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Here's the perfect soundtrack to Ghoster

For some time now, two years in fact, I've been meaning to tell you the perfect song to accompany your read of my novel Ghoster, which enjoyed its second anniversary this week. (Haven't read it yet? Goodness me, you must rectify this at once!)

As you may have noticed, however, it's taken me a while to send a new edition of the Necronopicon full-stop! (Or period, depending on which side of the Atlantic you happen to dwell.) The thing is, I don't want to bombard you with a guaranteed monthly newsletter when I don't have news and/or items worthy of your attention. I value your time way more highly than that.

Anyway, the perfect song for Ghoster? That'll be Joan Baez's Diamonds And Rust, which was memorably and metallically covered by my favourite heavy metal band Judas Priest. Let's take a look at the first two verses, shall we?

Well I'll be damned
Here comes your ghost again
But that's not unusual
It's just that the moon is full
And you happened to call

And here I sit, hand on the telephone
Hearing a voice I'd known
A couple of light years ago
Heading straight for a fall

Almost feels like Joan was telepathically channelling Ghoster as she crooned those words, way back in 1975. Ghoster is, after all, the story of paramedic Kate Collins, whose partner Scott Palmer goes missing on the eve of her moving into his Brighton flat, leaving only his phone behind. Every night, the phone rings... but is that Scott on the line, or some unearthly force? And can self-confessed phone addict Kate resist hacking into Scott's phone to discover what's happened to him?

How I would have loved to have included these lyrics at the start of Ghoster! That would have set the tone so nicely, but I'm pretty sure it would also have been rather expensive. I did actually contact Joan's 'people', but didn't even hear back. But hey, at least I can share this with you right now, directly, which is one of the really cool things about this mailing list. 

Two new YouTube videos for Halloween!

In the lead up to Halloween, I made the most ambitious video yet for my retro YouTube channel Jason Arnopp's Terrifying House Of Obsession

When I contacted Brighton Palace Pier about making a video about their ghost train, I expected to be able to film snippets inside the ride and interview one of their staff members on camera. When I got there, though, the awesome Peter Burgess, the pier's Chief Engineer Of RIdes, offered me a guided tour of the whole ghost train!

"So... uh, can I actually film this?" I asked Peter.

"I don't see why not!" he said. What followed was the fulfilment of a childhood dream, as he showed me all the mechanics and tricks of the Horror Hotel ghost train. What a great character he is, too. I literally couldn't have hoped for a better guide than Peter. I think you'll like the guy.

This ghost train, incidentally, features in both Ghoster and especially my 2016 novel The Last Days Of Jack Sparks. In the latter, I decided to rename the ride The Hell Hotel. Why did I do? I think it was because I kind of redesigned the frontage of the train, for purposes of fictional foreshadowing, by having Jack and his flatmate Bex ride through the Devil's mouth at the start of the ride. And so, in my head, The Hell Hotel was a distinct and separate entity from The Horror Hotel, as if existing in a parallel world.

You can watch my ghost train video, which ended up as a 15-minute documentary I'm really proud of, right here on YouTube. My Patreon backers get to see a slightly extended version, but more about Patreon further down below!

What's the second YT video I made for Halloween, I hear you shriek? Well, I quite literally only launched it this evening, having shot it this afternoon. In this rather more contained effort, I show you the first ever home video releases of John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic Halloween, on VHS and Betamax! Check that one out right here. 

Oh, and if you're a metal fan, as many of my subscribers to this newsletter seem to be, do consider checking out my second YouTube channel Possessed By Metal, then Liking, subscribing and sharing with your fellow metal heads! I can't tell you how much that sort of thing will help me out and guarantee this fledgling channel's long life. Thanks!

Seven films I've seen lately, and recommend for Halloween

The Dark And The Wicked. A very creepy piece of work, involving evil. Oh, I do love a bit of evil. It also involves a scary floating character at one point, which always freaks me out. This is probably a hangover from Salem's Lot.

Hereditary. Again! LOVED it all over again. My favourite post-millennial horror film, for sure. This time around, I really noticed the music, which undercuts the action with this continuous throbbing pulse of evil. Did I mention that I like evil? Oh, and this one is currently on Netflix UK.

Come To Daddy. A really cool and unpredictable horror film starring Elijah Wood. Highly recommended. There's a VERY funny moment involving Michael Smiley's character, which I won't spoil, but you'll know it when you see it.

Guns Akimbo. Awesome and super-violent action movie, staring Daniel Radcliffe. Yes, Harry Potter himself! Great fun, and I believe it's on Amazon Prime here in the UK as we speak. Currently included with Prime in the UK!

Mandy. Starring Nicolas Cage and Andrea Riseborough, this horror/action hybrid messes with your head in a primal and psychedelic manner. You have been warned!

