Former feature writer and music editor of The Scotsman, former arts editor and features editor of the Sunday Herald, sometime contributor to BBC Radio Scotland on (variously) music, films, visual art and pirates.
I once spent an hour in an Edinburgh bar with Charlie Higson, formerly of The Fast Show but better known these days as an author of books for teenagers. We chatted and I watched dry-mouthed as he necked a bottle of IPA. Under the circumstances, a Bloody Mary might have been more appropriate.
Mostly we talked about zombies, the subject of his latest novel, and at one point we mused on the subject of why boys tend to like them while girls prefer vampires.