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Mon, 04 December 2017 Discussing The Quatermass Xperiment

The inaugural episode of the Hammered podcast is now available for listening. The host of the series JG Byrne and I talk about The Quatermass Xperiment (1955). It was a fun and nerdy deep dive into the film. Perfect for fans of Hammer films, science fiction, and Nigel Kneale (though of course he didn’t write [...]

Thu, 26 October 2017 Talking at The Kitchen Table

Thanks to Clare Mclaughlin for chatting to me for a segment on The Kitchen Table show on 103.2 Dublin City FM, which is airing tonight from 9 pm -10 pm.
We talk about a couple of TV shows I’m watching currently – such as Supergirl and the recent Netflix show Mindhunter – and we also [...]

Wed, 18 October 2017 Profile of Philip Pullman on Arena

There’s much excitement about the publication tomorrow of the next novel in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials saga – titled The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage.

This evening I appeared on RTÉ Radio 1 arts show, Arena, and discussed Pullman’s work for those unfamiliar with the stories, and those who are keen to get [...]

Mon, 18 September 2017 Talking Twin Peaks

Thanks to Emmet O’Cuana for inviting me onto The Hopscotch Friday Podcast to discuss my book on Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, and the new series, Twin Peaks: The Return.
I’ve thought a lot about the series since it aired, and it was great to have a chance to trash through some of the issues [...]

Tue, 15 August 2017 Reviewing Marvel’s The Defenders

I had a whirlwind return from Helsinki as I was scheduled to review the new eight-episode Netflix show, Marvel’s The Defenders, on Arena today.
I was able to watch the first four episodes of the new show before the radio interview with Arena host Kay Sheehy.
Fans of the four series, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, [...]

Thu, 10 August 2017 Borne Review

Tonight I reviewed Borne, the latest novel by Jeff VanderMeer, for the RTÉ Radio 1 Arts show, Arena.

Mon, 13 February 2017 Women In Horror Mixtape

Mark West asked me to contribute to his Women In Horror Mixtape, the third in his series of recommended works, which was scheduled to be part of the Women in Horror Month celebrations.

This time I picked ‘Red as Blood’ by Tanith Lee. Partly it’s a tribute to the history of fairy tales, which have [...]

Mon, 30 January 2017 Waiting for Andre

Need some cheering up? If you have access to Sky Arts then I highly recommend the half-hour short, ‘Waiting for Andre’, which is part of their Urban Myths series of shorts.
In it the writer Samuel Beckett agrees to drive the young Andre Rousimoff (who became famous later in life as the wrestler Andre the Giant) [...]

Mon, 25 July 2016 American Horror Mixtape

After the success of his Brit Horror Mixtape, writer Mark West decided to give the American continent the same treatment, and asked me to contribute a suggestion for the American Horror Mixtape.
Considering I had American and Canadian writers to select from I decided to pick a memorable writer in the field who is a bit [...]

Tue, 31 May 2016 The Brit Horror Mixtape

Writer Mark West came up with the fun idea of curating a ‘Brit Horror Mixtape‘ by asking writers in the field to recommend a short story by a British horror writer that influenced their work.
It’s pretty hard to pick one favourite – as I have many – so I decided to select based on the [...]

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