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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 […]

Will Authors’ Notes Become A Thing Of The Past?

A volume called ‘Agatha Christie’s secret notebooks’ has just been published, containing clues to how Christie wrote her detective fiction. She kept bits of paper on which she had scrawled embryonic plots; ideas sketched out on the back of household bills. Most interesting of all were notebooks containing the partial ideas for many of her […]

Are Gilbert & Sullivan Finally Dead?

Last night I was at an open-air performance of ‘The Yeomen Of The Guard’ in the moat at the Tower Of London. I thought it might be fun to see a site-specific opera that’s rarely performed now. Opera snobs loathe G&S for its stodginess (and I’ve seen some really bad productions) but the muscular energy […]

Bryant & May: The Hidden References

Planning the Bryant & May novels with a long overview, I carefully bury oblique references across the series. Only a crazy person would sit down with them and start teasing out all the connected strands that I tucked into the stories. Luckily, Ian Alexander Martin is mad as a badger, and seems intent on finding […]