The Manitor: New story in Kaleidotrope

Thrilled to say that I’ve had a new story published in the Autumn edition of Kaleidotrope. I guess you could say it is my first ever Steampunk story. It’s heavily influenced by Twain, has had a somewhat interesting history, and I am bloody thrilled to see it featured by this most excellent mag. Read read…




John Carpenter’s Vampires: 5 easy upgrades

John Carpenter’s Vampires is a mess, but like other films in his later work, there’s a frustrating sense that things could have been better, with just a little rejigging. Not great, but a considerable improvement. A few zero-cost measures might have left a pleasant B-Movie flavour, as opposed to the aftertaste of failure. There are…




Valerian: some questions

Luc, Luc, be honest: this is a first draft, right? Because it feels an awful lot like that. Not that I’m complaining: there is something glorious, for anyone who’s sat through a screenwriting course, about a script with such utter disregard for the rule book. (You are aware there’s a book, right?) So how in…


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#GollanczFest line up announced

GollanczFest takes place on 4 November this year, at Foyles in London, and I’ll be there waving my books about and stumbling nervously over the simplest questions. Science Fiction and fantasy readers of all kinds should attend -it’s a great chance to catch up with legends of my generation like Ed Cox, Al Robertson, Tom…




Forbidden Planet loves Kenstibec

It is a wonderful thing when people really get into your mad, dystopian, future Britain vision, and Joe Gordon at Forbidden Planet has been a big Kenstibec fan since Barricade was published way back when. Here he gives a wonderful review to the third and final part, “Rig”, and the series as a whole. It made…




London’s Range Rovers: Have we all gone quite mad?

To celebrate the launch of “Rig”, part three in the Kenstibec books, I’ve been blogging over at Civilian Reader about the curious and enduring phenomenon of big black Range Rovers in London, and the part 4x4s play in the Kenstibec books. Check it out here.  



Barricade and Steeple are cheap as chips for a limited time!

That’s right, We’ve gone mad, MAD I tells ya, and discounted BARRICADE on Ebook for a limited time: that means you can pick up a book described as “Scintillating” (Financial Times) and “A bonafide barnstormer” (Tor.com) for less than that crappy cup of coffee you were thinking about purchasing. BARRICADE is part 1 in the Kenstibec series,…




DS9: Sleazeball to the rescue

What a gift it is for an actor to possess truly corrupt features – shifty eyes, a built-in sneer, the jowls hanging heavy with bitter experience. A long career is far more attainable for the villain than it is for the pretty boy or the action hero. Harris Yulin is one so blessed, a go-to…




The Intruder/ Shame (1962)

As we approach 2017, movie lovers in search of guidance could do worse than take in this Roger Corman ’62 Shatner fest, a black and white morality tale populated by all manner of familiar demons. Shanter plays Adam Cramer, a charismatic cynic drawn to the resentment and fear bubbling under the surface in a small southern town. Cramer has been despatched by…




Fatty in colour! (Thanks to the Beano)

I’ve posted sketches of Fatty before, but at the beginning of the month I had the unique opportunity to draw him on a large scale – and in colour – having joined fellow Gollanczist, Mark Stay, and the very beautiful Kit Cox at the MCM Comic Con to sign books. We were set up at a long table where we consumed sarnies,…