Monthly Archives: September 2017

Inspiration: Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge

Continuing my series on inspiration and influences for my books (which I began earlier this year), here’s a look at stories which informed my novel, Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge. This is a gripping tale for all … Continue reading

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Film Review – Close Encounters of the Third Kind (re-release)

Steven Spielberg’s 1977 masterpiece Close Encounters of the Third Kind has returned to UK cinemas in a very limited run. I have now seen this on the big screen in a variety of formats, including 70mm, 35mm and now digital … Continue reading

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Out of Context

I recently noticed Goodreads and Amazon contain features that allow readers to highlight quotes from my novels. Seeing these snippets out of context is interesting, because in some cases they cease to be the thoughts of my characters and become … Continue reading

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Film Review – Mother!

There has been much debate around Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! as to what it is all supposed to mean. Some have interpreted it as an environmentalist parable (a “Mother” who gives to an overpopulated world until she can give nothing more), … Continue reading

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Plot Twists versus Unexpected Plot Turns

I have noticed some people confuse plot twists with unexpected plot turns. Here I shall attempt my own definitions of each, to explain the difference. Earlier this year, I was most amused by a “bad” review of my novel Love … Continue reading

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Film Review – It

Stephen King’s It has previously been adapted as a memorable television miniseries, so this new version, helmed by Mama director Andy Muschietti, comes with a certain level of expectation. Personally I don’t find It quite the bone-chilling exercise in terror … Continue reading

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Writing animal fiction

Earlier this year, my youngest son asked me to write a story about wolves. Initially I said no, as animal fiction is not something I have had an ambition to attempt. However, annoyingly, a rather good story then occurred to … Continue reading

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Download Uncle Flynn FREE – for five days only!

For five days only, my debut novel Uncle Flynn is available to download FREE from Amazon Kindle. Uncle Flynn was received very positively. On the surface it is a properly old-fashioned treasure hunt adventure, but it contains underlying themes about … Continue reading

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Film Review – Patti Cake$

Patti Cake$ is an entertaining if flawed indie outing from writer/director Geremy Jasper. It follows the fortunes of overweight, white female rapper wannabe Patti Dombrowski (the excellent Danielle Macdonald). Her determination is undermined at every turn by those in her … Continue reading

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Film Review – Emmi

Emmi, a short film directed by Andrew Carslaw, proves to be a well-acted, well-directed but remorselessly grim affair. Set in a high rise council building, the story concerns an infertile woman who longs for children, and a teenager concealing a … Continue reading

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