2019-07-18: Found this Twilight Zone Companion in a charity shop this morning. Published in 1982, I would have …

2019-07-17: Boris (Smoke me a kipper, I’ll be back before breakfast) Johnson. Groan.

2019-07-13: Stumbled across this excellent (and free pdf) of the history of computer RPGs by the CRPG Book …

2019-07-09: This sort of thing fills me with delight: Marvel are publishing a Fantastic Four Grand Designs …

2019-07-08: Super-interesting for classic Doctor Who fans: comparison of original effects and updated CGI …

2019-07-08: Finished reading “The Fisherman” by John Langan. It is as extraordinarily good as its reputation. …

2019-07-07: Backing up my mac. Making a bootable clone before upgrading OSX. I’ve resisted upgrading for 2 years …

2019-07-07: Thought this was a very good review of John Langan’s fiction.

2019-07-04: Is it me or is Black Hammer getting better and better? Age of Doom 11 was a great “get the gang back …

2019-06-29: Yesterday I read “The Shadow, The Darkness” by Thomas Ligotti which still has me …

2019-06-27: Just read “The Theater” by Bentley Little. Blimey, that was a creepy little tale. The …

2019-06-25: Very pleased to find this for £1 in a charity shop. Full of stories I’ve not read by King, …

2019-06-25: Had the most productive morning. First time for ages!

2019-06-24: Finally up to date with my English in Education reading from NATE.

2019-06-24: “True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students …

2019-06-24: After reading this piece by Tim King pointing out OneNote uses [[internal links]] feel foolish for …

2019-06-22: Louis in action!

2019-06-22: Watching Uncle Louis play in his “supervets” tournament.

2019-06-21: Not being a PS4 player I’m dismayed at the size of updates needed for a game (13gb?) and how …

2019-06-20: Final page of Immortal Hulk issue 19 is stunning. I didn’t think I’d ever see that …

2019-06-20: Finally got around to reading some excellent articles in the Spring issue of English in Education. …

2019-06-19: “There’s only one real solution, these experts say: make and consume less plastic.” - …

2019-06-16: Father’s Day group shot!

2019-06-14: Geoff Johns’ Metaverse from Doomsday Clock doesn’t seem to be that original to me. Looks …

2019-06-14: Whenever I go into a coffee shop I seem surrounded by earnest young people interviewed for jobs by …

2019-06-13: I’m shocked at how expensive the hardback Marvel and DC omnibuses have rapidly become. Ones …

2019-06-13: Hmmm. I’m not convinced that there are genuine changes to the curriculum happening in UK …

2019-06-13: Having one of those intermittent organisational “re-thinks”. I keep my writing and notes …

2019-06-12: It says something about the current state of the UK that next prime minister is likely to be a hard …

2019-06-12: Cometh the hour, cometh the sham! Boris “You Can Trust Me” Johnson.

2019-06-12: Listening to Boris Johnson’s hustings for Tory Party leadership live. He’s asked very …

2019-06-11: “Your reality, sir, is lies and balderdash and I’m delighted to say that I have no grasp …

2019-06-11: Lysander’s final piece exhibited at his show today. Looks impressive. Very proud of him.

2019-06-10: Such a wet, rainy day. “Yellow Alert” supposedly. For rain?

2019-06-09: Want to reduce the waste in our household and just finished Harriet Dyer’s “Say No To …

2019-06-08: Just testing. Posts haven’t been showing on timeline.

2019-06-08: This by Robert Plomin.

