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On Government Co-opting the Arts

It’s a curious phenomenon that, historically, the arts have flourished during recessions and withered during economic booms. The reason for this, in my view, is that during economic downturns widespread dissatisfaction results in an upswing in artistic expression, be it through art, literature, drama, whatever. And the audiences for this groundswell of expression increases too; … Continue reading

Book Review: Harsh Oases by Paul Di Filippo

Harsh Oases is Paul Di Filippo’s thirteenth collection of short stories, an indication that he is most certainly a devotee of the short form. What is striking about Di Filippo as a writer, as evidenced in previous collections, is his range, both in terms of style and subject matter. Previous collections have demonstrated a multitude … Continue reading

Editing As You Go: Why You Shouldn’t

There’s a minor character in Albert Camus’ brilliant novel The Plague who spends years and years agonising over the structure and wording of the opening sentence of a novel he plans to write. He’s torn between a multitude of variations of the sentence, convinced that if he can just get that one sentence right the … Continue reading

New Story Published in Transtories

Hot off the presses is a new science fiction and fantasy anthology called Transtories, which features a story of mine called ‘Transthermal’. Set in a future Mozambique where it’s capital city, Maputo, is permanently submerged by flooding and people live in gigantic barges on streets that are now canals, it tells the story of a … Continue reading

Launch of Box of Delights

I’m delighted to announce the launch of a new original horror anthology edited by myself called Box of Delights and published by Aeon Press. It features fiction by Mike Resnick, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Steve Rasnic Tem, Don D’Ammassa and a host of others. Following a successful Irish launch at Octocon in Dublin on the 15th … Continue reading

Whither My Celtic Heritage?

I’m fully aware that Ireland’s Celtic heritage is largely the invention of WB Yeats and his buddies; that the concept of a coherent and consistent Irish cultural identity was not a part of the Irish public consciousness before the advent of the 20th Century. But I’ve always been perfectly happy to buy into the idea, … Continue reading