Monthly Archives: February 2013

Farewell to Iphigenia

I want to conclude this flurry of posts about Iphigenia with a quote from the lass herself: If Artemis is minded to take this body, am I, a weak mortal, to thwart the goddess? Nay, that were impossible. … give … Continue reading

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Iphigenia in England

Following on again from my recent post In the annals of ancient Crete… Boccaccio’s story of Iphigenia was adapted by the Seventeenth Century (Restoration) English poet (and Poet Laureate) John Dryden as Cymon And Iphigenia, and this was set to … Continue reading

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Writing Iphigenia – A Love Story

During the first few months of 1998 I immersed myself in Late Bronze Age Aegean archaeology and Greek mythology, and struggled to create a coherent genealogy and timeline of events leading to the Trojan War. A couple of years before, … Continue reading

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The Illustrated Vampire

When I started writing Kings of Infinite Space, my friend Sylke was reading the early chapters and providing feedback, and this influenced both the plot and characterisation. She also did some illustrations for me, including a map, and these can … Continue reading

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The 10th Muse

Last year’s Divine Women by Bettany Hughes had a powerful effect on me and it certainly influenced Suzie and the Monsters. At the start of the second episode, Bettany Hughes visits the Sackler Library in Oxford to study a new … Continue reading

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More Free Vampires!

Free on Amazon for Kindle for five days! (21-25 February, 2013) My new release – Hrana, a vampire-fantasy novella (est. 94 pages) – is a more-or-less standalone extract from my epic-fantasy novel Kings of Infinite Space. This part of the … Continue reading

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In the annals of ancient Crete…

For some reason I remember Day 5 of The Decameron starting: ‘In the annals of ancient Crete’. Clearly this is impossible. What is just possible is that I read a translation that started: ‘In the annals of ancient Cyprus’, but … Continue reading

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