2019-06-06: I’ve been listening to a lot of talk about Doomsday Clock issue 10 and not yet heard any …

2019-06-02: Soren decided this afternoon was going to be a LEGO building session. He’s making some sort of …

2019-06-02: Soren decided this afternoon was going to be a LEGO building session. He’s making some sort of …

2019-04-11: Read “Pickman’s Other Model” by Caitlin Kiernan. Ghoulish - but fascinating - …

2019-04-10: Went with my sons to see Shazam. It’s a tremendously enjoyable movie. Moreso when my …

2019-04-10: Read “The Ammonite Violin” by Caitlin Kiernan. Macabre tale about murder and the …

2019-04-09: Just read “In the Water Works” by Caitlin Kiernan. Miners show amateur paleontologist a hole …

2019-04-09: Midnight Circus. Got this today after about 2 years of looking out for a reasonably priced copy. …

2019-04-08: Lightsaber battles in the back garden this afternoon! Soren has Byzantine rules involving a number …

2019-04-08: Read “Houses Under The Sea” by Caitlin Kiernan. A reporter - losing grip on sanity, of …

2019-04-02: Read “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” by Shirley Jackson. Teacher is visited by a troubling little girl. …

2019-03-29: Spent some time this afternoon reading the third issue of “Vastarian”. Some pretty …

2019-03-28: Just read “The Summer People” by Shirley Jackson. Old couple stay on a little too long …

2019-03-28: I’ve been after this book on comics history for about 3 years but it was always too expensive. Found …

2019-03-21: Read “The Crowd” by Ray Bradbury. Neat little grotesque story. #ss365 📚

2019-03-19: Just read “White Rabbits” by Leonora Carrington. Odd, weird short story. The final image …

2019-03-19: Read “Smoke Ghost” by Fritz Leiber. Interesting tale that tries to modernise/urbanise …

2019-03-15: Read “The Moonlit Road” by Ambrose Bierce. Murder/ghost story told from three different …

2019-03-12: Read “The Beautiful People” by Charles Beaumont. Prescient tale about conformity and …

2019-03-09: Just read “The Music of the Yellow Brass” by Charles Beaumont. Great story - my …

2019-03-08: Read “The New People” by Charles Beaumont. Family move into neighbourhood which …

2019-03-06: Read “Afterward” by Edith Wharton. Sombre and tragic ghost story. I found the writing …

2019-03-06: Read “Last Rites” by Charles Beaumont. Should a priest administer to a dying robot who …

2019-03-05: I’ve been enjoying this: “Kirby and Lee: Stuf’ Said” by John Morrow. 📚 …

2019-03-05: Read “The Monster Show” by Charles Beamont. TV controllers discussing show. The dialogue …

2019-03-05: Read “In His Image” by Charles Beaumont. Man returns to home town to find he isn’t remembered and …

2019-02-28: Read “A Classic Affair” by Charles Beaumont. Man falls in love with old car. #ss365 📚

2019-02-27: Read “You Can’t Have Them All” by Charles Beaumont. Man uses philtre to seduce …

2019-02-26: Just read “The Magic Man” by Charles Beaumont. Touching tale about an aged travelling magician in …

2019-02-23: Read “A Death in the Country” by Charles Beaumont. Very impressive presentation of a …

2019-02-19: Just read “Träumerei” by Charles Beaumont. Killer on death row claims he is a dreamer and everyone …

2019-02-14: Read “The New Sound” by Charles Beaumont. Macabre story about an obsessive audio sounds …

2019-02-13: Read “A Place of Meeting” by Charles Beaumont. End of the world story with a neat twist. …

2019-02-12: Just finished reading “The Howling Man” by Charles Beaumont. Monks keep someone locked …

2019-02-12: Just finished “Fritzchen” by Charles Beaumont. Really liked it. Pet shop owner’s …

2019-02-11: Read “Sorcerer’s Moon” by Charles Beaumont. I saw the twist coming a mile off! …

2019-02-11: Read “The Jungle” by Charles Beaumont. Mass Western colonisation of Africa. Eerie …

2019-02-10: Just read “The Canal” by Everil Worrell. Lugubrious vampire story. #ss365 📚

2019-02-09: Read “Perchance to Dream” by Charles Beaumont. Man visits psychiatrist about overactive …

2019-02-08: Unbelievably it’s been 10 years since “My Way”. Ian Brown’s new album, …

2019-02-08: Just read “The Entertainment” by Ramsey Campbell. Man unwittingly becomes the …

