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{ Monthly Archives } May 2011

Tales of Yankee Power

Sorry I’m a bit late with this post. I wanted to have it out in time for Bob Dylan’s birthday on the 24th, but what with being deeply embroiled in writing a ghost story and my own closely adjacent birthday to contend with it didn’t quite happen. Never mind. So far as I’m concerned, any day [...]

Out of This World

I was lucky enough to be present at the opening of the British Library’s new SF exhibition, Out of This World, last Thursday night. The exhibition has been generating a lot of publicity – most notably The Guardian’s SF Special in the Review last Saturday – so naturally I was very curious to see what [...]

House of Fear

House of Fear is a new anthology of stories based around the theme of the haunted house. It’s edited by Jonathan Oliver, published by Solaris, and will be available from October 1st – which makes it the ideal Hallowe’en gift. For the full (and impressive) line-up go here: My own contribution to the anthology [...]


This story had an interesting genesis. I was talking with my friend Chloe about the games we used to play as children, and she told me the story of how a friend’s father erected a door for them in the back garden. The door served no practical purpose, it was just there, a door in [...]


Interzone editor Andy Hedgecock and Lancashire writer and poet Claire Massey have started an online magazine of speculative fiction. It’s called Paraxis, and you can read it here. This first issue is on the theme of Power. It features  stories by Conrad Williams and Nicholas Royle as well as my own story ‘The Upstairs Window’ and [...]