Bernice Summerfield: Buried Memories is Out Now!


The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield Volume 5: Buried Memories, an audio Doctor Who spinoff starring Lisa Bowerman and David Warner and scripted by a team that includes yours truly, is out now! If you order it in CD or MP3 format at the official website, here are the treats that’ll be in store for you:

 1. Pride of the Lampian by Alyson Leeds
Bernice Summerfield finds the last relic of a lost civilisation. One that the Doctor is worried may never have existed.

2. Clear History by Doris V Sutherland
The people of Civitas-G have retreated into an idyllic recreation of their homeworld. And they’re refusing to believe that it is now breaking down.

3. Dead and Breakfast by April McCaffrey
Bernice and the Doctor are trapped on a planet where people who are unusual have a habit of dying. They’re in trouble.

4. Burrowed Time by Lani Woodward
Centuries ago the Byrinthians were wiped out. Apart from one underground train which is still travelling the tunnels of this long-dead world. With a passenger on board.


Patreon Offer: Get Your Own Fortean Portrait!

I’m gearing up to start my vlog channel, and a few Patreon donations would come in handy. So, here’s an offer for September: if you donate to my Patreon this month — no matter how large or small your donation — I’ll draw a portrait of you as a Fortean creature! Yes, really! Will you be an alien, a cryptid, a spirit or something else altogether? Make a pledge and find out!

My chums Kim Douthit and Sarah Miles very kindly volunteered to be the first models:


How I Spent August 2019

DorisAug19Another month bites the dust.

After a bit of radio silence, I’m happy to give an update on the publication of my book about Universal’s The Mummy. Its release date has slipped a little, but it’s still coming along well — I’ve recently looked over the proofs — and if all goes to schedule it should be published in time for Halloween.

Another project that’s coming along well is my horror vlog. I’ve already chosen the first three titles I’ll review for Paperback Pit — my video series on vintage horror paperbacks — and the technical side of the set-up has been progressing to satisfaction. It’s looking likely that I’ll be launching the vlog by the end of the year.

Also: this was the final month before the release of Big Finish’s New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield Volume 5, featuring my story Clear History! Perhaps give it a pre-order, if you so desire…

Articles published elsewhere this month:

Articles topics for September and beyond:


Vampire Literature in the Age of Hollywood


Over at WWAC my decade-by-decade overview of vampire fiction has reached the 1930s and 40s, and I’ve been looking at how vampire literature reacted to the rise of vampire film. I’ve dug up a couple of fairly obscure but quite interesting stories from the period: Henry Kuttner’s story “I, the Vampire” and Irina Karlova’s Dreadful Hollow.

Also, I’m now two thirds of the way through the series, which has notched up a cumulative wordcount of 24,000. That’s rather a lot of vampires, and if you’d like to catch up, here are the previous entries:

Part 1: Two Centuries of Blood — John Polidori’s “The Vampyre” (1818); Cyprien Bérard’s Lord Ruthwen ou les Vampires (1820)

Part 2: The Feminine Touch — Théophile Gautier’s “La morte amoureuse” (1836); Elizabeth F. Ellet’s “The Vampyre” (1849)

Part 3: Deconstructing the Vampire — Charles Wilkins Webber’s Spiritual Vampirism (1853);  Paul Féval’s Le Chevalier Ténèbre (1860)

Part 4: Carmilla and Company — J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla (1871-2); Anne Crawford’s “A Mystery of the Campagna” (1886)

Part 5: Enter Count Dracula — Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897)

Part 6: An Occult Dawn — M. R. James’ “Count Magnus” (1904); Sax Rohmer’s Brood of the Witch-Queen (1918)

Part 7: Dion Fortune’s Demon Lover — Dion Fortune’s The Demon Lover (1927)


The House of Eddas: Thor vs. Thor in Journey Into Mystery #94-5


One enemy that every superhero worth their salt must someday confront is… themself. No, I’m not talking psychology here (although you can interpret things along those lines if you like), I’m talking about one of the oldest and most resilient concepts in the superhero genre: that of the hero’s evil counterpart. Sometimes the evil version of the hero is a separate entity, like a doppelganger; other times they are a different personality within the same body, like Mr. Hyde. Either way, they’re an idea that you can expect to turn up in any given superhero comic — and Marvel’s Thor series managed to cover both varieties across two consecutive issues roughly a year into its run.

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