Questions 2021

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Read testament absolutely brilliant story sean doyle love him thanks for signed copy progeny that first chapter just wondering what's your favourite books of the year. many thanks

Steven Houghton

Many thanks Steven. Glad you liked the new books. My favourite book of the're asking a man who only reads non-fiction ha, ha...I know I probably should read fiction but, apart from the new Thomas Harris book, Cari Mora, I haven't read any new fiction this year. I bought The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Age of Innocence and a few other "classics" but got sidetracked by a couple of books about horror films I got for Xmas. that's the best I can do... :)

Hi Shaun just read your rant on COVID things looking pretty bad for the country personally Me and my wife are slowly getting over it while we didn’t need hospital treatment we were very ill never felt so shit in all my life it leaves you so weak you can hardly move but after 6 weeks starting to feel better at one point I was too scared to sleep but too scared to be awake if that makes any sense but I’ve now started to read again started on slugs then breeding ground just to get me going again hope we see a few more of your older books out on ebook soon thinking Erebus one of my all time favourites seem caffeine nights said it was coming to ebook a while ago but no sign yet anyway thanks for all your great books over the years please keep them coming thanks


Bloody hell, Steve...glad to hear you and wife are recovering. It must have been terrifying for you!!! this virus is a bastard isn't it? Good news that you're on the road to recovery though. I think I've worried more about my family than I have myself. Everything is so uncertain isn't it....anyway, you take care and I'm glad my books have helped in some small way...All the best.

Not sure if you'll remember me or not. We used to chat regularly a few years back – mainly about me being “the most fertile man in Britain” (your words, not mine) and my love of being a Gunner. I used to sign off as James the Arsenal Fan after every correspondence.

Anyway, how the Hell are you doing?

Looking forward to your collaboration with The Matt Shaw about the ongoing Coronavirus shit-show. I’ve met Matt on several occasions. He’s a lovely chap and a fantastic author/filmmaker. Do you have any solo projects in the pipeline to be released? I am currently reading HYBRID at the moment. This one slipped under my radar, but somebody brought it into work and left it in the canteen...

Well, it went *missing*

Really enjoying it at the moment, and I can see a lot of yourself in the character of Ward, in the way that he thinks and his actions, especially towards the treatment to horror authors by publishers and their insistency to produce the autobiographies of 19-year-old talentless talent show winners, instead of investing and promoting good old-fashioned homegrown horror. It seems that the word “horror” is frowned upon in the writing community nowadays – unless, of course, your surname begins with K and ends in G. There are no offerings from yourself, James Herbert, Graham Masterton, Bentley Little... It’s an absolute joke! How can a country which still to this today boasts about their cultural classic “Hammer Horror” years, turn its back on the very same genre which is clearly beloved by its audience even today?

Makes no sense to me – but then, that’s not exactly a new thing.

I really hope that you and your family are safe, healthy and in good spirits during these most turbulent and alarming times, and I hope to be getting my feelers on a new Hutson novel in the very near future.
Speaking about futures (if one actually does exist) I am shooting my debut film in April. It’s a low-budget apocalyptic horror film shot in the Derbyshire countryside. We were meant to be in the post-production stage by now – the original shoot being scheduled for January – but we had to postpone due to social distancing laws. Growing up on a unhealthy diet of yours and Herbert’s classic storytelling, writing and watching horror has always been in my blood, and I am really excited to get behind a camera to film this one. The title is called “ONCE BITTEN” but, with your permission, a few miles down the road, I am hoping to be shooting an “EREBUS” or “DEADHEAD”. Well, you can live in hope, right?

Anyhow, take care, Shaun.

Stay safe.

Much love,


The Arsenal Fan

Hi James, of course I remember you!! I hope you're well and I hope you're enjoying your football more than I am at the moment!!! ha, ha...

Matt Shaw and myself did the collaboration as you probably know. The Tainted Souls (Matt chose the title, not me...) I hope you get the chance to read it.

This fucking virus is beyond a joke. Like you, I spend most of my days worrying about my family (rather than myself). On the subject of you, I find it incredible the way the genre is ignored by main stream publishers. The so called "big boys" just don't fucking care about it. And how many book shops do you walk into now that have a horror section? And if there is one it's all Stephen King. Someone said to me when "It" was such a huge hit at the cinema did I think it would help other horror authors. My reply: "No, it will just mean film companies try and buy even more fucking things with Stephen King's name on." Was I right? Fucking right I was.

Anyway, good luck with your film in April!!! Socially distanced horror?

Always good to hear from you, James.

You take care.

