So, here’s the latest rough of the cover artfor my 2014 haunted house thriller, Nyctophobia.
Why do so many suspense and horror films take place in virtual darkness? I’ve always found the dark a cliche, probably because I was never very bothered by it. However, an early movie, ‘Wait Until Dark’, did scar me as a [...]
Europe has always gone to Hollywood and hired its talents out – but there was a brief period when the reverse happened.
In the late 1990s Hollywood topped up finance for European movies that wouldn’t otherwise be made, employing some great directors in the process.
Europeans rarely replicated big action in their popular films, concentrating instead on [...]
Books! They turned up like charity biros or wire coat hangers. I was forever fishing them out of jeans pockets, jackets, satchels, shopping bags, finding them under sofas and behind cupboards, or put somewhere hidden because I didn’t want to throw them out but wasn’t quite ready to read them.
With the large-formatting of paperbacks, most [...]
‘I want to do something creative’ is a phrase that still sends shivers down my spine. It’s often spoken by a teenager who has been given little accurate information about what ‘being creative’ actually involves, and at the present time, it’s the last thing any employer wants to hear.
In the late nineties and early noughties, [...]
Here’s something to make you feel old; Amazon is already celebrating its fifteenth anniversary. To mark the occasion, the site revealed its best-selling music, film & TV series, video games and books since they started in 1998.
The products, says Amazon, paint a picture of the UK’s cultural consumption over the past fifteen years, and shows we’re [...]
Adult Literacy Table
8 Slovak Republic
11 Czech Republic
13 South Korea
16 United States
As usual with such listings, geographical, ethnic and density factors mitigate these results, with the most populous and economically migrant countries ranking lowest. Even so, there are [...]
A British Library recent exhibition was Murder in the Library: An A-Z of Crime Fiction. Perhaps it gave readers a chance to discover the dazzling range of crime fiction available, and encouraged them to step away from publishers’ current offerings, because, at the present time, the genre has backed itself into a dead end.
Some years [...]
I was once in Bruges when two pastry-chefs went past on a tandem, while a man dressed as a bear threw sweets at children, and I remember thinking ‘It doesn’t get more European than this.’ Well it does, of course, and here’s pictorial proof.
By the time I got through explaining to our horrified guests why [...]
Parks are places where, in theory, you can go to think and be calm. Some, like London’s Victoria Park, were designed to provide a barrier from the ill-humours of the poor and sick, to protect the rich and well. Others were planned as ‘lungs’ for a polluted city.
The park in Harrogate is one of the [...]
So, you had your first book out and it sold quite well. Sales for the second one were a bit soft – already you’re not a new face. Many authors on second or third novels get branded ‘The New Jo Nesbo (or insert other name here)’, as if Nesbo, discovered by the mainstream just a [...]