Bent Kat Group

By | May 29th, 2019|Event|

"Would you like to hear more about the Bent Kat Group?" In an effort to stay sane now that I work 99% from home, and branch out in my new (ish) locale of Kent I volunteered with my local bat conservation group. I was very nervous about going, but had a great time. Small steps [...]

The Ending Was A Mistake

By | February 19th, 2019|News|

Despite being constantly let down by disorganised and/or dismissive editors and the decline of print media in general, I applied to be a writer for a UK music magazine recently. A friend of mine tagged me in a facebook post calling for gothic writers, simply saying 'this is you'. I considered it, fretted about it, [...]

Until Death – Transylvania

By | January 14th, 2019|It's On Random!|

I write a cemetery travel blog, just for fun (I hide one spelling error in each post. Can you find it?) and my latest was about my week in Transylvania. It includes Bran Castle (the one mostly, but falsely, associated with Dracula) a preserved sorcerer's arm (really), a black church and a diamond ring. You [...]

Atlas Obscura and the Glass Coffin

By | November 20th, 2018|News|

A reduced version of my Until Death blog has been published on the alternative travel website Atlas Obscura and I'm oddly proud of myself. It involves a preserved saint in a glass coffin in a cliff-side monastary. All things which I love.  "Even on a seemingly ‘normal’ holiday, there is always something macabre, haunted or [...]

Deep Tech

By | November 6th, 2018|It's On Random!|

Occasionally I'm asked (by those who know me) to provide web copy for their businesses. My software developer friend asked for an article on 'Deep Tech'. Nope not an all-robot recasting of the X-Files, much to my disappointment. It was actually about technology that does more than orders food or or lets you sleep in [...]

A Rider’s Life

By | October 15th, 2018|Interview|

I don't just write about goth stuff and cemeteries. Growing up in a motorbike family I've been raised with a passion for them too. Here's an article I wrote after speaking to an amazing lady, who rides thousands of miles each year on her nearly 80 year old machine. Despite crashes, severe injuries and aching [...]

Norwich Pride

By | July 31st, 2018|News|

I feel so priviledged to call Norwich my home city, even if I'm not there all the time. Last weekend was the 10 year anniversary of the city's first ever Pride celebrations and it was amazing. I actually cried a little watching the rainbow-coloured support and celebration of diversity, even if I was in all [...]

Metal Hammer Golden Gods

By | June 9th, 2018|Event, It's On Random!|

A few years ago (2014) I went to the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards as a punter. As I wasn't working it for once, I could write about it in anyway I felt like. I probably shouldn't let myself lose on a keyboard as often as I do... Any how, here's what I wrote the [...]

My Black Heart

By | May 22nd, 2018|It's On Random!|

It's World Goth Day (whatever that means now) and I find myself with nothing gothic to do. Not that I am usually at a club, or gig, or gothic animal charity event every 22nd May, but I usually have something gothic to do. Being the managing editor of the world's largest goth magazine means you [...]

Interview with a Strangeling

By | March 25th, 2018|Interview|

I interviewed fantasy gothic artist Jasmine Beckett-Smith months ago and the feature is finally online. Jasmine is an incredibly popular artist, with a waiting list of three years for commissions! She was lovely to talk to and very humble and interesting. "Jasmine always believed that people would love her faeries and dragonlings with their magical [...]