PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: ANNE BILLSON

  BOOKS Dark Entries – Robert Aickman. In 1968 I got this collection of short stories out of Croydon Library straight after seeing The Bells of Hell – an adaptation of Aickman’s Ringing the Changes in the Late Night Horror anthology series; needless to say the BBC has since wiped the tape. A Harlot High…

A Drink with Shane MacGowan

  ‘A Drink with Shane MacGowan was a new form of chat show hosted by the notorious Pogues frontman, and commissioned in the 1990s by Channel 4 arts supremo Waldemar Januszczak. However, they never broadcast this anarchic debut featuring live music, lively discussion between actors, writers, and musicians, pizza, and a fair few drinks… Featuring…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: PAUL GARNER

TELEVISION I love Jeremy Brett as Sherlock as well having a soft spot for Richard Griffiths in Pie in the Sky. Growing up it was Not the Nine O’Clock News and Tiswas and Murphys Mob. I have a realistic recollection of The Tube – most of it was pants with the occasional flash of fantastic-ness…

Black Lizard (1962) by Graham Wynd

I have a new favourite caper movie thanks to The Cultural Gutter’s Carol: Black Lizard (黒蜥蜴 Kurotokage) from 1962. Based on the novel by popular 30s mystery novelist Edogawa Rampo (AKA Taro Irai) the book was adapted for the stage by no less than Yukio Mishima himself — who appears in the 1968 film of the novel (see…

Can House by Maxy Neil Bianco

‘In a broken old port town stranded deep up north, a strange, magical, shrine-like building has appeared. in a neighbourhood falling into such profound decline that the street lights have been switched off and many houses have been boarded up waiting for new development that may never come, one particular pebble dashed council house has…

Night And The City by Gerald Kersh Kickstarter Campaign.

Paperback edition of Night And The City by Gerald Kersh BY London Books London Classics edition of Gerald Kersh‘s classic London novel Night & The City. ‘We are looking to raise £3,000 to crowdfund the production of a high quality paperback edition of the iconic London novel ‘Night And The City’ By Gerald Kersh. “The…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: JEREMY THOMS

SONGS: Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell; Andromeda Heights – Prefab Sprout; This Life – Bruce Springsteen; Surf’s Up – Beach Boys; Mandolin Wind – Rod Stewart; Dead Souls – Joy Division; This Guy’s In Love With You – Herb Alpert; Over & Over – Neil Young; Amelia – Joni Mitchell; Blame It On The Sun…

TORCH NOIR by GRAHAM WYND

  Libby Holman (1904 – 1971) by Sarony New York, ca. 1928. The torch singer Libby Holman had a life so wild there have been at least two films inspired by it. In 1904 she was born to what had been a well-to-do Jewish family in Ohio—that is until her uncle embezzled all their money….

Portrait Of The Artist As A Consumer: Jaka Tomc

BOOKS I love reading almost as much as I love writing. I rarely read a book in one sitting, because I like pauses between chapters. Sometimes they last a cigarette, sometimes a week. I like reading books that haven’t been read by many people. I feel special when I do it. There are some books…