The Girl with all the Gifts (2016)

This cheap British zombie film (with a bizarrely starry cast) tells a gripping story with some admirably weird touches. Whereas scenes of zombies (or ‘hungries’, in the parlance of this film) congregating in shopping centres, is straight out of the big ‘Let’s turn George Romero’s work into clichés’ manual, zombie children and dangerous plants growing…

Death of an Actress by Antony M. Brown

In 1947, a young (and unknown) actress, Gay Gibson sailed from Johannesburg to Southampton. Except she never actually reached her destination. One night she disappeared and foul play was immediately suspected. A particularly amorous stewards was questioned, but it was the answers he gave when back on shore in Britain which really shocked and launched…

Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz

#Stands up and applauds# FOREVER AND A DAY genuinely feels like a lost James Bond novel. Fleming in his writings always went forward, but if he had gone back and slotted in some early adventures, this feels like the kind of book he’d have produced. There’s the beautiful, mysterious woman who’s swayed by Bond’s charms;…

My Life so Far by Jane Fonda

Like a lot of my interests these days, I was inspired to read this book by the ‘You Must Remember this’ podcast, which did a fascinating series comparing Jane Fonda and Jean Seberg – two American actresses who made films in France in the 1960s and were targeted by the FBI for their activism in…

Me, Writing, in 2019

It's been awhile, but I have the trusty old 'writing update' typewriter out again. Happy New Year, all!Hope everyone is well.Just wanted to give you an update from FRJ Towers, and possibly create myself a hostage to fortune in the process.This year it is my avowed intention to publish four novellas and one novel.(And maybe…

Bird Box (2018)

Everybody – and I mean EVERYBODY – has seen BIRD BOX in the last few weeks. Okay, I have heard rumours that there are horror fans in the remotest reaches of Siberia who haven’t yet got around to it, but I refuse to give these stories credence. It seems that in places where Netflix is…

The Dark Half by Stephen King

I last read THE DARK HALF not long after it came out in theearly nineties. It’s a book I loved. A book that gripped me and stayed with meso much so that, until recently, I would have named it as one of my favouriteof Stephen King’s oeuvre. It just goes to show that you should…

Doctor Who Reviews – Resolution

My one paragraph, instant reaction to the final episode of this series of DOCTOR WHO That was more like it! The other week I came across an interview Jodie gave at the start of October in which she was asked her greatest secret, and she said that she knew what happened in the finale. Given…

I hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday! To continue my (Diana) Christmas theme for the holiday, here's a post I wrote earlier this year about how important it is for me. Okay, the book itself is set around Christmas, and has a festively titled leading lady, but I can't honestly claim that IT'S…