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

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 writer who wrote what she didn’t believe in- and created a genre

All 'How To' books on writing always say that you must write ‘What you believe in’ on the grounds that if you don’t believe in the worth of your writing, who will? This seems to make sense; I need only think of the contrast between the early works by the (now obscure, but once famous) … Continue reading A writer who wrote what she didn’t believe in- and created a genre