The Blackbird by Richard Stark

Apparently, Richard Stark used the Grofield novels to experiment with different types of stories. Whereas his justly famous Parker novels all follow exactly the same brutal format, these spin-offs were looser and more playful. A way for Stark to try new things and have fun doing it. Sharing pretty much the same opening chapter as…

Turning Ideas into Books – part 1

Sometimes the best place to start is not the beginning. I’ve been asked some questions concerning how I go about developing ideas, on how I turn them into novels. And since I’m about to start something new in my notepads, I thought it would be fun to take a step back. To not talk about…

Sunburn by Laura Lippman

A young mother on a beach holiday with her loutish husband and small daughter gets up and leaves them both one morning. She gets as far as a small highway town and starts a flirtation with a guy she meets. However, this guy is a private detective who’s been hired to track down and inveigle…

Hammer Horror Reviews

I'm still on holiday and still raiding the archives for blog posts. Forgive me, I'll be back next week. Ever since I was a ridiculously small child I've loved Hammer Horror films. I love the cheesiness, the rich red blood, the barely concealed sex, the fact that at their best they actually do manage to…