2019 Hugo Novellas, Part 1


My Hugo coverage at WWAC continues with reviews of the first three finalists in the Best Novella category. On the itinerary are tentacled time-travellers, alien jellyfish, and trouble in a land of cakes.


2019 Splatterpunk Awards: Reviewing the Novellas


I’ve got another guest post up at the Horror After Dark blog, and it’s the second in my five-part series where I review every finalist for the 2019 Splatterpunk Awards. This time I’m looking at the novella category, which include such delights as Kill for Satan!, Dead Stripper Storage and 1000 Severed Dicks.

As those titles should indicate, the article requires a preeeetty hefty content warning. But it’s all done in the best possible taste.

My Favourite films of 2019, So Far

Well, we’re now halfway through the 2019. The final year of the decade, and there are only six months left of it! Shocking, I know. So anyway, as an avid cinemagoer, here are the four films released over the past six months that I enjoyed the most…


Stan & Ollie

Looking at the publicity materials alone, it wasn’t always easy to work out what Stan & Ollie actually was. It starred Steve Coogan and John C. Reilley as Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, that much was clear – but the posters showing the two bowler-hatted bumblers gave the impression that it would be less a biopic, more a recreation of the originals’ onscreen personas, rather like the not-particularly-well-received Three Stooges revival from 2012.

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2019 Splatterpunk Awards: Reviewing the Short Stories


I’ve had the honour of appearing at the lovely Horror After Dark blog, which’ll be running a five part series where I review every single finalist for the 2019 Splatterpunk Awards! Kicking things off, here’s my take on the six contenders for Best Short Story.

I should probably include a content warning for, well, everything.

How I Spent June 2019

DorisJune19Well, naturally, the big thing this month was launching the Midnight Widows Indiegogo campaign. That’s something that’s occupying much of my mine right now, and will presumably do so for most of the next month. And before I launched it a few days ago, my mind was occupied with setting up the campaign in the first place. So, yeah. For me, this was the month of launching the Midnight Widows campaign, and I’m currently writing with a stomach full of butterflies.

Hmm. Looking over my blog, I notice that this was also the month that my first Doctor Who audio for Big Finish was announced. Was it really that recent? Crikey. Time and space really have been distorting for me in June.

Well, anyway. I hope that you’ll consider donating to my campaign, or pre-ordering the Doctor Who boxset, or perhaps even both!

Articles of mine published elsewhere this month:

Article topics for July and beyond: