The Unstoppable Rise Of The Archetype


Think of a consulting detective. Sherlock Holmes? A footballer. David Beckham? A playwright. William Shakespeare? A Greek philosopher. Aristotle? A schoolboy wizard. Harry Potter? They’re the most obvious archetypes in their fields, but choosing a single figurehead to represent an entire field of endeavour goes way deeper. Almost every group or sub-group you can think of has an archetype […]

What Makes A Perfect Al Fresco Movie?


It’s summer and rooftop/park/lido cinema is here, sometimes great, often not (depending on sound quality, the weather and the fee – Secret Cinema, this means you) but I’ve noticed something interesting. Certain films crop up again and again for outoor screens. This year the one that has made almost every list is ‘Whiplash’, the drumming-as-torture […]

Are All Self-Published Books Sh*t?


  The short answer is no, but a gigantic proportion are, and more alarmingly it’s harder to weed out the trash because they exist on an equal platform, with no prominence to any particular title. Many titles sell to the undiscerning simply because they are cheap and long. And now the situation is going to […]

Steed Drives Off Into History


What a crap year it’s been for losing my heroes. Now Old Etonian actor Patrick Mcnee has died, albeit at the ripe old age of 93. He played the young Marley in the definitive ‘A Christmas Carol’, and was terrific in ‘The Howling’, but of course he’ll be remembered as Steed in The Avengers, for […]

A Writer Chooses TV Drama

The Following matrix

It’s tough watching TV when you know the tricks other writers use to grab your attention. It makes ‘Game of Thrones’ unwatchable, waiting for the next violent or sexual confrontation beat to come up with the regularity of a metronome, but at least it can be viewed as trashy fun. ‘The Following’, in which a […]

We’re Not What We Write

Christopher Fowler

If you produce creative material for others, whether it’s books, films, art or music, the end-user wants to know a little more about you. But how much should you tell others? What happens online stays – well, everywhere. I was first published at 28, and over the years I got photographed quite a bit for publicity. […]

Another Theme Tune For Bryant & May


This time it’s from Mike Wilkie, who has spelled out the four ‘Bryant & May’ syllables with an interesting 5/8 signature. It’s rather like a trick James Bernard used for Hammer’s Dracula films and again for his scored version of Murnau’s ‘Nosferatu’  – this is a little darker than Des Burkinshaw’s previously posted take on […]

Look Me In The Eye: The Thoughts of Dan Terrell


Recent research suggests the young aren’t comfortable talking to strangers, and especially not ones outside of their immediate age group. We had an argument about this new fear of expressing oneself, which I feel arises because when many young people go online they hang with their peers and keep their opinions consensual – but when […]

Cool Stuff: Fireworks From The Rocket’s POV


An occasional spot for fun virals doing the rounds. This was achieved by flying a DJI Phantom 2 through a firework display and filming it with a GoPro Hero 3 silverdrone. It would be even better in 3D. Not sure about the choice of music but at least it’s not Katy Perry for a change!

US Scribes Thrash UK Hacks Shock!


When I was a teenager I decided I wanted to be a journalist. As luck would have it, I knew a couple who worked on the Mirror and the Mail (when it was a broadsheet), but they warned that the face of British journalism was about to change. The era of hot-type was coming to […]