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The Owl Overlord

I see that I have neglected my own website recently, what with all my other goings on going on. My two slim volumes of Edinburgh Tales are selling slowly, but steadily, and I have just put the second one, The Great Al Fresco!, through the Amazon All You Can Eat programme where you can download […]

A Life of Crime?

I am dead chuffed to be shortlisted for the Bloody Scotland Short Story Competition, especially as I am on holiday in Kintyre at the moment – hence the picture of a rock paddling in the sea. My story, along with those of my fellow shortlistees, is to be published in an ebook to mark Bloody […]

Prometheus–The Horror!

I watched Prometheus, and thoroughly enjoyed it – it is a visual spectacle and a  piece of top-notch escapism. But I did find myself inwardly shouting at the crew “don’t be so stupid – map the bloody planet first!” but that would have made for a lesser film, I suppose, less of a visceral, hang-on-to-your-seat experience. […]

Ray Bradbury…

…is an inspiration. One of the finest writers to grace this planet. His stories are full of wonder, are rich with humanity and above all exult in the sheer spirit of being alive. It is very sad to hear of his death today, but I shall take time to re-read some of his short stories. […]

Witches’ Knickers

They’ve been caught, flapping high on a tree in our garden for some months. One morning, after a blustery night of wind rattling the tiles and rain tapping the window like a band of agitated drummers, they appeared: witches’ knickers. I remember that it was a foul night, with shapes and shadows buffeted angrily by […]

The Islanders

The Islanders

This is my brief review of Christopher Priest’s newest book. It’s on Goodreads, I think, though I’m not sure. Which is probably a correct statement, considering the book. The Islanders by Christopher Priest My rating: 4 of 5 stars View all my reviews

I’m in Fine Company

I couldn’t resist taking this screen capture. Here’s my humble little volume of New Myths of Edinburgh  nestling under an Agatha Christie in the Amazon ‘Thrillers Best Sellers’ List. It was a fleeting encounter: we shared glances over a glass of champagne, then I was wrenched away from a world of which I can only […]