Almost twenty years in the making, and inspired by my son, Alexander, I'm serialising my children's novel "The Mad Tickler" over at Wattpad, and you can find the first chapter here: http://www.wattpad.com/8262760-the-mad-tickler?utm_source=email... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Tuesday, 23 October 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
On sale now, "Unspoken Water 3", the music-inspired issue of poetry and short fiction of the strange, weird and uncanny with contributions from:ALLEN ASHLEYSARAH DOYLESTEPHEN PALMERLEN SACULLAJOHN SAVAGEJ. DANIEL STONENEIL WILLIAMSON And four cracking illustrations from Denny Marshall. Copies on sale here:  ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 29 August 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Yes, he's back, and I don't mean the original Swedish television version of "Wallander", but the one co-produced by BBC Scotland and several other studios. Yes, "Wallander" returned to BBC 1 last night looking as bleak as ever with an episode called "An Event in Autumn" based not on a Henning Mankell novel, but on a short story originally only ever published in Sweden called "The Grave". Did it show? Possibly, but here I was thinking that they ended series two perfectly with "The Firfth Woman... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 09 July 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
As a Director of Read Raw Ltd,  I'll be involved in judging three heats of poetry competition that is part of the Renfrewshire side of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, details below. Read Raw and theScottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival Read Raw Ltd will be running several projects in the run up and du... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 08 July 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
The scores on the doors are in, or maybe that should be film scores. Boom, boom!  Cue a high pitched sequence of notes and a knife blade through the shower curtain. For coming soon is "Unspoken Water 3", the music-inspired issue of poetry and short fiction of the strange, weird and uncanny with contributions from:ALLEN ASHLEYSARAH DOYLESTEPHEN PALMERLEN SACULLAJOHN SAVAGEJ. DANIEL STONENEIL WILLIAMSON ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Tuesday, 19 June 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
"It was a pleasure to burn." I was sad to hear that the great American writer Ray Bradbury died recently aged 91. He was born in 1920, the same year as my father and Scotland's great "makar" Edwin Morgan. Now Bradbury and Morgan are both gone, and Bradbury was a great "makar" in every sense of the word himself, bringing the sensibilities of country life in America to the science fiction stage. I first discovered him in short story collections I read at school and his stories were bett... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Thursday, 07 June 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Crivens, has it been that long since I've been here? I've been busy, busy, busy. Writing reviews, writing short stories, poems and parts of novels, and, ahem, writing my dissertation - honest! Another thing that kept me busy was having a place on a Scottish Book Trust/BBC writing lab for Children's BBC. To get a place you had to send a writing CV and details of the children's books and television programmes you liked to read and... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Saturday, 07 April 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
  2011 is over, and I was chuffed to get a copy of Kerrang's album of the year - Mastodon's "The Hunter" right at the death of the year, in HMV in Perth on the 31st December, and also chuffed to see that I had managed to pick up some of "Jazzwise" magazine's best albums of the year almost by accident, like ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 22 January 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Apart from a ghost story that's appeared in the latest issue of the Journal of the British Fantasy Society (and I'll say no more about that - no spoilers here), I was runner up in the Scotia Bar's Poet Laureate competition, sandwiched in between John Savage (in first place), and Ray Evans (in second place). As reigning short story laureate,or whatever I'm called, I couldn't quite do the double. Sadly, Read Rawers Wullie Purcell and GW Colkitto were not in the top three, but it was a very stro... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Tuesday, 27 December 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
The Winter 2011/12 issue of The BFS Journal has gone to press and should be with all contributors by Christmas. Its packed full of fiction and non-fiction, and might be my last issue as poetry editor - haven't heard to the contrary so fingers crossed The contents are:  Ramsey's Rant - Ramsey CampbellThe Fi... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 04 December 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
What ghost? What armadillo? Well, I'm talking about the fantastic cover for "Unspoken Water 2" by Denny Marshall which is on sale now. Great, isn't it? Go to the "Buy Online" page to get your copy now. ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 28 November 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Crikey, has it been that long since I've posted to my blog, so..... ON THE POETRY FRONT Sold a poem to "Star*Line" And "Spidersilk and Spaceships" Have two/three poems in the "Tannahill 200" anthology and will be taking part in it's follow-up launch events. Took part in a couple of Scottish mental health week events. Read at the Halloween West End Wurdz. Shouldn't forget that my epic poem "The Fall of Tam Lin" was in the British Fantasy ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 27 November 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Jennifer Egan's novel "A Visit from the Goon Squad" won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction this year, and it's a book that is told in a series of inter-connected short stories. We start with Sasha who steals things, out on a date with Alex, and her tale shifts between that date and her sessions with her therapist. She works for Bennie's record label, and she features slightly in the next story when Bennie visits a g... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 21 August 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I've been a member of the British Fantasy Society since the 1980s and this year is its fortieth anniversary and I'm delighted to have an epic fantasy poem called "The Fall of Tam Lin" in a special anthology called "Full Fathon Forty" edited by Chairperson David J. Howe which features "works by members and friends of the Society past and present. Here you will find angels and vampires, w... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 01 August 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
This, taken at the graveyard at the Dalzell Estate in Motherwell. ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 06 July 2011 Comments Comments(1) Read more...
Caught a double-bill at the Glasgow Jazz Festival last night. First up was NeWt "a hyper-imaginative and unconventional jazz trio formed by Australian trombonist Chris Greive, Aberdonian guitarist Graeme Stephens and American drummer Chris Wallace." Sadly, they had just missed out on a Scottish Jazz award for best group, but Stephens picked one u... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 04 July 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Spooky, or what? But on the flight down to London from Edinburgh, there I was sitting reading the latest issue of "Black Static" (only the greatest horror magazine in the world), and in particular Peter Tennant's "Case Notes" which had a feature on Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula" and several books that it has spawned recently, when a woman sits down beside me and she's reading Kim Newman's "Anno Dracula", arguably the best of the featured bunch, although Reggie Oliver's "The Dracula Papers" (wh... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 27 June 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Yes, over here, some possible words of wisdom about writing, and the like from yours truly. Make sure if you visit to read the previous guest bloggers and read the ones in days ahead, there's some good advice in there.... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Saturday, 11 June 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
"Kerrang!" is seemingly the noise guitar strings make when strummed in a heavy metal fashion. Whatever that is, you can work out for yourself, but it was 30 years ago today that the first issue of Kerrang appeared, and it's one of the few magazines that I subscribe too, although I probably only read the reviews, gig reviews, and certain features, and almost all of the posters end up in Sophie's room especially if they are ones of "Evanescence", "Green Day", "Bullet for My Valentine", "Paramor... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 06 June 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
And you can find them over here.... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 22 May 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
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