2019-02-07: Just finished “The Faces at Pine Dunes” by Ramsey Campbell. LSD, witches and Old Ones. …

2019-02-07: Finished “Holes for Faces” by Ramsey Campbell. Small boy’s ongoing nightmare …

2019-02-07: Read “Reading the Signs” by Ramsey Campbell. Disorienting lost driver story. …

2019-02-06: Finished reading “The Room Beyond” by Ramsey Campbell which I like a lot. Eeriely …

2019-02-06: Just finished reading “Passing Through Peacehaven” by Ramsey Campbell. Great sense of …

2019-02-05: Just finished “Worse Than Bones” by Ramsey Campbell. Haunted book of ghostly tales. …

2019-02-04: Read “The Other Side” by Ramsey Campbell. Is it just a school teacher’s madness or …

2019-02-04: Just finished “The Hands” by Ramsey Campbell. Fantastically horrific ending. …

2019-02-04: Just finished reading “Mackintosh Willy” by Ramsey Campbell. Something murderous in the …

2019-01-25: Just read “The Ferries” by Ramsey Campbell. Pursuit by a ghostly ship. Atmospheric and …

2019-01-23: Just read “Above the World” by Ramsey Campbell. Terrifying mountain ascent. Neat final …

2019-01-22: Just read “In the Bag” by Ramsey Campbell. Headmaster haunted by threatening memories. …

2019-01-18: Read “The Voice of the Beach” by Ramsey Campbell. Descent into madness beside the …

2019-01-17: Read “Out of Copyright” by Ramsey Campbell. Dishonest editor and occult manuscript. …

2019-01-16: Read “The Last Hand” by Ramsey Campbell. Weird and chilling card game on a Liverpool to …

2019-01-15: Read “Cold Print” by Ramsey Campbell. Not too sure about the humour, but the ending was …

2019-01-15: Read “The Treasure of Abbott Thomas” by M.R. James. 📚

2019-01-13: Read “Count Magnus” by M.R. James. Perturbing ghostly ending. 📚

2019-01-12: Read “Canon Alberic’s Scrap-book” by M.R. James. Victorian version of “The …

2019-01-11: Read “An Episode of Cathedral History” by M.R. James. Something’s in the tomb! 📚

2019-01-10: Read “Wailing Well” by M.R. James. Supernatural story for boy scouts. 📚

2019-01-09: (Re)read “Casting the Runes” by M.R. James. Incredibly good supernatural tale. 📚

2019-01-08: Read “The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral” by M.R. James. 📚

2019-01-07: Read “Number 13” by M.R. James. Supernatural hotel room in Denmark. 📚

2019-01-06: Read “The Mezzotint” by M.R. James. Less a ghost story than the tale of a haunted …

2019-01-05: Read “The Ash-tree” by M.R. James. Historical narrative. Witch’s revenge. 📚

2019-01-04: Read “A View from a Hill” by M.R. James. What a weird story! Quite unsettling. 📚

2019-01-03: By Crom, The (second) Coming of Conan is most welcome. Perhaps a really-well made Conan MCU movie to …

2019-01-03: Read “Lost Hearts” by M.R. James. Child ghosts. Occultism. Some genuinely creepy …

2019-01-02: Read “A Warning to the Curious” by M.R. James. Builds to a suitably sinister ending. 📚

2019-01-01: Read “Rats” by M.R. James, a short, quite straightforward ghost story. I’ve been …

2018-12-08: Tsundoku.

2018-11-29: Impressive deluxe edition of @warrenellis’, @declanshalvey’s & @whoajordie’s Injection. I read …

2018-11-27: Night of the Demon. 1957.

