• Dark Age – Now On Sale

    by  • October 10, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Dark Age, the new book from my pseudonym, James Wilde, is in shops now.  This is the sequel to Pendragon, which gained a lot of attention and a major award nomination.  Roman Britain, myth-making, legends, swords, conspiracies and battle. “Not since Bernard Cornwell took on the Arthur myth has a writer provided such a...

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    Netflix To Let Viewers Pick How Movies End

    by  • October 1, 2018 • 3 Comments

    One of the things you quickly learn as a writer is that viewers and readers never really want what they think they want. They desire what they could never have predicted. That’s why you never listen to ‘fans’ when you’re putting something together for a general audience. I love Netflix. They’re great disruptors, and...

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    TV Project Updates

    by  • September 17, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Thought it was about time to let people know something (*nothing*) about the TV projects I have in the works. In the TV world, just about everything operates beneath the surface.  Contracts prevent anyone talking about a series until it has definitely been greenlit by a broadcaster, and, usually, the broadcaster has made the...

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    Tolkien, Acid Fantasy And The University Of Oxford

    by  • September 13, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Very pleased by the brilliant reception from academics and students to my lecture about fantasy at the University of Oxford.  Somehow I managed to pack in the influence of Tolkien (good and bad), Acid Fantasy, the important move towards diversity in both writers and story matter, gay Dumbledore, the abundance of medieval secondary world...

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    Into The Wilds

    by  • August 16, 2018 • 0 Comments

    The Dionysian Mysteries were a ritual of ancient Greece and Rome which sometimes used intoxicants and other trance-inducing techniques (like dance and music) to remove inhibitions and social constraints, liberating the individual to return to a natural state. We all need to return to that natural state from time to time – if not,...

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    The Future Of TV

    by  • August 15, 2018 • 0 Comments

    When I’m not writing novels under my pseudonym James Wilde, most of my current work under my own name is screenwriting for TV, developing shows for both the UK and the US. I have several currently in different stages of development (more on these projects soon). The nature of the industry is changing so...

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    Here Be Dragons

    by  • June 28, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Later this year, I’ll be speaking at Here Be Dragons: The Oxford Fantasy Literature Summer School organised by the English Faculty at the University of Oxford. My talk is all about writing fantasy, but if that doesn’t grab you, you can also hear about M R James, H P Lovecraft, C S Lewis, Tolkien,...

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    Pendragon Award Nomination

    by  • June 27, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Been away from here for a few weeks, doing what I’m supposed to be doing – putting food on the table via scribbling away. (“Always scribble, scribble, scribble! Eh, Mr Gibbon?” ~ Prince William Henry, Duke Of Gloucester to Edward Gibbon on receiving a copy of The History of the Decline and Fall of...

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    Testimony – An Exhibition Of Haunted Art?

    by  • May 9, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Bill Rich was haunted by terrifying demons. Some that manifested in his isolated home, as I detailed in my non-fiction book Testimony. And some that were firmly embedded in his psyche, as he always admitted. All of it contributed to the art that he laboured over all his life, all of it, in some...

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    Stealing Fire

    by  • April 29, 2018 • 0 Comments

    This is an important book for creatives. It talks, in very clear terms, about ways to achieve the Flow State, that period when the world falls away and you’re lost to a rush of pure thought and inspiration. When you achieve Flow, you feel like you can write, or paint, or create music, forever. But...

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    True Horror – Testimony

    by  • April 17, 2018 • 0 Comments

    A quick reminder about True Horror on Channel 4 at 10pm this Thursday April 19, which examines the truly terrifying case that I investigated in my non-fiction book, Testimony. When Bill and Liz Rich moved into an isolated farmhouse, it already had a reputation locally for being haunted. What they found there was far,...

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