#Noirvember: Office Killer

‘Office Killer is a comedy-horror film directed by Cindy Sherman. It was released in 1997 and stars Carol Kane, Molly Ringwald and David Thornton. ‘

Elton Motello vs Plastic Bertrand

Elton Motello was the pseudonym of singer- songwriter Alan Ward who released the single ‘Jet Boy, Jet Girl’ on the Belgian record label Pinball in 1977. The exact same backing track was simultaneously used by the Belgian performer Plastic Bertrand – which was a pseudonym of musician, songwriter, producer, editor and television presenter Roger François…

Gerry and The Holograms

Manchester post-punk band Gerry and The Holograms – CP Lee and John Scott – released their debut single Meet The Dissidents on Absurd Records in 1979. The ‘theme song’ – ‘Gerry and The Holograms‘ – clearly served as a blueprint for New Order‘s mega-hit Blue Monday, though neither band seems to have admitted to this!…

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…

Poetry: My Theology by Ian Copestick

As I walk the streets, my aches Remind me that I’m passing middle age The wear and tear the body takes This skin, bone and muscle cage That we work so hard to preserve Yet still we yearn to transcend We know there must be more than this Earth And simple death can’t be the…

Alexei Sayle’s The Absence of Normal

Alexei Sayle’s highly acclaimed hilarious short stories dramatised for the radio, starring some of the UK’s foremost comic actors and introduced and narrated by the author. Alexei Sayle’s The Absence of Normal  

Ten Crime Books To Help Cure Your Hangover by Paul D. Brazill

Imagine it’s a gloomy Monday morning. Outside your window, dark malignant clouds fill the sky. The residue of the weekend’s fun and frolics is draining away like dishwater down a plug hole. And work – the ultimate four letter word- is hanging over you like a hawk ready to strike its prey. You want to…

Personal Hell: Accept your fate with Emilio Estevez by Ken Price

  The Hero’s Journey is for squares and Young Adult authors who sit in Starbucks clicking refresh on YA title generators. ‘Storm of Ravens?’ ‘Crown of Flames?’ ‘Road of Knaves?’ Hmmm. Consider the punk’s journey: Born guilty, gets drunk, no future, accepts his fate, coaches a hockey team. The end. May I present to you…

HOME ALONE BY PAUL D. BRAZILL

A guilty pleasure is an oxymoron, of course, since no true pleasure should make you feel guilty, but we all have enough skeletons in our closet to make a palaeontologist envious. And I’m rattling mine now. Make no bones about it – bones/skeletons, see what I did then?- the first two Home Alone films are…