Helltown by Jeremy Bates

There’s a lot of fun to be had here for horror fans. Jeremy Bates has taken a big blood-stained pot and mixed together a load of familiar horror tropes. So, we have the young people lost in the haunted wood, satanists, rednecks, giant snakes and ghastly, brutal murder. The 1980's setting even lets him throw…

Seduction by Karina Longworth

The podcast that first hooked me into the whole world of podcasts wasn’t SERIAL, I was too late to the party for that, it was Karina Longworth’s YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS. A look behind the stories of old Hollywood which was sympathetic, empathetic and offered a 21st century perspective on these old black and white…

The Long Silence by Gerard O’Donovan

The death of William Desmond Taylor is one of those unsolved murder mysteries beloved of HOLLYWOOD BABYLON and other conspiracy theorists. All kinds of wild tales have been built upon it – from him being killed by one of the glamorous actresses he was involved with, or his gay lover, or his old butler (who…

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King

In which Sherlock Holmes is reinterpreted by a young, wilful girl who might just be as brilliant as he is…. Sherlock Holmes was a good deal younger than Dr Watson (and their publisher, Arthur Conan Doyle) portrayed him as being, so that when he retired to the countryside to raise bees, he was still fit…

Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb

It’s truly great to be back in the world of Fitz and The Fool. Over the last six novels, these are characters I have come to love, inhabiting a world that seems so real and vivid and thought out. I am unapologetically a fan and will probably always read these books, even if there’s eventually…

Funny Man: Mel Brooks by Patrick McGilligan

Interestingly, as he remains such a public figure – there’s the guest spots on TV shows, newspaper interviews, he’s still there with his musicals – the real pinnacle of Mel Brooks’ career was forty-five years ago. In 1974 both BLAZING SADDLES and YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN were released. Okay, that would be the highlight of most people’s…