The Big Five-Oh

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Despite Google Drive‘s best efforts, I wrapped up my fiftieth story on Wednesday – the Lovecraftian story I started on Valentine’s Day – The Ordeal (Season One, Episode Thirteen). I’m really happy with how it’s turned out which is a relief; it would suck to hit that milestone with a story I hate. Of those fifty stories, eighteen have been sold, four have been posted online in forums etc. and six of them are permanently consigned to the trunk. By my reckoning that leaves twenty two that I could still place. I also wrapped up Dan Simmons’ Drood yesterday. Drood is a fictionalised account of the last few years of Charles Dickens’ life, told by Dickens’ friend, Wilkie Collins. Simmons’ has cleverly interwoven events from Dickens’ and Collins’ real lives with supernatural elements to create a unique and compelling story. The book is at its strongest when the mysterious and diabolical Drood (named after Dickens’ last, unfinished, novel) is in the picture but at times it feels more like a dry biography than a novel. The first time I started reading Drood, I got a couple of pages in and then put it aside. Not because I didn’t like what I was reading but … Read More

Book – Attic Clowns by Jeremy C Shipp

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This weekend, I finished reading my first book of 2012 – Jeremy C Shipp‘s Attic Clowns: Horror Stories. As the name suggests, all 13 stories in this book contain clowns and attics but if you think that means you know what to expect, you’re wrong. I first encountered Jeremy as the instructor of an online writing course (which incidentally, I highly recommend). I’ve read several of his books and stories since then and quickly became a fan of his work. This collection showcases Jeremy’s warped imagination at its best. Inside these stories you’ll find a toenail clipping eating demon, men made of soap, astronauts, flying couches and a host of other, equally twisted, inventions – I particularly enjoyed Giggles, the story of a malevolent being trapped in an attic by the practical jokes of the woman who watches over him. These are stories that start with lines like: I can’t for the life of me remember why my mother didn’t attend her funeral yesterday, so I ask her. or Benny only thinks about one thing, so it’s no surprise when I find a miniature version of him curled up in my underwear drawer. or Things could get depressing in here with that dead body … Read More