New Interview: MYTH-BUILDING IN MODERN MEDIA on Author Interviews

Brand new interview. I was very pleased to be featured on the excellent Author Interviews site, alongside some rather esteemed contemporaries, to discuss my book Myth-Building in Modern Media, my writing journey and practices, and what I’ve been enjoying reading lately. This was conducted during the Covid-19 lockdown in the summer but it’s still aContinue reading “New Interview: MYTH-BUILDING IN MODERN MEDIA on Author Interviews”

Book Review: ROD SERLING: HIS LIFE, WORK, AND IMAGINATION (Nicholas Parisi)

Eric Gilliland with a review of Nicholas Parisi’s deep dive into one of television’s greatest storytellers… Few figures have influenced the popular memory more than Rod Serling (1924-1975). His work continues to captivate the imaginations of millions in the decades since his passing. In our current era of uncertainty with a creeping authoritarianism seeping into the politicalContinue reading “Book Review: ROD SERLING: HIS LIFE, WORK, AND IMAGINATION (Nicholas Parisi)”

Book Review: THE X-FILES: The Official Archives – Cryptids, Biological Anomalies, and Parapsychic Phenomena (Paul Terry)

Over the years, we have enjoyed a litany of tie-in material for The X-Files, principally across the 1990s but again recently thanks to the return of Chris Carter’s iconic series. Fans will remember Brian Lowry’s essential episode guide books back when the show aired – basic by today’s standard but a touchstone in the pre-onlineContinue reading “Book Review: THE X-FILES: The Official Archives – Cryptids, Biological Anomalies, and Parapsychic Phenomena (Paul Terry)”

Book Review: THE PRESS GANG – Writings on Cinema from New York Press, 1991-2011 (edited by Jim Colvill) + author interview

Film criticism is a thrilling, if mercurial, business, and one which can either chew a writer up and spit them out on the other side of corporate vacuity, or lead them to stand firm against the cultural tide. In many ways, The Press Gang exemplifies that ongoing struggle. Subtitled ‘Writings on Cinema from New YorkContinue reading “Book Review: THE PRESS GANG – Writings on Cinema from New York Press, 1991-2011 (edited by Jim Colvill) + author interview”

Book Review: A BOY CALLED ARSENAL (by Alan J. Hill + author interview)

Autism remains, to many, a complete enigma. Difficult to diagnose, even harder to treat, it serves as a misunderstood disability millions have to live with on a daily basis. This struggle is what Alan J. Hill’s A Boy Called Arsenal neatly encapsulates. Full disclosure: I am acquainted with the author. Alan is the father ofContinue reading “Book Review: A BOY CALLED ARSENAL (by Alan J. Hill + author interview)”

Tony Talks #24: A. J. Black – Published Author!

So it has finally happened guys… I am a published author! Myth-Building in Modern Media: The Role of the Mytharc in Imagined Worlds is finally now available to purchase via Amazon and all good bookshops. It won’t necessarily be on all shelves but you can order online. I’ll provide links at the bottom should youContinue reading “Tony Talks #24: A. J. Black – Published Author!”

Book Trek #10 – Star Trek Gateways: What Lay Beyond – ‘Horn and Ivory’

In an attempt to try and tackle the onerous job of looking into the Star Trek book universe, thanks to the help of Memory Beta’s chronology section, I am intending to look at the saga in book form from stories which take place earliest in the franchise’s timeline onwards. This hopefully should provide an illuminatingContinue reading “Book Trek #10 – Star Trek Gateways: What Lay Beyond – ‘Horn and Ivory’”

Book Review: THE SILVER WIND (Nina Allan)

Nina Allan prefaces this re-issue of her 2011 science-fiction novel, The Silver Wind, with thoughts about material she has inserted back into the book which didn’t seem to fit the first time around, and this nicely queues you up for the kind of treat her novel turns out to be. The Silver Wind is discordant,Continue reading “Book Review: THE SILVER WIND (Nina Allan)”

Tony Talks #12: Tony’s Block

Howdy, y’all. Eagle eyed among you may have noticed my written output has been less precipitous this month as, in truth, I’ve been experiencing something of a block when it comes to my critical analysis & cultural commentary. The words haven’t been flowing.

Plugging Gaps: How backstory is *becoming* story

Remember the time that backstory was just that? Backstory. Many of the most successful TV shows and movies are specifically built on a sense of their own mythology and world building. Game of Thrones has a series of vast novels to draw on which detail an incredibly complicated social and political eco-system, for example. Backstory,Continue reading “Plugging Gaps: How backstory is *becoming* story”