Hell Train

Christopher & Peter

After I wrote the horror romp ‘Hell Train’ I never really went back to it. I don’t think it was a huge success (although there’s a nice German edition), partly because I went with a small publishing house, partly because it was a bit too clever for the market. The plot concerns a writer hired […]

The Miscellany Of My Mind

What’s in the picture-book today? A miscellany – some thoughts passing through my head as I sit in my study trying to cool down enough to concentrate on writing a new novel. ——————– Writers produce a lot of work that’s not published. For years I kept drawerfuls of abandoned manuscripts, movie scripts, TV productions, radio […]

Why Don’t Undead Tales Die?

There were only ever a handful of monsters in movies and books. In the 1930s Universal Pictures cemented the main ones into place, although mummies and werewolves proved harder to make scary than vampires and hand-stitched creations. Zombies were left out on a limb after ‘White Zombie’ and ‘I Walked With A Zombie’, until George […]

All Aboard! Best Movies Set On Trains

  ‘Train To Busan’ is deservedly a massive hit for South Korea – an action adventure about zombies that makes ‘World War Z’ look like ‘Carry On Camping’, and manages to be both thrilling and heartbreaking within its streamlined runaway plot. It’s Zombies On A Train – thanks to a spreading biohazard that forces a […]

Writers In Many Hats

I’ve been talking to readers a lot this spring, and one subject that kept returning was whether writers can work on many types of book, or if they should stay in one area. Crime was once a part of general fiction until genres separated out in bookshops, so that SF/horror, fantasy (and believe it or […]

Nyctophobia: US Cover First Look

Even though it’s more straight-laced, I really like the reversed-out cover below, chosen for the US edition of my next book, the haunted house thriller ‘Nyctophobia’, while we have the spiffy lightbulb cover for the UK (see columns passim). It’s out in time for Halloween stateside.  If you’re a professional book reviewer, you can request […]

Permission To Laugh

An alarming idea today: Are readers and audiences now obeying demographics, which were once designed to categorise their tastes? It strikes me because, when I analyse successful entertainment (as all writers are prone to do) I can see a huge new change in our habits. Prior to the compartmentalisation of consumption, we enjoyed a book […]

Trains From Hell

Here’s another fantasy train that would have made a great cover for my Gothic thriller ‘Hell Train’, this one spotted on the side of a Spanish funfair ride. I still prefer Graham Humphries’ take on it, though. Unlike British funfair rides, European ones offer real value for money and seem to last for about twenty […]

Shameless Plug

Has anyone seen the huge posters for ‘Hell Train’ on the tube? If so, can they photograph one? For all my tubular travels I seem to keep missing them! The book is available on Kindle for under a fiver – I’m just saying is all.

New Year, New Books

I’ll be appearing at Foyle’s bookshop in Charing Cross Road on Thursday 19th January at 6:30pm – 7:30pm, where I’ll be in conversation with Jonathan Oliver about ‘Hell Train’, then signing copies. Reserve your free tickets now as the Foyle’s events are always well-attended (this is more about the efficiency of the bookstore than my […]