Celebrating Shakespeare‏

“I would challenge you to a battle of wits,
but I see you are unarmed.”
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Old Willy certainly had an eloquent way in which to insult people of lower intelligence or those whose stupidity and ineptitude were their most admirable qualities. Now, four hundred years after his death, I wonder what he would think of this ‘modern’ world that we are slowly destroying?

Perhaps this…

“Blow, blow, thou winter wind
Thou art not so unkind,
As man’s ingratitude.”
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

A Touch Of Death

How cool would it be to see the history of an object just by a single touch? You would be able to see everything and everyone that has come into contact with that object since it was first created. You could touch centuries old items and be dazzled by an amazing glimpse into its past – like time travel without the DeLorean or a big blue telephone box.

But what if that object was a murder weapon? Could you handle seeing the gruesome truth behind its bloody past down to every last bone crunching blood-spattered sinew and the heart-ache and suffering that undoubtedly follows?

At first you may be intrigued and become thick-skinned but in the end, as your head quickly fills with sickening images, could you continue?

Eldan Bethy, an Article Phenomenologist (AP), has this exact power.

To read more about Eldan and his work as an AP click on the link below:

A Touch Of Death

The Winner Of Stephen King’s Short Story Competition Is Announced… and it’s brilliant!

Stephen King Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

 

The Guardian newspaper recently ran a short story competition, which unfortunately I didn’t enter due to Open University study commitments, and the judge was none other than the master of horror himself, Stephen King.

The Guardian website wrote…

“The short story is alive and well in the UK according to novelist Stephen King, who this week picked the winner of a competition launched to celebrate his own latest collection, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.

More than 800 creepy tales were submitted to the contest, run by the Guardian and King’s UK publisher, Hodder & Stoughton. King, who chose the winner from a shortlist of six, said: “I never expected such quality, and it does my heart good. Every one of these stories would be publishable.”

The bestselling novelist picked Elodie Harper’s Wild Swimming – a sinister tale set around a reservoir in Lithuania – as the winner, describing it as “part of a small but interesting genre: the 21st‑century epistolary tale.” Harper, 34, is a reporter for ITV News Anglia.”

You can read the winning story here:                               http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jan/30/stephen-king-short-story-competition-winner-wild-swimming-by-elodie-harper?CMP=twt_gu

The full article can be found here:  http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/jan/30/stephen-king-picks-winner-short-story-contest

Congratulations to Elodie Harper and all those talented writers who were long-listed. The writing talent in this country is truly amazing 🙂