Free crime stories!

 

From today until Sunday 6 May, my collection of short stories – One Good Turn – is FREE on Amazon.

Seriously – you don’t have to pay or barter or anything.

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I wrote One Good Turn as a collection of three separate but interlinked short crime stories, all set in London on the same fateful night. The stories are:

You’ve Got a Friend

Mark is on nightshift duty on the You’ve Got a Friend Helpline. Unfortunately for the callers, his idea of help is very different to theirs.

One Good Turn

Two young tourists in London find themselves on the last train out of the city, and begin to wonder if they’ll ever get to their hotel…

Fare Game

An illegal cab driver picks up an old, confused man and offers him a lift home. It’ll be a journey they may well regret.

“In any given city, lives will intersect. In both good ways and bad.”

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Our Cyprus – The Premiere

So last week was the official premiere of Our Cyprus, a short film I acted in which was directed by Alkin Emirali and co-stars Andy Lucas.

Without giving too much away, the film is set in modern-day London and tells the story of two men – a Greek Cypriot and a Turkish Cypriot.  The film looks at what happens when two opposing views collide.

Our Cyprus was part of the Euro Shorts International Film Festival, and was screened along with four other short films.

Anyway, this is what happened…

Before the Screening

I actually got there pretty early as I was meeting a friend, although as you can see from the picture below, the crowds must have known I was going to be in one of the films as the cinema was crazy! Look at them all queuing up around the block!

I’m pretty sure I could even make out a couple of placards saying ‘Angelo is great’ too. If you squint you can probably see them.

(You have to squint quite hard…)

And the adoration didn’t stop there either. I walked away from the cinema to avoid getting mobbed and a couple of fans ‘accidentally’ sat right next to me. Look at them! Shamelessly staring at me!

The fan love was getting too much at this point.

Having that many people grabbing at you and wanting autographs and photos can get quite dizzying, let me tell you.  I nearly went home.

The screening

OK, so all that about being mobbed was obviously nonsense.  Back in, well, reality, the screening itself went really well.

I’ve never watched something I’ve acted in on a cinema screen and with an audience, so it was quite surreal to be honest. I also hadn’t seen the completed film at this point either, so I was watching it for the first time along with everyone else. Fortunately the film was very well received, and a lot of people seemed quite moved by it too.  I won’t spoil anything, but at the end of one scene a lady sitting behind me audibly gasped!

Once all five films had been shown, there was a short Q and A with the directors, and I also made a brief appearance:

After the screening

After the films were all screened and the Q and A had ended, I was of course accosted by all my fans again. For anyone who thinks that being a world-famous celebrity is fun, look at the photo below.

They wouldn’t leave me alone!  Just let me have my drink in peace, people!  I’m just a man!

 

Our Cyprus will continue to be screened at other film festivals across the UK, and potentially abroad.

The best way to find out about these screenings is by joining the Facebook group, as all updates will be posted there.

London Premiere of Our Cyprus!

So, some of you may remember that I acted in a short film last year.  It was called Our Cyprus and told the story of two men in present-day London feeling the effects of the 1974 war in Cyprus.

Me. Acting and EVERYTHING.

Well, I’m pleased to say that the premiere of the film has been set for the Prince Charles cinema in London’s Leicester Square on 3 April 2018!

For anybody interested in going, please check out the Our Cyprus Facebook page for information about tickets and all that.

And for anybody not interested in going, I guess… well, go live your life.

Why are you even still reading this?!

Go!  There’s a whole world out there!

 

 

Guest post: How to write comedy in fiction

A guest post I wrote for the very talented Suzie Tullett!

Suzie Tullett

Hi, everyone

Today I’m pleased to have actor, writer, stand-up comedian, and all round good guy, Angelo Marcos, visiting us. Angelo interviewed me a while ago for his Creative Minds feature and I thought it about time I returned the gesture.

What I’ve always found interesting about Angelo is how as a comedian he takes people to a happy place through laughter, but as a novelist he goes in the opposite direction and taps into the darker recesses of our minds. So imagine the intrigue when he decided to combine the two in his latest book Victim Mentality.

I can’t imagine this was an easy task, I mean how do you describe stand-up comedy through prose?

Thankfully, here’s Angelo to tell us how he dealt with this.

Angelo, over to you…

Describing the funny…

People love good comedy. I think that’s pretty safe to say.  

I mean, yeah, there…

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Wait… I’m my OWN target audience..?

Got this email from Amazon this morning:

Apparently, Amazon’s algorithms have identified me as the target audience for my own book.

I mean, technically I guess that must be true – I wouldn’t write something that I wouldn’t want to read – but it’s still a bit, well, weird.

This either means:

a) Sales are so good they’ve run out of other people to sell to!

b) Sales are so bad that I’m the only person they think might want a copy anymore

SPOILER ALERT: It’s not a)

So on that note, if you enjoy reading amazing crime stories featuring memorable characters, great locations (one is a party boat in Mexico for crying out loud!) and the dark side of human nature, then go get a copy!

Five thrilling worlds for the price of an ice-cream – and it’ll last longer too (although if you eat as fast as me, anything lasts longer than that…)

“a collection of thought provoking short stories. Dark and at times challenging, Angelo Marcos… forces us to explore the darker side of human nature.” Amazon reviewer