'Detective Mysteries', due out in November.
Readers with long memories may recall a previous outing for my two Victorian detectives, MacAndrew and Smithers, in the inaugural edition of The Sockdolager way back in Spring 2015.
'The Man on the Church Street Omnibus' saw our two intrepid sleuths on the trail of strange goings-on in a Kensington churchyard.
This time they encounter a nasty case of decapitation in Whitechapel. What do you do when a head turns up with no body? Well, you'll have to read the story to find out.
This will be the fourth of my stories to be published by Flame Tree. They do produce lovely hardbacks, which make first-class Christmas presents. So, please remember when you're stuck for a gift for the person who has everything- this year they haven't got a copy of 'Detective Mysteries' and they obviously need one.
Thursday, 20 June 2019
Sunday, 9 June 2019
Established by the bequest of artist Thomas Stuart Smith (1815-69) the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum is an eclectic treasure trove. I have selected just a few things that I found of particular interest, but other people may find other items of fascination among the cornucopia.
|Bayne Long Case|
As it happens, I love long-case clocks. I have an unpretentious eighteenth-century country piece at home. You can tell the earlier examples by their plain metal faces – usually brass – whilst nineteenth-century clocks often had elaborately painted designs. Here (left) however is a real beauty. Made in Stirling by John Bayne in 1780, the engraving on the silvered face features an escapee ox being pursued by a butcher with an axe.
|The Pipe of Freedom|
T S Smith’s painting ‘The Pipe of Freedom’ showing a freed slave in front of the proclamation of emancipation, was declined by the Royal Academy exhibition of 1869 for being too political.
The Neish Collection of historic pewter is of staggering quality. I was unaware of the existence of Romano-British pewter, for example, but not only have important items been excavated, some of the most significant are housed in the Smith Museum.
Tuesday, 28 May 2019
Endgame from B-Cubed, the final episode of the Alternative Truths Trilogy.
This collection contains my story 'I, Apparatchik', the title of which, as you may guess, is a play on Asimov's 'I, Robot'. It would be nice to see it do a fraction as well.
The story concerns members of a certain intelligence agency who are responsible for creating and maintaining robots to stand in for the president in various tricky situations. I hope you like it.
This is my third story in a B-Cubed publication. The previous two were 'Conspiracy of Silence' in 'More Alternative Truths' and 'Devine Justice' in Alternative Theologies.
On the subject of the last of these, Bob Brown tells me that all copies of the anthology (and nothing else) were recently stolen from a convention in the USA. Apparently, the theft proved the old adage that all publicity is good publicity: sales promptly doubled.
Friday, 10 May 2019
Endgame features 30 of today’s best writers and political thinkers taking a look forward at possible outcomes of our political decisions.
Humor and satire reign supreme in this collection. If you want to laugh, read Jim Wright’s "Bathroom Breakdown,” a side-splitting vision of Donald J. Trump at his best or follow the antics of a beleaguered Attorney General in Debora Godfrey’s work, “No Excuses” as he tries to convince the President that he has tried and convicted Hillary Clinton.
This collection has visions of a better world as well. In Paula Hammond’s “Fortunate Son,” we explore what kind of man Donald Trump might have become had he answered his country’s call and served alongside his fellow Americans in the Vietnam War.
Most of all Endgame will make you think, with thought-provoking essays by the likes of David Gerrold and Adam-Troy Castro as they seek to share their understanding of how this happened and what do will we do.
A significant portion of the proceeds of this book is donated to the ACLU of Washington to honor and support their unending quest for the freedom of the American people to express themselves.
The book is available in print and electronic media from Amazon.com.
Electronic ISBN-13: 978-1-949476-06-4
The book is priced at $5.99 for ebook and $12.25 for print. The book is published by B Cubed Press and can be followed on Twitter @BCUBEDBOB.
Foreword, Becky McFarland Kyle
Bathroom Breakdown, Jim Wright
The First Lady is Missing, Louise Marley
Waiting for Gustavo, DB Lipton
Tyrannus ab ultima Epistulae, Frédéric J.A.M. Poirier
The Ballad of Cadet Bone Spurs, Larry Hodges
Politics As Usual, K.G. Anderson
Act Three, David Gerrold
Stupid?, Adam-Troy Castro
Fortunate Son, Paula Hammond
Final Tweet, Nathan Ockerman
Hell’s Angel, Robert Walton
What is Hate?, Joyce Frohn
Beautocracy, Natalie Zellat Dyen
Alien Tweetstorm Apocalypse, Kurt Newton
I, Apparatchik, Philip Brian Hall
Democralypse, Bruce Golden
Exit, Stage Right, Daniel M. Kimmel
No Excuse, Debora Godfrey
Last Interview, Melinda LaFevers
All the Prez’s Men, Liam Hogan
The Train, Annie Percik
Once You Start, Mike Morgan
Babble, Charles Walbridge
America Once Beautiful, Gregg Chamberlain
Women March, Gwyndyn T. Alexander
Skin in the Game, Harold Gross
Passing on Fire, Joyce Frohn
The Great White Wall, Larry Hodges
Mr. President’s No Good, Lousy Day, Stephanie L. Weippert
The Nature of the Problem, Thomas A. Easton
Sanctuary for Those on Simmer, Sarah Bigham
Gold and Ivory, Cobalt Jade