Giri/Haji review


We’ve been watching this series on catch-up for the last few weeks, and finally finished it the other day. And I loved it so much I just had to sit down and dash off a review to tell everyone how good it was, and why.

I’m delighted to say that review has now been posted over at Punk Noir magazine so you can see for yourself what I loved about the series.

The only niggle I forgot to mention in my post was an occasional tendency for the characters to be too trusting of each other. There were a couple of examples of near-strangers telling each other their entire life histories, and one of a criminal wildly incriminating himself to a foreign police officer, neither of which I could see happening in real life.

But apart from that (and the ballet, you’ll have to read the blog post to find out about that!) the series was an absolute gem, and I hope my review helps other people track it down and enjoy it too.

Voodoo curse?


That story missing from my website that I mentioned yesterday? It was none other than ‘That Voodoo That You Do’, a hilariously horrible “missing scene” from ‘Gravy Train’ that I wrote a few months ago and had published in Punk Noir magazine.

It sheds a little light on the strained relationship between Vernon Ball and his chauffeur-cum-dogsbody Bradley, a guy Ball describes as “not the brightest sixpence in the collection plate”. Just why did the two of them fall out? Why did it nearly ruin Ball’s shoes? And will you ever be able to watch Blazing Saddles again?

I think the story’s title must have exerted its own voodoo curse on me, because for some reason I completely forgot to add it to the list of all my other stories on the website. That’s now fixed, and you can follow the link to read the story for yourselves. I hope you enjoy it!