Thursday, 22 December 2011

Ultimate Adventure Magazine: Issue #1

Please find details for the new online adventure magazine feature an exclusive new short story by yours truly...

FRENZIED... A tale of caving terror!!!!



Issue #1 - Jan/Feb 2012

In this first bumper-packed 190 PAGE 60,000 WORD issue, we have an interview with CLAUDIO VON PLANTA, famous for filming Long Way Round and Long Way Down with EWAN MCGREGOR and CHARLIE BOORMAN, where he talks about his adventures behind the camera in places like Afghanistan and Africa, and tracking down Osama Bin Laden...

We have interviews with best-selling horror novelist GUY N. SMITH, New Zealand rock-singer and recent Glastonbury performer JORDAN REYNE, ultra-marathon runner ANDREW MURRAY and top SFF artist VINCENT CHONG.

We have features on climbing in Scotland, crossing Australia on a postie’s moped, cycling in the Akamas mountains in Cyprus, making a short horror medical zombie film, and heading to Mexico in search of buried secrets.

All this, along with news, letters, competitions, the ANTI-CLARKSON column, Whackjob Jim Column and The Horror, The Horror Column, reviews of kit, motorbikes, caravans, restaurants, books, video games, albums and sports fuel, short fiction by Garry Charles, a serialised graphic novel by Martyn Pick, your favourite Grumpy Old Man -- and Ultimate Kids Adventure, something for the kids (and their parents!) to do at weekends.

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All UAMAG digital versions are FREE! We must be mad...

We hope you enjoy!

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Infernal... A dead script..?

A few years ago I wrote a script entitled Infernal... It was intended to mix up the action and thriller genres, a hybrid of films such as "Snatch" and "From Dusk Till Dawn".

Although I didn't go the Vampire route as I thought Vampires were being done to death (pardon the pun) and I didn't want to walk that tired ground... Instead I went for Demons intent on world (well UK) domination.

I kept the action fast, the dialogue loose and the humour hopefully laced its way through the entire thing.

I sent the script out and one set of producers came back to me... I got the initial "We love the idea... We really do... We'll be in touch."

I won't go into details but needless to say (as is often the case in the film industry) they picked up the script but decided to go another route with the base idea.

First change was to make it Vampires...

Anyway the film was made and released in the UK... You'll know it as the Cockney vs Vampires flick entiltled Dead Cert.

Recently a scriptwriter I admire, Todd Farmer, put out a blog regarding a screenplay he'd once written that'd never been used, despite something in a similar mould being made...

This blog inspired me so...

... I thought it was time to make my original script available for my readers, let them see what film I would have wanted to make... Looking at it myself I see the opportunity for a re-write that would put this script back in the game...

Who knows... I might do.

PDF of the script available via the link:

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Death and Taxes

I've read a lot of conflicting views on Amy Winehouse and I find it interesting to read them.

Some have said she deserved it... I don't think this is fair at all as in no way did she deserve to die.

She did however make some choices that led her to her ultimate demise and I think this is a sad waste, not of talent but of life. But make those choices she did... Drugs, drink... whatever the vice we, as individuals, have the option to either indulge or back away.

I pass no judgement either way but I do ask this...

Would you pity the down and out man found cold and blue on a park bench, a needle hanging out of his arm..?

Probably not... You'd see a down and out who you think probably derserved it.

You wouldn't think to ask yourself how he ended up where he was, what stresses led him to be so low down in society's eyes... You wouldn't know that whilst he worked the twenty first night shift on the trot just so he could keep a roof over his wife and four kids that very roof was burning around them, long after all five had died of smoke inhalation.

Yes, Amy had stresses to contend with, we all do...

Some of you may have ended up in the public eye due to a career choice, autographs to sign when you'd rather just be left alone, people thinking you'll do whatever they ask because you're that person in that show, or her who sang that song... I fully understand that you didn't ask for the attention that came with the job but come it does... I really sympathise with that lack of privacy.

Some of you may have lost family, spouses or children in a way similar to above or in a car crash or from a diesese that you'd never expected... truly the unthinkable for any person.

Most of us will live somewhere between those two extremes... Where we work every hour God sends just to ensure that at the end of the month we can still be overdrawn once the bills have gone out... We'll work in jobs that allow others to demean our very character so we can then thank those same people for putting dinner on our plate... We'll blink and realise that our children are growing up yet we hardly see them due to the hours done to keep them clothed and fed...We'll panic about where the money is going to come from for that new boiler we need before next winter sets in...

We all have a stress to bear but still we all have that choice to make...

