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Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: William Meikle
« on: September 29, 2016, 02:13:42 pm »
20 big influences on my writing
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/17/ive-got-a-little-list-of-20-big-influences/

Intrigued by the inclusion of Alistair Maclean, Mr M. Care to elucidate? Is it a Caledonian thing?

It probably is - I discovered Where Eagles Dare in the late '60s when I was about 11 and got hooked on his thrillers..
Thanks for the reply, Mr M. I'd never be without a copy of Puppet On A Chain. His output was wildly variable though.

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Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: William Meikle
« on: September 26, 2016, 11:04:53 am »
20 big influences on my writing
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/17/ive-got-a-little-list-of-20-big-influences/

Intrigued by the inclusion of Alistair Maclean, Mr M. Care to elucidate? Is it a Caledonian thing?

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That's a magnificently weird and creepy cover, Caroline!

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Promote Your Projects / Re: Parallel Universe Publications
« on: July 29, 2015, 11:03:45 am »
Excellent news, David. I'm really made up to be a part of this.

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TV and Film / Re: What have you been watching on telly?
« on: July 10, 2014, 01:58:40 pm »
Somewhat late to this, and I missed the first series completely, but I did enjoy Series 2 of In The Flesh. Almost believable, and the prejudice plotlines were quite detailed. Certain scenes reminded me of Northern Ireland. Found the ending a bit of a let down. Came to it via Charlie Brooker's Dead Set of all things. Zombies in the UK still seem very strange.

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TV and Film / Re: Burke and Hare (2010)
« on: June 16, 2011, 12:45:32 pm »
Saw this at the flicks and enjoyed it muchly. Haven't seen The Flesh And The Fiends for years but can understand your preference, David. Erm....have you seen Vernon Sewell's Carry On Bodysnatching (shurely Burke and Hare (1971)) with the naggingly annoying but catchy Scaffold theme tune?

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Books / Re: Neuromancer by William Gibson
« on: March 28, 2010, 09:00:33 pm »
I'm not a big SF fan, but I do like Gibson's stuff. Neuromancer, and the two follow-ups Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive, are wonderful, almost written in a bizarre slang, a Raymond Chandler style unique voice. Although reality has (almost) overtaken Gibson's future visions, to me the books still stand as great reads. 

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Well done, Caroline.  hope you managed to sneak one of your interviews in there!

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Des, Caroline

Thank you.

As I said elsewhere, just me being a bit precious.

I'll move swiftly on....

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Meanwhile, I just thought I'd mention that this all gives a bit of an 'unapproachable' impression to new members (at least that's how I feel but I still joined the forum anyway).

Too right! I may be childish and a juvenile pig but I surely didn't expect atomic levels of sarcasm because I foolishly forgot that more than one person may have the same surname!

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James, Eliot and Milton.


By the way, was that Henry or M R James? I have read Casting The Runes and A Haunted Dolls House.

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I believe Mr Campbell himself commented on the fact that later editions became little more than excuses for sadism.

Did I? Remarkable. Especially as I've never been a member of the Vault. Of course, there couldn't possibly be any other person in the country with the archaic obscure surname of 'Campbell'.

By all means, fall to your knees and give praise at the altar of killer crabs/dogs/pigs/cats/locust. But take off the rose-tinted glasses, please? Next you'll be quoting Smith, Saul and Hutson alongside James, Eliot and Milton.

And there's no need to bash recent horror fiction just because its covers and contents aren't dripping radioactive gloop.

After all, as I pointed out elsewhere today on another "General Discussion" thread, the sub-genre of Paranormal Romance is doing a good enough job in itself of killing off the horror section of our High Street bookshops without we ourselves chipping in with axes and chainsaws and nail-guns to give it a hand.


I forgot to type the word Ramsey (too much radioactive gloop) - apologies to both Mr Campbells, neither of whom have been members of the Vault. Incidentally Smith and Hutson are oft quoted by myself. I've never read the other three.
I don't bash recent horror fiction because I've never read any. I don't think Mr Mains was bashing recent horror fiction, just one particular book he'd read and didn't like.

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I'd like to point out that not all of the Vault is (ahem) infantile. One of its primary functions was to document as many British Horror Anthologies as possible. Taking the Pan Books Of Horror Stories as a starting point, these anthologies would include all manner of stories and authors. I believe Mr Campbell himself commented on the fact that later editions became little more than excuses for sadism.
A few of us, perhaps of a kicking against the pricks bent, decided to venerate tomes of a deliriously trashy type, the sort of horror (and other) books looked down upon by the great and good.
Surely Jonny is entitled to his opinion? He didn't like the book. He said so. What's so wrong about that?

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British Fantasy Awards / Re: Awards Showcase 2008
« on: July 23, 2008, 09:47:35 am »
Chris - you couldn't make it sound any better if you tried!

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British Fantasy Awards / Re: Awards Showcase 2008
« on: July 22, 2008, 10:53:54 pm »
David - thanks for that! Excellent. I'll be looking out for that one!

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