How Authors Are Expected To Look

It’s not enough to write and live quietly behind the covers of your books anymore. In an ideal world you also need to have been a stripper. I remember seeing the cover shot of Sebastian Junger, author of ‘The Perfect Storm’, and thinking ‘I can’t do this anymore, he looks like a movie star!’ He […]

Hot ‘Wire’ In The Old Town

Just a reminder that on Thursday May 16th, Michael Moorcock, Peter Milligan, Mike Carey, Roger Langridge and I will be helping to launch TRIPWIRE 21 and an exhibition at Foyles in Charing Cross Road, London  at 6.30pm, price £5 / £3. I shall be attempting to avoid geekiness and hide my awe at the illustrious company and […]

Trip Out Out In London On May 16th

What, in all honesty, does a fiver buy you? It doesn’t quite cover the cost of a pint of lager and a packet of nuts. But on May 16th you can turn this fiver into something cool. Back in 1992, TRIPWIRE started out with a mission to become the UK’s leading comics/ genre magazine. Its […]

What Admin Did Next…

Tomorrow I’ll be signing copies of ‘The Casebook of Bryant & May’ graphic novel with artist Keith Page at the Super London Comic Convention, one of only two zillion authors and artists attending the vast event at the Excel. I thought this year would be a bumper year for me, with four books out (‘Invisible […]

What A Sell Out!

Thanks to everyone who turned up at the excellent Watermark bookshop and The Parcel Yard for the launch of ‘Invisible Ink: How 100 Great Authors Disappeared’ – the entire stock of books vanished in minutes, so we adjourned to the pub and then to a hilariously odd Italian restaurant. It seems that readers are really […]

Paying To See Dreams

This was Cinerama, UK-style – in what is now the Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton Street, Soho. A triple-screen-wide experience served by mostly lousy films, it was a fad that didn’t last as long as the current one for 3D. With the cover of my ‘Film Freak’ book heading for press and plans for the […]

When Writers Get Old

There are certain writers I can’t read now. They’ve got comfortable. They’re listened to. Their anecdotes calcify and they only hear themselves. They end up writing about writers because eventually that’s all they know. How do you avoid this happening? Earlier in the year I made a conscious decision to avoid festivals and professional events […]

Hallowfawkes Week

I’m getting scary fatigue and there are still several days to go… Thanks to the confusion that now reigns between Hallowe’en and Guy Fawkes Night, we seem to have one week here in Central London when fireworks go off non-stop and the streets are full of people in peculiar fancy dress that’s neither one event […]

Phantoms By Firelight

The time: Wednesday 31 Oct, 7-9pm. The place: Blacks Club, 67 Dean St, London W1. The event: Phantoms by Firelight. Where better to celebrate Halloween than in the atmospheric old drawing room at Blacks, with its flickering fire and guttering candles? As dusk gathers around the eaves of the old Georgian house in Soho, and […]

Now Haunting London

Well, this year sees an explosion in spooky London events as we abandon our great love of Guido Fawkes and instead buy black-and-orange plastic supermarket tat before heading off to zombiethons, Zombie Horror Camp in the Old Vic tunnels, horror shows (the Leicester Square Theatre horror anthology ‘The Hallowe’en Sessions’ written by Kim Newman and […]