Many years ago, I joined a mail order book club and one of my very first purchases was a book called Without Trace: The Last Voyages of Eight Ships by John Harris. I’ve always been fascinated by the unexplained and … Continue reading The Sin of Concealment: Discovering Donald Crowhurst
Here’s a sweet little Christmas story from the Story Tree. Hope you have a safe and happy holiday season! There’s a text version of the story below the video if that’s what you prefer. THE COSTUME PARTYBy Paul Ferry Towards … Continue reading The Costume Party
If you’ve heard of Pablo Fanque at all, it’s probably because of the Beatles. In the song Being For the Benefit of Mr Kite, the lyrics, based on an 1843 circus poster that John Lennon bought in a Sevenoaks antique … Continue reading What a Scene! The Amazing Story of Pablo Fanque
“Damn you, Mickey Mouse!” cursed Misty as the colourful red and yellow vintage alarm clock clattered into life, raising her from a particularly pleasant slumber. Surely it couldn’t be 6 o’clock already? She cracked open a bleary eye and stared … Continue reading The Adventures of Templeton Fugit – Chapter One
Originally published in Strange Skins 2013 #1 Sometimes, mythic historical characters are so vividly drawn in the public consciousness that they are believed, against the best evidence, to have actually existed; Robin Hood is a good example. More rarely, a … Continue reading Baron Münchhausen: The Truth Behind History’s Greatest Liar
Many years ago, Ben Hudson and myself developed an idea for a cyberpunk TV series called Johnny Clockwork. Taking its cues from Max Headroom and William Gibson, Johnny Clockwork told the story of a disabled teenage detective who solves crimes without ever leaving his room, utilising an amazing array of computer technology and the occasional help of his ‘leg-woman’ Leyland. Although we kicked around a million ideas, no script was ever written. But looking through some old files, I came across an opening narration for Johnny Clockwork, which I’m publishing here for the very first time. I think you’ll find … Continue reading Johnny Clockwork: The Future is NOW!