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BOOK REVIEW: Graven Images: The Art of the Woodcut by Jon Crabb (editor)

The end is nigh, but hasn’t it ever been thus? And whose fault is it? Well, if we really need to point fingers then the inventors of ARPANET, Tim Berners-Lee, Bill Gates and those clever chaps and chappesses at the Google, oh and Steve Jobs (may the great RAM be with him) would be at

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BOOK REVIEW: IT by Stephen King

Do you remember it, that thing in your childhood that terrified you? I don’t mean things that scared you. When you are a kid most things are scary, or can seem so merely because we have no frame of reference – everything is unknown. I mean really scared you, kept you up all night, or

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BOOK REVIEW: American Gods; Folio Books Edition

Keep your eye on the coin. Do you see it between my thumb and forefinger, cold and silver? Just an ordinary coin; a small promise of value; a piece of faith in my hand. Now, watch. I rub the coin between the thumb and fingers of my other hand. Do you see it? There, there,

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FICTION: Mrs Webber by Daniel Soule

The sun is a memory that wakes me every morning, a child with an eye at the crack of the door to see if I am awake. But it is spring so it is not too early, and my aching knee would wake me anyway.The nights can be long and uncomfortable, but I always get

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BOOK REVIEW: Norse Mythology By Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman’s new book Norse Mythology is a retelling of many of the classic stories of the pantheon of Norse gods. One might ask, why? Why bother with old stories of forgotten gods. Well, dear reader, apart from the obvious answer, which is why not? The answer is that they are quite important, culturally speaking,

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BOOK REVIEW: Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

At the start of last year, I read American God’s by Neil Gaiman. At the start of this year I read his Anansi Boys. It’s not a tradition or anything. Things sometimes just happen in patterns, or perhaps the mind does strange things without you noticing. I’ve now read all of Mr Gainman’s novels, for

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POETRY: Christmas Claws By Daniel Soule

  The child slept and mum and dad snored, While Sparky cowered behind the living room door. When down the chimney came old Nick Claws, Crushing some coal under his paws   The Yule log was burning to keep him out Fire against the monster of night’s doubt But the flame is stifled, all light

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BOOKS: Best Reads of 2016 – List by Daniel Soule

Can you hear it? The Yule log burning in the hearth, hopefully warming kin and not a lonely heart. Soon spring will insert its chirps into our story, but for now winter holds court. So, pull up a chair, pour yourself a toddy, and light the shag in your pipe. It’s the end of a

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BOOK REVIEW: The Rats by James Herbert

It’s London and the early 1970s. The city still bares the marks of the Blitz, peppered with rubble strewn bomb sites, and the flowery hope of the swinging sixties seems to have withered, poisoned by Britain’s industrial, economic and political decline. This is the backdrop to The Rats, James Herbert’s 1974 horror classic. In many

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