28th September 2017
Haunted Liverpool 19 Released
Haunted Liverpool 19 has been released for sale at audible amazon and Itunes
Here are the links
Drop by and buy :-)
28th September 2017
Aladdin Press Launch
Drove down to Basildon yesterday to join the rest of the cast for the Press launch at the Towngate Theatre.
Got our first sight of the handbill, The Princess and I have got a nice big blow up of our pictures on the door welcoming the audience into the theatre.
So The wheels are very much in motion in fact two months today and we'll be on our opening night!
19 September 2017
Haunted Liverpool 19 Finished.
Finished the recording and editing of the 19th volume of Haunted Liverpool 19 by Tom Slemen. It now has to go through various checks before it's release to audible and amazon.
15th September 2017
The Earthly Gods released
Agent of Rome Book 6 The earthly Gods by Nick Brown has been released and is available for sale at audible and amazon. Just click on the image to the left to be taken to the site.
25th August 2017
New Review for Maldicion
Received a new review for maldicion today from an N Robinson it reads
Maldicion by Daniel Marc Chant narrated by Nigel Peever
Dexter LeGrasse thought he was lucky to be alive.
He was wrong.
The only survivor of a plane crash over the Atlantic, he finds himself washed up on an uninhabited island. Dazed, dehydrated and desperate to escape, he will have to use all his wits just to stay alive in a strange and unforgiving environment. But when he discovers an ancient ruin, he unwittingly unleashes an unstoppable evil and his nightmare truly begins.
Primal, merciless and fuelled by a burning hatred, the creature has a hunger that must be appeased. It hunts Dexter wherever he goes, driving him to the edge of his own sanity, and with time running out and no place left to hide it's escape... ...or die.
You find yourself marooned on an island after a devastating plane crash. Waiting for help to arrive, you decide to explore the island, finding a source of water and some sparse supplies of food. You might be able to survive until a rescue party finds you. Exploring deeper, you find evidence of primitive civilisation.
You are alone.
But you are not alone.
I thoroughly enjoyed Maldicion. It’s a simple story of a man alone on an island facing off against an ancient evil that is much bigger and stronger than he, with nothing but the contents of a few suitcases and his wits to fight it with.
At times, it feels like a choose your own survival adventure but without the choices (not a bad thing, because I used to love them) as it moves from dilemma to dilemma, although some of the discoveries feel a little convenient in order to advance the plot, the story is tight and keeps things interesting, which is ideal for the length.
The narration by Nigel Peevers is fantastic and his dramatically rising tones are suited for this story pefectly
Mixing up The Twilight Zone, parts of Robinson Crusoe, a dash of LOST, and a slice of Lovecraft mythos, Maldicion is a short read of creeping terror, that plunges the main character into a waking nightmare that they can’t wake up from.
SO I'm very happy with that.
22nd August 2017
Breakaleg Award Nomination
I've been nominated and short listed for a Best actor on stage award at the Breakaleg awards. Which is very nice.
14th August 2017
Had a great time with The Hollow sad to see it over.
11th August 2017
The Hollow- Draws to a close
Just a couple of days left on this production, sadly it finishes on Saturday night, but I've a had a wonderful time and enjoyed every minute of it. Working with such experienced performers as Guy Siner and Jenny Hanley our Director David Mansell always charming, always fun, always encouraging and all pulled together by Catherine O'Reilly and Tim Churchill with such attention to detail, fabulous set and wonderful wigs for the ladies that made all the difference. I'll miss this show.
11th August 2017
Agent of Rome- Book 6 -The Earthly Gods Goes Live for Pre Order at Audible.
Agent of Rome book 6 went on the audible site yesterday as available for pre order prior to it's release on September 15th 2017. With a running time of 10 hours and 1 minute that brings my Agent of Rome series up to I think after a quick calculation in my head 90 hours and 56 minutes.
The Hollow- Rehearsals and company meal.
