Christine

Christine: 5 good and bad things about John Carpenter

Christine is, well…not too good, but there are moments that prevent it from uglying up the Carpenter forecourt too badly. This model had a lot to live up to, following a trio of outright classics (The Fog, Escape from New York and The Thing) and certainly might be cited as the beginning of the end for…




Snake Pliskin and matches

Escape from LA: 5 easy upgrades

Yes, there is a lot of silly fun on display in the 96 Snake-fest, Al Leong is still merrily energising the background, and it features a late Carpenter soundtrack with at least one or two nice moments – but there’s an equally powerful sense of wasted opportunity here. Great actors are sidelined while a charisma-lite…




Rig in Forbidden Planet best of 2017

Pleased to say that Joe at Forbidden Planet has listed Rig, part 3 in the Kenstibec trilogy, among his best of 2017. Read what he has to say about Rig (Kenstibec 3).




Joint interview with Antonia Honeywell

I was delighted to speak alongside the magnificent Antonia Honeywell, author of The Ship, for The Writer’s Toolbelt Podcast, hosted by Andy Chamberlain. He approached us at the recent Gollanczfest thinking that we’d make for a good natter combination, and sure enough we did. There are some striking similarities between book three in the Kenstibec…




The Manitor: New story in Kaleidotrope

Thrilled to say that I’ve had a new story published in the Autumn edition of Kaleidotrope. I guess you could say it is my first ever Steampunk story. It’s heavily influenced by Twain, has had a somewhat interesting history, and I am bloody thrilled to see it featured by this most excellent mag. Read read…




John Carpenter’s Vampires: 5 easy upgrades

John Carpenter’s Vampires is a mess, but like other films in his later work, there’s a frustrating sense that things could have been better, with just a little rejigging. Not great, but a considerable improvement. A few zero-cost measures might have left a pleasant B-Movie flavour, as opposed to the aftertaste of failure. There are…




Valerian: some questions

Luc, Luc, be honest: this is a first draft, right? Because it feels an awful lot like that. Not that I’m complaining: there is something glorious, for anyone who’s sat through a screenwriting course, about a script with such utter disregard for the rule book. (You are aware there’s a book, right?) So how in…


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#GollanczFest line up announced

GollanczFest takes place on 4 November this year, at Foyles in London, and I’ll be there waving my books about and stumbling nervously over the simplest questions. Science Fiction and fantasy readers of all kinds should attend -it’s a great chance to catch up with legends of my generation like Ed Cox, Al Robertson, Tom…




Forbidden Planet loves Kenstibec

It is a wonderful thing when people really get into your mad, dystopian, future Britain vision, and Joe Gordon at Forbidden Planet has been a big Kenstibec fan since Barricade was published way back when. Here he gives a wonderful review to the third and final part, “Rig”, and the series as a whole. It made…




London’s Range Rovers: Have we all gone quite mad?

To celebrate the launch of “Rig”, part three in the Kenstibec books, I’ve been blogging over at Civilian Reader about the curious and enduring phenomenon of big black Range Rovers in London, and the part 4x4s play in the Kenstibec books. Check it out here.