Monday, 25 June 2012

WHERE NEXT FOR STORYTELLING?


Books are wonderful, wonderful things. Stories short and long permeate everything we are as a people, no matter our heritage, our histories are awash with stories rich in imagination, allegory and wisdom, but now there seems to be something of an impasse. It seems the time is coming when a new kind of storytelling will be ushered in.

From word of mouth and cave paintings to the printed word, digital media and beyond, stories both true and imaginary have been the very glue which holds any society together.

So what next? The publishing industry is in flux, the tastes of the public even moreso, and yet stories still have their power over us. What will that new way of storytelling be? It will most likely be like nothing that we have thus far come up with, a new way of absorbing stories and information.

Cerebral implants? Immersive holograms? Sensory illusions? No matter what the next step in the evolution of storytellers and storytelling turns out to be, there will always be the need for stories. So gather them. Share them. Tell them. Write them.

Stories are the foundation of everything that exists. Now that's something spectacular to contribute to. Get writing, drawing, creating any way you can.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Could have/could of... AAARRGGGHHH!!!

Dear world: It's COULD HAVE, not COULD OF. The 'could of' comes from people misinterpreting 'could've', which is 'could' and 'have' stuck together. Please learn this, or I will be forced to detonate the planet's core AND IT WILL ALL BE YOUR FAULT.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

SKARLETT RIOT - 'VILLAIN'

I'm seriously impressed by the new EP from this young band who recently played the Pepsi Max stage at Download 2012. They have a great sound and a great work ethic (they are BUSY), and I see big things in their future. A full review of their EP is forthcoming. Until then, here's the video for the track 'Villain'.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Alice Cooper back in the UK in October!

Oh Hell yes. Alice Cooper will be bringing his show back to the UK this October, and his band for the tour will still include new guitar hero Orianthi Panagiris amongst its ranks. This is a MUST SEE TOUR.


Monday, 11 June 2012

The State of Play

It's a busy time, folks. There are a lot of new projects being worked on for you right now, and it's been difficult to fit blogging in alongside those projects and my new responsibilities as the father of a beautiful baby boy. My son has become my world, but my creative endeavours continue! Here I a run-down of some of the projects which will have my awesome surname (come on, it's a pretty cool name) on them soon.

I AM THE DARK
The third book in THE OTHERSIDE TRILOGY, following on from DEAD THING and FOR THE FALLEN, will arrive in August! This final novella sees Lisa Lambert and the Paranormal Division face off against the greatest threat ever...

NEW SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL 
I am in the early stages of writing a full-length science fiction novel. There are three things behind this book: A great story, a love for SF and the need for a new challenge. 

NEW SHORT FICTION
New stories are being written and submitted to a variety of outlets :)

NEW SHORT STORY COLLECTION
A new collection of SF, fantasy and horror stories will be arriving on the Kindle in the autumn. This will include my popular Halloween story “Undead and Buried” alongside a slew of brand new stories both short and not-so-short!

AND... 
As usual, you can find regular new material from me in Powerplay Rock and Metal Magazine, Horrornews.net and Lost In The Multiplex. A huge number of other projects are also underway, but those listed above will be the first to arrive. Other words to keep in mind include: Podcast, comic, column and script. I am not sleeping much, lately.

OH, BY THE WAY...
I am currently brainstorming ideas for a possible second BAGGED AND BOARDED book. That book has proved to be my most popular title yet, and people seem to be hungry for more in a similar vein. What form this will take will come to light soon!

Arthur C. Clarke...

‎"We have to abandon the idea that schooling is something restricted to youth. How can it be, in a world where half the things a man knows at 20 are no longer true at 40 - and half the things he knows at 40 hadn't been discovered when he was 20?" - Arthur C. Clarke.