Review: There is A Way to Live Forever – Terry Grimwood

There is a Way to Live Forever is an excellent title, and this new collection from Terry Grimwood contains some very good stories too. Sharp, controlled, concise stories, always with a human edge to the horrors. I particularly liked “The … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 37 – His Secret Heart

Chapter 37 – His Secret Heart Over the course of the day Persistent Smith and the Hand explored their new home inside the ducting. Smith slid from floor to floor down the slopes and elbowed up the ramps. The layout … Continue reading

Virtual Societies

I discovered the Aristasians yesterday, via a friend who is far more knowledgeable about things esoteric than me. Even they were surprised to never have heard of them before. According to the History of Aristasia in Telluria, the Aristasians originally … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 35 – The Zone

Chapter 35 – The Zone In the same way most of the mass of an iceberg lay unseen below the surface, so did the greater meaning of the front room of number 23. The mantle clock, condiment set, aspidistra and … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 34 – A Bad Idea

Chapter 34 – A Bad Idea ‘Good morning, gentlemen, ladies.’ The man’s voice had a lilting accent and was quietly authoritative. Drowsing in the air conditioning vent, Persistent Smith came awake instantly. He listened to the soft bumps and thuds … Continue reading

Imposter Experience? Embrace It.

Writers all over the world talk about Imposter Syndrome*, that feeling your success is undeserved and that one day the world will collectively blink, take a good long look at you and realise you are some kind of fraud. It’s … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 33 – Some Evil Force

Chapter 33 – Some Evil Force This was not home. Aghast, Asklepios looked about him. Filling the sky, a titanic stepped ziggurat of stone and brick rose three hundred feet into the air. Between it and himself a massive brick … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 32 – The Ziggurat

Chapter 32 – The Ziggurat Where the hell was Asklepios? It was dark and late and he had not come back from his walk. Tim chided himself, he should never have let that irritating yet likeable man go out on … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 31 – It’s Not Stealing

Chapter 31 – It’s Not Stealing ‘No, madam, I’m a detective. We don’t always use marked police cars. Sometimes we need to blend in.’ Violet studied the beefy detective seated on one of their dining room chairs. A cup of … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 30 – Complicity

Chapter 30 – Complicity Dolores was changing. Her dreams told her so, her thoughts, her desires. All three frightened and excited her in equal measure. As time went by it became harder and harder for her to tell the difference. … Continue reading