Monthly Archives: January 2019

Film Review – Vice

The opening caption in writer/director Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney satirical biopic Vice points out that although the story we’re about to watch is based on truth, given that Cheney was such a secretive leader, it’s hard to be sure of … Continue reading

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Film Review – Free Solo

Those suffering from a fear of heights will have their nerves soundly tested by Free Solo, widely considered the frontrunner for Best Documentary at this year’s Oscars. I’m pleased to have finally caught it on the big screen, because this … Continue reading

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The Gothic Mysteries of Laura Purcell

Recently I’ve been reading and enjoying Laura Purcell’s The Corset and The Silent Companions. If like me you have a taste for Victorian era gothic mysteries, both are an absolute must. The Corset concerns Dorothea Truelove, a young, wealthy and … Continue reading

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Film Review – Glass

M Night Shyamalan’s Glass completes what is surely one of the most bizarre trilogies to ever emerge from mainstream Hollywood. It succeeds neither as a sequel to Unbreakable or Split, and instead emerges as a genre dogs dinner that doubles … Continue reading

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Spectre of Springwell Forest – Influences and Inspiration

What writers inspired my latest novel Spectre of Springwell Forest? Two undoubted influences on the story are Susan Hill’s seminal The Woman in Black, and the shorts of ghost story par excellence author MR James (such as The Ash Tree … Continue reading

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Film Review – Stan & Ollie

Stan & Ollie is a charming, poignant biopic charting the autumn years of much-loved slapstick comedy legends Laurel and Hardy. It isn’t going to change the course of cinema, but it features fine performances, assured direction from Jon S Baird … Continue reading

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First Love: Another short story coming soon

I have some more exciting news on the publishing front. Dragon Soul Press has selected my short story Papercut for inclusion in their upcoming romantic anthology, First Love. The theme for this anthology is self-explanatory, but with elements of fantasy. … Continue reading

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The Tangent Tree Extra: Star Wars The Last Jedi one year on

Here is a Tangent Tree Extra, Tangent Tree Special, Tangent Tree Mini, or Tangent Bonsai Tree or whatever you want to call it… ie, it’s not a full episode, but a kind of mini stand-alone rant. This one is about … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Favourite

Three superb central performances, splendid direction and a savage screenplay are my favourite reasons to see The Favourite, a deliciously dark period drama from Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos. With Dogtooth, The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer and now … Continue reading

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Spectre of Springwell Forest – An introduction

Spectre of Springwell Forest, my first novel published via a traditional publisher (as opposed to self-published) is out now. A nail-biting, bone-chilling supernatural mystery, Spectre of Springwell Forest is a ghost story in the classical tradition, but with a number … Continue reading

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