Ingredients of Action Horror

Action horror. A fiction contradiction if there ever was one. Action stories are about agency: the character’s ability to act on the environment, to overcome all odds, to destroy all foes in his path. Horror relies heavily on a lack of agency: the inability to directly confront the horror, and with it, the despair that […]

BABYLON RED is live on IndieGoGo!

The New Gods have won. The Special Tasks Section has been disbanded. Nothing can stop the New Gods from unleashing Hell on Earth. Or so they think. Fighting from the shadows, Team Black Watch wages a desperate war to keep cosmic horrors at bay. But this time, Yuri Yamamoto is in exile. Without a mystical […]

A Spectre Haunts Singapore

A spectre is haunting Singapore—the spectre of racism. A recent spate of racist incidents have hit the news. The Singaporean social media sphere is aflame, with bloggers and politicians and influencers jumping in to condemn racism and drive the conversation. Voices cry out for collective action, social justice, education. And there is me, wondering when […]

Aether Czar’s Memorial Day Sale!

Hans Schantz is running a massive Memorial Day sale from now until 2nd June, with over 80 titles priced at $0.99 or free! The participating authors are among the top talent in the field of science fiction and fantasy, including John C Wright, Larry Correia, Tom Kratman, Jon del Arroz, David Drake, Declan Finn, Daniel Humphreys, Richard Paolinelli, […]

Rahmatan Lil Alamin Foundation Launches Questionable Charity Drive

The Rahmatan Lil Alamin Foundation (RLAF) has partnered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (URWA) to organise a charity drive for Palestinian refugees. Running from 22 May to 30 May, it aims to “provide aid in the form of health, relief and social services for communities affected […]

You’re Not Supposed to Notice This About Covid

Following a rise in Covid-19 infections, Singapore has imposed strict measures to curb the spread of the disease. These include: Capping social gatherings to 2 Suspension of dining-in at F&B outlets Hard cap on guest numbers at weddings and funerals Return to working from home Closure of gyms, fitness studios, spas and all recreational activities […]

Umbrage and A Tale of Two Singapores

Umbrage. A simple word. And a strange word to many Singaporeans. In that one word, Ng Yat Chun, CEO of Singapore Press Holdings, revealed the split between the two Singapores. As advertising revenue falls, SPH will be restructuring itself into a non-profit entity. By becoming a company limited by guarantee, it will be able to […]

Digital Currencies Don’t Need Government Backing

Michael Petraeus, better known as Critical Spectator, wrote an article for Vulcan Post arguing that digital currencies can only work with government backing. By ‘digital currencies’ he singles out Bitcoin for criticism. This in itself is the fatal flaw underlying his thesis. To understand where Petraeus is coming from, he is one of Singapore’s highest […]

The Fight Scene is the Last Scene

Action scenes are the most memorable aspects of any fiction. Fast-paced and intense, they sear themselves into the audience’s memories. Battles between the hero and the lesser mooks punctuate the plot, while the final showdown between the hero and the villain serves as the climax of the story. And that is what action in storytelling […]

Call for Submissions: Adventure Stories for Young Readers

Misha Burnett has partnered with Sanderley Studios to create a short fiction collection for young readers. They are now accepting submissions until 15th May 2021. Submissions should satisfy the following criteria: Between 5000 to 10000 words Target audience: junior high to high school aged children Characters need not be the same age group as the […]

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