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25 May 2017

 

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14 May 2017 

 

Toby Kebbell to play twin brothers in sci-fi Extrasensory (Screen Daily, 12 May 2017) 

Toby Kebbell (Dead Man's Shoes, Ben-Hur, Fantastic Four, Kong: Skull Island) has been cast as twin brothers in sci-fi film Extrasensory from Genesius Pictures. Lesley Manning directs from an origianl screenplay from Bafta-winning writer Stephen Volk.

The duo worked together on Ghostwatch, the infamous drama-mockumentary presented by Michael Parkinson that received over 30,000 complaints when it aired on BBC1 in 1992.

Kebbell plays twin brothers who are recruited for a top secret experiment by Soviet Russia to test the power of telepathic communication.

Harry Gregson Williams (The Martian, Prometheus) will write the score. Produced by Debbie Gray (Northern Soul) and Myf Hopkins, former head of production at Jim Henson's Creature Shop, Extrasensory has been developed with and is supported by Film Cymru Wales. Shooting will commence in late October 2017.

Read the full article in Screen International here 

Ghostwatch's Volk and Manning Reunite for Extrasensory (Sci-Fi Bulletin)

News on Ffilm Cymru Wales 

Ghostwatch Writer and Director Team on Extrasensory starring Toby Kebbell (joblo.com)

Read the news at Empire Magazine online 

Read the news at hdonline 

Photos of propmaking for "Extrasensory" Trailer 

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26 April 2017

Michael Caine joins The Nature of Enchantment

Read the full story on MovieWeb here 

"According to Variety, Michael Caine is set to star with Danny de Vito and Kristin Scott Thomas in The Nature of Enchantment for producer Penny Marshall and Mike Newell's 50 Cannons. The $18.5 million pic, shooting in September in Montreal, will be the feature debut of musicvid helmer Nick Brandt, from an original script by Stephen Volk. A UK/Canadian co-prod, the project is being sold internationally by IAC Films."

Coulda, shoulda, woulda...

Sadly the above is a news item I recently came across from way back in 2004, when the feature film I wrote was on the stocks to be made. Unfortunately, in Hollywood, just because a film is announced doesn't mean it's going to be coming to your screens soon, and this one seems to be trapped in the Purgatory between development hell and "some day my prince will come". Ah, well. 

I still have hope in my heart, as it is one of the best scripts I've written and a lot of people have fallen in love with it. As someone once said, a project isn't dead until it's made - so watch this space. You never know! 

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18 April 2017

Shudder Brings Infamous Banned BBC Program Ghostwatch to the States

www.shudder.com - the premium thriller, horror and superantural streaming service backed by AMC Networks - is releasing the BBC's infamous faux paranormal documentary Ghostwatch for the first time ever in the United States. 

 

Check out the full article here at Dread Central 

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10 April 2017

Wonderful surprise to find out that my story collection The Parts We Play (PS Publishing) has been longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize. Click on the link for further details. The shortlist is announced later in the year. 

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21 March 2017


The "proof of concept" teaser trailer for Extrasensory is now available to view. Check it out also at the new web site for Genesius Pictures or keep in touch on the Genesius Pictures FaceBook PageAlso check out this excellent blog on the making of the trailer on Rich Lawden's Ghostwatch Behind the Curtains site. This incides a brief interview with me about the project.

Set in Russia, 1988, during the crumbling years of the Soviet period, Extrasensory is a redemptive story of love, betrayal and forgiveness centring around a pair of twin brothers separated by years of animosity, forced to work together to implement an experiment to test telepathy in the far reaches outer space. 

 

Extrasensory is a forthcoming feature film. Screenplay by Stephen Volk. Directed by Lesley Manning. Produced by Debbie Gray and Myf Hopkins. Check out details of the reast of the team here. 

 

I'm very excited that we are now at the casting stage. Stand by for more announcements soon!

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6 March 2017

I have written a blog entitled What's in a Label? about the writing of my new novella from PS Publishing, The Little Gift.

 

Ordering information is now up on the PS web site, and there's a link at the bottom of this "Sneek Peek" extract, right here. 

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1 March 2017

I will be appearing at London Fortean Society's Deception Day: Hoaxes, Lies and Fake News on April 1st at the Conway Hall, London, where I will be discussing the notorious "mockumentary" Ghostwatch with its director Lesley Manning as well as, I suspect, having a lively debate with the audience. 

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26 February 2017 

 

Not too shabby!  

