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
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’.
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
A number of readers have said how in my story 'That Scoundrel Emile Dubois' they enjoyed my facetious use of capitals to emphasize certain phrases (there are probably many who did NOT enjoy it, but never mind about that). I borrowed the idea from a famous writer and playwright of the early part of the … Continue reading Patrick Hamilton’s dark humour.