Events News – August 2015

Posted by Rich - 27th July 2015

Welcome to August’s installment of our guide to what’s happening in the world of films, fiction, comics and arts outside of the world of The Great Escape.

Indie Film Festivals

The Adventure Travel Film Festival 2015The Adventure Travel UK Film Festival, London (14th-16th August 2015) – devoted to the art of documentary filmmaking, this 3-day film festival is devoted to films both old and new on the topic of adventure!

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House, London
 (6 – 19 August 2015) – the quintessential outdoor film festival returns for it’s 2-week stint, showcasing both brand-new films, people’s choices and absolute classics. They also run a companion event of workshops and talks, Behind The Screen, with events catering for all tastes (including how Somerset House has been used as many a filming location!)

Film4 FrightFestFilm4 FrightFest 2015, London
 (27th-31st August 2015) – Back once again and expanded to four screens of terror, gore and dark comedy, FrightFest is the go-to event for the best in new, classic and cult horror film!

Comic Conventions

Preston Comic Con 2015Preston Comic Con, Preston Guild Hall (1st August 2015) – A one-dayer up in Lancashire, this is the 2nd ever Preston Comic Con and with a packed list of attendees, looks to be worth visiting!

Dublin Comic Con, Dublin
 (8th-9th August 2015) –  Set across 3 floors of The Convention Centre, there is an excellent mix of Comics, Cosplay, Panels and TV and Movie stars in attendance (Billy West, Gates McFadden and Michael Rooker are just a few).
DemonCon X, Maidstone, Kent (23rd August 2015) – Back for it’s 10th year and in the new venue of the Royal Star Arcade, this well regarded and constantly expanding comic convention is one event you won’t want to miss!

Melksham Comic Con 2015Melksham Comic Con, Melksham
 (29th-30th August 2015) – One of the best shows on the comic book circuit, it’s no surprise that both ourselves and Hellbound Media (Table 38, both days) will be in attendance at this one. Come see us on Table 2 on Sunday!


Literary Events

Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival
Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
 (23rd July-3rd August 2015) – The first annual festival to ‘celebrate the work and influence of Nobel Prize-winning writer Samuel Beckett’, and now in it’s 4th year, there are many events about the man and his works over the one-and-a-half weeks.


Beyond Borders International Festival of Literature & Thought 2015, Innerleithen (22nd-23rd August 2015) – Both a political and geographical festival of wrting, Beyond Borders offers a fair selection of events on the topics of documentary and historical writing.

Edinburgh International Book Festival logo
Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh (15th-31st August) – The event of the month is Edinburgh’s annual festival devoted to all topics – from discussions on art and design to workshop events for kids. With over 700 events happening across the latter half of the month, there is an endless supply of things to do there from the world of writing – far more than you’ll ever manage to do!


Keep an eye out on the site next Monday, where we’ll tell you what’s coming up in the world of The Great Escape over the coming month!

Follow Friday – 101 Words

Posted by Rich - 24th July 2015

101 Words ( Words is a site devoted to user-submitted short stories that are exactly one-hundred-and-one words long.

Site creator Shannon started writing 101-word stories for their site back in 2005, but it wasn’t until 2007 when the site really came into its own, publishing regular pieces of microfiction from a wide range of contributors.

New stories are posted frequently, and there is always something fresh to read. In addition, their submission guidelines means that the stories on the site are new and never been seen before. Alternatively, you can have the stories delivered straight to your inbox through their ’email subscription’ service.

In addition, this month 101 Words took over the operation of Flash Fiction Magazine, which allows submission of longer short stories which don’t fall into the remit of the original site.

You can find out more about 101 Words on their website,, or get regular updates of new content via their Twitter, @101words. In addtion, you can submit stories at

Follow Friday is our weekly look at Twitter accounts that have followed us recently or we have followed, and deserve a shout-out for offering something a little bit different. Want to be considered for our Follow Friday post? Follow @thegreatesc on Twitter!

Hellbound Media at Horror Con

Posted by Chrissey - 23rd July 2015

Mark Adams and Matt Warner of Hellbound Media took their comics to Horror Con just over a week ago and while they were there they captured the event to share with us. Check out some of their photos!

There’s more photos from Horror Con and Hellbound Media on their Facebook page

A heart in a book shaped box

You find the strangest things in books these days

Cosplay costume with a zombie in a backpack

Self-made cosplay is often the best. This creation is by JoBie McPartland.

