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My Favourite Book Scene

Written works – much like movies – are made up of scenes. Some are short, some are long, but it requires all of these scenes put together as a whole to make a full coherent story, and a story that works. In that regard, it is often hard for people to pinpoint a certain scene as […]

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5 Underrated or Overlooked Novels

When people talk about the “best” books, or their favourites, often they are guided by peer pressure or by what they think should be the best books. Or if an author is the topic of discussion, the same old books are trotted out as supreme examples.  This means that a lot of books are overlooked […]

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5 Favourite Movie Adaptations of Books / Stories

In general, in my opinion, books are better than movies. There are numerous reasons for this, but the main one is that what I see in my mind’s eye is generally better than what I am presented with on the screen. I guess that the vision of the film-maker is what we’re given, and that […]

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Novel #33

Okay, let’s get the bad stuff over with first: I forgot I even sent Gorgon With the Wind to a publisher who had a call for modern takes on classic stories. But I must have because I received a form rejection for it last week. Rejection Total: 176+1 = 177 Okay, now the next bit, […]

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Book Review – ‘Dying To Live’

Another month, another anthology. Dying To Live: Stories of the Undead (Diabolic Publications) is exactly what it says on the box – stories of the undead. The brief when I first saw it was simple – ‘Twilight’ is too pussy, let’s have real vampires. And thus this book came out. And, my God, is it […]

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Review: Six of the Best

This is going to sound terrible. If you read this, it seems like everything I read is wonderful or I only know how to write sycophantic reviews. Well, that’s not the case… Honestly. You see, I had the displeasure some years ago of attending a local wrestling ‘super-show’ and I wrote how bad it was […]

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Introducing Lilliana Rose

I thought I’d talk about an author whose work I like, but is also some-one I know personally, and some-one who I think everyone else should get to know, at least through her work. I have been lucky enough to know Lilliana Rose for a few years as a fellow South Australian writer. I first […]

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A Couple Of Reviews (Long Pig, Australian Songs)

First up, a book. Long Pig is the latest Static Movement Press book I appear in, edited wonderfully well by Dorothy Davies. After some books I’ve read lately, it’s good to see an editor who knows her job. Anyway, as the title may give away, this is a book about cannibalism. Man, is it graphic. […]

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Novel #32

Yep, another novel… But, before then, let’s update the rejections! Spandex Dreams was rejected because (and I quote) “we feel it would be too difficulty and would ruin the integrity of the story to eliminate the Australianisms throughout.” And Voyage Home was short-listed but failed to make the final 5 in a YA novel competition. Rejection Total: […]

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RIP Richard Matheson… and some other links

One of the finest and most thought-provoking Speculative Fiction writers has passed away. Richard Matheson was 87, so he had a strong innings, but it is not pleasant to consider. Most people know him from I Am Legend, the film (starring Will Smith, previously filmed as The Omega Man with Charlton Heston and The Last […]

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