[7RQ] 2018-02-18

Come on aboard, I promise you, you won't hurt the horse

new music / sneak preview / unfinished / work in progress / listen with caution / soon https://www.dropbox.com/s/cfybv4ixer8fxph/silencaeon-deadchannel-preview.mp3

Speaking of music... who knew Iran had an underground dark ambient music scene? My friend Steve Burnett turned me onto Cold Spring's new compilation VISIONS OF DARKNESS, which in turn sent me clicking away at outfits on Bandcamp like Xerxes the Dark, Alphaxone, and Crows in the Rain (which, I mean, come on. Talk about epic band names). I've been an ambient fan for many years, listening to everything from Eno to Autechre, from Steve Roach's soundscapes to Edward Artemyev's avant-garde scores, so naturally this stuff is right up my alley. It's also perfect writing music. Atmospheric and mood-inducing, without ever being distracting. When I'm working, if I'm not listening to something classical, chances are I've got some ambient drone going instead. http://store.coldspring.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=6609
Steve Burnett: http://www.subscapeannex.com WRITING

I received my copy of the DAREDEVIL SHADOWLAND hardcover omnibus this week. It's an enormous (over 1000 pages!) collection of the entire crossover, including the DD issues I co-wrote with Andy Diggle, plus my solo stories from the event such as DD: AFTER THE FALL and SHADOWLAND: BLOOD ON THE STREETS, the murder-mystery-with-capes starring Misty Knight and Silver Sable. It's a beast! (Ho ho, that is an in-joke for people who already read the series. Laugh, damn you.) https://marvel.com/comics/collection/66094/daredevil_shadowland_omnibus_john_cassaday_cover_hardcover
GHOST STATION ZERO, the collection of Codename Baboushka's second mission, is out this week. No, it really is this time. http://antonyjohnston.com/work/codenamebaboushka/index.php#vol2

Do you know what Wapping is? The third edition of "UK 1980s nostalgia Trivial Pursuit", wherein I baffle and confuse Americans by making them play an edition of Triv aimed at Brits who grew up in the ’80s, is now available as part of The Incomparable's GAME SHOW series. Playing this time are Aleen Simms, Erika Ensign, Glenn Fleishman, Kathy Campbell, and Jason Snell; meanwhile, I ask the questions and fail to keep a straight face. https://www.theincomparable.com/gameshow/80/
I was also a guest on FRIENDS IN YOUR EARS, a podcast wherein podcaster Kathy Campbell talks to podcasters about podcasts they love. On a podcast. This ep also features superstar Mac & iOS developer (and former Apple staffer) James Thomson. Having two Brits on at once was a perfectly fine idea, and is absolutely not depressing at all. AT ALL. https://www.theincomparable.com/fiye/3/ APPEARANCES

FEB 28: I'll be appearing in Harrogate in ten days' time, reading from THE EXPHORIA CODE, talking about the book, and so on. If you're planning to go, get your ticket ASAP from Imagined Things or Destination Venus. You can even now book them online. https://www.facebook.com/events/181707169090755/
MAR 3: And then just a few days later I'll be at Dunfermline Comic Con. I don't yet have details of a table number, etc, but the event itself is on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/DunfermlineComicCon/

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