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BIG NEWS: The Spectre of Springwell Forest to be published by Dragon Soul Press

I am very pleased to announce my next novel, The Spectre of Springwell Forest, is to be published by Dragon Soul Press this December. Needless to say, I am utterly thrilled at this news. Having a traditional publisher has been … Continue reading

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Film Review – A Star is Born

There are now four versions of A Star is Born and all of them are good. That isn’t something you can say about many oft-remade films. The closest competitor would be Invasion of the Body Snatchers (the 1956, 1978 and … Continue reading

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Doctor Who: Brief thoughts on the first episode featuring Jodie Whitaker

In some quarters, the decision to make the latest incarnation of the Doctor female raised eyebrows (and I made my own plea for sane, objective evaluation here). For me, so far I think the gender switch works – at least, … Continue reading

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New Stories from Old Worlds

Dragon Soul Press, who are publishing my short story Once in a Lifetime in their upcoming horror anthology All Dark Places, also have an anthology coming out soon (on the 20th of October to be precise) based around characters and … Continue reading

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Film Review – Venom

Reviews for Venom have been quite poor, to say the least. Is it that bad? Well… yes, and no. As a film, Venom is a mess – unevenly paced, illogically plotted and tonally all over the place. However, I confess … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Little Stranger

The Little Stranger, adapted by a novel from Sarah Waters, and directed by Lenny Abrahamson, is a moody gothic mystery, emphasising the psychological drama rather than horror aspects of the source material. In fact, mismarketing in the US caused many … Continue reading

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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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