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Pain Passes

Posted: 25th November 2017 by Christian in Blog

Pierre-Auguste Renoir died in 1919. This is a happy story. He had an interesting life. Apolitical, the Communards nearly killed him during the Paris Commune because he was painting during riots. He was mates with Pisaro and Manet, Wagner and Delacroix. Traveled the world painting and seeing art. Discovered things about colour. Then, in the […]

Behold, I Shew You A Mystery

Posted: 18th November 2017 by Christian in Blog

. So I’ve been reading an early draft of Star Wars and it’s fascinating stuff. Luke Skywalker was originally ‘to be played by a burnt stick in a towel, chain smoking’ and was ‘imprisoned in his own verbs.’ Han Solo was a woman character named Threatbelly. He had a starship called ‘Pointless Question’ and his […]

Lord Horror

Posted: 1st July 2017 by Christian in Blog

So there’s some interesting ‘free speech’ discussion in comics right now. I find the notion of art hostage to politics suspicious. Let me tell you a story that might illustrate a point. Just a quick one. In the 1980s, Savoy Books were a store and publisher who’d survived 60s New Wave of Science Fiction. If […]

New novel

Posted: 20th March 2017 by Christian in Blog

Ten Signs You’re In A Toxic Relationship!

Posted: 2nd February 2017 by Christian in Blog

1 . He is made of poison. Girls, if that saliva is green and bubbling, don’t kiss him, you’ll die from poison! To say nothing of his corrosive sweat! 2. His palms are hairy, his index finger is longer than middle, and there’s a pentagram there. Kween, he a werewolf! You just know he’ll chase […]

Ripping Yarns

Posted: 24th January 2017 by Christian in Blog

So then it was 1330 and Jeanne married Olivier de Clisson. This story is about her. It was her third marriage since she was 12. They had five children. One of them was nicknamed ‘The Butcher’, so you know this is a good one. There’s two wars you need to know about. The Hundred Years […]

Penny Dreadful.

Posted: 23rd June 2016 by Christian in Blog

So, Penny Dreadful. Spoilers to follow so, sling your hook if you’re soft. I thought it ended up… OK. Clearly, it was rushed to the end. When you’ve got a two season prophecy and it doesn’t really play out, something’s gone a bit wrong. And there were wheels spun. Bride of Frankenstein’s bacchante revolution went […]

NEW NOVEL TIME!

Posted: 7th June 2016 by Christian in Blog

New novel is out! Ghost City! Third of the Lark Case Files. You can purchase it directly from the publisher here! Click this one! If that’s not working for you, you can click here for amazon! And if for some reason none of that works out for you, give Smashwords a try! If you’re interested, […]

Posted: 2nd June 2016 by Christian in Blog

Composition

Posted: 8th May 2016 by Christian in Blog

I’ve gotten a bit interested in this. Regard last post. Poe wrote a remarkable bit of criticism in 1848 called The Philosophy of Composition. Good piece and if you’re a writer or a critic, yes, even a game journo, you’d be well-served reading it. But talking about aesthetics of game, there’s a few of Poe’s […]