Life is Strange…also unfair? [Spoilers]

In a very simplistic assessment, Dontnod Entertainment’s Life is Strange has a similar set of design points to one of its most obvious (and indeed acknowledged) influences, the classic 90s TV show Twin Peaks. With Life is Strange, it starts with a disappearance rather than a murder, but it is the investigation into the missing […]

Reviews – an update

I’ve been lax about updating the site here for a terrible length of time. I also dropped off in terms of reviewing horror games. I see that the last game review I posted here was Kraven Manor. This reminds me I should find out if the college-created developer Demon Wagon is doing anything else. I […]

Phew….quite a year

My main career as a forensic investigator still exists. As anyone who reads the news can conclude, it’s a rather volatile world right now. More time spent on the road, living in hotel rooms, on planes. I would say the one thing I’ve gained from this period is understanding how important it is to keep […]

Short and shorter: new technology reviving old traditions

I must confess I was more than a little skeptical about Twitter. I’m one of those people that, when sending an SMS, insists on writing each word in full and punctuating the darned thing. I didn’t think I would be able to communicate much of interest in 140 characters or less, I think there must […]

Two short stories available on Wattpad

I’ve been rather enjoying Wattpad. As I have commented before, it’s not beyond the realm of reason that there are more talented authors out there than the conventional publishing world could identify and promote. One of the responses to that, of course, is e-books and self-publishing, and indeed that is something I myself am trying […]

Videogames and Violence: An Agenda Disguised as Reportage

Occasionally I joke that each morning I read the right-wing broadsheet The Telegraph and left-leaning The Guardian, then assume the truth is somewhere in the middle. Chuckle chuckle, ho ho. There is usually some kernel of truth in jokes, which is why they resonate, but my humorous description perhaps makes my reaching of my own […]

The Dam at Hiramatsu now available on Amazon!

I’m delighted to have finished the editing, re-drafting and proofing of The Dam at Hiramatsu, the second novel to feature the grumpy master of inventive swearing, Simon Aulus. Despite having read and re-read the manuscript numerous times, I have no doubt that now it’s available on Amazon I will immediately spot a bunch more typos and formatting errors. I hope it’s an at least fit enough shape to read.

I just discovered Wattpad; more gems to discover?

One of the many criticisms of self-publishing is that there is simply no independent quality control mechanism. This is a polite way of saying people without talent are able to spurt out cliched and/or badly written garbage without anyone standing between their fevered ramblings and an unsuspecting world. This is to say, conventional publishing is the hallmark of quality, and with the best will in the world, even a talented author on their own lacks the polishing resources of editors and proofers available to a publishing house.

New Shirley Jackson collection due out next year – excellent

From the UK Guardian: It’s not often there’s an opportunity to read new material from the departed (outside of the plots of horror fiction, anyway). Very interested to learn a new collection is being drawn together. I am a big fan of Jackson’s work, very understated and unsettling. I agree with the author of […]