Monthly Archives: April 2015

Film Review – The Falling

Eerie, beautiful, disturbing… Melancholy, menacing, poetic… Alarming, perverse, cathartic… All of these are likely adjectives a viewer might use to describe Carol Morley’s stunning new film, The Falling. I should warn up front that it is absolutely not for those … Continue reading

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Point of view shifts

I have heard it said many times that novelists should not shift point of views back and forth between characters within the same chapter. Well, guess what? In my new novel Love vs Honour, I do exactly that. To be … Continue reading

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Film Review – Avengers: Age of Ultron

Cutting to the chase, based on one viewing I’d say Avengers: Age of Ultron is pretty much on a par with the first. Of course, it’s part of the bigger, increasingly diverse Marvel Universe, and therefore risks getting bogged down … Continue reading

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Download The Birds Began to Sing FREE – for five days only!

For five days only, you can download my novel The Birds Began to Sing absolutely FREE from Amazon. The Birds Began to Sing is a mystery novel inspired by the likes of Agatha Christie, Daphne Du Maurier and Sir Arthur … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Salvation

Deliberately inviting comparison with the films of Sergio Leone is a dangerous game for any director to play, given how revered the great man’s films are amongst the likes of yours truly. Yet Kristian Levring recklessly throws caution to the … Continue reading

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Christian propaganda, and how to avoid it

I have written on this blog in the past about how much I dislike stories designed purely as propaganda. People with a political or religious axe to grind are particularly guilty in this respect, so here is a little insight … Continue reading

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Film Review – Good Kill

I always view any new film Andrew Niccol directs with interest, since he was responsible for The Truman Show and Gattaca (as writer and writer/director respectively). Good Kill, his latest, is every bit as fascinating, absorbing and relevant as his … Continue reading

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Film Review – John Wick

There are two ways I could review John Wick. The first is to call it an utterly ridiculous, cliché-ridden, excessively violent, meat-headed action movie that does nothing in particular to further the art of cinema. The second way is pretty … Continue reading

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Love vs Honour – the cover

This May I am releasing a new novel entitled Love vs Honour. For the cover, my regular designer Charles Bown had a serious challenge. How to convey the mood of events in the book without giving away too much? I … Continue reading

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For five days only – Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge FREE download!

For five days only, you can download my novel Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge absolutely FREE from Amazon. Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge is a gripping and scary tale involving spies, monsters, haunted houses, … Continue reading

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