Monthly Archives: December 2016

Under the Hooked Cross – 17: Seamus Silversmith

Previous instalments: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 The duty officer droned on. “Brundtmann?” “In the canteen. All safe here.” “Fleischer?” “Observatory. All safe here.” Silversmith grinned in anticipation. Any

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Under the Hooked Cross – 16: Broadcast

Previous instalments: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 “James? What happened? What are you doing?” Henkel tried to struggle, but couldn’t reach anything to push off. He twitched in mid-air as

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Seasonal Greetings from the Eclectics

And with that, the Eclectics are taking a seasonal break. The last two instalments of Under the Hooked Cross will post on the next couple of Mondays, but Hooptedoodle and Pontification will be having a very boozy party until the

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To Wish Upon a Rail

They huddle into coats and scarfs and contemplate the empty rails. “We should have taken the bus,” says a woman. “I told you we should have taken the bus.” “Don’t worry,” says the man sitting next to her. “It’ll be

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Inspirations: Can we bomb our readers into euphoria?

We use horror and suspense in fiction because people love to be afraid. JT MacCurdy described psychological responses to being bombed during World War Two. ‘Near misses’ were emotionally devastating, but ‘remote misses’ made people feel invincible. Does reading or

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Under the Hooked Cross – 15: Chloroform

Previous instalments: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Silversmith’s hand strayed back to the bottles in the bag for the fiftieth time. Still not broken. He paused by the entrance to the

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Smoke and Tears

When smoke gets in your eyes, they can’t see you’re crying. We’re all blinking and rubbing and I can hardly see who’s here, so I’m not worried that anyone will see what’s on my mind. It’s just another day, another

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Caresaway is coming: advance readers requested

Would you take a pill that made you a success? Would you still take it if it made you a psychopath? Those are the questions that Edward Crofte will wrestle with when Caresaway is published as a standalone novelette on

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Greater minds: Lauren Beukes on writing the other

Lauren Beukes wrote an article on writing diverse characters. She described the reading and conversation she used to research Zoo City. To write a character from a different culture or subculture, we need to vicariously experience it. It would be

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Under the Hooked Cross – 14: Enlightenment

Previous instalments: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Silversmith lasted for two hours before saying that he’d seen as much as he needed, by which he meant that his stomach was heaving. He

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