Not a Christmas Missive

Now you will feel no rain, for you will be shelter to each other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there is no more loneliness, for each of you … Continue reading

Villeneuve’s Dune

When I reached home after seeing the Denis Villeneuve directed Dune I tweeted: Dune It was OK I could go on. Reader, I’ve decided to go on. If you’ve not yet seen the film at this point you may decide … Continue reading

The Significance of Significance

If you are like me there are things you know but you don’t realise you do until someone else explicitly puts it into words. They are ‘unknown knowns’ – not because we refuse to acknowledge them but simply because they … Continue reading

12 Ways to be Better at Writing

I believe there are only two rules of writing, true rules that are unbreakable in the same way ‘Ye canna break the laws of physics’. (Except with the laws of Physics  we’re still not sure whether we have the full … Continue reading

Review – Two Cinematic Viking Sagas

I watched a couple of Viking-themed films on Netflix over the weekend, both were entertaining productions in their own ways. Northmen – A Viking Saga is a fairly straightforward ‘band of disparate people thrown together battling against the odds’. In … Continue reading

Interview – Ian Whates/NewCon Press

Not only is Ian Whates a successful author, he also runs Newcon Press, a prolific and multiple award-winning publisher of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. In fact, it’s hard to imagine the UK publishing genre landscape without Newcon. Ian’s kindly … Continue reading

Leathery Words – -Skiving Off

There isn’t much crossover between the worlds of writing and leathercraft except in the broadest terms — they both improve with practice, attention to detail is all, a well-thought-out plot is similar to a good design, and so on. (I … Continue reading

A Brief Encounter with the Hive Mind

Sometimes I’m reminded that I don’t always see things the way other people do. It’s human, we’re all different, and in many ways it is a good thing, almost an ideal.  What a terrible fate it would be if we … Continue reading

Free to read short story – The Savages

As of today my short story, The Savages, is free to read at Unsung Stories. Please do take a look! The Savages is an alien coming-of-age story about gender and individual choice. I finished the first draft at a writing … Continue reading

An Ancient Horror Returns – Richard Middleton

Back in another era, another age[i] I bought a book in one of the charity shops along the local high street. This is something I’ve been known to do from time to time.  Sometimes I find a book by an … Continue reading