My favourite films about writers: House of the Long Shadows

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

I have a book out next month. It’s a horror novel called Doll House and will be available from Caffeine Nights (as well as all the other quality book retailers). It’s a book about a writer and some supernatural occurrences involving dolls. Because of this content, I thought it would be appropriate to blog about the two things that have inspired me most for this title: dolls and writers.

Consequently, over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sharing a list of my favourites stories about dolls and a list of my favourite stories about writers.

I’m going to start with one of my favourite films about writers: House of the Long Shadows.

IMDB summarises House of the Long Shadows in this fashion: “An American writer goes to a remote Welsh manor on a $20,000 bet: can he write a classic novel like "Wuthering Heights" in twenty-four hours? Upon his arrival, however, the writer discovers that the manor, thought empty, actually has several, rather odd, inhabitants.

It's a wonderful film filled with humour, horror and tension. More importantly, it’s a film that contains the holy trinity of horror casting: Christopher Lee, Vincent Price and Peter Cushing.

Honestly, if you like writers and you’re looking for a creepy way to spend an evening, relax with a copy of this classic horror story and maybe a glass of something that’s going to lull you into a delicious sense of false security. 


The Book Trailer

Sunday, 18 March 2018

I'm not a technically minded person, so I'm quite pleased to have cobbled together this short electronic promo for one of the favourite titles from my opus. 

Hopefully, now I know how to do this, I can continue to do this for future titles.  It's a timely skill as there is a future title on the way soon.  Watch this space for more information.


Knot #1 - The Trinity

Friday, 24 November 2017

It's simple but different. It's my favourite.

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It's very different from a Windsor but it's neither loud nor showy. It's also one of the simplest knots to tie as will be shown by the guide below.

Have I missed any knots that YOU think are more striking than those on this list? If so, please let me know so I can try them out.


Knot #2 - The Merovignian

Thursday, 23 November 2017

This is another of those knots that needs a waistcoat. However, because of its elegance, it's more than worth the trouble.

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Deserving of its place on this list, the merovignian is my go-to-knot whenever I'm wearing a waistcoat.


Knot #3 - The Eldredge

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

I believe this one is the commonest alternative to the conventional Windsor.

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To my eye, although I like this one, it seems like a less satisfying version of the Boutonniere. It's certainly distinctive and well worth trying.


Knot #4 - The Devaio Twist

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Asymmetrical knots get a bad press. Most people like the precision of something that's balanced on either side but this one is a little different.

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Obviously this one would have been easier to see if I hadn't been wearing a gaudy coloured stripey rainbow tie. However, there are some days when you need to wear something that doesn't just catch the eye: it poles it with a metaphorical stick.


Knot #5 - The Vidalia

Monday, 20 November 2017

Well, here we are on the final week of this countdown. Who would have thought it would have passed so quickly?

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This morning's knot is the vidalia. The word comes from a variety of onion and, given its many layers, it's possible to see why this one merited such a name. Definitely one of my favourites and deserving of its place in my top five. 


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