Next Meeting: 7pm, 7th January [venue tbc]
Interested in the dark fantasy fiction of such writers as MR James, Shirley Jackson and Stephen King? Or perhaps the horror films of George Romero, Sam Raimi and Guillermo del Toro? From Bride of Frankenstein to It Follows, The Haunting of Hill House to The Books of Blood, The Twilight Zone to Ash vs Evil Dead, the Birmingham Horror Group offers a relaxed forum for all fans of the genre to meet and discuss their favourite writers, artists and film-makers, with occasional special guest appearances from leading creators.
We were joined at our inaugural meeting via Skype by our hononary president, horror author Ramsey Campbell (check out the video and photographs), and in person at April’s meeting by the fantasy author and genre journalist, Stan Nicholls.
In July, the Group’s activities were showcased in the Big Centre TV show The Big Picture. See here for more information. We’ll be posting the footage online shortly.
Our August meeting focussed in part upon the grand tradition of ‘portmanteau’ horror movies, from Dead of Night and Tales From the Crypt to Creepshow and Trick ‘r Treat. Adding a personal perspective were our special guests, cast and crew from the forthcoming British horror anthology The House of Screaming Death. See here for photographs.
In September, we focused upon the curious cultural attraction of serial killers, both real-life murderers such as Ed Gein and fictional stalkers in the mode of Hannibal Lecter. There’s a photograph here.
Our guest in October was author and publisher David A Sutton, award-winning co-editor of Fantasy Tales and The Pan Book of Horror Stories, who discussed a genre career stretching back to the late 1960s.
For November, our focus turned to the colossal monsters of the movies, from King Kong to Godzilla, Rodan to The Giant Claw. As well as classic trailers, we watched the humourous short Waiting For Gorgo and voted to choose the mightiest monster of all (Kong towered over all rivals).
In December we celebrated the centenary of novelist and essayist Shirley Jackson, author of ‘The Lottery’ and The Haunting of Hill House. It was also the group’s first birthday.
Our first meeting of 2017 will most likely be a special short film showcase on Saturday, 7 January. Further details will be announced shortly.
UK Horror Calendar
We recently launched a guide to UK horror and dark fantasy events, as a free resource for other fans; you can find it here. If you know of a festival, convention or screening we’ve missed, just e-mail us at the address below.
You can also contact Steve on 07482 316 509 or via Twitter on @steveghostwords.
Our meeting on 2 July was the first at our new city centre venue, the historic Anchor Inn on the corner of Bradford Street and Rea Street, Digbeth, B5 6ET.
There’s been a pub on this site since 1797 (the year Mary Shelley was born, which tied in nicely with our celebration of Frankenstein‘s 200th birthday). The current building, which dates back to 1901 and is Grade II listed, has retained many of the original features.
For a map and directions, go to the Venue page.
The Legendary Ramsey Campbell