Rehearsals are going very well for Agatha Christie's The Hollow with Guy Siner (Allo Allo and Dr Who etc and Jenny Hanley (Magpie and the scars of Dracula etc) on sunday we had a company meal which everyone attended and enjoyed.
2nd August 2017
I found a nice review for the audiobook of Maldicion online thisishorror.co.uk which reads
Daniel Marc Chant is one of the co-founders of The Sinister Horror Company and a champion of horror and strange fiction, having published work by Rich Hawkins, Adam Millard and Kit Power among many others. He is also an accomplished author in his own right, with works of horror including Burning House(2014), Maldicion (2014) and Mr Robespierre (2015), as well as the science fiction adventure novella Aimee Bancroft and the Singularity Storm (2016) and the YA drama One Girl Army(2017).
As noted above, Maldicion is not a new story. But Chant has recently adapted most of his back catalogue for the audio market. And he has selected different narrators for most of the stories. The audiobook of Maldicion was released in the Spring of 2017 and is narrated by Nigel Peever, an actor and narrator with over thirty years of experience, from television work such as British soap opera Coronation Street to appearing in Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) and too many audiobook credits to list. In Maldicion, the story of the lone survivor of a plane crash (Englishman Dexter LeGrasse) struggling to survive on a mysterious island, Peever delivers the narration and the inner dialogue of Dexter with a wonderfully theatrical spirit. And the added sound effects and atmospheric background music give the production a dramatic style that compliments the story and fits beautifully.
The story opens with Dexter, a young businessman with an inflated ego, trying to survive a transatlantic flight. But his problems with noisy passengers soon pale in comparison to what lies ahead when the aeroplane encounters turbulence and the captain soon advises them that they are going down. It is an explosive start to the story and, with Peever’s delivery, it quickly ratchets up the tension, not allowing the listener to rest at ease, as we listen to the horror of the passengers.
After the plane has crashed into the sea, and following a less-than-heroic encounter with an injured stewardess, Dexter is washed up on the shore of a tropical island. He immediately sets to exploring his surroundings and discovers a tranquil, if slightly eerie, forest. Chant builds on the creepiness further when Dexter discovers a small village in the middle of the forest, complete with man-made buildings and, even though there is evidence of inhabitants, it is clear that the buildings have been unoccupied for a long time. And when he finds the altar at the centre of the town, complete with dark red-brown stains, the tension is palpable.
Dexter spends the next week scavenging and surviving on the island. But he continually feels himself drawn back to the village. When he finally succumbs to his subconscious and finds himself on the outskirts of the village, he allows himself to be drawn deeper into the buildings, until he discovers the stone pyramid structure, and the monster within. What follows is a fight for survival as Dexter’s quest for a way off the island grows more desperate now he knows he isn’t alone. The sound effects employed by Peever for the sound of the monster and the destruction it causes is extremely effective, especially when the listener hears that monster roar for the first time.
Dexter’s ensuing struggle throughout the remainder of the story has a deeper meaning than just one man’s fight to survive. Dexter is trapped on that island, just as many everyday people are trapped in difficult life situations, whether that is a mid-life crisis or unhappy relationship. He strives to get through one day at a time, always fearful of the monster (symbolically representative of death or a ticking clock) catching up with him. The parallels are further reinforced as days pass and he grows increasingly tired, always looking over his shoulder for that monster, just like one of those everyday people looking over their shoulder, awaiting the inevitable touch of death. But he makes one last desperate attempt to escape the horror of the island, driven on by the appearance of searchlights out at sea. But will he be able to break free from the curse of the sinister island?
The combination of Chant’s solid storytelling and Peever’s dramatic narration is a match made in audio heaven. Given the methodical and atmospheric build-up of tension throughout the story, Peever’s delivery is perfect. Although the sense of dread permeates the wonderful prose, there is little in the way of blood and gore. It is more than just a creature feature, although fans of monsters, especially of the Cthulu Mythos (Chant’s fondness for Lovecraft is evident in the description of the island’s inhabitant), will find much to enjoy in the narration. It also has the added depth of an allegory, should you seek it. But sometimes you just have to turn the lights off, put the ear buds in and allow yourself to be terrified by a wonderfully tense story, narrated by a stirring and powerful performer.
