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Monday, 8 February 2010


I've been so preoccupied with bubbling over like a fat kettle that I completely forgot to post some actual good news. Tarnation!

ONE MAN AND HIS DOG has been accepted for the Zombie Zoology anthology by Severed Press!

An elderly exterminator finds a peculiar cockroach, and subsequently dooms his entire town. OOOOHHHH???

Currently re-drafting Grease Paint and Monkey Brains, which is about a sinister circus (but really, is there any other kind?). I really love this story, just need to get some pretty big plot holes filled in then I'm going to see where I can sub it to. Thanks once again to the critters on Cafe Doom, who've really helped me out lately, with some editing. Mainly, a horror/weird/western story called ...And The Band Played On, which has been subbed somewhere and I've got my fingers crossed about it.

What else? Nothing really. I'm a big fan of video games, and am currently playing Dragon Age: Origins on the Xbox 360. Story and setting's proper cut-and-paste fantasy guff but it succeeds by pulling a few rabbits out of the top hat. For one, elves aren't the hippies they normally are - they're slaves to humans, which is a bit different. Also, dwarves operate on a Caste System which, again, actually makes them interesting. I don't read fantasy, mainly because I haven't found anything interesting or unusual (I do read/like/write urban fantasy, though) but enjoy playing fantasy games. Maybe because you're actually involved in events? I would think so.

I also picked up the Fleet Foxes album recently, as a bit of a gamble. I really like it. They're sort-of at the other end of the spectrum to bands like Skeletons and the Kings of All Cities. Whereas that band is genuinely terrifying (with blasts of nightmare jazz accompanied by Hi-Life guitars and kitchen folk percussion), Fleet Foxes are very, very pleasant, though this is tempered with a sinister lyrical edge that appeals to me. Check out their single, White Winter Hymnal, to see/hear what I mean:


although I'm certain I've seen a hand-drawn animated video for this...

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