Monthly Archives: November 2011

Everyone’s A Critic

Recently the press started slimming its review pages across the board, cutting back on their critics. My own reviews have been hit – everyone’s have, and it’s almost impossible now for younger writers to get into the broadsheets. In one sense the system needed shaking out now that there’s so much good online critical writing. […]

Re:View – ‘The Last Circus’

Actually titled ‘The Ballad Of The Sad Trumpet’, this is director Alex de la Iglesias at his most bombastic and bizarre. This story of a clown’s son who follows his father’s footsteps, taking revenge for the old man until he goes insane, is so extreme that it is impossible to tell what might happen from […]

London’s ‘Missing’ Areas

Do you ever find yourself in an unfamiliar stretch of street in your home city, unable to see how it fits with other parts? It happens to me all the time, and I know London pretty well. Yesterday I was in the odd little section between Leather Lane and Mount Pleasant in order to buy […]

The Dark Musical Gene

I listen to an insane amount of music at home. This comes down to personality type; I’m an annoyingly perky fidget, which makes me hell in the mornings and a sucker for musicals. I know all the words because the cadence of language is very important to me. I don’t like conspicuously camp shows or […]

I Say, Mind The Gap!

We have a rare chance coming up to tour the disused Aldwych underground station. Originally named Strand, the station became a public air raid shelter during the Blitz and is now mostly used for training and as a location for films such as ‘Atonement’ and ‘V for Vendetta’. The station has no working lift and […]

Red Gloves Compo -The Winning Answer

And here on my right is the girl of my choice, With the tilt of her nose and the chime of her voice. And the scent of her wrap, and the words never said, And the ominous, ominous dancing ahead. We sat in the car-park till twenty to one, And now I’m engaged to… Except […]

London Eccentrics: Tom & Roxy

This is an occasional series on London’s odder inhabitants. My pal Paco was looking for a Holborn pub or bar in which to hold a directors’ meeting (they’re vintners), and I recommended ‘The Seven Stars’, which appears in my novel ‘The Victoria Vanishes’. Paco ended up being in there for about five hours; it’s that […]

Win ‘Gloves’ Tomorrow!

To celebrate the launch of ”Red Gloves’, my massive double-volume of short stories, I’ll be giving away a signed limited first edition of the book to the person who can name the site I’ll cryptically identify in central London. I’ll be posting the clue tomorrow morning at 10am on this site, and the first correct […]

Stop The Clocks!

The Bryant & May Casebook continues to grow in scope. It seems Mr Keith Page and myself will be adding to the Casebook in order to turn it into something more than a mere graphic novel – there’ll be features and art as well. Here’s the latest to the growing collection of ‘alternative’ covers provided […]

Re:View – ‘Mimic – The Director’s Cut’

Unlike the head of Universal (see further down), Guillermo del Toro doesn’t compromise his ideas. I sometimes wonder what would have happened if the film we had planned together had been made (Guillermo mentions it on the DVD extras here, bringing a lump to my throat) but at least he had a chance to partially […]