Splatterpunk Fighting Back, The Growling and more…

** News from Splatterpunk HQ

The latest Splatterpunk anthology, SPLATTERPUNK: FIGHTING BACK (co-edited by Kit Power), has been nominated for a Splatterpunk Award at Killercon (organised by Wrath James White and Brian Keene), along with 3 of the stories: Extinction Therapy by Bracken Macleod, Melvin by Matt Shaw and Molly by Glenn Rolfe. All of the royalties from FIGHTING BACK are being donated to the cancer care charity, MacMillan. My sister-in-law, Susan, was the inspiration for doing the anthology and in recent weeks my father has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The anthology is for everyone who’s been touched by the terrible disease, so the charity is close to my heart. We all come into contact with cancer, whether it’s family, friends, neighbours. It could be anyone. I’ve now decided to donated all the royalties from our previous anthology: SPLATTERPUNK’S NOT DEAD to the same charity.

Talking of Splatterpunk Awards my debut novella, THE LUCKY ONES DIED FIRST (Deadite Press) has also been nominated (along with some excellent books), but the story of a Bigfoot roaming the North Yorkshire countryside didn’t start with me. The novella is roughly based on THE GROWLING, a screenplay by Paul Shrimpton and Matt Russell. Hopefully, one day the film will see the light of day. Paul is a close friend of mine and I’m grateful that he gave me the opportunity to write the novella. It’s been a huge learning process. I’m not a big fan of writing short stories so this helped hugely. I’ve always loved reading but had no interested in English at school (maybe it was the books we had to read or those Shakespeare style plays?) so getting to write the book was great. Paul is a film maker and musician. His first short story, Walter’s Last Canvas, appeared in SPLATTERPUNK’S NOT DEAD. He has since completed his debut novel, titled DEADBEAT, and is now working on adapting another of his screenplays, BASEMENT BEAST, into a novel, both possibly published through Thirskploitation.

 (Bigfoot art by Graham Taylor, GTFX)

Next up for me is probably INSATIABLE, a novella I co-wrote with Robert Essig. INSATIABLE started out as a novelisation of another one of Paul’s scripts but the producer changed screenwriters and halted the process. I stripped it back to the opening chapters, which were an add-on and didn’t appear in the screenplay, and the collaboration began. Prior to that I wrote a nasty crime novella with Robert that’s been accepted by a publisher, but no contract has been signed yet. This novella started in a similar way to INSATIABLE with a loose chapter which I originally wrote for a competition. More to follow on that!

On the short story front, you can find my latest, The Itch, in the excellent BLACK ROOM MANUSCRIPT VOLUME 3, published by The Sinister Horror Company. This anthology features some great writers including Paul Tremblay, Guy N Smith, Adam Nevill, Glenn Rolfe and David Moody, with all proceeds going to the charity Shelter.

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Jack Bantry’s Top Ten Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror Novels

I’ve read a lot of these types of lists in the past, never agreed with many of the books on the lists, so I’ve decided to create my own.  Some predictable titles on here, but hey-ho, these are my favourites and this is my list.

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“A DIY Guide to Putting Out Your Very Own Zine” by Jack Bantry

“A DIY Guide to Putting Out Your Very Own Zine” by Jack

In the 1980’s and 90’s photocopied, or Xeroxed, zines were very popular. They were an affordable way for a publisher to put out an anthology (or collection) of stories. Unfortunately, due to the advancement in printing, the traditional zine has been replaced by glossy, professional looking magazines, and people took advantage of the internet to produce (mainly free) online zines (these were short lived). Now, with technology being the way it is, podcasts and (YouTube) video blogs are the new thing.

So, why write a column about putting out your very own zine, you may ask, when the article could be a guide to putting out a podcast or YouTube blog? Well, it doesn’t have to be this way.

I think there’s still a place for the traditional zine in modern publishing.


Nostalgia: we all love some nostalgia.

Affordability: cheap to print (or use your workplaces machine). Do a deal with work. Buy the paper and give them some money towards the ink or toner if needed.

Helps create the publishers persona or brand for you, the writer/publisher. Jack Bantry – he’s the Splatterpunk guy, (not to be mistaken for David Schow – the older, original Splatterpunk guy!).

Creating a market for short stories, these are disappearing rapidly so you could do your bit (we all could – how cool would that be?) and help the “scene” grow and become stronger.

Do something similar (and probably cheaper) with your own stories, like a chapbook.

Better still get together with some other writer friends. For example: if four of you put in a story and then all chipped in on the printing cost in would cost you next to nothing (especially if you used the works copier); and it would give you…

Something to sell at conventions: you can print as many as you want, whenever you want, and take them to the next convention you are attending.

So how do you put out a zine?

Create your own style (brand). I’m a punk so I have gone with what I know. I also love splatter fiction. There we have it. Splatterpunk Zine.

What do you include? Whatever you want: fiction; non-fiction; illustrations; interviews; book reviews. It doesn’t even have to be fiction, it could be essays.

