In the Picture

Following my recent appearance on Big Centre TV‘s movie magazine The Big Picture, hosted by Carl Jones, I’m delighted to announce my first report for the channel will air later this month. Together with my director / editor colleague Chrissie Harper, I met with Anthony Duffy, general manager of Birmingham’s Mockingbird Theatre, to discuss the venue’s impending relaunch as a full-time cinema.


DVD/Blu-ray reviews: Doomwatch (1970-72), Doomwatch (1972)

[Published in The Dark Side #176, July 2016]


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Profile: Irwin Allen [1992]

Curtain Call for the Great Showman

[From Critical Wave #25, 1992]


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Profile: Michael Moorcock [1992]

Behold the Author

[From Critical Wave #28, 1992]


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Profile: Norman J Warren [1997]

[From SFX #33, 1997; thanks to Chrissie Harper for scanning this page for me.]


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There’s a little story behind this article (which unaccountably appeared without a byline, although I did receive a credit for the reviews of Satan’s Slave and Terror published in the same issue). I’d interviewed Norman at the 1997 Festival of Fantastic Films, but during the closing ceremony, whilst I was on stage with John Landis, some unknown scumbag sneaked into the main hall and stole the bag containing both my camera (with irreplaceable photos of myself with my new god-daughter, Heloise) and my tape recorder. Fortunately, Norman was agreeable to recreating our conversation via telephone, and my late wife Ann generously offered to transcribe the result.

Bringing the story forward to the present day, Norman is actually working on a new movie and has agreed to discuss this project on a forthcoming edition of Ghostwords TV.

Profile: Ramsey Campbell [1991]

The Far Reaches of Fear

[From Critical Wave #24, 1991; thanks to Chrissie Harper for scanning these pages for me.]


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A shortened version of this interview had appeared in Fantazia, a monthly magazine published by Birmingham-based Pegasus Press and which was later rebooted as the short-lived Academy. For a more recent chat with Ramsey, check out the first episode of Ghostwords TV.

Towards the next frontier [3]

The inaugural episode of Ghostwords TV is now available online, featuring an interview with Ramsey Campbell, news and reviews, editorial opinion and a personal tribute to David Bowie. You can subscribe to the feed here.

Festival memories [2]

Here’s a nice photo of the actress Valerie Leon and myself at the 1996 Festival of Fantastic Films in Manchester. She’s reportedly busy filming a new horror comedy, Pitfire of Hell, co-starring fellow scream queen Ellie Church, directed and co-written by Bob East. Ms Leon is 5’11” tall, by the way, and I’m pretty sure she was wearing high heels.

Towards the next frontier [2]

For those who recall our pre-Xmas announcement, Chrissie’s and my plans for Ghostwords TV continue apace. We’ve managed to pull together the equipment we need for the initial launch, dressed the ‘set’ (aka the upstairs bedroom Chrissie uses as an office, the same function it had when I first freelanced back in the early ’90s) and filmed a couple of brief tests. We’re probably a couple of weeks away from releasing our first episode, but would strongly suggest anyone who wants to catch the show from the get-go should immediately subscribe to our YouTube channel.

 

 

Festival memories [1]

I’ve been looking through a few of my photo albums and it struck me it might be nice to dust a few of the pictures off for a wider audience. The two below were taken at Manchester’s Festival of Fantastic Films in 1995, when the guests also included directors Roger Corman (whose Gas-s-s-s and The Trip are about to be released on R2 Blu-ray by Signal One), Robin Hardy (The Wicker Man) and Norman J Warren (an old friend, whose canon includes Satan’s Slave and Inseminoid).

Anyway, here’s a rather nice snap of myself with Hammer scream queen Barbara Shelley, who rather curiously — albeit charmingly — thought we already knew each other. Perhaps she mistook me for one of the Martian bugs she’d encountered in Quatermass and the Pit.

Oddly enough, Ms Shelley wasn’t the only actress present who’d had to fight off an invasion from the Red Planet, since we were joined by Ann Robinson, who apparently quit showbiz after The War of the Worlds in order to marry a matador (although she had a brief cameo alongside original co-star Gene Barry in the Spielberg remake).