REVIEW: Pulling the trigger by Adam Shaw and Lauren Callaghan

Pulling the trigger: The Definitive Survival and Recovery Approach for OCD, Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Related Depression Adam Shaw spent his life running away from the terrifying thoughts which tormented him. This lifelong struggle with mental illness ultimately lead him to a railway bridge and the brink of suicide, and it was at that point […]

REVIEW: The Other Side of Silence – Linda Gask

As a psychiatrist, I walk a fine line of understanding. While I can try to empathise with the people I see in my clinics and on my ward, I cannot truly know their experiences. Sometimes that helps to give me the distance of objectivity, and sometimes it leaves me lacking. Linda Gask has a markedly […]

NaNoWriMo and Beyond

Yesterday, I woke up with 6,500 words left on my NaNoWriMo target. Somehow, I stumbled across the finish line, completing 50,000 words of my latest November novel. Congratulations to all my fellow wrimos and thank you to everyone who cheered me along the way. Suffice to say, I don’t have a lot of energy left […]

BOOK REVIEW: Rule Zero by Laurence Timms

As I’m currently wending my way down the road of traditional publishing, my appetite for books of all stripes grows voraciously. So when Laurence Timms told me about his new book RULE ZERO – a “darkly comic fantasy thriller” – it sounded right up my alley! It follows Harry Bacon, a shady man from the […]

2011 Top Eleven

Here are my eleven favouritest things from this year. They all come with my highest recommendation. X-Men [Colon] First Class Out of all the comic book movies released this year, this was undoubtedly my favourite and a good film in its own right. It takes two big characters with decades of history and brings them […]

Lord of the Rings: to extend or not to extend?

Yesterday, for the second time in my life, I experienced an Extended Lord of the Rings marathon. My long-suffering partner had yet to see Lord of the Rings and was thrown in at the deep end. He survived – didn’t even turn into an Elf (more’s the pity?). But is sitting through over eleven hours […]

Top 5 Fictional Swords

Seeing as some search engines seem to send seekers of swords to my site, I thought I would oblige for my hundredth post: Sword #5: Watson’s Sword Cane Let’s open with a Holmesian example and how a sword may epitomise a man’s character: Dr John Watson carries a deadly weapon concealed within an innocuous gentleman’s […]

Be My Valentine, Persona

So, for those living in a cave, Persona launched yesterday! A two-minute soap opera? Downloaded daily to your phone of choice? For an incredible £1.50 A YEAR – and only £1.19 on the iPhone? Dude, why are you not watching this? The Story Boss is Phill Barron and I know Season 2 features the work […]

Houdini-Holmes Psychic Mystery

Over on GITS, Scott flagged up the spec sale of Voices from the Dead: The thriller delves into the real-life relationship between magician Harry Houdini and Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle. Oh, come to Mama. As you may have guessed from my Steampunks Assassins project and my ravings about the Sherlock Holmes movie and […]

Sherlock: A Study in Pilots

Today, I watched the original Sherlock pilot. It comes on the DVDs as an extra, the 60-minute version of A Study in Pink. *WARNING – EXTENSIVE DISCUSSION OF EPISODE CONTENT. WATCH FIRST.* My friends told me that it was pretty much the same as the aired pilot, with similar scenes and dialogue, and barely worth […]