I very rarely write SF because I don’t think I’ve good enough to compete with the likes of the brilliant hard SF writers I admire, like Iain Banks and Paul McCauley, but once in a while I come up with a nice idea that I think will make a good story. This is the case [...]
Following our recent discussion about book formats, I took a quick trawl through my bookshelves to confirm my suspicions; that over the past few decades books have become ever longer and ever more bloated.
I’m afraid to say this at the risk of upsetting fans, but it would seem the rot set in with Stephen King’s [...]
Left to right: Mass market, trade paperback, hardback and ebook – why do we need all four?
A new report in from the US indicates that e-books made up a fifth of overall book sales there last year, and the figure is climbing fast, mainly in the area of adult fiction but also in YA and [...]
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 emphasis on British [...]
Tucked away in a section of the New York Times yesterday was an article about a service causing a lot of controversy in Hollywood. In the same way that the number-crunchers of ‘Moneyball’ found a statistical way of making a baseball team win, a company called Worldwide Motion Picture Group offers data-driven script evaluation, breaking [...]
As Bryant & May embark on their eleventh full-length mystery, I’m amazed it’s taken them so long to settle on Clerkenwell for a location. It seems the neighbourhood has flitted in and out of most of my novels, but has never taken centre-stage before. It should have done; the Clerkenwell House of Detention is one [...]
Keeping track of short stories is really tricky. Publication dates shift and books undergo title changes, and not all all of my stories get gathered into collections. The biggest problem now is that it’s hard to sell collections at all. In response to the previous piece’s comments, though, I’ll at least try for a current [...]
Well, I’ve just finished the next Bryant & May book. Breaking with the authors’ tradition, I don’t light up a fag and have a brandy, but usually go out to dinner. Tonight we’ll be hitting a restaurant at midnight (I know, Spanish hours, a killer) and celebrating, but not for long. Next week I start [...]
‘Bryant & May and the Invisible Code’ has now been nominated for four national book awards, three new ones thanks to Crimefest here, and one from the CWA as mentioned before. ‘Invisible Ink’ has also been nominated.
Maybe I should only write books with the word ‘invisible’ in the title…
Here’s an article I wrote for yesterday’s ‘Independent’ on confidence tricksters. The Indie had to edit it for lack of space, but now you can see the full piece here:
The invention seemed just plausible enough to work. Sold in thousands, it was a bogus bomb detector made of parts cribbed from a novelty golf ball [...]