Author and Scriptwriter

'Among the most important writers of contemporary British horror.' -Ramsey Campbell

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Thank You Daily Telegraph (and I don't say that often)

I know, I still haven't posted about the Fantasycon. Keep meaning to each year, and then keep forgetting. Sorry, must try harder. In my defence, my home internet's been erratic lately.

Anyway, yesterday morning I wake up from a dream where someone's been frantically ringing my doorbell and banging on the front door. No-one there, but there is a message on my phone, left around the same time. One of my friends has been browsing through the book reviews in the Daily Telegraph.

Tide Of Souls is there.

And it's got four stars.

I damn near fell off my perch.

As a stauch socialist, it's rare to see me reading the Telegraph, let alone buying it, but I steeled myself and bought a copy from the local newsagents.

From the review:

This sounds like a plot for the computer game Resident Evil, and with lashings of violence and gore, it could easily be dismissed as lurid pulp fiction, but it is saved by the quality of the writing. Simon Bestwick writes with great imaginative flair and an excellent grasp of colour and narrative pace.

So... (gulp) thank you Daily Telegraph, and reviewer Peter Ingham.

Chris W. and others will be glad to note I managed to get through this whole post without squeeing once...

7 comments:

Cate Gardner said...

Oh my goodness, that's awesome. Congratulations, Simon.

Simon said...

Thanks, Cate.

Annoyed Landlord said...

Fantasic Simon!

josephdlacey said...

Mr Bestwick,

I've been trying to contact you through FB to tell you you are a genius. Pictures of the Dark is superb - working my way through in order and just finished Vecqueray's Blanket. Every story delightful so far. All the best and well done on the Telegraph review!

Simon said...

Hi Joseph! (And thanks Annoyed Landlord!)

Thanks very much for the kind words- at the minute my home internet access is down and so I'm stuck using the library, which bars access to Facebook. Argh! (On the other hand, far fewer distractions if you're trying to write...)

I really appreciate the comments- I genuinely loved both Meat and Garbage Man, so believe me when I say that your opinion counts for a great deal.

josephdlacey said...

When you're back on-line and have a free moment, I was wondering if you'd consider being interviewed for Horror Reanimated. It's not very glamorous but we're quite serious about dark fiction...

Chris Wood said...

Happy Christmas Simon.