The market

I really have no idea about the state of the fiction market at the moment. I don’t know what people want to read these days. It would be so easy to sit here at my desk, indulge in a power ballad compilation CD and bang out some kind of tweenage romance story, but it just isn’t happening. Who wants to read a story by an independent writer with no experience in full-length material.

While I don’t know what is in store for me if I sit this through and get this story finished, I do finally have an understanding of my own writing style. I tried to write serious horror before, but I just couldn’t sit through it, I wasn’t enjoying it at all. If I’m ever to write anything like The Canticle again, it’s going to be delivered in camp and over-the-top packaging. 

I realise that black-comedy is the only way to go about it. I love how a serious scenario can be delivered in a comical manner, yet not comical enough to turn a story about murder and torture into an Eddie Murphy gigglefest.

The new ‘project’ is going to be a black-comedy set in the mid-80s. It’s going to be like a bad exploitation/action film. Ridiculous, tounge-in-cheek and with just enough actual story line to keep a reader interested. I’ve got everything planned out, we’ll call that pre-production, and all that has to be done is actually putting pen to paper. I’ve never planned out a full-length before, so I’m pretty excited.

I’ll say nothing more until I’ve actually finished a first draft.





The 80s are back in a big way. We have artists who have decided (and rightfully so) that the era of 80s electronic music still feels quite incomplete. So much more could have been done with the old 808 drum machines and modular-synthesizers. It’s artists like Ghosthustler, Lazerhawk and Kavinsky that have been practically writing my stories for me these past few months. So much so that I’ve got a story in mind, possibly a long-term ‘project’, that is going to be set in 1986. If you eat enough sweetcorn, you shit sweetcorn. I hope the tunes rub off for the final result.