I went to Armageddon last weekend. No, not the apocalyptic destruction of the world that has been unfolding since about March. I mean the sci-fi convention held in Wellington’s Formerly Known As The Westpac Arena. I hadn’t been for a few years. This one featured virtual visits, by link, from stars of shows I hadn’t … More Armageddon – 2020 style
I recently read Stephen Baxter’s The Massacre of Mankind, the official sequel to H. G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. Back in the day there were a fair number of unofficial sequels to Wells’ classic – mostly involving the intrepid Brits inventing spacecraft and heading off to Mars to give those rotten old Martians a … More Mars attacks – 1920 style
My novella, ‘The Last Citadel of the Innocent’, part of the second Endless Worlds compilation – has been released as an audio book. It means you can get that story – and the seven others in the anthology – on Kindle, in print, and for your listening pleasure. I’m absolutely stoked by this – multimedia … More Hot writing news – ‘Endless Worlds 2’ is out in audio-book!
Has anybody read Bored of the Rings? Yes, I typed that right. It’s the Harvard Lampoon parody of the well known fantasy trilogy by a certain Oxford Professor. One of the funniest scenes – for me, anyway – is where the adventurers are attacked by a Thesaurus, a monster with a pronounced gazetteer and large … More Bored of the Rings versus Bill the Galactic Hero
The second Endless Worlds compilation was released a few weeks back on Kindle – and this week it’s out in paperback. In it you’ll find my new novella, ‘The Last Citadel of the Innocent’ along with seven other stories of dark faerie by seven sci-fi and fantasy writers. Go on – you know you want … More Endless Worlds – Volume 2 – now out in paperback!
The second Endless Worlds compilation – which includes my novella ‘The Last Citadel of the Innocent’ – is described by the publisher as eight stories of dark faerie. That’s ‘faerie’ – not ‘fairy’. The first spelling is way darker – and that’s appropriate. Fairy stories – the modern term for what were traditionally folk tales … More Faerie tales, magic and symbolism
My latest story, ‘The Last Citadel of the Innocent’, is published this week in the second Endless Worlds compilation, along with stories by seven other authors. Just before finalising the text, the publisher got hold of all the authors and asked them to supply a promotional logline. What’s that? It’s the single sentence that sums … More Can you invent a logline for my latest story?
My dark faerie story ‘The Last Citadel of the Innocent’ is published today in the second Endless Worlds compilation. I wrote it as a quite deliberate riff on the Volsung sagas and Nordic mythology. Well, given that it’s a novella, it’s not so much a riff as one of those 10-minute Yngwie Malmsteen guitar solos … More Dark faerie and the influence of the Volsung
My new novella, ‘The Last Citadel of the Innocent’, is being unleashed on 8 July in the second Endless Worlds compilation – eight stories by established and new authors of dark faerie, fantasy and wonder. Click on the cover to pre-order. What’s more, the publishers – Brisbane-based Endless Worlds Publications – are offering a free … More Don’t forget to pre-order ‘Endless Worlds Volume 2’
While trying to rescue his parents from the clutches of city Enforcers, a young soldier finds himself trapped in a war of ancient powers – and has to find the strength in himself to make a terrible choice. My new novella, ‘The Last Citadel of the Innocent’, is being published on 8 July in the … More Endless Worlds – Volume 2 – now on preorder