Bristol, 31st October 2014
Probably one of the best Halloween nights out since my good mate Vega$ hosted the incredible gore party of 1998. Here’s a collection of images I took on the night.
The zombie walk kicked off at 6pm. Good fun as always. If you’ve never taken part in one of these I highly recommend it as an experience. Step outside of your normal state of mind. Become part of a slowly shambling mob that stretches out and takes over every street it enters. Cars and buses trying to get through abruptly find themselves swamped by hundreds of human bodies dressed as the undead or other monstrous things. Bloodied hands leave smears across windshields and windows. Occasionally, the mob will start to rock a particular vehicle…because they can, and because it is sort of expected. It’s tolerated anarchy. And it feels good.
Spectators, locals and tourists caught up in the milieu stand around taking photos, smiling, chuckling nervously when the creatures they are pointing cameras at suddenly lurch towards them, engaged, actively interested in THEM.
Spectators discover they are not invisible observers but now potential victims to the unfolding horror. It’s an edgy vibe that grows as the alcohol flows and the zombies and other monsters become more boisterous, probing the boundaries of what is acceptable… for anarchy.
I was dressed as a killer clown. Had a fun walk in the park….
A few of us did a small mission to Harvey Nichols, of course, where I think the staff initially thought we were there to rob the place…
Finally ended up at the Small Bar with just Thomas D Parker (Gothic horror writer) and my good friend Andy (aka Dr Nano – a fellow of nanotechnology). He settled into a leather wing-back chair whilst Thomas and I, fuelled on cocktails, beer and adrenaline, regaled him with tales of terror. At the end of the night Andy declared it was the best Halloween he’d ever had, “How lucky am I to have two horror writers sat here telling me stories into the witching hour!”
I met Andy a couple of years ago by pure random chance. Serendipity. I was on my own and took part in 2.8 HOURS LATER. He was there with a bunch of mates and I was assigned to their team. The rest as they say is history. He’s become a great friend and having first hand experience of latest developments in nanotechnology I was very pleased when he praised the nanomech concept I introduced into the novel THE BLACK LAKE.
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