Growing up in Newcastle in the 80s (that wonderful era of bad hair, worse clothes, the battle between Wham and Duran Duran, Rubik’s Cubes and Miami Vice), is probably at least partly to blame for my vivid imagination! I’m happily married to Vanessa and still living in the beautiful North-East of England just outside of Newcastle. Rod is a full member of the Society of Authors and also an active member of the Literary and Philosophical Society. I also dabble in a bit of acting from time to time.
The King of America (2006)
Sinema: The Northumberland Massacre (2007)
The Pit and the Pilot in Byker Books (2008)
Paranoid in Radgepacket Vol.1 (2008)
The King of America: Epic Edition (2009)
The Killing Moon (2009)
P.O.W. Wartime Log of F/Sgt T D Glenn (2010) (Contributor)
Seahouses Slaughterhouse in Holiday of the Dead (2011)
Sinema 2: Sympathy for the Devil (2011)
Gabby in Wild Wolf’s Twisted Tails (2013)
Sinema 3: The Troy Consortium (2013)
World War Z (Feature Film) - Riot Police Officer
Broken England (TV series) – Rob England
The Bad Samaritan Must Die (Short Film) – Lead Bodyguard
Run (Short Film) – Paul
Inspector George Gently (TV series) - Party Reveller
Vera (TV series) – Police Officer
6 Feet Under (Short Film) – Thomas
Some of the authors who have helped inspire me include Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Terry Pratchett, Hunter S Thompson, Cormac McCarthy, Jeff Long, Clive Barker, H G Wells, Edgar Allen Poe, Richard Matheson and James Herbert. The King of America, in particular, was, in part, influenced by Frank Herbert’s Dune, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J R R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and the phenomenon that is Star Wars. Sinema is my attempt to delve into the darkness that is inside every one of us but, with me being such a huge film fanatic, I felt it appropriate to intertwine madness with movies. The Killing Moon is my homage to Mad Max, I am Legend and Escape from New York.
Some of my other interests include weight-training and rock climbing as well as being – as I’ve already mentioned – a bit of a film fanatic. I have been trained as a close protection and surveillance specialist and am still an executive member of the Professional Bodyguard Association. And yes, I do also love all the socialising stuff too, but let’s try not to turn this into a CV!
The great and sadly missed comic genius and profoundly (and profanely!) philosophical, Bill Hicks was and continues to be a strong influence on me. Here’s a link to his official website.