James Christie
James Christie has a vampire for a flatmate and corresponds with a Hollywood star. Born in 1964, he graduated from Crewe & Alsager College of Higher Education with a degree in creative writing as well as College Colours "in recognition of outstanding service to the student body and the college community". After travelling around Australia for a year, he took a postgraduate diploma in library and information studies at Thames Valley University in 1992, catalogued the private library collection of a stately home and worked as a law librarian in Glasgow .

He was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 2002 and shortly thereafter began to take a focused interest in Drusilla the vampire, a character in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He wrote a trilogy of fan-fiction stories (Drusilla’s Roses, Drusilla’s Redemption and Drusilla Revenant) which further developed the character of Drusilla, sent them to the actress Juliet Landau (who portrayed Drusilla in Buffy) and impressed her so much they commenced an email correspondence.

In 2010, James took a Buffy-themed Greyhound bus trip across America with the support of the National Autistic Society Scotland in order to meet his dear Miss Landau. The story of this, together with descriptions of his difficulties living as an autistic adult in a neuro-typical world, was published by Chaplin Books in 2012.

Entries by James Christie

Road Rage Rants and the Sound of Thunder...

(0) Comments | Posted 1 October 2015 | (00:17)

Funny thing about Ronnie Pickering's road rage...

I did the same myself once.

I was at a roundabout near the bottom of Birmingham which verges decorously upon the green fields and garden centres of Worcestershire, watching traffic come and go, waiting for an opening.

Then I saw this...

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Battles for Britain...

(0) Comments | Posted 21 September 2015 | (03:56)

Remembrance of the rancid Scottish referendum (a battle for Britain?) and the real Battle of Britain came on much the same day, leading me to the sour and raddled realization that quite a large part of the Scottish population seems to have a rose-tinted and romanticized view of...

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R&R on the King's Road, Spectre of a Glorious Summer

(0) Comments | Posted 12 September 2015 | (02:59)

"...You should take some time to yourself and do some stuff you've been meaning to do ... you've earned a bit of R&R."


Whenever Jim, my consultant at the National Autistic Society Scotland, says something like that to me, I just know something like this is going...

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Just and Fair...

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2015 | (21:02)

Police Scotland finally found John Yuill and Lamara Bell in the their crashed Renault Clio just off the M9 near Stirling on Wednesday 8th July, nearly four days after the accident took place and three days after they'd been told about it. John Yuill had died at the...

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9 to 5 or 14/27?

(0) Comments | Posted 14 July 2015 | (20:58)

As I once wrote in Dear Miss Landau, "have you ever met one of those people who always end up standing in the kitchen at parties? The geeky weirdo with a patched and scruffy beard, whose glasses date from 1973, who ... will fix you with an unnervingly intense stare,...

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Kennedy, Far From Camelot

(0) Comments | Posted 15 June 2015 | (00:55)

I met Charles Kennedy once. I also met Benito Mussolini.

One of these statements is true. The other one is a bit of an exaggeration, but not as much of an exaggeration as you might think.

They buried Charles Kennedy at Clunes the other day; and in another life I...

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D-Day the Sixth of... Sturgeon?

(73) Comments | Posted 7 June 2015 | (19:33)

Regarding Nicola Sturgeon's recent appearance on Panorama, what I find most interesting is one small detail - namely that her views on Trident haven't changed since she wrote an essay on the subject as a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl at Greenwood Academy, Dreghorn, North Ayrshire. She's now nearly forty-five, five...

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Death Eaters of W1A

(0) Comments | Posted 2 June 2015 | (02:11)

I'd have written this blog sooner, but I have a learning disability. In my case this means I can't learn as fast or work as quickly as other people. My brain also tires more easily and like an old battery, can go flat.

I've been through the mill of courses,...

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New Labour, New Lair...

