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Yesterday was Wednesday, and that means... a newsletter! ‘Waithood’ is the period between being adult and being able to achieve ‘adult’ goals: marry, have children, own a home, have a career or a business. Waithood is that liminal status when you’re supposed to be doing things, but lack the capacity... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Jurassic London
New Author Appreciation article on Reddit, this time admiring the work of Bram Stoker: And Wednesday is newsletter day - this time, looking at the 'books are the new vinyl' business approach. Is vinyl good enough, or should publishing be aiming for more? Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at Jurassic London
This week's newsletter is about my favourite publisher ever - Roscoe Fawcett's Gold Medal. But why is it my favourite? Join me for a journey of self-indulgent exploration in this week's newsletter. Meanwhile, The Djinn Falls in Love is a finalist for the World Fantasy Awards. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at Jurassic London
[The FSA photographer] must be a good deal of a social scientist, with some theoretical and much practical grounding; he is the social investigator with a camera as his note-book; he must be a first-rate reporter - not of spot news - but of the major currents of our time... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2018 at Jurassic London
Newsletter: This is not about doing the right thing. This is about how to say what they want to hear. Less Gryffindor. More 🐍. Some reading from Bradford Literature Festival: In the Pines by Erik Kriek Dr Frankenstein by Selma Dimitrijevic Mister Creecher by Chris Priestley Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Jurassic London
A cameo appearance for for the bi-annual Reviewers' Choice picks. This is clearly a thinly-veiled response to 2018's emotional gauntlet, but my two choices - Slay and The Stars Now Unclaimed - are both very fun, very bouncy, utterly escapist reads. Plus, zombie space raptors. Also, Simon Morden talks... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at Jurassic London
No, seriously. This week's newsletter focuses on a 10 year, $10b failure, and how, in its shadow, some have still managed to succeed. Subscribe. Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at Jurassic London
The upcoming NWG Innovation Festival in Newcastle Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Jurassic London
New newsletter: What Lovecraft lacked, and still lacks, in popular success, he makes up for in fan loyalty. There's an entire ecosystem that exists with the singular and self-reinforcing purpose of keeping Lovecraft important. There's a lot to be questioned about this, including: 'Is Lovecraft actually important?' But, to me,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2018 at Jurassic London
Inaugural Culture Sector Industry Day at Bradford Literature Festival. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at Jurassic London
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at Jurassic London
Shirley Jackson Day celebrates the legacy of the legendary suspense author, and takes place on the day of the "Lottery". Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at Jurassic London
With over 500 events packed into iconic venues across 10 days, we celebrate the written and spoken word in all its wonderful forms... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at Jurassic London
Man of a thousand eccentric hats Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at Jurassic London
Ultimately, publishing is about taking credit for other people’s work, and Jurassic London is no exception. Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at Jurassic London
ComicCon and other fantastical things. Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at Jurassic London
Who knew awards season could be so much fun?! The Djinn Falls in Love is a finalist for both the Locus Awards (Best Anthology) and the Shirley Jackson Awards (Best Edited Anthology). We're very proud to see Djinn contributors Nnedi Okorafor and JY Yang recognised elsewhere on the Locus shortlist... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at Jurassic London
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at Jurassic London
Bitter and angry is right! But, by this point in the series, he (McGee and JDM alike) seemed so done with the whole thing. I've never seen the adaptations. I know there were rumours a decade ago that the series might happen again - I wonder if the Amazon/Netflix content hounds will pick it up. (Especially since Lansdale's Hap & Leonard seems to be doing well...)
Thank you very much! I clearly need to read No One Here Gets Out Alive, to complete the trifecta. Totally agree with your take on Trevanian - Shibumi as parody makes it a much more enjoyable book, although when I've read some of his other work, it seems to lose that sense of (slightly snarky) joy. JDM still remains my all-time favourite, and my go-to read for... pretty much any occasion. With recent re-re-re-re-reads, I'm starting to think that even the author didn't like McGee that much. Or, more accurately, JDM wrote to character to have a real sense of self-loathing. He's very hard on himself (rightfully so, honestly), and increasingly despairing about his role in the world. The way he questions his own impact, the way he doubts he does good, the way he 'sells himself' on his behaviour with women. The more I read McGee as a flawed, insecure character, the more I like him. He's still a dick (most of the time), but he's not pretending to be (or presented as?) perfect. I think. I may just be talking myself around in an attempt to convince myself that my favourite series is still my favourite for rational, not emotional, reasons!!!
Rose of the Prophet is totally mediocre. We need more like it. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at Pornokitsch
The year's most progressive, intelligent and entertaining fiction... looking pretty damn good. Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at Pornokitsch
Fire Will Freeze, Dodgers, The Secret History of the Pink Carnation and First Watch! Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2018 at Pornokitsch
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at Pornokitsch
The characters are warmly ensconced in an upper crust so thick that murder itself couldn't penetrate it. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at Pornokitsch