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 Ink’, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 for [...]
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 or [...]
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 the wind [...]
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 [...]
I don’t think it’s giving too much away to point out that I utterly failed to win the quiz section of the Londonist Out Loud podcast, but in my defence I was up against the excellent Fiona Rule, a London historian, and I had decided to take an innovative approach i.e. guessing wildly. As for [...]
To Hull and back – this urban-centric writer was daring to venture out of Fowler Towers to head North, but sadly I can’t be in Hull due to an unavoidable and unforeseen schedule clash which will find me heading overseas next week. However, I’ll still be at the Humber Mouth Festival in spirit, as the [...]
Don’t mess with teenaged girls, I say.
It’s been a salutary experience. Who knew there were quite so many fans of the actress Kristen Stewart, or that they would be ready to scream ‘Hater!’ without having seen ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’, the film under discussion? Who knew I’d get more posts for one lukewarm review [...]