Sunday, 10 May 2009


Pokemon Platinum is in the shops on the TWENTY SECOND of May. OMFG. I'll have died of suspense by then.

Thursday, 7 May 2009


Has anyone got hold of this yet?
I took my poorly self to Morrisons to look for a copy for my Nintendo DS, the first time I've been out of the house in 6 weeks, and by god I paid for it in pain later, only to find a complete lack of lovely pokemon. I was distraught.
Anyhoo, I'm desperate to play this game, and would love to hear from anyone who has, so they can tell me whether it's a good as I'm expecting it to be.
I understand there are new pokemon in platinum, which is a bit of a groan as my pokedex is still incomplete up to existing games, but is incredibly exciting as well. I could cheat by going wireless and trading with other folk to complete my pokedex, but I'm far too precious for that, I HAVE to do it myself, so I can feel marvellous compared to people who haven't completed their pokedexes yet, hee hee.
I'm going to take a look at the cheat sites to read the reviews, but I definitely need to talk about the game too.

A very strange bloke!

I am having the most bizarre experience right now with a chap (can't name names) on the net who won't send me his rewritten story for issue 3 as he doubts my identity!!!
It's so funny because I actually offered to publish this bloke as he's never been in print and by the look of his message board posts, was getting downhearted about it. The story was basically good, but needed some work, which I was prepared to do myself.
When I put the story into the dtp to start work on it, I sent him a message asking for an address to send his contributor's copy to. He informed me that there was no need to rewrite for him as he was doing it himself, using the advice of one Mr Worthington as a guideline. Fair enough. However he declared that he could not send me the rewritten text until I could vouch for my identity in public.
The reason for this need for confirmation is apparently due to the fact that I deleted my account,(as it was a personal one) and started a fresh account solely for the purpose of running the magazine, which is all I do on the net now, apart from my lovely blogger blog!
Get this, he actually thought I might be an imposter, setting up an account and pretending to be me just so that I could gain access to his home address. Just his, nobody else's.
This given the fact that all my magazine conversations were still ongoing, etc etc, so I'm obviously me!
I'm afraid to say I absolutely howled, poor sod, I took the piss out of him rotten. His ungraciousness is forgivable, I suppose, him being only 19 and still full of adolescent ludicrousness, but his paranoia level is just so enormous as to afford much entertainment. How unkind I am.
I see another Chris Barker in the making.
I needed to share that as it's still boggling me a bit, I still haven't had the rewritten story I offered to publish. How very, very odd.

Even more rude veg!

I can't believe it, I've actually got one of my own!
I didn't grow it, my daughter discovered it in a bag of shop-bought carrots while cruising for nibbles. Much hilarity ensued, then she ate it!!!!
Fortunately she took a photo of it before she scarfed it down, so here is my very own rude vegetable, ta-dah...

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

All on my own :(

My co-editor Caroline Callaghan is no longer able to help me with the magazine. I would like to thank her for her support and work, and wish her all the best for the future.

Anyone want to be a co-editor???????

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Black Book of Horror Volume 4.....

Is here at last, hurrah!
The latest anthology of hair-raising, haunting, hellish horror from editor Charles Black is now available from his site, here:
If you haven't tried the Black Books yet you really are missing out. With a plethora of top writers creating some of the best horror fiction around at the moment, both classic style and modern, and the delightfully reminiscent Pan Book of Horror stylings, they are definitely a treat for lovers of the macabre.
I like them too!

Category: Writing and Poetry
The Fourth Black Book of Horror is now available.


Soup - Craig Herbertson
Words - Paul Finch
A Cry For Help - Joel Lane
With Deepest Sympathy - Johnny Mains
Many Happy Returns - Carl T. Ford
All Hallow's Even - Franklin Marsh
Dead Water - David A. Sutton
And Still Those Screams Resound...' - Daniel McGachey
Love is in the Air - Gary McMahon
The Head - Reggie Oliver
The Devil Looks After His Own? - Ian C. Strachan
Bad Hair Day - Gary Fry
Flies - Hazel Quinn
Nails - Rog Pile
The Lord of the Law - David Conyers


Very, extremely, awfully,terribly ill...

Argggghhhhh, help, dying etc.
There's been a big gap betwen the latest post and it's predecessor because I've been a bit poorly. Actually I'm still a bit poorly, but I'm bravely sweating over a hot computer whilst awaiting an operation to put me right. Hopefully it won't be much longer, then I will regale you with all the gory details, hee heee.