My Top 5 Stephen King Novels*

With the release of his new novel ‘The Institute’ (which I reviewed on Amazon saying I felt it was a ‘classic’ King novel in the style of Firestarter, The Stand etc.) I thought I’d write a short bit on my personal five favourite Stephen King novels (and you’ll see the reason for the * as... Continue Reading →

Ray Bradbury

Ray Douglas Bradbury (and the Douglas was used in a lot of stories...) was born on August 22nd, 1920. Bradbury was a science fiction writer...but that's to categorize him unfairly, and far too narrowly. Even to call him a fantasy, horror or mystery writer, is to do the man injustice. Quite simply he was an... Continue Reading →

The Overrated Nature of Crime Fiction

Saturday morning started well: I woke up early, enjoyed a bit of reading (my newly delivered copy of Warren Ellis' The Authority) while listening to a new album (Red Hearse - a new discovery for me, and after a couple of listens recommended)  and planning a week up at the Edinburgh Fringe. Then I picked... Continue Reading →

Critic Favourites I Just Don’t Get

A short one today for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it's probably going to make me look really stupid Secondly, I watched a vodcast today where the presenters chose their 'goes against public opinion' movie views and it just came across as...trying too hard. This isn't intended as some 'look how alternative I am' article.... Continue Reading →

5 Critically Mauled Movies I Love

Well...Maybe 'LOVE' is too strong a word. Provocative titles work though... I rarely visit Rotten Tomatoes but found myself disappearing down a bit of a rabbit hole recently when looking up a few random films just to see what the consensus was on a few of my favourite films and realised how far from the... Continue Reading →

Blinded by the Light: Review

My introduction to Bruce Springsteen came at the age of 15 in October 1984.  The older kid who'd had enough of delivering the 300+ free-to-every-home weekly paper in our small North East village handed the route over to me, a 'me' who'd recently gotten a Saturday job and found it was nice to have some... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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