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Still reading the McMahon ("Different Skins"), but have also just started "Writers Workshop of Horror", edited by Michael Knost and featuring essays on various aspects of the craft from seasoned practitioners. So far I've read the Introduction and Elizabeth Massie's thoughts on writing opening scenes. Good stuff.

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Reading "K-PAX" by Gene Brewer at home and "Night of Demons" by Tony Richards at work. Having seen the "K-PAX" movie recently everything in here is quite familiar. The Richards is fast-paced and fun, if a little workmanlike at times.

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Pete wrote:
Still reading the McMahon ("Different Skins"), but have also just started "Writers Workshop of Horror", edited by Michael Knost and featuring essays on various aspects of the craft from seasoned practitioners. So far I've read the Introduction and Elizabeth Massie's thoughts on writing opening scenes. Good stuff.


Had the McMahon arrive in the post today so will probably bump it to the top of the TBR pile

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Finished reading Jim Steinmeyer's 'Hiding the Elephant - the history of stage magic'. It's a fascinating book. If you're interested it that sort of thing (Pete, I think it was on your TBR pile?) I'd heartily recommend it.

Just started to read 'The Rendezvous and Other Stories' by Daphne du Maurier. She writes so well about the little cruelties in life.

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Cheers Stephen, and yeah, I'm definitely interested in that sort of thing. Used to love magic as a kid. Besides, if nothing else it will give me something to talk about should I ever bump into the Beautiful Debbie McGee :P

Just started "The Surrogate", debut novel from Tania Carver, which has the tag line 'Meet a serial killer like no other...' It occurs to me I have a couple of serial killer novels (sort of), that I've read but not yet found a review slot for, so if I read a couple more then that's a feature for a future issue of Black Static. Yay, let's hear it for forward planning! :D

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The Gates by John Connolly. An eleven year old kid discovers that his neighbours are Satanists who have accidentally opened the gates to Hell in their basement. Good fun so far.

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We don't get sent Connolly books for review any more, not even the one time I asked for one. Wonder what we did wrong.

Finished "Different Skins" by Gary McMahon and it was pretty good - review to follow. Now started a collection of stories, "Remove the Eyes" by Ralph Robert Moore. Self-published through Lulu, but I've seen and enjoyed his work before, while one of these, "The Machine of a Religious Man", was picked by Ellen Datlow for "YBF&H" a few years back after appearing in Midnight Street.

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Pete, whilst at the signing Connolly did in London the other night I asked him why Black Static no longer receives review copies of his books but as soon as I mentioned your name he turned a funny shade of purple, declared the signing over then jumped out a second floor window, ran screaming across Piccadilly Circus and started furiously humping the statue of Eros.

Whatever you did it must have been pretty bad.

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I knew asking him to sign my copy of "The Lovers" with kisses on the bottom was a mistake :(

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Fight to the Death: Battle of Guadalcanal by Larry Hama. Comic book detailing the heroes and battles of this area of the Pacific Theatre.

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Two short stories, "What Happens When You Wake Up In the Middle of the Night" by Michael Marshall Smith and "The Safe Children" by Tom Fletcher. They're being published separately as, I guess you'd call them, chapbooks, from Nicholas Royle's new publishing venture, Nightjar Press.

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Just reread Grant Morrison's Animal Man run -- Animal Man, Origin of the Species and Deus Ex Machina. Starts off with Animal Man gaining an interest in environmentalism thanks to his animal-derived powers and then the metafiction and metaphysics kick in as he delves into the nature of reality and storytelling.

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Just started "Shards", a collection of short, sharp tales by Australian writer Shane Jiraiya Cummings, with some excellent illustrations by Andrew J. McKiernan.

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Finished the Cummings. Started "Australian Dark Fantasy & Horror: The Year's Best Short Stories Volume Three", edited by Angela Challis. In total I have three short story collections and two novels by Australian writers in my 'to be reviewed' pile, so a feature on Aussie horror could well be on the cards for Black Static #14 in December.

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You really ought to make time to do a spot of reading now and then, Pete.


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