My Ghostwords TV colleague Chrissie Harper and I travelled down to central London on Wednesday, to interview FrightFest‘s Alan Jones. A three-minute extract is scheduled to play during Big Centre TV‘s Halloween programming, with the full edit earmarked for our YouTube channel soon as a text version has appeared in The Dark Side.
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.
Tuesday saw the airing on Big Centre TV of Chrissie’s and my report from Birmingham’s Blue Orange Theatre, featuring an interview with trustee Mark Webster. All three of our contributions to Carl Jones’ show The Big Picture will shortly be available online via our YouTube channel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As previously mentioned, the Birmingham Horror Group held its inaugural meeting on 5 December in Acocks Green, when the turn-up comprised James Brogden, Ray Holloway, Louise Palfreyman, Chrissie Harper and yours truly — plus, addressing us via Skype from his home in Wallasey, group president Ramsey Campbell. A follow-up gathering took place on 2 January, but a virtual appearance by Dez Skinn unfortunately fell foul of wifi problems. The next is scheduled for 6 February; details will be posted here.
As one year draws to a close, whilst another waits in the wings, might I just mention the new Ghostwords TV project Chrissie Harper and I are collaborating upon, a fortnightly vidcast devoted to the horrific and darkly fantastic?
More very soon, but for now, here’s a festive ho-ho-homicidal message from Valentine Dyal-Up.
*amazingly, that’s how my voice sounds Chrissie plays with it
Back in November, I reported plans for the Birmingham Horror Group, and I’m pleased to report the first meeting took place as scheduled on 5 December, within the cosy confines of the Spread Eagle pub, Acocks Green. To make the evening even more memorable, honorary president Ramsey Campbell made a special appearance via Skype (you can see a short video clip at the Group’s website).
The next gathering will take place at the same venue on Saturday, 2 January. In the meantime, Chrissie Harper’s design for our logo makes its debut to the immediate left.