IN ANOTHER WORLD
Moderator Sarah Ward, Christopher Brookmyre, some hack, Stuart Neville (aka Haylen Beck), and Michael J Malone. Photo by Louise Fairbairn
Newcastle Noir was great fun, and considering the ungodly hour of our panel, I was amazed to see an almost full house. I'd recommend it to anyone who lives in the region — the atmosphere was very informal and friendly, with authors and readers mingling freely throughout the weekend. I hope to be back next year, for sure.
As for this weekend, I'll be at Oldham Comic-Con on Saturday 12th, at Oldham Library 10am-5pm. I don't yet have the faintest idea where exactly I'll be located, but as always just look for the banner with my name on it in big letters...
SO LET IT BE WRITTEN, SO LET IT BE DONE
The new episode of my heavy metal podcast THRASH IT OUT is now live. It’s the “bonus track” of Volume 3, and also the first of our new “Encore” episodes, where we revisit a band we’ve covered previously. Considering my theme for this volume has also been “albums that changed metal”, where better to start than with Metallica’s 1984 classic RIDE THE LIGHTNING? And the answer is nowhere; nowhere more better.
TOM FROM MYSPACE
Remember him? The first 'top friend' everyone was given when they joined the nascent social network? The social network that Murdoch's News Corp bought for $580 million, just before it collapsed? Good times, good times.
Anyway, if you're anything like me, you may have spent approximately zero minutes since then wondering whatever happened to Tom. But during the Zuckerberg mock-interrogation in DC, someone pointed out that, in contrast, he's basically living the dream; retired and spending his fortune to travel the world, taking awesome photos. Good on you, Tom.
YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME
That's not an obscure lyrical reference, it's the name of a new card game created by the redoubtable Ami Baio, who gave the inimitable Glenn Fleishman permission to modify it for use as a podcast game show, with Kathy Campbell, Liz Myles, Dan Moren, Tony Sindelar, and myself as panelists. The results were somewhat chaotic, to say the least...! But also very, very funny.
NONE LESS METAL
I also recently took part in an episode of the main Incomparable show where we 'drafted' our favourite albums of the 1980s; and, in the spirit of not wanting to alienate people, I set myself quite a few restrictions, including 'no heavy metal'. So you may be surprised by some of my picks... Not sure when that episode will be live, but I'll let you know.
Be afraid, be very afraid.
PLAYTIME FOR THE EUROPEAN MAN: