What Is Speculative Fiction? Part One: Science Fiction

As the theme of this website is ‘speculations about speculative fiction’, I think it’s time I took a turn at the age-old sport of genre defining. In this post I’m going to delve into a sub-set of speculative fiction: science… Continue Reading

1001 Monsters You Must Slay Before You Die: FREE ebook offer!

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My debut novel 1001 Monsters You Must Slay Before You Die is here! New subscribers to the Miles Hurt blog can enjoy an ebook version of my novel for free! Simply enter your email address into the subscriber form on the… Continue Reading

Cover Reveal: 1001 Monsters You Must Slay Before You Die

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The cover of my debut novel 1001 Monsters You Must Slay Before You Die is complete! Thanks to Alissa Dinallo who created the cover. 1001 Monsters You Must Slay Before You Die will be available from September 1st 2017. Subscribers can look forward… Continue Reading

The Silmarillion: Beren and Lúthien On Vinyl

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How big a Tolkien fan are you? Sure, you’ve read The Lord Of The Rings. But have you taken in appendices A through F? Have you pored over the genealogies, including all eight generations of Samwise Gamgee’s family tree? Have you… Continue Reading

When Is A Post-Apocalyptic Novel Not Science Fiction?

Question: When is a novel set in a grim post-cataclysmic wasteland with characters battling for survival not a science fiction novel? Answer: When it’s written by a literary author. My brother gave me a copy of The Road for my… Continue Reading

How To Cure Writer’s Block

Block. A fleeting moment of blankness as you try to summon that first line, or an abject feeling that lasts for days or weeks. Whatever it is, writer’s block is a pain. To proceed with a piece of writing you need to… Continue Reading

Do Short Stories Sell On Amazon?

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Last week I uploaded my short story “The Nevermaw” to Amazon and priced it at 99 cents. It may have been a mistake. Not to upload it, but to try to sell it. The accepted wisdom has it that short… Continue Reading

Maybe We Should Let Machines Pick Our Leaders

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In light of recent world events it may be time to consider that letting people run countries based on their ability to get elected may not be the best way to do things. Perhaps it’s time to let computers decide… Continue Reading

Best Rock Songs Inspired By Speculative Fiction Part Three: Ramble On

So we come to the union of the Venn diagram involving the sets ‘Led Zeppelin’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’. Just as the lads from Iron Maiden are voracious readers, just as the Lovecraft-swots of Metallica peppered their oeuvre with… Continue Reading

Should You Handwrite Your Novel?

I recently finished typing up the handwritten first draft of the novel I’m writing. I chose to handwrite the novel in order to have a bit of company while I did it; I wrote at the kitchen table, listening to music… Continue Reading