So mum was walking through town in 1963 and an Italian film crew asked her if their actors could throw her and another woman into the town hall fountain. It was almost an acting part. The idea was she was a campaigner against immorality and rock ‘n’ roll etc (she got given a placard to […]Read more "That Time My Mum Was In An Italian Exploitation Film"
Merry Christmas everybody! Here’s speculative fiction author Stephen Palmer to offer some thoughts on changing attitudes to the season… There is no Santa Claus, it’s your parents… How old was I when I learned this? My parents moved to the house I spent most of my childhood in when I was six, and in that […]Read more "Guest Post: Stephen Palmer On The Changing Value Of Christmas."
If you blog or Insta or YouTube or, er, MySpace about books then you can now request a copy of my fantasy novel ‘Pennyblade’ on NetGalley. You’ll get a free book and I’ll be very gratified. Titan Books has announced the gripping, savaley funny, epic fantasy called Pennyblade by J.L. Worrad, which is set for […]Read more "NEWS: Pennyblade Available On NetGalley"
I watched In The Earth (2021 Dir. Ben Wheatley)last night, a film entirely written rehearsed and filmed during the lockdown. It’s genre brilliance lies in simultaneously being a folk-horror and a science fiction, so it was right up my street (Some of you more venerable UK Salonites may recall The Stone Tapes and Children Of […]Read more "What I’m Watching: In The Earth (2021)"
Re: last blog post. I’d long suspected the Eddie Jones painting currently on my wall had been commissioned for a magazine or novel cover. Thanks to Steve Cameron and Pete Young’s investigations, turns out it was used a number of times in Germany and Denmark.Read more "‘Moonstar Battle’ Follow-up"
A painting and a question for all you old guard SF peeps out there.Read more "‘Moonstar Battle’, A Painting by Eddie Jones"
You may know I run a little facebook group called Fantasy & Sci-Fi Salon (join today!). As the administrator I get to see backstage and– though the Salon provides a small data set– it may tell us something about the state of current SFF fanship. 1: Gender disparity is fading off with the generations. That […]Read more "A Quick Look at My Facebook Group’s Data (and what it may tell us about fandom)"
Dreamed I was lying in bed with a big spider on my chest. It kept seeing off other spiders that approached and then I realised it saw me as its mate. A Victorian-style headmaster appeared and said something like ‘Worrad, don’t you think it’s time you made an honest arachnid out of her?’ and next […]Read more "The Many Eyes Of Mrs Worrad"