BOOK REVIEW: What Immortal Hand, by Johnny Worthen.

What Immortal Hand, by Johnny Worthen is a well-paced road mystery that steps up the weirdness gradually until it’s in full flow, and the end is only the beginning, for some. In essence: What Immortal Hand, by Johnny Worthen Michael Oswald is a survivor. A washed up, almost ready to cash it all in, survivor. An…

BOOK REVIEW: Let’s Play White, by Chesya Burke

Let’s Play White by Chesya Burke is a collection of shadowy tales in a wide range of contexts. In these pages you’ll find a zombie apocalypse, horrors on a city train, the Harlem underworld of gang warfare, and the life and losses of a hoodoo woman in a distant town in Kentucky. In essence: Let’s…

BOOK REVIEW: Muti Nation by Monique Snyman

Muti-Nation by Monique Snyman is a one-sitting horror whodunnit, packed with the dark magic of Africa, and bursting with gore, fear, and creep. In essence: Muti Nation by Monique Snyman Esme Snyders has got one of those jobs you’d kill to have, if it didn’t kill you first. She’s an occult investigator, working for her…

How to write about future Europe

So, on a day as historic as this, when the UK has voted to leave the EU, maybe you could distract yourself by reading Dave Hutchinson’s Fractured Europe Sequence books. No-one’s promising you hope, by the way, but at least Hutchinson’s England doesn’t seem much different from the one we know now: Fabio was fifteen…

BOOK REVIEW: Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson

Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson is WOWWWIE! It’s a complex tale of a kind of alternative secret service. A story that becomes both darker and more ridiculous by the page. A journey through Europe in the near future, but not a Europe as we really know it. More like the undercurrent of Europe in…

COMIC REVIEW: Barefoot Gen Vol. 1 by Keiji Nakazawa

Barefoot Gen Vol. 1 by Keiji Nakazawa is … well, it isn’t often that a book or movie turns my emotional belly inside out, but this 300-page comic really packs the full five fingers. It’s an uplifting and devastating tale of the backdrop of war; the realities of life in Hiroshima during the weeks that…