Film subsidiary Disturbed Girl Productions will launch its debut feature "Amber's Haunt" in summer 2014
The debut presentation from Disturbed Girl Productions is a short film by Joe James, the man behind barbaric-electro artist Himuro Mansion.
Disturbed Girl Productions is a new subsidiary of Amygdala Press that aims to bring visionary, provocative and original short films to the screen.
"Amber's Haunt" tells the story of Billie Amber, an 18-year-old girl drifting aimlessly as she struggles to deal with the aftermath of her father’s death.
While her friends move on with their lives, she remains tied to her mother, Agatha, who herself is trapped in a mental vortex, unable to cope with the loss.
One evening, Billie is sifting through her father’s belongings when she discovers a tattered photo album containing pictures of the bar her parents used to manage. It is clear that the bar was in fact a seedy strip club called “Amber’s Haunt”.
Angry and confused about her parents’ deception, she decides to investigate the club. It is a decision that will trigger a psychological nightmare that threatens to engulf and destroy her.
Joe James said: "This will be the visual rebirth of my music. I've waited years to create my first horror production, and its finally happening. With the help of our talented cast and crew we can really make this a nightmare!"
James Howell, author of the Disturbed Girl novels, is Executive Producer for "Amber's Haunt".
James said: "Joe has already produced some incredible music to accompany my novels, so when I heard he was working on a short film I was desperate to get on board. The screenplay is an absolute page-turner and I know that Joe and his team have some wild creative ideas to bring the story to life.
"Disturbed Girl Productions has been launched because I want Disturbed Girl to develop into a multi-media brand. My focus will always be on writing, but I want this website to become a platform for creatives of all types: writers, musicians, film-makers, photographers, you name it."
James added: "I don't believe in rules, but I do believe in certain ingredients that capture the ethos of the Disturbed Girl novels. These are complex and captivating female characters, themes that question society and challenge the status quo, and powerful stories that stay with you long after the final scene.
"There will be lots of brand new content on this site over the coming months, and some really innovative ways for fans to get involved and join the Disturbed Army. Watch this space."
Keep an eye on the "Amber's Haunt" page for updates, interviews, stills and trailers ahead of the film's release in summer 2014.
The Evening Echo newspaper includes an extensive double-page interview with Disturbed Girl author James Howell in this weekend's edition.
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The hotly-anticipated finale of James Howell’s stunning Disturbed Girl trilogy, A Disturbed Girl’s Redemption, is published worldwide this week by Amygdala Press.
The third instalment of the cult novels sees former journalist Hannah Harker forced into a relentlessly brutal chase across Europe as her search for love, sanity and salvation becomes a sickening marathon of depravity.
Author Howell says: “For nearly five years, Hannah has kept me locked me in a world of savage violence, lesbian sex, drug abuse and psychopathy. She has emotionally drained me and I can’t wait to come up for air.”
Since the first novel A Disturbed Girl’s Guide to Curing Boredom was published in 2011, Harker’s harrowing, sexual and violent exploits have attracted an army of fans. More than 15,000 copies of the novels have been sold globally, and the official Facebook page has attracted over 46,000 followers.
A Disturbed Girl’s Guide to Curing Boredom follows the story of the local reporter as she gradually grows insane in her quest to find excitement at all costs. In January 2013, it was named 7th in UKTV Really channel’s top 10 must-read erotic novels of all time.
The follow-up, A Disturbed Girl Implodes, continues Harker’s demented adventures and was published by Amygdala Press in May 2012.
For the final barbaric showdown, A Disturbed Girl’s Redemption, Harker is put through an unspeakable nightmare that pushes her far beyond the limits of physical, mental and emotional endurance.
Author James Howell’s experiences while working on a local newspaper in Essex, England, and on national newspapers in London, inspired the adventures of anti-hero Harker.
Howell said: “The first novel sees Hannah transformed from a fairly normal young woman into a psychopathic terrorist as her attempts to find a cure for her boredom backfire hideously.
“In the second novel she stumbles into the middle of an apocalyptic plot that threatens the very future of mankind. Any last remaining shred of normality in her character is systematically erased and she is left physically broken, mentally mutilated and emotionally exhausted.
“For the final part of the trilogy she is offered a route to redemption. She is so damaged at this point that it may be beyond her, but with so much at stake she is forced to summon one last surge of strength.”
Howell added: “There is a return to some of the themes that I explored in “Curing Boredom” - particularly the media, personal responsibility and the trials of everyday life – and expect plenty of danger, sex, violence, exotic locations and action. Boundaries will be pushed, nothing will be predictable and by the end of Hannah’s story I hope that readers will be left breathless and in shock.”
Daniel Harding from Amygdala Press said: “I think it’s fair to say that everyone who has read the first two Hannah Harker adventures has been captivated by this extraordinary young woman. We get so many insights into her psyche, but still she remains something of an enigma, and this is what has kept readers hooked.
“This third and final part brings her rollercoaster journey to a conclusion. Nobody will be able to predict how it ends, but without a doubt the story will be unlike anything you have read before.”
In late 2012, London-based electronic music artist Mush No Candy collaborated with Howell and produced a unique soundtrack to accompany the novels, which was the subject of a BBC radio programme.
Howell, Mush No Candy and Amygdala Press are now involved with a pan-European multimedia project called The Black Page, which is due to launch in early 2014.
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