Bruce Springsteen: Western Stars

I don't write too much about music on this site - yesterday I wrote about the latest playlist I've been writing my fiction to, and last year I wrote about some great story songs but generally I tend to stick to fiction and books on the site. However, when I finally get round to finishing my... Continue Reading →

Music to Write By…

A very quick one, image free and hastily written today because I need to get back to writing real stuff... I saw a post earlier today from Georgia Springate, author of Beyond (a book I've previously recommended - and which you should check out), who put down some of the music she listens to while... Continue Reading →

Writing Resources: 14/100: Marketing Yourself on Amazon

Not much to read here...it's all in the 28-page handout you can download below. The handout follows on from the Publishing Workshop I've presented at various writers' groups and looks at some of the ways you can start promoting your work on Amazon and through Kindle. It considers some of the different ways of advertising... Continue Reading →

Review: The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot

Anyone going into this film wanting some sort of Troma exploitation flick, or even a cross between Inglorious Bastards and The Six Million Dollar Man is going to be disappointed. Looking at the IMDb score (currently at 5.6) many clearly have been. The title is and isn’t misleading: it IS about a man who (can... Continue Reading →

Cari Mora: A Review

Cari Mora is Thomas Harris’ first book in 13 years, and his first non-Hannibal Lecter novel since his 1975 debut Black Sunday. It’s not a long book – the official page count is 308, but once you strip out the blank pages, end of chapters and Chapter headings you’re looking at around 250 pages of... Continue Reading →

Newcastle Noir 2019: An Interview with Luke McCallin and Paul Hardisty

I was lucky enough to be invited to facilitate a session at this weekend's Newcastle Noir Literary Crime Festival, held in the Central Library in my old home town of Newcastle. The session was entitled, 'The Men in Black' - due to the fact that the authors interviewed write novels firmly entrenched in the 'real... Continue Reading →

Saul Bass: Vertigo- An Appreciation

(Originally published on RagTagMagpie) Today marks the anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's movie, Vertigo which premiered in the US on the 9 May 1958 - 62 years ago! Saul Bass is responsible for designing some of the most striking title sequences in film history, including Anatomy of a Murder, West Side Story, Spartacus, Ocean’s 11, as... Continue Reading →

Writing Resource 13/100: Misdirection

In this series, I've referred to writing materials, platforms, and issues. In this one, I'm going to be quoting quite liberally from a session I attended at Newcastle Noir: a crime writing festival that was held this weekend in my home town of Newcastle. I'll be writing more extensively about different aspects of the festival... Continue Reading →

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