Did you ever wonder exactly what went down during Britain's deranged video nasties era?

Why was one man sent to jail for the crime of distributing a slasher movie?

Scary novelist Jason Arnopp delves deep into his past life in horror journalism to answer these questions and more, in a detailed overview of the video nasties panic.

Arnopp interviews various people who were around during the video nasties era - including a BBFC examiner, a VHS collector and Vipco supremo Mike West. He even visited an actual, physical library to dig up old newspaper articles from the likes of The Daily Mail. The book's title has been derived from one of the aforementioned newspaper's cover headlines during the whole nasties scandal. It's time to learn about, or remind yourself, just how horrendous that whole era became.

But that's not all! This 7000-word article comes bundled with bonus horror articles, essays and interviews:

"Great interviews to delight any horror fan. You can't go wrong with this title!" - reader Baz

Conducted in-person and in-depth, these must-read 2005 conversations with Dawn Of The Dead and Friday The 13th FX legend Tom Savini were originally for Bizarre magazine and the author's long-gone horror website Slasherama. (9000 words)

The author's 2005 chat with the Friday The 13th director and producer happened in an impromptu fashion, at a Friday The 13th 25th Anniversary event at the Screamfest event in Los Angeles. Cunningham proved himself to be a surprisingly self-aware and amusing character! (2000 words)

This frank 2003 in-person interview with metal maestro turned movie maverick Rob Zombie was conducted for the author's old website Slasherama. It took place after shock-rocker Zombie's debut movie House Of 1000 Corpses had been released, but before 2005's The Devil's Rejects had even been named. (2300 words)

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Admittedly, this never-before-seen essay is probably not all THAT critical, given that The Thing is the author's joint favourite horror film alongside The Evil Dead. Still, it's full of thoughts, observations and questions about Carpenter's 1982 masterpiece. Arnopp wrote it for an anthology that never happened, and has tweaked it here and there for its 2022 debut.

Taken Over By Something Evil... is the second collection of Jason Arnopp's journalism. 2017's From The Front Lines Of Rock, also available on Kindle, gathers 30 of the author's greatest interviews from his time as a rock journalist for Kerrang! magazine.

TESTIMONIALS (for From The Front Lines Of Rock):

"With a great sense of humour and a sharp ear for the telling quote, Jason Arnopp is an interviewer who always gets the goods. Read and learn" - Andrew Harrison (former editorial genius at magazines including Q, MIXMAG and SMASH HITS.)

"Jason Arnopp is one of those ludicrous, funny people who manages to get the most reticent of stars to tell him things that they really shouldn't. As a journalist, he is blessed with a remarkable bedside manner. He might be able to teach you a thing or two" - Phil Alexander (MOJO Editor-In-Chief and former KERRANG! Editor.)

"It was my very happy experience to work with and read Jason Arnopp for a number of years on Kerrang! One singular thing marked Jason apart in his field - he had the invaluable ability to ask the unexpected question that caught both subject and reader off guard, and unfailingly meant you found out something new about whomever he was interviewing" - Paul Rees (former Editor of Q and KERRANG!)

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  • Publication Date: July 2, 2022
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Print Length: 85 Pages
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