The Witcher vs The Mandalorian

Both ground-breaking genre TV shows came from the ‘new media’ of internet/streaming services rather than established terrestrial networks. The Witcher was made for Amazon Prime and The Mandalorian by Disney+. Each series is an adaptation of an existing work in another media. The Witcher evolved from a short story by Polish author Andrej Sapkowski and […]

JK Rowling & Transphobia

If you grew up in the 1980s, which apart from the cyberpunk bit at the beginning were a vile conflux of blandness and a weirdly conservative sort of greed, then the 90s were meant to be an antidote to all that. We had a Body Shop poster on the living room wall of our student […]

Dread & the Broken Witch

Dread & the Broken Witch is my new novella, which will be published by Luna Press next year. In the fabulous heart of the ancient, altered continent of Zabardu, a nameless Dread falls across the Village and traps Precious Child. The terrified villagers turn to their healer, a brilliant but outrageous transgender woman called Bambomiyi, who lives […]

Review of Stories of Hope & Wonder

This whopping collection of 53 stories is just over a quarter of a million words long, and explores the genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror and all the mash-ups in between. It was published to raise money for the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is the first good reason to buy it. The second […]

Awesome black SFF writers to read and love

Here are some black science fiction and fantasy authors who have influenced me with their wisdom, generosity, inventiveness, and a calm in dealing with cretins online that I do not have – perhaps because as a middle class white Englishman I do not have to. If you haven’t already, please buy, enjoy and then review […]

Super-Relaxed Fantasy Club, August 2018

SRFC has enjoyed a roving existence. The first one I went to was at a hotel near Kings Cross; the next location was Waterstones in Tottenham Court Road, then the basement of Hachette’s HQ near Blackfriars, then the roof of Hachette’s HQ near Blackfriars and most recently the HQ of Forbidden Planet – also near […]

Review of Wonder Woman

Fans like me had wanted a Wonder Woman movie for years, but despite the character’s popularity the false narrative that a female-led superhero movie would fail to attract moviegoers kept her off the big screen. Fortunately, the success of The Hunger Games led DC/Warner to shoehorn Wonder Woman into Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, […]