I Actually Wrote Something! “Why Do You Do This?”

Cosmic horror comes to a soul-destroying workplace not at all meant to resemble certain IT contracting activities.

Yes, over the past year, I’ve mostly been grinding away at a giant hamster wheel of novel-writing. However, I’m also pleased to announce that one of my horror-adjacent stories, “Why Do You Do This?” will be appearing in the anthology of fantasy and surrealism A Land Without Mirrors. Put out by the fine people at Fluky Fiction, A Land Without Mirrors features 16 tales of the weird and fantastic.

My own story, “Why Do You Do This?” is very much experimental in tone, and was a chance for me to try out not only some new narrative techniques, but also to express myself in a much more personal and raw manner. I hope you’ll give it and the other stories in the collection a try.

A Land Without Mirrors is currently available as an e-book from Amazon. If you want to say, hopefully good, things about it, here’s the Goodreads page.


2018 In Review: My 5-Stars for the Year

In a year where my blogging volume has dropped precipitously due to writing commitments (and, uh, work), this is probably my last post of the year. Let’s go out with a bang! I haven’t had the opportunity to post about some of my favourite things this year, so I’m gathering all my 5-star raves for 2018 in one place.

To keep things manageable, I’m restricting my list of 5-star reading and viewing experiences to “Histories Unfolding Approved” historically-related entries.


Review: Lovecraft Country, by Matt Ruff

The “real monster is racism” trope gets an energetic re-imagining in this pulpy occult historical

The title of Lovecraft Country is a bit misleading. H.P. Lovecraft’s troubling racism and its impact on horror and science-fiction fans, particularly African-Americans, does play a part in the narrative. However, it’s not the core of this novel. Rather, it’s the difficulties and dangers of being Black in America. These very real horrors permeate everyday life for the novel’s characters. With its 1950s setting, such a theme might sound obvious, but as we’re seeing with other historic evils, it’s still relevant. The story’s execution is brilliant with the end result a lively, fun and impactful read.