Why Should Aspiring Writers Read Slush?

You're in there somewhere.

A tweet from Three Lobed Burning Eye magazine caught my eye recently. It was a screenshot showing how many submissions the magazine has processed and accepted since 2006. I was interested in the entry for 2011, because that was the year 3LBE… Continue Reading

Best Rock Songs Inspired By Speculative Fiction Part Two: The Call of Ktulu

Cthulhu sketch by H.P. Lovecraft via wikimedia commons

As I confessed in an earlier post, as a teen I was a flat-chat metal head. I guess I could feel shame about this fact as I’ve since become a latte-sipping jazz snob. But the way I see it, I’ve… Continue Reading

Jorge Luis Borges: Creator of ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’?

I used to like CYOA books when I was a kid, but they were nowhere near as good as Fighting Fantasy. My dad used to get annoyed that all I ever read, when I was about ten, was FF, by… Continue Reading

Just How Boring Was The Council of Elrond?

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The Fellowship of the Ring. The first book of the Lord of the Rings trilogy takes a little while to get off the ground, it must be said, what with all of the faffing around Bag End that goes on. In… Continue Reading

Best Rock Songs Inspired By Speculative Fiction Part One: ‘To Tame A Land’

Before I grew up, acquired taste and began listening solely to modal jazz recorded between 1961 and 1965, I was something of a metal head. And one of the first bands that won my teenage allegiance was the mighty Iron… Continue Reading

If The Earth Were A Person How Old Would It Be?

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Whenever I’m feeling worn down by the nitty-gritty minutiae of modern life, I console myself with one little fact. A fact that is remarkably powerful when it comes to clearing my head and giving me the fresh perspective I need to… Continue Reading

Spare Me Your Bullshit Star Wars Theory

It all seems so obvious now.

“What’s up Youtube? I’m Zac from JediGeek and today I’m gonna be looking at ten reasons why Obi Wan Kenobi was totally hot for Anakin Skywalker.” Surf to Youtube lately and it’s impossible not to catch a screen full of babbling twerps… Continue Reading