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Worship Me. The spine-chilling, gut-wrenching debut demon horror novel from Craig Stewart!

Something is listening to the prayers of St. Paul’s United Church, but it’s not the god they asked for; it’s something much, much older.

A quiet Sunday service turns into a living hell when this ancient entity descends upon the house of worship and claims the congregation for its own. The terrified churchgoers must now prove their loyalty to their new god by giving it one of their children or in two days time it will return and destroy them all.

As fear rips the congregation apart, it becomes clear that if they’re to survive this untold horror, the faithful must become the faithless and enter into a battle against God itself. But as time runs out, they discover that true monsters come not from heaven or hell…
…they come from within.

Pretty deep, right? That’s the synopsis of ‘Worship Me’, the debut novel of Craig Stewart, and WHAT a debut it is!

The book delves deep into human morality and portrays traits and attitudes which I think are synonymous with the current climate we’re living in. Quarantine, lockdown and fear has brought out the worst in some people, showing human nature for what it potentially can be. Given that ‘Worship Me’ was released prior to the pandemic, Stewart has knowingly portrayed these traits in his characters which in itself is an applaudable feat.

As I’m sure you’ve worked out from the above synopsis, the book centres around demonology, with The Behemoth as the demonic antagonist. Whilst the congregation are faced with an agonising choice, it’s not long before they start to turn on each other. As the story progressed I just started to read faster and faster; desperate to know how it all panned out.

The book itself is written in a way that totally immerses the reader making you feel like you’re actually part of the congregation. It’s detailed, with well-written characters and a great storyline. Blood and gore flow profusely through the pages, with Stewart not afraid to describe the splatterfest in great detail.

The only aspect of the book I wasn’t fond of was the beginning. It took a while to get going, but once it did there was no stopping. This isn’t necessarily a criticism – after all, the best rollercoasters in the world start with a slow, tension-building ascent before you’re plunged into an abyss of fear, excitement and shock. ‘Worship Me’ does just that.

Check out the book on Amazon here

Alternatively, if you want to read more about Craig Stewart and what he’s up to these days, check out his website here

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Finally something set in stone, and something I’m very excited about.

This Halloween will see the birth of our annual Horror Awards! The theme will be similar to most awards evenings, with nominations for a number of categories including best actor, best director, best author, best band – All sorts!

And who decides the winner?          YOU DO

In the preceding months, everyone will be given the chance to nominate up to five things for each category (on a top 5 basis) Once the top five people/films/books etc have been established, we will announce the nominees at the beginning of October. Everyone can then vote for their favourite and the result will be revealed on Halloween night. There will be measures in place to limit one vote per person to prevent fixing.

Each award will be given out based on the number of votes for that person.

That’s all I can say on the topic at the minute, but this is something that is DEFINITELY going to happen.

More info will be revealed a bit closer to the time.

As for the three options mentioned in a previous post, we are still in talks about which route to pursue and will let you know as soon as a decision is made.

It’s definitely a very exciting year!

 

In the next few days we will be announcing our King and Queen of Horror!

The title is given to the individuals who we believe are making a substantial difference in the world of horror, whether through film-making, writing, drawing/painting, acting – just someone who stands out above the rest.

We’ll be posting two features on the 28th March – One announcing the King, the other announcing the Queen. We will then be posting an interview with each of our newly crowned monarchs in the following days.

Stay tuned – I’m sure you will be happy with our choice!