Reading Roundup Nov 19

It’s the most wonderful time of the—No, no it isn’t. It’s still just November, despite what supermarkets and TV adverts would have you think. Therefore, there is no theme for this particular batch of reading recommendations, just a handful of books I’ve really enjoyed lately. Any of these would make a fantastic present for— Killtopia: … More Reading Roundup Nov 19

Tam O’Shanter Review

What do Ayrshire’s most famous son – the poet Robert Burns – and Japanese comic books, called ‘manga’, have in common? Well, nothing… until now, that is. Scottish author Richmond Clements has teamed up with Japanese artist Inko to adapt Burns’s classic horror poem Tam O’Shanter into a manga. And it is wonderful! This mash-up … More Tam O’Shanter Review

Hallowe’en Reading

Pumpkin carved, costume on, monkey nuts shelled, neighbour’s house egged and TP’d… Now what? You’ve exhausted your list of Hallowe’en activities and that means it’s time to curl up in front of the fire with a nice glass of warm blood and a good book. Here are some of my spooky (and sometimes schlocky) favourites: … More Hallowe’en Reading

Always North Review, Shoreline of Infinity 16

It’s time again for another issue of my favourite sci-fi mag, Shoreline of Infinity! While the previous edition featured a short story of mine (Secret Ingredients, SoI Issue 15) I’m back to reviewing books in the October offering. This time around I had the absolute pleasure of reading and writing about Vicki Jarrett’s new novel … More Always North Review, Shoreline of Infinity 16

Holiday Reading II

A colleague at work recently told me she hates short stories. Not mine specifically (that would have been brutally honest of her) but all of them. All of them ever, because she feels they’re a waste of a good story idea. So, my second round of holiday reading recommendations are all short story collections, in … More Holiday Reading II

Holiday Reading

Packing for your holiday but still got some room in your book suitcase? Here are a few things I’ve really enjoyed reading lately that you might consider: The White Road by Sarah Lotz (Hodder & Stoughton) The second mountain climbing ghost story I’ve read in as many months (the other being Thin Air by Michelle … More Holiday Reading

Indie April

It hath been declared that April shalt be the month to celebrate indie publishers, and in that spirit, here are a few words on some of my favourite Scotland-based indies, all doing incredible, interesting stuff right now. Gutter Magazine – Going it alone after the collapse of its former publisher, Gutter has never been stronger … More Indie April