A fan picks up a Hellraiser-inspired print by artist Anna Susanne

A fan picks up a Hellraiser-inspired print by artist Anna Susanne

Two people in werewolf costumes

Two amazing werewolf costumes – Francine Woodward

Resident Evil cosplayer Colin Yates dresses as an Umbrella Corp guard

Resident Evil cosplayer Colin Yates

Friday 13th meets Halloween meets Hellraiser

A crossover too many?

Jessica Jane Foster

Jessica Jane Foster stops by the Hellbound table

MattComic creator Warner and actress Caroline Munro

Hellbound Media’s Matt Warner with Hammer legend Caroline Munro

The Evil Twins: Luna Wolf and Missy Poison

The Evil Twins: Luna Wolf and Missy Poison

Fans with copies of Slaugherhouse Farm comic

Horror fans with Slaughterhouse Farm, Hellbound Media’s best selling title over the weekend

Claire Rainbow as Morticia Addams

Claire Rainbow as Morticia Addams

Liam Regan and David Curtis promote Banjo

Director Liam Regan and actor David Curtis promoting Banjo

Paul Kane with his new anthology

Horror author Paul Kane with his new anthology sporting a cover by Clive Barker

Cosplayers at Horror Con

Cosplayers at Horror Con

Cosplayer dressed as Elvira

Elvira by Carame1ne Cosplay

Mark Adams and Matt Warner of Hellbound Media at Horror Con

Hellbound Media editors Mark Adams and Matt Warner

All photos are reproduced with permission from Matt Warner and Hellbound Media © 2015

Follow Friday – ComicsAlliance

Posted by Rich - 17th July 2015

ComicsAllianceComicsAlliance is a website devoted to all things comics – serials, graphic novels, online content and more!

Covering news, reviews, interviews and opinions on everything from the latest issues of DC comics to bizarre manga from yesteryear, they take a broad-brush approach to content – which means you’ll always find something good to read.

They also cover the latest in comic book films, TV series, cartoons, toys, conventions, cosplay events – in fact, most anything related, they’ve covered at some point over their 8 year history.

In addition to a frequently updated site and Twitter feed, they also produce series such as ‘You Think You Know Comics?‘ on YouTube, which gives you the facts you might not know about your favourite comic series.

They also have a very diverse team behind the scenes, being part of the ScreenCrush Network, which features sites devoted to film & TV, hip-hop culture, classic rockmetalpop and indie.

You can find ComicsAlliance at, as well as on Twitter ( @comicsalliance ), Facebook ( ) and YouTube ( ).

Monthly Mention #5

Posted by Chrissey - 13th July 2015

This July we’ve chosen to devote our Monthly Mention to crowd funding projects happening around the UK! Check out some of our top picks of the projects you can support right now:

Checkpoint Gaming Lounge – Cardiff

On Friday we featured Checkpoint Gaming Lounge as our follow of the week. They’re currently funding to open a new gaming venue / cafe / bar in Cardiff and we love the look of their concept art and ideas.

Board – A Board Game Cafe, Exeter

Board Gaming Cafe - ExeterCheckpoint isn’t the only gaming cafe funding right now. Based in Exeter, Board was opened as a pop up shop earlier this year. After a successful trial period, brother and sister team Luke and Beth are raising funds to make Board a permanent venue.

Among the rewards on offer on their Kickstarter Page is a chance to own one of their mark I two tiered gaming tables! Which we at TGE are seriously tempted by!

The Unfortunate Adventures of Uncle Chainsaw

From gaming venues to games to play there. The Unfortunate Adventures of Uncle Chainsaw is a wacky new storytelling card game. They’ve already done loads of development and play testing and now they are funding to get the game fully illustrated and into production.

This is a fun, crazy, kooky, silly, somewhat mental card game for 2+ players of all ages.

The Unfortunate Adventures of Uncle Chainsaw - card game


Ghost Bank – a short film

And from wacky games to wacky films. Ghost Bank is an off the wall short film featuring (hopefully) chimps and “God awful effects”.

This could turn out to be really good or really God awful, but we at TGE think it could be fun finding out. What’s more, creator Andrew Coulson is offering up some sweet rewards… so sweet we fear he may not have any money left for the film, but that could be half the fun of it.


