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Author revels in success after story based on Brighton and Hove bin chaos
An author whose murderous short-story was inspired by Brighton and Hove's bin chaos is celebrating best-selling success and film adaptations.
Andrew Campbell-Kearsey's short story tells how an incensed resident takes revenge on a councillor after wheelie bins cause a stink outside her flat.
The woman poisons the smug councillor with ketamine, and the story is so macabre the publisher wrote a disclaimer that it did not condone the murder of elected officials.
It is one of more than 200 short-stories the former head-teacher has had published, with many inspired while wondering Brighton beach with dogs Pookie and Chompers.
His recent collection 'Centurionman', a pseudonym inspired by his Brighton street, recently hit number one in Amazon's download charts.
And two tales are being adapted into short films with premieres in Los Angeles and the Cannes Film Festival.
'A Dangerous Precedent', praised by League of Gentlemen star Jeremy Dyson for its “dark nature”, has been adapted into short film 'A Quiet Courage'.
It was inspired by personal experience of a surly charity shop manager and stars Brighton actor Suzanne Procter.
A third film adaption 'Schools out' is about two men returning to a secondary school reunion dressed as Krystle and Alexis from Dynasty to reap revenge on a sadistic PE teacher.
Mr Campbell-Kearsey said: “Two films were shown at the Cannes Film Festival and at Grauman's Chinese Theater on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, where stars leave their hand and footprints.
“I visited there 29 years ago and can't believe my films were screened there.
“I am so happy that the book is doing so well and hope to follow it up with another short story collection next year.
“Brighton is a great place for writers.”
The multiple award-winning author's first story was 'Bunny Island', inspired by the Patcham Roundabout said to be home to a rabbit colony.
He gained a double-barrelled after he and his partner enjoyed a civil partnership at Brighton Town Hall in 2007.
The prolific wordsmith honed his skills at writing courses at the Friends' Centre and the University of Sussex.
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