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Literature

Sheridan Le Fanu’s “Green Tea” and The Horror of Psychological Horror

There are no monsters in real-life, right? No ghosts, vampires or werewolves? So to avoid being laughed at some supernatural writers choose to go down the psychological route. As is the case, for instance, in the short story “Green Tea,” written by Irish author Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (text here.) In the tale – first published in […]

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Writing

The Word Pool

All speech acts are goal-oriented.

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Literature Writing

What Our Monsters Possibly Might Tell Us

There are monsters around this time of year. Creatures of folklore and horror fiction. All of them presumably had creators at some point -people  who had to puzzle and make creative decisions about their monstrous imaginary progeny. Which made me ask a few rhetorical questions to myself, starting with this one – what kind of […]

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Literature Writing

Grammar -What Is It Good For?

Towards the end of the eighteenth century the innocent, care-free days of English grammar were coming to an end. Grammarians had made strenuous efforts to “ascertain” the language and bring order to a riotous body of previously lawless syntax. There were dissenting voices. Liberals like Joseph Priestley wrote in 1762 that it was “absurd” to […]

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The Mouth

Henry Interviewed by Lizzy Stevens

Interviewed by Amazon and Fictionwise best-selling author Lizzy Stevens. http://lizzystevens.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/guest-blogger-henry-anderson.html Please tell us about your latest book. “The Mouth” is a sci fi adventure story about a teenager whose town is burned down and family killed. His only chance of survival is to travel through a dangerous device called “The Mouth” that opens doors into […]

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The Nurse Who Would Not Meet My Eye

The nurse would not meet my eye. Somehow that seemed fraught with meaning. “I am so dead,” I thought. I stood outside the door of my oncology consultant. The waiting area behind me had a central garden with a fountain in it. Dozens of men and women sat patiently marking time before attending the periodic  life-or-death consultations […]

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The Mouth

A playlist of music that loosely influenced “The Mouth”

“The Mouth” is out now. To celebrate, here are some songs that vaguely inspired it. This playlist is available on Spotify 1. “Slow boat to China” performed by Freddy Martin. It didn’t survive the final draft but this was playing on the gramaphone in the collaborator’s living room. 2. “I Fought the Law” by the Bobby Fuller Four. The Clash […]