Long praise for the short story

"I don't really like short stories, but I actually thought they were okay." Not the greatest accolade ever received, but from my father, that was high praise. No- I'm just kidding about that last bit: he was never one of those stereotypes who was short on praise (although he did fulfil the stereotype 'never let... Continue Reading →

Coraline

Note: A short one today: originally posted on RagtagMagpie.com. This isn't the sort of stuff I usually post on my own site as it's not really a review, a critique a resource or anything else. So let's just say in honour of Neil Gaiman's new Masterclass series on Storytelling I thought I'd add this one in.... Continue Reading →

Amazon Reviews

Do you know an author? I don't mean you live next door to one of the big guns like James Patterson, Lee Childs or Jordan. I mean a humble, self-publishing/ small press/ indie publisher author? Do you get sick of them: a) asking you to read their stuff (preferably by buying it...which you feel obliged... Continue Reading →

Can we get over the V/O?

I was watching 'Life Itself' the other day: one of the worst reviewed movies of 2018. It's a grief porn piece from Dan Fogelman, and bares more than a passing resemblance to his phenomenally popular TV series 'This is Us'. A multi generational love story with tricksy twists throughout. It also features a shit ton... Continue Reading →

The Premiere Part 2

Thursday night at Temperance and the world premiere of ‘The Phone Call’ (not the catchiest title: may need a bit of work on that). I met with the assembled cast and crew (myself, son, and a family friend – Jorge (or George, Gorge, Jerk depending on which Starbucks you’re ordering your coffee from) who were... Continue Reading →

Before the premiere…

Tonight at a Storytelling event at Temperance, in Leamington, I'm going to try something different. Reading my stuff out loud is pretty new to me full stop - I've only done it at a couple of events, and once on radio. Tonight's different again - for a few reasons. It's a film script. Well, in... Continue Reading →

Burning Chair…Burning Ears

A short one or a long one today, depending how you see it... I recently did a video interview with Peter Oxley and Simon Finnie, the owners of publishing company Burning Chair and publishers of Burning: An Anthology of Short Thrillers, in which a story I wrote specifically for the collection, 'The Five Votive Candles... Continue Reading →

Christmas Writing: an exercise for fun

To celebrate the fact my book You Could Make a Killing is now on special Christmas offer at a frankly ridiculously low price (see full details here), here's another Christmas bit... Many years ago, the magazine Blue Murder (RIP) set a Christmas challenge: write a short story of not more than 1,500 words for the... Continue Reading →

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