The Resurrectionist by Jack O’Connell – Book Review

the resurrectionist jack o'connellSomewhat the opposite of The Land of Laughs, reading The Resurrectionist, as a contemporary fantasy from an author whose reputation preceded him, was an experience that quickly satisfied my expectations. The two books are very different in tone and theme but they’re well worth a comparison as both set out to essentially do the same thing – the goal of most contemporary fantasy – to merge the real and believable with the magical. Only this one does it well. Continue reading

“The Land of Laughs” by Jonathan Carroll

land of laughs jonathan carrollJonathan Carroll has developed an almost cult status as a slipstream author, and it was with his contemporary fantasy reputation in mind that I picked up a copy of The Land of Laughs, part of the Fantasy Masterworks collection. It had incredibly high praise from a number of reputable critics and authors, including Neil Gaiman, and comes with claims that if you’re new to Jonathan Carroll then his debut is a great place to start. Such build up can go two ways with a book; it can give it an advantage making you love it before you’ve even begun, or it can set you up for great disappointment. Continue reading

Gun City Bohemian – my new urban fantasy novel

urban fantasy novelA long time coming – I’m finally releasing my new novel, Gun City Bohemian. This urban fantasy charts the early days of a student romance, as layabout Will Carter falls for hard-working medic Lucy Shelling. And their new found bond inevitably leads to hellish conspiracies rising up around them. With an eminently readable narrative and a delicately complex plot, it bridges a rampant mix of genres, from romance, to thriller to horror. Continue reading

Under the streets of London: “Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere Neil GaimanMy first exposure to the work of Neil Gaiman, I can still remember watching the original Neverwhere series on the BBC with rapt enthusiasm. It was richly full of originality, blurring local folklore (or, at least, names) with bizarre new mythologies. The literal interpretations of Black Friars, Angel Islington and Earl’s Court, for example, were incredible flights of fantasy. Some 17 years later, I finally got around to reading the book. And how did it compare? Continue reading