Before the completion of Moby Dick in 1851, Melville suffered the traditional artists’ existential crisis: a lack of money coupled with being pulled this way and that by competing interests. Most of us who’ve chosen to pursue some degree of success in the arts have felt that Real Life frequently gets in the way. MelvilleContinue reading “Long read: Another Brick In The Dead-Wall: Pink Floyd and Melville’s ‘Bartleby’”
I got word this week that the Man O’War Bookstream, which was due to begin streaming on Monday, is going to be postponed by at least a week after (drum roll…..) Covid has struck one of the actors in the production. Bravo, Covid, now you’re striking against the people who are innovating ways to getContinue reading “Man O’War Bookstream Delayed”
Following the news that episode 1 of the Man O’War Bookstream is scheduled for November 23rd, quite a bit has been happening lately.
I can’t really believe it’s happened so quickly, but Episode 1 of the Bookstreamz adaptation of Man O’War will be available to view on the Bookstreamz platform from Monday 23rd November. Elaine Sturgess and her colleagues Leslie, Paul and Wendy have done a brilliant job in getting the production ready to fly in such aContinue reading “Man O’War released on Monday 23rd November”
Alessandro Babalola will play Adem Johnson, the Machiavellian heir to the Johnson Petroleum Corporation who has chosen to develop his career in the English civil service in my 22nd century world. Alessandro gave a star-making turn as the terrifying hitman Haze in Netflix’s brilliant drama Top Boy, and won an Olivier for his performance inContinue reading ““Top Boy’s” Alessandro Babalola to star in Man O’War”
Ok, this is starting to feel quite real now. Jessica Clark, who played the vampire queen Lilith in HBO’s epic sexy horror show True Blood is going to be taking the star role of Naomi the kokeshi in the forthcoming dramatisation of Man O’War.
Remember that Booksoffice vote thingummy where Man O’War was shortlisted back in January? Well, even though it didn’t win, the people at Booksoffice were suitably impressed with Man O’War to choose to adapt it for a new type of online dramatisation that has, serendipitously, found a useful niche in the age of lockdown.
Yesterday I recorded a guest spot on The Constant Reader podcast with host Richard Sheppard, tackling the cancerous old curiosity shop that is Stephen King’s Needful Things. As always it was a pleasure to drop by and discuss books, horror, bargaining with the Devil and other such homely stuff. The episode should air around ChristmasContinue reading “Everything Must Go!”
I had a major IT hardware malfunction last week; the backlight on my Macbook Pro suddenly failed, with no options for repair. This was exacerbated by the sinking feeling I got when I realised that the most recent 40,000 words of my manuscript for the The Green Man had not synced properly with my onlineContinue reading “Essex Father Of Two Cures IT Meltdown With This One Weird Trick”
I’ve just uploaded a new story to the site, Filthy Shades Of Grey, a 2016 short story ostensibly about alien first contact, but from the perspective of a protagonist suffering from the strange and debilitating mental illness Schizoid Personality Disorder. It’s a different type of story, then, but one that I hope still is enjoyable,Continue reading “New Short Story: Filthy Shades Of Grey”