Author has written 86 stories for Discworld, Good Omens, Biggles series, Dennis the Menace, Father Ted, Captain Scarlet, Misc. Comics, British Comedy, Lord of the Rings, Scandinavia and the World, Thunderbirds, Daria, Family Guy, Frasier, Big Bang Theory, Everybody Loves Raymond, King of Queens, and Transformers.
OK, so where do I begin... clearing the page, almost, with a stripped-down version. A lot of crap cleared.
Male. Should be old enough to know better.
Educated (arguably) in a school that combines aspects of Terry Pratchett's Hugglestones Academy crossed with the Assassins' Guild school. Served, in a way that combined aspects of Lieutenant Blouse and Nobby Nobbs, in the British Army (dewch ymlaen, bechgyn...).
Further educated at UCW Wrecsam, aka Owain Glyndwr University, aka North-East Wales Institute of Arts and Technology. Then on to the University of the Esoteric Arcana, Norwich, England. a tribute to what an architect can do with seven million knock-off breezeblocks.
Currently resident in Stockport, a nondescript town overlapping the south of Manchester. Stockport has a twinning arrangement with a sunny hotspot in the South of France, so it's easy to see what our councillors get out of the deal viz-a-viz freebies and "fact-finding missions". It is less easy to see what Beziers gets out of being twinned with Stockport, which, if anything, should be excluded from any sort of twinning. However, the town is more temperamentally suited to opening a joint suicide pact with somewhere in Sweden.
Used to be too intelligent by half, but by virtue of persistent and diligent alcohol ingestation, is now only too clever by about a quarter.
The author has recently spent inpatient time in a typical British hospital, (Stepping Hill, Stockport) albeit one which has been at the centre of several major investigations concerning the possibility that patients were being murdered by staff. He now believes no actual murders ever happened and the deaths were the result of good old fashioned British management practices combined with administrative screw-ups. He got out alive, anyway, and may incorporate his experiences into future stories.
The avatar goes with my story Hear Them Chatter on the Tide. Unless I've missed something, it doesn't seem possible to attach a different picture to each story. It has to be one size fits all. So this is a cut from the LP sleeve of the Blue Öyster Cult's Fire of Unknown Origin album. It goes with the story!
His favourite authors:-
Terry Pratchett (Discworld)
George McDonald Frazer (Flashman and McAuslan)
Michael Moorcock (straight sci-fi and fantasy)
Harry Harrison (satirical sci-fi, sci-fi humour such as The Stainless Steel Rat)
Tom Sharpe (the Piemberg farces set in apartheid South Africa; the Wilt series, which are very English comedies and farces of manners)
Derek Robinson (black, very black, comedies of air combat in WW1 and WW2 - the anti-Biggles of Capt W.E. Johns)
Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea -the magnificent Illuminatus! series
Sven Hassell - pulp war fiction.
His favourite cartoons/comics:-
Classic British childrens' comics, ie Beano, Dandy, Sparky: Dennis the Menace and his chums, anything drawn by Leo Baxendale. VIZ, the filthy but funny anti-comic.
Judge Dredd, 2000AD, Slaine
Steve Bell's lunatic, left-wing and subversive If...
Berke Breathed's Bloom County, the other big newspaper cartoon strip starring a penguin;
David Reddick's magnificent fantasy-fiction parody Legend of Bill - Terry Pratchett would approve!
Alison Barrow's sweet PreTeena (hey, I've been a stepfather to teenage girls... I'm not saying it was an unalloyed delight, but it gave me a few privileged insights into the way their minds work. Alison Barrows recaptures it perfectly for me with the Keene family of New England)
And Jennifer M. Babcock's C'est La Vie - America, and especially L.A., seen through the eyes of an existentially minded Frenchwoman and a very louche toy rabbit, possibly played by Serge Gainsborough. Wickedly funny. Go forth. Read it.
These last few available, with the exception of "IF", on GoComics.
Humon's excellent Scandinavia and the World.
His favourite radio and TV:-
classical BBC radio comedy such as The Burkiss Way, H2G2, Son of Cliche
Lunatic TV humour like Python, Rutland Weekend TV, Sledge Hammer, Ripping Yarns, Father Ted; The Big Bang Theory; Everybody Loves Raymond (an exceedingly good dom-com) ; King of Queens (Not as stellar as parent show Raymond, but has superlative moments. Plus the always gorgeous Leah Remini.) (fics coming soon...)