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On the 22nd of December at Cafe FRESSH, in Glasgow, more details on Neil Williamson's splendid poster below.   ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 14 December 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
George Budge, is a long-time British Fantasy Society member who lives in the Highlands of Scotland. Well, the NHS unit that keeps him and many others healthy and mobile, looks like it might close and George is trying to keep it open by organising a petition,for which details can be found here:... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 14 December 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Phew, just managed to rattle off three reviews for Concatenation before their deadline. Should have been easy, I had read one of the books - "Dead Until Dark" - back before it had been revamped (ouch) as the inspiration for the True Blood TV series. I haven't read all of the "Dead" books, just the first few, and I was given book nine - "Dead and Gone" to review as well. The other book? Well, it wasn't a "Dead" one, sort of, although there are plenty of dead people in the story. It was Rob... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 14 December 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm about to post the new "The Now", which means last December's will disappear, so goodbye to "Madagascar 2 Escape 2 Africa" (although I see there is a straight to DVD Christmas film out now), George Mackay Brown's "The Masked Fisherman and other stories" (writing in its purist form); and Ladyhawke by Ladyhawke (80s techno rules). Note to self : post the new "The Now" today. And just checked the "Alterbridge" site, having just heard "Creed" on Rock Radio, phew! Which reminds ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 02 December 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
The latest issue of Markings has just appeared with three of my poems in it- Danger Unexploded Poem, When God Dreams and The Collected Thoughts of God. Also, I believe the latest issue of Midnight Street is out, with Calling the Past in it. And those nice people at Twisted Tongue have just accepted five - yes, that's right, five poems, bless them.... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Thursday, 26 November 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
All right, everyone!At last we have an opening for a WordDogs Christmas show. The theme will be generally along the lines of Christmas/Winter, etc. We'll come up with a snappy title that encapsulates that soon (currently leaning towards "WordDogs : The BITE Before Christmas" but open to better offers). If you have something that you're not sure can be stretched to fit the theme, query us and Ian and I will make a call.The venue will be the Fressh cafe that you performed i... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Thursday, 26 November 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
A week late, but never mind. Three quarters of Read Raw ventured to Perth last Saturday for the Ajay Close Memorial Open Mic thang, without a microphone, which was fun. Somehow, I ended up being first reader followed by Mo, and Wullie, or was it Wullie and Mo?  "The Cutting Edge of Art" went down well, and we were even invited to go up for a second time. Fortunately for the Perthlings, my printer ran out of ink just before we left home so I only entertained them with two poems - "Grandmother... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Saturday, 14 November 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Gary Gibson has packaged Fergus Bannon's novel "Judgement" as an eBook, and other GSFWC members like Jim Steel and Neil Williamson are recommending it, which is good enough for me, if the blurb alone doesn't grab you: "It started with a few isolated incidents. A mob shootout in Las Vegas, a firefight in the Central American jungles – one apparently unconnected event after the other, hinting at a worldwide conspiracy of unprecedented proportion... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 09 November 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Hope I got this right, as they played for quite a while: 50,000 Unstoppable Watts Struck Down Cypress Grove Profits of Doom Mob Goes Wild Electric Worry One Eye Dollar Minotaur Regulator Power Player Devil And Me Freakonomics Abraham Lincoln Child of the City Let the Poor Man Be Le Curandera Gravel Road Immortal =========== Encore... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 08 November 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Thursday, 05 November 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Like it says on the tin, going to see Clutch tonight, hopefully with Alex, can't wait. Check them out here: http://www.pro-rock.com/ Does Neil Fallon look a bit like GSFWC stalwart, Neil Williamson? Answers on a postcard, please.... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Thursday, 05 November 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Okay, I know, I know, a new month and a new "The Now" - I'm getting there, honest, but the creation of the November 2009 "The Now" will mean goodbye to the November 2008 edition - the first, in fact, so we salute the passing of: "The Dream" by In This Moment, "The Graveyward Book" by Neil Gaiman, and "Quantum of Solace". When it happens - this weekend, I promise.... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Thursday, 05 November 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
It's that time of the year again, so here is a poem, but first, thanks to Karen of Mad Blonde fame, lots of Halloween goodies at: http://themadblonde.livejournal.com/324676.html   THE DEAD ARE DISAPPOINTED ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Saturday, 31 October 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
It's been a great year for concerts - Metallica, David Byrne, ACDC, Bruce Springsteen, U2, 28 concerts in three days at Download, and some Celtic Connections "stuff", but last week might have been the concert of the year, and who would have expected it to be Fleetwood Mac. Linda and I caught them last Thursday at the SECC in Glasgow, and we weren't sure what to expect. Was this the pension tour? It was a sell-out, probably taking in £1m in ticket sales and merchandising from that gig alone, ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Tuesday, 27 October 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
"Who Was That Masked Woman?" written for this year's National Poetry Day theme of "Heroes and Heroines" is on the Scottish PEN site here: http://www.scottishpen.org/new-... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 19 October 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Or should I make that "Honorable mentions"? Just as "Best New Horror" edited by Steve Jones is an essential purchase, so too was "The Years Best Fantasy and Horror" edited over the years by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, who then retired from editing duties to be replaced by Kelly Link and Gavin J Grant. Occasionally one of my stories got an "honorable mention" in "YBF&H" which was a cause for joy. Sadly that title is no more, but Ellen has teamed up with Night Shade Books to br... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 14 October 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
It's National Poetry Day here in the UK, with this year's theme being "Heroes and Heroines". I've got a poem entitled "Who Was That Masked Woman?"about a house husband married to a superheroine that's appearing soon in the Scottish PEN newsletter. In the meantime if you are looking for a good poetry book to read then look no further than Jen Hadfield's "Nigh-No-Place" from Bloodaxe books, which I'm currently reading and picking up a few new words in Scots and the Shetland dialect that... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Thursday, 08 October 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last Thursday the Read Raw crew and some of the Glasgow Science Fiction Writers Circle met up at Waterstones in Glasgow for the launch of two new Eibonvale Press titles, namely "Once and Future Cities" by Allen Ashley and "Ultrameta" by Douglas Thompson. On the night we were treated to some free wine and a reading from both of them. I had never heard Douglas' work before, although funnily enough the latest issue of "Visionary Tongue" has an interview with him, but I have read a lot of Allen's... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 04 October 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Michael Collins has reviewed the last WordDogs outing at: http://michaelscollins.blogspot.com/2009/10/word-dogs-ix.html    ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 04 October 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Congrats to Mark Harding for organising an outing of WordDogs last Saturday as part of the Merchant City Literary Festival. There was a good showing of GSFWC members, with GW Colkitto of Read Raw fame also on the bill, and Mo Blake (also a GSFWC member) reading before us as part of the open mic thang. Mo also had her poem “Rewind” accepted by “One” magazine. The curse of “The Cutting Edge of Art... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 30 September 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
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