Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley, born on this day in 1797, had a life as Gothic as her novels: her mother died when she was less than a month old, she engaged in a romantic relationship with a married man whose wife committed suicide, the death of three children, and her husband's death by drowning, before she died... 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 →

Oscars! But is it Art? Production Design

NOTE: the following post is a reprint from RagTagMagpie.com where it first appeared on the night of the 90th Academy Awards. reprinted here as it's Oscar weekend, and I don't really care enough about this year's awards. Looking back, who knew?  Black Panther at least got some noms... I was listening to a podcast earlier... Continue Reading →

Review: Books of 2018

Ok, not a Top 10 of New Fiction of 2018 because, quite frankly, I'm not sure I read 10 books that were originally published last year. That's not to say I didn't read...I did - a lot. But one of my resolutions of the previous year had been to start reading the stuff I actually... Continue Reading →

Classic Movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime: a rant

Given I have been so damned nice about pretty much everything and everyone I have written about on this blog so far, I think I should get a pass for one day of grumpy-middle-aged-man. So, it's a beautiful bright autumnal Sunday morning - perfect for a long countryside ramble or, if you're like me, to... Continue Reading →

Facts and Figures about the state of Publishing: Part 1

This is a bit of a random pot of ten statistics regarding the state of publishing today taken from the recent IBIS World report with very, very limited thoughts attached. There's little in the way of rhyme or reason to the structure of this post, but hopefully you'll find some tidbits of interest in it.... Continue Reading →

Clive Barker and a story for Bonfire Night

The Forbidden - Clive Barker It seems to me there are a million and one short stories in the horror/ fantasy genre written around Halloween. I've written a few myself - including a couple for my young nephews just last week...(but that's a whole other story about 'acting like an adult' and 'why did you... Continue Reading →

Talk Radio Part 1

This afternoon, Sunday 4th November at 4pm UK time, I'm going to try something different: I'll be appearing on an internet radio show entitled Stratford Words : (http://www.welcomberadio.co.uk) I've never done a radio show about writing in general, or my writing in particular. It's going to be a one hour interview with the show's host,  Nick... Continue Reading →

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