Horror Shorts

Fancy a short shot of horror? I have two books to recommend to you. In Broken Sigil by William Meikle Joe Connors is a cop who is called to investigate the death of his friend, Johnny Provan. Connor’s investigations soon unearth an affair between his friend and his late wife and when he visits the rooming house where Provan was living he begins to suspect that there are darker forces at work than just betrayal. I don’t want to give away any spoilers but if you can imagine the love child of Stephen King and Micky Spillane what you come up with might look a lot like this wonderfully dark, noir-esque horror. Meilkle offers hints of other worlds, human gatekeepers and the all important symbolism of the Maltese Falcon. A lovely, traditional horror I stayed awake to...

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Iain Banks

I’ll never forget how I felt when I turned the last page of The Wasp Factory. I was stunned. Stunned by the talent, the story telling, the words I had just read. Iain had take me to a strange, troubled and disturbing world from where I didn’t want to leave. And I still don’t. Although I’m not a lover of the Iain M Banks novels, the man just doesn’t know how to write a bad book. God, I’m going to miss him. You can tell from the pics below how proud I was to meet him at Wordfest in 2011 and have him sign my daughter’s copy of The Wasp Factory and my copy of Transition. Let’s all send a prayer, a vibration to the universe to hope the man has peace and love in his final months.     The social media...

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An Interview with Laurence MacNaughton

Following my review of Conspiracy of Angels yesterday, I was lucky enough to secure an interview with the talented Mr. MacNaughton himself. I hope you enjoy it and if you read on to the bottom you’ll find out how you can win a digital copy of Conspiracy of Angels for yourself. Hi Laurence! Can you share your journey from writing to publication with us? A: Well, I had wanted to write this book for years. I was obsessed with the idea of an ex-con trying to track down his daughter’s killer, only to discover that her killer isn’t human. Deep down, it’s a story about loss and redemption, and I think it resonates with so many readers because we’ve all lost someone and struggled to come to terms with that. That struggle is what makes us...

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Star Trek FAQ

 Star Trek FAQ is a Trekkers dream come true. The author, Mark Clark, provides in one volume more information that you ever thought possible to exist on this perennial Sci Fi favourite.. The book is divided into 6 main themes, the first of which looks at the pre-history of Star Trek. Here we find out about the show’s creator, Gene Roddenberry, and the journey he took in realising his dream. Clark also explores what the cast did before Star Trek made them household names. He then looks at behind the scenes incidents which influenced the show and goes on to examine in wonderful detail the mythology and universe of Star Trek. The author clearly knows his stuff and he conveys his enthusiasm for his subject with great skill. He examines the philosophy of the show and...

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Clean Sheets and a Handy Vine

[tweetmeme source=”nettiewriter” http://www.URL.com] My good friend had Sebastian Faulk’s Birdsong ruined for her because one of the characters managed to strip a bed, wash and dry the sheets and make it back up again in the course of an afternoon. “I have difficulty doing that now with all the mod cons in my kitchen How the heck could she manage that at the beginning of the 20th century?” While this niggle went right over my head when I read it, I do understand where she is coming from. In some books and movies there is often a small sticking point that we just can’t get over and spoils our enjoyment of the story. My husband can’t read fantasy novels involving swords and magic. “If they are so damn magical,” he asks, “why do they need swords?” My...

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