Forbidden Planet

A word to say that if you are in the West End of London on Thursday the 26th of March between 6-7 p.m., then myself and the very wonderful Mike Carey, author of the Felix Castor books and the Lucifer graphic novels, to name just a few, will be doing signings, readings etc. at Forbidden Planet bookshop, at the top end of Shaftsbury Avenue!

A day in the life of….

Since it has been a while since I blogged, I figured that this was the prime opportunity to explain why. The summary can be just one word: RADA.   Or, if you feel like it, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.   First thing you need to know is that yes, there is indeed a picture of the queen in the main entry hall, and yes, it has produced a lot of famous actors. Second thing you need to know is that I will never, ever be one of them. I am on the Technical Theatre Stage Management course, where …

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The Terrible Truth about Writers Block…

While having supper with my parents, we fell to the random topic of writer’s block, and ended up listing, largely for our own entertainments, various ways in which different writers deal with it, starting from the milder cases up to full-blown desperation.  For general delight and delectation, I figured I might as well include it here…: Mildest… 1.  Do the vacuuming. 2.  Polish the tables. 3.  Clean the TV screen. 4.  Run a virus scan on your computer. 5.  Do the filing. 6.  Trim the garden hedge. 7.  De-weed the lawn. 8.  Lie in bed doing ‘research’ through reading whatever’s …

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Angel, Islington

  London – Angel So, with any luck, this will be the first of many rambling entries I make about places in London. Because, let’s face it, London rocks. And I figured, for reasons that are kinda hinted at in the title of the next book, A Madness of Angels, the Angel, Islington, is a good place to start rambling about. Angel is a lot of different things, all at once. To the casual traveller, it’s a place where every bus route in the world seems to collide, before spreading out again to places like London Bridge, Kings Cross, Holloway, …

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Everything your mother ever told you about writing, but you didn’t want to know…

 So! Last week I ended up through a bizarre set of circumstances attending a talk by Phillipa Boyen, one of the three minds behind the adaptation of Lord of the Rings to film. And, perhaps a little less gloriously, King Kong. Naturally, I can’t really be a fantasy geek without loving Lord of the Rings, although there are quibbles. The books are the granddads of fantasy literature As We Know It, and from them have sprung many generations of magic artefacts, snotty orcs, pointy-eared elves and the kind of statement that goes, ‘Aaaaah, my child, you must open the gates …

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Urban Magic

So, there’s gonna be some stuff on this site about Urban Magic. With a capital ‘U’ and a capital ‘M’. And it seems kinda sensible to take this moment to explain why….  One day, much like any other day, I was sitting in bed reading a fantasy book when I should have been studying, the thought struck me that most magic I read about these days, is ancient magic. In Lord of the Rings and its magic-sword-based derivatives, crumbling scrolls are poured over by old men. Mystic rings lost for a thousand years are unearthed; magic circles with pagan symbols …

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