In the Picture [5]

Midlands cable channel Big Centre TV is in the midst of dovetailing into the Made TV network right now — the formal switch-over happens on Tuesday — so it’s awfully gratifying they found time to plug my appearance on its breakfast show Good Morning this coming Monday, with repeats throughout the day. I’m featured interviewing FrightFest’s Alan Jones, in an extract from a much longer interview destined both for print (The Dark Side) and video (Ghostwords TV).

Centre-stage again…

Delighted to announce I’ve been invited to interview the actress and director Dagmar Lassander next Saturday for the 27th Festival of Fantastic Films in Manchester. I already had two reasons to be in the city that day: Chrissie and I will be interviewing attendees for a Ghostwords TV documentary on the event, plus we’re catching John Carpenter during his brief UK concert tour. The Dark Side has expressed interest in publishing my conversation with Ms Lassander, which is a bonus.

Talking Tales

The special guest at this month’s Birmingham Horror Group was David A Sutton, author and award-winning former co-editor of the highly influential magazine Fantasy Tales. I interviewed David and his partner-in-print Stephen Jones back in 1989, for Critical Wave (which I co-edited with Martin Tudor), so we simply resumed those roles for the evening and brought our previous conversation up to date. This time, the text version is earmarked for the recently resurrected Fear.

In the Picture [2]

Chrissie and I headed over to Birmingham Open Media a couple of weeks back, to meet with Ian Francis, director of the city’s Flatpack Film Festival, to discuss both that event and the current ‘Birmingham on Film’ season. The resulting interview will air on Big Centre TV‘s breakfast magazine Good Morning tomorrow, with several repeats during the day, and will be featured in The Week with Carl Jones on Friday. Our third report for the channel, focusing upon Birmingham’s Blue Orange Theatre, currently awaits a slot in the schedule.

As you can see from the photograph below, I bumped into one of Bruce Campbell’s co-stars from the original Evil Dead on the way out, but he declined to be interviewed. Apparently, he had to attend a stag party that evening.

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.


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.

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.