Reading & Writing

Mysterious Events

Over the years, the Bryant & May novels have been nominated for quite a few awards, and have won several – next, they’re up for the Last Laugh Award at Bristol Crimefest (May 14-17), a prestigious international event for all mystery fans that you can find out about here. Meanwhile in the USA, independent mystery […]

The Eerie Power To Cloud Minds

The Air Loom was the first human influencing machine. Developed by James Tilly Matthews, an inmate of Bedlam caught up in political intrigue during the French Revolution, the machine knitted together vaporous magnetic fluids to influence the minds of MPs. It looked like this; The surprising history of the Air Loom was outlined by Mr […]

J G Ballard 1930 – 2009

One of the most influential and brilliant writers of the 20th century has died. In his final book, ‘Miracles Of Life’, Jim Ballard spoke with the calm grace of acceptance about his illness, and remained, in that late volume, as quietly subversive and shockingly honest as he had been throughout his life. Despite producing a […]

The Missing Book Revealed

Over the years readers have asked me about a volume of short stories I wrote called ‘More City Jitters’ that simply does not seem to exist. Well, I’ve always explained that it only came out in the US, and that although I no longer had it on my shelf, it surely did exist. I’ve finally […]

What Writers Do

Every now and again people complain about having to wait for a new book to come out. I think I’m a fairly typical writer, with the usual kind of workload. Here’s what I’m up to this week. (Activities with asterisk denote paid work, usually small amounts) Column for Independent on Sunday* Book review* Columns for […]

Covers That Didn’t Make It

This was the cover originally designed for my anthology ‘Demonised’. The burning man is the excellent gentleman who designed this site. The publisher didn’t like it, but I still do.

The Great Book Hunt – Two

As before, books hidden in a London location for you to claim. Here’s the spot – a coffee shop in King’s Cross that serves the best Italian coffee this side of Milan. Two signed and dated editions of Bryant & May books can be found here on Friday 6th February. Ask Mario or Enzo if […]

Read This!

Something has gone wonderfully wrong with British book awards this year. It seems that the winners and nominees are being chosen not just by subject, craft and style but by readability. For the first time in years I romped through the Man Booker prizewinner. ‘White Tiger’ by Avarind Adiga, is a thrilling, almost pulpy choice […]

The Lady Downstairs

This illustration was produced by Michael Nicholson for the BBC, with the excellent Hannah Gordon reading an abbreviated version of my Sherlock Holmes story ‘The Lady Downstairs, click here.

Paperboy Lists

I know it’s a guy-thing to endlessly adjust lists of favourite or hated films/books/football teams, but one of the things I’ve done in my upcoming memoir ‘Paperboy’ is to include lots of lists. One is a list of words I read in hearty kids’ adventure novels but didn’t quite understand at the age of ten: […]