Archive for October, 2010

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Do you want to go to Hell?

Many thanks to Michael and The Teenage Book Forum, who sent me the following questions: Why did you choose to write about going to Hell in The Black Tattoo? Some authors say books are based on things they want to do, so do you want to go there? When I was putting the ideas together […]

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Wednesday, October 27th, 2010


If you missed us last week, here are two MORE chances to catch The Chainsaw Gang, live and evil. This Friday 29th Oct at 2.30pm Sarwat Chadda, Alexander Gordon Smith, William Hussey and m’self will be appearing at Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library. Behold this excellent poster: Then this Sunday 31st Oct from 2pm Sarwat, […]

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Monday, October 25th, 2010


The Crystal Palace Children’s Book Festival on Saturday was awesome. Here’s a pic of Alexander Gordon Smith at our Chainsaw Gang Best of Horror Panel, introducing a personal friend of his – the disembodied head of one of the Wheezers from his fantastic Furnace books (click here for my review of those on TBM). Rather […]

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Friday, October 22nd, 2010


Just got time for a few quick pics from yesterday’s Spooktacular Scarefest. Here I am doing my best to horrify a great group at Hillside High School, Bootle: From the Spooktacular itself, here’s one I took of the stage while we were setting up. Check out the smoke and flames! Here’s a team photo (l-r) […]

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Tuesday, October 19th, 2010


This week you have not one but TWO chances to witness the full horror of The Chainsaw Gang – LIVE! Our ‘official’ first live appearance en masse is this Saturday 23rd October at The Crystal Palace Children’s Book Festival, starring Alexander Gordon Smith, Jon Mayhew, Alex Bell, Steve Feasey, Alex Milway, Sarwat Chadda and, heh, […]

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Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Chainsaw Blog Tour Stage Three: Who Needs Heroes?

‘We’re not stealing it,’ he said at last. ‘We’re just borrowing it.’ ‘It starts with all of us like that,’ Lex said, grinning. from Lex Trent Versus The Gods by Alex Bell Conventional storytelling wisdom states that one’s central character should be “easy to relate to.” Where all too many writers go wrong, I think, […]

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Friday, October 8th, 2010

Firing Up

The Chainsaw Gang are limbering up for our first onslaught — four live events this month, preceded by a BLOG TOUR! On this Monday 11th Oct 2010 shadowy ‘Gang mastermind Sarwat Chadda will start the tour with an interview on his blog. From then on, over the next couple of weeks, the rest of the […]

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Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

I’m Not Worthy!

…But I bought the t-shirt anyway. 😀 For those who don’t know the great man and his work, here’s a link to the Wikipedia entry for Professor Bootsy Collins. And this is his Funk University. Better yet: this year redoubtable Samurai Librarian Beverley Humphrey did me the honour of inviting me to contribute to her […]

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