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23 February 2017

 

Hot diggiddy! Look who has a six-page interview in the new edition of Horrorville magazine! (And not only about Ghostwatch.) Procure a copy with the utmost haste! (Sorry, but I'm writing a story set in the 19th Century a tthe moment...)

Also: please have a listen to this brand new This Is Horror Podcast with yours truly... It's TIH 134, and a whole hour and a quarter of chat about my background, influences, what makes horror, what "horror" is, film-making, short story writing, my new collection, etc etc. as the following breakdown shows: 

 

 

 

[04:35] Interview start/first experiences with story
[13:45] Lessons learnt making films as a kid and at art school that were transferrable to writing
[19:25] If you can't write a good scene, write a bad scene
[24:05] Forthcoming novella, The Little Gift
[29:00] Paul Feeney, via Patreon, asks about Stephen's Black Static magazine column and what makes for a horror film and what doesn't
[54:10] Write what you know vs. write what you don't know
[56:05] The Parts We Play-themes explored and the importance of story order
[01:07:25] Paul Cutting, via Patreon, asks about story ideas and factors for determining media: film, long form or short form fiction
[01:11:00] If forced to write in just one medium which would you write in for the rest of your life
[01:13:00] Jake Marley, via Patreon, asks about outlining vs. discovering the story
[01:14:20] Dos and Don'ts of writing short stories
[01:18:00] Connect with Stephen Volk

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30 January 2017

Check out the new podcast interview with me on Tomo Warrington's Pure Parnormal Show: a full discussion of my writing and especially the legacy of Ghostwatch.

Also now up - a brand new review of my PS Publishing collection The Parts We Play over at Mythogeography, where Crab Man says: "Taken on their own, these are all admirable and gripping tales; each one differently twisty, moving, fantastic or incisive. More importantly, they stretch a theme and vision across the varied narratives, developing as they span the slippery changes within and through their horrors."

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10 January 2017

Welcome to glorious 2017. Sure to be a year of horror as we sort out the Brexit mess and see Trump entering the White House! As Jonathan Coe remarked in The Guardian this weekend -- is there a time when reality outstrips satire?

 

Here's the cover of Black Static #56: the first ever issue not to have my regular column Coffinmaker's Blues in it. I've closed the shutters on non-fiction to concentrate on made-up stuff which is hopefully what I do best. The good news is that the above edition contains Peter Tennant's excellent review of my PS collection The Parts We Play, and an accompanying Q&A: click here to read both.

Pete generously calls me "the best writer of short stories in the UK horror scene at the moment", going on to say: "Volk has the range, voice and compassion of a true master of the short story form... (he) holds up a mirror in which we all to often see ourselves not entirely happy with what we see. He is the best we have." 

In other news....

Tickled to bits to hear that my collection has been shortlisted for Best Collection 2016 in the This Is Horror Awards - please click on the link and VOTE VOTE VOTE! 

You can now enjoy the Twisted Tales Ghost Story Evening at Keele Hall in November '16 even if you missed it. If you click here you can listen to both the three ghost stories read by Tim Jarvis, Helen Marshall and myself respectively, plus the panel discussion about ghost stories that followed. 

Finally, a reminder that I'll be delivering my illustrated talk on "Writing Supernatural Drama for Film & TV" at Goldmith's College in London on 24th January - full details here

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7 December 2016

In this Writers' Craft Podcast: Creating Suspenseful Scenes on Michael Wilson's This Is Horror website, 16 writers discuss their techniques and secrets.Yours truly kicks off proceedings, followed by the likes of Maura McHugh, Rich Hawkins, T E Grau, Lisa Mannetti, Simon Kurt Unsworth and Michael Wehunt. While you are there, be sure and sign up for future This Is Horror newsletters.

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1 December 2016

Thank you to Mark Morris for braving his lurgy and interviewing me at Sledge-Lit in Derby last weekend. The feedback was great so I presume he did a great job! With crushing inevitability I was also cast in the role of Santa (with Pixie Peigh as my sulky elf) for the raffle: but good fan, I hope, was had by all.

Meanwhile I'm off Facebook to concentrate on more interesting things than who is a shit director and what is a shit film.

However, mini-news.... The powerhouse that is PS Publishing will be publishing my new novella, "The Little Gift" in January 2017. I'm also working towards a submission for my next Poe/Sherlock adventure for an exciting anthology that will be coming out in 2018.

More news as it happens!...

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15 November 2016

Check out these 7 Things I Discovered at the Horror Expo Ireland 2016 by Stephen Volk - which I wrote up for Lucy V Hay's excellent www.bang2write.com web site, always a feast of knowledge for aspiring screenwriters.

Also, great news today in terms of a stonking review for my new collection The Parts We Play in no less than the news stand horror magazine Horrorville! The review picks out "The Peter Lorre Fan Club" as best of the bunch (2you will no doubt find your own faves").... "Terrifically written, it's characteristic of this varied and highly enjoyable collection."


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1 November 2016

One of the delightful bonuses of attending the Horror Expo Ireland in Dublin last weekend was being given a copy of this new book by Bernice Murphy - featuring a chapter by James Rose on the subject of - myself! It is nice to be in the same book as "Tom Waits": no doubt for the first and last time!


 

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27 October 2016

The usual flurry of Ghostwatch activity pre-Halloween! The most important being that you can now watch it via the BBC Store - that goes for the documentary Ghostwatch Behind the Curtains too! 

Check out these links as well:

BBC Store promoting Ghostwatch as one of their Frightmare titles for Halloween 

Simon Bestwick's 10 TV Plays for Halloween 

Den of Geek: "Ghostwatch: remembering a TV Classic" 

Vulturehound: "Darkness and nothing more: Ghostwatch (Retrospective)" 

AV Club: "Read this: The Night the BBC'S Halloween Stunt Went Horribly Wrong" 

Mental Floss: "The BBC Halloween Hoax That Traumatised Viewers"  

That's Not Current: "31 Days of Terror: A Look Back at Ghostwatch (1992)" 

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3 October 2016

 

Check out this blog about the writing of my latest collection 

Check out the BOOK TRAILER on YouTube 

The launch in Scarborough was a huge success. Details of pre-orders for both versions of the book, see here on the PS website  

 

Also check out the interview with me about Gothic in the current issue of Rue Morgue magazine (above) which celebrates the 1816 events at Villa Diodati. 

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23 August 2016

Dates for your diary? Several upcoming events I am attending over the coming months...

26-28 AUGUST (MANCHESTER):

Starburst Film Festival: I'm a guest here on Friday 26th to present a screening of Ken Russell's Gothic.  I will also be around on the Saturday. 

7 SEPTEMBER (GREENWICH, LONDON): 

Skeptics in the Pub illustrated talk on "Writing Paranormal Drama for TV and Film": Here, I will be showing clips from film and TV shows I have worked on, and discussing how my interest in the factual side of paranormal research has informed my fiction.

23-26 SEPTEMBER (SCARBOROUGH): 

FantasyCon by the Sea: Amongst other things, this will see the launch of my next collection: The Parts We Play from PS Publishing - details coming soon. I'm very excited indeed about seeing this very special book in print - the design work by Pedro Marques has been truly wonderful. The launch will be at 5-7pm on the Friday evening. (I am also up for a BFS award on the Sunday for Midwinter of the Spirit.)

15 OCTOBER (BRISTOL):

I shall be a guest at the one-day Bristol Horror Con.

30 OCTOBER (DUBLIN):

I will be attending Horror Expo Ireland 2016 as a guest. 

21 NOVEMBER (KEELE UNIVERSITY, STAFFS.) 

An Evening of Ghost Stories presented at the highly atmospheric Keele Hall, with two other esteemed genre writers. 

26 NOVEMBER (DERBY):

I will be a guest at Sledge-Lit - the exceptionally fun one day event for genre writers and genre fans alike - wintry cousin to the summer's Edge-Lit, at the wonderful Quad with a host of my pals in attendance.

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21 July 2016

Alison Pierce's extensive article on the script development of The Awakening (2011) has just been published by Manchester University Press - click here to read it. Or check out details on the THE AWAKENING page on the menu. She's given a clear and fair assessment of the process the screenwriter went through.

Meanwhile just noticed that Mark Lawson gave Ghostwatch a timely mention in his article in The Guardian: "Phantoms in the four-poster: will The Living and the Dead outspook TV's scariest ghosts?"

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15 July 2016

Check out these recent articles that mention Ghostwatch: 

Someone alerted me to This article in New Scientist, 1995 entitled "Smart Kids Not Fooled By Fiction". Also, Ghostwatch comes in at Number One in The Telegraph's list of "The 10 Most Terrifying TV Shows of All Time" (5 July 2016).

Also really delighted with this review of In The Shadow of Frankenstein in Diabolique magazine;  "'Celebrity Frankenstein' by Volk is a wild and witty send-up of pop-culture, fame and reality TV. This searing satire leaves the reader in stitches."

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