Carnies, by Martin Livings

Carnies is a horror werewolf novel from respected Australian horror writer, Martin Livings. It was originally released by Lothian Books in 2006 and thanks to the new publisher, Cohesion Press, we now have a revised and updated e-book and new print edition on the way, with new scenes and a tweaked ending.

Red Cells, by Jeffrey Thomas

Okay, take a planet in the far future, populate it with hundreds of alien species including humans, throw in lots of cyberpunk tech, sprinkle in some Raymond Chandler type goons, and have lurking Lovecraftian monsters in the background for a bit more flavouring, and what you get has a name: Punktown. Punktown is a highly imaginative and enthralling setting by talented dark fiction author, Jeffrey Thomas, and Red Cells is the latest book in this series.

The First Neanderthal on the Moon, by Roderick MacDonald

I’m a big fan of SF comedy, because it is so hard to do, but when it is done well, it is great fun to read. The two most obvious examples are The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and the Red Dwarf novels. The great things about these novels (and SF comedy in general) is that they extrapolate upon the conventional here and now setting while they point of the farces of the here and now. This, in a nutshell, is what The First Neanderthal on the Moon is all about.
Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes

Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes

Most movie series suffer from diminishing returns, with sequels dying slow painful deaths rather than going out with a spectacular finale. They rehash tired concepts, rely on gimmicks rather than good writing, drain the concepts pool completely and frankly, “thrash the dead horse” endlessly. Prometheus showed us that the Alien/Predator series should have died five movies ago... But when it comes to Bond, James Bond, the 007 formula works in complete contradiction to the diminishing returns theory. Skyfall is one of the best constructed, acted, directed, photographed, written, etc. etc. movies this year. I haven’t been this excited by a movie since Inception.