First Come, First Staked

In celebration of the season, instead of a book review today I list three of my favourite vampire films; and provide a photograph of my favourite costume.

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A Wry Insight: Matt Ewens Interviews Me

Dave Higgins:

It is a truth universally acknowledged that an author in possession of a curious mind is in need of an oblique interviewer.

Fortunately, Matt Ewens has my back.

Originally posted on Matt Ewens:

Oct, 2014

David Higgins

Dave Higgins writes speculative fiction, often with a dark edge. Despite forays into the mundane worlds of law and IT, he was unable to completely escape the liminal zone between mystery and horror. A creature of contradictions, he also co-writes comic sci-fi with Simon Cantan.

Born in the least mystically significant part of Wiltshire, England, and raised by a librarian, he started reading shortly after birth and has not stopped since. He currently lives in Bristol with his wife, Nicola, his cats, Jasper and Una, a plush altar to the Dark Lord Cthulhu, and many shelves of books.

David Higgins

David Higgins

1. Why did you take up writing, what inspired you?

I have always been a hugely curious person (ambiguity intended) and voracious reader. I was introduced to role-playing games in the 80’s and for many years they provided an outlet for the odd questions such as…

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Contents Reveal: State – a collection of short stories

I received the last story for my forthcoming collection back from my editor yesterday, so I am on track to publish early next month. In celebration, today’s post reveals the final contents of the collection.

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The Ancient DNA by John Lambrakis (ed.)

The Ancient DNA by John Lambrakis (ed.)Combining genetic-engineering with dreams and prophecy, this novel sets out to unify science, Greek mythology, and the legends of Atlantis.

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Membership of Humanity is Not Restricted

Over the last few days, many of the blogs and persons I follow have made reference to this article which suggests “douchebag” as an appropriate pejorative label for white people. While I agree with much of it, there is one area I strongly contest: increasing prejudice as a social good.

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Removing the Scales from Your Mind

I re-watched Ruth Chang’s interesting talk about reframing difficult decisions yesterday morning. I agree with both her insight and suggested applications. However, it reminded me of another cause of difficult decisions: our assumption benefits are linear.

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Bring It Omnibus Edition by Seeley James

Bring It, Omnibus Edition by Seeley JamesOpening with a meeting between a protagonist and the US Government about accusations of terrorism and murder that is disrupted by organised crime, this book immediately places itself in the Hollywood-action-movie section of the thriller genre. Fortunately, Seeley does not disappoint, taking the reader from big-budget thrill to high-octane spill without losing the last shred of feasibility.

This novel was originally released in serial format as Trench Coats, Episodes I-VI.

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Irony is Seldom Absent

Today has turned out to be quite unproductive. Not so much because my day was filled with Persons from Porlock, as because of their future echoes. Many experts have written on cutting out procrastination and avoiding meeting slippage, but for me the issue is often my mind’s inability to handle antici

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I’m Sparticus!

Due to our cats changing both the duration and location of their nightly bed sharing, my sleep has been more disturbed for the last few days. Apart from potentially a millisecond longer of wanting to stay in bed, I had not noticed any issues from this. However, a chance piece of spam revealed a hidden problem: I am in a very real sense shattered.

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Footprints by Crissy Moss

Footprints by Crissy MossThis short story transposes the classic Gothic story of a son closing up his dead parent’s country residence to the snowy woods of the United States. Balancing the modern world’s greater freedom to acknowledge grief with the loss of support abandoning the rituals of the past has produced, Moss crafts a world where the traditional looming threat of the Other remains, but the potential identity of that Other owes nothing to the mores of past ages.

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