Photo Album: Stan Lee, 1991

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Here’s me with comics legend Stan Lee back in November 1991, during a promotional tour for Lee Daniels’ Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades of the World’s Greatest Comics. We met up at a hotel in Nottingham, and the interview subsequently appeared in the magazine Interzone (Stan seemed quite pleased, judging by this letter). The only downside was that my wife Ann was unable to join me, as the car park next door had a bust ticket machine and she stayed behind in case some security guard spotted I’d been unable to properly pay and display.

Photo by Marie Reynolds (Virgin Books)

Victorian Horror

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The Birmingham Horror Group held its second ‘Mini-Movie Marathon’ last night, at the Victoria pub in the heart of the city’s theatre district. One of the evening’s unexpected pleasures was meeting and hanging out with Irish filmmaker Simon O’Neill, who’d flown in from Dublin to represent The Man With My Name, his documentary on Italian screenwriter Giovanni Simonelli (A Cat in the Brain, Bloody Psycho).

Photo by Chrissie Harper

How Many Biehns Make Two?

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Apologies for the frightful pun above, but here’s a shot of myself with actor-writer-director Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens) and his wife, actor-producer-director Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (Dark Angel, The Girl). We’d just finished a lengthy interview at the Hilton Metropole Birmingham, which ranged from their separate experiences working with James Cameron to collaborating on The Victim.

Photo by Chrissie Harper

Who’s Next

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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.