Author Archives: simondillon

Genre blending

Blending genres can be a fiendishly tricky exercise yet sometimes it can work brilliantly, against the odds, even if conventional wisdom says these genres would mix like oil and water. The film Colossal is a good recent example of this. … Continue reading

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The Thistlewood Curse: What’s it really about?

Over the past few weeks, I’ve talked at length about my latest novel The Thistlewood Curse; what inspired it, the history behind it, short excerpts, discussion on the cover, and so forth. This article will focus on the themes of … Continue reading

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Film Review – My Cousin Rachel

Daphne Du Maurier’s My Cousin Rachel has been adapted before, but not as effectively as in Roger Michell’s new version starring Rachel Weisz in the lead role. A proper did-she, didn’t-she 19th Century gothic mystery, My Cousin Rachel will certainly … Continue reading

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Some facts behind The Thistlewood Curse

Following on from my recent post about what inspired my latest novel The Thistlewood Curse, here are some points of interest on the history, geography and other facts that are either directly or peripherally relevant to the novel. Obviously to … Continue reading

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What inspired The Thistlewood Curse?

What inspired my latest novel, The Thistlewood Curse? A colleague of mine told me of a paranormal experience she once had. This experience gave me an intriguing story idea which would combine a conventional mystery whodunit with supernatural themes, including … Continue reading

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Film Review – Wonder Woman

Since the conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s superb Batman trilogy, the DC Universe has fared rather poorly on the big screen. Man of Steel, Suicide Squad and Batman vs Superman all had major issues, to say the least. But one patch … Continue reading

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Film Review – Lady Macbeth

Florence Pugh gives an outstanding lead performance in Lady Macbeth, which I finally caught up with this evening at my local arts centre. Alice Birch’s screenplay, based on Nikolai Leskov’s novel, has relocated the narrative to the north of England … Continue reading

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The Thistlewood Curse – cover design

The cover for my latest novel, The Thistlewood Curse, was designed by my wife Zara, derived from an image taken by her photographer mother, Frances Belsham. Frances’s original image showed a rugged Lundy cliff-face overlooking the Bristol Channel. Zara took … Continue reading

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Film Review – Colossal

The biggest surprise of Colossal is that despite it’s bizarre premise, it actually works very well. After being dumped by her boyfriend and kicked out of his New York apartment, alcoholic Gloria (Anne Hathaway) returns to her home town to … Continue reading

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Another excerpt from The Thistlewood Curse

Here’s a second, slightly longer excerpt from my new supernatural thriller The Thistlewood Curse. Once on Lundy Island, Detective Sergeant Laura Buchan and her paranormal investigator friend Lawrence Crane are joined by Sally Thistlewood, another old friend, exploring the terrain, … Continue reading

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