In the days following The End, a lot of people learned the value of what they’d lost. Law, order, social niceties, even electricity – all gone. Those disenfranchised by the old system turned feral, and formed the Riot Boys. The police, overrun and overworked, just gave up. It got worse. Even death offered no eternal […]
I finally got to see Django Unchained at the weekend, a film I’d been looking forward to for a long time since a) I love Westerns, b) I like Tarantino and c) I love Leo DiCaprio. My review is over on my film blog, but I had a few thoughts about what writers could take […]
Theophilius Hopgood sat at his desk, the quill in his hand poised above a parchment strip. He peered through his glasses at the small glass bottle on the shelf of the desk. Tiny blue particles drifted to and fro, disturbing the pale green mist inside the vial. Hopgood dipped the quill into the ink and […]
Angela hated having her photo taken. Will dated her for sixteen months, and didn’t capture a single image. He’d tried taken them when she slept, and even then she’d turn at the last moment, leaving only a blurred shadow on the camera. Even her online profile photo was a caricature she’d drawn herself on rainy […]
The shrine to Beseda lay deep in the bowels of the Underground City. It could only be reached by a twisting staircase that cut its way through layers of black and grey rock, a staircase frequently blocked by the sheer number of supplicants trying to enter or leave the shrine. Its lack of natural light […]
They do say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and if Hemingway could get away with writing a story that’s just six words long, then why not tell a flash using a picture and a single line of dialogue?