2019: The Year of the Midnight Widows

widows_illustration-cropI’m aiming to make 2019 the year of the Midnight Widows.

For a while now, I’ve been working with illustrator Marcela Hauptvogelova and a number of other artistic collaborators (including Delia Mihai, who painted the lovely illustration to the right) to create a horror comic about the exploits of Dracula’s brides. Now that their groom has been destroyed, the Widows are unleashed upon the world to cause as much mayhem as they desire.

I’ll admit that the comic’s had a slightly bumpy ride so far. It was partly serialised in Belladonna magazine during 2017, but this was cut short by the magazine’s end. I planned to launch a crowdfudning campaign in 2018, but various things got in the way and it never happened.

But this year, I’m going to make friggin’ sure that the campaign comes to pass. It’s on track to launch this spring, and I’ve pulled some friends together to help it get off the ground.

If all goes to plan, 2019 will be the year when Edith, Kateryna and Gabriela finally see the light of day (or dark of night, if they prefer) in the pages of Midnight Widows.


Progress Update: Monster Hunters, Dinosaur Lovers

I’m still at work on my book Monster Hunters, Dinosaur Lovers: Speculative Fiction in the Culture Wars. It’s about the fiction caught up in the Hugo/Puppy kerfuffle of 2013-6; and yes, I know that affair’s sinking ever-further into history – but the way I see it, this will merely enhance the benefit of hindsight.

I’ll be the first to admit that the book hasn’t been progressing as quickly as I would have liked. I haven’t managed to complete a chapter since last January, when I finished a draft of the chapter on comedic stories. One issue I’ve run into is something I’ve come to think of as the “small hole, big plug” situation, where a mostly-complete chapter ends up requiring a good chunk of additional research to fill in a certain section.

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How I Spent December 2018

DorisDec18It was a quiet month all round, for me at least. And, I’m happy to say, a quietly optimistic one.

This month saw the release of Bernice Summerfield: In Time, featuring my first published short story; and not long beforehand my first full-length book became available to preorder on Amazon. Like I’ve said before, 2018 was a good year for me.

I’m looking forward to 2019, and I’ve got a number of projects lined up. I’m planning to do a couple of big blogathons relating to horror fiction, and I’m also hoping to make the break into vlogging and/or podcasting.  Then we have Midnight Widows, my comic series; I’d hoped to run a crowdfunding campaign in 2018, but alas, didn’t manage it. So I’m going to move heaven and hell to get the thing up and running in 2019.

See ya then.

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2018: A Year in (Offensive) Pictures

I’ve always found the idea of offensive imagery interesting.

I’m intrigued by debates over where, or whether, a line should be drawn when it comes to the ethics of producing (in some debates, looking at) visual art. I’m fascinated at how an image can be completely innocuous to one observer, but an abomination to another.

I’m also interested in how debates over offensive art can serve as barometers of the times. Some images retain their infamy for years to come, but in other cases the offense is fleeting and swiftly forgotten about. With that in mind, I decided put together a chronological ranking of twelve images that, for one reason or another, stirred up controversy in 2018…

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Fanzine Vault: Crimson #7

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A while back I posted scans from a 1990s vampire fanzine called Pernicious Anaemia (see here and here). Well, now it’s time for another offering from my zine stash: another vampire fanzine, this time issue #7 of Crimson, official newsletter of a group called Thee (sic) Vampire Guild. The issue lacks a date, but appears to have been published in mid-1992.

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Bernice Summerfield: In Time is Out Now!

bsumbk30ab_intime_1417_cover_largeHere’s a stocking-filler for you all! Bernice Summerfield: In Time, an anthology of short stories (including one by me) starring the former Doctor Who companion, is out now and can be ordered from the Big Finish website in physical, digital and audio formats.

The book contains a set of short stories set at various different points in Benny’s life, from her youth to her octogenarian years, making it both a treat for long-time fans and an all-round introduction for newcomers to the character (for those unaware, Benny was introduced in the 1990s Virgin novels and became popular enough to star in her own line of spin-offs; she even guest starred in a novel about the Capaldi Doctor).

The writing team includes Dave Stone, Mark Clapham, Simon Guerrier, Antonio Rastelli, Victoria Simpson, James Goss and Peter Anghelides. My own contribution to the book is “The Bunny’s Curse”, a story about a teenage Benny’s trials and tribulations in military academy. The volume was edited by Xanna Eve Chown, who was a pleasure to work with.

So, whether you’re a fan or a newcomer, I hope that you’ll give Bernice Summerfield: In Time a look…