Monthly : February

Reading long Eyepennies by Mike O’Driscoll (TTA Press) Not that long a read, actually (in fact I read this novella pretty much in one sitting). I’m a long standing O’Driscoll fan and having taken out a subscription to TTA’s new novella series, I was gantin’ for this to arrive, and when it did I wasn’t by […]

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Caledonia Dreamin’

Word from Hal Duncan that he and Chris Kelso are editing an anthology of strange fiction inspired by Scots words. I love the idea. Because to me Scots is more than a provincial dialect or a style of 18th century poetry that’s trotted out with the tartan and the haggis on Burns’ night. Scots is […]

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By the scruffs

Over on his blog Hal Duncan has been adding to the oeuvre of his wonderful Scruffians stories with a series of Scruffians rhymes. I have to be honest and say that I probably love the Scruffians stories, featuring a cast of incorrigible, immortal urchins, most out of all of the things that Hal does. He’s […]

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The trained MonkeyBrat

Just read on Hal Duncan’s blog possibly the most accurate and entertaining description of muse-wrangling and dealing with so-called writer’s block Every Committed To The Page**, and it delighted me almost as much as the awesome news that he’s finally finished TESTAMENT. There is SO much truth in what Hal says. It is *most* true […]

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Bits and pieces

Coming (reluctantly) to the end of welcome and recuperative break in the Trossachs, and catching up on a few nuggets of news that have come my way over the last week or so. The Ephemera (plus a mini interview) was featured last week at Indie Books Blog, a terrific resource for discovering new, indpendently published […]

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More good things for Mr Duncan

Hot on the heels of the news of his Spectrum award, Hal Duncan has announced a new book. His A to Z of the Fantastic City features Hal’s unique take on the what makes a city fantastica, focusing on some truly eclectic examples, including: Ambergris, Dublin and Sodom, along with 23 others. If that weren’t […]

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The Ephemera ebook – out now!

Just chuffed to bits to announce that my short story collection, The Ephemera, is now available as an ebook in various formats from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords. It’s published by Infinity Plus’s new ebook division and costs less than a pint. So, if you missed the book in its initial printing and you’ve […]

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Other things to do

Course if nothing in the list below takes your fancy you could always try one of the following: Download Hal Duncan’s latest Scruffians story. Listen again to the Murnie session that we did for Pulse Community Radio’s ‘Under the Radar’ show. There’ll be a highlights show broadcast over the next week either at 98.4FM if […]

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Christmas, a Word (…dog)

Feeling right Christmassy now after last night’s WordDogs Christmas show. Kudos to those plucky few – performers and audience alike – who braved the weather, thanks to Fressh for being wonderfully generous hosts and special commiserations to Santa for severe image-blackening he received on several fronts. All the readings – from Mo Blake, Ian Hunter, […]

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