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 →

The Chicken Run

Last night I downloaded a Kindle book - '100 Word Horrors Part 2: An Anthology of Horror Drabbles (100 Word Horror Collection)' edited by Kevin J Kennedy.   It features a story by Terry West, a writing acquaintance whose writing I enjoy a lot. It has a fantastic cover (if, like me, you remember the '80's... Continue Reading →

Writing Resource 12/100: Develop a Thick Skin

This one's a tough one: and if you don't get it, you can just f**k off. Offended by that directional suggestion? You're in the right place...   The first bout of indignant outrage I remember feeling about criticism of my writing probably dates back to being about 11. (You can see already I don't handle... Continue Reading →

Endgame Review: No Spoiler Version

A short one, because this will be completely spoiler free. Ignoring the fact that I'm going to be 50 next month, I turned up for the first screening of Avengers: Endgame last night/ early this morning. The local cinema had five screens devoted to showing it, and every one of them was absolutely sold out.... Continue Reading →

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