On the Vital Importance of Social Distancing and Covid 19

An epidemiologist at Emory University in the USA explains why Social Distancing is So Important

“As an infectious disease epidemiologist, at this point I feel morally obligated to provide some information on what we are seeing from a transmission dynamic perspective and how they apply to the social distancing measures. Specifically, I want to make two aspects of these measures very clear and unambiguous.

First, we are in the very infancy of this epidemic’s trajectory. That means even with these measures we will see cases and deaths continue to rise globally, nationally, and in our own communities in the coming weeks. Our hospitals will be overwhelmed, and people will die that didn’t have to. This may lead some people to think that the social distancing measures are not working. They are. They may feel futile. They aren’t. You will feel discouraged. You should. This is normal in chaos. This enemy that we are facing is very good at what it does; we are not failing. We need everyone to hold the line as the epidemic inevitably gets worse. This is not my opinion; this is the unforgiving math of epidemics for which I and my colleagues have dedicated our lives to understanding with great nuance, and this disease is no exception. We know what will happen; I want to help the community brace for this impact. Stay strong and with solidarity knowing with absolute certainty that what you are doing is saving lives, even as people begin getting sick and dying around you. You may feel like giving in. Don’t.

Second, although social distancing measures have been (at least temporarily) well-received, there is an obvious-but-overlooked phenomenon when considering groups (i.e. families) in transmission dynamics. While social distancing decreases contact with members of society, it of course increases your contacts with group (i.e. family) members. This small and obvious fact has surprisingly profound implications on disease transmission dynamics. Study after study demonstrates that even if there is only a little bit of connection between groups (i.e. social dinners, playdates/playgrounds, etc.), the epidemic trajectory isn’t much different than if there was no measure in place. The same underlying fundamentals of disease transmission apply, and the result is that the community is left with all of the social and economic disruption but very little public health benefit. You should perceive your entire family to function as a single individual unit; if one person puts themselves at risk, everyone in the unit is at risk. Seemingly small social chains get large and complex with alarming speed. If your son visits his girlfriend, and you later sneak over for coffee with a neighbor, your neighbor is now connected to the infected office worker that your son’s girlfriend’s mother shook hands with. This sounds silly, it’s not. This is not a joke or a hypothetical. We as epidemiologists see it borne out in the data time and time again and no one listens. Conversely, any break in that chain breaks disease transmission along that chain.

In contrast to hand-washing and other personal measures, social distancing measures are not about individuals, they are about societies working in unison. These measures also take a long time to see the results. It is hard (even for me) to conceptualize how ‘one quick little get together’ can undermine the entire framework of a public health intervention, but it does. I promise you it does. I promise. I promise. I promise. You can’t cheat it. People are already itching to cheat on the social distancing precautions just a “little”- a playdate, a haircut, or picking up a needless item at the store, etc. From a transmission dynamics standpoint, this very quickly recreates a highly connected social network that undermines all of the work the community has done so far.

Until we get a viable vaccine this unprecedented outbreak will not be overcome in grand, sweeping gesture, rather only by the collection of individual choices our community makes in the coming months. This virus is unforgiving to unwise choices. My goal in writing this is to prevent communities from getting ‘sucker-punched’ by what the epidemiological community knows will happen in the coming weeks. It will be easy to be drawn to the idea that what we are doing isn’t working and become paralyzed by fear, or to ‘cheat’ a little bit in the coming weeks. By knowing what to expect, and knowing the importance of maintaining these measures, my hope is to encourage continued community spirit, strategizing, and action to persevere in this time of uncertainty.”

No one could have put it clearer than that. Until there is a vaccine, we are all in this together and there is no escape. We have a collective responsibility for the death toll. This is only the beginning and things will get extreme as nation upon nation buckles under the strain of severe and critical cases, as we have seen in Italy, Spain and parts of the USA. I feel for all those in refugee camps, prisons, detention centres, ghettoes and slums, and of course old people’s homes. I want to thank all those sacrificing their own well-being in the service of humanity, especially in the health sector. You are all heroes.

Here is a simple Covid 19 message doing the rounds.

