Monthly Archives: April 2011

Thoughts For the Weekend #7

Yes, you lucky people, you get two posts today, because I’m in a good mood and there’s a certain symmetry behind it all that appeals to me. ITEM: Friends and family don’t understand me. Taking pity on me, because I … Continue reading

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“Bryson Feeds Families” by T. F. Davenport

This short piece from Black Static #10 is the only time I have encountered the work of T. F. Davenport. It’s written as a series of six interviews, which confers a ‘news’ item or exposé feel to the events detailed and … Continue reading

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“They Will Not Rest” by Simon Clark

Back in the early 1990s, Simon Clark was a writer to watch, with his career on the tipping point, poised between the collection Blood and Grit from indie BBR Press (with whom Clark still maintains links, in a gratifying recognition of his … Continue reading

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I Should Be Doing Stuff…

…but instead I’ve been watching this train wreck go down. I really should try to wean myself off things like this, but the drama appeals to me. The internet is supposed to be this mean, ugly arena in which every … Continue reading

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The Tortoise and The Hare

I started reading Dracula at the weekend, for the third time, no less. First published in 1897, Stoker dedicated the book ‘To My Dear Friend Hommy-Beg’. Hommy-Beg is a Manx phrase meaning ‘little Tommy’, and it was the childhood nickname … Continue reading

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Vampire Verse

There was a time when I used to write poetry, but I’m over it now. I still have some odd things hanging round though, like a bat suspended from the ceiling of a cave. This one is for Lucy Westenra, … Continue reading

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“Carmilla” by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

‘…and often from a reverie I have started, fancying I heard the light step of Carmilla at the drawing-room door.’ Le Fanu’s novella was first published in the magazine The Dark Blue in 1872, and then in the collection In … Continue reading

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