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

Read The Lunatic Song in Exquisite Aberrations

The day is finally here! At long last, Exquisite Aberrations has been unleashed upon the public. A collection of long-form short stories (published by FunDead Publications) that turn traditional Gothic horror tropes upside down by shifting the POV onto LGBTQ people, people of colour, and others often side-lined or othered in the history of the … More Read The Lunatic Song in Exquisite Aberrations

Cymera, Thin Air, and the inner life of Darth Sidious

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of travelling down to Edinburgh to go to Cymera Festival, Scotland’s first ever book festival dedicated to sci-fi, fantasy and horror writing. Held at prominent Fringe venue and labyrinthian maze, The Pleasence, from 7th-9th June, some of the world’s leading SFF and horror authors, including Gareth … More Cymera, Thin Air, and the inner life of Darth Sidious