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It was a strange weekend. Linda was away with her mountaineering club to a hostel in Kinlochleven for their annual Burns Supper/social event which went into the wee small hours of Friday night and Saturday night. The weather was wild at the weekend, so wild that three people died in an avalanche on Buachaille Etive Mor, which is the big scabrous mountain on the left as you enter Glencoe; and so wild that Linda's club had to settle for climbing a Corbett rather than a Munro.... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 26 January 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
First, the poetry thang, thanks to Jim Steel for checking out the Critters annual Editors and Predictors poll where I am listed in the poetry categories, listed at number 15 for best poet and number 20 for best poem for 'A Little Piece of Your Life'. You can check it out here:and http://www.critters.org/predpoll/tally.htmlNow, back to the books, the Guardian have kindly put together a list of the '1000 Novels Everyone Must Read'... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Friday, 23 January 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
To borrow a phrase from Jimmy Greaves.Yes, much strangeness in the past week, starting with the death of Raymond Black, a guy I went to primary school with being murdered in his own home, after some hit and run 'incident'. The hit and run happened at 12.15am, and 50 minutes later the policeand - who had received a call about it - found him dead when they arrived at his home,andwhile his 2 year old daughter was sle... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 19 January 2009 Comments Comments(3) Read more...
It is like a sort of the wit of the staircase deal, but no sooner do I post my albums of the year, I remember Slaves to Gravity and their album 'Scatter the Crows', which featured in Kerrang's albums of the year, in fact they won a Kerrang award as best newcomer in 2008. if you like grunge, you will like them, heavily influenced by Soundgarden, methinks.And while I am moaning about the lack of touring by The Gutter Twins, I learn they are actually playing Oran Mor, In Glasgow on Thursd... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 14 January 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Tough choice, not because it was hard to pick a whole ten albums of the year, but because there were so many good contenders. Here's to 2009 with a new PJ Harvey album due out in March and maybe something from Porcupine Tree, but finally 2008, and in no particular order:Glenn Hughesand 'First Underground Nuclear Kitchen', a sort of rock, jazz, funk, soul offering from the ex-Deep Purple bass player and singer. His 'Love Communion' might have been my song of the year.Melody Ga... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 11 January 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Happy New year! I know, I'm a few days late, but it is a busy time, isn't it.Thanks to Jim Steel of the GSFWC for pointing out that Postscripts 17 has just come out with a story of mine in it. I'm chuffed to be in one of the best small press magazines around (not that the mighty PS is very small press-like). It's an Uncle Jack story, of a visit to the seaside with his niece and nephew, but when your uncleand just might be an immortal Jack the Ripper, you can expect all sorts of adventu... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 07 January 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
The jazz trumpet giant, Freddie Hubbard, died yesterday. I was lucky enough to see him in concert at a North Sea Jazz Festival in the Hague, with McCoy Tyner on piano, and I still have some pictures of that gig. He was a great, grinning bear of a man, squeezed into a suit that looked too small for him. Apart from his playing, I remember he turned from side to side -anda lot, almost as if he was doing 'the twist', and he snapped his fingers constantly. He looked like he was having fun, we certain... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 31 December 2008 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
It's been a good year, writing-wise, especially in the latter half of the year, with several stories and poems appearing in a rush. Thanks to Jim Steel at the Glasgow SF Writers Circle for giving me the heads up on Screaming Dream's 'Estronomicon'. Their Christmas special is just out, and among some fine tales is my 'Anarchy at Christmas'. Hopefully, the following link will take you there.Enjoy.Ho, ho, ho.http://w... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 24 December 2008 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Caught Biffy Clyro the other night at the SECC - and first a mini-rant about the car-parking arrangements there. Guys, what's with the dug-up car park at the front of the SECC, the crazy traffic lights (which the taxi drivers mainly ignore, of course) and the snaking up and down past the centre (not to mention a little detour on to the Clydeside Expressway), before parking at the wrong end of the place? What with the concert, the carnival ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Tuesday, 23 December 2008 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I know, I know, I should be more diligent with my blog, but here goes, some catch up.First, andWordDogs which took place on the 3rd of December in the 13th Note in King Street in Glasgow. Thanks to my fellow Junta(eers), Rich and Michael, for all their organisational hard work; and everyone who came along and supported and read on the night. We made a slighty profit - yah! Just whenandI was about to reach into the wallet to help cover costs - phew! andA good night, and some very good r... