The Victor Frankenstein Spoiler

I’ve just finished Peter Ackroyd’s ‘The Casebook Of Victor Frankenstein’, a lightning-fast romp that drops the fictional Victor in with the real-life Shelley, Byron and the gang in Switzerland – such an obvious idea I’m amazed it hasn’t been explored before, but a big word of warning if you’re buying it…don’t read the back of […]

Easily Amused

When I was writing ‘Paperboy’, I referenced of some of the games I remembered playing as a child. I was clearing out the notes today and thinking about how ropey most of these amusements were, from the Pelham puppets which all looked like the same puppet in different clothes, to the ink-stained frustration that was […]

Bloomsbury In The Country

Charleston was the home and country meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group. The interior of the house was painted by the artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, and together with their collection forms a unique example of their decorative style. Charleston runs a May festival, and also the […]

Racists Can’t Tie Laces

Lily Allen’s rhymes leave a bit to be desired but the sentiments are rather wonderful and the song is insanely catchy, so here’s the whole of Manchester responding to those who still enjoy baiting anyone who’s different. Oh, and nice to see the NHS hanging in there too. Groovy!

Small Wonder This Weekend

The Small Wonder Short StoryFesival is now on, and I’ll be there tomorrow trying not to get thrown out of a dirigible in the 2:00PM Great Balloon Debate. It’s at Charleston, Virginia Woolf’s beautiful abode in Sussex – for details visit here.

The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be

When I was a child we heard plenty of talk about jet packs, spray-on clothes, travel to distant planets and thousands of television channels all showing stuff as interesting as our our two then-excellent networks. But the future has been a bit of a let-down. I mean, it’s nice that the Indian space mission has […]

Dumb & Dumber

I don’t usually post silly true stuff but these are too good to miss.

The Horrors

For your attention, coming in 2010 to coincide with the World Horror Convention, is ‘The Best of Best New Horror’, for which editor Stephen Jones has dug out my old story ‘Norman Wisdom And The Angel Of Death’, a tale that will mean absolutely nothing to anyone from outside England and Albania, a country which […]

Having Fun With The French

“C’est en faisant n’importe quoi qu’on devient n’importe qui,” is Remy Gaillard’s motto (‘It’s by doing whatever that you become whoever’) and here are some good illustrations of that. I know he’s been around for a while but the French trickster pulls off sweet antidotes to outdated and mean-spirited counterparts like Sacha Baron-Cohen (although a […]

Horror Wants Women To Scream II: Response

This came in from Guy Adams, who commissioned the BFS book discussed in the post below; ‘Our new book, In Conversation: A Writer’s Perspective, Volume 1: Horror, edited by James Cooper, has come under justifiable flak for its all-male line up of interviewees. When James brought the manuscript to me with a view to our […]