Review of ‘The Tryst’ by Michael Dibden (1989)

"'One of my patients thinks somebody’s trying to kill him,” Aileen Macklin says to her husband over breakfast. A psychiatrist with a fading marriage, Aileen is haunted by the glue-sniffing lad who comes to her in a panic, begging to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital for protection. Gary Dunn clearly needs help: ravaged by … Continue reading Review of ‘The Tryst’ by Michael Dibden (1989)

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

Shelf Life: The Book of Better Endings by Rob Gregson: An Original and Very Funny Fantasy Novel

One of the favourite pieces of advice to writers about creating tension is : - ‘Torment your protagonist’. And, of course, the said writers often don’t stop there. Sometimes, they kill them off. This is to say nothing of the minor characters. How many of those get bumped off in the average writer’s career? Rob … Continue reading Shelf Life: The Book of Better Endings by Rob Gregson: An Original and Very Funny Fantasy Novel