A Self-Promotional Rip Off

Hey… I’ve been a bit quiet on here for a while, I’ve only managed one full length article since Christmas, and with good reason. My latest travel piece can’t go up just yet (for reasons I won’t go into) and for most of the rest of the time I’ve been editing and working on the stuff that actually makes me a bit of moolah. There hasn’t really been much time for article writing. I did manage to find a bit of time to do this though. With the release of T2: Trainspotting I thought I would produce my own homage/rip off of the original ‘Choose Life’ poster.

But James… Did it have to be self promotional?

Yes. Yes it did.

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Spawn is available in paperback and eBook format from your local Amazon store. Swarm and Stop The Cavalry are available as eBooks with a paperback of Swarm coming soon. Sting will be released as an eBook later this year with a paperback to follow in future. No Angel Born In Hell and Extinction have no confirmed release date. 

Mythology Evolving

Mythology and legends are inherent to every human society. Often myths are bound up with religion, for instance Greek and Roman mythology, but not exclusively so. There is also what is known as secular mythology, Robin Hood and King Arthur being two of the most famous examples. All stories must, by the laws of the universe, come from somewhere, even if they are fictional. They must have some root, some kind of inspiration. Mythology, likewise, must also have an origin. Arthur was possibly a chieftain in post-Roman Britain, one whose story was later elaborated into the fantastical tale we know today. Robin Hood may well have been a real outlaw. Even the non-secular mythologies and folktales have an origin of some kind, a tale or an idea that gets stretched and becomes supranatural rather than natural. In particular, there is a huge group of ancient myths that came about as explanations for natural events such as the seasons (Persephone) or a massive flood (every culture has that one, the most famous instance being Noah’s Ark.)

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The Year Ahead.

A few days after Christmas… An email from the company I’ve been arranging my paperbacks through. ‘Hey… We’re changing our strategy. As of March 1st we’re discontinuing our paperback operations.’ You have got to be kidding me… Seriously? Well this is just all kinds of not fantastic. It means I’ll have to find some other way of getting my back catalogue into print.

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