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 15 December 2008 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I took part in the morning session of North Lanarkshire's Community Learning and Development Partnership's planning day yesterday. As an ice-breaker we were put into three teams and asked a series of questions. Every second one was about CLAD strategy - outcomes, aims, and things like that. In between were trivia questions - 'Which country first gave the vote to women?', 'Where is the Forbidden City?'. We came last, but got all the trivia questions right. My contribution was knowing how many 'Fr... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Friday, 05 December 2008 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Okay, so we lost by a single goal, but itand could have been more as I heard it was men against boys in the first twenty minutes or so, with Argentina running circles around us.So much for football, now on to writing matters. Went to the Glasgow SF Writers Circle last Tuesday and came away with six pages worth of notes and some really good ideas about my story 'First Prize'and such as how to deal with dead end plot lines like th... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Tuesday, 25 November 2008 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Scotland are playing Argentina tonight, with Maradona in charge of the visitors, and Terry Butcher (former England captain, and now assistant Scotland manager) is refusing to shake hands with him for the 'Hand of God' incident, when England played Argentina in the World Cup - was it a quarter final? I remember 'The Hand' and the goal Maradona scored after that. Who doesn't? One of the greatest goals of all time. I also remember going to see Scotland play Argentina way back in 1979. The second ti... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 19 November 2008 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Just got the latest issue of Supernatural Tales, number 14, in from David Longhorn, and it's gone straight to the top of the reading pie, even usurping a proof copy of Mike Cobley's latest novel (and he's a fellow Glasgow SF Writers Circle member for Pete's sake). It's a tribute toandDavid's hard work thatandSupernatural tales isandstill as strong as ever, and this latest issue includes a couple of well-kent faces, with stories from Simon Strantzas, and Tony Lovell, and Bill Read. Just glancing ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 17 November 2008 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Yep, in the local earlier with Russell, and bumped into Dave and Tommy (the Hand) who with that name always reminds me of Rollin Hand - Martin Landau's character from 'Mission Impossible', and Chubby was there too. Where were the rest of the Download guys?andGood to see we are signed up for various concerts in the next few months, from Biffy Clyro to Metallica. Had a bit of a discussion as to whether or not 'Opeth' with 'Cynic' in support, playing on Monday night in Glasgow,andare worth catching... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Saturday, 15 November 2008 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Caught Quantum of Solace the other day with number one son and his Grandad, and it wasn't too shabby (see a future The Now) for more comments. Apart from the popcorn, what I like about a trip to the cinema are the trailers. Somehow I forget that I've gone to see a film like 'Inspector Gadget' on the strength of a great trailer, only to see a movie where all the best bits were in the trailer. This time the trailers were poor, not helped by the fact that they've put the latest Harry Potter film ba... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Tuesday, 11 November 2008 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
The mighty PS Publishing certainly did well at both of these awards ceremonies. Elizabeth Hand's, 'Illyria', won a World Fantasy Award for Best Novella, and when I read it, I thought it was the best thing I had read all year - a fantastic, bittersweet, love story - or is it? I'd never read any of Hand's work before, but her narrative voice was so engaging, and so effortless to read, that I've started to search out her other books. Of course PS' main man, Mr. Crowther won a special award; and Ell... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Thursday, 06 November 2008 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Not much to report as recommendations that would catch my eye on the Kerrang front.Only one album - 'Downfall' by The Gathering; and one DVD - Dream Theater's last tour on 'Chaos in Motion 2007 to 2008'.Wallet sighs with relief.... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Thursday, 06 November 2008 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Pete Crowther, the polymath that is, and owner of PS Publishing, whose titles (and the man himself)andhave just walked away with some International Horror Guild Awards and a few World Fantasy Awards was shocked a few years ago when a contestant on 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' didn't know who Ray Bradbury was. Pete wrote about that, I think, in his column in the late-lamented, 'The Third Alternative', so it was a pleasure to go along to a packed Tramway theatre in Glasgowand the other night a... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Tuesday, 04 November 2008 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
First, the spookyness, thanks to RPN at the Ghost Story Society for giving the heads upandthat Juno Books, has just made available a PDF file *Five Classic Ghost Stories: A Halloween Treat*, which consists of:'Let Loose,' Mary Cholmondeley (1890)'The Striding-Place,' Gertrude Atherton (1896)'The Lost Ghost,' Mary E. Wilkins Freeman (1903)'Kerfol,' Edith Wharton (1916)'Spunk,' Zora Neale Hurston (1925)... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 29 October 2008 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
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