An Appointment with Fear

Some readers will remember my title, if not, in the late ’40s, early ’50s. BBC radio aired every Thursday after the 9 pm news a 30-minute programa as my title. It was narrated by Valentine Dyall. He began ‘This is your man in black.’ his deep voice perfect for these ghost and horror stories. I can remember that wintry late November night as if it were yesterday. In fact, it was seven years ago. Although I am now 21, any 14-year-old would never forget events that brief night. No matter what’s your surname. As we entered Buckfast Abbey Graveyard outside the confines of the tall Grey granite rock wall surrounding the ancient abbey building the excitement started to fade, and fast. If my best pal had not encouraged me forward, I’d have...

The Smugglers

The Mermaid Inn, Rye, East Sussex, on the Kent border, used by the gangs. The Smugglers. Feature. Action. Drama. Crime. 95-page screenplay.  Logline. After the King stole their farms and increases taxes. The rebellion spreads across the land. The vast flat, treeless desolate region, Romney Marsh is ‘out of bounds.’ It is 1748, the smuggling gangs get more brutal. Synopsis. It peaks in 1750 when the ordinary man cannot feed his family. The rebellion is not the only word on peasant’s tongues. Smuggling is the other and it is rife in Kent. They didn’t ask for it, King George the 3rd imposes crippling taxes if he wants a fight? He’s got it. Soon men from three villages organize three large opposing hostile gang’s. Each roams the vast Romney Marshes,...

The Longbow Man

Background, by English actor and world ‘Longbow’ expert on Sir Robert Hardy (All Creatures Great and small fame)  Although the longbow in itself gave England a huge military advantage, it could never have garnered England so many victories on its own. A key factor in the longbow’s success was the people who wielded it. The English archers had training that was intense by any standards. The demands on the mind and body were so great that the Englishmen who became archers were almost a separate class of human beings, with a body build that differed from normal men, and a style of living that was unlike any other in Continental Europe. “The bow was put in the hand of every English body at the age of seven and it did not cease to furnish him...

Strofortress Joyride. Short story

  Logline: It begins as an innocent nostalgia flight, becomes a challenge, and ends up placing the USSR and the US on a red war alert. Then the jaunt gets really scary. Synopsis: The ancient Stratofortress – was taken and flown by two retired-USAF officers-not pilots, approaches the Soviet border. Fuel’s low and they’re lost. Four USAF F-18’s have orders ‘to destroy’ before it crosses the border. Foxbats loiter soviet side. The Russians want the Stratofortress. Submerged are two submarines, a US Trident, and USSR Delta cla Aircraft Bone Yard. Part-Stratofortress area.   Foreword. On April 15 1952, the World’s biggest Intercontinental Bomber took off on its maiden flight. The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress resembled a giant prehistoric Pterodactyl as...

Mad Mike Calvert. An SAS commander & Chindit Brigadier.

Burma 1944, l-r Calvert, Shaw, Lumley Calvert, Michael (1952). Prisoners of Hope. London: Jonathan Cape. Against overwhelming odds; Mike Calvert left, Officers, Shaw and Lumley; Joanna’s father a Chindit officer. Against overwhelming odds. Grossly outnumbered, The Chindits’ had just taken Moguang, the last Japanese held a stronghold, Sections of: The Court Martial of SAS Commanding Officer; Brigadier James Michael Calvert – Mad Mike About 20+ years ago I submitted synopses of my stories to various English prodcos (production companies) Pearl Catlin had an office at Pinewood studios and asked if I’d write a screenplay on spec., about a British soldier? I leapt at the chance, without any idea how to. That story is about: Brigadier James Michael Calvert DSO –...