Into the Unknown

Sunday, July 9th 2017

Apologies for the radio silence for so long – stuff got in the way, but I’m trying to overcome that now and am even back to writing once again, despite the strain it seems to put on my eyes these days.

I managed to take time out from the stuff of life yesterday in a last minute decision to head up to the Barbican with my son to take a look (actually make that, ‘fully immerse myself) at their ‘Into the Unknown’ science fiction exhibition.

Very nicely curated and well organised with timed entry to keep things from getting overcrowded.

Great escapism into all things Sci-Fi, in fiction, television, video games  and movies – highly recommended.…

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Holy Holy – Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars

Monday, March 27th 2017


Just back from Hull – City of Culture 2017 – and am still reeling from just how amazing the Holy Holy gig was last night. If you get a chance to see Holy Holy on this current tour, DO !

Absolutely fantastic – a masterclass in music, with every track a winner.

I can’t wait to see it all again later this week a little closer to home.

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Tommy V Cancer #tommyvcancer

Monday, June 20th 2016

Life can be scary – we all pretty much know that and, as we all get older, sometimes it gets really scary.

But, we prepare, we go on roller-coasters (well I don’t, but that’s because I’m a wimp), we go to see scary movies and, probably most importantly of all, we read scary books. All of those things are cathartic and help us grow and prepare for stuff.

And that’s why I’m more than happy to spread the word about Tommy Donbavand, his fantastic books, and his fight against one of life’s real monsters.

Like many teenagers, my first memories of being really excited by books came from horror books and, in particular, those of Stephen King.…

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David Bowie – Fame Fashion Photography – exhibition & auction 7 – 19th June for Cancer Research UK

Tuesday, June 7th 2016

I popped along to this great exhibition of photography in Heddon Street (right opposite the location of the classic Ziggy Stardust album cover) this evening (see photo through the gallery doorway to see the Ziggy plaque).

Well worth a visit – it’s free to attend but do buy the glossy limited edition catalogue for more than the fiver that Cancer Research are asking as the minimum donation and then take part in the silent auction online too to stand a chance of getting one of these great collectables for your home – and raising money for such a great cause into the bargain.…

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Dead-time tales and March-ing forward

Monday, February 29th 2016

I feel I owe the ‘crime writers’ crime writer’, John Harvey, a huge apology for the comment he wrote inside my copy of his excellent book back in 2008 for I fear that – make that ‘I know that’ I have been guilty of exactly what he warned against – wasting time.

Fast forward to the 10th January of this year – the morning of the day we awoke to the news that David Bowie had left us – returning, presumably, to the stars.

Several things happened.

I had no idea just how much his passing would affect me. I’d never thought of myself as being a massive music fan, although now I realise I am and always have been – the ‘soundtrack’ to my life (if you’ll excuse the tired old cliche) being something I’d just accepted as a background to so many other things.…

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Challenge 30 – get author feedback or editorial services for a great price and help a good cause too

Tuesday, December 22nd 2015

You may have seen a few mentions about this on Twitter, as Avon’s Editorial Director Helen Huthwaite (seen below as a Christmas pudding) has been putting herself through monstrous challenges this year in a bid to raise £30,000 for her charity S.A.L.V.E., which aims to build a house for children living on the streets in Uganda. ‘Challenge 30’ means she has been running marathons, swimming in lakes, competing in triathlons and more, and putting the rest of Team Avon to shame.

This Christmas, she’s offering a pretty special opportunity for writers.

She’s compiled a BRILLIANT list of agents, authors and Editors, who are offering their services as a gift to aspiring writers.…

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Free download for perfect Halloween Horror listening ‘Carmilla’ by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wednesday, October 28th 2015

An Audible Original Drama
by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, dramatised for audio by Robin Brooks for Audible Originals


Directed by Fiona McAlpine for Audible Originals
Dramatised for audio by Robin Brooks

A masterpiece of erotic Gothic horror – encompassing mystery, suspense, forbidden lust, violence and lots of blood.

A brand new audiobook adaptation of J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic gothic novella, Carmilla – starring Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey), David Tennant (Doctor Who and Broadchurch) and Phoebe Fox (Life in Squares and The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death) – is available to download for free on

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Halloween Horror Movie Double-bill in #Croydon #ChristopherLee

Friday, October 23rd 2015

Stuck for something to do the night before Halloween?

Near Croydon?

Well, this is a great double-bill of a couple of quite unusual horror movies right here, showing at The David Lean Cinema at Croydon Clocktower.

Go on, don’t be scared !!!!

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New eBooks Blog from Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Demand

Thursday, October 22nd 2015

Introducing the new eBooks Blog from Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Demand

· Famous names such as Santa Montefiore and Victoria Hislop among contributors

· Blog brings booklovers closer to their favourite authors with exclusive video interviews, a book club, articles, extracts and reviews

If you love books, want to learn more about your favourite authors and what inspires them, or get special tips on what to read next, then you are in for a treat. Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Demand has recently launched its new eBooks Blog – an online home for bookworms.

With articles by esteemed authors and editors, interviews, extracts, reviews and a regular Book Club, the Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Demand eBooks Blog is a refreshing new online community for book lovers like no other.…

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Fergusson and Morpurgo Win Leading Historical Fiction Awards in Harrogate

Thursday, October 22nd 2015

First time author Ben Fergusson has scooped the Historical Writers’ Association 2015 Debut Crown Award for new historical fiction with The Spring of Kasper Meier.

Ben was presented with the coveted award worth £2,000 by broadcaster Mark Lawson at the opening night of the Harrogate History Festival (October 22) at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate.

The event, hosted by Harrogate International Festivals, also saw War Horse author Michael Morpurgo, who has written more than 130 books for children, receive the Outstanding Contribution to Historical Fiction Award.

Morpurgo said: “I am delighted and honoured to be presented with this special Award. History is the foundation of our society, who we are and where we are going, and it is crucial that we pass this on to our young people.…

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