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The Year of The Mouse

December 16, 2014


So, 2014?  That’ll be a year I’ll not forget in a hurry. It was a year that started with an encounter with a mouse and, despite all of the good things that took place, remains characterised by a sort of skittish anxiousness. In April, The Moon King was published. People came to the launches and were […]

Songs In The Key Of : B

December 4, 2014


Continuing the return of the alphabetical trawl through the contents of my phone, one of the things I like is the way the titles stack up to almost tell a story. Anyway, here’s: Songs In The Key Of: B Backyard Skulls – Frightened Rabbit Baddow – Animal Noise Barton Hollow – The Civil Wars Bats In The Attic […]

Little Shop of Speculations

October 4, 2014


Really enjoyed my slot at The Speculative Bookshop last night. Great format, lovely audience and ace performances from all the speakers. Never much of a comics person, I nevertheless enjoyed John Lees’ introduction to horror comics and Adam Murphy’s career retrospective, and I’m loving Adam’s Corpse Talk, interviews with dug-up famous people. Leo Glaister provided a hugely […]

The Golden Nose

June 28, 2014


  Issue 253 of Interzone arrives in July, and it features a story of mine called The Golden Nose.     This is a strange wee story. It’s set in Vienna, which I loved after visiting on football duty last year and, as well as being the simple tale of a gifted sniffer (think Suskind’s Perfume, but […]

Making the job worthwhile

March 15, 2014


While working from home this week while we had our living room ceiling replaced (leaky washing machine, insurance claims, long story) I was reminded of how much the full time fiction writer lifestyle doesn’t suit me. Four days in the flat (indeed, in one room) connected to the office by the slender veins of VPN […]

Partly political

February 8, 2014


I’m not, by nature, a political person. I’ve got views and I vote accordingly but I don’t get all worked about it. However, like many people up here, I find myself getting increasingly engaged politically right now. Because there’s a vote coming up in September and a decision to be made. A poll last year […]

BSFA awards 2014

January 29, 2014


Over the last few years, in the interests both of keeping up to date with what’s new and good and being a responsible voter, I’ve attempted to read all the fiction nominees for the BSFA awards. I’ve had varying degrees of success. Sometimes I’ve read some of the novels already, other years I’ve got five […]


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