Category: News

Who’s Next


Currently working on my inaugural feature for Infinity, sister magazine to The Dark Side. It’s a profile of Myth Makers, the long-running series of video interviews with key personnel in the Doctor Who universe. I’m currently liaising with founder and producer Keith Barnfather, as well as a number of writers and actors who’ve been involved in both the show and this series of fantastic archive conversations. More details soon.

Most Haunted

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If all goes according to plan, the next issue of The Dark Side — due out on 29 March — will include a lengthy feature I’ve put together on the new drama-documentary Borley Rectory, directed by Ashley Thorpe and starring Jonathan Rigby as the notorious ghost hunter Harry Price. I interviewed them both for this piece, and there are also quotes from co-star Reece Shearsmith.

Unfortunately, work on this article coincided with my friend Chrissie and myself having to make several stressful trips to the local veterinary surgery with her elderly dog, Fred. Hours after I e-mailed the text to my editor, we walked Fred to see the vet one final time.

Comics Clearance

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Just a quick note to mention I’m currently shedding quite a few comics from my collection (plus another I inherited). They’re going up in batches at my eBay account.

The latest item to get snapped up was a copy of Sandman #1, which I’ve since learned the new owner plans to get CGC-graded and slabbed before framing and displaying. He also only plans to make one such purchase each year, which isn’t quite how I’d define a comics fan, unless all he was interested in was the Dave McKean cover.

Unscarred By Dracula


The 190th issue of UK horror magazine The Dark Side is due out on 15 February, and features my interview with actress Jenny Hanley. We discuss her appearances in such films as Scars of Dracula, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, The Flesh and Blood Show and Soft Beds, Hard Battles, as well as her work as a presenter on Magpie.

Touch wood, the following issue will include my interview with Ashley Thorpe, director of the new ghost movie Borley Rectory. I’m also working on a profile of the late Brian W Aldiss for its sister magazine Infinity.

Manchester Memories [3]

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Tut tut, I neglected to mention here that the two episodes of our series In Conversation With filmed in Manchester last October are now both available to view on YouTube: Jenny Hanley and Jonathan Rigby. Chrissie and I hope to shoot the fourth episode next weekend.

Meanwhile, extracts from my on-stage interview with Jenny earlier that day should appear in the next issue of The Dark Side, due out 15 February. Those mentioned include Christopher Lee, Roy Ward Baker, Dennis Waterman, Anouska Hempel, Peter Walker, Roy Boulting, Peter Sellers, Roger Moore, Tony Curtis, Roddy McDowall, Ian McShane, George Lazenby, Harvey Weinstein and her mother, Dinah Sheridan.

Manchester Memories [2]

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Among the projects Chrissie Harper and I are currently working on is an online series, In Conversation With, which kicked off by interviewing actor Demelza O’Sullivan (who starred in our short film All Bad Things…) and now features actor / television presenter Jenny Hanley (recorded when we met up in Manchester). Both are available via our YouTube channel.

Festival Fever [3]


The second annual Grindhouse Planet Film Festival premiered All Bad Things… on Sunday evening. Here I am afterwards, with organiser Marc Hamill. Also attending the event, held at The Shed in Leicester, were writer / director Chrissie Harper and associate producer Carl Timms, whose zombie comedy Still was having its final festival screening.

Update: As a result of this screening, All Bad Things… now has an IMDb entry.

Festival Fever

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Fresh from last month’s cast and crew screening, our short fantasy All Bad Things… will receive its official premiere on 26 November, when it’s shown at the second annual Grindhouse Planet Film Festival in Leicester (out of competition, since I’m one of this year’s judges).

To tie in with its maiden voyage into the festival circuit, my colleague Chrissie Harper has designed the poster below, featuring actors Liam Woon and Demelza O’Sullivan.

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