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At my desk in the study - my natural habitiat.

 

Welcome to my this, my official website, which I launched (appropriately) on October 31, 2010.

It was, I guess, inevitable that I'd take this route. Growing up, my fate was sealed when I saw the mighty King Kong on TV.

I was eight years old.

I would never be the same again. As my peers turned their attention to football (or, if you’re in the United States, soccer) I found my entertainment elsewhere - on the screen.

King Kong was quickly followed by TV viewings of several fifties sci-fi movies, It Came from Outer Space, War of the Worlds, Them and The Thing. All burned themselves into my consciousness, and the only thing that burned more was a desire to see more and know the answer to the eternal question... "how did they DO that?"

Thus, I bade farewell to my pocket money (and later, as an adult - my disposable income), because where the other kids idolised sports stars, I was following the likes of Ray Harryhausen, Jack Arnold, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney. I might not have known who was playing centre forward for Manchester United in 1969, but I knew who created the make-up for Frankenstein in 1931. I might not have an idea what the offside rule was, but I knew, beyond a doubt, how stop motion animation worked

For years, I suppose I was the oddball loner whose interests were always "different" - I graduated from watching the TV screenings of the Universal classics of the 1930s and 40s to the Hammer movies of the 1950s to the 1970s, somehow, coincidentally, managing to see a lot of the material in some sort of chronological timeline, all the time amassing a library of books and magazines to try and satisfy my hunger for more.

The world caught up with me in 1977, when just about everybody succumbed to the Star Wars craze. Sci-Fi was the new "cool" and the old term "movie buff" was quickly overtaken by "geek". (Previously a term used to describe a person in a freak show who would bite the heads off live chickens, incredibly enough. Anyhow, now it's a term for someone with an obsessive and specialised knowledge of a subject. I guess I qualify.)

Then came VHS and the ensuing home video revolution which put power back in the hands of the viewing public. No longer would we be at the mercy of re-releases or have to wait five years for a truncated TV showing of a favourite movie. We could OWN them. And boy, we embraced THAT notion. (Thankfully, DVDs take far less room.)

Then came the computer revolution - and no self respecting geek could ever be without one. All of a sudden, newsgroups, forums, social networking, blogging and home-made websites were all the rage, and anybody can be a critic. Even me.

Through all of this, I’ve made forays into the media. (Some would call me a media ‘ho). Since 1998, I’ve run a short-lived movie forum at my place of work,(which almost cost me said job on a number of occasions) I’ve been a regular guest co-presenter on a live three-hour Friday Night Show on a local radio station from November 1999 - April 2000, where I wrote and presented a regular feature called "RobinP’s MovieWatch" - a review of the week’s releases. I’ve been writing an online blog since 2007. I’ve contributed to websites such as Harry Knowles’s Ain’t It Cool News, Nuke the Fridge and Dr Gore’s Funhouse. I’ve been published in various magazines.

In 2007, I became a writer for GoreZone magazine, and was promoted to Chief Writer in May 2008 - the year I finally turned pro. I wrote there steadily until August 2010. This allowed me to be not only a geek, but a professional geek with access to interview actors, directors, effects technicians - a dream come true. Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to speak to a great many of my heroes and - being in print, I’ve become one of the people who actually answer the eternal question "how do they DO that?"  to an eager and inquisitive audience world-wide.

In March 2011, my life came full circle, as I joined the writing team of Starburst magazine, my font of all genre movie & TV knowledge from its first issue in 1978 onwards. I made my debut in May 2011 in issue 366. I have the privilege of not only working for a magazine I've read avidly for over 35 years, but also of writing articles about the classic movies I love so much for a whole new generation of fans and geeks. In 2015, I returned to the radio media with my friends David J. Howe and Sam Stone for a monthly horror sci-fi genre radio show called The Stone Tapes where I review and discuss films, books and all the really cool things in a fan's life.

Believe me, there is no finer feeling. (Well, other than being a father to a son and daughter who share my obsession and may even surpass me in time, and being a husband to a wife whose indulgence and patience knows no bounds)

So, basically, that’s me. I work in a medieval castle by day (how awesome is THAT?), and at night, I’m a movie junkie, published writer and sourge of the internet. Basically, I try to spend as many of my waking hours in front of one screen or another.

I’ll be updating here pretty regularly. It’s a celebration of what I enjoy, my at times slightly skewed view of everything and of a fulfilling life spent chasing those shadows that flicker across our screens, both on TV and in the cinema.

Enjoy,

Rob

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