Book Review: Cities of the Dead by Sion Smith

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I’ve never read any Jack Kerouac but if I did, I imagine it might be a bit like Sion Smith’s CITIES OF THE DEAD. Beat Poetry, to me, sounds like a sort of noirish slam on regular poetry and that’s kind of what’s going on in this book. It’s like hard-boiled travel writing. Like the author, Sion Smith, has captured the true feelings of the various cities he visits – their hopes and fears and dirty secrets – and he’s telling us about it in a language we can all understand.

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VAPOURS: A Norn Iron Zombie Movie

Well, here’s a little something for the weekend. Northern Irish upstarts, Dead On Films, released their debut film, VAPOURS, around Halloween and it’s quite the spectacle! Despite a budget of absolutely nothing, the Dead On team – led by long time reader and supporter of my work, Lewis Duncan –  have really come through with a short film that often punches above its weight. Rampacked with local humour, buckets of gore and some stand-out performances, VAPOURS takes its cue from a personal fav of mine, Conor McMahon’s DEAD MEAT, and is definitely worth your time. Available on Youtube right now for free. Just click on the screengrab below and you’re good to go.

 

Keeping up with the South: A Guest Blog by Magician Simon South

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Hi Guys! Hope everyone is good! It’s been ages since I’ve said hello (3 years in fact!) and Wayne has very kindly allowed me to do so again.

So much has changed, one of themain changes has been I now have management! It’s rather exciting and we’re working on a few projects together currently, which is something I’ve wanted for a while! I’ve also recently come back from performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, my fourth festival running my own shows. It went amazingly well and I performed 94 shows in 23 days, and as well as this I had a mini feature on an internet television show for quite a major network that is apparently going to rival Netflix! It was my most successful Fringe Festival to date and I seriously can’t wait to do it all again!

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Journo Round-Up: September 2015

Just my usual journo round-up and September’s Behind the Ink feature, in Skin Deep Mag, sees me interviewing Alex Rattray and Kat Wilson about their awesome takes on colour realism. Grab it wherever mags are sold or right here from the Skin Deep shop. 

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Over at Powerplay, I’m reviewing another bunch of CDs including the awesome ‘Written in Blood’ by thrash stalwarts, Raise Hell. And, hey, is that Lemmy on the cover? Not to mention an awesome interview with The Crue inside, courtesy of fellow hack, Adrian Hextall. Find it at your local WH Smiths or any good newsagent.

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Til next time…

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