Review: The Countenance Divine

Publisher’s description: ‘Michael Hughes writes like a brilliant cross between David Mitchell and Hilary Mantel’ Toby Litt In 1999 a programmer is trying to fix the millennium bug, but can’t shake the sense he’s been chosen for something. In 1888, five women are brutally murdered in the East End by a troubled young man in thrall to a mysterious master. In 1777 an apprentice engraver called William Blake has a defining spiritual experience; thirteen years later this vision returns. And in 1666, poet and revolutionary John Milton completes the epic for which he will be remembered centuries later. But where […]

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Once a blogger…. always

I think once you start blogging, you are always a blogger.  It doesn’t matter how often you blog, how you long a hiatus you have or whether you stop forever, a part of you will always be a blogger. I first stuck my witterings on to the internet in an “online diary” back in 2001.  There was no Twitter or Facebook and so I would use my online diary to ramble and rant about things that I can barely recall now and also share the odd poem I had composed.  I taught myself html to make the page look pretty […]


Z-Day 2

“You’ve got red on you”  – Shaun of the Dead, 2004 If you’ve been around this blog for a while you may have noticed that I am drawn to post-apocalyptic fiction. Indeed, during the twitterview I had with Dan Haight (author of Flotilla) we ended up talking about the zombie apocalypse and contingency plans.  The thing is, I was only half joking. A few months ago I wrote a little about my fear of zombies.  The idea that humans could become infected with some sort of man-made contagion is perfectly plausible to me. 28 Days Later  (with it’s fast moving Rage infected/fuelled “zombies”) is […]

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