You can pick the style or genre: extreme horror; Splatterpunk; bizarro; ghost stories; quiet horror, crime, Sci-if, a guide to picking and eating wild mushrooms in North Yorkshire. It really can be whatever you want.

Once you’ve decided what you want to produce you get writing or invite or go down the open submissions route. There lots of computer programmes to help you layout the zine (you’ll probably already have some on your computer) and you can get fancy programmes like InDesign. Or you can be old skool (old is cool) and go cut & paste with some scissors and glue. Create a master copy and go the printers.

Then you’ve just got to sell them. Keeping the costs down will help with a low sale price. Set up your own website (free using places like WordPress), linking to pay sites like Big Cartel (again, free) will allow people to pay with PayPal, or just get out there to conventions and book/zine fairs and sell them.

There’s no right way to put out a zine, I’m no expert, just get out there and have a go.

It’s also DIY!

See you in the queue at the photocopier.

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Splatterpunk: Fighting Back (a charity anthology)

SPLATTERPUNK: FIGHTING BACK is a horror anthology edited by Jack Bantry and Kit Power, published by Splatterpunk Zine, in aid of a cancer support charity. The anthology features new fiction by Adam Millard, Matt Shaw, Bracken MacLeod, John Boden, Duncan Ralston, Rich Hawkins, Glenn Rolfe, George Daniel Lea, Tim Curran, WD Gagliani & Dave Benton and Kristopher Rufty. Like our previous anthology, SPLATTERPUNK’S NOT DEAD, the cover art’s by Dan Henk, with cover design by Mike Dickinson.

The anthology is available on paperback and Kindle from Amazon.

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TENEBRION by James H Longmore (Book Review)

TENEBRION by James H Longmore (Black Bed Sheet Books)

A group of young film makers, hoping to land the coveted first place spot of a contest, have a doozy of a plan to do so. First, they’ll film their movie at the scene of a horrific crime, a school shooting that haunts the city to this day. Second, they’ll perform a black magic ritual and invoke a demon – on film. Third, they’ll win all the fame and accolades. Solid plan…until it goes south. The ritual is a success and our crew of film folks find themselves pursued through a haunted school by an evil beast bent of ravaging their bodies as well as their minds. It could be boiled down as PECKER meets NIGHT OF THE DEMONS.

The cast of TENEBRION are not the most likeable, that’s what I liked about it. And the depth Longmore gives them is remarkable. What would surely be another shallow pulp horror novel is elevated by the attention to character detail and the gallows humor he peppers this with. Much like the last thing I read from him, FLANAGAN, Longmore lets his comic side show through at the darkest times. A bloody good time to be had here. (John Boden)

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THE SILENCE OF DEATH by Kyle Lybeck (Book Review)


Private Paul Eastbrook was a member of Special Forces during the Vietnam conflict. When a routine mission goes terribly wrong, Paul finds himself on the wrong side of justice and held accountable for dark deeds that chain him to an ugly and lonely future.

Decades later, Scott Eastbrook is released from prison and angry as hell. He has a plan in place to avenge his father’s imprisonment and the brutal and bloody trail of this revenge will mark a map of many states. He takes a reluctant accomplice along, one who has a lot of insight into the history of the matter. And then things get even stranger.

Kyle Lybeck is the author of two collections, with THE SILENCE OF DEATH, he flexes his muscles on a longer work. The characters are well drawn and the brutality is just that. The story moves at a good pace and delivers us to an ending that is a fist to the jaw. THE SILENCE OF DEATH is an edgy revenge thriller with a lot of heart and even more blood. (John Boden)

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KEYPORT CTHULHU by Armand Rosamilia (Book Review)

KEYPORT CTHULU by Armand Rosamilia (with Chuck Buda and Katelynn Rosamilia)

Armand Rosamilia is a busy man. In addition to running his podcast empire, and helming his own show, he writes books. Nightmare filled tomes of slippery gods and shambling beasties.  KEYPORT CTHULU was my first experience with reading his work in addition to his work, he includes tales written by Chuck Buda and one co-written with his daughter, Katelynn.

I’m not entirely sure of the history of this book. I think these stories were all published independently and then compiled here in one volume. The tales have a serial quality that allows them to stand alone (although a bit cliff-hangery as a whole story).  The tale involves the fishing town of Keyport, New Jersey.   It swirls about a family that has lived there for a long, long time and how the roots of the family tree run very deep and long.  It slithers and flits at the old gods that slumber beneath the bay and seem to be on the verge of awakening. Of the fishy folks who dwell in the shadows of the old town and don’t really like outsiders.  A family held hostage by their bloodline and an impending dark event that will change everything for eternity.

KEYPORT CTHULHU is a wonderful amalgamation of modern prose set in Lovecraftian lore, the story structure and style is a nicely paced current feeling prose that delivers unspeakable horrors that we’ve enjoyed reading about for a long time.   The story co-written with his daughter, Katelynn Rosamilia, CTHULHUNICORN is a lovely and cute addition to the madness between the covers. (John Boden)

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