Alain Gomez at Book Brouhaha has written a very thoughtful and considered review of my short story The Restoration Man, giving it four out of five stars.Read it here: http://bookbrouhaha.blogspot.com/2011/12/review-of-restoration-man-by-simon-john.html
A ghost footballerImagine the unlikely situation in which I have been signed by a Premiership football team. Let's call that team Livtottenchestersea Citynited. Imagine now that instead of actually playing for the oily badgers (which is of course the nickname given to Livtottenchestersea Citynited, who of course play in wet-look black and white stripes), I… Continue reading Ghost Football, With Steven Gerrard
Not like this.Not at quarter past three, with a full crowd and your lads out there like animals, vicious and spitting and ready to run through walls for you. Not on the last day. Not when you’re top of the bloody league and one point ahead of United.The chairman still can’t believe it, even though… Continue reading Flash Fiction: "By Default"
I saw an advert for some kind of stock cube yesterday, and part of the messaging for it was the idea that it "really brings out the flavour of beef", which reminded me of the way people talk about salt."Ooh," they say, "I always add salt," they say, "It really brings out the flavour [of… Continue reading Salt adds the flavour of salt, of course
Eight MagpiesThere were eight magpies in the field behind the house. One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy, five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret never to be told. That's how the rhyme goes. So what did eight magpies mean? It could be a girl… Continue reading Flash Fiction: "Eight Magpies"
The day is finally here - the Kindle All Stars anthology has been released into the wild!It's now available as an ebook on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, and I'm reliably informed that it will be available on Barnes & Noble and in hardcopy soon...Buy it! Read it! Love it!Or hate it!But still buy it!
I'm not a huge reader of horror, and I think that's largely because I generally don't find conventional horror fiction scary. I'm not sure why. I find horror films scary, in a way; not in the sense that I'm genuinely scared, but in the sense that I experience the cheap shocks and I appreciate the… Continue reading Dracula is only scary if you are scared by sex
As the title of this blog post says, the cover art for the inaugural Kindle All Stars anthology, Resistance Front, has now been finalised, and I have to say it looks fantastic. Really smart. And it certainly captures the "revolutionary" vibe that Bernard has been aiming for in this most indie of indie publishing endeavours.Take… Continue reading Kindle All Stars cover art finalised