You can never keep up with what the members of the Glasgow Science Fiction Writers Circle are doing, but I'm glad to steer you in the direction of Hal Duncan's "A to Z of the Fantastic City", which is coming out from Small Beer Press which publishes the likes of Poppy Z.Brite, and Scottish writer, Alasdair Gray (that's his drawing of me on the home page from back in the day (BC... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Friday, 20 May 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
  Our darling boy, Alexander, is 18 years old today, in fact he was born about 6.23am eighteen years ago after a long and difficult labour. He was due to be born on the 1st, and appeared two weeks late; and funnily enough, his little sister Sophie was due on the 1st a few years later, and she also appeared two weeks late, must be a family thing. I'd never ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Saturday, 14 May 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
These people are busy, busy, busy. Courtesy of Jim Steel, Circle member and book editor for Britain's premier science fiction magazine, "Interzone", we have details about ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 09 May 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Just turned in nine reviews to Jan Edwards for the British Fantasy Society and one to Craig Lockley. That's on top of some other reviews I've also handed in to Jan as well. The "one" to Craig was for Cardinal Cox's great little poetry pamphlet "A Sack of Midnight: Leaves from the Mabinogion" inspired by the collected ancient Welsh folk tales, search it out if you can. Great poems, and great illustrations, just don't get me started on the cover. Also reviewing this, for "Interzone":... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 25 April 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Yes, just like it says on the label, I won the first Scotia Short Story competition after taking part in the last of the four heats - which, according to the judges was one of the toughest ones. I read my story "The Cutting Edge of Art" which is a darkly humourous piece about a desperate artist who resorts to "Stalker Art - a creative invasion of privacy" as his next big project and makes someone's life hell in the process. I've read it before at WordDogs (Glasgow's semi-regular spoken word e... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 06 April 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Just to say thanks to everyone for the deluge of poems, stories and artwork for the first issue of "Unspoken Water".  I'm wading through submissions as quickly as I can manage - honest. The submission period closed on the 31st March, and will be reopening on 1st July.... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Saturday, 02 April 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Due to some technical difficulties - as they say in the trade - the website has been down for a while, but we're back, minus some "stuff", so I'll be doing a catch up on the blog and Vaults pages, watch these spaces.... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Friday, 01 April 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Yes, I'm giving away free books with every copy of "Raw Terror". Mainly because I want to encourage sales and I've got too many books, and I have multiple copies of many of those I'm giving away, so it couldn't be easier, when you are paying for a copy let me know which book you would like from the following list - the list will change every week. The condition of the book varies from mint to used, and they are paperbacks unless stated. This week's free books are: William Gibson "Mona... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 14 November 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
This is the cover of the book I'm currently reviewing for "Interzone", and it's a cracking read, highly recommended, but to learn more about how good I think it is,  you'll have to read the review when it appears in issue 232.... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 14 November 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Thanks to everyone turning out for the post-Halloween WordDogs bash at Cafe Hula on the 1st November. We had 8 readers attending on the night, and a few others by proxy and G.W. Colkitto did a marvellous job of reading on behalf of Peter Tennent and also the Karen Ellery/... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Tuesday, 09 November 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Word Dogs - the day after Halloween Bash Glasgow's spoken word event, WordDogs, returns on Monday November 1st at Cafe Hula, 321 Hope Street, for a night of fiendishly horrible poetry and prose from: Hal Duncan, Jim Steel, Mark Harding, Etta Dunn, Mo Blake, G.W. Colkitto, Elaine Gallagher, Lindsay MacLeod, Mike Alexander, Peter Tennant, Michael S. Collins, Ian Paton, Karen Ellery, Reggie Oliver and M.R. J... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 27 October 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Slight change of details as we're now running WordDogs on the 1st of November but there are still three days left to submit something. Glasgow's spoken word event, Word Dogs, returns after Halloween for another night of Horror, and stuff! We'll be gathering at Cafe Hula at the top of Hope Street on Monday 1st November, 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Cafe Hula has its very own skeleton looking down from above - you can't miss it - and the skeleton has agreed to be a judge if... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Friday, 22 October 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Yep, the Hunters headed en masse to the Carling Academy on Saturday night to see Alter Bridge, with some nifty driving to make sure that Alex got to his friend's party before and after the concert. Sadly, that meant we missed London grunge rockers Slaves to Gravity, a... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 18 October 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Just back from Weegie Wednesday - Glasgow's own monthly literary "salon". I haven't been for ages - too long, and the fact that Kathryn Ross, one half of agent's Fraser Ross Associates was going to be there to talk about the pros and cons of having an agent/being an agent, was incentive enough to get into Glasgow, especially since I had mugged Kathryn (in a nice way of... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 13 October 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
It's Thursday, it's the first Thursday in October, so it must be NATIONAL POETRY DAY, and this year's theme is "Home", and I'm just back from doing the Tramlines gig at Summerlee Industrial Heritage Museum, reading some of the poems specially gathered for today by the Scottish Poetry Library and some of my own "home" poems and poems by others on the same theme.    ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Thursday, 07 October 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Glasgow's spoken word event, Word Dogs, returns at Halloween for a night of Horror, and stuff! We'll be gathering at Cafe Hula at the top of Hope Street on Sunday 31st October, 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Cafe Hula has its very own skeleton looking down from above - you can't miss it - and the skeleton has agreed to be a judge if anyone cares to turn up in fancy dress.We'll take stories, poems, extracts, plays, a visit from your great Aunty Flo whom you have just dug up from her grav... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 06 October 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Yep, the British Fantasy Society's journal, Dark Horizons is out now, with stories from Glasgow Science Fiction Writers Circle member Jim Steel, and Malcolm Laughton, Stephen Bacon, Charlotte Bond (great story title), and Zachary Jernigan. On the poetry front there are great poems from Allen Ashley, J.R. Salling, Graylin Fox, Sarah Doyle, Roy Gray (very timely), Alessio Zanelli, Rick Coonrod, oh, and me. Not to forget the cracking artwork and the articles and interviews ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Thursday, 23 September 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
As one of the directors of Read Raw Ltd I'm involved in running one of the events at Glasgow Poetry Week which is taking place in October 2010. Our event is called "Poetry in the Raw" and will be taking place at Cafe Hula, 321 Hope Street Glasgow, G2 3PT on Sunday 3rd October from 7.30pm to 10pm, with poets to be registered by 7.45pm, and the event kicking off at 8pm, wit... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Saturday, 04 September 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Yes, finally, the last thrilling instalment of "Mr.Murdoch Comes to Town" a political science fiction story set in a future Scottish Parliament that is probably too close for comfort, has just appeared in "From the Vaults", just a few tabs to the left of this one. This is a story that was "crittered" into shape by the Glasgow Science Fiction Writers Circle and appeared in volume 26 of New Writing Scotland, a collection which had the subtitle "Bucket of Frogs" and had a cover illustration of -... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 01 September 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Yes, it was the annual trip to the East Neuk of Fife to the same cottage in St. Monans to coincide with the Pittenweem Arts Festival. Following a trip to Transreal in Edinburgh, I took along Jeff Vandermeer's "The Third Bear", "Years Best SF 15", "Wireless" by Charlie Stross,and "Nebula Awards Showcase 2009" edited by Ellen Datlow, and a copy of "Black Static" 17. The problem with St. Monans is that it's too close to St. Andrews which is packed with bookshops, there's even a big books... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Saturday, 21 August 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
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