Hereditary…

Hereditary-2018-movie-posterI went to see Hereditary last night and can see how it might be a Marmite film. Out of a group of 5 of us, I think I was the only one who loved it.

From other reviews many people have said they found it too slow, but for me it wasn’t. I found the pace was essential for character development, which I’m a huge fan of in horror.

Hereditary is one of those films you’ll be thinking about the next day. It had so many undertones. It’s not scary at all in a ‘OMG scary ghost!’ way, it’s WAY more subtle than that. The horror is the uncomfortable feeling of piecing together what’s really going on. And depending what you take from the film, since it’s very subjective, it’s both sad and unsettling.

So yeah, it depends how you like your horror. If you like subtle, psychological gut-churning stuff you’ll probably like it. If you prefer loads of ghost/monster thrills and jump-out-of-your-seat scares, probably not.

Oh and on two final notes, Toni Collette and Gabriel Byrne gave outstanding performances! And I found the cinematography to be excellent 

 

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Cribbins Launch Day!

Who is Cribbins?

So, Cribbins went live at about midnight GMT. So exciting! It’s a modern ghost story with a bit of a twist. Single mother Sophie Harrington is being haunted by her old neighbour Ronnie Cribbins. She’s also recently been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and believes her first episode can be linked to the time Cribbins began his terror campaign.

I was diagnosed with MS myself back in 2016, so I’ll make no secret that that’s what influenced Cribbins. Before my diagnosis I didn’t really know what MS was, so I thought it’d be pretty cool to write a book where the main character has MS, to sort of raise some awareness of the autoimmune disease. That thought process then developed further and I began to think it’d be even better if I could take MS as a central theme and weave it into a ghost story somehow.

The idea for the story came about one night when I was staying at my folks’ house, in what used to be my old bedroom. I was in the middle of a relapse and had been to the hospital that day for a second round of IV steroids. I was totally wired with steroid insomnia and just couldn’t get to sleep at all. As I lay there in bed, tossing and turning, suddenly I could hear really loud snoring coming from the house next door. Now, this isn’t overly strange since my folks live in a terraced house and it’s pretty normal to hear stuff going on next door, but the creepy part was that I then convinced myself I could feel the wall breathing against my feet, at the bottom of the bed. And it kept a definite rhythm with the snoring.

Thoughts of dark forces began to take shape and by morning I knew I wanted to write about a vengeful spirit next door who would infiltrate the immune system of my main character, thus causing all kinds of hell for her.

In a way it was quite a cathartic project for me, to be able to personify MS as Cribbins so that ultimately it became the same monster.

Cribbins himself is a fictitious character, however certain quirks and traits of his were heavily influenced by someone I used to know. And the name was borrowed from a gravestone in a cemetery I walk my dogs past every day.

So yeah, that’s pretty much the story behind Cribbins.

It’s now available to buy as an ebook on Amazon HERE
And as a paperback HERE 
It’s also available to read on Kindle Unlimited

Also, the first review is already in! Yey! Thanks for that, Mark ❤️

Next time I have some exciting news to share about the new project I’m working on.

Till then, pleasant dreams,
R

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Cribbins: 3 weeks to go…

32261005_1331275220305370_8958669981176823808_nBeing my own billboard 😄

Excuse the no make up shot, but hey writing’s not always glamorous  

#thethingswedo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cribbins: 4.5 weeks to go…

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Cribbins: 5 weeks to go…MS Awareness Week

MS Awareness Week

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Cribbins: 5.5 weeks to go…

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Cribbins: Brand New Cover…

When the proof copy of Cribbins arrived in the post, I decided I didn’t like it! So, fast forward lots of stress, here’s the brand new cover…

COMING SOON...FRIDAY 1ST JUNE 2018

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Cribbins: 7 weeks to go…

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Cribbins: 8 weeks to go…

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Cribbins: 58 Days To Go…

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