Do I face my stress or do I hide from it using whatever vice I prefer?

As I say I do not judge, but personally I choose to face the stress... It helps that I am surrounded by a wife and children who love me whatever the situation... For that I am thankful and I feel for those who don't have the same.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Little Big Boy available now!!!

Kim Sønderholm May 2 at 8:06pm Reply Report


Little Big Boy is, to say the least, a film like no other. It tells the story of acclaimed horror film director Jimmy Duncan, famous for his hot temper aswell as his very exploitative movies. Having witnessed the murder of his mother at the age of seven, Duncan grows up at an orphanage and as an adult works his way up in the movie industry.

Caught up in the downward spiral of his own success surrounded by movie reviewers who refuse to acknowledge his obvious talent, starlet wannabes with absolutely no talent, producers with little patience and people who will do anything and exploid anyone to become famous in an industry where you can count on noone, we follow Jimmy while working on his fourth feature film "Death Stalker", which quickly turns into a descent into complete and utter madness as his leading lady leaves the production halfway through the shooting. This begins the insane fall of Jimmy Duncan.

All this while being haunting in his dreams by his childhood experiences.

Along the way we meet many familiar faces: Troma's Lloyd Kaufman, April Monique Burril (Chainsaw Sally, Good Sisters), Monique Dupree (Satan Hates You, Spirit), Megan Sacco (Avantgarde), Amy Lynn Best (A Feast of Flesh, Splatter Movie), Rachel Grubb (Terror Overload, Strip Club Slasher), Brandon Slagle (Methodic, Mega Shark vs Crocosourus), David C. Hayes (Blood Moon Rising, Slices), Keith Collins (Non Compos Mentis, Killer Hoo-Ha!), Manoush (Amelie from Montmatre, Le Petite Morte), Gry Bay (All About Anna), Melany Denise (Westbrick Murders) and realitystars/celebritymodels Katrine Poulsen and Jessica Sky and many others. The role as Jimmy's daughter is played by teenage talent Nicolette Michaela. Furthermore it contains brief cameos by Playboy models Angelina Leigh and Nikki Magnusson.

Jimmy Duncan at his adult age is played by the director Kim Sønderholm himself, while seven year old Jimmy is played by Danish child rapper/actor Toke Lars Bjarke who recently starred in Academy Award Winner/Golden Globe Winner for best foreign film 2011, 'In A Better World'.

New and official trailer can be seen here (just fresh off the bat):

IMDb info page

Expect DVD Street Date for Little Big Boy is September, but until then you can view it @ amazon-on-demand:

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Question and Answer Session with UK Actor, Neil Jackson

Neil Jackson... What can I say...? Its a pleasure to have you on the couch. Feel free to introduce yourself to everyone.

I’m and actor and writer from Luton, now living in Los Angeles…

I hear tell you were an amateur boxing champ before becoming an actor... How did the career change come about?

I was living in Cardiff, where I went to University, and studying for my Masters in Coaching Science. I was boxing and working on the door in various clubs in the city and I wasn’t happy. I had acted as a kid in school plays and a little National Youth Theatre, and that was the only thing in my life, career wise, that I had loved. So I completed by Masters and moved to London to pursue that dream.

Do you still dabble in the world of full contact sport.

I still train in boxing, but now only for fitness and cathartic release. I love the sport but don’t have the desire or the ability or the youth to ever think about competing again.

In a very short period of time you've climbed up the acting ladder, working both here and in the USA on projects including film and TV... Do you find differences between working on either side of the pond and which do you prefer?

The big difference is craft services. US shows have the most lavish catering. A sandwich truck with ever kind of filling and bread available all day. Every snack and drink imaginable from cappuccinos to every soda and type of doughnut. On the set of the BBC’s Upstairs Downstairs we had a tea urn.

And what about film and TV, are the two disciplines very different from an actors point of view and do you find it easy to switch between the two.

TV is fast. You have to be prepared and ready and on your game. Film often allows for a slower pace with more rehearsal time, though that often means more waiting around time too. Acting is as much concentration as anything else. You need to know what’s going on and be 100% ready when they call action. Nothing worse than standing on set with 100 people watching you and you’re not prepared.

I have to admit that I was a fan of Flash Forward and I can't believe they didn't green light a season two, especially with your character just coming into a world of his own... Any news/rumours on whether fan pressure will bring it back to our screens.

Unfortunately that show is dead. There is no chance of it coming back now after so long. And it’s a shame. There were such great plans for season two with Hellinger becoming a bigger character as we learn more about his plans and motives for causing these blackouts.

