If you haven’t heard of the Ghost Wars series, you may wanna give it a look on Netflix. The opening episodes are tightly plotted and scripted and there are some nice ideas that verge on the original. Plus, Meatloaf has a decent role in the show!
The scenario. A young misfit (whose mum was a medium and spoke to ghosts when she was alive) decides to leave town to escape the bullies he’s suffered all his life. Yet a number of ‘accidents’ mean he can’t get away. He begins to suspect he’s supernaturally trapped in the town… and so is everyone else. The hauntings in the town progressively become worse and then the ghosts start killing everyone!
It seems Death’s Door has been opened – but how and by whom? More importantly, how the hell do the townsfolk get it closed again? Are they being punished for their earthly sins? Do they need to confess and make amends somehow to put an end to their problems? The local priest is clueless, which doesn’t help.
The main scenario is strong and carries us through the first half of the series effortlessly. The show loses its way a little in the second half, continuity suffers and they should have probably cut a few episodes. But all in all, there are enough reveals and twists to keep things entertaining enough. Certainly one to consider on a rainy afternoon. It scores 7.5 out 10 from me, although some episodes are better than that.
Good news! Sammy HK Smith’s story ‘The Watcher’, in The Book of Angels, has been short-listed for the British Fantasy Award in the category of Best Short Fiction. In the same category there is also Nadine West’s story ‘The Women’s Song’ from the Fight Like A Girl collection! Hopefully they can both win – otherwise, I’ll be caught between wanting to see my own book win (The Book of Angels) and supporting the ol’ spicy spouse. Argh!
So I’m now announcing that the follow-up to the troll-infested Book of Orm is an actual thing and gonna be released around Dec 2016 or Jan 2017. It’s called the Book of Angels, and contains a good number of the universe’s secrets. I’ve got 7 stories in the collection, and there’s also a tale each from Matt White (doing a follow-up to his tale in the first book), Sammy HK Smith (of Kristell Ink fame), Andrew Coulthard (of Eibonvale Press fame), Caimh McDonnell (famous stand-up comedian) and Mike Bowman (soon to be famous too). Please, please, please, if you haven’t yet done so, go pick up a copy of Orm to aid the cause (and to keep the trolls well supplied with goat-meat)!