Blimey, welcome to my 900th post! After deciding to stick to a regular posting schedule (every Monday), I've thoroughly enjoyed working on the blog (especially in the depths of the pandemic) and, as ever, I'm surprised at how much I've managed to fit in since the last milestone catch up.
back in July 2019), life has been a bit weird (to say the least), but the blog's been consistent and something very nice for me to get lost into. In that time, I've had two short stories published, Mr Stix came out as an e-book and I self-published my novella The Exercise (which became, briefly, the No.1 Amazon Hot New Release!). I also wrote another thriller novel (the previous two didn't attract agency interest, sadly) and remembered my first time in print.
I went to Edge-Lit 8 and reminisced about FantasyCon, since all other cons were disrupted by covid and, bloody hell, I've really missed them), The Crusty Exterior revisited horror firsts (on video) and celebrated its 5 Year Anniversary, I got to interview Sue Moorcroft at Rothwell Library and I celebrated my creative years in 2019 and 2020 (along with the 'novels' teenaged me wrote). I also presented two sets of the Westies (in 2019 and 2020).
On the blog, I've written some book reviews, some behind-the-scenes essays (on movie miniatures and matte paintings), had fun researching some retrospectives (on The Six Million Dollar Man, Looking For Rachel Wallace, Skeleton Crew, Will You, by Hazel O'Connor, Dark Forces, edited by Kirby McCauley, The Creature From The Black Lagoon, For Your Eyes Only at 40, Raiders Of The Lost Ark at 40), carried out some Q&A's (with Gary McMahon, Sue Moorcroft, Peter Mark May & Richard Farren Barber, CC Adams, Priya Sharma, Penny Jones, Dan Howarth, Sue again (for Under The Italian Sun)), discovered an obscure gem, 1978's brilliant The Silent Partner and checked out the real-life locations of my novella The Mill.
I caught up with some Three Investigators book reviews, shared a love of novelisations (with The Professionals, The A-Team, The Six Million Dollar Man and Dead & Buried and looked at another Old School Horror (the cracking Death Tour), as well as highlighting Halloween Top Trumps.
I've written some Nostalgic pieces (on posters magazines in 2019 and 2020, the joy of Christmas Annuals in 2019 and 2020, the Usborne Book Of Ghosts, The Empire Strikes Back Letraset, Summer Specials in 2020 and 2021, Starburst magazine, More Comic & Magazine ads (in 2020 and in 2021), Mr Benn, Fangoria magazine) and wrote about the INXS singles Burn For You, Devil Inside, Suicide Blonde and Just Keep Walking, for their various anniversaries as well as the band's 1991 Summer XS gig at Wembley (the first time I saw them). I also celebrated 5 years of the King For A Year project and continued the Ten Favourite Covers thread (with some Hitchock anthologies, More Childhood Terrors, The Golden Age of 2000AD and The Three Investigators). I enjoyed some cover art from Bullet comic, Look-In and 70s British comics (in 2020 and 2021) and also celebrated The Art Of... Bob Larkin and Bryan Bysouth.
In addition, I celebrated being 5 years on from my heart attack and Dude turning 15, walked with The Black Hand Gang, watched INXS on the big screen, discovered the Tresham Dovecote with Dude, remembered Running The World 35 years ago, told a real-life Portugese ghost story and remembered the joy of Photo Stories.
The past two years have been an odd time, with more than half of it spent in various forms of lockdown and I've really missed the interaction of friends and family. Stay safe and healthy and here's looking forward to post 1000.