Inspired Endings – That State of Transendence

I have written before about the inspired ending to Patrick Hamilton’s ‘The Slaves of Solitude’, which is, along with ‘Hangover Square’ considered to be his masterpiece. I won’t do it justice here,  unless I explain something of the story, which is essentially a dark comedy. It concerns the grim – and often ludicrous – experiences … Continue reading Inspired Endings – That State of Transendence

Interview of Harley Venn, Anti-Hero of ‘The Villainous Viscount’ by a Modern Interviewer…

https://www.amazon.com/Villainous-Viscount-Curse-Venns-ebook/dp/B01KXU8QUC   Interviewer (trying hard not to stare at the anti-hero’s startling golden and athletic looks):  Lord Venn – that is the correct form of address for a viscount, I believe – it is a pleasure to meet you. Harley Venn (stooping to kiss her hand):  Charmed, Ma’am. You may call me anything you like, … Continue reading Interview of Harley Venn, Anti-Hero of ‘The Villainous Viscount’ by a Modern Interviewer…

‘The Villainous Viscount Or the Curse of the Venns’ is free on Amazon today and tomorrow

  As above, my Gothic Historical darkly comic tale of a family curse 'The Vilainous Viscount Or the Curse of the Venns' is free on Amazon today, 5 September, and tomorrow. It features the eponymous wild, fortune hunting viscount, a sensible but warm hearted heroine, a family curse and of course, a  haunted castle with … Continue reading ‘The Villainous Viscount Or the Curse of the Venns’ is free on Amazon today and tomorrow

Re-Reading ‘Edith’s Diary’ by Patricia Highsmith: A Fascinating Psychological Thriller

I read a few of Patricia Highsmith’s novels and some of her short stories when I was in my late teens and early twenties. I remember her as an astute writer, with a sense of grim comedy, an extraordinary sense of the complexities of the darker sides of the human psyche, and the ability to … Continue reading Re-Reading ‘Edith’s Diary’ by Patricia Highsmith: A Fascinating Psychological Thriller

Escapism for Troubled Times: Bargain ebooks ‘That Scoundrel Émile Dubois’ on sale for 0.99 on Amazon from 7 November 2020

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AOA4FN4 My novel, ‘That Scoundrel Émile Dubois’ , is on sale for 0.99 on Amazon here. From Kobo From here From Nookbooks From here You can get it with Reader sets price from Smashwords From here When writing this, I thought: 'Why ever not have a vampire love story full of humour, and why not … Continue reading Escapism for Troubled Times: Bargain ebooks ‘That Scoundrel Émile Dubois’ on sale for 0.99 on Amazon from 7 November 2020

Georgian Romance Revolt by Lucinda Elliot Out on 17 September

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Georgian-Romance-Revolt-Lucinda-Elliot-ebook/dp/B08FRRF711 Following on from my last post about servant lead characters, my own dark comedy 'Georgian Romance Revolt' is out on 17 September and is available for pre-order here . Without wanting to write a spoiler, one of the lead characters is incongruous in his role as a servant... The story follows the adventures Elaine … Continue reading Georgian Romance Revolt by Lucinda Elliot Out on 17 September

Elizabeth Taylor’s ‘Mrs Palfrey at the Clairmont’: Darkest Humour

I suppose there are books which have a more darkly comic theme than 'Mrs Palrey at the Claremont' - Martin Amis' 'LondonFields', for instance, and a few others, including a book I really enjoyed when I was twenty, 'Safe Behind Bars' by Andrew Hall; generally, though, I would calll it humour of the darkest type.Oddly … Continue reading Elizabeth Taylor’s ‘Mrs Palfrey at the Clairmont’: Darkest Humour

Patrick Hamilton’s Dark Humour: ‘The Slaves of Solitude’.

I was delighted to discover recently that the works of Patrick Hamilton, one of my long favourite writers, have come back into fashion.  In fact, my favourite work by him 'The Slaves of Solitude' - generally regarded as one of his masterpieces - is currently ranking at 70,000 in the Kindle store. How far this … Continue reading Patrick Hamilton’s Dark Humour: ‘The Slaves of Solitude’.

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…

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