Friday, 24 January 2014
I'm delighted to say that the reviews so far for The Ordeals of Sherlock Holmes have, largely, been very enthusiastic. If you're interested, and if you don't think I'm being too immodest, why not take a look?
Wednesday, 8 January 2014
I'm delighted to announce that The Ordeals of Sherlock Holmes are out now!
My scripts for this complex four-hour audio drama have been beautifully realised by director Ken Bentley, sound designer Martin Montague, composer Howard Carter and a superb cast which, headed by Nicholas Briggs and Richard Earl, includes Blake Ritson, Tracey Childs, Ken Bones and Michael Cochrane.
I'm extremely proud of the results.
More details here: http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-ordeals-of-sherlock-holmes-box-set-918
Friday, 20 December 2013
http://www.bigfinish.com/podcasts/v/the-ordeals-of-sherlock-holmes-podcast-december-04 and on iTunes? It contains interviews with director Ken Bentley, stars Briggs, Earl, Blake Ritson, Michael Cochrane, John Banks and Ken Bones. I'm in there as well, but please don't let that put you off.
Friday, 1 November 2013
Now, this is exciting. The trailer for The Ordeals of Sherlock Holmes has been released! The four-hour, four CD boxset is due to be released in December. It's a project I'm very proud of, with a wonderful cast, including Nicholas Briggs and Richard Earl (above) - it's a love letter, really, to the creations of Arthur Conan Doyle. Read more and listen here:
Thursday, 31 October 2013
Friday, 2 August 2013
This review first appeared in the Times Literary Supplement of 19th July 2013.
How splendid it is to find J B Priestley’s Benighted once again in print. First published in 1927, it was filmed twice as The Old Dark House – in 1932 by James Whale, the year after he had made his version of Frankenstein, and, three decades later, with rather less fidelity to its source, by William Castle. The original novel now reappears in an attractive paperback edition from Valancourt Books, together with a slightly rum introduction by the weird fiction specialist Orrin Grey (Priestley, he says, “is largely forgotten”) and a reproduction of the supremely stylish first edition cover.
Priestley’s story still works its magic. A young married couple, Philip and Margaret Waverton, accompanied by their friend, Roger Penderel, find themselves stranded amongst “the savage hills” of “ a remote part of Wales”. Caught up in the tumult of a flash flood, “wet and numbed and maundering on… among cracking mountains, lost in a world of black water”, they are forced to seek shelter at the only house for miles around, the strange citadel of the Femm family, where they are greeted first by a hulking manservant (“he just stood there, so much humped flesh and staring eyes”) and then by their creepy, reluctant hosts, Horace and Rebecca. Upstairs, behind a door that has been locked and bolted from the outside, something paws and slavers and longs for escape.
Much seems strikingly contemporary. The marriage of Philip and Margaret, full of the frustrations of early middle age, feels utterly true while Penderel, who “didn’t seem to have escaped from the War” is evidently a victim of post-traumatic stress disorder: “suddenly that old feeling had returned… a grey tide, engulfing all colour and shape of things that had been or were to be… sweeping the life out of everything and leaving him all hollow inside”. Best of all is Priestley’s conjuration of a sense of steadily rising horror. His description of some primal evil which might lie behind even the most tawdry of domestic horrors is unforgettable: “his mind… found an opposing presence, an enemy… a density of evil, something gigantic, ancient but enduring… it was working everywhere, in the mirk of rain outside, here in the rotting corners, and without end, in the black between the stars”.