Simon Parker’s book launch and a film project

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If you’re a reader that likes a little scare now and then, you could be in for a treat. Brandon author Simon Parker will be releasing his new book on Saturday, February 27, writes Jon Seymour.

Entitled “Tales of the Mysterious and Macabre” it consists of eighteen short stories in the horror vein. There is also a launch event at Brandon library on the day, where Simon will be reading his favourite passages from the book, answering questions and signing copies.

Simon, who lists his main influences as Stephen King, Dean Koontz and James Herbert has always been fascinated by horror, and is an avid reader himself of classics by H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe, who are considered by many to be the Godfathers of modern horror.

Hesaid: “The book was originally self-released in 2012 as a collection of thirteen stories. I designed the cover myself and uploaded it to Amazon. It was picked up by Camelot Publishing Company who offered to re-release it.

“Since then it’s been re-written and extended and will be available in both physical and digital format, and the publishers have contracted me for another release. I’m currently working on a novel that I’m hoping to release early 2017.”

As well as the writing projects, Simon has also been working on an idea for a film which is to be shot in several locations around Norfolk and Suffolk, including Downham, Lynn and Hunstanton. The film is called Breaking Loose and is to be put together with a tie in to social media.

It’s to be recorded on hand-held devices of various sorts, similar to movies like The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield. Filming is due to start later this year with a view to being released around Hallowe’en 2017.

He said: “When the Blair Witch Project was released, there was a lot of hype surrounding it, and nobody was actually sure if it was real footage or fiction, and that’s what made it quite scary.

“I’ve since gone back and watched it again, and it was actually quite lame. The concept though was really good so I want to do something along the same lines, but with some special effects and make up. It will be a series of clips that people have ‘managed to record in real time’ and uploaded to social media.”

He will be looking to recruit actors and extras for the film soon, and all of the cast will be sourced locally, and he will also be looking for musicians to contribute to the score, so keep your eyes and ears open for news in the near future.