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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 […]

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 […]

Busy Times at Diabolique

31/07/12 Click here for an important update regarding Diabolique magazine My main gig at the moment is editing Diabolique, a print and digital magazine exploring the horror genre across media, including film, theatre and literature. You’ll have to buy the magazine to see the very best of the content I’ve edited or written myself, but here’s […]

How to Pitch an Article to an Editor

Pitching an article to a magazine, newspaper or website can be daunting, especially if you’re still early on in your freelance writing career. But here’s the thing to remember: The editor doesn’t know you’re scared. She only sees what you allow her to see. Be bold and confident, and you’re in the running for a […]

Writerliness and Being Writerly

The term “writerly” fans a flame inside me. It’s a virtuous word that speaks of crafting words into sentences and paragraphs with passion, imagination and love. I just searched for a definition of “writerly” and found this: 1. of or characteristic of a writer 2. characterized by the qualities of a writer’s craft, esp. by those that […]

On Passive-Aggressive Wikipedia Edits

The silly but much-cherished rule of never using the grammatical passive in writing has bred some strange notions of what exactly the passive is. To some, “passive” apparently means “any construction that twists the grammar of a sentence so badly that it sounds instinctively wrong to just about everyone.” That would certainly seem to be […]