SONGS ‘Some Velvet Morning’ Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra, ‘Telstar’ The Tornados, ‘Bedlam’ Gallon Drunk, ‘The Gospel Singer’ Big Sexy Noise, ‘Give It Up’ Lee Dorsey, ‘Let’s Take It To The Stage’ Funkadelic, ‘The Gravedigger Song’ Mark Lanegan Band, ‘The Man With The Golden Arm’ Barry Adamson, ‘Yeh Yeh’ Georgie Fame, ‘Jack The Ripper’ Screaming Lord Sutch, ‘Alice’ Sisters of Mercy, ‘The Hair of the Widow of Bridlington’ Jake Thackray.
TELEVISON Edge of Darkness, Our Friends In The North, Sopranos, House of Cards (both versions), Talking Pictures TV, the best channel in history.
BOOKS I Was Dora Suarez Derek Raymond, The Man With The Golden Arm Nelson Algren, LA Quartet James Ellroy, Red Riding Quartet David Peace, The Knockout Artist Harry Crews, Borrowed Light Joolz Denby, The Fatal Tree Jake Arnott, The Devil Is A Gentleman Phil Baker, An Underworld At War Donald Thomas, Hellfire Nick Tosches
FILMS The League of Gentlemen, Séance on a Wet Afternoon, The L-Shaped Room, Whistle Down The Wind, The Whisperers, Performance, Get Carter, 10 Rillington Place, The Wild Bunch, Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia, City of God, Goodfellas, Casino, LA Confidential…
PLACES Ladbroke Grove, Fitzrovia, Hampstead Heath, over the hills and far away.
OTHER STUFF Fortean Times and related studies in witchcraft, esoterica, ghost Roman legions, timeslips and general weirdness. The hidden history of the United Kingdom held in newspaper archives, The National Archive, The British Library, all libraries, art galleries, museums great and small. The art of Francis Bacon, Walter Sickert, John Atkinson Grimshaw, Stanley Spencer, Richard Dadd, Paul Nash, Edward Burra, Austin Osman Spare, William Hogarth, James Gilray and Viz comic. Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett and the prophet Bill Hicks.
Bio: Cathi Unsworth is the author of six highly acclaimed pop-cultural crime novels, That Old Black Magic (2018), Without The Moon (2015), Weirdo (2013), Bad Penny Blues (2009), The Singer (2007) and The Not Knowing (2005, all Serpent’s Tail). She began her writing career at the age of 19 on Sounds and has since worked as an editor on Bizarre and Purr. She has written on music, film, pop culture and general weirdness for Fortean Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, Mojo, Sight & Sound and Uncut among others. Next year will see the publication of Defying Gravity, the biography of Jordan Mooney which Cathi has authored alongside the woman known as The First Sex Pistol. More at www.cathiunsworth.co.uk