Perchance a Change in Focus


In less than a year, I have written three lengthy blog posts on the subject of paedophilia. That’s three more than I ever expected to be writing when I first set up this blog.

It’s an emotionally exhausting topic and one I am eager to move on from, along with the area of the culture war that had got me writing about the subject in the first place.

My earnest hope is that, for the immediate future, any horrors that I write about on this blog will be the fictional kind.

Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Child Abuse: Cover-Up or Exploitation?


Marion Zimmer Bradley, feted author of feminist science fiction and fantasy, was a child molester. As far back as 1999 there were accusations that Bradley had enabled the crimes committed by her husband, convicted paedophile Walter Breen; the charge was led by Stephen Goldin, whose stepson was one of Breen’s victims. But it was not until 2014 that the full extent of Bradley’s complicity was made public. This happened when Deirdre Saoirse Moen contacted Bradley and Breen’s children and received a first-hand testimony from their daughter Moira Greyland stating that Bradley was not merely an enabler, she was an active molester herself.

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How I Spent February 2017

lupercalia-domenico-beccafumiWell, that’s the second month of 2017 done and dusted (more or less). It wasn’t an especially eventful month for me; I spent a good chunk of it down my local gay bar, reading Sax Rohmer while early-2000s synth pop played in the background.

But February did have a definite highlight in that I got to see more of the lovely pencils from Marcela, the artist with whom I’m collaborating on my comic. It’s all looking gorgeous, and I’m tremendously pleased to be working with her.

Exactly when I’ll have something solid to show for the project is still TBA, but hopefully it should be sometime this year.

In the meantime, this:


February 2017 Belladonna Issue Now Available!

c5dhct7vuae6nk4-jpg-largeIt’s that time of the month again: Belladonna, the all-woman horror magazine put together by we of the Horror Honeys, has it the newsstands of cyberspace.

Highlights include interviews with Jovanka Vuckovic, Claire Carré and Roxanne Benjamin; a feature on woman-fronted metal bands; reviews of the latest horror releases; and a poetic rumination on what might have happened to Lord Summerisle had his sacrifice of Edward Woodward failed to save the island’s apples.

All in all, the latest Belladonna has more ghoulie goodies than you can shake a mummified limb at.

So, what are you waiting for? Pick up your copy now! AND I MEAN NOW.

Continuing My Amazing Stories Retrospective

figure-3-amazing-stories-vol-1-no-2-center-2The second instalment of my Amazing Histories series has gone live. Here, I look at issue 2 of Amazing Stories magazine, published all the way back in May 1926.

Here, the familiar names of H. G. Wells, Jules Verne and Edgar Allan Poe are joined by other, less well-remembered talents. Whether your favoured form of transport is a comet, a pair of insectoid Martian wings or entry into the fifth dimension of size, come on over and see for yourself…

Fanzine Vault: Pernicious Anaemia #2

pernamb1In my previous post I celebrated the first issue of Pernicious Anaemia, a vampire fanzine published circa 1990. It’s not especially groundbreaking, as fanzines go, but it’s a nice slice of nostalgia and I find it hard not to feel a bit warm and fuzzy when I think about it.

So, I thought I may as well cover the second instalment as well, for the benefit of anybody who feels curiosity about this Tividale-based goth publication…


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Fanzine Vault: Pernicious Anaemia #1

pernam3I sometimes buy vintage fanzines on eBay or, occasionally, at a local second-hand shop. I have no memory of picking up the first two issues of the vampire zine Pernicious Anaemia, so I’m guessing that I must have got them as part of a bulk purchase at the latter outlet.

Bound in black tape at the English village of Tividale, Pernicious Anaemia was published circa 1990. Neither instalment contains a specific date, but the second issue identifies Susy McKee Charnas’ 1980 novel The Vampire Tapestry as having come out ten years previously, giving a pretty good clue as to the zine’s vintage.

Not only is this before Twilight, Buffy and True Blood, it is before Gary Oldman swooped across our screens in his much-ridiculed bouffant. Aside from the immortal works of Bram Stoker and Sheridan le Fanu, the dominant texts for a young vampire enthusiast of this period would have been Salem’s Lot, Near Dark, The Lost Boys, Anne Rice’s first three Vampire Chronicles books and television repeats of old Hammer films. A quite different scene to today.

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Peter Haining’s The Ghouls: The Stories Behind the Films

The Ghouls

Of all the books edited by the one-man anthology factory Peter Haining, The Ghouls from 1971 has one of the nicest ideas. Haining’s aim with this collection (published in both a one- and two-volume edition; I own the latter) was to collect the stories that inspired the classics of horror cinema, along with a foreword by Vincent Price, an afterword by Christopher Lee and short introductions by Haining himself which, together, form a potted history of horror films.

How does it work in practice? Well…

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How I Spent January 2017

janusSpeaking strictly in terms of my personal life, January 2017 was a considerable improvement over January 2016. That month was positively rotten to me and I still haven’t quite forgiven it. But this month?

Well, my creative projects have been coming along. It’s looking increasingly likely that my comic will be heading to the Kickstarter stage this year, which is something I can thank my lovely artists for. Them, and the group of wonderful friends who are interested in publishing it through their small press. I’m currently in talks, fingers crossed we can work something out…

Meanwhile, I’m also working my way through a stack of books on science fiction – from biographies to critical analyses – as research for a couple of nonfiction projects, including my new article series on Amazing Stories magazine.

(As for the international political situation circa January 2017, well, that’s something that has given me far, far less to feel optimistic about. But that would be a topic for another time…)

“You Will Have Seen Girls About Fifteen you Thought Were Hot”: The Forbidden Thoughts of Milo Yiannopoulos

Forbidden Thoughts

Around the start of this year, Superversive Press published an anthology of SF stories called Forbidden Thoughts. Many – if not all – of the contributors are from the Sad and/or Rabid Puppy campaigns, and the stories are meant to represent everything that SJWs hate.

The book’s foreword is by Milo Yiannopoulos, a man who has made a career out of expressing sundry politically incorrect opinions. In this post, I would like to examine one politically incorrect opinion of Milo’s which, to me, appears to have sparked surprisingly little controversy: his argument that it is sometimes morally acceptable, even beneficial, for an adult to have sex with a minor as young as twelve.

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