Enduring War: The Continuing Allure of Warhammer

Warhammer – you’ll probably know it for its long list of computer games, its plethora of licensed novels, or the venerable tabletop battle game itself. Almost certainly you’ll have seen some of the finely-detailed miniatures the company is renowned for. You may even have stepped into one of the iconic Games Workshop stores that cater … Continue reading Enduring War: The Continuing Allure of Warhammer

Diary of a NaNoWriMo Virgin

NaNoWriMo, ah yes. To some, it is just a baffling not-quite-word that clogs up the Twitter trends every November. To others, it is a golden chalice; to partake from its wine is to enter a nirvana of creative solitude. For a month, the belly of the whale is home to you, your laptop, and your … Continue reading Diary of a NaNoWriMo Virgin

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell – Review

If you’ve come into contact with any of David Mitchell’s work before, you’ll be well-acquainted with the sort of genre-switching, time-slipping, scene-shifting fiction that the author is best known for. A film adaptation by the Wachowski siblings in 2012 brought his lauded tapestry of souls, Cloud Atlas (2004), to a wider audience. 2014 heralds the … Continue reading The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell – Review

The State of Fantasy: Videogame News from the Scrying Glass of E3

This article refers to news from the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) held in Los Angeles in June 2014. Fantasy has always been a salient feature in the videogame landscape, right down to the essential footprint of guiding an idealised persona through an imagined world. The hallmarks of fantasy – high fantasy especially – have become … Continue reading The State of Fantasy: Videogame News from the Scrying Glass of E3

Grace Savage, UK Beatboxer – Interview

This interview was originally conducted by Andrew Jackson for 4Q Magazine in 2012. Unfortunately, the magazine folded before the article could be published. “If I beatboxed and a fireball came out… I could just kill my opponents.” Say hello to Grace Savage: murderous, hadouken-firing, beatboxer extraordinaire. Well, not quite: “Maybe not kill,” Grace concedes, after … Continue reading Grace Savage, UK Beatboxer – Interview

Love and Eskimo Snow by Sarah Holt – Review

Ideas-driven fiction is perilous ground for writers at any stage of their career. It poses the constant challenge of balancing the insistent voice of theme with the integral components of the story itself – character, plot and pacing. Too much theme, and you risk turning your fiction into a political pamphlet – too much story, … Continue reading Love and Eskimo Snow by Sarah Holt – Review