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HOAX: Psychosis Blues – Ravi Thornton

June 6, 2014

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Mental health issues tend to be an area of society commonly ignored by popular culture. Books, television programmes and films tend to skirt around portraying mental health problems, and when they do tackle them, it can often be a sanitised or unreal experience that follows. Comics have fared better for their portrayal of mental health […]

Hang Wire – Adam Christopher

April 10, 2014

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Ted Kane is worried. He’s been sleepwalking, and his somnambulant travels appear to coincide with murders by the notorious Hang Wire Killer. Meanwhile, the circus has come to town, but the Celtic dancers are taking their pagan act a little too seriously, the manager of the Olde Worlde Funfair has started talking to his vintage […]

The Girl With a Clock for a Heart – Peter Swanson

April 8, 2014

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The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is at once both an impressive but frustrating debut. Sure enough, the drip-fed plot hooks you in enough to keep the pages turning, but the central character becomes so stilted and irritating that you end up wanting to shake him. Or punch him. That man is George […]

David Hartley’s Christmas Crackers

December 18, 2013

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Manchester-based David Hartley is a well-known name on the flash fiction circuit and can frequently be found performing at Bad Language’s and First Draft’s spoken word events. So it’s with excellent timing that his latest collection of Christmas crackers, Merry Gentlemen, comes out to provide a different kind of festive spirit as Christmas literally comes alive. Throughout […]

Shenanigans – Obverse Books

August 29, 2013

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Obverse Books is an independent publisher with big ideas. Publishing the continuing adventures of transtemporal temptress Iris Wildthyme and having recently acquired the rights to the fictional detective Sexton Blake, they are forging ahead with quality fiction from new and established names. This appetite for quality is evident in this collection with Editor Paul Magrs […]

Playing Tyler – T L Costa

June 28, 2013

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Tyler MacCandless can’t focus, even when he takes his medication. Just when it seems like his future is on a collision course with a life sentence at McDonald’s, his mentor Rick asks him to test a video game. If his score’s high enough, it could earn him a place in flight school and win him […]

Friday Film: Man of Steel

June 25, 2013

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There is a moment towards the end of Man of Steel when the word ‘Superman’ is finally uttered. Numerous other characters struggle to form this simple word for the course of the movie. This is sadly indicative of how far removed Man of Steel is from your typical superhero fare. Man of Steel is a […]

London Falling – Paul Cornell

May 30, 2013

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After London crime boss Rob Toshack dies in a bloody death during an interrogation four members of the Met Police are transformed and given the power of ‘The Sight’. Now they stand between a centuries-old serial killer and her prey.. Paul Cornell is no stranger to Doctor Who fans as author and scriptwriter of several […]

Friday Film: Star Trek Into Darkness

May 17, 2013

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** Beware – this review contains significant spoilers that may be visible if you are reading this on a mobile device ** Star Trek Into Darkness is the much awaited second installment of JJ Abrams ambitious reimagining of the Star Trek universe. Pitting baddie John Harrison against the Enterprise crew, it is setting its phasers to stun […]

The Age Atomic – Adam Christopher

April 19, 2013

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The Empire State is dying. The Fissure connecting the pocket universe to New York has vanished, plunging the city into a deep freeze. Meanwhile, in 1954 New York, the political dynamic has changed and Nimrod finds his department subsumed by a new group, Atoms For Peace, led by the mysterious Evelyn McHale. As Rad uncovers […]