A few places of interest
The Crime Vault
For unabridged audio versions of all the
The Harrogate Crime Writing Festival. The UK's biggest and best gathering of mystery writers and readers. Mark was honoured to be the chair of the programming committee for the 2006 and 2012 festivals.
Crime on the net
Tangled Web. A major resource for crime writers and readers alike. News, reviews and
The Mystery Writers Forum. A place for readers, writers and lovers of mystery fiction to chat and ask
questions both trivial and grisly
Rec.arts.mystery. Excellent, friendly and informative crime fiction newsgroup where a number
of crime writers lurk
SHOTS. Splendid online crime and mystery magazine.
The Crime Writers Association. The professional body for writers of crime and mystery fiction in the UK
Mystery Writers Of America. Ditto on the other side of the pond
As far as crime fiction goes – aside from historicals, cookery and cats, something
for fans of most sub-genres
George P. Pelecanos
If you need a laugh after all that death and killing, why not choose from
the following selection of fine comedians
Check out some of these wonderful bands and musicians...
The one and only Man In Black. Tom Thornes favourite.
The finest singer-songwriter in the world.
The real thing. Be grateful weve still got him...
"Led by the supremely talented Willy Vlautin (whose novels The Motel Life
and Northline are both stunning) this band from Portland, Oregon are
unassumingly brilliant. Vlautin's songs are raw and ravishing gems. Imagine
Raymond Carver and Charles Bukowski as sung by Uncle Tupelo and you might be
Country, soul, whatever. Heartache and regret never sounded so lush.
"Former Brinsley Schwartz and Rockpile stalwart, "Basher" Lowe is quite
simply one of pop's master craftsmen. The later albums, from "The Impossible
Bird" on, are masterclasses in understated and seemingly effortless
songwriting, and his voice just gets better and better. The man is a
Quite simply a national treasure. His album “You Are The Quarry” is the finest of his career.
They Might Be Giants
The two Johns. Enigmatic, catchy, wholly original.
"One of the finest songwriters in the world, whose voice can evoke pain and
desire like no other".
Twenty-five years on and Swindons finest are still making great pop