Who's he, you might ask. Well, read on, and all will be revealed at the end of this poem which was inspired by events surrounding the life and imprisonment of Valentine, Bishop of Terni, executed on the 14th of February 273. When I was a member of Johnstone Writer's Group we used to have themed months and February was obviously "love" month, so I wrote this to read at the group and it was later published in "Here and Now". THE ONLY ONES THAT MATTER&... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Saturday, 13 February 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Happy New Year! I’m allowed to keep saying that until March and then stop. Included in my New Year  Resolution list is one to blog more –must blog more, must blog more, so... Before we get into the main “listy” part of this blog, I was chuffed to see that in the year’s best lists in that youff mag “The Skinny”, that I had actually seen some of their Films of 2015, namely “Inherent Vice” (number 1), and “Mad Max: Fury Road” (number 3),”It Fo... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Thursday, 07 January 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I've got an e-book collection of short stories out today called "The Cutting Edge of Art and other stories". The title story won the Scotia Short Story prize a couple of years ago and there a couple of other prize winning stories included. Here's what my publisher, PotHole Press says on Amazon: "The Cutting Edge of Art and other stories mixes fantasy a... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 01 June 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I was lucky enough to be reading the other night down at Lochwinnoch in a great little pub called "The Brown Bull" with the Read Raw crowd, that means Mo Blake, George Walker, and Wullie Purcell, and also some old friends - Jack Hastie, Clive Briggs and the mighty Betty McKellar who could make reading a shopping r... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 10 May 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Martyn Bennett died ten years ago, and when he died, I wrote a poem about him and how Celtic Connections were marking his passing and the poem appeared in the anthology "My Wife Becomes a Field", a title taken from a poem by Glasgow makar, Jim Carruth. Now ten years later, Celtic Connections 2015 is starting the festival with an o... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Thursday, 15 January 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
My children's novel "Santa Claus is Missing" is out now on Kindle, here are a couple of reviews:  SANTA CLAUS IS MISSNG by Ian Hunter, Ebook, £2.63 ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 21 December 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
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By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 07 December 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Just like Trent Reznor wrote, and then Johnny Cash owned with his version of the “Nine Inch Nails” song “Hurt”, “everyone I know goes away in the end.” And it’s started to happen already for just like memories of the World Fantasy Convention of 2013 are twi... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Friday, 24 October 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I noticed that my entry on the Scottish Book Trust's "Writers Register" was getting a bit out of date regarding publishing credits so I updated it with the following, and still managed to miss out several poems and stories: The Star in the Water" (story) in "Bloodbond" (Alban Lake 2014) "Stain" (story) in "Sensorama" (Eibonvale Press 2014) "Like. Nothing. You've. Ever. Seen. Before." (s... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 17 August 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Valentine, the Bishop of Terni was executed in 273 AD for ignoring a decree by the Emperor Claudius which made marriage forbidden. Languishing in prison, Valentine befriended a guard’s blind daughter whose sight he tried to restore. Denied books he would make things out of paper and write notes, signing them “Your Valentine.” Beheaded on the 14th of February, some of his bones rest in a glass-fronted box in the an... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Friday, 14 February 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
How freaky is that date? That's not going to happen for a while, well. not until next year when it's the 12th of the 13th month of 2014....What? Of course there is a 13th month, but it's so unlucky it doesn't feature on regular calendars, but there are some specialist outlets where you can buy such a calendar, or a rare,special diary. You know the sorts of places I mean, usually in a neglected quarter of an old, old city, where you struggle to understand the locals, and it's lucky in a way th... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 11 December 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Yes, it's that time of year again., well, it's not quite the end of November, with a month to go until Christmas, but still I saw some houses yesterday with their decorations up, or perhaps, not taken down since last year. So head on over to "From The Vaults", not for an old story or poem, but a new Christmas horror story. Ho. Ho. Ho.... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 25 November 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
This time last week I was down in Brighton at the World Fantasy Convention, getting ready to take part in a signing session for “The Black Book of Horror” (number ten) and later that night taking part in the poetry event . It was my third World Fantasy Convention, and another great one, and here are some of the reason’s why: Brighton – this was the fourth time I had been to Brighton since the World Horror Convention in 2010. I fool myself into believing that I know my way... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Saturday, 09 November 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Every August we hit the glorious East Neuk of Fife for the Pittenweem Arts Festival and this year was no exception, bringing friends with us and having friends come up during the week, including the Read Raw crowd, and GWC gave Sophie a loan of his h... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 30 September 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
FINALLY, IT'S ARRIVED! "Unspoken Water 4" with 56 pages of poetry, and short fiction of the strange, weird and uncanny by the likes of Mike Chinn, Marion Pitman, Lee Clark Zumpe, Derek Muk, Rebekah Memel Brown, Brian M. Milton, Richard King Perkins ll, Stephen Palmer, and Andrew Hook. There's also some editorial ramblings by yours truly about the graveyard of the Dunino Church in Fife where the cover photographs were taken. Want to buy a copy? Then g... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 15 May 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
                The Brits came and went last week. What are they? Well, I suppose they are the British rock and pop awards, although I use the word "rock" advisedly and have been going for...well, too long, if what was on offer the other night was anything to go by. They take place in London, probably in the O2 which is packed to the rafters with screaming fans who hopefully get to see the action on big screens, otherwise they are peering at ants jumping up and dow... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Saturday, 23 February 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
BRRR, it doesn't feel like Spring, but the Spring edition of SF2 Concatenation is now up at: http://www.concatenation.org/whatsnew.html And it contains some reviews I wrote at ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Tuesday, 15 January 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Yep, it was the final of The Scotia's poet laureate competition last night with three members of Read Raw, namely, yours truly, Wullie Purcell and G. W. Colkitto reaching the final which was of a really high standard, and first and second places went to two friends of Read Raw - Ray Evans and Tracy Patrick, with G. W. Colkitto taking the third spot, so congrats to all of them.... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Tuesday, 15 January 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
First, Happy New Year! Second, this Tuesday, 8th of January, yours truly, plus my fellow Read Raw muckers, George Colkitto, and Wullie Purcell are reading along with a whole lot of other people at a Scottish Writers Centre "Speakeasy", members showcase bash/thing/event. It's at 7pm in the CCA Clubroom, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. Free entry. Haven't a Scoob when I'm on or what I'm reading, either something Christmassy or something Valentine's Day-ish! "Gee, we're so p... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 06 January 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
                 On the run up to Christmas a hot and sweaty Santa emerged from his workshop wearing trainers, joggy bottoms, and a vest. He didn't mind the cold, he was used to it, but in a few weeks time he would be heading to somewhere warmer, as soon as he got Christmas out of the way. He deserved a well-earned rest, they had booked all inclusive, with all the food and drink they could manag... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Saturday, 01 December 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
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