Gratuitous violence, anyone? To be honest, I didn’t know what ‘torture porn’ was until fairly recently, probably because slasher horror films (for which the term was originally invented) are definitely not my thing. However, the question remains: where does the boundary lie between gritty reality in crime fiction and gratuitous, glorified violence for its own … Continue reading Crime Fiction: True Grit or Torture Porn?
Irish Crime Fiction
Schroedinger’s Dog and other parallel universes
Is the tale wagging the dog? Don’t you just love quantum physics? All those possibilities, spinning endlessly until somebody bothers to look at them at which point they plump for their (positive) physical reality of choice - while somewhere out there in the universe exactly the (negative) opposite choice happens! Oh, the sheer entanglement of … Continue reading Schroedinger’s Dog and other parallel universes
Interview with a late Crime Fiction great I was delighted to catch the re-run of Mark Lawson’s 2006 interview with crime author PD James on BBC4 a few weeks’ ago. What a wonderful woman! And a wonderful writer! Hard to believe she was 86 at the time of the interview and still had a few … Continue reading Criminal Poetry