Writing the Future
I have an essay in the Writing the Future anthology, edited by Dan Coxon and Richard V. Hirst, which is forthcoming from Dead Ink Books in September 2023.
ICN Awards 2020 Nominee
In the ICN Awards 2020 I've been nominated in the Best Irish Writer (Major Publisher) and Best Irish Writer (Non-Fiction) categories.
Fire Walk With Me: At Home
I had wonderful welcome-home loot waiting for me after my trip to Helsinki: copies of my Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me monograph. Even though the book had been published before I left for Finland, the event had the hazy quality of a wistful dream. This wonderful stack of beautifully-produced volumes brought it crashing through the mists of fantasy and firmly into my reality. My thanks to my editor Neil Snowdon at Electric Dreamhouse Press, and Pete Crowther of PS Publishing for putting together such a high quality book.
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me midnight movie monograph
I’m happy to reveal that I’ve written a Midnight Movie Monograph for Electric Dreamhouse Press, an imprint of PS Publishing, a series curated by editor Neil Snowdon with a focus on critical reactions to cult films. I’ll be looking at the iconic film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With me, written by David Lynch and Robert Engels, and directed by David Lynch. The book is now available to pre-order and will be published in June. The cover art is also by Neil Snowdon. The release of the book is well timed since the first four episodes of the new season of the TV series Twin Peaks – written by David Lynch…
Celebrating Nigel Kneale
As mentioned recently I’ve an essay in the forthcoming anthology, We Are The Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale, which is edited by Neil Snowdon and published by Spectral Press. Tied into the launch of the book there will be a rehearsed reading of Kneale’s lost drama The Road at the Horse Hospital, London from 7pm – 10pm on 10 December, organised by Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. It will feature the voice talents of Jonathan Rigby, Mark Gatiss, Jason Morrell (son of Quatermass actor Andre), Claire Louise Amias, Clarence Smith, Annabel Bates, James Swanton, Michael Shaw, and David Morely Hale. After a short break there will be a discussion…
sunset over mallorca
This was yesterday’s sunset in Santa Ponsa, where the local fisherman cast their lines. Alas, my short break has run its course. Today I head back to Ireland. The next time I hope to come away to a place like this with more free time. I spent most of yesterday in front of my keyboard, rattling away at my latest project, and wishing the afternoon wasn’t so fine. I managed a short break in the evening, just before dinner, and dashed down to the water to try and snap some shots. I captured a number of good images, which I will look at when I’m feeling oppressed by grey skies…
I have a strong drive to learn. I love education, although I’m not so fond of the examination process that accompanies it. I was one of those kids that liked going to school so I could learn new things, although I disliked the way it was taught and the endless boring rituals that schooling imposed upon a child. It struck me today that I have nothing lined up for 2007, which is the first time in five years. Here’s what I’ve accomplished since 2002: A beginners course in screenwriting from Filmbase in Dublin (a class a week for eight weeks). A Diploma in Film Studies from NUIG (a class a…