February 2019

Nightlight

This piece originally appeared as part of my weekly newsletter, The Full Lid on 25th January 2019. If you liked it, and want a weekly down of pop culture enthusiasm, occasional ketchup recipes and me enjoying things, then check out the archive and sign up here. Tonia Thompson’s Nightlight focuses on horror stories written and narrated by …

Nightlight

Reversing Jacob Marley’s Polarity

Tim O’Brien is a Vietnam vet famous for the novel Going After Cacciato and The Things They Carried, his anthology of short stories about his time there. The idea he expresses in that title,  your experiences being the things you sling around you, isn’t new (Jacob Marley says hello. Or perhaps ‘HELLOOOOOOOO!’) but I find the utility of …

Reversing Jacob Marley’s Polarity

Command Chair Conjuring

As Christopher Priest (This one not this one but both do good work) pointed out, a magic trick has three elements to it: The Pledge-The magician shows you something ordinary or familiar. The Turn-The magician makes the ordinary extraordinary. The Prestige-The actual magic trick. A bunny where there could be no bunny. Last week’s episode of Discovery was built this …

Command Chair Conjuring

Retrograde Orbit

Kristyna Baczynski is one of the most prolific, and unique, artists working in the U.K. indie comics scene. Her work is vibrant, witty, unlike anything else around and essential. She also does an occasional and hilarious podcast with Greig Johnson that is one part space drama, one part de-clluttering and one part pop culture discussion. I’m a big …

Retrograde Orbit

Short Treks

Happy Captain Space Dad Day!  This hasn’t been widely advertised, at all, but Netflix finally have the Short Treks thats have been released monthly in the US. They’re under Trailers on the Netflix page for Star Trek: Discovery and are four 15 minute or so mini episodes focusing on individual characters. They’re also wildly different, very weird, deeply moving …

Short Treks

REVIEW: A Conspiracy of Ravens

Leah Moore and John Reppion are part of that elite cadre of writers who seem physically incapable of turning in bad work. Endlessly versatile, always grounded and always with an eye on the rich and strange. Sally Jane Thompson is right there with them too, an artist whose work I’ve known and admired for years and who has an effortless …

REVIEW: A Conspiracy of Ravens

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