OMOHO

Lancaster University, 1993. I’m in a class. It’s the creative writing MA. My tutor is Alan Burns. He wrote Europe After the Rain, Babel, Dreamerika! He was one of a group of experimental writers knocking around in the 1960s which included BS Johnson. Alan used to talk about cut-ups a lot. And he was fond of this exercise: choose […]

Penlightenment: TWSBI Diamond 580AL

Apparently TWSBI is pronounced ‘twizbee’. What does TWSBI stand for though? Totes Wonderful Scrivening Beauty Innit? This Writer Sucks Balls Indefinitely? Actually, don’t answer that. I like demonstrater pens (a ‘demonstrater’, for those who do not know – and likely do not care – is a clear pen allowing you to see the workings within). My […]

Stationery pursuits

When did it begin, this interest… all right, obsession, concerning paper and pens (specifically fountain pens)? I guess as a writer you can’t help but be serious about it. After all, if you’re not a screen demon, it’s what you spend most of every day interacting with. I suppose it has its roots in my childhood, watching […]

Why Blonde became Dust

In the mid-90s I read all five of Derek Raymond’s pitch black Factory novels: He Died with His Eyes Open, The Devil’s Home on Leave, How the Dead Live, I Was Dora Suarez and Dead Man Upright*. I’d been of a mind to write a crime novel of my own for some time, and had […]

London Relevant

Many thanks to HorrorTalk, who asked me to contribute a piece about London genre novels. I supplied them with six of my favourites. You can find the article here.