Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Hell on halloween

The scariest thing you will see all night.

Have a good halloween everyone.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Spooks, of all kinds

I've just finished watching Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, the seven part BBC series from 1980, with Alec Guinness as George Smiley. Fantastic production, smeared with 70s drear (and everybody smoking, all the time. Funny how that stands out so much now). Very little in the way of action, but full of suspense all the way through: a difference that a lot of modern TV drama could well do with understanding. Brilliant acting, from a stellar cast, and a script which crackles with wit, double meaning and things left unsaid.

High on my Christmas list is another DVD box set. This one's a compilation of BBC Ghost Stories for Christmas, a few of which I have in various states of crackly VHS transfers, and a few of which I have on BFI DVD. This though, is how they should have been released a long time ago. The Signalman, Oh Whistle And I'll Come To You, A Warning To The Curious, and more. 

And while I am on a horror theme, I really enjoyed Mark Gatiss' three part series A History of Horror. A follow-up's coming at the end of October, this one a feature length documentary on European horror. From Murnau's Nosferatu to del Toro. Perfect Halloween viewing. 

Sunday, 21 October 2012


Regular readers may remember a little while ago that a very short story of mine won the Flashbang competition for a crime story in 150 words or less.

The prize for the winner was a pair of tickets to CrimeFest, and I'm now booking my hotel and that sort of thing, and seeing who else is going to be there and getting quite excited, even though it's over half a year away.

Although I've been writing for quite a while, this is actually the first con-type thing I've ever been to, so it should be a lot of fun. For years I've half-planned to get to Harrogate, not least because it's reasonably close, but it usually falls at a time of year when it's very hard for me to take leave.

I've also had a long-standing reluctance to go to a festival or con before I had a novel published, on account of feeling like a fraud. I know, I know, but that's the way my head works. A good time to have gone would have been after the Debut Dagger nomination and when I was signed up with Gregory & Co, but it didn't quite work out.

Anyway, I'm really looking forward to it, and if you see me there, say hello.