Off the shelves: After a difficult decade for global publishing, Irish publishers had a relatively good year in 2014. Photograph: Dave Meehan

‘Sooner or later the best-selling writers of the 1960s and 1970s would either die or go senile, making room for newcomers like me.” Stephen King recal(...)

Pauric Mahony at the launch of the GPA’s new ‘Fair Play Campaign’  at Tailor’s Hall, Back Lane, Dublin. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Pauric Mahony starts describing the dangling leg bone, the makeshift splint, the gasps of despair and the profound misery in such gruesome detail th(...)

Daddy issues: How did this guy become a poster-boy for Father’s Day?

Are men stupid? They are when they become dads, if the amount of fatherly tat in stores in a town near you is anything to go by. Receiving a pa(...)

Author Stephen King. Photograph: Stacey Cramp/The New York Times

Stephen King’s Finders Keepers (Hodder & Stoughton, €29.50) opens in 1978 with the murder, during a home invasion, of “America’s reclusive genius”(...)

Jane Lythell: ‘Reading has been such an important part of my life since I was a child and books have formed who I am.’

Jane Lythell lives in Brighton. She was a producer at TV-am and commissioning editor at Westcountry Television, before leaving to become deputy direct(...)

Neil White is a criminal lawyer who writes crime fiction novels. ‘People are much worse than writers are able to imagine them.’

What was the first book to make an impression on you?Any one of the Enid Blyton Famous Five books. I remember well the feeling of mild terror as the m(...)

King’s popularity ensured the technological experiment would be a success. Photograph: Stacey Cramp/The New York Times

The first books about the Kindle began to appear around the same time as the Kindle was launched at the end of 2007. Stephen King’s novella Ur was (...)

Devilish: Daniel Radcliffe in Horns

Everybody has something they need to escape (even if they won’t admit it). Here’s Daniel Radcliffe backing away from a certain juvenile wizard in a(...)

Not yet Unlimited: Steve Kessel of  Amazon with a Kindle in 2009. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The battle for the future of the written word entered a new phase this week with the launch here of Kindle Unlimited, an ebook subscription service to(...)

Joseph Fink, Cecil Baldwin and Jeffrey Cranor

‘A friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep. Welcom(...)