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"They will learn...even if it kills them."
Nineteen year-old Emily's acute dissociative disorder causes her to be institutionalized - again - at Greyfriars Reformatory For Girls. Caught in the crossfire between brutal Principal Quick and cruel bully Saffron Chassay, Emily befriends fellow outcast Victoria. When the terrifying apparition of the mysterious ‘Grey Girl' begins scaring the inmates to death, Emily’s disorder may be the one thing that can save her.

 

GREYFRIARS' REFORMATORY

By Frazer Lee

HOT OFF THE HORROR PRESS!!

 I was fortunate enough to read an advance copy of this fresh new horror novel by Frazer Lee. This haunting tale follows the story of Emily, a 19 year old with an acute dissociative disorder, who is institutionalized at Greyfriar’s Reformatory for Girls. Cold Principal Quick offers no solace or comfort to the girls as they disembark from the old bus that carried them there. As the girls are led inside, Emily realizes that the lines have already been drawn, with bully Saffron Chassay as the self-declared leader of the pack.  

Principal Quick leads them on a brief tour of the reformatory before releasing the girls to their dorm for the night. The girls quickly begin to talk amongst themselves, except for Victoria whom can barely contain her sobs. Saffron wastes little time in taunting Victoria and further trying to establish her dominance over the girls before lights out, but Emily does not rise to the bait.

Things slowly begin to deteriorate as time passes in the giant building. The cold stone offers no comfort nor clues to the secrets it holds. The girls begin to see another girl in the building that they begin to call the ‘Grey girl’. Emily begins to lose her sense of time more and more as the girls become more afraid of the girl that seems hell bent on haunting their every move.

This story had all of the bells and whistles that a good horror story should have. The old building, the cold, bleak atmosphere; a sense of impending doom that seems to follow the reader through the pages and an overall building sense of terror as you discover the secrets of Greyfriars’ Reformatory for yourself. I highly recommend this great new release by Frazer Lee.

For any of you that are not familiar with Frazer Lee, he is quickly becoming an industry name. He has been one of my favorite writers for several years now and it’s an honor that I get to do this feature on him. Frazer is not only an author but a screenwriter and a filmmaker too.  “Greyfriar’s Reformatory” is his sixth novel to date, having also written “Hearthstone Cottage”, “The Lamplighters” and “The Skintaker”, amongst others. He has been awarded many awards for both writing and his films. Most notably his short film “The Stay” was the winner of multiple awards, including Best Horror Short Silver Award (Independent Shorts Awards, LA USA 2018), and Best Short Film Award (Changing Face International Film Festival, Australia 2017 ), and Best Story (Things2Fear Film Fest, USA 2016).  

On a personal note, Frazer lives in Buckinghamshire, England with his family and is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Brunel University London. He is also a member of the Horror Writers Association, International Thriller Writers and the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers.  Frazer has a long list of accomplishments, and awards that you can read about on his author website. 


As an Added Bonus-Frazer did a Dark Dozen Interview. Find it below!

Buy Greyfriars Reformatory in hardcover, paperback, e-book.

 

Early Reviews for Greyfriar's Reformatory

“A phenomenon in horror fiction”
– Horror Novel Reviews

“An elite voice in the genre”
– Dreadful Tales

“Lee is a supreme talent when it comes to building a sense of atmosphere”
– The Horror Bookshelf

"Lee has proven time and time again that he can write some of the creepiest scenes and this one didn’t let me down... Awesome stuff."

-Steve Stred, Kendall Reviews

 

Dark Dozen Presents...

Frazer Lee

Darkest Horror Movie ever watched:

Possession (1981), directed by Andrzej Zulawski and co-written with Frederic Tuten, is unrelentingly dark. Any horror story also has a love story (or buddy story) at its dark heart, and Possession takes the concept of a marital breakdown and buries it deep in the soil of despair with an icily cold gravedigger’s shovel. Isabelle Adjani’s and Sam Neill’s performances are off-the-scale intense, and Carlo Rambaldi’s special FX make for a truly visceral, soul destroying experience that will make your heart bleed and your eyes reject any hint of daylight in this terrible, terrible world. Perfect date movie.


Darkest Horror Novel Read:

I read William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist way too young (aged 11/12) and way too fast. Even the cover scared me. I used to flip it over, face down on my bedside table so the evil wouldn’t seep into my dreams and turn them into nightmares. It didn’t work. I think because I was so young, and was surrounded by female relatives in my household, I developed a real affinity with Regan and didn’t want her to become subsumed by the demon living rent-free inside of her. The religious guilt and fear, the coming of age story, the death of an elderly relative – it’s all there in Blatty’s book. I waited until I was much older (fourteen!) until I watched the movie, of course. I do love a good scare.


Darkest/ Worst Way to Die:

Knowing you sold out your principles and passions for a quick buck is not a great way live your life, or to begin your voyage into the infinite mystery of death.


Best Dark Comedy ever watched:

Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks) is the greatest horror comedy ever. It works as a love letter to the Universal monster films, and as a piece of great comic art in its own right. “Put ze candle back!” still gets me in the funny-bone every single time. I shall watch it again tonight, thanks for reminding me.


