The League of Gentlemen’s JEREMY DYSON has joined the ranks of FANTASTIQ. Alongside his work as screenwriter with the League cohorts Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, Jeremy is also an author, musician, filmmaker and occasional actor.
A dedicated aficionado of 1960s and 1970s horror from the Hammer and Amicus stables he feeds such influences into his work, thus ensuring the style and atmosphere of that era live on in the 21st century.
The success of LoG resulted in Dyson directing his first film. The Cicerones, an enigmatic gothic rendering of Robert Aikman’s short ghost story with Gatiss in the lead role, was filmed on location in Ghent. Returning to TV Dyson created the dark soap Funland with EastEnders writer Simon Ashdown.
As well as his prolific screenwriting duties Dyson has published two collections of disturbing short stories, Never Trust a Rabbit and The Cranes That Build. Bright Darkness: the Lost Art of the Supernatural Horror Film is a critical-historical account of a neglected film sub-genre crucial to Dyson and the LoG’s oeuvre. A novel, What Happens Now, was published in 2006. With Andy Nyman he wrote the stage play Ghost Stories, which broke box office records when it transferred to the West End in 2010. The duo adapted the play for the screen on 2018.
Over more than five decades he has interviewed many of the genre’s key figures. His books include The Films of Roger Corman, Horror Movies and The Horror Film Handbook. Currently he is working on a biography of Terence Fisher.
He has laboured as an extra on more than 700 movies, including Hammer’s The Stranglers of Bombay, Curse of the Werewolf, The Satanic Rites of Dracula and Dracula AD 1972.
For the past 32 years he has been film critic for the Daily Star.
As well as directing for films and theatre, Robin is a journalist and novelist. His novel Cowboys for Christ, a book inhabiting the same disturbing territory as his timeless classic film, was published in 2006. It was adapted for the screen and released in 2011 as The Wicker Tree. Robin is currently working on a new film, The Wrath of the Gods.
Robin died in 2016.
Now one of the UK’s most successful screenwriters, David Pirie was a film critic and journalist before venturing into cinema and television as a specialist in gothic, noir, the fantastical and the extraordinary.
Revered as one of Britain’s best writers on horror, David is the author of the critically acclaimed and diligent study A Heritage of Horror: The English Gothic Cinema, 1946-1972, published in 1973. Widely considered to be a seminal work, it was re-issued in 2007 in a new edition described by Martin Scorsese as the book on UK horror. His other books on the cinema include The Vampire Cinema and Anatomy of the Movies.
Previously a perceptive and insightful writer for Time Out (for which he was film editor) David’s was a powerful voice that championed British horror just as the genre was beginning to die out in the Seventies.
His adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White was BAFTA nominated in 1998 and the originality of his work on Murder Rooms: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes, starring Ian Richardson, was lauded by Sherlockians around the world. He wrote the TV movie Element of Doubt and on film collaborated, uncredited, with Lars von Trier on Breaking the Waves.
His other teleplays include Rainy Day Women, The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes & Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie: Poirot and Murderland. His novels include The Patient’s Eyes, The Night Calls and The Dark Water.
We are thrilled that David Pirie has accepted our invitation to become a patron of Fantastiq.