Murder on the Menu – edited by Peter Haining

Murder On The Menu by Peter Haining on January 1st 1991 Pages: 320 Goodreads What better way to do away with an enemy than at the dinner table? Arsenic in the porridge, cyanide in the cocoa, a sauce laced with strychnine, or the chef with a cleaver in his back – the choices are boundless. […]

Legends – edited by Robert Silverberg

Published by Voyager Pages: 380 Goodreads Here we go, back to the books. I bought this book at the market in Cardiff. I had a little time to myself and instead of going straight back to the hotel I was wandering around looking for a shop where I could buy some magnesium sachets. I’d been […]

Only the Animals – Ceridwen Dovey

Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey Published by Penguin Group on 2014 Pages: 248 Goodreads The souls of ten animals caught up in human conflicts over the last century tell their astonishing stories of life and death. In a trench on the Western Front a cat recalls her owner Colette’s theatrical antics in Paris. In […]

Through my email

I get a lot of email about books, writing and publishing coming into my inbox. It’s always exciting and generally there’s too much to read so I tend to pick and choose depending on the headine. Yes, I’m just like anyone else and need a good headline but I object to clickbait. Today I have the good, the […]

Milk – Beverley Farmer

Milk – Beverley Farmer

Milk: Stories by Beverley Farmer Published by Penguin Books on July 2nd 1985 Pages: 178 Goodreads It’s another of those I-have-no-idea-how-this-got-on-my-TBR-pile books. I don’t recall hearing of Beverley Farmer before but I read it anyway as I love Australian books and I love short stories. These stories are all about love in various guises. There’s […]

FlashSpec Volume two edited by Neil Cladingboel

I bought this some time ago at a convention, it’s one of those really special tomes I’ve been saving, not for a rainy day, but for when I need a change. All I can say is that I should have read it earlier! It’s one of those books I got to mention in writing class today […]

Jonathan Strahan

If you’ve been paying attention you will have read my gushing review of The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Vol 8 edited by Jonathan Strahan. I’m not certain gushing quite covers my feelings on this book. I was delighted when the editor agreed to answer a few questions for me. After reading […]

Mondayitis – The Queen

I am the Queen, you’ve read my story to your children and many of them have pretended to sleep for a year only to have the Prince wake them up. This is a different story but it still involves the dwarfs. The dwarfs were good to me, they looked after me even while I slept […]


Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Mazagine is pulp fiction at it’s best. It takes submissions from all sorts of people across Australia and New Zealand and only publishes the good ones. I got involved with ASIM within the first dozen or so issues and then managed to acquire most of the rest, they look really nice on […]