by Stephen Bacon
When Paul Madigan accepts an invitation to interview a reclusive film director, he has no idea of the effect his actions will trigger. Sometimes the past is better to remain buried. Some secrets deserve to remain untold.
Lantern Rock lies several miles off the Cornish coast, accessible via a narrow causeway. Home to Lionel Rutherford for over 40 years, the island stands as far more than just the family home of an ageing horror director. The place has a macabre history, filled with sorrow and madness.
With a mysterious woman in tow and an approaching storm set to isolate them from the mainland, Madigan realises that the secrets he has uncovered will have far-reaching consequences for the lives of them all.
The Lost Film
by Mark West
Gabriel Bird is a private detective. He’s been hired to track down Roger Sinclair, an exploitation film-maker who disappeared in 1976, having just completed his last film. Long since lost, “Terrafly” was reputed to have an adverse, often fatal effect on those who watched it. Sinclair’s producing partner, Sorrell Eve, is concerned that the film is about to appear online and wants to make sure it stays lost forever.
As Bird closes in on his target, strange incidents begin to happen to those around him and when he’s offered the chance to watch a clip of “Terrafly”, things turn very dark indeed.
A modern detective story, filled with rich detail of the low-budget heyday of British exploitation films, this will ‘pull you into a dark cinematic nightmare’.
“An impressive, imaginative flight of fancy. Mark West has cunningly woven the exploitation movie industry of the 70s that I experienced into a bizarre private eye yarn and thrown in sex, the supernatural and more besides. It hooked me from the first page to the final, mind-bending fade-out”
- David McGillivray,
screenwriter of "House of Whipcord", "Frightmare", "House Of Mortal Sin" and "Satan's Slave"
"Lights, camera, action...Mark's West's lost film novella will grab your soul by the sprocket holes, pull you into a dark cinematic nightmare, and then re-edit the way you look at the world. Experience it at your peril."
- Gary McMahon,
author of “Pretty Little Dead Things”
The Lost Film is an 80,000 collaboration between two exciting talents writing around a shared theme.
Published by Pendragon Press, it is available as limited (to 100 copies) edition paperback (with an exclusive afterword on the projects origins by Mark West) and an unlimited ebook.
The book was launched at FantasyCon, Nottingham on Friday 23rd October 2015 (which you can read about here). To a good turn-out, the writers signed for 15 minutes and gave a talk on the background of project before reading out a section each from their own story.
|top left - the signings begin - Stephen, Mark and Chris behind the table as James Everington waits.|
bottom left - talking through the origin of the project