Sia is an artist that has made a huge impact on the music scene since she first arrived on it. Whether it’s her powerful and impressive vocals; her songwriting skills (which give not only herself success in the charts, but huge hits for other notable acts in the industry); or her unique image, she has captivated her legions of fans who simply can’t get enough of her.

It’s hard to believe it’s almost seven years ago that Sia released her album 1000 Forms of Fear. Previous to this, she had released five albums (including her debut OnlySee, Colour the Small…


Since his days as frontman of The Smiths, Morrissey has created an impressive 13 solo studio albums (just recently it was confirmed he had finished writing and recording his 14th — Bonfire of Teenagers).

It is almost unnecessary to point out the many lies peddled by the press about the singer throughout his career — for many artists, it would be enough to end them. Morrissey has withstood the media storms with a quiet dignity- and he has allowed his music to do the talking. …


AFTER the recent announcement that a brand new series of Ghost Adventures is to be aired on Discovery+ (starting the 22nd July) I thought it was the perfect time to look back at some of the fascinating work of paranormal expert, Zak Bagans…

Zak Bagans has spent years of his life travelling the world to find answers to life’s biggest questions — and he’s been entertaining his eager audience along the way.

Born in Washington, D.C on the 5th April 1977, he is now considered to be one of the most notable figures in the world of paranormal investigation. He has been at the forefront of parapsychological research — and, of course, attends fascinating locations for his long-running hit reality show, Ghost Adventures.

Not even Bagans, with such ardent dedication to his TV series, could have predicted what a success Ghost Adventures would…


Melvin Burgess is the award winning author of over 30 books, including Junk, The Lost Witch and his latest release, Three Bullets. Born and raised in Britain, the writer grew in popularity after his hard-hitting and authentic portrayals of drug problems amongst teens on the streets of Bristol struck an unexpected chord with his readers.

I invited Burgess to discuss his attitude to writing, the challenges he has faced, and what readers can expect to find in his latest release…

When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer, Melvin? What inspired you to take that path?

I…


Chucky the doll has been a horror fan favourite since he first appeared in the 1988 Child’s Play movie, starring actor Alex Vincent. It’s hard to believe that it’s over 30 years ago now that Chucky crash-landed on our screens, stealing the limelight as one of the greatest villains of the horror genre. Of course, since that first movie arrived, Child’s Play has gone on to become a hugely successful franchise — with a total of seven (so far) feature length movies.

It’s hard to define exactly what gave the Child’s Play movie that extra edge, the impetus needed to…


In Morrissey’s recent interview, published on his website Morrissey Central, the artist was asked which of his own albums he considered his favourite. He mentioned three in his response: his latest, the as yet unreleased Bonfire Of Teenagers, the covers album California Son and 2014’s World Peace Is None of Your Business.

Throughout his career, Morrissey has released a huge wealth of material — 13 solo studio albums and four records with his band, The Smiths, who were idolised icons of the 80s. Therefore, there is no shortage of differing opinions amongst his army of fans as to which is…


It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since The Spice Girls first became household names, their emergence heralding their “girl power” tagline to the delight of teenagers the world over. The music industry would like us to believe things have come a long way since the mid-90s, but for those of us who were around to witness first-hand the birth of the 90s female singer/songwriters (the likes of Tori Amos, Bjork and PJ Harvey), it feels like the industry has regressed.

TORI AMOS

The most significant female artists in terms of commercial clout from the last decade are mostly consigned to the status of “performer” as opposed to “composer” or “singer/songwriter.” Albeit many are very talented vocalists, but most of the music is composed by a committee of (largely male) songwriters. Rewind back to 1992 and singer/songwriter Tori Amos was having none of it. When she hit the music scene in the early 90s, it was a breathe of fresh air to her audience to see a woman openly breaking down barriers through her art.

Here was a woman challenging the confines placed…


Actor Devon Sawa has been in the entertainment industry since he was a child. Born in Vancouver, Canada on 7th September 1978, it was almost as if he was destined to be in the limelight.

Enrolling in theatre classes at a young age, Sawa soon found himself in several theatrical productions — and it wasn’t long before he was snapped up for major film roles, including Casper and Little Giants. As time went by, he landed his iconic role as the lead character in Final Destination, amongst other significant releases.

On screen, Sawa is an engaging, captivating and dynamic actor. I have watched his career with interest over the years. When I learned recently that he was involved in the new and upcoming Child’s Play TV series alongside Jennifer Tilly, I invited Sawa to discuss his life, career and what we can expect from the show. He kindly agreed.


Mention his name to anyone interested in the more mysterious side of life, and they will certainly know him. John Zaffis has been at the forefront of paranormal investigation for over 45 years.

Having studied the subject under the watch of his Aunt and Uncle Ed and Lorraine Warren, he spent years investigating the paranormal. Zaffis eventually went on to host his own TV show — Haunted Collector. The show was a huge success (it still is today), and followed Zaffis on the trail of some of the most haunted items the world has ever seen.

For many years, I have followed the work of Zaffis as he traverses the realm of the paranormal. I recently invited the renowned investigator for an interview, and he kindly agreed.

We spoke over the phone at length about his experiences, what motivates him, and what his relationship was like with Ed and Lorraine Warren. I found Zaffis to be a warm, intelligent and good-humoured individual, with stunning insight to the paranormal realm.

Here I share the details of our exchange…


I look at what we know so far about the new series and take a look back at the history of horror’s biggest icon…

It’s hard to believe that one of the biggest horror icons of all time — Chucky — landed on our screens over 30 years ago. Nobody could have predicted, when screenwriter and director Don Mancini came up with the Child’s Play story, that the film and its subsequent franchise would have had such a cultural impact on the horror genre.

Every horror fan knows the story of Child’s Play: character Andy Barclay (played by actor Alex Vincent) celebrates his birthday with an unexpected gift from his mother — a Good Guy’s doll. Little does Andy and his mother know, the…

Fiona Dodwell

Freelance writer and published author.

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