My book needed a cover and once I'd persuaded Clare at Fledgling Press to put out HAPPINESS IS WASTED ON ME, I thought about the sort of artwork I wanted for my dream cult novel. Andrew Forteath was my choice and we got him, which is wonderful for both my book and my ego. He's… Continue reading The Cover!
Hello. I'm glad you're here. Alright, let me set the scene. It's cold outside. Really cold. From where I'm seated, middle-cushion on the couch with the window facing me, it looks like the biggest bag of icing sugar in the world has been sprinkled over my garden. My living room is warm. I'm drinking hot… Continue reading My New Book
2019 was a year when the changes hinted by 2018 finally came to pass. Thank you 2018, you rotten bugger. Anyway, my Favourite Things have been arranged in a list format, and they’re all practically interchangeable so there's no countdown. 2019 has been a strange year, so it goes without saying that without these Favourite… Continue reading My Favourite Things Of 2019
I have certain rituals that I carry out every year around this time. It's how I survive the winter. There are certain television shows I re-watch for comfort in the cold. For instance, December doesn't feel right unless I sit through Christmas With The Joker, my favourite episode of Batman: The Animated Series and The… Continue reading The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas
1986. THATCHER'S BRITAIN. THE FINANCIAL 'BIG BANG' SAW THE RICH GET RICHER. RIOTS ERRUPT IN PRISONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND MICKY SWIFT IS STILL ON THE DOLE! Sooner or Later is something of a lost masterpiece, occupying the back page of 2000AD. But while most writers and artists would struggle to do anything interesting in… Continue reading Sooner Or Later by Peter Milligan & Brendan McCarthy
I can't quite imagine how Ottessa pitched this novel to her agent. The main character goes unnamed and the story follows her efforts to sleep for a full year. How? Through pills, pills, and more pills. She should have asked my brother. He can take up to twenty-five Valium and remain somewhat awake. We've even… Continue reading My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
Some authors are so good that I'll literally drop whatever I'm doing to rush off to a bookshop so I can get their latest novel. However, it isn't always that easy, if only because not all bookshops stock the authors I stalk. One example is Arthur Nersesian. I love his fiction ardently. His writing style… Continue reading The Arthur Nersesian Fan Club
Hello. My weirdo YA masterpiece GLOWGLASS is currently £2.99 for anyone with a Kindle. Lucky sods! Think of it as a fucked-up evil version of Sweet Valley High with lesbian drama, murder, videotape, and porridge. Basically, this is the book the teen version of me would go nuts for, because it has everything I ever… Continue reading Sale! Sale! Sale!
Batman and Robin swung into action (literally) in Detective Comics. Soon enough, they were starring in their own comic. It was 1940. A different, distant time. Yet the basics of The Bat were already firmly fixed in the canon. Batman #1 didn’t disappoint. Not only did it mark the return of the nefarious Dr. Hugo… Continue reading Looking Back At Batman #1
Ryu Murakami is not Haruki Murakami. Not even close. Their books are filed together in bookshops, but that’s about as close as they’ll ever be in any way whatsoever. Ryu Murakami’s bleak tales of destructive youth in dystopian Japan are unlike any other books I’ve ever read. I’ve read a lot of books. His writing… Continue reading The Ryu Murakami Fan Club