Creole Belle

James Lee Burke writes like a dream. Vivid, lyrical prose makes you feel the heat and humidity of southern Louisiana, and smell the swamps and the rain and the cut grass. You can see the mists settling on the lakes and rivers. But - and here the armies of JLB fans are going to start …

Shock Value

Few people I know share my fondness for late 1970s horror movies. Actually, not ALL late 70s horror movies. I never liked the Friday 13th series, or any of the Halloweens that followed the first one. Tobe Hooper's output after The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was just too OTT for me. The Exorcist has its moments …

Play All

Poetry aside*, Clive James is one of my favourite writers. Lately, in his self-acknowledged twilight years, he's taken to producing volumes of essays on all kinds of topics. Play All collects his thoughts on box sets of TV series ranging from The West Wing to Breaking Bad to Game of Thrones. Since I can never …