Possessor. Here's Andrea Riseborough once again, in this mind-bending body-swap thriller, which seems surprisingly gory until you realised it was created by David Cronenberg's son, Brandon. 

The Lighthouse. Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson are great in this 2019 film about two lighthouse keeper who go fully deranged. 

Lately, I also watched and revisited several Rob Zombie movies, for a ranking article I recently wrote for the Metal Hammer site. You can read that here.

Eleven reasons you might want to join my Patreon community

Now let's get one thing straight: there are countless ways to support me without spending money, whether it's borrowing my books from your local library (yes, we authors do get paid for that, so there's no need to feel guilty!), watching my YouTube videos or tolerating me on Twitter. But if you'd like to go further, there's always Patreon, where you can support me with a monthly pledge! Here are some reasons why you might well enjoy doing that...

1) Patreon allows me to create a fun, fenced-off community, where you can get involved as little or as much as you like. I love that I can write and chat directly to my patrons, garnering their opinions on things like YouTube video thumbnails, or posting exclusive diary entries for them to read among lots of other exclusive content. I even tell them the odd thing that I wouldn't post on a public forum.

2) My Patreon backers who pledge at the Terrifying tier or above get an onscreen credit at the end of all my videos on the aforementioned Jason Arnopp's Terrifying House Of Obsession channel on YouTube!

3) This summer, I got together with writer James Moran (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Spooks, Severance, lots more) to shoot a Zoom video about writing, specifically for our respective patrons. The theme we decided to cover was the difference between writing prose and scripts. The result was really interesting and often quite funny into the bargain. The video ran for 50 minutes, and remains for patrons' eyes only! You can see the video thumbnail at the top of this article, although you'd probably figured that out already. 

4) When you back me at Patreon, you do two truly astonishing things. You help me to support my family and to feel more secure in a bizarre and unpredictable career like writing, which if I'm honest, can often feel like feast or famine. And that means the world to me. I do my best to treat my backers like royalty!

5) Oh, and when you back me at Patreon, the system pings an email into my inbox AND makes a notification pop up from the Patreon app on my phone. Whichever of these I happen to see first, it gives me a real buzz of happiness and indeed surprise! It's an amazing feeling that someone wants to back you, regardless of whether they pledge £1 or £25 per month.

6) When backers support me at the Terrifying tier or above (this is about $5/£4.50, in case you were wondering), I record a personalised welcome video for them, while sitting at my desk, just as I do in my YouTube videos. I then upload this video to YouTube, keeping it unlisted (private), and personally send my brand new patron the link via Patreon DM. The end result looks like a YouTube video that talks to them, which tends to be a pretty fun effect!

7) My backers get to see my YouTube videos early, before the rest of the world. Sometimes, for one scheduling reason or another, this may not be possible, but I do my damndest to make sure that happens. For instance, they got to see my latest 'Halloween VHS' video first, this afternoon. It's only polite! I also often tell backers about YouTube videos I'm thinking about making. 

8) Doctor Who fans: I created a combined PDF of both parts of my Doctor Who Magazine interview with Tom Baker, which I conducted at his home in 2009. I then wrote a new foreword for the epic piece and made this available to patrons only.

9) I'll often make exclusive videos for patrons only, generally off the cuff. This summer, for instance, I attended a car boot sale for the first time since the pandemic began, and immortalised this visit with a video for patrons only. The other Sunday, I shot a video while walking from my home to Brighton train station, as an intro for the diary entries I then wrote for them on the train.

10) I know, from my own experience of supporting people at Patreon (YouTubers like Steve Benway and Atari Archive, for instance) that it really makes me happy to back people who bring value to my life. Perhaps if I've somehow managed to bring value to yours, you might feel similarly good cheer if you support me via the Patreon route.

11) Oh, and here's another good reason I totally forgot! Every year, I send patrons at the Terrifying level or above a seaside Brighton postcard, to wherever they are in the world, to say thanks! At the next tier up, I get my friend Jack Sparks to write the postcard for me...

You can find my Patreon page, and check out the various tiers, right here at this link. Thanks for reading!
Thank you so much for subscribing to this mailing list - and for reading through to the very end. You are 666 shades of awesome. 

Please have the finest and safest Halloween you possibly can. I look forward to firing another salvo your way when I have more Important Things to tell you. (Feel free, by the way, to reply to this email and let me know what you'd love to see, or see more of, in future editions of The Necronoppicon. I will read each and every email!)

Until the next newsletter, perhaps I'll see you on one of the social media outlets represented by the various icons below. Click on any of them to join me on those platforms - and feel free to forward this email to anyone who likes scary fiction, or ghost trains, or horror VHS, or thrash metal, or indeed writers who babble on about their Patreons a little too much. :)

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