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- Click here to watch a 45 minute interview that Graham did for Elstercon, Leipzig last year.
- Here are a few random pictures taken during the prizegiving for the Graham Masterton Written In Prison Award at Wolow Prison in July of this year.
Pic 1 - Cultural educator Iwona Bawolska opens the prizegiving; Pic 2 - Graham talks to the audience of more than 100 maximum security prisoners; Pic 3 - Telling an Irish joke ... much to the bewilderment of Graham's translator Kasia; Pic 4 - Walking around the prison grounds; Pic 5 Accepting a souvenir mug from the warden Robert Kuczera; Pic 6 - Wolow prison yard.
- Just in from Graham: 'You can find out something new every day. This is my great-great-grandfather Sir Robert Baker talking to some Yorkshire factory girls in 1837. He had been appointed by Queen Victoria to be her Inspector of Factories because he took such a keen interest in the welfare of children in cotton and woolen mills in the north of England.This is a copy of her royal warrant signed at the top by her. He insisted that children could not be employed unless they had a certificate from a doctor saying that they had the appearance and the strength of a nine-year-old. He was paid £350 a year, including travelling expenses.He was a member of the Society of Apothecaries in London having trained as a doctor. He lied about his age because he was only 19 when he was accepted as an apothecary although the society insisted that its members should be at least 21.
'Weirdly, my 18th century crime thriller Scarlet Widow is all about an apothecary's daughter, Beatrice Scarlet. Even though I knew nothing about Sir Robert until today. The second novel in the series The Coven is due out in October.
'Maybe I inherited my interest in medicine from him. However I did not inherit his taste in hats.'
- Coming soon from Graham's German publishers Festa Verlag, the first three Katie Maguire thrillers. White Bones, Broken Angels and the short story 'Eye For An Eye'.
- Visit the Fiction section to read the English translations of the three winning stories from the Graham Masterton Written In Prison Award 2017 (second item from the top of the page).
- Here's the paperback cover of Dead Girls Dancing, due out from Head of Zeus on September 5.
- The second Beatrice Scarlet thriller The Coven is due out from Amazon Kindle on October 5.
- This is the cover for the new Replika edition of Mirror.
- A meeting at Zmigrod library and the front page of Thursday July 6 Polish newspaper - 'Horror author gives pens to prisoners'.
- Here are some publicity links (in Polish) for the Graham Masterton Written In Prison Award.
- The winners of the Graham Masterton Written In Prison Award are:
1) Krzyzsztof Socha for 'Podwieczorek'
2) Anna Cader for 'Biale roze'
3) Grzegorz Szydlowski for 'Banrutow'
Below is a picture of the winner's plaque. The runners-up will get certificates. All three winners received hampers of fruit and sweets.
- Below are three new foreign editions of Graham's books. The Sleepless from Festa Verlag in Germany, Taken For Dead from Host publishers in the Czech Republic, and Prey from Astrel publishers in Russia:
- The Polish publishers Replika have acquired the rights to Graham's disaster novel Famine and also his classic horror novel Mirror. Famine cover below:
- Here's a new cover for the Polish (Albatros) editon of Ghost Music.
- This is the website of Dni Fantastyki (Fantasy Days) which Graham will be attending in Wroclaw, Poland between July 7 - 9.
Also from Graham: 'I hope my Greek readers will be pleased to hear that I have signed contracts for the following books to be translated and published in Greece: Broken Angels (the second thriller about Katie Maguire); Scarlet Widow (the first 18th century crime thriller with Beatrice Scarlet); and The Wells of Hell (a horror story with a strong Lovecraft influence).'
- A member of Graham's Polish fan club Michal Dlugoszek has composed music to illustrate Prey.
- From Graham: 'A new article in Gala, the Polish edition of the European celebrity magazine. I am doing my best to look very celebrated and moody.'
- From Graham: 'The presentation of prizes for the Graham Masterton "Written In Prison" Award for 2017 will be presented at Wolow prison, Wroclaw, on July 5 at noon.
The winner will receive an engraved plaque and a hamper of goodies. The runners-up will receive certificates and hampers. Every one of the 127 other inmates who entered will receive a personal letter of thanks and consolation and a souvenir pen.
'From July 7 - 9 I will be attending the Dni Fantastyki (Fantastic Days) Festival in Wroclaw.'
- From Graham: 'I have just read the stories submitted for the Graham Masterton "Written In Prison" Award in Poland. It is going to be so hard to choose the best because they are all amazingly good and original. I am beyond impressed, and gratified too that the inmates of Poland's prisons now have a way to express their feelings to the world outside their cells. I will be able to share the best with you after the prizegiving ceremony in Wroclaw which should be taking place in two or three weeks' time.'
Also, here is a Polish blog about Graham's Written In Prison Award. Google Translate should help with this!
