Friday Flash – The Cop

The Cop One day I asked him: How do you cope? He showed me his basement, a well-lit, clean and empty space. Against the back wall was a sea-chest, the old type with iron straps and reinforced corners. The padlock … Continue reading

Friday Flash – Cash Flow Problems

Cash Flow Problems Along these streets people didn’t sit on the carriages, they rode inside them. Night lamps glowed atop metal poles, and high, oh so very high, enormous flying things with motionless wings slid through the rumbling sky. There … Continue reading

Review: Kraken Rises anthology

This anthology came out of the Kraken Rises event at this year’s Bristol Literature Festival in partnership with Jared Shurin of The Kitschies, and Lee Harris of Angry Robot. The whole event was organised and co-ordinated by Pete Sutton. I … Continue reading

Review: Bite, by Gardner Goldsmith

Sylv is a vampire hunter, an ex-vampire hunter. He’s carried his past failures with him all his life and now he’s getting out of this deadly game. Except now there’s a woman. And now there’s one last job. This novella … Continue reading

Friday Flash – Desert Night

Desert Night ‘So, yeah, this is where I crash. Come in.’ ‘I found the lamp in a skip. The mattress was already here.’ ‘I need a proper light so I can read.’ ‘The books? Charity shops.’ ‘Yeah, I know it’s … Continue reading

Review: Great Sky River, by Gegory Benford

Benford is one of the SF greats and Great Sky River one of his great books. As an act of imagination it’s a triumph, as a piece of storytelling and writing it is by turns soaring, lyrical, and poetic. And … Continue reading

Friday Flash – Get With The Program

Cervelaf sprawled on his mossy woodland throne. An empty tankard dangled from one finger, his great antlered head lolled. The doe-woman, Devnet, emerged from the forest edge, bow in hand. Graceful as ever, she crossed the clearing and bowed before … Continue reading

Friday Flash – On The Beach

On the Beach The north paddock was waterlogged. McAndrews studied Thea’s letter then walked her to the south side of the village. That runway was in no better condition. ‘When will this weather break?’ Thea said, frustrated. Hastily she added, … Continue reading

Book launch! Shopocalypse!! Free Beer!!!

A last shout-out about the launch party for Shopocalypse.(not that I haven’t mentioned this a bazillion times) Wednesday, 9th October, 18:30, upstairs at the Two Chairmen, 1 Warwick House Street, SW1Y 5AT. (Just off Trafalgar Square.) Hope you can make … Continue reading

Mermaid Rescue

Last weekend we were visiting friends over in New Cross Gate and saw this delightful thing.   We both fell in love with her straight away (this always happens when you see a mermaid).     It was also obvious she … Continue reading