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  • Beyond the Black Earth by John Williamson – A Review

    Beyond the Black Earth by John Williamson – A Review

    Okay, so cards on the table. The author of this book is a personal friend of mine, and I was one of the editors who worked on this book when I finally managed to prize a copy out of the authors overly protective hands. I’m currently editing the second book in this two part tale, which I’ll also review in due course when its release in November. Read more…

  • The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis – A Review

    The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis – A Review

    I know this book is considered a science-fiction classic, and the story is even more famous because of the 1976 film by Nicolas Roeg and starring David Bowie. . . but this is also a really good book, well written, good characters, distinctive settings and a simple but fabulous plot. Having said that, its not a cheerful, up tempo book, nor is it quite the same as the film if you’re familiar with that version. Read more…

  • Episode Two in my Through Glass Darkly series published today.

    Episode Two in my Through Glass Darkly series published today.

    Episode Two in my steampunk-ish / retro sci-fi series was published today on Amazon, and Episode One has been discounted to $0.99 for anyone who hasn’t already read it. Here’s the blurb for anyone interested in having a read: [amazon-element asin=”B01GOTXB7Y” fields=”lg-image,large-image-link”] ‘On the brink of destruction . . . A once elegant airship of unknown design appears in the storm riven night sky above New York. Read more…

  • The Food of the Gods by H.G. Wells – A Review

    The Food of the Gods by H.G. Wells – A Review

    It might sound odd, but I bought this book because I hadn’t read it. I’ve read quite a few of Wells’ other stories and really enjoyed them, from the well-known titles like ‘The Time Machine’, The Invisible Man and ‘The War of the Worlds’, to the less well known titles like ‘The History of Mr Polly, ‘Kipps’ and ‘The Shape of Things to Come’, but ‘The Food of the Gods’ I’d never come across before, and oddly, having now read it . . . I can sort of see why. Read more…

  • All three episodes of my Glass Darkly story published

    All three episodes of my Glass Darkly story published

    Well I’ve just uploaded the third episode of my Glass Darkly steampunk story to Amazon ready for pre-order, that’s all three episodes now available to either purchase or pre-order, as well as being available in paperback format or through kindle unlimited, and my goodness has it taken a lot of energy to get them over the line. Read more…

  • Through the mind’s eye

    Through the mind’s eye

    Researching a novel is a distracting business. I’ve written in the past about some of the odd characters and events I’ve come to understand in greater detail as a consequence of the research I do for my writing, but in addition to the historic setting for my books I also, like many authors need to build a picture of the places in which my books are set. Now when it comes to picking the places in which my books are set there are a lot of things that go into the mix. Read more…

  • Antique airship appears over New York City.

    Antique airship appears over New York City.

    During the unexpected thunderstorm which blanketed the city last night a huge airship of obviously antique and arcane design appeared over 7th Avenue. Clearly in a state of serious disrepair the colossal craft was first thought to be derelict and devoid of human life, but after being boarded by city officials it was discovered the zeppelin was discovered to be fully crewed although the crew members were all in need of immediate medical attention. Read more…

  • When Mussolini came to visit

    When Mussolini came to visit

    Researching a bizarre range of topics, is for me one of the great joys of being a novelist. Yes it comes with its perils. The internet is a far too distracting place for most authors as it is, but if you use a historic setting for your stories then the distractions of the on-line world are completely unavoidable and it becomes more a question of which rabbit hole will you disappear down first rather than whether you will fall down one at all. Read more…

  • Inconvenient inspirations

    Inconvenient inspirations

    There are many things I like about the crafting of a new novel, though I admit there are always times when it’s more a long slog than a joy. For me, it invariably starts with that first kernel of an idea that can come from almost anywhere. Read more…

  • It’s a bit different to how I thought it would be. . .

    It’s a bit different to how I thought it would be. . .

    Keeping a journal is a bit odd sometimes. I’ve been keeping a sporadic journal of my thoughts and perspectives for just over twenty years now, which sounds a lot, but in some years I might only make half a dozen entries while in others I might make an entry every couple of weeks. Read more…