Posts tagged Nostalgia

I’ve never been a career chaser.  I’ve worked in post rooms, telesales, technical departments, shops and kitchens, but none of those jobs have ever been about earning a pension.  Nope, I’ve always been there to pay some bills and make my bank account look a little healthier.  The carrot the world tied to the end of the stick it chose for me was never a gold watch.  Which is why, every so often, I find myself in a room full of people having a meeting where the best I can hope to do is look interested.  During those meetings, I always catch myself looking around the rest of my fellow captives, trying to spot anyone else doing the same as me.  Sadly, it seems we’re a dying breed.

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Mr Gilliam

I want to talk about a man who’s been inspiring me since I was a kid.  Mr Terry Gilliam.  There are a lot of people who have shaped my brain.  The Marx Brothers.  Roald Dahl.  Bill Hicks.  Woody Allen.  Neil Gaiman.  Alan Moore.  Arthur C Clarke.  The list can go on and on, but Terry Gilliam is something special.  In fact, he’s such a cornerstone of my desire to tell stories that I’d forgotten how big an influence he was until recently.

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Restoration Man

    Back then, I’d only just started writing and self-publishing horror stories.  I’d finished a few: The Low Road, The Narrow Doors and The Compressionist, but I was still finding my feet.  At first, I didn’t even think about trying to make a story out of my nightmare.  If I’m being honest, I just wanted it out of my brain.
     It was only after a shower and a mug of coffee, that I realised I had to try and do something with it.  I was trying to be a horror writer.  It would be a shame to waste the fear jangling through my system.  So, instead of distracting myself, I sat down and began to work with it.

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