Tag Archives: Thriller

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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Christmas Present ideas

If you are scratching your head this year over Christmas presents, why not consider giving one of my novels? At the risk of sounding like a cliché, I have written across a variety of genres and therefore have “something for … Continue reading

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Film Review – Widows

Steve McQueen’s Widows opens with an extraordinary sequence, whereby intimate moments of a heist gang with their wives and families are intercut with their disastrous final score, which ends in a hail of bullets and an explosion. The action is … Continue reading

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Film Review – Bad Times at the El Royale

Quentin Tarantino has many imitators, some good, some bad. Writer/director Drew Goddard’s Bad Times at the El Royale sits somewhere between the two. A great cast and winning performances make for an intermittently gripping experience, but it is marred by … Continue reading

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Film Review – American Animals

A caption at the beginning of American Animals initially informs the audience that “This film is not based on a true story”, before the words “not based on” disappear. It’s a good joke, and one that sets up the supposed … Continue reading

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Film Review – Upgrade

If you’re looking for an outrageous blast of B-movie sci-fi thrills, look no further that writer/director Lee Whannel’s Upgrade. Essentially Robocop meets Death Wish, the film has a nifty premise with thrills and dark laughs to spare, and also an … Continue reading

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My brain needs a break

My brain needs a break. Here’s a scary picture of me in brain meltdown mode. Given the rather excessively productive year I have had so far (first drafts on two longer than usual novels, lots of editing on earlier, currently … Continue reading

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Film Review – Mission Impossible: Fallout

Is Mission Impossible Fallout the best in the series as some critics claim? Difficult to say after an initial viewing, although I would certainly put it near the top of the list. At any rate, it’s hard to imagine audiences … Continue reading

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Film Review – Sicario 2: Soldado

Denis Villeneuve’s drug cartel thriller Sicario was one of the best films of 2015. This sequel, bereft of Villeneuve, Emily Blunt and cinematographer Roger Deakins, fails to match the illustrious heights of the original, but it is still an agreeably … Continue reading

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My Five Favourite Gothic Mysteries

As regular readers of this blog (and indeed my novels) will know, I absolutely love a good gothic brew of mystery, melodrama, thrills and horror. To date I have written five novels of this kind, including The Birds Began to … Continue reading

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