After self-publishing my novella complete with its cover art, I was desperate to get my hands on a physical copy of The Witching Hours. I’m a supporter of ebooks and e-readers, but there’s something to be said for holding a book in your hands; feeling its shape and taking in the tactility of it. I published my ebook though Amazon and CreateSpace, an Amazon company, offer a print-on-demand service for self-published authors. I’d already done the hard work – writing the book – and I couldn’t wait to have a printed copy of it too. (more…)
I watched Pan’s Labyrinth, Guillermo del Toro’s international masterpiece, a couple of times when I was a teenager and thought it was brilliant. But just now I watched it for the first time as proper adult, and I’ve gone from merely thinking it was great to considering it one of the best films ever. Here’s my… Well, less of a review, more of a reflection, on Pan’s Labyrinth and why I think it deserves to go down in history as one of the most important films ever made.
But it’s four in the morning.
We’ve got a train to catch.
It’s even light on our way down to the station, despite the hour. Spirits are high. There’s a bit of a cock-up when we arrive in London; the underground trains are delayed and diverted. But, having arrived on the first train of the morning, we’ve got plenty of time to get to the Eurostar at St Pancras International, and to admire the fantastic architecture of the Grand Midland Hotel. Not sure what to expect from the Eurostar? It’s like catching a train at an airport. Take your reference number and feed to the machine that spits out your ticket, and then join the queue. Head through two sets of passport control and a metal detector then wait in the boarding lounge for your gate, I mean platform, to flash up on the monitor. The Eurostar is like a normal train but it has a bit more leg room and you don’t have to fight for a seat. By the time you’re leaving London’s most beautiful rail station behind you’re already hitting the kind of speeds that can cross three countries in two hours. Join the adventure…