Book Review: Prophet’s Journey by Matthew S Cox

 

About Prophet’s Journey (Prophet of the Badlands) 

Althea struggles to adapt to an unexpected twist in her life—not being kidnapped in six whole months.The strange police from the faraway city claim the abilities she thought of as magic are really ‘psionics,’ and say she is far stronger than anyone they have ever seen. Despite their curiosity, they let her remain in the Badlands to protect her from an evil they call corporations. Of course, Althea knows all too well how powerful her healing gift is. For most of her life, she’d been a prize taken in raids. Tribes have killed to own her, and she let them.But the Prophet is done being passive.Having a family changes everything. No longer afraid to use her powers to protect herself, Althea refuses to be taken again… even when corporate mercenaries find her.

My Thoughts

A Prophet’s Journey is a fabulous book to sink into during our troubled Covid 19 times. The story is told through the eyes of Althea, an innocent eleven-year old struggling to come to terms with life in her adoptive family as everything around her is strange. She’s bilingual, Spanish and English, and the two become muddled in her mind, so much so that an assessment to determine if she is fit for school apportions her the mental age of a six-year old, something Althea is puzzled by. The people in her new home don’t seem to get her. And Althea knows she is mature beyond her years. In the opening chapters, the author masterfully handles the strangeness of Althea’s reality, easing the reader into the dystopian world he has created. This dystopian setting is situated in middle America. Things we take for granted – roads and traffic lights – are to Althea most odd. And that’s just the beginning.

Althea is The Prophet, a great healer, “the child with the blue eyes that lit up like stars.” She is a mystic with paranormal and transformational powers. She has telempathy, the ability to read or change the emotions of others, and this makes her highly sensitive to all impressions. I am reminded of indigo children, those with indigo auras especially sensitive to the high toxicity of the modern era, often with creative, artistic and mystic abilities. They are said to have rather piercing blue eyes, like Althea’s.

Prophet’s Journey is a story of Althea’s quest to return to her adoptive family after she is kidnapped. Thwarting her journey through the Badlands are the Raiders and the robotic tribe Sigma Six. Both groups have only one aim, to kill humans. Beautifully told through the eyes of a child with excellent characterisation especially of the protagonist, Cox delivers a page-turning, post-apocalyptic dystopian adventure with tremendous imagination, wit and insight into the dark and the light of humanity. A refreshing and absorbing read.

 

About Matthew S Cox

Originally from South Amboy NJ, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Since 1996, he has developed the “Divergent Fates” world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, The Awakened Series, The Harmony Paradox, the Prophet of the Badlands series, and the Daughter of Mars series take place.

His books span adult, young-adult, and middle-grade fiction in multiple genres, predominantly science fiction, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic, and fantasy.

Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, developer of two custom tabletop RPG systems, and a fan of anime, British humour, and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of humanity, reality, life, and what might happen after it.

He is also fond of cats, presently living with two: Loki and Dorian.

Links:

Amazon Prophet’s Journey https://www.amazon.com/Prophets-Journey-Prophet-Badlands-Matthew/dp/1950738019/

Twitter: @Mscox_Fiction / https://twitter.com/mscox_fiction

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MatthewSCoxAuthor

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/mscox

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7712730.Matthew_S_Cox

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Coronavirus and the Trauma of Captivity

We’d be forgiven for describing 2020 as a Biblical year. It’s only March and we have already seen among other disasters unprecedented apocalyptic bushfire in Australia, vicious storms and wide scale flooding in Europe and plagues of locusts across East Africa, and now a very nasty coronavirus causing Covid 19, a virus at least 2.5 times more contagious than influenza and 30 times more deadly, according to the experts.

Back in February it was Wuhan, China, which went into total lockdown as the reality of a horrendous viral pneumonia began to bite. Up went field hospitals and a rising death toll. The West watched, curious perhaps, but largely indifferent. Then, thanks to our love affair with travel and our international interconnectedness, the virus spread. In a few weeks, it had entered just about every country in the world. The West has been slow to act, not heeding China’s warning, not wanting to take drastic action. Everyone could see what such action in Wuhan was doing to the global economy. Distressed pleas of Westerners trapped in the lockdown filtered in and dramatic plans to evacuate took place, including the quarantining of returnees to Australia in the Christmas Island detention centre. That all feels like ancient history.

