Hauling Like A Brooligan

Stephen Gallagher

Author: Steve

  • Digital Dawning and Beyond

    Back in 2006 renowned/esteemed/iconic artist Chris Moore wrote an article on the increasing use of digital tools in the craft of illustration. We’d collaborated on the text of Journeyman, his quality showcase album from art publisher Paper Tiger, and he asked me to cast an editorial eye over the piece before he sent it in.…

  • The 39 Steps: Part Two

    Continuing the adaptation memo from Part One, this second part is the ‘what I’d do with it’ section. I teamed with producer Archie Tait and I imagine we pitched it to the usual suspects, of whom there were a very small number back then… maybe half a dozen people or fewer with actual commissioning power,…

  • The 39 Steps: Part One

    I see that Patrick Barlow’s energetic stage adaptation of The 39 Steps is about to begin a national tour, in a production directed by Maria Aitken (whom I met once at the Hay festival; I was on a panel with her husband Patrick McGrath and was happy to be introduced). The original Criterion Theatre production…

  • Perspective

    First published as a guest editorial in Kimota magazine, 2014 I couldn’t be an editor. There are so many stories. I don’t mean the kind of stories an editor actually looks for. I mean some of the stuff they have to deal with. Stories of writers, invariably new to the game, demanding that you sign…

  • The Day I was Offered The Prisoner

    It was back in the early 90’s. I was at a meeting with Debra Allanson down in Soho Square. Her boss at the time was David Cunliffe, and he did a drop-by. He said they had access to The Prisoner TV rights and would I be interested in tackling a new version? I didn’t even…

  • On Adaptation

    Adapting is not a matter of reformatting. Adaptation is re-imagination. When you’re reading prose, the incidents may run as vividly in your head as when you’re watching a movie, but don’t let that mislead you into thinking that there can’t be that much difference between them. Back in 1997, Pumpkin Books published the full text…

  • Horrocks, Capaldi, and the Rain That Never Fell

    The first time that he saw her was across the parking lot of a motorway service area. It was about a quarter to midnight, and it had been raining. He could see that she was tired and cold and that she’d probably been on her feet for some time. She didn’t look much more than…

  • Faustine in the Stores

    With new titles coming and the initial Kickstarter fulfilment well under way, Cutaway’s Gods and Monsters series will soon be available at comic book stores worldwide. Which means you can order and pick up locally with no postal charges, especially important when you consider the hefty sums levied for delivery to the US and overseas.…

  • Granada Days

    Kill transmission! Lime Grove? Fill in, will you. I’ll be back as soon as possible. Tell Presentation… My first steady TV job in 1975—my only steady job, ever—was with Granada Television’s Presentation Department. Prior to that I’d put in a few weeks as a researcher for John Willis in Yorkshire TV Documentaries, but I took…

  • Blackwood: a fairy tale

    That stocking-filler time of year approaches… This year’s chapbook offering is Blackwood: a fairy tale, a 69-page novella that was original to my Plots and Misadventures collection from Subterranean under the title The Blackwood Oak. It gets a bit dark, so it’s flagged for readers of 10 years and up. All profits to Doctors Without…