BBC Radio WM, 4 February 2019

Birmingham Horror Group organiser Steve Green was interviewed by BBC Radio WM presenter Mollie Green (no relation) about that evening’s guest appearance at the Two Towers Brewery by author Adam Nevill and plans for the first Birmingham FearFest in May.

Many thanks to Chrissie Harper for extracting this audio file.

Birmingham FearFest announces first GoH: horror director Norman J Warren

It is immense pleasure that the Birmingham Horror Group announces the guest of honour at its first Birmingham FearFest will be Norman J Warren, director of such British horror films as Satan’s Slave, Terror, Prey and Inseminoid. Further details about the event, including additional guests, will follow shortly.

Steve Green interviewed Norman in October 2016, at Manchester’s 27th Festival of Fantastic Films. You can see the video here:

Update 19/1: We’re delighted to confirm horror actress/director Eileen Daly, vampire assassin Lilith Silver in Razor Blade Smile, will be attending on the Saturday to introduce one of her films and meet fans.

Birmingham FearFest: launching May 2017

The dates for our first Birmingham FearFest were today confirmed as 27-28 May 2017. The venue will be the Gunmakers Arms, Bath Street, a short walk from the city centre.

With a programme spread over both days and running late into Saturday evening, the convention will include guest appearances by writers, film-makers and artists, reflecting the full spectrum of the horror genre. In addition, there will be screenings, panels, workshops and dealers’ tables. Further details will be announced shortly, as soon as the event’s website is up and running.

Logo designed by Chrissie Harper

UK Horror Calendar

We thought it would be a useful tool for UK horror fans to have a central list of forthcoming conventions, festivals, etc. Further events will be listed as we become aware of them. If you’re involved with one we haven’t included, please drop us a line (steve.green@ghostwords.co.uk) or leave a comment below. There’s no charge, just the hope that everyone has a great time.

7 January 2017: Birmingham Horror Group, Birmingham. Short movie showcase.
4 February: Birmingham Horror Con, Birmingham. Daytime only. @BhamHorrorCon
4 February: Birmingham Horror Group, Birmingham. Special guest, Adam Nevill.
4 March: Birmingham Horror Group, Birmingham. Screening of Night of the Living Dead.
21-22 April: Fear 2000: 21st Century Monsters, Sheffield. @SHUfear2000
7 May: PowWow Festival of Writing, Birmingham. @PowWowLitFest
27-28 May: Triple Six Horror Film Festival, Manchester. @TripleSixHorror
28 May: Birmingham FearFest, Birmingham. Guest of honour: Norman J Warren. Postponed. @BrumHorror
15-22 July: Shock & Gore, Birmingham. @ShockGore
October: London Horror Fest, London. @LndnHorrorFest
12-15 October: Mayhem Film Festival, Nottingham. @Mayhem_Festival
25 March 2018: Mini-Movie Marathon, Birmingham. Full details on our front page. @BrumHorror

25 March 2018: Birmingham Horror Group, Birmingham. Short movie showcase. @BrumHorror

19-20 May 2018: HorrorConUK, Sheffield. @HorrorConUK
30 June – 1 July 2018: London Horror Con, London. @HorrorConLondon
13 March 2018: Birmingham Science Fiction Group, Birmingham, featuring author Mike Carey. @BirminghamSF

11-13 January 2019: Horror-on-Sea, Southend (weekend 1). @HorrorOnSea
18-20 January 2019: Horror-on-Sea, Southend (weekend 2). @HorrorOnSea

Updated: 8 April 2018

Birmingham Horror Group, 3rd September 2016

September’s meeting coincided with the anniversary of the birth of Albert DeSalvo, prime suspect for the “Boston Strangler” murders. As a result, we focused upon Society’s curious fascination with serial killers, from the factual (Ed Gein, Ted Bundy, Danny Rolling) through the fictional creations they inspired (Norman Bates, Buffalo Bill, Ghostface) to the outright bizarre and supernatural (Dr Phibes, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger).

Afterwards, there was a short discussion of the Birmingham Horror Group’s developing plans to run a two-day convention next year, the first Birmingham FearFest.

Above: regulars Ray Holloway, Dave Shakes and Steve Green try to look as normal as possible in a (arguably vain) attempt to distance themselves from the evening’s subject matter. [Photograph by Chrissie Harper]

2017 to see launch of new Birmingham horror convention

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Next year will see the debut of the Birmingham Horror Group’s first convention, Birmingham FearFest, organised with the support of Birmingham Cinema Addicts.

Plans are at a really early stage, but we’re aiming for a two-day programme of films, guest appearances and panel discussions at a venue in the city centre.

Watch this space for further updates.