New book now in stores

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It’s been four years since I first considered writing a book, and two years since I actually started researching it, but today saw my first tome, Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors, hit online stores.

Following the publication of my first feature in the UK’s SFX magazine back in 2011, I decided that there was more to say on the 1990 horror/sci-fi/comedy/western film, Tremors, and I mulled over the idea of turning 1200 words into 90,000.

Now, after carrying out around 55 interviews, spending 100s of hours researching, writing and editing it (and travelling to Los Angeles for a screening of the film), I’ve finally unleashed the book into the world.

It’s been a steep learning curve – who knew there was so much editing required when you’re writing about five films and TV series? – but it’s been great fun and I’ve met some amazing people along the way.

The book is on sale on Amazon in paperback and Kindle, as well as various other stores, with brick and mortar shops soon able to stock it – full details are over on the book’s website.

I’ll be doing some proper promotion in the coming months ahead of the release of Tremors 5: Bloodlines in October 2015, and I’m open to interviews should anyone wish to get in touch.

Celebrating two years of weekly film columns

The above title is slightly misleading as I actually celebrated two years worth of Edinburgh Evening News film columns in January, but it’s been a busy 2011 so far and I haven’t had a chance to mention it before now.

It was in June 2008 that I began writing for the Evening News, first covering the Edinburgh International Film Festival in a vaguely blog-like way on the website and also in the paper itself.

From then on I was contributing reviews of plays, stand-up shows, music gigs and even some of Bob Dylan’s art before my editor approached me to write a weekly film column, Reel Time, in January 2009. With the word count varying over the years it’s hard to be precise about the amount written, but somewhere in the region of 50,000 must be close.

With a readership of around 50,000 a day for the print version of the paper alone, never mind the website, that’s a lot of people to cater for and the topics have been as varied as I can make them.

If anyone was to look back through them I suspect there would be more space to silent cinema than 3D spectaculars, with classics and forgotten or overlooked movies also getting a lot of love.

I’ve enjoyed writing every one of them and it’s fantastic to be able to challenge yourself every week to create something new and (hopefully) interesting. I’d urge everyone to do the same, even if it’s just on their own blog or a diary.

There’s also the spin-off blog which allows me to get even more obscure.

I’m not sure if I have a favourite column but a few I’d like more people to read are my Bill Douglas celebration from July 2009 and some thoughts on film-going during the recession.

A full list can also be accessed on the Evening News site.