That's a shame for many of the fans... But what about Upstairs Downstairs? My wife, for one, wants to see more Harry Spargo.

The show starts shooting the full series in September. I hope Harry comes back. The BBC contacted last week so we’re officially ‘in talks’.

Mrs Charles will be happy to hear that and our fingers will be crossed for you.

Curve ball time... What question would you like to be asked more than any other and what would your answer be?

Do you ever wish that Jessica Beal and Anne Hathaway would stop stalking you? No!

You've covered a good cross section of genres with your work but what would the dream role be... What would be the one type of script you'd love to be handed and asked if you'd be the lead?

A role that mixed action with drama with humour. A Sherlock Holmes type character would be a dream…

Any news on Blood Soldiers? This is one I'm hoping rolls along quickly as I'd love to see the finished product.

I haven’t heard any news for a little while. The short is done, though I haven’t seen it, and I know the guys are talking meetings.

You've also tried your hand at writing. Is this a path you'd like to venture down further, possibly try directing at some point?

I will always write. Writing got me into acting. It’s a passion. I love story telling. One day that will lead to directing. But not just yet.

Curve ball No 2 (This question has just been thrown at me by Mrs Charles)... What kind of person would you be in an emergency... Would she want you on her life boat?

I’m good in a crisis. Calm. Though stressed people tend to stress me out. Might have to push anyone panicking out of that boat!

Do you actually sit down and watch the films and TV you've starred in or are you bored with them by that point?

I’m my biggest critic. I always watch as I think you can only improve by seeing what you’ve done and assessing what worked and what didn’t. I always wish I’d done more or better.

And finally, what can we expect from you in the future? Anything you want to shout out about?

My future is wide open right now. I’ll let you know when I settle on my next project.

Thanks Neil...

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Interview with Robert Malliet - Actor and Wrestler and all round great guy

Robert Malliet is probably the biggest man in cinema at the moment. He may not have starred in hundreds of films yet but the ones he's in he always manages to make an impression.

You may remember him as an Uber Immortal in the stunning 300 or as Dredger in the recent re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes.

For horror/wrestling fans he is about to appear as Frankenstein in the new movie Monsters Brawl and I can't wait for it.

Well, Robert was kind enough to take a few moments out of his busy schedule to talk to me and I thought I'd share with you all.

Hi Robert... Thanks so much for agreeing to chat with us for a while.

-Its good to be invited over.

Now do the roar!!! (Only kidding, this guy is big but he's no ogre)... So, looking on Facebook I see you list your top job as machine operator... Is that true?

-That's true! I work for a company that makes ventilation units for homes and commercial use. I work in the sheet metal department that punches and bends metal to form the units. Its been 8 years so far!

How do you go from machine operator to wrestler and then to film star?

-I was wrestler first but then I slowed down and found a real job!(lol).I was offered a role in 300 through wrestling contacts. So I took the opportunity and ran with it!

Do you find it easy to balance it all out with family life?

-Its tough. But we manage. My wife is used to the game. But for our little daughter Mekedess its a little harder for her. We adopted her from Ethiopia right before I left for England for 2 months to shoot "Holmes". It took awhile after to re-establish our relationship!

Since starring in “300” you've snagged roles in some impressive titles. How do you feel you've progressed as an actor?

-It was 5 years ago that I filmed 300 and I've done 4 films since. I've learned alot on each film. But there is still alot to learn! I can tell you that I'm much more comfortable being on set!

I did a film called The Big Bang last year. It was really a departure for me. My character is the heart of the story! All my scenes were with Antonio Banderas. He and the other actors told me I was doing a great job. So that helped my self esteem a lot!

I have to say that I'm very excited about Monster Brawl. Can you tell us a little about this one, how you came to be involved and your character in it?

-Independent film makers from Collingwood(North of Toronto )were sending messages for months. They wanted me to play "Frankenstein" who with 7 other monsters fight it out in a tournament to determine the true dominant Monster.

I wasn't sold on the idea until I saw the drawing of me as the monster. And they were very serious about having me! Then I thought to myself that this should be a fun ride!

The premise is simple... Classic Film Monsters fight it out to the death in an old cemetery in a wrestling ring. Its billed as a pay per view event with commenter's and annoncers. It should please fans of the horror,wrestling and comedy genre.

It sounds great. I really can't wait to see it.

-Great casting too with Lance Herikson as the Narrator and Jimmy "The Mouth of the South"Hart as the host. Dave Foley and Art Hindle as the Commenter's for comic relief. Former WWE,WCW and TNA wrestler Kevin Nash is there as well!