2018-11-12: My son just told me Stan Lee has died. And it’s true. I can’t begin to express how much …

2018-11-10: Have to say I’ve REALLY enjoyed the new Green Lantern comic. I always like Grant Morrison …

2018-11-01: Reading. 📚

2018-09-01: Responding to my inner Ligotti, I got hold of Vastarien 1 and 2 today. 📚

2018-08-30: Scratching about the loft I found this copy of Larkin’s Collected Poems. I bought this in1990 …

2018-08-30: Comics this week were a bit Retro. The facsimile edition of FF #1 is… fantastic. Gives a good …

2018-08-27: August Bank Holiday. Played Arkham Horror LCG with Lysander. What hard game. I think we began to …

2018-08-24: All three comics picked up from LCS this week have been excellent. Cold Spots is a great …

2018-08-20: In a nostalgic phase at the moment &, following the Star Wars movie programme, got this one for …

2018-08-17: In Margate today and found this copy of FF #172 (July 1976) I’ve been after for ages. Been …

2018-08-16: In nostalgic mood, I got this today: the 1977 souvenir programme for Star Wars (back when they used …

2018-08-15: Not got to the LCS yet this week but picked up a copy of The Vigilant from town. It’s a reboot …

2018-08-13: Suddenly! A new Autechre album, NTS Sessions 1. I didn’t realise it was already out. Plus …

2018-08-08: First time I’ve visited LCS and NOT picked up a DC title in over a decade! Heartwarming to see …

2018-07-26: These arrived today to stoke my love of the Mignolaverse. The pile of reading I’m behind with …

2018-07-26: Justice League Dark #1 was an unexpected treat of a comic. Putting Wonder Woman into the DC magical …

2018-07-12: Garages in constant use… by weeds!

2018-07-07: Lawn bowls being played in the distance. Idyllic Summer morning. 📷

2018-07-02: Currently reading: The Imago Sequence and Other Stories by Laird Barron, ISBN: 9781597800884 📚

2018-07-02: Life seems to assert itself as antagonist from time to time. It’s being passively aggressive …

2018-06-28: My son, Soren, discovered Fangbone on Netflix so I ordered the book. I was surprised to find out …

2018-06-26: Almost all the podcasts in my feed today are promoting Inside Jaws. Having given the first two …

2018-06-23: My rambunctious six-year-old is increasingly becoming like Calvin. Very different in temperament …

2018-06-18: Star Wars is “becoming a “universe,” in which atomized and interchangeable people embark on …

2018-06-17: Father’s Day presents. They seem to know me pretty well by now!

2018-06-14: Finally got to a comic shop this week. Mister Miracle is just amazing.

2018-06-13: I’d love to know the details of George Lucas’ abandoned plans for the final Star Wars …

2018-06-12: Just sat through Mawdryn Undead. I don’t think I’ve watched it before. Now I know why! …

2018-06-11: Is what just happened with Geoff Johns good for Rebirth at DC? I’m trying to read between the …

2018-06-11: Found this in a charity shop. Not read Brian Lumley and will have a dip to see what his versions of …

2018-06-08: I’m not that into Transformers but found the episode of The Toys That Made Us that covered the …

2018-06-01: Finally got this week’s comics. Glad to see Royal City again.

2018-05-30: Not sure how effectively this LA Review of Books piece answers its question about why isn’t …

2018-05-29: Saw the new Deadpool movie today with my eldest son (who thought it was great). Ignoring the clunky …

2018-05-27: Storm during the night didn’t wake me at all (everyone else was). Jealous I missed the crazy …

2018-05-25: Watched a fascinating documentary on YouTube just now about Robert Aickman, a writer of …

2018-05-25: It’s that time of the month again when the Fortean Times arrives. Very “witchy” issue …

2018-05-22: I’m terrible at maintaining the garden but pleased I finished making a little path at the …

2018-05-21: More work on the garden this evening. Dug out a path ready to line and lay stones tomorrow.

2018-05-20: Gardening this afternoon. Managed to get Soren to water the grass and he managed to soak me …

2018-05-12: Going to Infinity War later today with my sons. Reread Starlin, Perez & Lim’s Infinity …

2018-05-08: One of the best things ever is a new Hellboy/BPRD volume. This second Hell on Earth volume is all …

2018-05-04: Alice just said “May The Fourth Be With You” and I told her grumpily that Star Wars is …

2018-05-04: Baby sleeping. He and Alice are doing great. All the hypno-birthing preparation Alice did has …

2018-04-29: Alice gave birth to our new baby boy at 9.13pm. 7lb. All happened so fast!

