Shane Briant is an actor, artist and best-selling novelist. Born in London in 1946, Shane studied Law at Trinity College Dublin, coming top of his class, before turning to acting.
Following starring performances on the stage in Hamlet and Children of the Wolf, he was put on contract with the legendary Hammer Films, starring in Straight On Till Morning, Demons of the Mind, Captain Kronos : Vampire Hunter, and Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell for the company. He continued to work throughout the 1970s on film and television, counting appearances in The Sweeney, Van der Valk,The Naked Civil Servant, Warris Hussein’s Notorious, John Houston’s The Makintosh Man, The Picture of Dorian Gray and a film adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
At the start of the 1980s, Briant emigrated to Australia where he continued to work on film and tv including The Lighthorsemen, Cassandra, The Flying Doctors, Mission Impossible, and The Jim Henson Company’s Farscape.
Shane Briant has published seven books. His first five books, including The Webber Agenda, were published in Australia to great acclaim. His sixth novel, Worst Nightmares, was published by Vanguard Publishing in 2009 and the sequel, The Dreamhealer is now available. Shane also scripted the short film A Message from Fallujah (starring Lance Henrikson) which was awarded ‘Best of the Fest’ at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2005, and among the ten short films considered for an Academy Award that year.
His official website is www.shanebriant.org.
The Webber Agenda will be published by Avalard in June 2012.
Lawrence Gordon Clark
Lawrence Gordon Clark is a highly respected television director, perhaps best know for his run of adaptations of M.R. James’ tales of the supernatural as part of the BBC’s A Ghost Story For Christmasstrand in the 1970s (which has been recently revived with Lawrence’s involvement). His other direction credits include episodes of The Flambards, Minder, Chiller, Dangerfield and Casualty, alongside acclaimed mini-series and tv movies including Harry’s Game, Jamaica Inn, Chimera, and On Dangerous Ground.
Lawrence lives in Cornwall. Telling Stories is his first book and will be published by Avalard in 2012.
Robert Cromie (1856 – 1907) was a visionary science fiction writer, whose books are said to have influenced H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. His published works include The Crack of Doom, A Plunge Into Space and A New Messiah.
Born in Clough, County Down, Cromie lived in Belfast, just a few miles from the Harland and Wolff shipyard where the infamous Titanic was built, and his The Lost Liner (published by Avalard in March 2012) carries a number of eerie parallels to the real-life disaster.
The Lost Liner is the first in a series of Robert Cromie books to be published by Avalard.
David Del Valle
David Del Valle is a journalist, columnist, film historian, and a radio & television commentator on the horror/science fiction/cult & fantasy film genres. He has contributed to magazines internationally and has been interviewed by the BBC, A&E Network, Channel 4 and The Sci-Fi Channel. He appeared in the American Movie Classics documentary It Conquered Hollywood The History of American-International Pictures. He produced and hosted a series of television interviews entitled Sinister Image. His guests ran the gamut from Cameron Mitchell to Russ Meyer.
Del Valle recently completed a year as a radio host in Palm Springs, California in an entertainment-oriented program on AM as well as on the Internet around the world.
David has signed a multiple-book deal with Avalard, with the first title expected to be released early 2013.
Renée Glynne’s career in film began in 1943 in the Scenario Department at Welwyn Studios. In the ensuing 60+ years Renée has become one of the British film industry’s finest script supervisors and continuity women ever produced.
From working on classics like David Lean’s Brief Encounterand Caesar and Cleopatra, Renée moved on to the small independent company Hammer Films, working on many of the early features produced under the Exclusive banner including The Man In Black and The Quatermass Xperiment. During the 1960s and 70s she worked alongside the likes of The Rolling Stones, Jean Luc Godard, Peter Sellers, and Led Zeppelin, eventually moving into television with stints on Catweazle and The New Avengers.
Since (unofficially) retiring from the industry in 2005 Renée has reinvented herself as an artist, exhibiting regularly, and always happy to meet admirers from her pitch on the Bayswater Road most Sundays.
Her autobiography is forthcoming from Avalard.
