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It’s the end of September, the nights are drawing in. I know this as I’m just back from walking the dog and it was getting dark at 7.15pm, so summer is well and truly gone, past, finito, but in an attempt to catch up on summer, it included:   ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 30 September 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
During the summer, I read a lot of books, and reviewed five of them for Concatenation, which have just been posted here: http://www.concatenation.org/whatsnew.html... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 07 September 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
The mighty Kerrang (Life is Loud, remember) asked their readers to choose the best albums of the 21st Century so far, and from that they have compiled the top 50, out of which I have: 49 -"Permission to Land" The Darkness 39 -"Ghost Reveries" by Opeth 38 "Love Metal" by HIM 29 "Black Holes and Revelations" by Muse 27 "City of Evil" by Avenged Sevenfold 26 "Casually Dressed and Deep In Conversation" by Funeral for a Friend 25 "Puzzle" by ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Saturday, 29 August 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
And here it is, featuring my first - and very likely last - review for Interzone. What am I reviewing? Scroll down and find out ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Friday, 28 August 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Thanks, to Jim Steel of the GSFWC for the head's up on the next issue of Dark Horizons, which both of us are in. http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=357:dark-horizons-55&catid=27:dark-horizons&Itemid=34  ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Tuesday, 25 August 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Got back from St.Monans to find I'd sold four poems - "A Pressing Question" to "Alien Skin," "The Golem's Touch" to "Dreams and Nightmares", "Calling the Past" to "Midnight Street", and "The Stone Bearer" to "Dark Horizons", and speaking of the latter, I've just been asked to be their poetry editor, and accepted of course. On the poetry front, Linda and I went through to Edinburgh last Saturday for the opening night of the book festival to hear the Poet Laureate, Carol Anne Duffy, read. She s... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Friday, 21 August 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Just back from a week away in the glorious East Neuk of Fife, staying in a cottage at St.Monans and walking the coastal path back and forward to Pittenweem (for the arts festival), or into Elie, and managed to take in St. Andrews and Dundee as well. I particularly love the former for its many charity shops as well as the odd book shop, and the latter is a tight, compact city with some great side-streets and unusual shops to explore. Another blog will tell some tales from that part of the worl... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Saturday, 08 August 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Yep, those good old boys at Kerrang are trying to entice me to buy some albums by giving them 4 'Ks' and comparing them to bands I like. Among the current crop of tempters are:'Good, Good Desperation' by Hopewell, who sound like Jane's Addiction and Pink Floyd. 'Lightbulb Universe' by Icelandic quartet Agent Fresco who sound like Faith No More, and System of a Down. 'Cinco Hombres' by Black Spiders who sound like AC/DC and Turbonegro. 'Final Conversation of Kings' by The Butterfly E... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 26 July 2009 Comments Comments(1) Read more...
When you are stuck in the rut of reading loads of reference 'stuff' for the latest university project (due this Friday, gulp), or books that need reviewing, it's a pleasure to take time out of all 'that' to read the latest 'Supernatural Tales' as it drops through the ltter box. This is issue 15, packed to the guddles with seven stories and some reviews, all for a mere £5, or £12 for a three-issue subscription - go on, spoil yourself, you know it makes sense. The seven stories are pretty strong... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 20 July 2009 Comments Comments(3) Read more...
Okay, I know I'm a few days late with this, due to technical problems outwith my control and knowledge (I know that covers just about everything), but Chris Beckett, one of the best and most thought-provoking science fiction writers around, and author of two very different novels in 'The Holy Machine' and 'Marcher' which was highlighted in a previous 'The Now' has won the Edge Hill prize for his short story collection 'The Turing Test', published by Elastic Press, despite stiff competition from ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 20 July 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
It was that time again -and time to go camping with the kids. Alex used to have birthday sleepovers, then they were birthday camping sleepovers, where he and his mates would camp in our garden. This usually meant that they would finally go to sleep about 2am, get up at 6am to play 'hunt', andand I would get about 4 hours sleep. Never again, I would say, but relented, until last year when I took them camping to ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 12 July 2009 Comments Comments(3) Read more...
