If you’re going to create gothic literature, you have to do it properly, which is why I hate books and TV shows that lazily set themselves in a peculiar non-existent Victorian gothic past. Sometimes, accessing the best bits and mashing them together into a movie works, as in the hilariously inaccurate but delicious Guy Ritchie [...]
Year after year, books continue to appear on the subject of British horror film and the ways in which they vary from US horror output. They can generally be summed up like this.
US Horror films – the great silents featuring Lon Chaney, the 1930s Universal cycle, 1950s SF leading to ‘The Fly’, ‘Wax Museum’ etc, [...]
It’s spreading like a virus, or possible a minor rash, but I’ve foolishly agreed to encourage an author round-robin that goes like this…
The Next Big Thing works by getting an author to answer these ten questions on his blog. He then tags five authors to do so the week after. Which presumes the author knows [...]
Here we go with another batch of books vying for best comic novel. Stephen Fry’s debut novel was everything everyone hoped it would be; erudite, intelligent and really filthy.Of course, Fry really only ever writes about himself, but this is the best, up there with Waugh, about the schooldays of a boy born with ‘a [...]
I am afflicted with what I’m told is a deeply male disease; the need to collect, to catalogue, to alphabetise, to thematise, to build empirical data, to complete.
It seems I share this with many other writers (far more than with artists, who are often happily disorganised). Today six writers had lunch – we hang [...]
Writer and critic Kim Newman not only does the best Victorian Gentleman impersonation in the country, he’s also one of the world’s leading experts on horror movies.
To celebrate the launch of Kim’s essential horror volume ‘Nightmare Movies’ (published 18 April), Newman and fellow horror expert Mark Kermode take to the stage of the National Film [...]
The lovely Barry Forshaw, editor of the Encyclopedia of British Crime Writing, sends me this blast from the past. I don’t remember being there, but apparently it was Clive Barker’s 40th birthday. I’m rubbish at names but recognise Clive, Kim Newman, Steve Jones and Peter James. Authors end up with hundreds of similarly awkward-looking shots [...]
A Garrett Yesterday
Once upon a time there was a garret, and in it sat a writer scribbling away, only to emerge once every three or four days gaunt and hollow-eyed to eat a few crumbs before returning to his lonely calling.
Not any more.
Thanks to social networking and writers’ groups, we now have busier social [...]