Horror as optimism

I knew what books she liked … – gloomy horror stories, Gothic novels with crumpled covers featuring a drawing of a Bat. Perverted monks, severed hands that murder people, coffins flushed out of graveyards by floods. Evidently reading this sort of thing confirmed her in the conviction that we are not living in the worst […]

KABOOM man

Well, that was a lot of fun. With that title – “The Return of the Incredible Exploding Man”, and my love of his Fractured Europe series, I was always going to read this novel of Dave Hutchinson‘s. However, I am never early to the party, and I see that it has been out in the […]

Lawrence of Arabia

On this day in 1935, Lawrence of Arabia died in a motorcycle accident. Was it as straightforward as that? Read the secret history of his life and death, and of the dark forces with which he contended, in my story, Some Corner of a Dorset Field that is Forever Arabia, published in Three-lobed Burning Eye, […]

RA – RA – STORY # 25

My 25th published story, “The murder of Father Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin considered as the single men’s Olympics Luge final“, has just gone live at Sein und Werden. I first read “The assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy considered as a downhill motor race” by JG Ballard around 1979 / 1980, in one of the best sf […]

Monsters! Fun!

I have just signed and returned the contract for my horror story, The Bride of the Blob, to be published in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine, so yay me! and yay ASM! and yay story! I had a lot of fun writing this story, which scoots around in the world of the late 60s and the terrain […]