Slenderman: Fight Fiction With Fiction

January 8, 2014

I had the great pleasure of giving a talk about Slenderman (based on my two Darklore articles, but expanding on the practical occult aspects) at the celebrated Treadwells bookshop in London on 25th November 2013ce. Now, the video of the talk is available on YouTube. If I can clean up the audio, I’ll post the Q&A session later. As […]

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Killing Slenderman, in Darklore 7: with footnotes!

October 23, 2012

I’m happy to announce the publication of Darklore, volume 7 by Daily Grail Publishing. This year’s book is another stunning collection of the best of modern Forteana – and it also contains the second half of my look at the way the Slenderman meme is infiltrating the ‘real’ world. This piece, Killing Slenderman, looks at […]

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Slenderman Darklore piece, free to read online

December 16, 2011

Quick pimp: My piece on Slenderman for Darklore vol. 6 has been put on their website as a free sample, so if you want to read it Right Now, go here. (And NB there’s a page of relevant links for the piece right here on the blog.) But I’d still recommend the actual Darklore book, […]

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Out Now – Darklore vol. 6

December 12, 2011

I’m happy to announce that Darklore volume 6, the latest instalment of what has become one of the best Fortean journals around, is out now – and I’m in it. This is my first professional published work and I’m proud as hell to be there. Here’s the good word: Ladies and gentlemen: the sixth instalment […]

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Catchup: Slenderman, cinema and separation

September 27, 2011

So, a few things have been happening since my last post. My divorce/separation continues. As far as these things go, I guess it could be worse. Looks like Kirsty & I won’t be moving until January at the earliest (the wheels of legality grind exceeding slow). Many thanks to all those who have wished us […]

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Guttershaman – Toolkits

May 30, 2011

Since I actually used the phrase ‘Way of the Guttershaman’ last time, I should say a bit more about what that entails. The Way of the Guttershaman cannot be taught. But it can be learned. God, that’s really fucking pretentious, isn’t it? What I mean is, the Guttershaman approach is just that – an approach, […]

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Guttershaman – The Ultimate Secret of Magic

May 21, 2011

If ever a modern writer could be described as a legend in his own lifetime, it is Alan Moore. Already considered a genius for his reinvigoration of the comic book scene, he upped the ante considerably when he announced, at the age of 40, that he was now a magician. He’s been publicly out about […]

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Building Character 3 – Character Flaws

May 15, 2011

  “I know what it’s like to feel unequal to the task required of you… to feel incapable. I’ll never be the man I was, but I’ve come to embrace those parts of my mind that are… peculiar and broken. I understand now that’s what makes my mind special. I wish you could see yourself […]

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Building Character 2 – Staying In Character

May 10, 2011

(Part 1 is here.)   “Why don’t you be like me? Why don’t you stop and see? Why don’t you hate who I hate, kill who I kill to be free?” -The Monkees, Randy Scouse Git   Last time, I was talking about how pop-culture aspects are a viable source of inspiration, or even workable […]

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The Batman Complex

April 27, 2011

This is utterly splendid. Mashup-trailers for non-existent films are becoming a fascinating art form generally – and this one hits pretty much all my buttons perfectly. (Like a lot of martially-inclined geek boys, Batman has always had major symbolic importance to me. That whole thing of rereading The Dark Knight Returns when coming up on […]

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