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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 [...]

Fri, 19 June 2015 Showcasing Shakespeare

On Wednesday evening I attended the Druid Theatre Company​’s DruidShakespeare, directed by Garry Hynes, which was a wild tour-de-force experience. I’m still processing it a couple of days later.
It consisted of the entire Henriad (Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & II, and Henry V), edited by Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe down to 6 1/2 [...]

Mon, 16 March 2015 Reviewing Cell

Writer Mark West began a intriguing project in 2015, a blog called King For A Year, in which a reviewer discusses one of Stephen King’s works each week. 52 Reviewers, 52 novels, 12 months.

Mark asked me to participate, and today you can read my exploration of King’s 2006 novel Cell.
There are extensive spoilers in [...]

Thu, 05 March 2015 discussing Trigger Warning

I’ll be discussing Neil Gaiman’s latest short story collection, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, on RTÉ Radio 1’s culture show, Arena, this Monday, 9 March, at some point between 7pm – 8pm.

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