Monthly Archives: July 2017

The Thistlewood Curse – a quick summary

As regular readers of this blog will know, I have been promoting my latest novel The Thistlewood Curse for some weeks. Here then is a summary of the essential information about the book, as well as links to articles exploring … Continue reading

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Film Review – Dunkirk

In addition to the deserved, near unanimous acclaim heaped upon Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, it will also be remembered as one of the rare, great plural protagonist films. Like Sergei Eistenstein’s Potemkin and Paul Greengrass’s United 93, the main character is … Continue reading

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The Thistlewood Curse – early reviews

The first reviews for The Thistlewood Curse continue to trickle in, and so far they have all been very positive. For example, one reviewer on Goodreads spoke of “chilling moments”, “an unusual premise” and that although it was “not what … Continue reading

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Why I support the casting of Jodie Whitaker in Doctor Who, but wish some people would shut up about it…

As some of you will know, Doctor Who is my favourite television programme of all time, and has been since I was about eight years old. You can read why in my 50th Anniversary celebration from a few years ago, … Continue reading

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Film Review – War for the Planet of the Apes

A superb motion capture performance from Andy Serkis dominates War for the Planet of the Apes, the final segment of the recent “Caesar” prequel/reboot Apes trilogy. Serkis is master of the motion capture discipline, bringing to life characters as diverse … Continue reading

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Are my novels one big existential crisis?

The other day, my wife made an observation about my body of work; namely that virtually all my novels, either peripherally or directly, concern an existential crisis. I thought about this, and have come to the conclusion that she is … Continue reading

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Film Review – It Comes at Night

It Comes at Night has been marketed as a horror film. Quite honestly this is misleading. Yes there are horror aspects, but this is more psychological apocalyptic drama than horror, with lashings of ambiguity that had the disgruntled audience I … Continue reading

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Film Review – Spider-man: Homecoming

In recent years, Spider-man reboots have become as frequent as shock election results. Understandable then, that one should approach this latest iteration with a certain weary cynicism. However, I am pleased to report that for the most part, Spider-man: Homecoming … Continue reading

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Horror and Christianity: Incompatible?

Regular readers of my blog are aware that I am an ardent apologist for the horror genre, and have also written within this genre myself. Given my Christian faith, a number of my fellow believers find this unusual, and at … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Red Turtle

Tonight I finally caught up with The Red Turtle, the only animated film from the 2016 Oscar nominees that I had yet to see. A French/Belgian co-production with Japanese Studio Ghibli, directed by Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit, this … Continue reading

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