was a series of interviews with horror writers and directors and other icons. Several of them are on youtube: Clive Barker
; Wes Craven
Harlan Ellison (1
); Richard Laymon
; Richard Matheson
; Julie Strain
is the latest science fiction novel by the Scottish writer Iain
to be set in his Culture
universe.... [more inside]
‘We feel that the stories in this book are such that if your nerves are not of the strongest, then it is wise to read them in daylight.'
For a certain time, in every second-hand bookshop in the UK you would always be able to find a musty and dog-eared copy of one or more of the Pan Books Of Horror Stories
edited by the splendidly named Herbert Van Thal. Now the first is being re-printed
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literary editor Robert McCrum
, retiring after ten years in the job, writes
about the revolution in the book world he's seen over the last decade.
110 Best Books.
'The perfect library' - According to the Torygraph... at least there's a 'Sci-fi' section among the usual suspects (And one or two bizarre choices - Pelzer! What the heck!)
Norman Mailer has posthumously won
this year's Literary Review Bad Sex Award
for his novel on the early life of Hitler, The Castle in the Forest. He was up against some stiff competition
but Norman managed to rise to the occasion (sorry). Safe for work, but you might feel a bit dirty in the morning.
New contender for world's worst poem.
Yes, the mighty William Topaz McGonagall
seemingly unassailable position as writer of the sublime The Tay Bridge Disaster
is under serious threat... [more inside]
The King of Tartan Noir
, Ian Rankin
has retired his detective John Rebus
. Ageing him with each novel, Rebus
has finally reached the retirement age at Edinburgh CID; Although that may not stop him
... [more inside]