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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The start of the end of the world, and I feel fine…

April 9, 2012

I suddenly realised I’ve not posted this auspicious(ish) year – at least, not here – so it’s catch-up time, folks! Happiest bit: I was asked to join the staff at The Daily Grail. So now I’m a contributing editor at TDG, mostly so far working the media angle (my review of the semi-sucessfully realised found-footage […]

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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 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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Building Character, part 1 – Character Sheet

April 10, 2011

“…state my assumptions.” – Darren Aronofsky, Pi.   All of my writing, from my earliest diary notes to Guttershaman and beyond are, at heart, an attempt to explain & justify my perspective of the world to others in a coherent and hopefully interesting way. That perspective is… hard to explain simply. But here goes, again: […]

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