Behind the scenes on The Halloween Kid!

Here’s the behind-the-scenes featurette for The Halloween Kid! Filmed and edited by Jamie Hooper of Fingercuff Productions, it’s a pretty  comprehensive look at the making of our little fairytale, including our voice-over session with Sir Derek Jacobi and music score with composer Christian Henson.


The Mammoth Book of Body Horror

Although it’s unrelated to filmmaking or The Halloween Kid, I couldn’t help sharing the news that one of my short stories, Butterfly, will be published in the Mammoth Book of Body Horror, out March 1!

Here’s the line-up:

THE TELL-TALE HEART by Edgar Allan Poe;
WHO GOES THERE? John W. Campbell;
THE FLY by George Langelaan;
TIS THE SEASON TO BE JELLY by Richard Matheson;
SURVIVOR TYPE by Stephen King;
THE BODY POLITIC by Clive Barker;
THE CHANEY LEGACY by Robert Bloch;
THE OTHER SIDE by Ramsey Campbell;
FRUITING BODIES by Brian Lumley;
FREAKTENT by Nancy A. Collins;
REGION OF THE FLESH by Richard Christian Matheson;
WALKING WOUNDED by Michael Marshall Smith;
CHANGES by Neil Gaiman;
OTHERS by James Herbert;
THE LOOK by Christopher Fowler;
RESIDUE by Alice Henderson;
DOG DAYS by Graham Masterton;
BLACK BOX by Gemma Files;
THE SOARING DEAD by Simon Clark;
POLYP by Barbie Wilde;
ALMOST FOREVER by David Moody;
BUTTERFLY by Axelle Carolyn;
STICKY EYE by Conrad Williams.

Introduction by Stuart Gordon (Director of Re-Animator and From Beyond).

Edited by Paul Kane & Marie O’Regan.

I couldn’t possibly be in better company! You can pre-order it here.

The Halloween Kid World Premiere

The first public screening of The Halloween Kid has just been announced!

The Halloween Kid will premiere at the prestigious International Children and Young People’s Film Festival in Malmo, Sweden, in March.

I’d never thought of it as a children’s film while we were making it, but once someone had suggested the idea, it seemed to make sense. Like the works of the people who inspire me (in this case, geniuses like Edward Gorey or Guillermo del Toro), it mixes fantasy and the supernatural in a way that seems suitable for children. And the lead is seven years old.

To celebrate, we’ve put together a little teaser trailer!