Don’t Panic! – It’s Towel Day!

Yes folks it is Towel Day. The day when all Douglas Adams fans don a towel in celebration of his life’s work.

The original quote that referenced the greatness of towels is found in Chapter 3 of Adams’ work The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

“A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.”

Personally I will be using mine to carry out bizarre grip related chin up exercises. But you are all free to do with yours as you will. Enjoy!

THE LOVERS – out soon!

The new Parker novel, THE LOVERS, will be published on June 2nd in the US, and on July 9th in the UK. The book has already received a starred review from Publishers Weekly in the US and concerns Parker’s search for the truth about his father’s death. I love the Parker books and have always believed that there was more to this backstory than meets the eye and can’t wait to finally read about it!

From Publishers Weekly:

“Bestseller [John] Connolly once again expertly melds a hard-boiled plot with the supernatural in his eighth Charlie Parker crime novel (after THE REAPERS). While previous books in the series explored the trauma at the heart of Parker’s backstory, the murder of the PI’s wife and daughter, this one examines an equally devastating family trauma– the suicide of his New York City policeman father, Will, after Will gunned down two unarmed teenagers decades earlier. As Parker, who was 15 at the time, seeks the truth about his ancestry, [SPOILER DELETED]. When he learns a pair [SPOILER DELETED] have him at the top of their hit list, he decides to return to New York City after a stint tending bar in Maine. The underlying grim sadness and Connolly’s unwillingness to pull his punches will appeal to noir fans, while his effective use of understatement and evocative prose makes his alternate universe plausible.”

Check out the prologue 

World Horror Convention 2010 – Brighton

A reason for all you Horror fans to come to Brighton in 2010: http://www.whc2010.org/news.html

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, The World Horror Convention will be held over March 25-28, 2010, in the historic Regency seaside city of Brighton, on the picturesque south coast of England. This is the first time that the event will have been held off the North American continent.

The theme is “Brighton Shock!—A Celebration of the European Horror Tradition from Victorian Times to the Present Day”, and the convention will host numerous panels, talks, presentations, readings, workshops and displays devoted to horror, macabre, mystery and thriller fiction and art in all its varied and fearsome forms.

Still here… and news about THE GATES!

Sorry I’ve not been around much. I’ve been busy beavering away in a temporary position working for a company, processing video screeners, that end up in screening kiosk systems for TV distributors and sales agents to show their wares at Cannes. The craziness is now over. And my career will take on a whole new phase in two days. Otherwise I have been busy editing more of the ROSEBLOOD PODCAST episodes, have come up with an idea for a whole new show which may or may not come off; more about that soon! And up to some other stuff which I can’t dilvuge just yet. But it’s all good folks.

What I really want to tell you about is the potential new book from, my favourite living author, John Conolly! Author of the amazing Charlie Parker P.I. novels and the excellent Adult fairy tale THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS. According to John’s latest blog post he has been covertly working on a new book; an unexpected book which is more of an adult children’s fairy tale:

“So THE GATES is a book that combines quantum physics and, well, Satanism, I suppose. It’s littered with odd little footnotes, and the occasional drawing. Some of the footnotes are just little nuggets of information about the universe, while others contain pieces of advice, or short essays on, say, the word “the” as it relates to historical figures. Mostly, they’re funny, although I hope that they’re kind of curious and interesting as well. The kids who’ve read it have really loved it but, thankfully, so too have the adults. If THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS was a children’s book for adults, then THE GATES is, in a way, an adult book for children. It will probably appear everywhere in time for Halloween. “

And I tell you folks, I can’t wait. I have many books to read, but his books always get pushed to the front of the pile.

Microsoft / Zune FAIL

I don’t know if you’re aware that Microsoft have released a rival to Apple’s iTunes, but they have and they’ve called it Zune. Sounds a bit like ‘tune’ doesn’t it? Funny that. I mean Microsoft don’t rip people off do they? Like releasing Vista with ‘Widgets’… when Apple already had ‘Gadgets’. And Leopard OSX has ‘Spotlight’ and Vista has… ‘Enhance Searching’…. yeah not as snappy or as functional. The point is that they tend to follow, rather than lead with direct innovation – either that or they’re not as quick off the mark. They’re certainly not as successful in the implementation of such innovations.

(more…)