Me and My Big Geek Heart Attack
So what happened to those new ghost stories I promised to write about three weeks ago? Well unfortunately I was struck down and hospitalised by a heart and have only just returned to the land of the living ! Full story here - normal service will be resumed... www.urbanfantasist.com/article/me-and-my-big-geek-heart-attack-4494
So why have I been off this website for the past 3 weeks? Well, everything was going swimmingly well until the afternoon of Thursday 14 November when it was struck down - literally and metaphorically - by a heart attack!
Two of my favourite things on the front cover of this week's The Lawyer magazine - zombies and lawyers. Also interesting how zombies have gone from being a fringe fiction genre to a mainstream business metaphor in such a short period of time.
Do you like trains? Yeah! Do you like long trains? Yeah! Do you like slow trains? Yeah! Do you like very long, very slow trains? Then you'll love this video, shot in Nashville on a wet Sunday afternoon last week. Nothing happens. Just 9 minutes of Zen.
What better than a calming cup of tea - afterall we are English. And, as you can see from this video, which is currently going viral, tea can also help you slay zombies and bring pets back from the dead!
Here's a new literary genre I didn't know existed - Cosy Crime - because nothing says cosier better than being shot, stabbed, strangled, poisoned or hit over the head by a candlestick in the library by Miss Plum, Professor Green or the butler!
We are proud to announce that we are sponsoring a performance of Performing Christopher Logue at this weekends Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, by a cast that includes Ben Wishaw – Sorry, we now have a winner.
If you like The Terminator movies, this will amuse you.
Here it is - the Star Wars bloopers reel. How do you pronounce supernova? And yes the sound is missing at the start.
It's only appropriate - what with this being Halloween and my telephone number ending in 666 and all that - that when Jane Christian and myself headed off to take the dogs for a walk at dusk tonight, they bayed and howled like the Hounds of Hell.
Digital rights management (DRM) is one of those topics that tends to divide publishers (generally pro) from their authors (generally anti - and not just unknowns but also best-sellers) however here is an interesting perspective on DRM.
Here's me - looking a bit like Paul O'Grady - with a Dalek and a mini-me Doctor Who. You had to be there to appreciate the moment. That is all!
Do you sometimes feel guilty that you'd rather stay indoors with a mug of tea, a packet of HobNobs and read a book - rather than go for a bracing walk in the great outdoors? Here's a little public service film to explain why you should stay inside...
I saw this picture on Facebook today and thought "Yes, I know a few people like that!"
Here's a great video (with some remarkably good production values) showing all the things people ought to do in horror movies. "Shall we split up?"
Here is the view from the top of the BT Tower in London. Turn down the sound - there was a reception going on in the background - they still have the revolving floor although rumour has it that it's based on 1960's era clockwork technology.
Now back from my trip to Nashville, Tennessee - more stories to follow but in the meantime here are the RCA Victor Studios where Elvis used to record a lot of his tracks. The building is tidy - the place could be mistaken for a suburban bungalow.
Fun little chart here to help identify whether you are a Geek or a Nerd. Sad to say I'm about a 9 on the Geek scale.
My bags are not quite packed and I'm not quite leaving on a jet plane but I'm off to Nashville for the next few days with the day-job.
I was spammed by Malaysia Airlines which brought back memories of a flight I made with them about five years ago. Long haul flights are always boring and this was not a comfortable flight however the flight did have its own distinctly surreal aspect.
Salt Publishing tell us how to be part of their awesome #Booktober drive. My recommendations will be BURNT ISLAND by Alice Thompson, BLOOD FUGUE by Joseph D'Lacey and THIS IS THE QUICKEST WAY DOWN by Charles Christian.
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