Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Inner Worlds: Love, Politics and Role-Playing Games

I've now published Inner Worlds: Love, Politics and Role-Playing Games, a short monograph compiling the essays I published last autumn on the imaginative spaces of role-playing games, in which I wax lyrical on politics, social mechanics, sex, magic and imagination, and ask the question: "is it really OK?"

(Spoilers: yes.)

It's not yet available in print form (and while somehow I can't imagine there being much call for the print version I'm going to have a bundle of printed copies at May's Swansea Comics and Games Convention). You can buy Inner Worlds here.

Friday, 21 April 2017

We Don't Go Back #45: Viy (1967)

I'm not terribly up on Russian literature, but the one partial exception to that regrettable blindspot is Nikolai Gogol, of whom over the years I've read a handful of things: Dead Souls, The Government Inspector, and a short story called “Viy”.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Cult Cinema #6: The Master (2012)

I could do a whole series on its own where I look at documentaries about Scientology.

But the truth is, I feel that unless it's a pretty interesting work of art in its own right, a documentary film speaks largely for itself, and most reviews of documentaries end up tackling style and underlying agendas. Since the vast majority of documentaries about Scientology start with the base assumption that Scientology is awful and then try to give you evidence to back that up, my critical MO has little to add. Louis Theroux bringing his schtick to a film about Scientology, for example, isn't without value, but I don't have a whole lot to add to that.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

We Don't Go Back #44a: Get Out (2017)

I've literally just come out of the cinema, having seen Jordan Peele's feted horror Get Out, and this is really a placeholder for a more complete essay for when I've seen it a second time.

You should take the opportunity to see it.

Monday, 17 April 2017

To crowdfund or not to crowdfund

So I decided to just go ahead and release this is not a picture. You can buy it here.

This is, if you've missed it, a collection of short supernatural fiction, and I didn't Kickstarter it this time. Why was that?

Thursday, 13 April 2017

We Don't Go Back #43: The Serpent and the Rainbow (1989)

Two things about today's entry: I have been privileged to have spent the week in London, enjoying the kind hospitality of Jon and Gina, and it's been lovely, a time to catch up with some of the people I know in London, but sadly not all because there are only so many people you can see in three days. Anyway, the second thing is that one of the many highlights of this week has been the chance to accompany Jon to BFI South Bank to see a showing of Wes Craven's 1989 film The Serpent and the Rainbow, so if there's a scarcity of screenshots, that's because you can't put one of the National Film Theatres into your laptop.