Pleasures of The Damned is an anthology of poems by Charles Bukowski which span over his fifty year career.
Horns by Joe Hill is one of the best modern horror novels I have read.
The story of a devil seeking redemption, Joe Hill takes us on a horrific journey through the betrayals of small town America.
Happy New Years everyone!
My first entry of 2018 and I want to start with a film review.
On December 31st 2017, I brought the JAWS, 3 disc box set (Jaws 2,3 & Revenge). On January 1st 2018, I watched my first horror film of the year.
Jaws 2 is a massively underrated sequel.
As it’s the festive season, I decided this week to read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
This is a tale I haven’t read since secondary school. over five years ago.
As it is the Christmas season, the television is filled with the same old “TOP 40 CHRISTMAS SONGS OF ALL TIME” (Usually ending in The Pogues – A Fairytale of New York)
Well not on my blog!
At The Dowsing Rod we have a sense of humour!
Find below my top 5 comedy Christmas Songs!
My new painting. I don’t even kid myself with my painting ability. I focus more on just trying to get the creature out my head then worry about the rest later.
As it’s Halloween, there is no better way for a horror fan to celebrate the day by giving you a list of my top five horror movies.
For nearly two years I have been looking for that ‘Wow’ book.
The book that makes you stop what you’re doing and begin to wonder what it must be like in the authors mind.
The great enemy of art is Why; Art should be its own justification.
– Clive Barker
Friends in unexpected places,
Enemies with familiar faces,
Oh, isn’t life a treat…
– Darren Brixton
I was just doing some research on what constitutes the length of a novella and I came across this interesting anecdote about Ernest Hemingway.
Thought it was worth a share.
“The shortest work of literature is attributed to Hemingway, who was reportedly bet that he couldn’t write a complete story in 10 words. He could do better than that, he countered, offering this: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
What is that one film you watch when it’s raining outside?
We all have one.
That film where you sit in front of the fire , with a blanket wrapped around you and a drink by your side.
For me that film is the 2000 contemporary piece, The Beach by Danny Boyle.
Lately I’ve been thinking about the authors who inspire me the most.
I’m going through a period with my own creative writing where I’m becoming disenchanted with my own style. I have hundreds of ideas and yet I am trying to confine them all to the same style.
To use a metaphor I like to apply when I’m discussing politics and morality with my friends ,I am trying to fit different shaped cakes in the same shaped tin.
In an attempt to help me loosen up my writing style I am spending a lot of time looking at my own favourite authors and working out what it is about their style that I like.
So continue reading to discover the top 3 modern authors who inspire me the most. Continue reading
With the announcement that Jane Austen is going to appear on the new £10 note starting later this month it got me thinking, what other British authors do you think should appear on our currency?
Read on and find below five authors I think are worthy of appearing alongside Jane Austen.
This year the horror community has lost George A Romero, Martin Landau and now Tobe Hooper.
I’m saddened to hear about the passing of Tobe Hooper, the creator of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist, just to name a few. The tale of Leatherface and the notoriety surrounding its release is the stuff of cinema legends.
The year’s 2020
The NHS is long gone
But who cares about health when you can see The Bake Offs new scone?
The dementia tax succeeded
There’s more dead on our sheets
But who cares about age when you can still watch Coronation street?
Brexit has failed
Bojo fucked up
But who cares about trade when you’ve got the world cup?
Who cares about our country
When we’ve got tv
In the new land of the lost, no one is free
Goal: Can I write 25’000 words in a month.
Whilst less than 1’000 words a day might seem easy to some, I have work and my activism for the Labour party to contend with.
What this means I am staying up until two in the morning to work on my writing.
As chaos descends and we feel morality slip into an icy abyss, it is the work of writers, poets, musicians, sculptors and many more vestiges of the arts to try to make sense of it.
Today on Saturday 4th February Black Sabbath will be performing their last concert with the original line up (not including Bill Ward).
For metal fans around the world this is a historical day as the band that created the heavy sound say farewell to career that has spanned roughly half a century.
“Victor Hugo spends too much time going into detail about things that don’t need explaining”
This is what I hear every time I approach the subject of Victor Hugos divine epic, Les Miserables, with my friends.
Whilst I can imagine over a dozen dissertations have been written to debate this thought, I am going to punk my way through my thoughts on Victor Hugos masterpiece, albeit not as eloquently as those students before me.
I’ve finished writing another play.
The play is the same one I referred to in my post, Changes; Exit Stage Right, which I hoped to finish by Christmas. I did it by the 23rd of December which I’m happy about. The downside though it’s that instead of having a day off I have decided to start another project (another play).
Recently I had the pleasure of watching The Human Centipede. A brilliantly sick tale of surgery and domination set against modern day Germany.
This has inspired me to write about the horror film genre.