The rich heritage of ghost stories

Over the summer I managed to visit the crumbling ruins of Lindisfarne Priory, which sits at the southern tip of the geographically modest but culturally significant Holy Island, a mile or so off the coast of Northumberland. This spit of marsh and rock can only be access via a tidal causeway – miscalculate your journeyContinue reading “The rich heritage of ghost stories”

The Gigantomachy of Antonios Costas, Chapter 4

Last time, Antonios and Medas began their descent by helicopter into the abyss of the Athenian sinkhole. When they arrive at the bottom, they find a hive of activity as the dig team are already excavating the area. Among the initial discoveries are some unexpected acquaintances. And no sooner than they have arrived, tragedy visitsContinue reading “The Gigantomachy of Antonios Costas, Chapter 4”

Agency: Not Just For Characters

One word which crops up time and again among writers’ groups is agency. You gotta make sure your characters have agency. Your characters can be good, bad, ugly, beautiful, have a myriad of character tics, discourse markers and fascinating mannerisms, but without agency, they’re just cardboard cutouts, shadows of what they could and should be.

The Gigantomachy of Antonios Costas, Chapter 3

Last week Antonios and Medas signed the contract to investigate the Athens sinkhole. This week, as they await their transportation into the subterranean depths they consider the idea of divinity, the lack of it in the human world, and the finitude of human civilisations, all while they stare into the gaping abyss.

Literature Long Read: Gott ist tot, but Yog-Sothoth Lives! The perfect historical oddity of H.P Lovecraft

I’m a latecomer to Lovecraft. I knew who the man was when I first dabbled in horror and SFF when I was a schoolboy, but for some reason passed him by, maybe labouring under the idiotic impression that he was too pulpy for my tastes. The irony was that the many things I did spendContinue reading “Literature Long Read: Gott ist tot, but Yog-Sothoth Lives! The perfect historical oddity of H.P Lovecraft”

The Gigantomachy Of Antonios Costas, Chapter 2

Last week we met Antonios Costas, a Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Athens, and a student of Zeno’s Stoicism. After a gigantic sinkhole caused untold devastation in the centre of Athens, Antonios and his golden student, Medas, a Hellenist student of Greek antiquities, received an unexpected and somewhat distasteful invitation to exploreContinue reading “The Gigantomachy Of Antonios Costas, Chapter 2”

It Takes A Village To Raise A Book

It’s been almost a week since Chris and I went official with our announcement of the Official SFF Chronicles Podcast (which reminds me; we will definitely be working on a snappier name for it…) and the response has been overwhelmingly positive so far. One of the initial reasons I had for wanting to do aContinue reading “It Takes A Village To Raise A Book”

The Gigantomachy Of Antonios Costas: Chapter 1

I hope readers enjoyed my novella Resvrgam. I’ve now stickied the whole story at the top of the blog. I wrote it for a “Secret Santa” challenge up at SFF Chrons Headquarters : a challenge whereby everybody posts their wish for a story (for example, I might ask for a story about two estranged sistersContinue reading “The Gigantomachy Of Antonios Costas: Chapter 1”

Announcing the official SFF Chronicles Podcast!

A little while ago I mentioned I was putting together a plan for a new podcast in a bid to take control of what I was hoping to achieve with my own writing, and how I interact with other members and parts of the writing community. My good friend Chris Bean, a wonderful and well-readContinue reading “Announcing the official SFF Chronicles Podcast!”

Announcement: The Official SFF Chronicles Podcast!

A little while ago I mentioned the notion of beginning a podcast, and I’m really delighted and excited to announce that my friend Chris Bean and I will be launching the official SFF Chronicles Podcast in early 2022. The creative industries are hellishly competitive, and especially so in publishing, where the artistic merit of aContinue reading “Announcement: The Official SFF Chronicles Podcast!”