I have been a fan of Gothic horror for as long as I can remember. Old Hammer horror films initially and more recently nineteenth century stories, so when I started to experiment with fiction, it came as no surprise to me that I ended up writing my own.
Of Flesh & Blood is a Gothic horror novella that tells the story of a Romanian countess who settles in the small village of Bramley, West Yorkshire in the early twentieth century. The story is heavily influenced by Dracula and the 1932 film The Vampyr. It is the first in a series of stories following the adventures of Victorian/Edwardian gentleman turned reluctant paranormal investigator Marcus Worthington. He visits the village of Bramley on business and ends up being confronted by a beautiful and deadly vampire.
If you like all things creepy and Gothic, you can buy now on Amazon. There is a very low-priced Kindle edition and for the more patient and discerning reader, a 65-page paperback edition. I appreciate any and all support I get from this project. It has given me a break from my teaching career and musical activity. As much as I love making music, it requires a lot of team effort and logistics. What’s great about writing is I can do anything I want and work from home at my own pace without having to compromise.
I hope you enjoy reading Of Flesh & Blood as much as I did writing it.
When it comes to Heavy metal music, there is one iconic band that springs to mind – Black Sabbath. Heavy, doom-laden songs powered by Tony Iommi’s signature guitar riffs, Geezer Butler’s powerful and technically proficient bass lines and the relentless battery of Bill Ward’s jazz-influenced drumming. Add the unique vocals of John ‘Ozzy’ Osbourne and you have the recipe for the most influential band in heavy music history. A special exhibition is being held at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to celebrate fifty years of the band’s existence. I was lucky enough to be able to go and check it out. (more…)
“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”
– Philip Kindred Dick (1928 -1982)
If I had to name my favourite author of all time, the answer would be Philip K. Dick. He may not be responsible for any literary classics, but the short stories and novels of this strange college drop-out from California continue to inspire. Most of the current generation of Science Fiction fans will be familiar with Dick’s work from the cinema. From Blade Runner to The AdjustmentBureau, there are more films based on PKD stories and novels than you might think. (more…)
2013 was a landmark year for me. I achieved three lifetime ambitions in twelve short months. My band recorded their debut album (which I’m proud to say will be released soon by an actual record label!), I completed a degree in English language and Literature and I attended my first ever Roadburn festival in Tilburg, Holland with four friends.
According to Wikipedia, “Horror is a film genre seeking to elicit a negative emotional reaction from viewers by playing on the audience’s primal fears.”
Why would anyone choose to spend their time viewing a genre that affects them in an emotionally negative way? What kind of masochism is being indulged in here? I’m usually too busy watching my favourite classic horror films to care why I enjoy them, but it’s something I’ve been thinking more about lately.
The fact is, some of us get a kick out of being scared. This is a universally accepted fact. The question is, why do we enjoy feeling threatened by imaginary monsters, vampires and ghosts? (more…)
Back in 2012, I started work on a self-published art book documenting the first three years of my record label. The book would have interviews with each band I had released to go alongside the pictures. The Goatess had already designed my logo and the cover of Planet Doom Volume 2, my second compilation CD, so I decided to approach her for some cover artwork. Seeing as she was the cover artist, I thought it might be cool to interview her and have a section in the book all about her artwork and the bands she’s done album artwork for (which include Pentagram, Church of Misery, Stonehelm and the forthcoming album from my own band, Iron Void).
Things started off well, and the Goatess section was shaping up to be the strongest section of the book. Unfortunately, I was a bit overworked at the time, balancing a full time job, running the label, a part-time Open University degree and my band commitments (it was a busy time!). The book suffered as a result and the release date kept getting pushed back further and further. In the end, I decided to keep the cover art and the title, which I used for the Doomanoid Records third anniversary sampler The Story So Far, but the book itself never saw the light of day.
Here it is at last, the original interview which we conducted via Email in 2012. (more…)