Thank You

I hope everyone has taken a few days out to kick back and make the most of the holidays this year. I have had a very special Christmas with family and friends, which is what the season is all about, for me. I’m not a religious man and I don’t like enjoy the commercial hold…

3. Unknown Wonder

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” H.P.Lovecraft, ‘Supernatural Horror in Literature’ It has become apparent that the Romantic Sublime is the form of the sublime that I have recognised up until now when reading particular kinds of horror fiction, linked as…

The Other Side of Bethlehem

Soft caressing satin sheets the finest weave laid out awaiting our grey mistress today the surroundings a lowly cave but tomorrow she says ” it will be a palace” for she is deserved of the world’s best * We shudder as she draws near her greatness is in contrast to our lowliness I behold her…

OF A DARKER ART

Originally posted on Joseph A. Pinto:
OF A DARKER ART Got hell in mouth Devil on tongue Voodoo mama on brain Demon in heart. Dig bones from dirt Bury spleens in hearth Keep gris-gris round neck Darkness never part. Never sell this spell But steal your charm Tongue flick tail rattle, baby Yeah, snake round…

Damned Words 10

Misery Thomas Brown Misery rolled with the dogs in the shadows of Tompkin’s shed. On August 25th, 1968, Mike Callahan hung himself from a cross-beam in the ceiling. The wood was old and riddled with rot but it held his weight well enough. On July 13th, 1985, Sarah Paulson was stabbed in the neck while tending…

2. The Romantic Sublime

“But Gothic art is sublime. On entering a cathedral, I am filled with devotion and awe; I am lost to the actualities that surround me, and my whole being expands into the infinite; earth and air, nature and art, all swell up into eternity, and the only sensible expression left is, ‘that I am nothing!’”…

Lynnwood | Thomas Brown

Originally posted on Books are my Drug:
Lynnwood (ebook ISBN 9781907230424)  by Thomas Brown is a horror about a town with a dark secret. The unthinkable is happening in Lynnwood – a village with centuries of guilt on its conscience. Who wouldn’t want to live in an idyllic village in the English countryside like Lynnwood?…

‘Hospitality’

I fantasise about a world in which hospitality is an accurate descriptor for the industry it is used to describe. In this world, hospitality can be experienced in many forms. It can be seen in the smiles of waiters when they approach your table to take your food order. It can be heard from the…

RELEASE: Broken Worlds

Earlier this year I was incredibly humbled to place first in the annual Almond Press Short Story Competition. From my entry and a number of shortlisted entries by some genuinely talented writers, Almond Press has successfully compiled its third anthology – BROKEN WORLDS. The anthology theme is self-explanatory, but when compared with the press’ previous two anthologies it really sings…

Zen

As someone who finds listening to music incredibly useful when it comes to detaching myself from reality, stepping away from the rest of the world and immersing myself a creative zone (zen?), the complete Interstellar soundtrack is absolute gold. I’m yet to pinpoint what it is about a piece of music that makes it suitable for reaching…