Monthly Archives: September 2009

Racists Can’t Tie Laces

Lily Allen’s rhymes leave a bit to be desired but the sentiments are rather wonderful and the song is insanely catchy, so here’s the whole of Manchester responding to those who still enjoy baiting anyone who’s different. Oh, and nice to see the NHS hanging in there too. Groovy!

Small Wonder This Weekend

The Small Wonder Short StoryFesival is now on, and I’ll be there tomorrow trying not to get thrown out of a dirigible in the 2:00PM Great Balloon Debate. It’s at Charleston, Virginia Woolf’s beautiful abode in Sussex – for details visit here.

The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be

When I was a child we heard plenty of talk about jet packs, spray-on clothes, travel to distant planets and thousands of television channels all showing stuff as interesting as our our two then-excellent networks. But the future has been a bit of a let-down. I mean, it’s nice that the Indian space mission has […]

Dumb & Dumber

I don’t usually post silly true stuff but these are too good to miss.

The Horrors

For your attention, coming in 2010 to coincide with the World Horror Convention, is ‘The Best of Best New Horror’, for which editor Stephen Jones has dug out my old story ‘Norman Wisdom And The Angel Of Death’, a tale that will mean absolutely nothing to anyone from outside England and Albania, a country which […]

Having Fun With The French

“C’est en faisant n’importe quoi qu’on devient n’importe qui,” is Remy Gaillard’s motto (‘It’s by doing whatever that you become whoever’) and here are some good illustrations of that. I know he’s been around for a while but the French trickster pulls off sweet antidotes to outdated and mean-spirited counterparts like Sacha Baron-Cohen (although a […]

Horror Wants Women To Scream II: Response

This came in from Guy Adams, who commissioned the BFS book discussed in the post below; ‘Our new book, In Conversation: A Writer’s Perspective, Volume 1: Horror, edited by James Cooper, has come under justifiable flak for its all-male line up of interviewees. When James brought the manuscript to me with a view to our […]

‘I Have To Get To A Library – Fast!’

Bookshop shelves are currently stuffed with Mr Brown’s ‘The Lost Symbol’ and the hunt is on for the silliest dialogue line – something that will top the one above from The Da Vinci Code. It’s second only to ‘That man there! He’s got the map to the Holy Grail!’ (shouted by Sir Ian as he’s […]

Black Static

For a number of years now the publishers of Interzone have been running great magazines like this one, Black Static (formerly The Third Alternative), which you should try if you have any interest in the fantastic. You can find out more about them here.

Nottingham’s Art Gallery

I remained sober last night (although it seemed the rest of Nottingham did not) and was up early to go and visit the castle, above which is an astonishing art gallery. I was the only person there, and was amazed by the sheer strangeness of the curatorship, which had gathered together a peculiar mixture of […]