Dead Leaves, Novel Chronicles Video Nasty era

Dead Leaves  is the latest novel written by Andrew David Barker will appeal to many horror enthusiasts. The novel serves as nostalgic medium for the older crowd while providing a glimpse to the Video Nasty era in the United Kingdom for younger generations. The term Video Nasty was dubbed by religious groups and the media during 1980’s for ultra violent horror films distributed through video cassette mediums.  Pressure by the mainstream community focused on the ban of the violence films and its portrayal art form. The novel, “Dead Leaves” is a coming of age tale set against the backdrop of media driven controversy.

The synopsis to the novel, “Dead Leaves” reads as follows:

The year is 1983, the boom of the video revolution, and Scott Bradley is seventeen, unemployed and on the dole. Drifting through life, he and his friends love nothing more than to sit around drinking, talking about girls, and watching horror movies. But things are about to change.

As the ‘video nasty’ media storm descends, their desire to find a copy of the ultimate horror film – The Evil Dead – is going to lead them to the most significant days of their young lives. As the law tightens and their way of life comes under threat from all quarters, they come to learn what truly matters to them – and what doesn’t.

A heartfelt story of friendship, loyalty and youthful rebellion, Dead Leaves is a darkly funny and brutally honest depiction of aimless life in a Midland town, and perfectly captures the impact those first few years of video had on a generation.

The trailer below serves as a tribute to the video nasty vibe and is a trailer to the novel “Dead Leaves” written by Andrew David Barker.  The trailer was written, directed and edited by Mick Walker, produced by Andrew David Barker in collaboration with Kate Horlor and  Mick Walker.

The novel, “Dead Leaves” can be purchased on





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