I would like to correct the various defamatory remarks and factual inaccuracies regarding myself in the latest interview with Alan Moore.
As a freelancer I unfortunately do not have access to the same legal support as an employee when pursuing the publication of remarks that are defamatory towards myself in my profession. This makes pursuing the publisher of such a defamatory work costly and time consuming. I have sought legal advice and am now pursuing some of the available avenues open to me.
Given the cost of taking things further at this point however I sincerely hope that having presented the facts as below that these corrections are made available wherever the original piece has been reported and that the defamatory remarks are appropriately removed.
- I have interviewed Alan Moore twice, once for The Independent on Sunday, and once for SciFiNow (which I spiked with the support of my editor).
- I confirmed prior to publication of the review of Century 2009 with the publisher, Knockabout, that it was ok to mention the elements of the plot related to Harry Potter.
- Century 2009 was not an embargoed title in book shops, and was on sale to the public two days prior to the review being published.
- At no time did I show my review copy of Century 2009 to any other party.
- The news story relating to Century 2009 was not what I expected, but was not written by me. I did however provide a quote.
- I reached out to Moore after being made aware he was unhappy with the coverage of Century 2009.
- Shortly after publication of the review I received correspondence from Knockabout (publisher of Century 2009) stating that it was the suggested headline in the review, which had been picked up and run with, which had caused the upset. They also stated that had I not made such an observation somebody else most likely would have and that otherwise the review was great.
- I parted on good terms with Knockabout and continue to pitch coverage of their titles to various publications.
- I have never spoken to Melinda Gebbie (Moore's wife) on the phone.
- I attended Melinda Gebbie’s talk at the Edinburgh Book Festival, which I wrote up for The Beat.
- At Melinda Gebbie’s book signing at the Edinburgh Book Festival I mentioned the write-up for The Beat and how helpful her talk had been for my PhD studies, and when she paused at the name on my press badge I apologized for any upset that had been caused in relation to the Century 2009 review – Gebbie was pleasant and friendly and I thought no more of it.
- I did not request an interview with Melinda Gebbie at the Edinburgh Book Festival, nor did I mention any of the publications whom I was freelancing for at the time.
- I have the complete support of my editor at The Independent on Sunday, and the editors of the other publications that I work for.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank again all those who have offered me their help and support.