14. My Favourite Short Stories

30th August 2017 Having just published The Librarian & other strange tales I thought it would be a worthwhile exercise to list my ten favourite short stories in the mystery/detective/horror/ghost forms, and what they bring to their respective genres.  A totally subjective and self-indulgent exercise but fun nevertheless, but would welcome comments.  In no particular […]

13. Detective Fiction and The Ghost Story and beyond …

4th August A long time since my last post – have been preoccupied with the completion and production of Detective Fiction and The Ghost Story which has now been published by Palgrave Macmillan.  It represents the first extended work to examine the symbiosis between the two genres – it includes, for instance, a new look […]

12. Conan Doyle and the double narrative

26th March It is amazing how writing absorbs one’s time – it is quite a few months since my last post but the new book seems to have taken up all my every spare moment.  I have just finished a chapter containing a textual analysis of M. R. James’s ‘The Treasure of Abbot Thomas’ and […]

11. My New Book on Themes in Conan Doyle and M R James

6th October My first post for a few months – have been working hard finalizing the outline for my new book.  I’m pleased to say that I have now signed a contract with Palgrave Macmillan with a view to publishing later next year.  I have already alluded to some of the ideas in previous posts […]

10. Conan Doyle, Laurie King, Michael Jecks and Dartmoor

June 10th My new book on the relationship between detective fiction and the ghost story will surface next year.  I am thoroughly enjoying the research and as indicated in my previous blogs one of the chapters will be a reading of The Hound of the Baskervilles as an exercise in the supernatural.  I have been […]

8. The Hound of the Baskervilles – a ghost story?

I am going to include a chapter on The Hound of the Baskervilles in my second book.  Despite being one of the most written about stories of the last hundred years or so like all great texts it seems to have an endless capacity as a subject for literary analysis.  The more I study it […]

6. The Death of Josef Skvorecky

A sad event to record since my last blog – the death has been annouced from Canada of Josef Skvorecky.  Coming so soon after the death of former President, Václav Havel, these have been especially poignant days in recent Czech history.  Skvorecky was one of the instigators of the Prague spring in 1968 and had to flee […]

5. Torquemada, Crosswords and Detective Fiction

I have had a recent win on the AZED crossword in The Observer which has nicely coincided with my continuing research into my next book on the Golden Age of detective fiction.  Yes, there is a link and it’s not even tenuous!  From 1926 onwards until his death in 1939, The Observer’s setter was Edward Powys Mathers, known as ‘Torquemada’, the creator […]