Publisher: The Sinister Horror Company
Audiobook: 4 hours and 19 minutes
Release Date: 1 May 2017
If you enjoyed our review and want to listen to Maldicion by Daniel Marc Chant, please consider clicking through to our links. If you do, you’ll help keep the This Is Horror ship afloat with some very welcome remuneration.
18th July 2017
Long journey down to pantoland for the photoshoot for this year's poster and programme photo's.
12th July 2017
The Stone of Destiny audiobook was released
22nd July 2017
Rehearsals start soon for The Hollow at The Stoke Rep Theatre
5th July 2017
Agent of Rome book 6 The Earthly Gods by Nick Brown
Delighted to have been back in the Greenbank Studios with Liam Wheatley presiding over the technical side as we record the last in the series of Agent of Rome books so far this is due for a September release I believe. By publishers Hodder and Staughton
1st July 2017
Scratch reading of Head Over Heels at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre
Took part in the scratch reading of some new writing at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool
5th June 2017
Burning House by Daniel Marc Chant has been released on Audible Amazon and Itunes.
23rd January 2017
Tales of the Weird 3
The Latest Audiobook is finished and now awaiting it's release on audible, amazon and itunes.
My third manuscript from supernatural expert Tom Slemen following on from Haunted Liverpool 24 and 25. We've already agreed the next one.
8th October 2016
Aladdin Stratford upon Avon Arts Centre
We had our press call for Aladdin at the Arts House in Stratford upon Avon.
25th September 2016
The Vatican Cameos by Richard T Ryan
Audiobook Finished and approved by the publisher and is now going through the process to be uploaded to Audible and Amazon.
9th September 2016
The Cotswolds Werewolf and other stories of Sherlock Holmes
Audiobook headed to retail
Next self produced audiobook is finished and currently pending audio review so hopefully will be on sale by the end of next week.
Now available at Audible, Amazon and Itunes.
25th-29th August 2016
Harry Potter Films
Interactive Wizarding Experience
I played Professor Rickman the Potions Master at Lancaster Castle for this fun experience and cinema showing of the the various Harry Potter Films in the historic Lancaster Castle.
22nd August 2016
Haunted Liverpool 25
Second self produced book released via amazon audible and Itunes
5th August 2016
My first book on a profit share basis via audible and amazon
A Festival for Fairies and Goblins
I'll be playing a Goblin in this weekend's Festival of Fairies and Goblins
!4th June 2016
BAD BLOOD by Julie Shaw
A bit of a rush job with just a few days to prep and record the 325 page book. But we've managed to get it in the can in just a day and a half with the able assistance of Liam Wheatley at Greenbank Studios.
Agent of Rome 4 The Black Stone
I'll be recording book 4 of the Agent of Rome series mid July
Obsessed by the solar religions of the east, the emperor Aurelian sets out to obtain every sacred object within his realm. But one – a mysterious rock said to channel the power of the sun god – lies beyond his reach. Warrior-priest Ilaha has captured the legendary stone and is using it to raise an army against Rome. For Imperial agent Cassius Corbulo and ex-gladiator bodyguard Indavara, stopping him constitutes their greatest challenge yet. And when they finally reach Ilaha’s mountain fortress, they face thousands of warriors who will give their lives to protect him ... and the black stone.
BIG FINISH - DOCTOR WHO
The Transcendence of Ephros was recorded at the The Soundhouse Ltd in Acton on the 1st June 2016 starring Katy Manning reprising her role as Jo Grant from the 1970 Jon Pertwee era of Dr Who. Pertwee himself was played by Tim Treloar.