Three features: on Roger Moore’s tenure as James Bond; on Thunderball vs Never Say Never Again; and on the diverse actors who have “played” Bond for audiobooks. BirthMoviesDeath / Mondo James Bond Commemorative Issue, April 2020.
Two features, one on Grand Admiral Thrawn and the other on the history of the Space Western genre. BirthMoviesDeath / Mondo Star Wars IX Commemorative Issue, December 2019.
Retrospective feature on director André Øvredal’s Trollhunter and The Autopsy of Jane Doe (timed for the release of his Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark). BirthMoviesDeath / Mondo Fall Horror Issue, September 2019.
Feature on the history of the sinister clown. Spans the Victorian era to It: Chapter Two, via the Joker, Tim Curry and Bobcat Goldthwait. BirthMoviesDeath / Mondo Fall Horror Issue, September 2019.
Feature on Reservoir Dogs‘ “wilderness years” in the UK, detailing the film’s protracted journey to a home video release. BirthMoviesDeath / Mondo special issue on Quentin Tarantino, August 2019.
The Amazon bestseller Bohemian Rhapsody: The Inside Story, published worldwide in October 2018 to coincide with the release of the film. Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor wrote the foreword.
Feature on director Corin Hardy’s Conjuring spin-off The Nun, from exclusive access to the set in Transylvania. Includes interviews with Hardy, writer Gary Dauberman and cast. Empire, September 2018. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on the ridiculous history of the Death Wish series. Includes interviews with Eli Roth, Alex Winter and Edgar Wright. Empire, April 2018. Click here for the PDF.
Cover feature on Hellraiser: Judgment, comprising a long interview with the director, Gary Tunnicliffe. Originally published in Scream magazine, April 2018. Click here for the PDF.
The Amazon bestseller Alien: Augmented Reality Survival Manual, published in the UK and and the US in October 2017. The “Augmented Reality” aspect refers to an award-winning app that makes the book interactive.
Cover feature on War For the Planet of the Apes, based on days of exclusive access in Vancouver and Los Angeles. Includes interviews with Matt Reeves, Andy Serkis and Woody Harrelson. Empire, July 2017. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on Ghost in the Shell, the writing of which took me to Wellington and Tokyo. Includes interviews with Scarlett Johansson and Takeshi Kitano. Empire, April 2017. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on the director Oliver Stone, timed for the release of Snowden. Includes interviews with Josh Brolin, John C. McGinley and Eric Bogosian. Empire, October 2016. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on the grand folly of On Deadly Ground, Steven Seagal’s only film (to date) as director. Empire, August 2016. Click here for the PDF.
Who Killed The Last Boy Scout? Feature on Tony Scott’s chaotic action classic: the story of the battle of egos between Scott, Joel Silver, Bruce Willis and Shane Black. The Telegraph, 31 May, 2016.
Feature on the Coen Brothers. Includes interviews with George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Billy Bob Thornton, Tilda Swinton and other Coen regulars. Empire, March 2016. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on The Hallow, from exclusive access to the set in County Galway and the edit suite in East Sussex. Includes interviews with director Corin Hardy and cast. Fangoria, November 2015. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton, from exclusive access to the LA set. Includes interviews with Ice Cube, director F. Gary Gray and cast. Empire, September 2015. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on the Star Wars spin-off Ewok movies Caravan of Courage and The Battle For Endor. Empire, September 2015. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on Fast & Furious 7 from exclusive access in LA. Includes interviews with James Wan, Vin Diesel and most of the principal F&F cast. Empire, April 2015. I take no responsibility for that headline. Click here for the PDF.
The Last Video Shop. A feature for The Guardian (7 October, 2014) about 20th Century Flicks: a long-established indie still renting DVD and VHS in my former home town of Bristol. Includes scandal about Simon Pegg.
Retrospective feature for the 20th anniversary of Braveheart. Includes interviews with Mel Gibson, Brendan Gleeson and cinematographer John Toll. Empire, July 2014. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on the strange history of St Bride’s, a 1980s programming house that doubled as a boarding school-themed women’s retreat. GamesTM, January 2014.
Feature on DC/Vertigo’s Hellblazer, marking the end of its original run at issue #300. Includes interviews with writers Jamie Delano, Brian Azzarello, Mike Carey and Peter Milligan. Fangoria, April 2013. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on the history of Fangoria magazine, written for an Empire horror special. Includes interviews with several former Fango editors. Empire, April 2013. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on the history and making of Predator, structured to be accompanied by a map (beautifully drawn by Peter Strain). Originally published in Empire, November 2012. Click here for the PDF.
Feature for James Bond’s 50th anniversary on the opening sequence of GoldenEye. Includes interviews with director Martin Campbell and other cast and crew. Empire, June 2012. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on Labyrinth with a side piece on The Dark Crystal. Part of a Jim Henson special. Includes interviews with Terry Jones, Brian Froud and Dave Goelz. Empire, February 2012. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on the making of Stand By Me, including interviews with Rob Reiner, Corey Feldman, Will Wheaton and other cast and crew. Empire, August 2011. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on Roger Corman’s 1980 Star Wars knock-off Battle Beyond the Stars. Includes interviews with Sybil Danning and director Jimmy Murakami. Empire, March 2011. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on the phenomenon of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy. Written in anticipation of David Fincher’s film of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Empire, December 2010. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on the unwieldy Highlander franchise, covering the five movies plus the TV series. Includes interviews with Russell Mulcahy and Adrian Paul. Empire, July 2009. Click here for the PDF.