Writer’s Retreat, Weird Reading And BBC Segment (AKA My Big Face)

Hello all! The week before last I was at a writer’s retreat at Metal Culture in Southend during the Essex Book Festival after winning a spot. Visit my YouTube channel for more joyous things, The Essex Book Festival and Metal Culture website.

Here’s my vlog:

The reading of the book I started whilst there:

And the BBC Look East segment. I don’t speak but I appear twice, the last time being an embarrassingly large close up of my mug.

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I’m In The Local Paper!

I think I can safely demand to be carried about in a Sudan chair from now on. The local paper did a little story on my acceptance onto a writer’s retreat for the Essex Book Festival.

Toodle pip!

New Short Story: Pre-Order Clash Magazine

Guten tag! It’s freezing here and snow is covering the ground like pretty little drops of frozen water.

My short story Fingerprints on the Blind Tour is available to pre-order through issue #1 of Clash Magazine, have a peek and get yours!

Here’s a little video of updates, including some very good news I got yesterday. Hurrah!

New Release! Fortune Box With Eraserhead Press

Hello my little shots of non-alcoholic sparkling apple juice!

Just a quick pop in to say you can pre-order my collection Fortune Box (Eraserhead Press) now: “No one knows where or what Tower Ltd Surprise Packages is or why it’s sending gifts to complete strangers across The City. All they know is that each package is the best thing that’s ever happened to them…or the worst.”

It’s been described as being like a ‘season of The Twilight Zone’ which I was really pleased about. So don’t delay, pre-order today!

I upload regularly on my YouTube and my Twitter, come and find me.

Some Bizarre Songs/Music Videos And A Temporary Farewell

Hello my little sandwich toasters left precariously on the edge of the kitchen counter, I’m afraid I have to bid you a temporary goodbye. My current book is taking up all my energy, and I need what’s left to annoy my friend Steve and fiance Bill.

Please come and find me on YouTube and the Twitters, however, and we can frolic in the spotlight of Big Brother’s baleful gaze.

I usually avoid music because it’s so divisive, but I figured, what the hell. As a child brought up on my sister’s tastes of Massive Attack, Portishead and Bjork, I’ve kept my love of electro oddity, and here are a few of my favourite songs.

Flying Lotus: Zodiac Shit

Flying Lotus, aka Steven Ellison, is a producer, music maker, owner of Brainfeeder records and a filmmaker (Kuso, along with David Firth; both psychedelically brain tickling and stomach churningly gross).

CLOUDdead (Boards of Canada remix): Dead Dogs Two

Boards of Canada are so calming and pretty, and made this ‘experimental’ hip hop song even better. Plus this fan video is amazing.

Tobacco: Super Gum

As well as having their music featured on Silicon Valley, Tobacco made a weird B movie VHS video out of bits and pieces for their album F-d Up Friends. Please be aware, the following video contains ET porn. E…T…Porn…

Sza: Crack Dreams

I never expected to hear such a beautifully dreamy song about doing crack. Her others are great summer listening too.

FKA Twigs: Water Me

I love this weird lady. My favourite song so far is Two Weeks, but this video is wonderfully odd.

Anneka/Milanese: Reading You

I’ve followed Anneka’s (at one point known as Anneka Snip, not sure if that’s her real name) for a few years now. Her EP, Life Force, was recently released with Anti-Ghost Moon Ray. Here’s a song she did with Planet Mu person Milanese.

Bizarre Book Club: The Oldest Weird Fiction

Hello pickle and sausage sandwiches!

I read the oldest weird fiction that I could get my little paws on; Gilgamesh, The Cannibal Hymn of Egypt, Flatland by Edwin Abbot, The Yellow King by Robert W Chambers and Hell Screen by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa.

Enjoy!

Bizarre Book Club: New Weird Fiction And Bizarro And Weird In Modern Times

Good evening!

I read a bunch of all new weird fiction and bizarro books and pondered what it meant to write weird fiction in the increasingly strange times we live. Next week I’ll be discussing the oldest weird fiction.

Books mentioned:

Year’s Best Weird Fiction Vol. 4 (various)

More Bizarro Than Bizarro (various)

Who Cares, Nothing Matters (Julia Platz-Halter)

Starr Creek (Nathan Carson)

Lovecraftian Micro Fiction/Challenge From Beyond (various)

Welcome To Night Vale: It Devours (Joseph Fink/Jeffrey Cranor)