Stewart Lee Live & Awesome

If You’d Prefer A Milder Comedian Please Ask For One is the title of Stewart Lee’s new show. Regular readers know I’m a huge fan of the stand-up, director and novelist, who remains the UK’s smartest comic. His humour is bone-dry and can be an acquired taste, but having just seen him live at the […]

New Site Layout

I hope you like the new layout. Designer Simon Moore is still making tweaks, but I hope you’ll find much more information here now. I’ve added drop-down menus along the top of the page, making everything easier to navigate. Meanwhile, take a look at this if you haven’t already seen it. It’s called Architectural Projection […]

Brighton Birthday

Realising that my birthday coincides with the World Horror Convention, I had arranged to throw a party there until the hotel tried to stiff me for the bill. But I’ll still be buying drinks and be signing copies of ‘Paperboy’ and my teen horror novel ‘Hellion: The Curse Of Snakes’.

The Smuggler With Nerves Of Steel

Here’s something to make any arachnophobe shudder. A British pet shop owner has been caught attempting to smuggle one thousand tarantulas out of Brazil in his suitcases. He was caught after the X-Ray machine operator noticed ‘something suspicious’ – that’ll be the wriggling, crawling, seething nightmare in his bag instead of socks and a laptop, […]

A Christmas Carol: Ghost Or Horror Story?

Judging by the new version of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, it’s a horror story. Once again, director Robert Zemeckis has opted for motion capture or performance capture as it now seems to be called, providing viewers with creepy Madame Tussauds-style mannequins instead of actors. The dead eyes and exaggerated features recall victorian caricatures, but the […]

The Horrors Is Coming

This spring the World Horror Conventions ups sticks and moves to Europe for the first time in its history. Calling itself Brighton Shocks, the con will be located on the South coast and will be attended a wide range of authors and publishers interested in the genre. It’s also the year when I’ll be returning […]

‘Chinese Embassy Breaks Silence On Jedward’

Probably the funniest Sun headline of the year appeared after the Chinese ambassador complained about shrieking fans of Jedward, the limply camp shriek-haired tone-deaf brothers now amalgamated into one name who are currently enjoying their millisecond of fame on the 1960s talent programme ‘The X Factor’. They joined a professional entertainer, Jim Carrey, at the […]

‘Lack Of Merchandising’ Destroys Guy Fawkes

Fancy a bit of Catholic-baiting tonight? This is the time to head for Lewes, where you’ll get a chance to chuck fireworks at priests in the ritual that celebrates not just the treasonous Catholic attempt at dynamiting Parliament but also the burning of Protestant martyrs. It’s a bonkers evening, with burning tar barrels tossed into […]

Come Up For Dinner

Sitting at my desk here I can see St Paul’s, the London Eye and the BT Tower, and two of them are about to become new venues to eat and drink. Londoners have a long tradition of building something and then throwing a dinner party inside it, up it or on it. The Victorians had […]

Thirty Years Of Dirty

It’s hard to believe that Viz is thirty years old, and is now so venerable and respected that it’s having its own exhibition at the Cartoon Museum in London’s Bloomsbury. It succeeds because it largely remains a sort-of successor to Monty Python in its level of surreal shock, but if there was ever a test […]