Tag Archives: Simon Dillon

Opening lines of my novels: Do you want to read on?

“Never open a book with weather” is advice often given to novelists. I’m not sure where to attribute said quote, although it is the first of Elmore Leonard’s ten tips for writers. I’m not sure how seriously to take it … Continue reading

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Cinematic Window Shopping: My love affair with film trailers

I first recall a film trailer having significant impact on me in the autumn of 1984. My father took me to a re-release of 101 Dalmatians, at what was then the ABC Magdalen Street, Oxford – a lovely Art-Deco one-screen … Continue reading

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Gothic Mystery Podcast Interviews

The release of my last three gothic mystery novels – Spectre of Springwell Forest, The Irresistible Summons, and Phantom Audition – were each accompanied by a podcast interview with yours truly, conducted by the excellent Samantha Stephen – my co-host … 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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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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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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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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Vital Statistics: The Thistlewood Curse

Continuing my series on the “vital statistics” series of my each of my gothic mystery novels, this week, I’m delving into The Thistlewood Curse. Title: The Thistlewood Curse Plot: Can a ghost murder the living? Lawrence Crane’s powers of astral … Continue reading

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Vital Statistics: The Birds Began to Sing

For the next few weeks, I’m running a “vital statistics” series on my each of my gothic mystery novels, beginning with The Birds Began to Sing. Title: The Birds Began to Sing Plot: When aspiring novelist Alice Darnell enters a … Continue reading

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Stories within Stories

I’m currently reading A Book of Bones by John Connolly (part of the Charlie Parker series). One element that struck me as quite effective was the use of stories within the main story. My favourite section so far involved rival … Continue reading

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