Monthly Archives: June 2019

Film Review – Toy Story 4

The Toy Story trilogy, as it was up to this point, consisted of three flawless masterpieces of animated family viewing which are rightly revered. We didn’t need a fourth instalment, or so we thought. Pixar however had other ideas. The … Continue reading

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The Irresistible Summons: Cover Reveal and Pre-Order

Check out this brilliant cover for my upcoming novel The Irresistible Summons, published by Dragon Soul Press. I’m absolutely thrilled by what the artist at Salvation Creations did with this. The imagery perfectly captures the sinister tone. Here’s the blurb … Continue reading

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The Tangent Tree Series 2 Episode 9: E.T. – Something Rather Special

On this week’s episode of The Tangent Tree, Sam thinks I can’t talk about E.T. The Extra Terrestrial without getting emotional and welling up. Utter nonsense of course. Nonsense… As usual, listen on Spotify, Podcast Addict, iTunes, or by clicking … Continue reading

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Spectre of Springwell Forest: Have you read it yet?

Have you read Spectre of Springwell Forest yet? If you love a gripping supernatural mystery, why not give it a go? A nail-biting ghost story in the classic tradition of Susan Hill or MR James, the plot concerns Lily Parker, … Continue reading

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Film Review – Sometimes Always Never

Sometimes Always Never, from first time director Carl Hunter and writer Frank Cottrell Boyce, is a curious, low key, offbeat gem of a film. It isn’t going to change the course of cinema, but it is beautifully shot, quietly compelling, … Continue reading

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The Tangent Tree Series 2 Episode 8: Period Films (Not Carrie)

In this week’s episode of our film podcast The Tangent Tree, Sam and I don’t discuss Carrie, except briefly. We do discuss period dramas though, once we get over a brief moment of juvenile humour. As always, listen on Podcast … Continue reading

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New release – The Irresistible Summons

Exciting news! My next novel, The Irresistible Summons, is out on the 27th of July. Published by Dragon Soul Press (who published my previous novel, Spectre of Springwell Forest), The Irresistible Summons is a gripping supernatural horror thriller that grabs … Continue reading

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100 Favourite Films – Part 5/5

Concluding my countdown of my 100 Favourite films (click here for the criteria)… 20 – 1: 20. Jaws (1975) – This classic apparently got a PG rating (or more accurately an “A” rating in the UK, before “A” became “PG) … Continue reading

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100 Favourite Films – Part 4/5

Continuing my countdown of my 100 Favourite films (click here for the criteria)… 40 to 21: 40. Once upon a time in the West (1968) – Another great western, and one that was inexplicably roasted by critics on its initial … Continue reading

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The Tangent Tree Series 2 Episode 7: Provocateurs of Cinema

This week’s podcast from The Tangent Tree continues our discussion about Quentin Tarantino, and moves into a conversation about cinema’s provocateurs. As always, listen on Podcast Addict, iTunes, or Spotify, or else click here. Don’t forget to check back here … Continue reading

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