On Medievalism and ‘Realism’

I’m going to be brief because I don’t watch the television show that prompted this post, yet I’m irritated by the notions behind a certain author’s constant defensive claims about ‘realism’ as the excuse to fill a narrative with frequent rapes of women (although seemingly the show runners are more interested in how the rapes…

TOA/V: Valhalla Rising

Valhalla Rising (2009) Dir. Nicholas Winding Refn Mad Mikkelson, Gary Lewis, Maarten Stevenson, et. al. BBC Two showed this the other night and we DVR’d it. Medieval-ish and Mads: I was sold! Where did I know that director’s name from? Hmmm, oh yeah, Drive. A movie people loved and I didn’t. I am going to…

VexMosaic & Medieval Masculinities

Today I’ve got an essay up at a new site, VexMosaic, along with folks like the esteemed Alasdair Stuart. What is VexMosaic, you ask? Good Speculative Fiction transforms “what is” into “what could be”. It vexes, disturbs, and inspires us, becoming a catalyst for new ways of thinking that expand our awareness and subvert the…

TOA/V – Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem

THE HARD PROBLEM by Tom Stoppard Dir: Nicholas Hytner I love that Tom Stoppard’s idea of a fast-paced, breezy play because he wanted to do something ‘light’ is to focus on whether science can measure consciousness and whether it is something that can be measured. I can understand not wanting all that palaver. It’s in…

Kinski Butterfly

Richard Sanderson is doing another one of his free-for-all projects Two Minutes Left over at Linear Obsessional Recordings (Submissions open until December 15th). I took part in last year’s Button Box with a spoken word piece from my story “Carlos” that appears in the second Fox Pockets anthology, Shapeshifters. That recording is free to download: So…

LonCon and ShamroKon Schedules

LONCON 3 The 72nd World Science Fiction Convention 14-18 August 2014 LONCON Tove Jansson’s Moomins: Their Legacy and Influence Thursday 12:00 – 13:30, Capital Suite 13 (ExCeL) It’s 100 years since the birth of Finnish author/artist Tove Jansson, the award-winning creator of the beloved Moomins. Moomins appeared in novels, illustrated books, comic book strips and…

Tuesday’s Overlooked A/V: Härmä

Härmä In the plainlands of Ostrobothnia, Western Finland, a tradition prevails, according to which the first-born son inherits everything and the remaining offspring must fend for themselves. The law has been cast aside in many areas and groups of men, knife-wielding thugs, nicknamed ‘toughs’, control the fields. The blade rules the land. ONCE UPON A…

Switzerland: Gruyères, Giger & Fondue

Argh, as I prepare this post I hear the news that H.R. Giger has died. How very sad! The lovely anomaly of this medieval town high in the mountains is that it is also home to the museum & museum bar of Giger. I couldn’t take photos in the museum, but it was quite a…

Building Interest

I really do like the blue walls and ceiling and bookshelves in my office. Suddenly it’s a whole new world. More places for books and media, but also a whole different feel to the place as well. Even once I took the blue paint masking tape off the windows and it no longer looked like…

TOA/V: Äppelkriget/The Apple War

A couple of news items: My piece on The Fall, originally written for the Spectator is now up at Medium. In fact, I have a few pieces showcased there now. The latest verses in my ongoing translation of the Viking poem Hávamál are up at the History Witch area of Witches & Pagans. Drop by…