“HAN SOLO AT STARS’ END” – Mini Review

“Han Solo at Stars’ End” by Brian Daley Han Solo at Stars’ End was originally published in 1979 and was the second Star Wars “spin-off” novel, after Alan Dean Foster’s Splinter of the Mind’s Eye (released the year before). Whereas Foster’s novel focused on Luke, Leia, Threepio and Artoo and was a direct “continuation” of…

“SPLINTER OF THE MIND’S EYE” – Mini Review

“SPLINTER OF THE MIND’S EYE” by Alan Dean Foster Returning to this book (in eBook form) was like returning to my childhood! I had the original paperback (since lost) on it’s publication in the UK in the late 70’s, though I had scant memory of it (apart from the cool cover art). As a SF…

FINALIST – 2016 Just Write Competition

The 2016 Just Write Short Story Competition Finalist – “UNDERGROWTH”   The 2016 Just Write Short Story Competition was run by John Murray Press / Hodder & Stoughton in conjunction with The Writing Magazine. An open-themed competition, it was open to the international readership of the magazine. Having completed my short story “Undergrowth” a few months prior, I decided…

“UNDERGROWTH” – Published in “Just Write Anthology”

THE JUST WRITE SHORT STORY COMPETITION ANTHOLOGY (Writing Magazine / John Murray Press) Featuring my short story: “UNDERGROWTH” Myself and the other five finalists were presented with paperback anthologies containing our shortlisted stories (the winner received a hardbound copy). Initially, we were told that these copies would only be presented to us and guests attending…

“WITHIN” – Published in “The Tiny Globule”

  THE TINY GLOBULE: An Anthology of Sci-fi Short Stories (6E Publishing; Edited by C.G. Hatton and Graeme Wilkinson). Featuring my short story: “WITHIN” One afternoon, whilst perusing my local WH Smiths in Romford for tattoo magazines, I decided to pick up a copy of The Writing Magazine. For some time I’d been contemplating taking up…

“THE HOWLING” – Mini Review

“THE HOWLING” by Gary Brandner   “The Howling” is a 1977 pulp horror novel which has obtained something of a cult name in main due to it’s more successful (and, frankly, superior) 1981 film adaptation (directed by the great Joe Dante). The two share the same basic premise (SPOILERS): Karyn Beatty suffers a brutal rape and,…