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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Guttershaman Halloween Special – The Gutter Press and the Tribe of the Strange

October 12, 2009

    “The majority is always sane.” - Larry Niven, Ringworld   “Happy Halloween, ladies… Nuns – no sense of humour.” – The Kurgan, in Highlander   ——————————————————————   All my life, the stories that have spoken to me have invariable been from what are usually considered the ‘lesser’ kinds of storytelling – science fiction, comics, B-movies, horror, […]

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Guttershaman – The Authentic Shaman

January 20, 2009

‘Of course the Chinese mix everything up – look at what they have to work with! Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoist alchemy and sorcery. We take what we want and leave the rest, just like your salad bar.’ Egg Shen in John Carpenter’s Big Trouble In Little China (Disclaimer: I am, to quote Jim Jarmush’s great […]

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…aaand we're back! Meanwhile, people keep telling fibs

June 23, 2008

Fully broadbanded again, thankfully. While I was out, there was an interesting little flap about an ‘undiscovered’ Amazonian tribe, with photos and everything. Shame it was all bollocks… “They are the amazing pictures that were beamed around the globe: a handful of warriors from an ‘undiscovered tribe’ in the rainforest on the Brazilian-Peruvian border brandishing […]

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