I wouldn’t say the swanky spa town of Harrogate gets completely taken over by the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Fest, but they do go all out. The first thing you see when you get off the train is this: It made me think of how Kalamazoo seems to adjust to the deluge of medievalists every…

Madness (i.e. business as usual)

I’m off to Harrogate in the morning; not sure if I will have time to post while I’m there. But as I have a long train ride ahead of me, I do have time to read! Hurrah, the only difficulty will be choosing amongst the many things loaded onto the shiny toy. And not missing…

Tuesday’s Overlooked A/V: Wise Blood

Flannery O’Connor’s masterpiece of Southern gothic,¬†Wise Blood, received an unusually effective film treatment. It probably had a lot to do with the cantankerous John Huston helming it, someone with enough weight to throw around to keep it cleaving to the same dark vision that inspired it. For those who sneer at “literary” it might be…

Writer Wednesday: Interview

I am interviewed over at Luis Vera’s blog about my story “Horse Clock” which will appear with all m’colleagues in BURNING BRIDGES, the free anthology out next week. A fine showcase of talents, BB has something for everyone in all kinds of genres. Luis will be featuring more of the folks this week, so drop…

Tuesday’s Overlooked A/V: Evil Roy Slade

As the mobile version of Blogger leaves a lot to be desired, this will be necessarily brief and devoid of video, which you can doubtless easily google (or find via the search engine of your choice). EVIL ROY SLADE (1972) stars the incomparable John Astin as the title character, but also features a wild assortment…

Dundee Bound

I am away on a train today; proper write up of Alt-Fiction anon. In brief: Adele is hostess with mostess, Alasdair is Brekkie Master Supreme, everyone was nice, had a wonderful chat with Graham. And there was cake! In the meantime, here’s an appropriate song.

Out of Touch

Alas, no WiFi it seems in the hotel in Connemara. But what a view, eh? Regular service will resume soon.

At Elena’s

Pictures to come but I’ve only got the iPod with me. Puppies! Elena cooking! Appletinis! Providence today: Lovecraft and Jane Quiet and hopefully catching up with some friends.

Into the Woods

Off on a retreat today with my friends in the lovely woods and hills (and cave!) of Berne. No cell phone reception, no wifi. Just silence in nature. Tomorrow I’ll write up my review of the latest Woody Allen movie — sigh! Short version: what a colossal waste of a stellar cast.