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    Just had my short story Elf Knots published in Beautiful Scruffiness, a great little publication up in the North of England. You can read it online for free here
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2012
    Yesterday I decided to tear down the scaffolding I'd used for my novel and started afresh. There's still some salvageable stuff I can use for the countertops and flooring, but most of it is gone and I'm putting it back up.

    It feels awesome. Scenes I wrote two years ago are fresh and viable.

    And dirty. Oh my god, it got dirty quick.
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2012
    God that feels good doesn't it? Never be afraid to destroy your darlings.
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2012
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeNov 13th 2012

    Some old scripts I did that never got drawn. I occasionally get asked about these, so here's what's there.
    • CommentTimeNov 14th 2012
    To keep myself honest, I've got seven chapters, and 22,246 words after a week with the new outline. Bear in mind, I re-used a lot of the first parts of the Working Class Paladin serial at Weaponizer, so as of right now, maybe 3/4 of this is new work.

    This is right. This is proper.
    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2012
    Think it's okay to announce this now. I just got a paid job as a Staff Writer for the paper I helped set up seven years ago. I'm also being mentored by a very experienced professional journalist and broadcaster, which is great. For the first time ever, after ten years of graft as a mostly unpaid blogger and journo, writing is paying my rent.

    Also typed THE END on my novel, so that's the first draft done after 12 months of work. The funny side of all this is I'm going to be so goddamn busy now, I may as well hook up an IV drip from the internet into my veins. But as anyone who knows me will testify, I love to be busy. Looking forward to another year flashing past in this hyperactive, pell-mell dash towards the grave they call LIFE.

    Fuck, and also yeah.
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    For you folks in the San Francisco Bay Area, I'll be signing copies of Ultrasylvania alongside a bunch of the artists from the book tomorrow night at Mission: Comics & Art. Here's the promo bit:
    Ultrasylvania Signing

    And - for anyone who might be interested - the book is currently up at Things From Another World. Should be up on Amazon soon enough.
    • CommentAuthorPuck
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2012
    book I'm shilling

    I published a collection of writings I've done for various websites magazines etc. Pretty much clearing the decks for the BIG WRITING THING I've nearly finished and a smaller more personal extended essay about burning sigil's into the city with my feet.

    cue shilling -

    Five years of foul mouth observation and booze fuelled nihilism – A collection of a confused man trying to find meaning in a world I abandoned as rational a long time before.

    The best of a full half a decade of blog posts, magazine articles, interviews reviews and columns. Guttermouth is a meaty 47,ooo word e-book, a resignation letter to reality, and possibly future evidence for the prosecution.

    There is something inherently arrogant about trying to sell a compilation of your work.


    - The finest PICKINGS from
    - ARTICLES originally from Area and Fused magazines
    - My CONTROVERSIAL column from Birmingham: It’s Not Shit
    - Other random SHIT I found on my hard drive.

    I love how @probablydrunk writes. Candid, funny and inspiring. Buy his book. - Ben Whitehouse, literary maven, and notorious nice guy

    It’s emotional, observant, heartfelt and hilarious. So far New York story made me laugh most. It’ll be a shame when it ends. - Fran_101_, tweeting media bod with groovy taste.

    It’s available on Amazon for ninety days or so, after which I can release it on other services. Leaving a review would be peachy too.

    C’mon it’s less than the price of a pint

    • CommentTimeNov 22nd 2012
    The fairytale comic DREAMCATCHER (story by me, art by the brilliant Valia Kapadai) is available to buy here:
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    Having been practically away from the net since Nov. 12th, I need to say the following:

    CON-FRICKING-GRATS to TEXTURE:¬!!1!`!¬! :¬)

    Seriously, a proper paid writing job? That's the dream, right there.

    [Congrats to everyone else whose works have been published recently, too, of course. it's just that paid writing is the shizzle.]
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2012
    Thank you Ben! Very much appreciated mate :) They are working me into the ground already, as is right and proper!! My word count for the first 3 weeks is about 25k :) Couldn't be happier!
  4.  (10438.13)
    So a couple of updates. I've just had a story accepted by a magazine that's been on my get published in list since I first started submitting my fiction. Also I'm about to restart as a book reviewer for Fortean Times which I'm pretty stoked about. The variety of books is excellent and eclectic, and the editors are excellent to work for.
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    @ Steve - though this is shameless, I'm on a high and can't resist: would you be interested in reviewing my book when it comes out in about 4 months time?

    I ask because my big writerly news is...

    Yesterday I got offered a contract for my horror-historical novel and today I accepted the offer!

    It took me about 2 years to research and 9months to write but damn does it now feel worth it.
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2012
    Gah! I'm writing a book on what is essentially Beer Appreciation 101. Covering common types of beer, brief run-down of how it's made, types of glasses, how to buy/order for yourself or others, brief run-down of pairing and blahdeblahblah...

    Not planning on making it a definitive guide by any means, but I want it to be short, sweet and get other people on the road to appreciating beer better and looking deeper in to it if they want.

    Getting a netbook today so I can write in the pub (something I've wanted for site business and travel things anyways).

  6.  (10438.16)
    Congrats, Robin!

    One step closer to becoming the Goddess of Sagely Beer Advice.

    Is that a franchisable title, by the way? If you're in Canada could I encourage a cool lady to do the same or are you planning on [spiritual] world domination?


    [Once again and for seriousnesses, congrats.]
  7.  (10438.17)
    Hi Ben firstly congratulations! Everything goes through the editor, and they don't do many fiction pieces. Does it have a Fortean/paranormal angle to it? If so I can pass on the contact details for the reviews editor.
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    Here is all my work. Nails Jane is a full length novel I had published last year. It's available in print and paperback.

    Nails Jane:


    Free Short Stories:
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    p.s. I've read that Ultrasylvania web comic. It's AWESOME.
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    @ Steve Toase - Thanks, man. It does indeed have a paranormal element to it. There's some freaky hallucinations ["n shit"] going down alongside the fact that it's essentially a trip through hell.
    I could detail more in an email but your site's down at the mo so couldn't find a contact and I didn't want to go straight to LinkedIn as it feels like a place where you should have already done something, or at least met, in order to be connected.

    If you're interested to hear more and think your reviews editor might be, drop by and pop me an email.
    Thanks, man.

    Don't know if I said this explicitly but HUGE congratulations on to you on working for Fortean, that must be an intriguing job.

    @ everyone else - keep up that typing. It's National Short Story Day in the UK today...