- From Graham: 'The Apostrof Literary Festival in Poland was amazing. I visited Katowice, Krakow and Warsaw, giving talks at Empik book stores and ending up by signing books at the Warsaw Book Festival and giving a talk in the festival's main theatre.
'Over 300 people turned up to the book festival to have their books signed, and there were a lot of pretty young women who wanted a kiss and a hug which is one of the bonuses of being an author!
'My Polish Fan Club stunned me by giving me a book of seven horror stories Remember Me which they had written themselves, translated into English and had printed as a glossy paperback book. They also gave me a wonderful basket with vodka and beer!
'The weather was warm and sunny, the food was wonderful and even the girl at the check-in desk at Warsaw Chopin Airport asked for my autograph. I was extremely reluctant to leave but I shall be going back in June to present the prizes for the Graham Masterton "Written In Prison" Award prizegiving.'
- From Graham: 'I have just received my copy of Graham Masterton: Le Faiseur D'Histoire (published by L'Harmattan in France) and I have to say that it is quite extraordinary. This man Christophe Roussellier has been asking me questions by email for years but I never guessed what he was up to. It's a critical assessment of how I have twisted history to create plots for my novels ... such as Ikon which suggested that President Kennedy gave in to the Russians at the time of the Cuban missile crisis and America has been secretly run by Russia ever since. And The Hell Candidate in which the Republican hopeful for the Presidency was possessed by the Devil (Is all this beginning to sound horribly familiar?).
'But here we have it ... 384 pages including detailed lists of all my major characters and analysis of my plots. Christophe knows more about me than I do! I think he deserves a medal, or at least a statuette of Satan! I am hoping to have it published soon in English.'
- Here's a new interview with Graham by David Kempf of Masters of Horror.
- Here's a sneak preview of the next Katie Maguire novel, Dead Men Whistling. Preorder your Kindle edition here.
- From Graham: 'The tour of the libraries in East Riding went very well. The audiences were incredibly friendly and I had a great time talking to them. I visited HM Prison Holme House and talked to the inmates there about writing and tried to encourage them to do some writing of their own. I also visited York Explore Library where these pictures were taken (me with Gosia a Polish reader and Michelle) and finally had a very well-attended meeting at Beverley Library.'
- This is the forthcoming schedule for Graham's meetings with readers for the Apostrof Literary Festival.
May 18th 6:00 pm EMPIK Bonarka, Krakow
May 19th 6:00 pm EMPIK Silesia, Katowice
May 20th 12:00 noon book signing on Albatros bookstall (nr 54) at Warsaw Book Fair
May 20th 8:00 pm Powszechny Theatre (main stage) Warsaw
- This is the cover of Blood Sisters in Czech, which will be published later this year by Host.
- The Sleepless is now published by Festa Verlag in German.
- From Graham: 'I have just been sent this pic from RTE's Today Show in Cork, on the sofa with Daithi O Se and Maura Derrane.'
- New interview with the Greek website Nyctophilia added to Interviews page.
- Scarlet Widow is £0.99 in Amazon UK Kindle's Spring Sale. A sequel The Coven will be published later this year. More details as we have them...
- Just in from Graham: 'This is the notification for my visit to the Beverley Library, Hull, on May 4.'
Beverley Library - Thursday 4 May - 6.30 to 8.30pm
Beverley Library are proud to welcome Graham Masterton, who is ever popular and particularly noted for his work in the horror genre. In recent years Graham has been developing his 'Katie Maguire' series of crime novels, his latest two being Dead Girls Dancing and Living Death. For adults aged 16 years and over. Disabled access is available at this venue. Booking is essential as places are limited.
Tickets for this event cost £3.00 and are available to purchase in person at the library, alternatively you can call us on (01482) 392699 or book online.
- Manitou Blood will be published by Head of Zeus on August 1. Here is a teaser.
- From Graham 'My Twitter friend Becki has had a sleeve tattooed with scenes from my horror novel Charnel House. She says she is going to have the Native American demon Coyote tattooed on her back later this year.'
- Entries for the Graham Masterton Written In Prison Award in Poland have now closed and we have an incredible 113 stories. These will be translated over the coming month and Graham will be making the final judgment for a presentation of prizes in June.
- Opening chapters from Descendant (which Graham has entitled 'Screechers') add to Fiction section. You can purchase and download the e-book version by clicking here.
- Here is the cover of the Polish (Albatros) edition of Buried, which is published on May 10.
- From Graham: 'With two days to go before the closing date, entries for the Graham Masterton Written In Prison Award for the inmates of Polish penitentiaries have topped the 100 mark, which has exceeded everybody's expectations.
'Starting on April 1, the entries will all be translated so that I can choose the one which I consider to be the best, as well as two runners-up. The prize is a souvenir plaque plus a hamper of goodies. 'Special thanks to Marcin Dymalski and Rebis publishers and everybody else who has helped to make this award a reality.'