Survive - A short filmAlso funding towards a modest £6k total is  “Survive”, a short film with a more serious flavour. Writer, director and principle actor Richard Rowden is the man behind this dystopian action adventure. They’ll be filming in the Lake District later this year and need funds to cover production overheads.


From creator Leah Lawry Johns, creator of short film The Factory, which successfully funded through Kickstarter a few months ago is back with a new theatre project, Caught. The play features three actresses; Serena Chloe-Gardner, Ella Duncan and Leah herself playing six roles in a gritty crime drama.

We at TGE know the team behind Caught are true professionals and this is going to be a polished and powerful production. Grab a chance to go and see it at the Pleasance Theatre in Islington by backing them now.

So that’s our pick of projects happening right now on Kickstarter. Make sure you check them out and back the ones you like for some great rewards.

Follow Friday – Checkpoint Gaming Lounge, Cardiff

Posted by Chrissey - 10th July 2015

Another Welsh flavoured Follow Friday this week. Checkpoint Gaming Lounge is a new venue opening in Cardiff. They’re currently funding on Kickstarter to give them a final injection of cash to get the project rolling.

Checkpoint Gaming Lounge - Cardiff

Checkpoint is a unique new chilled out gaming space, which mixes a lounge style hangout with a restaurant/bar/cafe serving delicious food and drink. It’ll be the go to place in Cardiff for all types of gamers, be it console, pc, tabletop, card, dice, whatever!

In time they’ll also cater to events such as tournaments, game launches, parties and more.

We’re really excited about Checkpoint and we’re rooting for them to hit their funding target so we can see the lounge open. Their concept art is awesome and the project is already well on the way. They’ve got loads of cool rewards on offer for backers, so make sure you check out their Kickstarter page.

Follow them on Twitter (@CheckpointWales) and Facebook (/Checkpointgaminglounge) to keep up to date on their progress.

Coming up in July

Posted by Chrissey - 6th July 2015

Coming this July on The Great Escape:

Wednesday 8th July – Story Cards – The “Prototypes” We had a great day at Cardiff Comic Expo on National Flash Fiction Day and while we were there Chrissey created a whole load of short stories on postcards. We’ll be sharing a selection of these prototype cards on the site for you to enjoy! Meanwhile we’ll be developing the Story Cards idea to feature at future events.

Wednesday 15th July – Breakout: The Future of Web Series Join us for episode 2 of our podcast where we discuss trends in online film, particularly the format and idea of web series. What exactly is a web series, and what does the future hold for this medium?

Wednesday 22nd July – Hellbound Media at Horror Con we’ll have photos galore from this year’s Horror Con. Check out the best moments as captured by Matt Warner and Mark Adams.

Wednesday 29th July – Faith Healers: The Flesh Angel – a new instalment in our continuing tale of the nephilim nurses’ investigation of the mysterious flesh crafter. Read the story from the beginning.

Business Bear - web comic by Kristian GriffithsCatch new instalments of our web comic, Business Bear, from comic creator Kristian Griffiths, on Thursday 9th and 23rd July.

Friday Follows – every Friday we’ll be featuring a site, service or person we think is worth following. Check out our past suggestions here.

Monday is News day – Every Monday our blog will feature news and updates from the worlds of indie films, fiction and comics.

Follow Friday – Geeksin Wales

Posted by Chrissey - 3rd July 2015

Last week at Cardiff Comic Expo, The Great Escape met Geeksin Wales!

Geeks in Wales“Geeksin Wales is a hyperlocal blog that shines a spotlight on the
growing geek culture in Wales.”

Having started in May of this year, they are still very much in their infancy but growing fast! If you’re interested in geeky stuff like board games, comics, cosplay, films this is a great blog to follow.

They cover events and projects happening in Wales in their “What’s On” segment (see what they’re showcasing for July!), along with interviews, articles, and more. You’ll be able to find insider gossip on TV shows filmed in Cardiff, including Dr Who and Sherlock, and you can find out about indie creators and projects.

Although we at The Great Escape are mainly across the Bristol channel in England, we love to support what’s going on in Wales. We’re really looking forward to following Geeksin Wales.

You can follow Geeksin Wales on Twitter (@geeksinwales) or Facebook (/geeksinwales).

