Monthly Archives: September 2018

The Lord of the Rings: book versus film

As a preface to this article, let me first make clear that I love Peter Jackson’s films of The Lord of the Rings. They are every bit as thrilling as the original Star Wars trilogy and are rightly considered cinema … Continue reading

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All Dark Places cover reveal

Here is the cover for All Dark Places – the upcoming horror anthology from Dragon Soul Press. It was designed by the fabulous Ruxandra Tudorica at Methyss Art. I have a short story entitled Once in a Lifetime in this … Continue reading

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My take on The Book of Dust

I’ve recently finished reading Philip Pullman’s latest novel The Book of Dust Volume 1: La Belle Sauvage. Described as an “equel” to Pullman’s astonishing His Dark Materials trilogy, this novel is set before those events, with the next two volumes … Continue reading

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Film Review – Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians is little more than a Singapore based variation on Cinderella, replete with additional variations on romantic comedy tropes. However, although it is not the groundbreaking genre giant some have claimed, it is frothy, fun and diverting, and … Continue reading

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Film Review – American Animals

A caption at the beginning of American Animals initially informs the audience that “This film is not based on a true story”, before the words “not based on” disappear. It’s a good joke, and one that sets up the supposed … Continue reading

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King Arthur and King David

The King Arthur legends, and whether such a character ever actually existed, has long been the subject of speculation by scholars. However, I am starting to wonder if I am the only one who has ever noticed how closely the … Continue reading

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Film Review – Cold War

A postscript at the end of Cold War, the new film from Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski, rather touchingly dedicates it to his parents, whose relationship inspired the story. Far from feeling self-indulgent, this dedication contextualises the non-judgemental sadness oozing from … Continue reading

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Once in a Lifetime to be published by Dragon Soul Press

Here is a short post about a short story. I am thrilled to announce that Once in a Lifetime has been accepted by Dragon Soul Press for inclusion in their upcoming horror anthology entitled All Dark Places, to be released … Continue reading

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Film Review – Upgrade

If you’re looking for an outrageous blast of B-movie sci-fi thrills, look no further that writer/director Lee Whannel’s Upgrade. Essentially Robocop meets Death Wish, the film has a nifty premise with thrills and dark laughs to spare, and also an … Continue reading

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