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21 Of My Favourite Short Stories

You won’t find me doing this very often, but I am actually going to give a list of my favourites of something. The reason I don’t do this very often is that tastes change and as soon as I write my favourite down I’m sure another is going to come along and replace it. I […]

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5 Favourite Characters

I recently looked over an online ‘course’ on “developing characters” designed to – to quote the sales pitch – “make your characters come alive and jump off the page into the reader’s reality.” Needless to say, for $US75 and a nebulous sort of outcome as well as vague promises of writing riches, I never went […]

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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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Confusion? -or- What’s a short story?

I recently sent a story off for an anthology. Standard, and, like 60% of the stories I send out, destined for rejection I thought. And, sure enough, after two weeks, back came the e-mail. But the rejection was not the normal “thanks, but you suck” email I tend to get (especially from Australian publishers), it […]

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Book review – ‘The Temporal Element’

Some more astute readers have noticed I haven’t posted too many book reviews as of late. There are many reasons for this, but what it boils down to is something has to really capture me for me to review it. That’s not to say they haven’t been good – in at least one case, I […]

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Some actual writing

Here’s the start of a new story I’m writing. Hope it’ll end up being about 5k words for an anthology of stories set in the 1970s-1980s. Feedback would be greatly appreciated (positive or negative). -1- “That was awesome!” Annabel squealed, clutching Brad’s arm right as they walked along the path away from the large hall. […]

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Nomination

A HUGE thank-you to Shane Collins, editor of the magazine Speculative Edge (and a couple of anthologies I’ve appeared in).   Yes! I’ve been nominated for a Pushcart Prize! Nice. Oh, and you can buy the magazine here: For kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Speculative-Edge-Issue-October-ebook/dp/B009GNA23M/ Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Speculative-Edge-Issue-October-2012/dp/1479269697/ I’ve read it, and it’s a good magazine. I’ve also read issues […]

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Modern Pulp Heroes

Another day, another anthology. Modern Pulp Heroes from Pulp Empire is a not horror anthology. I invented a new character named ‘The Blade’ for this one, and it seems they would like another Blade tale. This one is the sort of origin tale. Next I am planning on writing an adventure of the Blade tale. […]

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Book Review – ‘Bugs!’

Another anthology that I appear in and – damn! – if it isn’t a good one.   Now, first a word about anthologies. Most, especially in speculative fiction, have some sort of a theme. This theme can be all-encompassing, enabling people to write and fit almost anything in, or be very limited. One anthology I appeared […]

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