Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Casting Off Of Albatri 12

Today I...

I had in mind
something short
and sweet
like a pygmy
of the sugar-
coated kind —
but then I dressed it
in imaginary bacon rind,
and conceived
of a long pig
walking on two feet.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Fiction Freebie Fest

For the next two days you can grab some of my fiction from Amazon for free.

The offer begins at 00.00 hours on February 16th, Pacific time, and for now I’m running with the strapline

 My Words.  Your Kindle.  Our Mutual Mindstuff Baby.

At 24 pages, it’s a breezy read — the perfect complement to the kind of high energy weekend workout I know some of you sweat and thrust your way through as you straddle the gap between  Friday and Sunday racing dragsters, wrestling stallions, and fighting off alien hordes in your combat-primed exoskeletal tutus.

Here’s what you’ll get if you choose to run with this once-in-a-lifetime (for now) bonanza of bonusness:

The universe’s greatest ever investigative duo uncovers a plot to destabilise the Cosmos in a run-down London convenience store.  As booze-crazed alien slugs unleash unspeakable horror and terror, only a combination of MacKillop’s able brain and Broken Vacuum Cleaner’s array of cleaning attachments can hope to save the day.

An anonymous online reviewer lambasted this book, saying it had "really stupid characters in an even dumber storyline".  Indeed it does — and thanks for the perfect blurb.

This is the first story in the BVC & MacKillop series. Genre aficionados may appreciate its blend of fantasy, sci-fi and humour — not to mention a fascination with defunct household gadgetry of a sucky nature.

Like the very best drunk driver seconds before suffering a terrible whiplash accident, you’re only a click away from a life-changing experience.

Read for free today and tomorrow — and if you like it, do please review.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


The discovery of King Richard III’s remains in a Leicester car park prompts me to wonder where (and how) each of us might be found in the future when time has had its wicked way with our material bits.

As a resident of the 21st century, I’m pretty sure my eventual remains will take the form of ashes or bones.  It’s then up to the residents of the future to decide whether to snort my miserable ass through a narwhal’s weirdy pipe, cave my head in by accident with an archaeologist’s mattock  (á la Leicester Uni Woman What Dug Up Dick Three) or distil the essence of my living brain — as Dennis Potter imagined so brilliantly for Albert Finney’s Daniel Feeld character in his paired 90s TV dramas, Karaoke and Cold Lazarus.

I flatter myself here, of course.  If I end up like most bodies in most cemeteries and crematoriums, in a hundred years time it will be fortunate indeed if my rotted/withered bits and bobs are visited by so much as a curious tramp or squirrel — and even then, said visitation might take the form merely of a urine parabola.

King Richard III’s greatest stunt was to have gone missing from somewhere no one can pinpoint accurately on a map.  Whirl Towers overlooks the Bosworth battlefield where the deformed monarch got deformed to death — at least, it does if I stand on tiptoes wearing size 200 shoes.  Academics  have argued for centuries about precisely where the Battle of Bosworth took place, and whenever I’ve dropped in on the presumed site’s visitor centre (whose café boasts a range of excellent teas which you can sup while listening to piped screams of Waaaaugh! Urgggh! and Yaaaargh!), the whole place has seemed to relocate itself to a different set of fields every time, almost as if it’s uncertain of precisely where the last Plantagenet King of England did or didn’t fall.  That the miserable fucking Tudors then flung Richard’s corpse over the back of a horse and hot-footed it to the City of the Gok Foretold only adds insult to injury.

If Richard III has taught us anything (in addition to “steer well clear of Bosworth, wherever the hell that may be”) it’s that when it comes to your final curtain moment, it may be wise to see if you can wander a few steps from the metaphorical arras, if only to make things interesting for future generations.

How would you like to be to be discovered — and by whom?

[I had planned to end this post with a few enticing photographs of myself, posing avec beaucoup de la gaye roi malignement style in my Whirl socks at the gates of the now world-famous council car park, but I’m afraid I was waylaid by a flock of Chinese nuns who’d flown over to lick Gary Lineker as part of some bizarre Catholic pilgrimage ritual so you’ll have to make do with a shot of the war memorial in Leicester’s Victoria Park, taken last month in the snow...]