Birmingham Mail Online, 6 January 2017

Birmingham Mail feature writer Graham Young pulled out all the stops on Friday to promote the Birmingham Horror Group’s first film event, following up a plug whilst guesting on Paul Franks’ BBC Radio WM show with an extensive article on the newspaper’s website.

He wrote: “Horror fans are invited to enjoy a get together at one of Birmingham’s oldest pubs – where the star attractions will include ‘Cannibals and Carpet Fitters’.

“Meeting kindred spirits at the ‘stake house’ could be the order of the day for genre film fans… as well as drinking real ales brewed on site by new owners Two Towers Brewery.

“Running to five hours, the Mini-Movie Marathon organised by the Birmingham Horror Group will be held at the Grade II listed Gunmakers Arms on Bath Street.

“The near 200-year-old pub was built in 1820, long before the advent of the movies, with or without gunfire sound effects.

“Now a special night of ‘cellarloid’ screenings is promising ‘thrillers and chillers… but no fillers.’

“Organiser Steve Green says: ‘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.

“‘Are you 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 The 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 films we’re showing aren’t all gore or splatter. The aim is to reflect the wide spectrum of the whole genre.

“‘And if anyone has a film they’d like us to consider screening at this or a future event, they simply need to get in touch with me on Twitter via @SteveGhostWords.’

“Perhaps fans will ask to see The Snarling featuring a cameo from former Midlands Today newsreader Ashley Blake… as a newsreader.

“The Snarling was filmed by actor-director Pablo Raybould around Alcester and has been appreciated by all who have so far seen it, including audiences at Bromsgrove Artrix and Digbeth’s Mockingbird Cinema.”

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. Cancelled. @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: 2 November 2018