Big Brother

The Horror of English Humour

English newspapers have a habit of producing rather good TV critics. Clive James, Victor Lewis-Smith and Charlie Brooker have all managed to produce regular columns that balance the odd insight with cruel hilarity, so I was pleased to read Heidi Stephens’ Guardian blog on the bottom-feeding entrants to the Big Brother house, the thing that […]

Where The Ideas Come From

Over the course of creating short stories (my collections usually take three years to accumulate) all sorts of disturbing and unbelievable things happen in the news. These are just a few I noted during the writing of ‘Old Devil Moon’. In Stockton-On-Tees, a poverty-stricken family succumbed to heroin use, and as her son died, the […]