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Busy Times at Diabolique

31/07/12 Click here for an important update regarding Diabolique magazine My main gig at the moment is editing Diabolique, a print and digital magazine exploring the horror genre across media, including film, theatre and literature. You’ll have to buy the magazine to see the very best of the content I’ve edited or written myself, but here’s […]

Marriage Is Big Enough for All of Us

Some say that allowing same-sex marriage redefines marriage for everyone. It will make the definition of marriage hazy, consequently undermining a crucial social and cultural institution. (I use that weasel word “some” quite deliberately: “Traditionalists” sounds like an insult; “opponents of same-sex marriage” makes them sound “anti”; “Christian” and “conservative” wouldn’t reflect the diversity of […]

How Anti-Masonic Myths Hurt People

In the recent case of Lesley Pilkington, the Christian therapist suspended by the BACP for misconduct, one thing stuck out for me personally. The most egregious aspect of her conduct was, undoubtedly, telling her client — who turned out to be undercover journalist Patrick Strudwick — that childhood sexual abuse at the hands of a […]

Archbishop Cranmer versus Advertising Standards

Last Friday, the blogger known as Archbishop Cranmer made a bold claim: “Advertising Standards Authority persecutes His Grace,” the headline announced. The ASA sent him “all manner of official papers, formal documentation and threatening notices which demand answers to sundry questions by a certain deadline.” The correspondence was part of an investigation into an ad (which […]

Netflix UK: What a Turkey!

I signed up for Netflix in Canada last year, tempted by my American chums’ promises of the thousands of movies that awaited me. Having finally sussed that my bandwidth problems were due to the entire neighbourhood stealing my internet connection (I exaggerate; it was maybe half), I decided it was time to treat myself. It […]

ASA Persecuting ‘His Grace’ over Marriage Ad?

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” — Not Voltaire Friday afternoon saw a bit of muttering on Twitter over the plight of Archbishop Cranmer, the pseudonymous Christian blogger claiming persecution for carrying a Coalition 4 Marriage advertisement on his website. According to Cranmer, the Advertising […]

Christian and Agnostic

(This was first published in 2009.) I’m a Christian. I’ve been a confirmed Anglican since 2003. I’m a regular churchgoer and continue to be involved in all kinds of areas of parish life. I am also an agnostic. I accept the intellectual arguments for atheism, and recognized about 18 months ago that I had long […]

Feeling Pain for North Carolina’s Gays & Lesbians

North Carolina’s Amendment One was a constitutional bill so anti-gay that even David Blankenhorn, the defence’s sole expert witness in the Proposition 8 trial, disavowed it. And yet, yesterday, voters in the state passed it by a majority of 60% to 40%, robbing gay families of all legal protections afforded to heterosexual married couples. Unlike California’s […]

How to Pitch an Article to an Editor

Pitching an article to a magazine, newspaper or website can be daunting, especially if you’re still early on in your freelance writing career. But here’s the thing to remember: The editor doesn’t know you’re scared. She only sees what you allow her to see. Be bold and confident, and you’re in the running for a […]

Writerliness and Being Writerly

The term “writerly” fans a flame inside me. It’s a virtuous word that speaks of crafting words into sentences and paragraphs with passion, imagination and love. I just searched for a definition of “writerly” and found this: 1. of or characteristic of a writer 2. characterized by the qualities of a writer’s craft, esp. by those that […]