Friday Flash – Boxing Clever

The glass of a scope glinted on the roof of another skyscraper. ‘Got you.’ Vincent tagged the location, sat behind the parapet and uploaded his data. Who watched the watchers? Vincent knew the answer to that one. He wondered how … Continue reading

Top Ten Writing Tips #3 – Writers Write

There have been times when I’ve tried to write myself out of a shitty life situation. I can now report my findings – it didn’t work. What I did manage to do was write a lot. I took it seriously, … Continue reading

Free Fiction – Where the Sun Shines Brightly

Not only is Where the Sun Shines Brightly one of the winners of the 2011 Aeon Award, it’s also one of the stories from Open Waters, my collection from theEXAGGERATEDpress. If that wasn’t enough, you can read it free here: … Continue reading

Friday Flash – Flash / Slash Flash!

All their friends said they were so like, chalk and cheese. One of them wasn’t even real. It was a miracle they ever met at all. What did they have in common? Flash admired talent but he really wasn’t into … Continue reading

Top Ten Writing Tips #2 – Writer’s Block is Your Friend

There’s a lot of opinion on writer’s block, whether its exists, how to get past it, what the whole writing life thing is all about. Here’s some, and here’s some more. Not much is about why we get stuck and … Continue reading

Friday Flash – Copping a Feel

‘Carl, please come down stairs.’ Please. That was something he didn’t often hear. His stepfather’s voice echoed in the stairwell, ‘Your mother and I need to talk to you.’ He’d known this was coming. This was how good times always … Continue reading

Review – Surface Detail, by Ian Banks

Two alliances of civilisations are fighting a virtual war over artificial hells. Depending on your viewpoint the right, or the wrong, side is winning. Needless to say, the Culture has an interest in the outcome. Bank’s penultimate Culture novel, is … Continue reading

Friday Flash – Ayesha Wants In

Ayesha and Gould looked down at the typewriter on the hallway carpet. After all these years it was still here. ‘When I was a child I thought it was normal,’ Gould said. ‘I thought everyone’s parents were like that.’ Ayesha … Continue reading

Friday Flash – Shop Me Deadly

He was uncertain, she was beautiful and flirtatious. His evening went better than ever before. In his mind the moment came. She swept him with her eyes from head to foot. ‘All right.’ Inside his room he relaxed. He took … Continue reading

Shopocalypse – Free Download

You can read the first 100 pages of Shopocalypse here. If you enjoy it you can get the full paperback or e-book here. “…huge, enthralling, packed with bold ideas and genre-shattering extrapolations … Seriously, you need this book.” – Mike … Continue reading