With more than fifty directing credits, multiple feature films including the recently released Arbor Demon and the intense, cult storm thriller Nailbiter, filmmaker Patrick Rea’s range of storytelling runs from very intense to darkly dramatic to silly fun but always personal. A complete filmmaker, he is craving an island out in the vast ocean of content and filmmakers. Rea continues to redefine what tension and fear and how they affect our reality, choices and actions. In one of his latest short films Justice Served, we witness the confession of a man on trial for crimes he may have committed. Powerful, honest and intense, Rea weaves horror into the judicial system that makes us ponder the intent of those who live in the shadows and the motives of those who roam in the light. Rea took some time out to speak with Jay Kay about this short form film which is touring film festivals and receiving acclaim.
Author Archive for: Jay Kay
About Jay Kay
Jay Kay is a Horror News Network Contributor and Host of the Rondo Award nominated Horror Happens Radio Show. You can follow him on Twitter @JayKayHorror
Entries by Jay Kay
In the last decade, filmmaker Ryan M. Andrews is continuing to pump out compelling genre cinema north of the border. In Save Yourself, five women are on a road trip to a film festival in Los Angeles. All are involved with the next terrifying visions of horror. The fans are rabid at the screening, the crew and cast are at different stages of their careers. As they decide to hit the road for the west coast instead of hanging with the fans, their road trip to macabre fame becomes a spiral into a nightmare as they confront a family with dark secrets and inhumane results. Ryan took some time out while he works on his next film the Art of Obsession to talk with Jay Kay here on the Horror News Network. read more read more
The year is 1860, the world is so much simpler, peaceful and vast. This is not the case, however, for Sheriff Sam Lock who is investigating a series of bizarre events surrounding the Crownhill Family and their patriarch. Trapped in a massive snow storm, a mad figure is on the loose killing with a focused evil against the white and endless canvas on the vast estate of Evermore. Thrilling, tense, off-balanced and gothic, Beneath Ash & Bone is the latest from talented author D. Alexander Ward through Necro Publishing. Ward took some time out to discuss with Jay Kay a variety of topics including the authentic feel, racism, dark secrets, gothic horror and more for the Horror News Network. read more read more
As young man growing up in my neighborhood, I remember certain times in my life when I was scared so deeply that is froze me on every level. Stories that echo that fright and a moment frozen in a sensation that immerses you in the dark is Blood in the Woods, written by J.P. Willie. Willie tells the coming of age story of friends, a small town, insidious acts of evil and the events that surrounded them all. Willie took some time out during the promotional tour for Blood in the Woods to talk friendship, the idea of evil, impact as an author and tone of the writing with Jay Kay and the Horror News Network. read more read more
Patrick Lacey knows how to tap into the fears, insecurities and deepest wishes we had left behind for any number of reasons in our lives. His recent works have been some of the best horror fiction I have had the pleasure of reading and discussing. Based in Massachusetts, Lacey blends lore and reality on a narrow line that takes characters out of their element and puts them into the darkness of their true selves. This trend of macabre storytelling continues with his latest novel We Came Back. read more
It is that time of the year again when horror comes home with the diverse, intelligent and daring film programming of the “Boston Underground Film Festival” at The Brattle Theatre March 22-26. Celebrating the 19th BUFF, the schedule and lineups are set for the festival with many of the regions hometown filmmakers, performers, writers, crew and more ready to ignite the town of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
One of those performers will have a huge role in BUFF as actress, writer, director and more will be part of several projects during the five day stretch. Jay Kay of the “Horror News Network” was able to grab a few minutes with Diana leading into BUFF to talk her varies projects and roles including the short film “Looker” and the feature “Trinity” plus working on set, disrespectful lookers, reaction, her peers, the 2017 BUFF lineup and more! read more read more
What is hell? It is many things to many people. It is erotic pleasure… It is torture… It is duty… It is a playground of lust… It is the canvas for the debut novel of talented author Stephanie Wytovich and her telling of an unholy square of hellfire in the novel The Eighth. Coming from a background in poetry and a passionate heart riding the border of light and dark, this incredible voice has the first of many acclaimed horror stories ahead of her for many to experience and connect with. Taking sometime between her writings, puppy and life in the darkness, writer Jay Kay sat with her to talk the acclaim of her work. Her fingerprint on hell. The reflection of her and the reader with all lust, sex and passion, inspiration plus so much more for the Horror News Network. read more read more
Cannibalism… murder… twisted love… revolution… confusion. These are some of the themes from some of my favorite books of 2016. Over the last year, more authors and titles have become available with new stories, characters and ways to cultivate horror coming out of the shadows. I was very lucky in 2016 to have so many talented and terrifying authors join me in live conversation on The Horror Happens Radio Show. Here is a list of my ten favorite horror titles that exemplify the independent horror spirit, knowledge and storytelling talent of these authors. read more read more
Considered by many to be the one of the most talented horror authors of this generation, Greg F. Gifune has crafted a path of darkness all his own, with some of the best horror fiction for readers of the genre. One of several novels he released in 2016, Savages tells the tale of vacation gone terribly wrong in the South Pacific. A powerful and unrelenting storm… a boat crash on a small uncharted island… the dark secrets that have lasted for decades waiting to be awoken and discovered are brought to morbid and tense life in this book from Sinister Grin Press. We grabbed Greg F. Gifune to talk Savages along with the influence of pulp novels and films as well as the importance of crafting dialogue and relationships. read more read more
To write is to open the world to the minds, hearts and souls no matter how dark or fearful they maybe. This line was inspired by the very personal as well as very macabre writings found in what I hope is many books to come of Ricardo Henriquez and his novel The Catcher’s Trap available to purchase through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and more right now. Set in the present, a young, Latino man named Andres has failed to live up to the expectations of everyone around him. His life is overwhelmed by a wave of all consuming depression as well as confusion on his sexuality that has caused him to lose his way and focus on life. Hanging one night with a group led by an alpha male in Roman, Andres is taken to a club as Roman’s guest to loosen up and have fun perhaps a bit of trouble… As the night goes on, he is nearly thrown out of the club by a large bouncer type that is stopped by Roman. As Roman attempts to escape with his entourage and Andres, Roman betrays Andres capturing him for slave labor in the world that bends the line of horror, sci-fi and fantasy called “The Mist.” This realm shows no bias or mercy as countless souls are enslaved to work the fields cultivating a mysterious white powder. Ruled by ruthless establishment, Andres and his fellow slaves including a caring and hardened woman known as Claudia. A protective and distant friend Steve as well as more must fight and survive each day from the guards, the labor and themselves. As the days goes on and that status quo seems hopeless among the slaves and their masters, Andres is woken up from the possession of depression and lack of confidence to see a larger purpose in his life and those around him. Being offered a chance to lead a revolution by a figure named Balthazar, Andres must decide inside what is worth fighting for and what is worth giving up? Is he a hero? Is he a traitor? Is he just a young man who faces confusion, doubt and pain for the choices and actions he makes and the ones he lets stand by? Is it destiny or fate? Built on a foundation of dark personal experience, detailed storytelling and respect for the reader, The Catcher’s Trap bends the status quo for horror/fantasy taking the reader down a dark path where the only way to survive is to stand for what keeps you strong inside and never give up no matter how hard it becomes. read more read more