A Coming of Age Story Perfect for Spring

Despite that spring is my favourite season, it seems that I’ve written few stories set during the three months between the end of March and June. It’s a period that defines new life, a new start, new beginnings and people tend to be blessed with a certain air of positivity and relaxation. Spring for me […]

Science Fiction’s Sub-Genres in a Nutshell (Part 1)

To the uninitiated, science fiction is about space battles and exploring planets full of strange and wonderful creatures. Yet science fiction has never “just” been about spaceships and alien planets. That is just one subgenre of our weird and wonderful genre. There are many more and you might be surprised at some books and films […]

Character Feature: Hal Yorke

My girlfriend got me into Being Human last year. I never watched it at the time of broadcast, mostly because I felt the media was a little too saturated with young brooding vampires. I was glad she did though, because it was great in some many ways. It didn’t take itself too seriously, it was very […]

Snippet Sunday 30/11/14: The Cold Man Part 8

We’re winding down to the end now so if you need to catch up… Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 , Part 7 Not just at the house, but in the front garden waiting at the gate for us.I couldn’t read his expression and I didn’t much like his appearance for the second time […]

Snippet Sunday 23/11/14: The Cold Man Part 7

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 I’m not entirely sure what happened next. One moment, dad was stepping into 40mph traffic, and the next The Cold Man raced across the road, through the oncoming traffic and pushed dad back onto the pavement. All this happened in the blink of an eye.The driver shook his […]

Snippet Sunday 16/11/14: The Cold Man Part 6

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Great.So not only was this minor god (who nobody really knows much about) associated with unnatural death – he was also a healer. More specifically, he was the minor god to who people made offerings when people were ill. That was a bit rubbish, if […]

Snippet Sunday 9/11/14: The Cold Man Part 5

Read previous parts: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Everybody saw him, and nobody was in the least bit scared of him. The talk at the Pitt Rivers Museum that day was given by a Professor of… well, I can’t remember her exact title or which uni she worked at but she was basically […]

A Study of Fictions Greatest Villainesses

A few days ago, I listed some of my favourite villains as represented by the Seven Biblical Sins in response to a Daily Post. Two things occurred to me while was compiling it. Firstly, that I could think of far fewer female characters representing those traditional seven deadly since of lust, avarice, gluttony, pride, envy, sloth and wrath […]

Motivation and Character: X-Men’s Trask

I finally saw X-Men: Days of Future Past yesterday and thought it was awesome. I expected it to be the final instalment in a series that lasted twelve years and seven films with a few that never came to pass (the Origins spin-off series faltered with Wolverine yet what we got in its place – First Class – […]

Steampunk as Counter Culture

So, last weekend I read, absorbed and reviewed Jeff Vandermeer’s The Steampunk Bible. Something that Vandermeer hinted at through the text and something that was far more blatant in the afterthought written by Jake von Slatt got me thinking, it concerned how perhaps people are drawn to steampunk as a reaction against the nature of […]