2018-04-26: I wonder if I’m getting old? Increasingly I’m hesitating in upgrading software because …

2018-04-25: My LCS was out of the comics I wanted this week (esp. was after The Terrifics). Doom Patrol ended up …

2018-04-24: Latest Fortean Times has arrived early. There goes my evening…

2018-04-21: Spent time at the beach today building sandcastles.

2018-04-21: Constructing “Sandcastle City”

2018-04-20: This has made my week! Grant Morrison on new Green Lantern ongoing. …

2018-04-19: I’m a heavy Drafts 4 user. What’s the significant advantage of upgrading to Drafts 5 and …

2018-04-18: Picked up these comics today. Black Hammer and Mister Miracle both ones I look forward to the most …

2018-04-13: Abe Sapien: Dark and Terrible Vol.2 omnibus is immensely good & highly recommended. #bprd …

2018-04-13: Enjoyed Abe Sapien: Dark & Terrible Vol.2 omnibus immensely. Like a mix of the original …

2018-04-12: The Sandwin Compact (1940) is one of August Derleth’s best. Strange and terrible happenings in …

2018-04-12: Creating a pixel art alien!

2018-04-08: Reading about Tristan und Isolde and came across this genuine comment in a discussion about which …

2018-04-05: Alice bought me a copy of The Wasteland when we visited the Turner, Margate today. I’ve not …

2018-04-05: Visted impressive exhibition at the Turner, Margate themed around Eliot’s The Wasteland. Alice …

2018-03-29: Checking out my Atari 2600 which has been in the loft for years without me playing it (along with a …

2018-03-28: Just picked up some BIG comics this week: Doomsday Clock #4, final issue of Metal #6 & Saga #50. …

2018-03-27: Dashed down the M20 to Wye in hideous rain this morning. Once off the motor way, I forgot how much …

2018-03-26: First two TPBs of Harrow County by Cullen Bunn & Tyler Crook have been fabulously good. …

2018-03-26: Why are men’s shoes SO boring? You can see the experimentation with trainers, but men’s …

2018-03-23: In August Derleth’s story, Something in Wood (1948), a mysterious & ancient carving is retrieved …

2018-03-23: Soren’s ready for Sports Relief today at his school

2018-03-22: Now I’ve established Worflow -> Drafts action extensions which are super-useful for …

2018-03-21: I’m sure I read something like Weapon H #1 the other week. Wasn’t it called Damage or …

2018-03-21: The Whippoorwills in the Hills (1948) is an overlong tale where a narrator searches for clues about …

2018-03-20: Added North by Northwest (1959) to my list of fav movies. Definitely one of Alfred Hitchcock’s …

2018-03-20: August Derleth’s The Return of Hastur (1936) has ancient evil books, an inherited house, ancient …

2018-03-19: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Finale - very excited about this!

2018-03-19: “the sinister De Vermis Mysteriis of Ludvig Prinn, Comte d’Erlette’s terrible …

2018-03-17: There’s going to be a New Gods movie directed by Ava DuVernay!. That’s the craziest …

2018-03-14: Robert Bloch’s Philtre Trip (1961), is the weakest of the (tenuously) Lovecraft-linked short …

2018-03-14: Eternity Girl #1 gets a cautious thumbs up from me. Much in the vein of a comic like Black Hammer - …

2018-03-14: Uncharted Caribbean island, pirates, sunken treasure and something unnameable waiting at the bottom …

2018-03-13: Watched Annihilation. Good movie. Left me with the disturbing sense of dread & anxiety it …

2018-03-13: Them Ones. Horrible sense of isolation and terror in tale told by a 12-year old trapped in a …

2018-03-12: “When the first atomic bomb fell, how you must have laughed!” The Shadow from the …

2018-03-12: The Unspeakable Betrothal (1949) by Robert Bloch is a weird tale of a girl’s contact with …

2018-03-12: Picked up Hyrule Warriors and Bayonetta 2 today. Now the Wii U is fixed, I seem to be far more …

2018-03-11: Fixed gamepad screen. Soren’s playing WindWaker.

