Monthly Archives: October 2015

Mad Tales Of London No.1: The Berners Street House

This is an occasional series I’m starting to inspire you (and me!) about London, and to remind us that it can be as mad as an old man’s trousers. In 1810 the chap above, Theodore Hook, had a wager with a mate, Sam Beazley – that he could make any house in London the most […]

What Can I Call Bryant & May Fans?

It all started with a marketing campaign for ‘Glee’ and the creation of a fanbase known as ‘Gleeks’. Soon enough Sherlock Holmes had his (somewhat dubious) ‘Cumberbitches’ and Dexter had his ‘Dexheads’. So when a friend asked me ‘What do your fans call themselves, then?’ I answered, ‘Personally I’m just grateful to have any at […]


I’ve come to the party rather late on this one, I know, probably because it was a little overlooked here in the UK, where it didn’t even get shown at Frightfest, but ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night’ from director Ana Lily Amirpouris is one of the most interesting vampire films to come along […]

The Lavender Song

I stumbled across this on one of my freefalling internet music trawls. “Das Lila Lied” (“The Lavender Song”) is an astonishing German cabaret song that was written in 1920, and was rerecorded by Berlin cabaret artiste Ute Lemper. The 1920s produced some very sophisticated and very funny songs about sexual politics (there are several albums of them […]

Strange Thames

I’m not always able to use up all the research I do on my books – the novels would become dry tomes indeed if they just consisted of wall-to-wall facts (cf. Dorothy L Sayers’ ‘The Nine Taylors, with more info on campanology than anyone could ever want). So a lot gets left out. Next year […]

Books About Books

Here are three more for the pile, old and new. First up is ‘That Glimpse Of Truth’, a set of stories chosen as perfect examples of the short form, selected by David Miller. His range is fairly startling and in places rather strange, but in a good way. He starts out with the Book of […]