(2) Comments | Posted 9 May 2015 | (20:40)

I turned up late from a book launch in London, wondering how to approach this high stakes poker game of a general election which, against most odds and all the polls' predictions, had decisively ducked the hung scaffold, delivered a Conservative majority at Westminster, swapped a one-party Scottish...

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St George and the Scots Rugby Shirt

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2015 | (00:08)

Picture the scene: Portsmouth's Spinnaker and the Keppel's Head Hotel across the harbour from Gosport and its ferry. Five fine and happy Englishmen with the red of St George on their white T-shirts, and one sole and single Scotsman in a rugby shirt of Saltire blue, cheerfully taking their picture...

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They Saved Einstein's Brain!

(0) Comments | Posted 20 April 2015 | (17:58)

More precisely, they lost it. It finally turned up in Wichita, Kansas, in the hands of the secretive pathologist who'd originally sawn it out of Albert Einstein's skull and still sought to find the secret of his genius within its cerebral structure.

But there's no definitive answer. For...

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Dru, Davidson and Destiny

(1) Comments | Posted 13 April 2015 | (04:30)

The most surreal moment of the General Election so far might be my telling Ruth Davidson about Drusilla and Buffy the Vampire Slayer in Biggar High Street the other day.

Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, was in Biggar helping David Mundell hold onto his seat in the...

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Batman, not Birdman, meets the RSPB!

(0) Comments | Posted 4 April 2015 | (18:50)

You wouldn't think Batman would have much to do with The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), but knowing that Michael Keaton recently starred in the Oscar-winning Birdman (a thinly-veiled reference to his own days as the cinematic Caped Crusader), the story of an...

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Fifty Shades of... Dru?

(0) Comments | Posted 10 February 2015 | (19:17)

Apart from a shared interest in kinky sex, perhaps, you wouldn't think Drusilla (Spike's girlfriend from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) would have that much in common with E. L. James and Fifty Shades of Grey. But from my particular perspective, there are parallels:

E.L. James started out writing...

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Hall and Hebdo in a Huff with Obama?

(0) Comments | Posted 31 January 2015 | (02:24)

I see President Obama has criticised the scribes and pages of this august paper. "Get informed, he says. [but] not by reading the Huffington Post..."

Well, as one of those scribes I'd say writing a blog for the Post can be a ball, but I approached it more...

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My Moment Meeting Jordan

(1) Comments | Posted 28 January 2015 | (17:43)

I stood next to Katie Price (AKA Jordan) once.

I think it was at Heathrow about April 2004. My mother and I were flying in from South Africa, Katie and her mother were flying out en route to elsewhere. An airport official was explaining something about passenger transfers to me,...

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We Were Warriors Once, and Young...

(7) Comments | Posted 21 January 2015 | (18:13)

It was a wonderful night in Red Lion Square. Conway Hall in Bloomsbury, home to the UK's only humanist and ethical charity and venue for the first autism convention, as opposed to conference.

Elly Badcock, senior events officer for the National Autistic Society (NAS), said:

"The first AutismCon...

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No Farewell to Leicester Square, but Au Revoir to Earls Court

(2) Comments | Posted 14 December 2014 | (01:10)

Standing on a street corner far from Sunset Boulevard, near a stop on the District and Piccadilly lines and north of the Thames, memories of the lives and times which became Dear Miss Landau seem miles and years away. But then my fellow fans and I begin to shuffle forward...

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Iron Rail to Grey Mare's Tail

(0) Comments | Posted 25 November 2014 | (17:12)

I drove home late along the low road to Scotland some months ago. Like the Night Mail of yore, the car pulled gamely up towards Beattock. A steady climb, the gradient against me but still on time.

In another day and in another way, I might have taken...

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Is There or Is There Not an Actual Job?

(4) Comments | Posted 20 November 2014 | (23:39)

Word reaches me that yet another young Asperger has been sent along that false but winding yellow brick road towards a sunlit city on a hill proclaiming the golden words:


Only to find, upon arrival at the gates of Oz, that there is no job at the end...

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