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Film Review – 7500

7500 opens with unsettling surveillance footage at Berlin airport, indicating just how difficult it is to spot potential hijackers. Shortly afterwards we meet the crew of a commercial aeroplane, which includes First Officer Tobias Ellis (Joseph Gordon Levitt) and his … Continue reading

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My Top Five Most Reviewed Novels

Every so often, I write an email, social media post, or blog urging my wonderful readers to please, please, please, take a minute to leave a review of my novels (or short stories) if they enjoy them. Why do I … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Vast of Night

Director Andrew Patterson’s The Vast of Night is a low-budget sci-fi gem and a tremendous first feature; at once offbeat, mysterious, gripping, and almost certainly destined for cult status. It begins Twilight Zone style, with a Rod Sterling-esque 1950s TV … Continue reading

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I’ve never seen… The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

The Guardian are running a series in which their film writers confess to longstanding gaps in their cinematic knowledge, and finally fill them. I’ve decided to join in on this blog, hence I’ve-never-got-round-to-it proves a pathetic excuse for missing out … Continue reading

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Vital Statistics: Phantom Audition

Concluding the “vital statistics” series on my gothic mysteries, here’s a taster of my most recent novel, Phantom Audition. Title: Phantom Audition Plot: He buried himself in a part, but never returned. Now she wants to know why. Small-time actress … Continue reading

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Film Review – Uncut Gems

“What are you doing Howard?” “No Howard, No!” “Why Howard? For goodness sake, why?!” These and more colourful utterances were inwardly screamed by yours truly, as I finally caught up with Uncut Gems over the weekend. Akin to watching the … Continue reading

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Vital Statistics: The Irresistible Summons

Continuing my “vital statistics” series on my each of my gothic mystery novels, this week can you resist The Irresistible Summons? Title: The Irresistible Summons Plot: How far would you go to bring your loved one back from the dead? … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Platform

As dystopian drama goes, Spanish director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s The Platform is a blunt but effective metaphor for the greedy capitalism of western society. Don’t worry though, it isn’t eye-rollingly preachy. Just very gory and gripping. Set in a prison with … Continue reading

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Vital Statistics: Spectre of Springwell Forest

Continuing my “vital statistics” series on my each of my gothic mystery novels, this week we get the lowdown on Spectre of Springwell Forest. Title: Spectre of Springwell Forest Plot: Lily Henderson has a horrifying secret buried far in her … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Invitation

The Invitation has been lurking on Netflix for a few years, but I finally caught up with it the other day. The premise is simple: A man and his wife are invited to a mysterious dinner with his ex-wife and … Continue reading

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