Rutger Hauer (1944–2019)

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My abiding memory of Rutger Hauer isn’t Wedlock or The Hitcher or even Blade Runner. It’s Split Second. Sort of. Back in the good old days my local two screen cinema would run one-off showings of less popular movies at a discount price. My mum and I saw a few of these films, including Conan the Destroyer. I saw Natural Born Killers on my own. One of these “Tuesday specials” was Split Second. It had “the bad guy from Blade Runner” in it and looked pretty cool so I decided to go. Like all sane people I arrived early to get a good seat. The cinema was empty so I picked the perfect spot and settled down to contemplate the futility of existence (or whatever it was we did before smartphones) while I waited for all the other Rutger Hauer fans to arrive. Nobody came. The lights went down. Nobody came. The trailers started up and I was still alone in the theatre. It slowly dawned on me that I now had a decision to make. Back in those days there was still an “intermission” between the trailers and the movie. During that time an usher, usually a woman, would … Read More

Bibliography Update

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I realised a little while ago that the bibliography page here was a) missing from the menu and b) horribly out of date. I’ve fixed both of those issues now so if you want to find some of my short fiction, quite a bit of which is free, you can find a full list right here. [Bibliography Update by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 27 May 2019]

Script Lock

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Tap. Tap. Tap. Is this thing on? [checks blog] [checks blog again] Oooh boy, it’s been a while. There are lots of things I should talk about really. Trips to Sweden, England and the US, lots of writing, video games, board games, books, movies and TV shows, live music, running. The weather. Maybe one day, but for today I want to talk about Script Lock, a podcast where writers Max and Nick Folkman “sit down with other writers and developers for an informal discussion about storytelling in video games.” It’s fantastic. It’s not a new show (it’s been running for over three years now) but a co-worker pointed me at it (I think) and I grabbed Episode 44: Rhianna Pratchett, Jill Murray, and Cara Ellison to listen to on one of my longer runs. I was immediately hooked. So hooked in fact that I ran farther than I’d planned to and now I’ve jumped back to the first episode to work through them all. There used to be a really good podcast by Simon Whistler called The Rocking Self Publishing Podcast. It was a great show, with lots of well researched interviews with interesting guests. Even if I wasn’t interested … Read More

Out Now – Dakimakura

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It’s been a while since I posted. I’ve been doing a bunch of travelling, running, writing, and video-game-developing and I’ve been neglecting the site. I did get time to submit a new horror short story to The Other Stories, a fantastic weekly horror story podcast, and I am extremely please to say that they accepted it. It’s part of their Japan themed series and you can listen to it right now by clicking here. I listened to the podcast on Monday and it’s fantastic. I’ll definitely be listening to it again. A huge thank you to everyone at Hawk & Cleaver, and especially narrator Justin Fife and editor Karl Hughes. Sign up to my newsletter to stay updates on my writing, details of new releases and sales, and advance copies of my books. You’ll also get a book of short stories plus two bonus novellas, completely free. CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR FREE BOOKS [Out Now – Dakimakura by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 28th June 2018]  

Out Now – Glitch Mitchell and the Island of Terror

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My novel, Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet, is a homage to the old Flash Gordon serials that I used to watch when I was young. It’s very different to most of my books (being a light-hearted science fiction adventure rather than horror or dark science fiction) and from a business perspective it was a terrible idea but I’ve got a real soft spot for it. When Samuel Peralta posted a call for authors interested in submitting to an anthology of adventure science fiction stories featuring dinosaurs, I knew Glitch and co. would be the perfect fit and immediately pitched him the idea. He said yes and early last year The Jurassic Chronicles was released. Appearing alongside such fantastic authors as Seanan McGuire, Stant Litore and Zen DiPietro (to mention just three) was a real honour. The rights to my story, Glitch Mitchell and the Island of Terror, reverted to me last year and I’ve just released the story as a standalone ebook.   When the aircraft carrying Dwayne “Glitch” Mitchell and his friends is struck by lightning, they crash land on an island filled with creatures from Earth’s distant past. Scientific curiosity quickly turns to fear as the creatures attack. But … Read More

Untitled: A Short Story in Some Parts

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I’m starting a bit of an experiment on my newsletter this week. When I was young, I spent a lot of time reading Fighting Fantasy books like this one: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain and books like it were “choose your own adventure” books that let you control the story by making decisions as you read. There were quite a few of them around at the time but the Fighting Fantasy series was the best. A couple of months ago I decided to steal the idea and do something new with my newsletter. Every month I’m going to post a piece of a short story and give readers the chance to vote on two or three possible options for what happens next. At the beginning of the month I sent subscribers three possible first lines: Night was coming and with it, the creatures. My name is Eric Hunter and my job is to stop the world from falling apart. What I left behind on Earth was more important than anything I took with me. The votes are in and I’ve written the first scene for the most popular choice. I’ll be sending that first scene (along with the next options) … Read More

SKZ4 – Draft Zero

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It’s been a while since I posted here. I’ve been distracted by a bunch of things including: The Vancouver Half-Marathon Google Home Rain A Quiet Place Work Alexa Sandman Slim The Sun (the firey orb, not the newspaper) Breaking Bad Corona Dishwashers Avengers: Infinity War Nouvelle Vague The Expanse Among all of that I managed to finish draft zero of the next book in my Serial Killer Z series. Draft zero is the first point where I have the story down from beginning to end. It’s still very rough and there will be at least three revision passes before it’s done but it’s down and ready to be mauled into something resembling an enjoyable story. More on that as it progresses. I wrote another couple of stories as well, one for a middle-grade anthology and one for a podcast. No idea if either of them will get accepted but I’m keeping my fingers crossed. My next release will be a short story – Glitch Mitchell and the Island of Terror. That’s due out by the end of the week and I’ll be running a sale on Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet to celebrate. I’ve also updated my newsletter offer. I’m now … Read More