How I Spent July 2019


Well, that was a scorcher of a month. Despite the sun beating down on me like a big glowing jerk, I managed to get quite a bit done. For one thing, my TV tie-in novel has passed the halfway mark, and I’m looking forward to getting a complete draft done over the next two or three months.

Next up, I’m proud to have become a guest author for the lovely Horror After Dark blog, which kindly agreed to run my five-part series reviewing each and every finalist for this year’s Splatterpunk Awards; links are below. I’ve also been cracking on with my Hugo reviews for WWAC; I should be finished early in August — and with both the Splats and the Hugos done and dusted, I’ll find myself with a chunk of free time.

How will I spend it? Well, I have a few projects in mind…

Articles of mine published elsewhere this month:

Article topics for August and beyond:


2019 Splatterpunk Awards: Wrapping up the Reviews

Splatty Horror After Dark has just run the fifth and final post in my guest series where I review each and every one of the 2019 Splatterpunk Award finalists!

With Best Short Story, Best NovellaBest Collection and Best Anthology. all that remains is Best Novel. And here it is: the complete category reviewed for your pleasure.

Yet again, a content warning is probably necessary, since the Spatterpunk Awards celebrate extreme horror and some of the novels I’m talking about are indeed pretty extreme in their subject matter.

The House of Eddas: Thor vs. Chairman Mao in Journey Into Mystery #93


It’s time for another trip into the history of Marvel’s Thor. This time I’m looking at Journey into Mystery #93, with a story entitled “The Mysterious Radio-Active Man!” Stan Lee and R. Berns are still on writing duty, while Jack Kirby has returned as penciller with Dick Ayers on inks. Also deserving of credit is the issue’s special guest: Chairman Mao!

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2019 Splatterpunk Awards: Reviewing the Anthologies

SplattyIt’s that time of the week again!

Continuing my series of guest posts for Horror After Dark where I review the finalists for this year’s Splatterpunk Awards, here’s my take on the Best Anthology category. If you’re new to the series, you can also check out my reviews of Best Short Story, Best Novella and Best Collection.

Once again, since the Splatterpunk Awards celebrate extreme horror and bad taste bizarro, I should slap a hefty content warning on the entire series.

2019 Splatterpunk Awards: Reviewing the Collections


My five-part blog series for Horror Afrer Dark where I review every finalist for the 2019 Splatterpunk Awards has a new instalment up! This time round I’m looking at the category for single-author collections. The finalists are an interesting mix, ranging from the macabre to the goofy.

The subject matter’s pretty graphic again (it’s an award for extreme horror, after all) so content warnings ahoy.

2019 Splatterpunk Awards: Reviewing the Novellas


I’ve got another guest post up at the Horror After Dark blog, and it’s the second in my five-part series where I review every finalist for the 2019 Splatterpunk Awards. This time I’m looking at the novella category, which include such delights as Kill for Satan!, Dead Stripper Storage and 1000 Severed Dicks.

As those titles should indicate, the article requires a preeeetty hefty content warning. But it’s all done in the best possible taste.