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Cuttin’ Heads

Aldo Evans is a desperate man. Fired from his job and deeply in debt, he struggles to balance a broken family life with his passion for music.

Luce Figura is a troubled woman. A rhythmic perfectionist, she is haunted by childhood trauma and scorned by her religiously devout mother.

Ross McArthur is a wiseass. Orphaned as an infant and raised by the state, his interests include game shows, home-grown weed, occasional violence and the bass guitar.

They are Public Alibi. A rock n’ roll band going nowhere fast.

When the sharp-suited, smooth talking producer Gappa Bale offers them a once in a lifetime chance to make their dreams come true, they are caught up in a maelstrom of fame, obsession, music and murder.

Soon, Aldo, Luce and Ross must ask themselves: is it really better to burn out than to fade away?

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My Top Ten Horror Movies, by D.A. Watson

One of the questions I get asked a lot is “Why write horror?” Well, as they say, you write what you know, and I’m an eighties kid. An eighties kid who had two older brothers who loved video nasties and took full advantage of the fact that video rental places in those days didn’t really give a fairy’s fart about ratings certificates, and would cheerfully rent an 18 certificate movie to a prepubescent child with a couple of quid in his pocket. The upshot of this is that I saw a lot of messed up stuff before I was ten years old. Sure I was traumatised, had recurring nightmares, and was nervous as a kitten on crack when faced with a dim lit hallway or darkened bedroom, but all that exposure to age inappropriate material gave my burgeoning imagination a blood-soaked baptism, and played a big, scary part in me becoming the writer I am today. So, dim the lights, grab a cushion to hide behind, lock all the doors and windows, and make sure your crucifix and silver bullets are near to hand. Here are my top ten movie frighteners.

The Descent (2005)
The first entry on my list by director Neil Marshall, who was also behind some of the best episodes of Game of Thrones (The Watchers on the Wall, Blackwater). I’d already watched Marshall’s Dog Soldiers at the cinema when it came out in 2002, and was highly impressed by his approach to action, tension, practical effects and dialogue. Early critical buzz about The Descent was positive, and it certainly didn’t disappoint me. Skin crawlingly claustrophobic, some genuine shit-your-pants scares, wince-inducing injuries, a strong cast and a brilliantly dark end twist, which was apparently too much for US audiences, who got the happy ending with Sarah escaping the cave system. Booooo!

The Witch (2015)
There’s a certain kind of movie that gets under your skin. That slips insidious little slivers of uneasiness into the spaces between your vertebrae. The Witch did this for me. A few minutes in, confounded by the dense ye olde Puritan dialogue, I admit I was scrambling for the subtitles, but the old world style of the script, the bleak cinematography, outstanding performances from the cast and the general sinister feeling of building menace and paranoia combined to give me a serious case of the fear, and I’m not easily a-feared. Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?

Fallen (1998)
Who doesn’t like Denzel Washington? No one I want to know, that’s who. And pairing him up with John Goodman and a genuinely freaky, body-jumping serial-killing demon with a fondness for The Rolling Stones? That’s a winning combo right there. I also love a good detective film, and this movie perfectly blends a great police drama with a hefty shot of 100% proof supernatural evil. And it has one of those great endings where the bad guy wins.  Altogether now, Tiiiiiiiiiime, is on my side, yes it is.

Dog Soldiers (2002)
Another climber from Mr Neil Marshall, and the first of three hairy palmed monobrowed flicks to make my list. God, I love Dog Soldiers! I have a friend who spent some time in the army, and he commented on the authenticity of the squaddies’ banter and camaraderie, and I think that’s one of the things that makes this flick so good. The chemistry and the patter between the characters is absolutely immense. Any movie that has the line “I am not about to break radio silence because you lot got spooked by a dead flying fucking cow!” is a winner in my book. And that’s before we even get to the horror. Shot on a small budget, the low lighting and dense forest setting mean that the practical effects for the werewolves work an absolute treat. It’s also a damn fine action movie, reminiscent of great siege films like Zulu and Assault on Precinct 13. I’m normally of the opinion that great films should be left alone and not milked to death, but sadly, the planned sequel to Dog Soldiers never made it to development. Bone.

