Monthly Archives: October 2011

London’s Richest Residents Will Be Children

We all know that in the United States 1% of the population owns 99% of the wealth, but clearly the unequal distribution of money affects the rest of the world too. Although the 36-floor Heron Tower, situated in London’s Square Mile, is reckoning to offer flats from half a million, it will also house the […]

London’s Closed Rooms

This is where I’d Like To Have Dinner. Just once, to say I did. It’s the Guildhall, London, which has been the corporate home of the City of London for eight hundred years. Surrounded by statues of Nelson, Wellington, Chatham, Pitt, Churchill, and Gog and Magog (the 1953 versions), the legendary giants who founded London […]

Re:View – ‘The Artist’

There aren’t many films about these days that you can genuinely call enchanting, but this is one of them. Having wowed audiences at Cannes (a year when every film was about death or violence) ‘The Artist’ is that rare thing, a crowd-pleaser without compromise or sentiment. It’s a love story and a comedy about a […]

A Bryant & May Question

‘Bryant & May and the Invisible Code’ is off and running this week, and I’m buried neck-deep in research about Bloomsbury, madness, codes, churches and Hellfire Clubs. There’s a lot to cover in this volume, which needs to tie up some backstory and stand alone as a good mystery. At the moment, we still have […]

Sunday Morning in London

When you’ve been away for just a week, coming back to London can sometimes be a pleasantly surreal experience. As I walked through the station there was an opera singer performing an aria from La Traviata, hundreds of Japanese children in immaculate school uniforms were lined up for the Eurostar and a huge map of […]

Re:View – ‘Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn’

First, the obvious question; why didn’t they shoot it live action instead of going with dead-eyed rubbery motion capture in the style of the ghastly ‘Polar Express’? After the first twenty minutes an answer emerges – such is the feverish ADD pacing of the new Tintin film that no live action adventure would ever have […]

I Axed For It

To celebrate PS Publishing’s yummy new hardback reprints of the old Harvey Horror comics (for which I’ve written a foreword), artist Graham Humphries has painted me in a tribute to EC’s original ‘Vault Of Horror’ comics book. I have to go now, I’ve a splitting headache!

Book Wars

With newspaper sales in fast decline as smart phones and tablets eat into sales, a new battle has begun. Recently rapacious Amazon started bypassing publishers and agents, and struck a deal for the exclusive digital rights to a hundred graphic novels by DC Comics, leading Barnes & Noble and Books-a-Million to remove the novels from […]

War Game

The first ‘War Of The Worlds’ trailer has gone live in the USA with great reaction, I’m thrilled to say. A proper traditional 2D side-scroller game, it looks like a lot of fun to play, although of course I know how this version ends. Dang! You’ll find it here.

Watch The Skies!

Here’s a terrific read from Mark Pilkington’s Strange Attractor Press – there’s something about the books Mark chooses to publish; they manage to be esoteric and immensely readable. ‘Welcome To Mars’ by Ken Hollings is a timeline that marries America’s postwar conformist social development with its often irrational obsessions about the future, taking in UFOs, […]