You must read A Head Full of Ghosts

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay is a book that I needed to read. I’ve seen it mentioned on my twitter feed for a while, and now I’m kicking myself because I’ve been deprived of one of the best novels that the horror genre has had to offer in years. You really should read this book too. Read on and let me convince you.Read More »

You must read Stranded By Bracken MacLeod

Stranded by Bracken MacLeod (published by Tor Books) drew me in immediately. The book is complex, dark and unapologetically cryptic. The book is atmospheric, tense and mysterious in the tradition of some of the greats in horror fiction. This book will sneak up on you, twist you with dread and suspicion, and then fade away leaving you wondering if it’s truly gone or still out there in the darkness.Read More »

The woes of writing: My writer’s war chest

I’m currently working on a manuscript. I’ve had plenty of book ideas in the past but this one is the first that I’ve actually felt might be worth it. If I manage to polish and refine it to the point where it is fit for another set of human eyes, that is. Just writing that feels ridiculously presumptuous and makes me feel small and inadequate.

So anyway, along with the excitement this presents comes all of the negative aspects of writing. Things like the anxiety, the hysteria, the venomous self-criticism, inferiority complexes and the sense that it is all just too big, too ambitious and impossible after all. Then you calm down and it is still incredibly difficult.Read More »

No Man’s Sky is destroying my productivity

I’ve been playing No Man’s Sky on the PS4 recently. And it is destroying my productivity. Between work, life and exploring the solar system my reading and writing has fallen onto the back burner. This is bad. But the game is amazing. There has been a lot of negativity surrounding it, especially the PC port, but so far the PS4 seems to me a calm, clear island in the storm. It’s free of the game breaking issues players on the PC have been experiencing.

I tried not to buy into the hype in the lead up to the game’s release, but I was expecting something pretty amazing all the same. Thus far I haven’t been disappointed. Read More »