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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The Right Man/Violent Male

April 18, 2012

I was googling for links describing the Right Man syndrome (for, of all things, a post to the AV Club’s review comments on this week episode of The Good Wife), and I found 2 things – there’s still not a vast amount of stuff on this vital model of extreme male behaviour, and something I […]

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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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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 fall of mass culture, the rise of meaning

April 12, 2011

Stowe Boyd’s piece of this title is a response to comments about the shifting nature of modern advertising, in a piece by Arianna Huffington. But Boyd has something a little wider on his mind… The decline of mass culture that is going on in the Western world is the direct consequence of the splintering of […]

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