A Little Escapism for the Good of the Morale…

  Sometimes, when life is stark, the only thing for me is one of Shakespeare’s plays: I suppose it is those 'universal themes' that bring things back into perspective. But sometimes, conversely, I feel like reading some escapist nonsense.  Intentional comedy or often, ridiculous melodramatic stories which can make for wonderful unintentional comedic scenes, and … Continue reading A Little Escapism for the Good of the Morale…

Having a Laugh: Ridiculous Names in Novels…

I have always revelled in silly names, particularly in novels: Gussie Fink-Nottle and Cyril Bassington-Bassington, anybody?While writing my latest, I was delighted to find out that there was such a surname as ‘Swindle’, and I have used it for the real name of one of the characters, though that isn’t revealed until near the end, … Continue reading Having a Laugh: Ridiculous Names in Novels…

When Comedy Falls Flat: The Difficulties of Writing Comedy

  I couldn't resist posting that new cover from EBook Launch  for 'That Scoundrel Émile Dubois'. I think the former one was too cartoon like.  Some might say that there is a difficulty with this one in it being too romantic. That all fits in with the end of this post.  I do like it, … Continue reading When Comedy Falls Flat: The Difficulties of Writing Comedy

Johnson’s Criticism of Shakespeare’s ‘Cymbeline’ and the Problematic Nature of Dark Comedy

‘ 'To remark on the folly of the fiction, the absurdity of the conduct, the confusion of the names, and manners of different times, and the impossibility of events in any system of life, were to waste criticism upon unresisting imbicility...’ That is not an attack of a piece of work by some hack writer … Continue reading Johnson’s Criticism of Shakespeare’s ‘Cymbeline’ and the Problematic Nature of Dark Comedy

The Villainous Viscount Or The Curse Of The Venns Now Out on Amazon…

  'A good humoured satire of the cliches of Gothic romance... When Clarissa Greendale inherits the fortune from a disreputable uncle she hardly knows, she does not expect to find herself forced into marriage with an aristocratic fortune hunter and wild, brawling, debauched social outcast. Neither does she expect to inherit too the legacy of … Continue reading The Villainous Viscount Or The Curse Of The Venns Now Out on Amazon…

More of the Dastardly Duke and the Spirited Heroine

Scene: The Dastardly Duke and the Spirited Heroine (in the role of governess) now take dinner together, in the great hall of his castle somewhere on the Yorkshire Moors. The great hall is, of course, full of sinister shadows cast by the flickering candles.  The Spirited Heroine does not, of course, occupy the chair at … Continue reading More of the Dastardly Duke and the Spirited Heroine

Spoof Sequel to Wuthering Heights; Heathcliff, Huntingdon, and Gambling for Grassdale Manor

Setting: Wuthering Heights, the dining room . The table is laid for three. Joseph clumps about in his heavy boots, slopping unappetising looking porridge into bowls. Arthur: Silence, fellow! Last night’s excess has overwrought my steely nerves. I can no more take that appalling din, than I endure to eat any of this filthy slop. … Continue reading Spoof Sequel to Wuthering Heights; Heathcliff, Huntingdon, and Gambling for Grassdale Manor