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...

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,...

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...

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,...

The Buddha is watching

Six months ago as usual I came to Whitby for the Whitby Goth Weekend with friends and had another splendid time with a visit up to the Abbey for their Night of Victorian Gothic, several excellent meals in local restaurants with friends, and of course some spectacular...

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...

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. For the steampunk...

Oceans of books

The world is swimming in books, huge shoals of good quality fiction, thrilling mystery stories, exciting tales of adventure, wondrous sagas of other worlds and other times and places and people that are similar to or outrageously different from what we know, but can I...

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