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A couple of pieces (somehow) - Review of AfroSFv3, edited by Ivor Hartmann: “Discovery” implies an element of challenge; a hint that these stories might be a bit too far out on the edge, or potentially unpalatable. Nothing could be further from the truth. A bit on Stormzy, publishing and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2018 at Jurassic London
Bet you weren't expecting that, huh? The publishing industry has spent a generation - if not longer - relentlessly milking one particular demographic, with 'innovative' 'outreach' campaigns based around the occasional field trip to Harrogate and #civilisedsaturday. This week's newsletter also features the meaning of life (and the methodology for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2018 at Jurassic London
...and we're off! Details on how to submit stories here, and more about the 'brief' in this week's newsletter: A moment of back-patting. This ticks a few items off the bucket list, specifically, editing a 'best of' and getting to work with NewCon's Ian Whates, who is a publishing legend.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2018 at The Best of British Fantasy
185 submissions, and counting... This week's newsletter is about []'s, and why they're so very important. Highly recommended. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2018 at The Best of British Fantasy
Mahvesh and I share a bit about the editorial process - and the full author/story list for The Outcast Hours - over on As with any anthology, not every story will be for everyone. The dark side (excuse the pun) of our shtick is that our approach is especially... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at Jurassic London
Mahvesh and I reveal the full table of contents for The Outcast Hours over on It also includes a little guff about our editing approach, because everything starts with a brief. The key message that we're trying to land in our all our, uh, PR, is that we've gone... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2018 at Jurassic London
Am:, reviewing Adam Nemett's We Can Save Us All and offering three books for the 2018 Reviewers' Choice selection. Not: Facebook Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2018 at Jurassic London
This week's newsletter is a little batshit, but you know, that's part of the fun: [snorts entire Tesla] Other quick updates: Literary Landscapes is out The Outcast Hours is on NetGalley and, of course, available for pre-ordering The Best of British Fantasy will close for submissions in a few short... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2018 at Jurassic London
Recorded live at the Museum of London's Join the Night London Council event on Friday 26th October 2018, curated by Flying Object and inspired by the museum's photography exhibition London Nights (on until 11th November). Episode 1 features artist Amelia Barratt, sound collector Ian Rawes, authors Karen Onojaife and Will... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2018 at Jurassic London
Updates upon updates: The Outcast Hours, edited by Mahvesh Murad and myself, is not shipping. Far from it - it ain't out until February. THAT SAID. Advance Reading Copies are in the wild. As with all ARCs, they aren't the finished finished copies, but they're darn close, and it is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at Jurassic London
An announcement - The Outcast Hours has been revealed to the world. An anthology of new stories about 'life after dark', coming next February, edited by Mahvesh Murad and myself. Some details over at Barnes & Noble, a full contributor list on Goodreads, and more to come. Sometimes I worry... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at Jurassic London
More on middling, this time in the kitchen: Recipes work because they can be tailored to an audience need. You analyse the audience requirement (money, time, ingredients, servings, diets, etc) and provide the output: a meal that solves that problem. A meal that feeds six. A meal that costs a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at Jurassic London
On middling (and Lord of the Rings): Yes, Tolkien could've thwarted Evil in six emoji rather than a half-million words, but, that would've been a bad story. Even if all of this stuff, this middling, is procedurally meaningless, it is the point of the epic. On value (and bookplates): To... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2018 at Jurassic London
An interview with The Stars Now Unclaimed's Drew Williams about BBQ, and what it really means: Were those moments as perfect as I remember? Almost certainly not: with seven kids, at least a couple of us were fighting, at least a handful of my uncles were probably embarrassingly drunk, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2018 at Jurassic London
This week's newsletter is about influences. Also Facebook, Fighting Fantasy and, uh, mayonnaise: One particularly fascinating bit of aboutness - an aboutness molecule - the humble Facebook ad. We don't see them. Of course we don't! I've held approximately 7,500,000 focus groups, and I've never once heard someone say that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at Jurassic London
Announced: I'm editing The Best of British Fantasy. Very exciting! I've used this as an excuse to DISSECT A BRIEF and rant about WEASEL-WORDS in the latest newsletter. Or if you're simply interested in the submissions details: they're all here. Please share widely! Events update: 'The Podcast Opportunity' is next... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2018 at Jurassic London
The Best of British Fantasy - submissions information. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2018 at Jurassic London
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 Aug 9, 2018 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