Review: Upstart Crow

The final episode of the first series of Upstart Crow has aired and David Mitchell, who stars as the bard himself, confirmed on Twitter that there will be a second series. It follows the adventures of the up-and-coming playwright who still finds himself  struggling to make his mark in the hurlyburly of Elizabethan England. Action…

Review: Love & Friendship

What absolute joy this film is. The sense of fun and delight in being bad is not what one usually associates with Austen but it is exactly the reason her best observations cut so deeply. I may have to reconsider Whit Stillman. First I should admit to being a hoarder. I had not read Lady…

NT Live: Hamlet

I thoroughly expected to enjoy the new production of Hamlet from Barbican via the National Theatre, and as always am so very grateful for the live broadcasts because so far no one’s willing to pay to send me to London to see them all and I can’t always get there myself. There had been folderol…

Magic & Moonlight

There’s a blue moon tonight: won’t be another for three years. If you can, get out there and howl a little. The full moon brings a little magic out in everyone — and maybe the wolf, too. I have a piece up at the Cultural Gutter: Strange Men and Magic looks at my new obsession,…

Review: Diagnosis by Alessandra Bava

DIAGNOSIS Alessandra Bava Chapbook Dancing Girl Press Life is short: I find I have less and less time to review books because I am too busy writing them. Consequently I only review books that I simply have to urge people to read. Like this one: poetry is an investment. A slender chapbook takes no time…

Reviewed: Drag Noir

Starburst Magazine has a quite nice review of Drag Noir up that highlights the good work Fox Spirit is doing and gives specific kudos to some of the fantastic stories in this collection: One of the nice things about the small press is that you tend to find more original and clever ideas amongst them,…

Scottish Night at Albany Symphony

As I idle along in my way, seemingly random and directionless at times, I nonetheless manage to be in the right place at the right time more often than one might reasonably expect. Friday night that was true, as I went with the delightful Mary Browne to see the ‘Scottish Night” with the Albany Symphony…

Review: 25 Ways to Kill a Werewolf by Jo Thomas

25 Ways to Kill A Werewolf by Jo Thomas Cover Art by Sarah Anne Langton Blurb: ‘My name is Elkie Bernstein. I live in North Wales and I kill werewolves.’ When Elkie finds herself fighting for her life against something that shouldn’t exist she is faced with the grim reality that werewolves are real and she…

Review: I Tell You It’s Love by Joe R. Lansdale & Daniele Serra

I TELL YOU IT’S LOVE Joe R. Lansdale Adapted and illustrated by Daniele Serra Short Scary Tales Publications Dark moments seem like sweetness and light to lovers who dance to the beat of a dying heart. Ugly is beauty to them, horror is their laughter, and souls, dark or bright need not apply. This new…

Review: Discovering Scarfolk by Richard Littler

Discovering Scarfolk: For tourists & other trespassers by Richard Littler Ebury Press I can’t say when I first stumbled across Littler’s Scarfolk site. Probably one of the usual suspects (Brazill or Billson). I’m pretty sure it was on Twitter, but it doesn’t really matter. What I discovered was that I knew that place very well….