2018-03-11: Finished fixing the broken gamepad screen & seems to be working ok. 🎮

2018-03-11: Black Bargain (1942) is far more modern in style (the most engaging aspect of the story) than any of …

2018-03-09: Fixing the old Wii U’s gamepad. 🎮

2018-03-09: Fixing the old Wii U’s gamepad

2018-03-08: After the decent Adam Warlock prelude, I thought Infinity Countdown #1 was going to be…. …

2018-03-08: “In order to photograph the unreal, I must see the unreal.” Robert Bloch’s The …

2018-03-07: Gotta Catch 'Em All Soren dressed as Ash Ketchum for his school’s book day. We’ve probably read every Pokemon kids novel …

2018-03-07: Been listening to Terry Riley’s In C this afternoon. Now I know the “rules” that govern the …

2018-03-07: Just watched first part of amazing BBC documentary, Tones, Drones and Arpeggios. Absolutely riveting …

2018-03-07: The Eyes of the Mummy (1938) has Egypt, occultists, mind transfer and a hidden tomb in the sequel to …

2018-03-07: Alice made Soren an Ash costume for Book Day.

2018-03-07: Book Day at Soren’s school. He’s on his way as Ash.

2018-03-06: Ⓣ ⓔ ⓢ ⓣ 📱

2018-03-06: Fame-seeking Captain Cartaret is lured by Fate into the hidden tomb of evil Nephren-Ka below the …

2018-03-05: Not widely known that the first Marvel (super)hero was the Tarzan clone, Ka-Zar, who appeared in his …

2018-03-04: Now the snow is almost gone!

2018-03-04: “Books Are Great” - Soren’s home-learning poster

2018-03-04: Robert Bloch’s The Secret of Sebek (1937): a New Orleans costume party where occultists …

2018-03-03: This morning the outhouse’s roof was covered with snow. Now it’s almost all melted away.

2018-03-03: In Robert Bloch’s The Creeper in the Crypt (1937) gangsters, kidnapping and something nasty …

2018-03-02: Still snowing out there.

2018-03-02: Something horrible grows out of Simon Maglore along with a developing interest in witchcraft and the …

2018-03-02: “The Chewer of Corpses”! Ghoulish goings-on in a hidden Egyptian tomb underneath a …

2018-03-01: Poor old collared dove pecking about in the snow.

2018-03-01: As South East Albion is virtually snowed to a stop, I’ve taken to the streets pulling out 5 …

2018-03-01: The Dark Demon (1936) by Robert Bloch is less a story than a portrait of a Lovecraft-like writer who …

2018-03-01: “The quixotic abhorrence it induced cannot be ascribed to anything which may be put into …

2018-02-28: Icicles on the back door.

2018-02-28: It’s melting and snowing simultaneously.

2018-02-28: Robert Bloch’s The Grinning Ghoul (1935) has a psychiatrist recounting insanity-inducing …

2018-02-27: Snow-ish

2018-02-27: Hot drink after cold snow!

2018-02-27: I take it back. The “Beast from the East” arrived last night. Now we have a day of …

2018-02-26: Robert Bloch doesn’t seem to have the same degree of fan following of other writers involved …

2018-02-26: Bloch’s The Faceless One (1936) combines Egyptology and Lovecraftian horror in telling the …

2018-02-26: “The Beast from the East” is doing its best in the garden.

2018-02-26: It’s definitely cold and trying to snow… but the “Beast from the East” Siberian bad weather …

2018-02-25: Fortean Times arrived today. Looks like a cracking issue!

2018-02-24: “The rules are that each writer should invent a demon-god or two, and a crumbling tome of …

2018-02-24: I’ve just become fascinated by Robert Bloch’s fiction. For some reason or other …