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?
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
Auf Deutsch I DON'T WRITE POETRY. It's not because I don't like it. In fact, I love poetry and will stand stock still in awe and admiration at those talented enough to capture a tiny sliver of beauty or truth in a few well chosen words. But I don't write it. Okay, so that's a pretty clear … Continue reading Tearing the Veil
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
2014: Katie B. sits on her laurels! Of course, there are some authors who wouldn't be seen dead resting on their laurels! Not so, Katie B.! Why else would she be so well-padded in the posterior department, if not to be able to repose on a few crispy Laurus nobilis leaves for half a year or longer? … Continue reading 2014: A tale of Donnybrook glassworks and leafy bottoms!