- Black Angel, Death Mask (aka The Painted Man), Edgewise, The Chosen Child, Heirloom, Ritual, Prey, Rook and Tooth & Claw and Snowman are the titles announced so far by Head of Zeus as they publish Graham's backlist as new digital books.
They will be available in May and June, and there are more on the way. For direct links to each and to view images of the digital editions, head to the horror section of Ebooks and Audio Books.
- Here's an interview with Graham in Sat 25's Irish Independent to coincide with the publication of Dead Girls Dancing.
- From Graham: 'I sent the money I raised from auctioning print-outs of my books to the Dom Dziecka children's home in Gorce, near Strzelin in Southern Poland. My only condition for this donation was that it should be spent on the children enjoying themselves.
'Accordingly they were taken to an ice-rink and then to a sweet factory, (shades of Willy Wonka!) and this is the heartwarming message I received from Agnieszka Tekiela the director of nursing and education':
I warmly welcome,
On February 24, 2017, during the winter holidays, we left with the kids on their trip - on the ice rink. Children and adolescents are eager to skate, are brave and learn quickly.
There were 17 children: 10 from the Children's Home in Górce and 7 from the Children's Home in the Polish People's Republic. After a great fun on the ice we showed the kids a nearby candy factory - the kids made their own cotton candy, saw candy making, made lollipops for themselves. Attached are photos that show how much joy accompanied the children during this trip.
We have also reached a collection of books by you. As they always pull from the first page, they capture their story and style. Thank you!
Further pics can be viewed on Graham's Facebook post.
- Graham will be in Krakow on May 18, Katowice on May 19 and Warsaw on May 20. Full details of when and where will be posted when received.
It is for a promotion by Empik the leading bookstore chain in Poland called 'Apostrof' (Apostrophe).
- From Graham:'I am very pleased and gratified to have had a progress report on the Graham Masterton Written In Prison Award short story contest for inmates of Poland's prisons. My friend Marcin Dymalski in Wroclaw tells me that the number of entries has doubled in a month and that some stories are accompanied by drawings. I have yet to see them because they are all in the hands of the Polish Prison Service, but Marcin predicts that this contest is going to be "huge".'
- The winners of the Prix Masterton 2017 have been announced.
- Graham has accepted an invitation to visit Menetrol in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes district of France on September 23 and 24 for their literary festival Les Aventuriales de Menetrol.
- The March issue of Jeani Rector's Horror Zine is out now, including a story of Graham's called 'Reflection of Evil'.
- Here is Graham's interview on the Today Show with Maura and Daithi, which is Ireland's most-watched daytime entertainment program. You can skip to minute 51:00 if you just want to watch Graham's bit (or 49:00 if you want to know why he makes a remark about cauliflower.)
- Here's an interview with Graham from last week's The Sunday Business Post, Dublin.
- In Graham's words: 'This the cover for the Russian edition of Prey. I think it's great. So threatening! I'd buy it myself if I could understand Russian and I hadn't written it myself!'
- More and more entries are coming in from the inmates of Poland's prisons for the Written In Prison contest. This is Graham's latest publicity.
- Graham will be in Cork on Wednesday, February 22, to talk about Dead Girls Dancing on Ireland's No.1 daily TV entertainment program, the Today Show with Maura and Daithi. Also to have a chat with Caroline Delaney of the Irish Examiner.
- Here's a link to an article about Written In Prison Award that appears on the Global Voices website.
- In Graham's words: 'Great way to start the week! The arrival of my trophy and diploma from the National Fantasy & Horror Club in Bulgaria for being elected Author of the Year.' Congrats Graham!
- Solitaire will be available as an ebook from Monday from Ipso Books. Railroad will be following shortly after.
- Click here to view Graham's appearance on Irish TVAm on the morning of 9 February 2017.
- An encouraging review of Dead Girls Dancing from The Sunday Times Book Club.
It is published as a hardback on Thursday, as well as Living Death in paperback.
'Masterton does not hold back with visceral descriptions of the damage bad people can inflict on each other, on innocent victims and even on animals. But the violence is never gratuitous, even as it piles pressure on Cork detective Katie Maguire to work out who torched a studio, killing an entire Irish dance troupe, and how it might be connected to a resurgence of crazed political extremism.'
- Graham will be in Dublin on Thursday February 9 to promote Dead Girls Dancing.
These are the live interviews he will be doing:
10.10 live interview on Ireland AM breakfast TV with Sinead Desmond & Mark Cagney
11.35 live interview with Pat Kenny Newstalk national radio
And also two newspaper interviews:
12.30 interview with Catherine Healy for Sunday Business Post. Photos here too.
14.30 interview with Irish Daily Mail.