Paul Kane is an award-winning writer and editor based in Derbyshire, UK. His short story collections are Alone (In the Dark), Touching the Flame, FunnyBones, Peripheral Visions, Shadow Writer and The Adventures of Dalton Quayle, with his latest out from the award-winning PS Publishing: The Butterfly Man and Other Stories. His novellas include Signs of Life, The Lazarus Condition, RED and Pain Cages. He is the author of the novels Of Darkness and Light, The Gemini Factor and the bestselling Arrowhead trilogy (Arrowhead, Broken Arrow and Arrowland), a post-apocalyptic reworking of the Robin Hood mythology. He is co-editor of the anthology Hellbound Hearts – stories based around the Clive Barker mythology that spawned Hellraiser – and The Mammoth Book of Body Horror out March 2012, featuring the likes of Stephen King and James Herbert. His non-fiction books are The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy andVoices in the Dark. His work has been optioned for film and television, and his zombie story ‘Dead Time’ was turned into an episode of the Lionsgate/NBC TV series Fear Itself, adapted by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (SAW II-IV). He also scripted the The Opportunity, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and The Weeping Woman – filmed by award-winning director Mark Steensland and starring Tony-nominated actor Stephen Geoffreys (Fright Night). You can find out more at his website www.shadow-writer.co.uk which has featured Guest Writers such as Neil Gaiman, Charlaine Harris, John Connolly and Guillermo del Toro.
Avalard will be publishing his book of Hellraiser interviews in 2012.
Diarmuid Kennedy was born in Ethiopia and grew up in Dublin. He was educated in Dublin and Glasgow. Diarmuid settled in Belfast in 1990 where, following a time with DBA Television (now defunct), he works as a librarian. He has contributed occassionally to Verbal Magazine and the Belfast Telegraph on literary topics. Under the guise of Doktor
Moog he also periodically gave material to the Portadown News website (now defunct). Now and again he updates the rather pretensious Black City website (www.blackcity.co.uk).
Diarmuid’s essay on Robert Cromie is included in Avalard’s edition of The Lost Liner.
Dr. Adam Locks is Programme Co-ordinator of Media Studies at the University of Chichester and teaches on horror cinema and the body. He is a regular speaker at numerous academic conferences both in the UK and America. He recently co-edited a book entitled Critical Readings in Bodybuilding, published by Routledge (forthcoming, June 2011). He is currently co-writing a book on Norman J. Warren for Avalard.
Jim McCallen was a writer with a keen interest in Irish history. His work was published and broadcast widely in Ireland. He died in January 1992, shortly after completing work on the original manuscript for Stand and Deliver – the first in a planned series of four books on the subject of highwaymen.
Avalard Publishing is working closely with Jim’s family – his widow Lydia, and children Michelle and Niall, on a new edition and plans to publish the rest of the series for the first time.
Ingrid Pitt was an acclaimed actress, writer and columnist. Born in Poland, Ingrid survived the terrors of the concentration camps and joined the Berliner Ensemble as an actress. She made her film debut in Doctor Zhivago and left her mark in Where Eagles Dare opposite Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton. But her appearances for Hammer Films in Countess Dracula and The Vampire Lovers would cement Ingrid’s iconic status as a glamorous ‘scream queen’, which would see her much in demand in the subsequent decades.
Alongside her career as an actress, Ingrid was a successful writer. During her life she published three novels, a children’s book, three books of non-fiction, a volume of autobiography, a Doctor Who audio play (based on a script originally commissioned for the tv series in the 1980s), and numerous contributions to other books and regular columns. She had just completed work on the manuscript of The Hammer Xperience (a personal memoir of her Hammer career) at the time of her death in November 2010.
Avalard are publishing five of Ingrid’s novels, including four previously unreleased titles (ANNUL DOMINI, DRACULA WHO, ICE PHOENIX and PIGEON TANGO).
Ingrid’s official website and fan club is at www.pittofhorror.com
Adrian Smith is currently working as an art and media lecturer at West Kent College and has spent many years immersed in cult cinema (which culminated in an MA dissertation on Norman J. Warren’s sex films!). He also writes reviews, articles and interviews for various film-based publications and websites, including Cinema Retro. He is currently co-writing a book on Norman J. Warren for Avalard.