Best Haunted House you’ve ever attended:

A house in Staffordshire, where I lived briefly as a teenager and which was brutally haunted by the unquiet spirits of the altogether unpleasant Brownsword family. I might write about those horrid, ghostly entities one day. But for now, I’d rather forget all about them.


Cage Match between two horror villains': who do you pick and why?

I’d like to see my creation The Skin Mechanic go up against everyone’s favourite Old One, Big Daddy Cthulhu. I think it’d be one heck of a bout. Fleshcombs and fisticuffs! With added tentacles! The front row wouldn’t know what hit ’em!


Name a horror movie you personally could not finish and explain why?

You know, I’ve never, ever not finished watching a horror movie. The good ones are like warm, cozy blankets. The bad ones are either so bad they’re good – or are opportunities to learn what to potentially avoid in your own work.


What’s the one thing that scares you the most in this world?

Men. It’s always men.


What was the worst childhood nightmare that you remember?

I had a nightmare that there was a severed head hanging on my door. It kept looking at me and trying to speak. Then, I heard its body climbing the stairs in search of its decapitated noggin. When I later learned that Robert Smith of The Cure named their album The Head on the Door after a similar dream he’d had, I felt much better about the whole ordeal.


What is your favorite thing about being in the Horror industry?

The people. Readers, writers, audiences, creators alike are, by and large, the most well-adjusted, kindest folk you could ever hope to meet. That, and the fact that you can go grave robbing and call it “research”.


What made you want to become a writer/podcaster/artist in this field?

A fascination, and a calling to the dark. An obsession with, and an undying passion for, the ‘other’. The need to ensure that they will never find the bodies. If I didn’t, I dread to think what I might have done.


What one piece of advice would you give to your 18 year-old self?

Don’t smash that bottle of out-of-date cider vinegar.


Bonus- in 200 words or less-tell my readers anything you want them to know about you.

Frazer Lee is a novelist, screenwriter, and filmmaker whose debut novel The Lamplighters was a Bram Stoker Award® Finalist. His film credits include the acclaimed social networking horror/thriller Panic Button, and folk horror film The Stay for which he was awarded the Edgar Allan Poe Gothic Filmmaker Award. Frazer resides with his family in Buckinghamshire, just across the cemetery from the real-life Hammer House of Horror. Frazer’s latest novel Greyfriars Reformatory is published by Flame Tree Press and distributed by Simon & Schuster.

Drop by, say hi, never say die at Frazer Lee.com. Use Link Below. 

 

BLACKWOOD ESTATES

By William Holloway

Fresh off the press for your horror reading pleasure comes “BLACKWOOD ESTATES” by Texas author William Holloway. This is NOT your average, campy, cookie cutter horror book.  This is the real deal. I have not read a horror book this good in a long time, by a new author. This novel blew me away and I absolutely can say that I enjoyed every single second of it. William takes his main character, Philip Nada, on the ride of a lifetime and let me be the first to say that poor Phil neither deserved nor liked it. But as horror often shows us, time and time again, bad things happen to good people.

The story starts out with Phil taking his dog for a walk. Just a nice walk through the community of Blackwood Estates where he lives with his autistic son, Scotty.  Scotty is currently at home with his caregiver and his mother, whom has shown up for her weekly visit. Not willing to deal with his ex-wife, Phil takes the dog out for a nice breather, but they barely get halfway down their favorite trail before the screaming begins. Phil’s dog Benny is on high alert, trying to get Phil to follow his lead, but of course, as a man will, Phil wants to investigate. Of course, he should. Someone could be hurt. But what he finds, is not what he expects.

Something is wrong with the children.  ALL of the children of Blackwood Estates seem to have gone completely and utterly mad.  When the children stop screaming, the Estates are covered by a thick fog, the air has gone dry and when Phil reaches home, his ex-wife is gone, Scott’s caregiver is hanging on by a thread and Scotty, well, Scotty is not quite Scotty anymore. I will stop there, as I do not wish to give away any of the terror that oozes from this book. This novel is saturated with horror, dripping in blood and more Lovecraft than I have seen in most modern horror stories.

William Holloway is an author to watch. He will be known, widely, throughout the industry and its fans. My first reaction at the end of this story was quite bluntly, “Holy Fuck!!” Ask him, I absolutely said just that. I loved everything about this story and I will be reading his other novels, which include “The Abyssal Plain: The R’lyeh Cycle” and “The Immortal Body” amongst others. Look for those reviews coming soon.

William wrote his first novella in 1998, titled “Death in Texas”. Ten years later, he took up writing again and began his cosmic series called “The Singularity Cycle”. The first novel of this series is “The Immortal Body” and was published in 2012 and then wrote the follow up novel, “Song of the Death God.” Both novels have been picked up by British Horror Maven Graeme Reynold’s Horrific Tales publishing, along with his stand alone novel “Lucky’s Girl.”

Keep an eye on this new author. He’s talented and he is sure to knock your socks off with each novel he brings to light, or rather to the darkness that we here at uncomfortably dark like to call home.

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