Fun

Nostalgia is so now

Looking at the cover, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Stephen King’s forthcoming book, ‘Later’ came out in the late 50s. The vintage pulp style of illustration reeks of bad…
Tom Callaghan
August 12, 2020
News

Dates for your diary

With this blog now underway like a rusty tramp steamer nerving its way into new waters, you might like to note a couple of future weekly events.
Tom Callaghan
August 10, 2020
Fun

I haven’t actually read it yet

It seemed an innocuous habit at first, one my parents even encouraged. Harmless to begin with. The odd Puffin paperback here and there, and then later, Penguin Classics, before moving…
Tom Callaghan
August 9, 2020
News

Life is a merry-go-round

Except here, it seems. The virus appears not to like sunlight, fresh air and open spaces that people can enjoy while still keeping their distance. Children seem to be the…
Tom Callaghan
August 8, 2020
Fun

Time to get kinky?

The world of crime/ noir/ thriller books is, understandably, dominated by a few best-selling authors. You know, the ones whose covers stare out at you in every airport, promising distraction…
Tom Callaghan
August 6, 2020
Fun

Hard at work

In reality, I normally spend my days on my private terrace overlooking Montego Bay, sipping a cold Red Stripe and enjoying exotic sushi. But I want you to believe that…
Tom Callaghan
August 5, 2020
Short Stories

An Unfortunate Fall

The message came in early one morning, the sun barely beginning to clamber over the mountains to the north-east of the city. The lockdown had taken all the taxis and…
Tom Callaghan
August 4, 2020
Fun

Judge a book by its cover

As you might expect from a novelist, I'm keenly interested in book cover design. Not least because the success or failure of a book cover has a direct impact on…
Tom Callaghan
August 3, 2020
Short Stories

A Little Light Reading

Rather than another post about Bishkek’s bar scene, I thought a mini-story about Akyl Borubaev might pass a couple of moments. After all, that’s hopefully why people read this blog…
Tom Callaghan
July 31, 2020
News

Distractions

I'm spending today working on an Akyl Borubaev short story. But with a view like this, are you surprised I get distracted?
Tom Callaghan
July 30, 2020
News

My Favourite Bar

Yesterday’s post showed me standing in the dark and the snow outside Derevyashka, a local bar facing Gorky Park (no, not that one). Derevyashka means ‘wood’, and as I described it…
Tom Callaghan
July 29, 2020
News

Welcome Back

To anyone who’s wondered about my silence:  I’m still writing, even if I haven’t published anything for a while, and I hope my revitalised blog will keep people up to…
Tom Callaghan
July 28, 2020
News

German edition special cover

Sebastian Fitzek says about this book: "I have not read anything as intrusive since Child 44.. This thriller is merciless, strongly atmospheric and unbelievably gripping." Sebastian Fitzek's new novel PASSENGER…
Tom Callaghan
December 20, 2014