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The Kitschies 2012 poster for the Kitschies Awards and Kraken Rum featuring a giant squid

Kitschies & Krakens 2012

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The Kitschies, presented by Kraken Rum, reward the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining works that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic.

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Well, who wouldn’t want to design a poster for that, right? Especially as it means I get to draw tentacles. Heh. Kraken Rum have just lovely graphics for their tasty tipple. Really nice stuff. But rather than simply copy their illustrations I wanted a tiny monster all of my own.

And – when it’s for the only awards ceremony where you actually win a tentacle – I feel you should clearly make an effort!

Speculative Fiction 2012…

Speculative Fiction 2012 From Jurassic London… Of Jurassic & Jackets…
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Speculative Fiction 2012 collects and celebrates the best non-fiction online – the top book reviews, essay and commentary of the year.

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And could you maybe do a cover Sarah?

Something Nasty In The Woodshed…

A little unsettling Voodoo down by Waitrose? Dubious occultists are up to no good at number 23 again? The Thelemic Lodge next door just won’t keep the noise down? Yup, urban occult. Who knows what sinister esoteric doings are going on behind the closed doors of suburban Blighty.

I just loved the new anthology idea from Anachron Press. Urban Occult. Irresistible. Trying to write a contribution sounded loads of fun. Satanists. Crazy Wiccans. Those nasty inner-city backwaters that really just aren’t right. And I’ve been lucky enough to have my short story included. Wow. Plus I’m very pleased to have designed the jacket.

Pandemonium: Stories Of The Smoke

Charles Dickens. What does mention of that name make me think? Well, Victorian literary heavyweight. Bah Humbug!. Social critic. Genius characterization. London at her most deliciously captivating. London at her grubby, grasping worst. Of being entranced reading a ‘Tale of Two Cities’. And the iconic image of Oliver Reed as Bill Sikes. Oh, and his dog. For some reason Bill Sikes’s dog.

So with those thoughts I sat down to try and write a Dickensian tale for the wonderful ‘Pandemonium: Stories Of The Smoke’ anthology. A bit daunting for me as I’ve never written anything above a little flash fiction before but I love London. Her history has so many fascinating tales to tell. It would be nice to try and make a small contribution to those.

Illustration // Pandemonium: Stocking Stuffer 2011

Pandemonium Stocking Stuffer 2011

Pandemonium Stocking Stuffer 2011

Want a little Pandemonium in your Christmas stocking? Sure you do. As a seasonal follow-up to the very lovely armageddon anthology ‘Pandemonium: Stories of the Apocalypse’ you can now treat yourself to three darkly comedic tales with this dinky download from Team Pornokitsch