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Daniel Willcocks - Horror, Sci-Fi, Fiction, Thriller Author

About Daniel Willcocks

Daniel Willcocks is a chart-topping author and podcaster of dark fiction. He is one quarter of digital story studio, Hawk & Cleaver, co-producer of iTunes-busting 'The Other Stories' podcast, as well as one of the lead hosts of 'The Story Studio podcast'.

Residing in the UK, Dan's work explores the catastrophic and the strange. His stories span the genres of horror, post-apocalyptic, and sci-fi, with his most recent series, 'The Rot' (written with co-writer, Luke Kondor), being described as "some of the best writing I've seen."

If you're interested in following Dan's work, you can join his VIP Readers Club at and get your hands on 3 free stories, including his 2015 #1 horror hit, 'Sins of Smoke'. Or, for everything else Dan is involved in, check out

 Question Time

What Genre do you write it?


Information about your book



Book title and description?

The Mark of the Damned: When a young man loses his father, he feels he is gone forever. However, just a month after his death, Quinton gets an unexpected present and inherits an ability that could change his small-town existence forever.

Where did you get the idea for the story?

A previous story I wrote for 'The Other Stories' podcast. However, the idea stuck with me and I wanted to expand it :)

Where did you get the idea for the characters?

A lot of the time they're reflections of people I know but twisted enough to protect their identity.

What are you working on next?

The Mark of the Damned

What're your favorite books in the horror genre?

1. Adam Nevill's 'The Ritual'

2. Stephen King's 'Pet Semetary'

3. Nick Cutter's 'The Troop'

4. Shirley Jackson's 'The Haunting of Hill House'

5. Stephen King's 'Everything's Eventual'

What're your favorite movies in horror genre?

1. Saw I

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Saw is a 2004 American psychological horror film[2][3] directed by James Wan in his directorial debut, and starring Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Michael Emerson, Ken Leung, Tobin Bell, and Leigh Whannell. It is the first installment in the Saw franchise. In it, Elwes and Whannell portray two men who awake to find themselves chained in a large dilapidated bathroom, with one being ordered to kill the other or his family will die. The screenplay was written by Whannell, who co-created the story with Wan in their screenwriting debuts respectively.


2. IT

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It (retroactively known as It Chapter One) is a 2017 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's 1986 novel of the same name. Produced by New Line Cinema, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, KatzSmith Productions, Lin Pictures, Vertigo Entertainment, and distributed by Warner Bros. It is the second adaptation of the novel, following a 1990 miniseries. The film tells the story of seven children in Derry, Maine, who are terrorized by the eponymous being, only to face their own personal demons in the process.

The film is directed by Andy Muschietti and written by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman. Jaeden Lieberher stars as Bill Denbrough, with Bill Skarsgård starring as Pennywise The Dancing Clown.


3. Bird Box

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Bird Box is a 2018 American post-apocalyptic thriller film directed by Susanne Bier from a screenplay written by Eric Heisserer, and based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Josh Malerman. The film follows a woman, played by Sandra Bullock, as she tries to protect herself and two children from malevolent supernatural entities that make people who look at them go insane and commit suicide.


4. 30 Days of Night

30 Days of Night is a 2007 American horror film based on the comic book miniseries of the same name. The film is directed by David Slade and stars Josh Hartnett and Melissa George. The story focuses on an Alaskan town beset by vampires as it enters into a thirty-day long polar night.

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30 Days of Night is a 2007 American horror film based on the comic book miniseries of the same name. The film is directed by David Slade and stars Josh Hartnett and Melissa George. The story focuses on an Alaskan town beset by vampires as it enters into a thirty-day long polar night.

On the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 51% score based on 157 reviews, with an average rating of 5.6/10. The site's consensus states: "While 30 Days of Night offers a few thrills, it ultimately succumbs to erratic execution." Metacritic reports a score of 53 out of 100 from 29 reviews, considered to be mixed or average reviews. Roger Ebert gave the film 2.5 stars out of a possible 4.

5. Midsommer

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Midsommar is a 2019 folk horror film written and directed by Ari Aster and starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Vilhelm Blomgren, and Will Poulter. It follows a group of friends who travel to Sweden for a festival that occurs once every ninety years and find themselves in the clutches of a pagan cult.


What's your favorite TV show in that genre?

1. Stranger Things (Kind of Horror :P)


More about Daniel's books

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