Hi Shaun
It's a small world. My dad was a mate of yours, Colin Cursley. Tonight we were talking about you because my wife, Kim, was talking about famous people she's met and found out she worked with you when you were researching and working at Cineworld. Then dad brought up the book you mentioned him and Julie in (Heathen) and went on to tell me a load of anecdotes about you.

I know we've met. Unfortunately the only thing I can remember is the statue of The Thing when I visited your house. Was a massive fan of Slugs as a kid, but now can't watch it because of the terrible dub.

Are you still local? I don't know how you and dad fell out of touch, but he only ever talks fondly of you. Maybe once lock down is over me and him can meet you for a drink somewhere? Maybe as a surprise for him. Again, I understand if the answer is no as I'm not sure how you lost touch, but I know his break up with Julie wasn't pleasant which may have something to do with it. That and you're famous, and probably very busy.

If I don't hear from you, good luck with your new stuff and short stories. Sorry the Hammer project didn't come to fruition.

Kind regards

Brad Cursley

Hi Brad...I hope you're well. Tell your wife she is a wonderful woman for including me in a list of "famous" people she'd met ha, ha...

Say hello to your dad for me. And I've still got the statue of The Thing ha, ha..

It would be nice to meet up when this shit is over...if it ever is. Keep in touch.

Look after yourself.

Hi Shaun

Have just read Evil Ink by Spike T Adams. Have seen some other books by Spike and was wondering if these are Shaun Hutson books as well.

The books I found are :-

Speed Freaks
Bad Brother
Burn Up
Snap Kick
The Fall
Blood Bond
Race Monsters

Yours Sincerely

Bryan Williams

Hi Bryan

I did one book as Spike T. Adams (and I didn't think up that name... ha, ha...) called EVIL INK, that was it.

All the best.

Hello shaun, toothless here again.

I just wanted to say thank you for replying to my last message, I know you always do but the last one made me laugh (made my dad laugh as well when I showed him what you said at the end)

Im currently slowly making my way through a book at the moment which is completely off beat to what you would usually write, in fact I have the trilogy to get through (inkheart trilogy if it interests you enough to know)

Once im done with these I will most definitely be getting on with the Richard Howard books as I now have the full set (thanks to my neighbours for buying me the last one) I've also bought a few more books by your pseudonyms (both Frank taylor books, Tom lambert, stefan rostov and majority of the wolf kruger books to name a few) I am missing the blood and honour book though and I am keeping an eye out as I want to get the old paperback version of it.

The Thursday just gone as I write this message (31st December) I managed to buy myself a copy of chainsaw terror which I am absolutely excited to get in the post and can't wait to read.

I remember seeing somewhere that the chainsaw terror was supposed to be the first book in a trilogy, what happened with that? I think that would of been absolutely brilliant as a trilogy I think and I know a lot of people on the official Facebook group would feel the same.

1 last thing before I bore you to death (I feel like that's what is happening with my rambling on)

I recently gave my neighbours brother a guitar (he's in his late 20s) today (January 3rd) I am expecting a part to fix said guitar (it's a first for me) because as he was putting the strings on the nut broke (not good) he actually gave me a song to learn and yesterday I managed to get it done, he said that was quick and my usual response is "that's why I've been single for so long, the song is called head in the clouds by gerry cinnamon if you fancy checking out something a bit different, I definitely like it myself.

My neighbours just to throw out something random are amazing, the lad my family has known for years (he's from Manchester) and his other half is from Scotland (the lad i gave the guitar to is Scottish and was in the army at one point) that whole side of the family are slightly nuts but my family gets on well with them, funny how we always attract the nutters but we do 🤣

Right, sorry for going on a rambling free for all but I hope you are well and I also hope that if this year you do any appearances anywhere that I can find a way to come meet you.

Take care.

Toothless (luke)

Hi Luke, good to hear from you again. Good to see you're building up your collection of my books (even the pseudonym stuff). I found, by accident, an article about Chainsaw Terror online the other night which is amusing. I've added the link here for you:

I honestly don't know where some people find out some of the info they find ha, ha..

You're right, Chainsaw Terror was originally meant to be the first of a trilogy. You never know, it might yet become that. I know Caffeine Nights are very keen to re-publish it so we'll see what happens.

I have nothing but admiration for guitarists... (I was a drummer..ha, ha..). I tried learning but came to the conclusion I had two fingers less than were needed and the ones I had were too short!!!

Anyway, you look after yourself and keep in touch.

All the best Toothless.

Right folks, that's it for another month. I hope you're all getting through this latest lockdown or having your vaccine or whatever the fuck is happening around us. Just to let you all know that the next book will be a collection of short stories, I hope that goes down well. Also, how would anyone feel about a sequel to EREBUS?

Let me know...

Take it easy you lot.