Next Meeting: 7:00pm, Saturday, 1st October 2016
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 president, horror author Ramsey Campbell, 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.
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.
Our special guest on 1st October will be author and publisher David A Sutton, award-winning editor of Fantasy Tales and The Pan Book of Horror Stories.
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