New Pages

I have added two pages to the site: Essays and Interviews. Here you can find essays and interviews I’ve done all over the place collected up together so that you don’t have to trawl through old postings to find them. Some of them are published or re-published on this site; some link to elsewhere. The newest addition is an essay I wrote this morning, Fantasy Moratorium. Check it out if you want to see me wax cynical about cliches in fantasy fiction.   FacebookTwitterTumblrEmail

Ideas and The Sixsmiths

 J. Marc Schmidt has written an essay, over on his blog, about where ideas come from, and he talks in particular about The Sixsmiths. Here’s my take: Ideas come from everywhere. There’s no shortage of them. For me I find stories everywhere: in the news, in history, in music; at the beach, on the train; in the dictionary, in my dreams. I feel like a bit of a tool for saying it, but I have, in fact,published a couple of stories that I ‘found’ most of in dreams. I also find a lot of inspiration while consuming other people’s stories....

THE LIST Vol.3

This weekend is a big one for the Melbourne comics scene. Supanova is rolling into town, just in time for Paul Bedford (writer), Henry Pop (penciler) and Tom Bonin to launch the third and final long awaited volume of their psych-horror masterpiece, THE LIST. Paul and Henry will be selling copies at the show, and on Saturday night they will be holding a launch party at Loop Bar (23 Meyers Place, Melbourne)  from 7pm. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=159851530737251 I’ve read an almost-completed version of the book and folks, it’s gorgeous and disturbing. It has a foreword by, uh, me, but really this book needs no introduction....