Some great names for horror and wrestling fans.

-And the rest of the cast are just terrific to work with. The set was amazing considering the budget it had. The crew worked very hard on it and were very passionate of the project. It will come out probably around Halloween time of 2011.

You will also be seen as the Minotaur in the upcoming The Immortals... Do you enjoy being hidden behind make up and costumes or do you prefer the roles such as Dredger in Sherlock where the audience gets to see the real you?

-I did enjoy playing The Minotaur. My head was completely covered with this huge helmet. It wasn't the most comfortable thing to wear. I could barely see and it was very hot in there.

I had to do all the stunts for the Big Fight sequence. It was quite challenging. But the Minotaur costume I wore was awesome and powerful.

I was always fascinated with masks in general. I always wanted to wear the Darth Vader helmet when I was younger. People would be terrified of the mask while you were hiding your true identity.

I used body language and head movements since the audience can't see my face. But showing my visage does help getting noticed for sure. I took advantage of my facial expressions.

S.H. was a huge hit and helped my visibility in the acting world.

And while I'm talking Sherlock I have to ask... What was the first thing to go through your mind when you accidentally put Robert Downey Jnr on his arse?

-Terrible of course. I taught how bad did he get hurt.

A little bit must have thought I just knocked out Iron Man... cool.

-Turned out all right at the end!:)

As you continue in film is there any genre you'd like to step into... comedy, romance, action etc...?

-I would like to try all genre but I would prefer Action and Horror!

Has anyone ever walked upto you and said “Hmm, I thought you'd be taller?”

-On the contrary! People say I'm taller in real life! They must have thought they used CGI in Holmes to make me Bigger (lol).

Is there one question you'd like to be asked and what would your answer be?

-Are you afraid of heights?

Good one... And are you?

-Yes I am.

Looking back at you wrestling career what would you say was the high point?

-Being with the WWE of course. Wrestling in my hometown with the WWE in front of my family and friends was a high point. Touring the world was always a perk with the Job!

Do you prefer the wrestling or are you now more comfortable with being seen as an actor?

-Acting bug for sure. But can't say no to Wrestling gigs ether. Its not out of my system yet.

What does the future hold for you... What can we expect to see you doing next?

-To continue the dream. Still waiting what this year will bring!

Thanks for this, Robert and I hope we get to chat again soon.

-Thanks for the opportunity!!

***Next time I'm hoping to chat with Neil Jackson, the UK actor who has starred in films such as Quantum of Solace and Push and TV including Flash Forward, Blade: The series and Upstairs Downstairs***

Friday, 18 February 2011


Medusa followed with Alano walking behind her. The torturers had been busy, the room already littered with the sagging bodies of those who had been forced to confess. They'd been left where they'd collapsed. Later they'd be taken to the town centre and burned for their sins. Medusa felt nothing for the agony they had suffered. They were humans and they deserved nothing better than the degradation they infliction upon one another.

Across the room she saw the male who'd kept her so well fed in her cell. He hung upside down against the far wall, his ankles chained together. Despite the uncomfortable position he still franticly tugged at his penis, the member now raw from all of his attention. Blood trickled between his fingers, mixing with the steady stream of seamen dribbling from the twitching end. He raised his head awkwardly, his mouth wide to catch the creamy pink mixture of fluid. With each drop his eyes rolled in his head, the eyelids quivering in perverse joy. He disgusted her.

She was glad to leave him behind and happier to discover she'd have an important audience. It would make the whole experience more enjoyable. The inquisitors looked up at her as she approached and Medusa smiled, running her tongue across her top lip seductively. She watched them squirm at her attentions, pulling their gaze away from her and returning to their study of the words they'd written.

So, Manuel, is this my surprise?” she asked, drawing her nails across the inquisitors table.

No, my dear.” The reply came from the shadows. “That would be me.” The curtain behind the inquisitors parted and Thomás de Torquemada stepped into view.

Bastard,” Medusa sneered. “How nice you could find time to come and see me.”

Torquemada walked into the room, his red clad frame oozing power and self confidence. Europe feared him, quaking in fear at the mere mention of his name. He had more power than the Pope and he used it well to satisfy his own wants and needs whilst following a quest to rid the world of demons, devils and witches.

No one saw the smile flicker across his face, gone before it could truly surface. He had everything he could ever wish for and all he’d had to do was pretend to be a believer. By bowing before the effigy of God and swearing his allegiance to the good fight he'd achieved power like he could never have imagined. The power and the money were all good and well, but it was the other perks he appreciated more.

