200 for my stairs to be repaired after OH broke them, the youngest is going to be lucky to get what he wants. (I'm still saving to pay for us to eat for when we go to Center Parcs Longleat in a couple of weeks time) may be quiet on here for a while. It'll certainly be quiet on the writing front, but, hey ho, maybe it'll help me get past the sticky chapter I'm on after a bit of thinking time, because whenever I have a quiet moment, I'm usually plotting.

Happy school hols to all, no matter what you're doing, though I hope you're having a easier time of it than me.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Liebster Blog Award!

Thanks to The Rotting Zombie I am now the proud owner of a Liebster Blog Award! However, I can only have it as long as I play along with a few rules.

The rules are:
1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you
3. Create 11 questions for the people you tag yourself
4. Choose 11 people and link them in your post. Go to their page and tell them
5. No tag backs

So, first of all, here are 11 facts about me:

1. I know Fawlty Towers and Blackadder word for word, every series.
2. I have Coeliac's.
3. I used to breed rats.
4. If I could invite any celebrities to dinner, it would be David Mitchell (the comedian), Stephen Fry, Jimmy Carr and Jeremy Clarkson.
5. I'm a Community First Responder and go to 999 calls.
6. I have always wanted to be a published writer.
7. As a young child, I wanted to be a vet, until I realised I wouldn't be able to euthanise an animal.
8. I have four children.
9. If I could be any animal it would be a wolf or an otter.
10. If I had a choice between being a werewolf or a vampire I'd be a vampire.
11. I'm a qualified English teacher.

Here are the questions, the tagger set for me to answer:

1. What is your favourite zombie film? Shaun of the Dead
2. Place to go in case of zombie apocalypse? A place with lots of guns, so I guess, Nottingham?
3. Apocalypse weapon of choice? Shotgun
4. Song to slay the undead to? Another one bites the dust
5. Where would you go if you could time travel?To watch the pyramids being built.
6. Has anyone actually been to the moon? Not in my family, no.
7. Just what is known as the mysterious radio signal known as UVB76? Don't know, never heard of it.
8. What do you think is the worst way to die? Slowly.
9. Where in time is Carmen Sandiago? In the eighties.
10. Film most excited about seeing in the future? Any Alien or Predator movie.
11. Chicken or the egg? The egg

11 questions for my tagged people to answer:

1. Alien or Predator?
2. If you were an animal what would you be?
3. You are granted one wish before you die. What would it be?
4. What would your epitaph be?
5. Favourite book?
6. Celebs you'd invite to dinner?
7. If you could go back and change one thing in your life, what would it be?
8. Favourite decade so far?
9. Song to play at your funeral?
10. You can take one book to a desert island, what would it be?
11. Live in the desert, or the Arctic?

The Chosen Eleven are:

1. Shaun Jeffrey
2. Random Musings
3. Ginger Nuts of Horror
4. Illogical Contraption
5. CZR's Dungeon Of Horror
6. Grimm Reviewz
7. After Midnight, Behind The Closet Door
8. 13
9. Unflinching Eye
10. Ebook Nightmare
11. A Writer's Corner

So there we go! A hard-won award, but amusing.