Very soon it became apparent the West was not equipped to cope. As  the situation in Italy unfolded, panic took hold and shoppers went nuts. First it was toilet roll and hand sanitiser. Then it was tinned goods. Now fresh produce and meat. Whole aisles have been stripped of food regardless of pleas for shoppers to stop the behaviour and think of those less fortunate, those without cars, those without the ready cash, those with sick children, so many people who cannot hoard.

Reactions to the virus are mixed. There are those who couldn’t care less about it and think it is all a big hype. There are those who believe the virus is a conspiracy to exterminate vast swathes of humanity. There are those not that fussed if they get the virus or not because they are young and healthy. There are those only worried about their jobs, their mortgage repayments, their rent. Then, there are those genuinely worried, anxious and scared. Mature-aged teachers forced to work knowing any day they could get infected. Health care workers knowing they will almost certainly succumb to the disease. The elderly, wondering how they can avoid catching it.

Suddenly, the world is on a war footing, against a virus. Governments are petrified of the damage to national economies, while realising there is such a thing as the social contract and they have a responsibility to honour that. Governments not knowing what to do next.

Society is cleaving into two main groups: those who are required to stay at home in almost total isolation for most likely half a year at least, and those required to go to work to fulfil key roles and keep the wheels turning. Truck drivers, supermarkets and other food outlet employees, garbage collectors, all those working in telecommunications, utilities, farmers, so many services and all those people need get to go out to work, come into direct contact with as few people as possible, and then go home to join the rest of society in isolation. It is hard to decide which group is worse off, the stay-at-homers or the workers who at least enjoy some freedom of movement, although at varying degrees of risk. Many of those workers return home to families, further complicating the situation. This is why in Wuhan everything stopped.

Rumours abound and everyone is after the truth. How long can the virus live on x,y,z surfaces? Can I catch the virus passing an infected person in the street? How long before infected people are contagious? When will there be a vaccine?

Hyper-vigilance and the Covid 19 Threat

There is a heavy psychological burden to all of this and we are still in the very early stages of the pandemic. Imposed captivity to avoid inhaling a microscopic organism is one of those classic set ups of a horror novel/movie. Straight away, our primal instinct of fight/flight is heightened. We are on edge, nervous, alert, hyper-vigilant. There are new habits we need to form, if not for ourselves then for others. Never have we needed to be so clean. Even bringing in the day’s mail from the letterbox involves a lot of care and hand washing. The virus, it turns out, can live on paper for up to 9 days, apparently. If we do go out we need to avoid touching door handles, hand rails, petrol nozzles, our faces, especially our faces. Drink loads of warm water and hot drinks. Nothing cold.

How far do we take this? Who handled that carton of eggs in the supermarket before me? What about all the packaging of all the groceries? It’s enough to make a rational person paranoid. For those already traumatised, those who suffer anxiety or depression, those a bit claustrophobic, those prone to going stir crazy, extroverts unaccustomed to being home alone, those with anger management issues and those doing the isolation stint alone this period of human history is extreme. The effects of this version of captivity will be subtle and slow to bite, and there is no telling the lasting effects it may have on the most sensitive. Anxiety levels are elevated in all of us, especially as the news is everywhere and instant, making it very hard to switch off.

Trauma and Captivity

Of concern to me are those slipping into a trauma response to the crisis. In her groundbreaking work on PTSD Trauma and Recovery, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Judith Herman writes, “Prolonged captivity undermines or destroys the ordinary sense of a relatively safe sphere of initiative, in which there is some tolerance for trial and error…For the chronically traumatised person, any action has potentially dire consequences.” p91

During the Covid 19 pandemic, we have been reduced to one goal, our own survival. Even going up the street for groceries could have dire consequences.

In order to survive in this strange form of captivity our lives are constricted. “This narrowing applies to every aspect of life – to relationships, activities, thoughts, memories, emotions, and even sensations.” p87 While Herman is writing of concentration camps and hostages and trapped battered wives and children, this same tendency to constrict applies to some degree in situations of prolonged self isolation. As the days turn into weeks and weeks to months, this narrowing becomes our default. Herman’s research found that prolonged captivity profoundly alters the victim’s relational world. I imagine this will all be much worse for those with pre-existing traumas and those trapped in other countries unable to make it home.

