Monthly Archives: September 2019

Phantom Audition: Seven Cryptic Images

Over the past seven days, I have posted seven cryptic images on Facebook, each of which are in some way relevant to the plot of my latest sinister gothic mystery novel, Phantom Audition. Here are all seven images: For those … Continue reading

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Film Review – Bait

Bait is a remarkable, lo-fi monochrome gem of a film. Director Mark Jenkin decided to use an old 16mm film camera from the 1970s, and insisted on hand processing and editing the film himself. This very old-school, hands-on approach generated … Continue reading

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The Tangent Tree – Five of the Best

I co-host a film podcast with the excellent Samantha Stephen entitled The Tangent Tree, so named because we go off on many tangents with hopefully entertaining effect. Series one and two are available for your listening pleasure on The Tangent … Continue reading

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Film Review – Ad Astra

Pitched as Apocalypse Now meets 2001: A Space Odyssey, James Gray’s Ad Astra is a visually stunning film which aims very high indeed, and for the most part succeeds. When strange cosmic surges originating around Neptune threaten the Earth, astronaut … Continue reading

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Phantom Audition – Paperbacks out now!

Paperbacks for my new novel Phantom Audition are now available – ahead of the official October release date. If you prefer your novels in dead tree format, click here (in the UK) and here (in the US) to order your … Continue reading

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Film Review – Hustlers

In other hands, Hustlers could have been little more than ghastly superficial people being ripped off by other ghastly superficial people, wallowing in implicitly approved materialism in the name of pseudo-feminist revenge. But despite inevitable outcry from the Incel crowd … Continue reading

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How scary are my novels?

I’ve had a lot of people ask about the level of scariness in the novels from my “Spooky Quintet” (yes, it’s a rubbish umbrella name, but it’s temporary until I can think of a better one). As I’ve said in … Continue reading

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Phantom Audition – The Cover

I love the cover for my new novel Phantom Audition (courtesy of Salvation Creations). Most of the novel is set in a sinister Jacobean mansion, so the image is appropriate. The blood splatter is a nice touch, but I want … Continue reading

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Film Review – It Chapter Two

To be honest, It has never been one of my favourite Stephen King horror stories. I much prefer Misery, The Shining, and especially Carrie. Still, the novel (and especially the 1990 TV mini-series) proved hugely popular, which brings us to … Continue reading

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New Novel! Phantom Audition out on 19th October

I’ve got a new novel coming out. Another so soon after The Irresistible Summons, I hear you ask? Yes. This one’s called Phantom Audition. A supernaturally tinged psychological mystery, Phantom Audition is another gripping nail-biter, but for all it’s creepy … Continue reading

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