Events News – July 2015

Posted by Rich - 29th June 2015

Welcome to July’s edition of TGE’s guide to things happening in the world of indie films, fiction, comics and the arts.

Film Festivals

Loch Ness Film Festival

The Loch Ness Film Festival, Inverness (24th-26th July 2015) – a multi-location, multi-genre film festival happening in venues around the illustrious home of Nessie. There is also a full line-up of events and talks happening around the festival too.

Roots to Shoots Film Festival, Coventry
(8th July 2015) – Roots to Shoots returns in July offering a selection of local, national and international short films. Highlights so far include some vintage Oscar nominated shorts, a rediscovered gem from 1986 and ‘Predator: Dark Ages’, a fan film directed by James Bushe.

East End Film FestivalEast End Film Festival, London (1st-12th July 2015) – The annual multi-platform festival is back, presenting a rich and diverse programme of international premieres, industry masterclasses, free pop-up screenings and immersive live events. Happening in cinemas across the east of London.


Comic Events

Glasgow Comic Con, CCA Glasgow (4th-5th July 2015) – Billed as ‘Scotland’s Comic Book Festival’, GCC hopes to be the biggest event yet with a packed schedule covering all genres and publishers… including Dundee’s DC Thomson!

HorrorCon 2015 RotherhamHorrorCon 2015, Rotherham (11th-12th July 2015) –  HorrorCon is a convention born from passionate horror fans wanting to get together and celebrate their love of the
horrific, macabre & grotesque. Mark Adams and Matt Warner of Hellbound Media will be there, too!

London Film & Comic Con, Olympia (17th-19th July 2015) – Showmasters are once again bringing their star-studded film and comic expo to the captial for three days of the ultimate in geekdom, including appearances from big names in film, TV, comics and books.

MCM Manchester Comic ConMCM Manchester Comic Con (25th-26th July 2015) – Back once again invading the GMEX and featuring loads of dealers, the Comic Village, talks, eSports guest appearances and of course, plenty of cosplay, this one is sure to be the best yet!


Book and Writing Festivals

Frome Festival 2015Words @ Frome Festival, Somerset (3rd-12th July 2015) – Part of the larger Frome Festival which runs across the town, there are several literary workshops, readings and tours running throughout the event, alongside the hundreds of other things to do.

The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate (16th-19th July 2015) – The 2015 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, is once more, a murderously good line-up. Now in its 13th year, the festival has achieved international acclaim for the programming, organisation and atmosphere, ranking as one of the top three literary festivals in the UK by The Guardian.

Niddfest 2015 - Celebrating Nature in WritingNiddfest 2015, Upper Nidderdale, Yorkshire (24th-26th July) – Celebrating nature in writing, NiddFest is a unique, new, family friendly festival, offering a weekend of talks and outside events for nature lovers of all ages. NiddFest’s patron is the UK’s poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.

Latitude 2015, Southwold, Suffolk (16th-19th July) – Celebrating it’s 10th year, and known primarily for being a source of great live music, lesser known is the amazing literary and poetry events that take place throughout the 3-day event, which draws in some of the finest names in poetry and literature. Even more surprisingly, tickets are still available so you still have an opportunity if you haven’t already booked!


Keep an eye out on the site next Monday, where we’ll tell you what’s coming up in the world of The Great Escape over the coming month!

Announcing the Winner of our Flash Fiction Competition

Posted by Chrissey - 27th June 2015

A big thank you to all the writers who took part in our writing competition this June. The quality of the entries we received was very high indeed which made judging very difficult.

In the end we chose our favourite story to feature on The Great Escape on National Flash Fiction day. The story we felt fitted in well with The Great Escape’s site ethos of genre fiction and escapism.

So congratulations to Tom Burd for his entry Big Arm which you can now read in our Fiction section.

Big Arm by Tom Burd - title banner

We’d also like to make a special mention of Anna Nazarova-Evans, whose two beautifully written stories about Armenian refugees totally blew us away. While we didn’t feel that The Great Escape was the right place for Anna’s stories, we’re quite sure they will find a good home somewhere!

We’ll be at Cardiff Independent Comic Expo today, where Chrissey will be getting into the National Flash Fiction Day spirit writing spontaneous original stories on postcards! If you’re at the convention, come and challenge her to write something for you.

You can find out about other NFFD events happening around the country on the National Flash Fiction Day website.