Last Call for GSFWC 30

April 19, 2016


That venerable critique group, the Glasgow SF Writers’ Circle turns 30 in 2016. That’s quite an age for any group of that kind, even more so when you consider that there are still original members regularly attending meetings. I’ve only been going to it since 1993 and since then, it’s not only been a major […]

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Book Launch

April 7, 2016


So, what are you doing at the beginning of June? Want to come to a book launch? Do you? The wonderful, enthusiastic and very kind people at Watersones have agreed to help me celebrate the release of my new collection, Secret Language. I’ll be talking about the book, probably doing a short reading, there’ll be […]

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Secret Language

March 7, 2016


Very, very pleased to officially announce that my new short story collection, Secret Language, will be published by NewCon Press in June. It’ll contain many of my more recent published stories plus several original pieces written especially for the collection. If The Ephemera can be seen as a round up of my first ten years, […]

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The obligatory January thing

January 13, 2016


It seems to have become the custom that in December I do a round up of the year, and in January I follow it up with a plans-and-expectations spiel. Sometimes I compare the one at the end with the one at the beginning, sometimes I know not to bother. Anyway, welcome to 2016’s now-obligatory January post. […]

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The Year of Living Industriously

December 12, 2015


After all the exiting business of novels and the like last year, 2015 might look like it was a year of not very much happening, but I doubt I’ve ever had such a productive one.  Musically, we got the band back on the road and Markee and Bert managed to get themselves on a US […]

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The boy who loved The Boy Who Loved Death

November 20, 2015


This is an unashamed advert for The Boy Who Love Death: a book I know I’m going to adore, and I’m pretty sure that anyone else who enjoys scalpel-sharp stories written with unbelievably lyrical precision will too. I loved Hal Duncan’s last collection, Scruffians!, because it assembled most of the tales in his wonderful Scruffians cycle in […]


October 30, 2015


The new issue of Polish SF & F magazine, Fantastyka, contains a reprint of my story, The Euonymist. There’s something other-worldly about seeing your own words printed in a different language; a language you can’t even read. You can sense the shape of the story, perhaps spot a few phrases and make a guess at which bits […]


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