Especially the women.

Medusa stared back at him, her insides boiling with hatred for the man who'd betrayed their deal. She'd given herself freely and still he'd sent his men to arrest her. The very thought of being near him filled her with fire

Torquemada loved the attention of females. He may have made an oath to be faithful to God, but like every promise he'd ever made he'd rescinded on this one. With his role as Master Inquisitor he'd been placed in a position where women threw themselves at him and he took full advantage of the situation.

The Medusa woman was a case in point, and such a rare beauty. On his travels he'd heard tales of how she'd conquered Spain, leaving a trail of devastation in her wake. He'd known then that she'd be his, that he'd take her and tame her before stripping her of her riches and sacrificing her as an example of his all encompassing power.

Torquemada let his eyes roam over her body and felt his manhood rise beneath his robes. He was going to enjoy watching her confess and then, if time allowed, he would take her one more time. The final insult of rape and abuse would be her dying memory.

Medusa watched Thomás and grinned openly. She could read his thoughts as if he was an open book. She shivered in anticipation at what was to come. The wait would be worth the pain and the agony she'd be forced to endure before her moment of retribution.

Inquisitor and eternal held each others gaze, neither wanting to be the first to show weakness. The standoff was brought to a halt by Manuel, keen to start his work and show the mighty Torquemada what injuries he could inflict upon their special subject.

This way, bitch.” He took gratification from the expression of disgust that passed along the line of inquisitor’s faces.

Where would you like me,” Medusa answered, turning with a curtsy.

You won’t be so loud when I’m done.” Manuel lashed out and kicked her leg, moving her in the direction of the chair on the raised podium.

And I was under the belief you liked them loud,” Medusa hissed. “At least that’s what I heard from the other cells during the nights.”

Shut your trap, cunt.” Manuel pulled back his hand and brought it back hard across her face. “You’ll scream for me soon enough.” He forced her down in the chair and began to strap her arms.

You haven’t got what it takes to make me scream.” Medusa drummed her nails on the wooden arm, impatiently waiting as Manuel fumbled the buckles on the leather bonds.

We’ll see,” Manuel snarled, pulling the last strap tight, ensuring the metal clasp bit into Medusa’s wrist. “You’ll soon beg me.” He coughed and spat a thick wad of phlegm in her face.

Manuel that is no way to treat a guest.” Torquemada walked around the table and approached the chair. “She is here to be questioned and we must follow procedure.”

Fuck you,” Medusa snapped, her body tensing at the close proximity of The Inquisitor.

You should show me respect.” Torquemada’s fist clenched, his knuckles turning white and swelling around the ruby ring given to him by the Pontiff.

The same respect you gave me after burying your face in my quim?” She glared at him.

You poor child.” Torquemada restrained the anger he felt towards her. “I am willing to offer you redemption.” He leaned in close. “All you have to do is kiss my ring and ask me forgiveness.”


This one small act is all I ask and we will accept it as your confession.” The words fell from his lips like thick saliva. “You can burn with the others and your pain will be over.”

You offer so much, your Almightiness.” Medusa made no attempt to hide the disdain in her voice. “Hold out your hand and let me beg for mercy.” She was, however, willing to play his game.

Torquemada glanced back at the other inquisitors and saw the consternation on their faces. What he was offering was unheard of and their displeasure was clear. He silenced their mutterings with only a look. “You can leave now,” he ordered.

The inquisitors closed the heavy book, leaving it on the table and retreating behind the curtain. They had no wish to be witness to such behaviour and would ensure that the Pope heard of Torquemada’s deviant actions.

Torquemada waited until he was sure they were gone and then returned his attention to Medusa, holding out his fist and presenting the jewelled ring to her lips.

One kiss and you will allow me to die?” she asked.

One kiss and you leave this world absolved,” he assured her, moving the ring until the ruby was almost touching her mouth.

Medusa’s head snapped forward, giving Torquemada no chance to withdraw. In a fluid movement her mouth was open and her tongue snaked out. With tremendous strength the tongue pulled The Inquisitors finger into her mouth and she bit down. She ground her teeth together, working them through flesh and bone with the efficiency of a saw. She moaned as Torquemada’s hot blood sprayed her face and the finger slid, whole, down her gullet. She sucked greedily on the open wound, probing the raw flesh with the tip of the tongue. As she fed she gave something to Torquemada...

Something special.

***Jaded Mistress available soon in ebook format for only $1.50***