Hauling Like A Brooligan

Stephen Gallagher

Author: Steve

  • From Single Play to TV Today

    Through the 60s and into the 70s, the single play was regarded as apex TV. Though I was mainly a series-addicted kid I did see a few of them, my most vivid of those early memories being of the first broadcast of Cathy Come Home. Back then there were just the three channels and you […]

  • Anatomy in the UK

    My thanks to Mark Lynch for spotting that Blackwells currently offer the lowest UK price on Comparative Anatomy and include free delivery. It’s not cheap but at 566 pages it’s a lot of book. Spooks, strangeness, mysteries, and a bit of heartbreak. I recommend it as the perfect Christmas gift. But then I would, wouldn’t […]

  • Some Stuff About Writing, Part Three

    You have written a considerable number of short stories, some of which have been published as collections (‘Out of His Mind’, ‘Plots and Misadventures’) (and now ‘Comparative Anatomy’). What are your thoughts about the differences between writing short stories and novels? Have any of your short stories been developed further (in any media)? Short stories […]

  • Some Stuff About Writing, Part Two

    Getting back to your novels, and thinking about your early work, where did the inspiration come from for books such as ‘Chimera’, ‘Oktober’, ‘Rain’ and ‘The Boat House’? I can answer for definite with Chimera because that came from a passage in Vance Packard’s book The People Shapers, where he quoted a Rand Corporation study […]

  • Some Stuff About Writing, Part One

    Every now and again I’ll scrub up and repost material from the old blog that I think may be of interest; this is the first in a three-parter taken from an interview by Trevor Denyer for Midnight Street. You have been in the writing business for some time now. What would you say were your […]

  • At Last, The Babylon Run

    Both The Babylon Run and the omnibus edition combining all three novels of the Dying of Paradise trilogy are now at the proofing stage. Editing these early novels for reissue was a weird experience. A collaboration with a familiar stranger, one who’s fully immersed in and committed to the kind of stuff I don’t do […]

  • Rosemary & Thyme, Redacted

    When Nick Elliot stepped down as Controller of ITV Drama in 2005, Director of Television Simon Shaps and new Drama Controller Laura Mackie announced the cancellation of a number of the channel’s successful shows in a kind of ‘image makeover’ favouring youth and ‘edginess’. Foyle’s War was one of the casualties, and Rosemary and Thyme […]

  • Comparative Anatomy: Update

    The printer finally delivered copies in September after a two month delay, and orders began shipping from Subterranean straight away; Amazon took a week or two to catch up but are now showing stock and taking orders with free delivery from the US to UK customers. Weighing in at 568 pages, with cover art by […]

  • On Writing Fiction

    (This is taken from a piece originally written as an introduction to Ed Gorman’s Cage of Night, for PS Publishing) There’s a type of writing which I grew up loving, which made me want to be a writer myself, and which for a while I thought was gone forever. I’m talking about spare, intelligent commercial […]

  • The Book Shepherd

    There’s a relatively young website named Shepherd.com that aims to help readers navigate to new discoveries. They invite authors to give capsule reviews of books that have shaped or impressed them, and which in some way mirror their own themes. It’s not so much a platform for self-promotion—you get to mention one title of your […]