It's the last day, kicking off with 'The Stone Gods' - risen from the ashes of the shambles that was 'The Darkness', with a quick jaunt over to the Tuborg Stage to check out if the 'Brides' are an all-female band wearing the shredded remains of wedding dresses. Sadly, they are all guys. Then it's back to the main stage for 'Tesla', and some old geezer appearing on stage to do a very funny intro to 'Skin'. 'Black Stone Cherry' are as good as you would expect them to be, and 'Journey' are pretty s... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 06 July 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Okay. Download. Day Two. Saturday. A bit of a weak day, I'm thinking and don't rush off early with the guys to catch Five Finger Death Punch who are on stage one at 11.55am. The first band I catch is Hatebreed, followed by Fightstar, featuring Charlie of the Eyebrows fame, or is that Charlie who used to be in Busted fame? Then it's Down, then a jaunt over to the Tuborg Stage for 'General Fiasco' who were very good, I thought, followed by 'Man Raze', then it's the mighty 'Lawnmower Deth' - lightn... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Saturday, 27 June 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I can't say I'm just back from Download, as it finished last Sunday, but it's time to commit to the internet my thoughts about the festival. First, thanks to the Download gang - Dave, Dave, Dave -. No, and Craig (for driving and cooking), Angus (for driving and a few other things like laminated programmes, etc), and the rest of the gang: Tommy, Dave, Mark L, Mark R, Chubby, Keith, and Kevin, and I hope I haven't missed anyone. I must have made ten. Good company, good food, good beer, good pear c... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Friday, 19 June 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
It's that time of the year again - Download. Yes. I was out in the side garden tonight putting up my tent to make sure I remembered how, and as I am going to wing it without a rucsack but with two hold alls, I have a list of what to take. The weather doesn't look too promising, but we'll see. We are not going to have mudslides, I hope. There will be some ducking and diving between stages. On Friday that means missing Lucana Coil to catch Voivod, but I've seen the former twice and never seen the ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 10 June 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Are:Finding Violet Park by Jenny ValentineAttica by Garry KilworthThe Hundred-Towered City also by Garry KilworthThe Battle for Gullywith by Susan HillWeight by Jeanette WintersonPromethea Book 5 by Alan Moore and J.H. Williams IIIGhost World by Daniel Clowes... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Thursday, 04 June 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
From Glasgow SF Circle stalwart, Paul Cockburn andhttp://www.sfx.co.uk/page/... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Friday, 29 May 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Yep, Colkitto was the stormtrooper, but Mo, Wullie and I have followed in his wake and all had poems accepted by 'Ink, Sweat and Tears'. For me they were the poems - 'Danger Unexploded Poem' (inspired by Dali's 'Exploding Raphaelesque Head') and 'The Collected Thoughts of God' (inspired by a line in a song by the Goddess that is Polly Jean Harvey).An assault on Polish poetry markets is in the pipeline.... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Friday, 29 May 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
It was my birthday yesterday - time keeps on slipping into the future as Steve Miller used to sing, so we had a barbecue party and I thought since it's my party, I'll have my music for a change, so last week I went through the pillars of CDs inandLinda's wardrobe thing in the front room and picked out a whole load of 'stuff' - Miles Davis, David Sanborn, Frank Zappa, Sarah McLaughlin and the like, and had a ball driving down to Read Raw on Thursday listening to some songs from Frank Zappa's 'Bro... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 24 May 2009 Comments Comments(1) Read more...
So it's ring of fire time as I'm up for a crittering for my story 'The Ice Warden', which, unlike most of the stories I present to the Circle - mainly horror and fantasy - might be an actual science fiction story.and It has aliens, other planets, interstellar travel, but no futuristic kitchen sink. Still, we'll see if the Circle think it's SF.and And G. W. Colkitto of Read Raw fame is coming along to add to the fun, hey, no pressure. The fun starts at 8pm (ish, betcha either Al or Duncan are las... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Tuesday, 19 May 2009 Comments Comments(2) Read more...
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