Horrorville. It's from the same stable as SFX and Crime Scene, both of which I also review for, so the editor knew I was a reliable reviewer with a genuine interest in the subject matter.* Long-term readers of the Robot will know I devote every October on this blog to things both spooky and vintage. As with crime fiction, I'm more a fan of classic horror than modern stuff on the screen, though I will read absolutely anything. I even have a playlist of vintage Halloween pop songs on my iPod! Horrorville doesn't really cater to the vintage lover, though issue 1 does have an interview with Fabio Frizzi, who scored a lot of Lucio Fulci's late 1970s/early 1980s horror films.
My next freelance is for In Retrospect; I'm hoping to style up and shoot some images for that article over the weekend. (Obviously not images of me; those would be more appropriate in Horrorville.) In Retrospect is the only magazine I supply images for, but I do enjoy the challenge of taking or, on occasion, sourcing them. When I can, I grovel at Mr Robot to supply me with photos as he's much better at taking pictures than I am.
I usually write travel articles for In Retrospect, but my next piece has a food and drink focus. Intrigued? I promise, it's not just an excuse for me to trawl the chazzas for photo props. (We never need an excuse to buy more pottery; Mr Robot and I were that >< close to buying a set of 1970s soup cups last weekend. However, I will trawl the chazzas because a few more photo props never does any harm...)
I sometimes get frustrated at how little time I seem to have, and feel I never get anything done when other people are doing so much amazing stuff, but looking at my magazines I can see where my time goes and that I probably have done quite a lot. I love working in publishing. There's nothing like being able to share your passions with other people – that's why I blog, after all.
*I'm feeling a bit defensive as I hate the old maxim 'It's not what you know, it's who you know'. Trust me, no-one gets freelance work simply because they know someone; delivering consistently good work on time is the important thing! Though I admit, having contacts and a good reputation does make getting work easier.