02/19/2016 Steve Green Add Comment
Interviews & Profiles, Memoir Ann Green, Chrissie Harper, Festival of Fantastic Films, Ghostwords TV, Heloise Tudor, John Landis, Norman J Warren, Satan's Slave, SFX, Terror
02/18/2016 Steve Green Add Comment
[From SFX #33, 1997. Thanks to Chrissie Harper for scanning this page for me.]
There’s a little story behind this article (which unaccountably appeared without a byline, although I did receive a credit for the reviews of Satan’s Slave and Terror published in the same issue). I’d interviewed Norman at the 1997 Festival of Fantastic Films, but during the closing ceremony, whilst I was on stage with John Landis, some unknown scumbag sneaked into the main hall and stole the bag containing both my camera (with irreplaceable photos of myself with my new god-daughter, Heloise) and my tape recorder. Fortunately, Norman was agreeable to recreating our conversation via telephone, and my late wife Ann generously offered to transcribe the result.
Bringing the story forward to the present day, Norman is actually working on a new movie and has agreed to discuss this project on a forthcoming edition of Ghostwords TV.
Interviews & Profiles Academy, Ann Green, Birmingham Readers & Writers Festival, Chrissie Harper, Critical Wave, Fantazia, Ghostwords TV, Pegasus Press, Ramsey Campbell
02/09/2016 Steve Green Add Comment
The Far Reaches of Fear
[From Critical Wave #24, 1991. Thanks to Chrissie Harper for scanning these pages for me.]
A shortened version of this interview had appeared in Fantazia, a monthly magazine published by Birmingham-based Pegasus Press and which was later rebooted as the short-lived Academy. For a more recent chat with Ramsey, check out the first episode of Ghostwords TV.
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01/25/2016 Steve Green Add Comment
The inaugural episode of Ghostwords TV is now available online, featuring an interview with Ramsey Campbell, news and reviews, editorial opinion and a personal tribute to David Bowie. You can subscribe to the feed here.
Blog, Memoir Bob East, Ellie Church, Festival of Fantastic Films, Manchester, Pitfire of Hell, Valerie Leon
01/06/2016 Steve Green Add Comment
Here’s a nice photo of the actress Valerie Leon and myself at the 1996 Festival of Fantastic Films in Manchester. She’s reportedly busy filming a new horror comedy, Pitfire of Hell, co-starring fellow scream queen Ellie Church, directed and co-written by Bob East. Ms Leon is 5’11” tall, by the way, and I’m pretty sure she was wearing high heels.
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01/06/2016 Steve Green Add Comment
For those who recall our pre-Xmas announcement, Chrissie’s and my plans for Ghostwords TV continue apace. We’ve managed to pull together the equipment we need for the initial launch, dressed the ‘set’ (aka the upstairs bedroom Chrissie uses as an office, the same function it had when I first freelanced back in the early ’90s) and filmed a couple of brief tests. We’re probably a couple of weeks away from releasing our first episode, but would strongly suggest anyone who wants to catch the show from the get-go should immediately subscribe to our YouTube channel.
Blog, Memoir Ann Robinson, Barbara Shelley, Festival of Fantastic Films, Gas-s-s-s, Gene Barry, Inseminoid, Manchester, Norman J Warren, Quatermass and the Pit, Robin Hardy, Roger Corman, Satan's Slave, Signal One Entertainment, Steven Spielberg, The Trip, The Wicker Man, War of the Worlds
01/06/2016 Steve Green Add Comment
I’ve been looking through a few of my photo albums and it struck me it might be nice to dust a few of the pictures off for a wider audience. The two below were taken at Manchester’s Festival of Fantastic Films in 1995, when the guests also included directors Roger Corman (whose Gas-s-s-s and The Trip are about to be released on R2 Blu-ray by Signal One), Robin Hardy (The Wicker Man) and Norman J Warren (an old friend, whose canon includes Satan’s Slave and Inseminoid).
Anyway, here’s a rather nice snap of myself with Hammer scream queen Barbara Shelley, who rather curiously — albeit charmingly — thought we already knew each other. Perhaps she mistook me for one of the Martian bugs she’d encountered in Quatermass and the Pit.
Oddly enough, Ms Shelley wasn’t the only actress present who’d had to fight off an invasion from the Red Planet, since we were joined by Ann Robinson, who apparently quit showbiz after The War of the Worlds in order to marry a matador (although she had a brief cameo alongside original co-star Gene Barry in the Spielberg remake).
Blog, News Acocks Green, Birmingham Horror Group, Chrissie Harper, Dez Skinn, James Brogden, Louise Palfreyman, Ramsey Campbell, Ray Holloway, Wallasey
12/24/2015 Steve Green Add Comment
As previously mentioned, the Birmingham Horror Group held its inaugural meeting on 5 December in Acocks Green, when the turn-up comprised James Brogden, Ray Holloway, Louise Palfreyman, Chrissie Harper and yours truly — plus, addressing us via Skype from his home in Wallasey, group president Ramsey Campbell. A follow-up gathering took place on 2 January, but a virtual appearance by Dez Skinn unfortunately fell foul of wifi problems. The next is scheduled for 6 February; details will be posted here.
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12/16/2015 Steve Green Add Comment
As one year draws to a close, whilst another waits in the wings, might I just mention the new Ghostwords TV project Chrissie Harper and I are collaborating upon, a fortnightly vidcast devoted to the horrific and darkly fantastic?
More very soon, but for now, here’s a festive ho-ho-homicidal message from Valentine Dyal-Up.
*amazingly, that’s how my voice sounds Chrissie plays with it
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12/15/2015 Steve Green Add Comment
For those who haven’t heard yet, the latest issue of The Dark Side (#171) features my first work for Britain’s leading horror movie magazine this side of the Millennium. It’s good to be back.
Blog, News Acocks Green, Birmingham Horror Group, Chrissie Harper, Spread Eagle
Back in November, I reported plans for the Birmingham Horror Group, and I’m pleased to report the first meeting took place as scheduled on 5 December, within the cosy confines of the Spread Eagle pub, Acocks Green. To make the evening even more memorable, honorary president Ramsey Campbell made a special appearance via Skype (you can see a short video clip at the Group’s website).
The next gathering will take place at the same venue on Saturday, 2 January. In the meantime, Chrissie Harper’s design for our logo makes its debut to the immediate left.