- Head of Zeus will be publishing the following 'classic' Masterton horror novels on June 1, 2017. They are all available for pre-order on Amazon Kindle. The preorder links are below:
- Graham has also received a diploma for being Author of the Year from the National Fantasy & Horror Club in Bulgaria.
- From Graham: 'I am delighted to say that I have been named Author of the Year by the National Fantasy & Horror Club in Bulgaria - the first horror author ever to do so. The award ceremony was held at the House of Culture in Sredets on Saturday January 28 but regrettably I could not get there! However my friend Alexander Draganov (in the long coat) kindly accepted it on my behalf. Thanks to all members of the club ... much appreciated!'
- 'Thanks to all of my Polish friends who sent me this amazing birthday card!'
- Weldon Burge of Smart Rhino Press is crowdfunding a third Zippered Flesh anthology. This is the link.
- Here's a new link to comment on the Graham Masterton Written In Prison Contest.
- The Katie Maguire thriller Taken For Dead has just been published in the Czech Republic.
- Read Spirit Jump, a new story added to the New story added to the Fiction section. Harry Erskine has given up fortune-telling and is living happily in Manhattan with Karen and their daughter Lucy ... but will Misquamacus ever leave him alone?
- From Graham:'Invitations to prison inmates in Poland to enter a short story for the Graham Masterton Written In Prison Award have been sent out to all 15 regional inspectorates of the Prison Service and further to all 87 prisons and 37 external units. There are 71,000 prisoners in Poland so I am looking forward to a fair number of entries!'
- A new thought for the New Year from Graham: 'I was fascinated by what the computer scientist Steve Grand said in his book Creation: Life And Howe To Make It:
"Think of an experience from your childhood. Something you remember clearly, something you can see, feel, maybe even smell, as if you were really there. After all you really were there at the time, weren't you? How else could you remember it? But here is the bombshell: you weren't there. Not a single atom that is in your body today was there when that event took place. Every bit of you has been replaced many times over (which is why you eat, of course). You are not even the same shape as you were then. The point is that you are like a cloud: something that persists over long periods, while simultaneously being in flux. Matter flows from place to place and momentarily comes together to be you. Whatever you are, therefore, you are not the stuff of which you are made. If that does not make the hair stand up on the back of your neck, read it again until it does, because it is important.”
'Inspired by that, I wrote this poem for a good friend of mine.
You are not the same person I first met
In Kraków, on that hot afternoon in summer.
But then neither am I.
We can remember the wine and the laughter
We can remember the girls dressed up as fairies
But we weren't there
None of the atoms that made us what we were
Remain in us now - they've tumbled away
Like dust on a breezy day.
New atoms have gathered on our bones
So that we look and think the same
But we are ghosts, in a way -
We are memories of what we were that afternoon
And next time we meet, we will have changed again
Our skin renewed, our hair, our hearts
But even though you'll look at me with different eyes
I'll still see what I saw that summer afternoon
For ghosts remember everything, until they die.'
- A feature about the Graham Masterton 'Written In Prison' Award was published this week in the UK's Polish-language newspaper Polish Express (along with, in Graham's words 'a frighteningly young picture of me!').
- From Graham: 'We have had the first response to the press release about my "Written In Prison" contest in Poland. It appeared today on the largest Polish literary site Booklips. Here is a translation for those not fluent in Polish!'
- From Graham: 'I am pleased and excited to announce that the first week in January will see the launch of the Graham Masterton Written In Prison Award, the first national literary contest for inmates of Poland's prisons.
'I came up with the idea after visiting Wolow maximum security prison near Wroclaw near Wroclaw in October last year. The prisoners were all very well-read and interested in my books and in writing in general. In fact they were one of the most enthusiastic audiences I have ever had.
'Below is an English translation of the design for the plaque for the winner. And here is the press release that is being sent out to the Polish media, and the letter which I have written for every entrant. Also below is a picture of my meeting with Robert Kuczera, the Warden of Wolow.
'If this contest turns out to be successful, I will consider launching a similar contest in the UK and Ireland.'
Graham is off to Wroclaw in Poland on Tuesday 4 July, for the presentation of the prizes for the Graham Masterton Written In Prison Award and for the Dni Fantastyki convention.
This is his schedule:
12:00 - press conference on the Graham Masterton Written In Prison Award in Wroclaw.
18:00 - meeting with readers in Olawa,
12:00 - award ceremony for the Graham Masterton Written In Prison Award at Wolow Prison.
17:00 - meeting with readers in Zmigrod.
Dni Fantastyki (Fantasy Days) Convention
14:00 - 14:50 Q&A session
15:00 - 15:50 autograph session
18:00 - 19:50 discussion panel on 'Fantasy Without Limits'
19:00 - 19:50 autograph session
20:20 - 20:50 discussion panel 'How To Kill Your Heroes'