Best-selling author Adam Nevill put Under a Watchful Eye

The Birmingham Horror Group’s special guest in February was best-selling Birmingham-born author Adam Nevill, who discussed his early influences, writing career, new novel Under a Watchful Eye and – announced just two days earlier – the forthcoming movie adaptation of his earlier work The Ritual.

After the meeting, which was held in the adjoining Two Towers Brewery and filmed for coverage on regional station Made In Birmingham, many of the members moved back into the Gunmakers Arms to continue the conversation with Adam.


Above (from left): Steve Green, Justin Langley, AmyLeanne Langley, Adam Nevill, Chrissie Harper, Ray Holloway.
[Photo by Dave Shakes]

Update 6/2/17:

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

Birmingham Horror Group, 1st October 2016

Our guest in October was the author and award-winning editor David A Sutton, who discussed a career which began with small press magazines in the late 1960s and has included the launch of Fantasy Tales in 1977, such anthologies as Dark Terrors and his own imprint, Shadow Publishing. David was interviewed by Steve Green, who brought along a 1989 edition of Critical Wave in which he and co-editor Martin Tudor had profiled David and his own editorial partner Stephen Jones. [Photographs by Dave Shakes and Chrissie Harper.]

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]

Big Centre TV, 22nd July 2016


Photograph by Chrissie Harper

Birmingham Horror Group organiser Steve Green joined Big Centre TV presenter Carl Jones for tonight’s edition of Carl’s weekly movie magazine The Big Picture. As well as the 6 August appearance by crew and cast from The House of Screaming Death (featured on a previous edition of Carl’s show), topics under discussion included the ingredients for a classic horror movie, film-makers’ over-reliance upon CGI, Ghostwords TV and Steve’s plans to move into producing video ‘extras’ for Blu-ray and DVD releases with Rose of Eibon partner Chrissie Harper.

Free tickets are still available for the August meeting here.