The Blair Witch Project (1999)
I’ve liked the documentary style of horror filmmaking ever since seeing The Legend of Boggy Creek when I was a nipper, and holy handicraft, this once scared the absolute shite out of me. It really is a mindfuck of a movie, relying on the audiences’ own brains filling in the dark places, because throughout the whole film you don’t see a single frame of whatever it is that’s hunting Josh, Heather and Mike through the woods. That doesn’t stop it being scrotum shrivellingly scary to a certain type of viewer. A masterclass in psychological horror.

The Howling (1981)
Another one from my early youth, and all sorts of inappropriate for a precocious child. The full frontal nudity, the rape porn, the foul language, and of course, the big scary as hell werewolves eating the shit out of everyone. Another tip of the hat to the awesome practical special effects in this movie, which in my opinion has the second best werewolf transformation scene there is. Think you can figure out where I’m going with this…

Poltergeist (1982)
Scary clown doll? Check. Man eating tree? Check. Freaky ass kid who talks to ghosts? Check. Poltergeist really has it all, and is probably responsible for instilling an irrational fear of TV static in a whole generation of children. This is one movie that I’ve actually found scarier as an adult, due to having a child of my own now. Seeing what the parents go through after their wee one is sucked into another dimension and gets tormented and chased around by a malevolent spirit, it really tugs at the heartstrings. And that face peeling scene? Bleurgh!

The Thing (1982)
One of the biggest movie scares I ever experienced came from the resuscitation scene in The Thing, when that dude’s chest turns into a big fanged mouth and bites the doctor’s forearms off. Ah, good times! Genuinely disturbing premise in a literally chilling setting, great performances from the cast, killer soundtrack, constant sense of paranoia and suspicion, plenty of gory practical effects that still look good enough to give you the creeps (those poor doggies!), and an ending that leaves you guessing.

Jaws (1975)
As my hero Billy Connolly once described it, a movie about a shark that plays the cello. It’s kind of hard to write anything about Jaws that hasn’t been said a million times before. It’s really an icon of cinema in every respect. As a kid, Quint getting graphically devoured and then dragged into the water as the blood spurts from his mouth was my hide-behind-the-couch moment. As an adult, it’s his cheery story about the USS Indianapolis, delivered by Robert Shaw in probably the finest monologue ever. Farwell and adieu to your fair Spanish ladies…  

An American Werewolf in London (1981)
The best there is, hands down. It’s funny (Benjamin, have you ever been severely beaten about the face and neck?), it’s genuinely frightening (to this day I still beware the moon, and stay clear of the moors wherever I go), it’s got great characters, a tight script and amazing performances. It’s got Jenny Agutter, a superb, lunar themed soundtrack, and special effects so good they made up a new Oscar category just so they could give the movie an award. The iconic transformation scene and walking meatloaf Jack’s visit to the hospital both still look about a million times better than anything CGI has ever done. And of course, it has a werewolf bursting out of a porno cinema and biting a policeman’s head off, before going on a bloody rampage through Piccadilly Circus. What’s not to like?!

Author Bio –
Prizewinning author D.A. Watson spent several years working in bars, restaurants and call centres before going back to university with the half-arsed plan of becoming a music teacher. Halfway through his degree at the University of Glasgow, he discovered he was actually better at writing, and unleashed his debut novel, In the Devil's Name, on an unsuspecting public in the summer of 2012. Plans of a career in education left firmly in the dust, he later gained his masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Stirling.

He has since published two more novels, The Wolves of Langabhat and Cuttin’ Heads, a handful of non-fiction pieces, several short stories including Durty Diana, which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016, and the Burns parody Tam O' Shatner, which in 2017 came runner up in the Dunedin Robert Burns Poetry Competition, and was a competition winner at the Falkirk Storytelling Festival.
He lives with his family in Western Scotland.
"The Christoper Brookmyre of horror. Readers will be very very afraid."
- Louise Welsh, bestselling author of the Plague Times trilogy

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