Stefan Cush (The Men They Couldn’t Hang)

Some sad news to share. STEFAN CUSH from THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG died suddenly last week from a heart attack. He was 60. As many of you may remember, TMTCH made a memorable appearance in the first HATER novel. While I was writing the book back in 2006, I was in touch with Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers from the band who’d enjoyed the AUTUMN books. We got chatting and he made an off-hand comment about adding him as a character in a future book. I’d just written the scene in HATER where Danny and Lizzie are at a rock concert and all hell breaks loose when one of the band members starts attacking the others, mid-set. Cut a long story short – the band in the book became TMTCH, and it was Swill who did the attacking, but the rest of the lads were very accommodating and they all made an appearance. I was lucky enough to see the band a few years later, and they were magnificent.

Stefan Cush performing live in 2017 CREDIT: Lorne Thomson/Redferns

There’s not a day goes by when I don’t think about how lucky I am to still be alive after my heart attack last April. Since my illness, I’ve been in contact with many people who’ve either had a heart attack themselves or who’ve lost loved ones. Very sadly, a member of my family passed away unexpectedly last weekend after suffering a massive heart attack. Without wishing to preach, I’d urge everyone to be aware of their own heart health. I know that health services around the world are under unprecedented strain right now, but please do seek advice if you have any concerns. If I’d not received such brilliant treatment from the NHS last April, I doubt I’d be here today.

My deepest condolences to go out to Cush’s family, friends, fellow band members and fans. A Crowdfunder drive is currently running to support his children with funeral costs. You can find the details here.

He didn’t kill anyone!

If you’ve read chapter four of HATER, the title of this post will make sense! A fantastic time was had last night, courtesy of The Men They Couldn’t Hang. I finally got to meet Swill in person, and he even wore his MAG shirt for me (as per his appearance in HATER!).

DMandSwill

TMTCH are an absolutely cracking live band with a loyal and dedicated following. There’s still time to catch them on tour in the UK, click here for dates and venues. I’d thoroughly recommend going. The missus and I had an excellent night and it was great to be able to put faces to the names of the people I’d killed in that notorious scene in HATER!

By the way, apologies for the terrible photo and the gormless / knackered / vacant expression on my face. I went to the gig straight from running around this beautiful spot (click).