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Knowsley’s Broken Democracy, Part 1: Knowledge Is Power

The first in a series of opinion pieces by the editor (Too long didn’t read? The gist: Knowsley Council provides information that no one can understand, and without information,you are powerless.) A great philosopher – no one’s quite sure who, but Sir Francis Bacon seems to be the main candidate – once said that ‘knowledge […]

Review: The Haunting of Hill House

An Invitation to Terror: The Haunting of Hill House Reviewed Liverpool Playhouse, 7 December 2015-16 January 2016 While you might leave behind one or two of the wordier scenes and the occasionally convoluted machinations of the plot, the warped, surreal benightedness of The Haunting Of Hill House – a new commission for the stage from […]

Undercover Doctor: Cure Me, I’m Gay

In Tuesday night’s Channel 4 documentary ‘Cure Me, I’m Gay,’ telly doc Christian Jessen explored the world of ex-gay therapy. Viewers in the UK can catch up on 4oD here. I’ve researched and written about the ex-gay movement for the best part of a decade, so in response to this latest programme, I wanted to […]

Interview with Jonathan Harvey, Author of Beautiful Thing

I interviewed writer Jonathan Harvey (Gimme Gimme Gimme, Coronation Street) about the 20th anniversary production of his play Beautiful Thing. I saw the dress rehearsal for the London run at the Arts Theatre, Leicester Square, and I’m deliriously excited to see it again this evening at the Liverpool Playhouse. I’m perched on the toilet, paperback in […]

Charles Moore on ‘Relatively Less Important’ Areas of the UK

Today, on the day of Lady Thatcher’s funeral, former Daily Telegraph editor Charles Moore spoke to Radio 5 Live’s Nicky Campbell. His comments about “relatively less important” parts of the country caused some controversy. Here’s a video of the entire interview, followed by a transcript of the relevant portion (4:44 onwards), for context: There are certainly […]

Room for One More?

Sod the Walt Disney Company and its Haunted Mansion, with its big budget and shiny new CGI technology. Give me the old-fashioned British ghost train experience, where not knowing whether the rattling, rusty screws will hold your carriage together till the end of the ride is just as frightening as the badly painted ghouls and […]

How to Become a Professional Writer

A step-by-step guide to the basics of becoming a published writer (Republished from 2010) Do you write, even if just for your own pleasure? Congratulations: You are already a writer. But perhaps you are thinking about taking it a step further, sharing your work with others, getting published and establishing yourself as a professional writer. […]

The Play, by David L Rattigan (Montreal, Oct 26)

I’m rather delighted to see my name alongside those of Stephen King, Clive Barker and Alexander Pushkin on this poster for a Halloween event. Montreal playwright and director Michael Mitchell invited me to write a short script for this reading of Macabre and Supernatural plays, taking place at McGill University on October 26. Although I’ve been […]

Bedlam: A Journal of Horror & the Macabre

Robert JE Simpson and I have established a successful creative partnership as editors of Diabolique magazine, which we regrettably left in July. We are, however, pleased to announce a new horror publication: Bedlam is a journal of horror and the macabre, and its first issue will be out in digital and print format in January, 2013. In […]

Diabolique Magazine

Joint statement from Robert J.E. Simpson and David L Rattigan, former editors of Diabolique magazine Tuesday, 31 July 2012, UK Following our sudden resignations on 24 July as editors of Diabolique magazine, we would like publicly to disassociate ourselves from Horror Unlimited, and specifically the partnership of Greg Petaloudis and Dima Ballin, publishers of Diabolique. We […]