There’s another form of captivity which is not physical but existential and applies to health workers and first responders. They are trapped by circumstances with no end likely for a year, the length of time a vaccine is predicted to be widely available. Until then, the trauma many are and will suffer as a consequence of dealing with this pandemic will have its consequences, even among the most resilient.

The captor, Covid 19, is of course a virus. But the effects will be similar to other forms of captivity. After all this is over, people are likely to be more fearful of risk-taking behaviour. Some may avoid touching doorknobs forevermore. There will be many cases of protracted depression, apathy and helplessness. It might take a while for a lot of us to loosen our restricted lives. We will be changed collectively, too, especially if the restrictions endure for months and months. Not all of us, but the majority. Just as humanity was changed by the Second World War. Rationing and making do became so ingrained it is evident in those today in their seventies and eighties, the war babies. At the very least, I imagine health and disease will no longer be taken for granted, and I suspect the effects will be deeper and more enduring than just that.

How Should We Respond?

All we can do is ameliorate the worst of the situation. While panic buying is a fight/flight response, it is selfish and inappropriate. Right now we all need to pull together as a whole and not fragment and descend into a survival of the fittest mentality. Such responses are retrograde. Instead, we must respond with kindness. We must endeavour to keep our spirits up. We must be vigilant and responsible, and also resourceful and creative. Sing on balconies. Support each other at a distance. Reach out. Care. Self care. And remember, resilience is not a given and there will be those who buckle. Those for whom home prison is intolerable, for whom the next gurney wheeling out a corpse is just about the last straw. Let’s care above all for them. And let this be a wake up call to shake off the cavalier, pleasure-seeking, self-centredness endemic in the West.

Humanity, especially in the West, is being tested. Maybe not by an Old Testament God, but tested nonetheless. The sense that we are all in this together must be strong. As we journey through the months ahead, let’s be mindful of our collective responsibility for the physical and mental health and wellbeing of us all.

Isobel Blackthorn is an award-winning author of mysteries, dark psychological thrillers and historical and literary fiction. She holds a PhD in Western Esotericism for her groundbreaking study of the teachings of mother of the New Age Alice Bailey. She is the author of The Unlikely Occultist: A biographical novel of Alice A. Bailey and Alice A.Bailey: Life and Legacy.

‘A Prison In The Sun’ by Isobel Blackthorn

How could I not reblog this fabulous review of A Prison in the Sun! With huge thanks to Gingerbookgeek!

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A Prison In The Sun: A Fuerteventura Mystery (Canary Islands Mysteries Book 3) by [Blackthorn, Isobel]Synopsis

After millennial ghostwriter Trevor Moore rents an old farmhouse in Fuerteventura, he moves in to find his muse.

Instead, he discovers a rucksack filled with cash. Who does it belong to – and should he hand it in… or keep it?

Struggling to make up his mind, Trevor unravels the harrowing true story of a little-known concentration camp that incarcerated gay men in the 1950s and 60s.

My Review

If there’s one thing that I like doing, it’s discovering new authors.  Isobel Blackthorn is certainly a new author for me, but after enjoying ‘A Prison In The Sun’ as much as I did, I can guarantee that I will be reading more of her work in the future.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘A Prison In The Sun’ but more about that in a bit.

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Book review: Crazy-Ass Stories for Crazy-Ass People by Andy Rausch

 

About Crazy-Ass Stories for Crazy-Ass People

This quirky collection of short stories (and one novella) by Andy Rausch contains something for readers of every stripe. Rausch touches on a variety of genres, including horror, comedy, crime, and even Western, but every story features his unique, offbeat wit, superb writing, and razor-sharp dialogue, all delivered from a decidedly off-kilter perspective. His work has been praised by the likes of Cape Fear screenwriter Wesley Strick and Fort Apache the Bronx author Heywood Gould. Author Peter Leonard once compared his writing style to that of his father, Elmore Leonard. Storylines include a naive little boy mistaking a burglar for Santa Claus, bumbling white supremacists attempting to resurrect the dead body of Adolf Hitler, a man who develops an unexplainable craving for the taste of human flesh, a would-be author summoning the spirit of dead novelist Charles Bukowski to assist him writing, a showdown between legendary lawman Wyatt Earp and a deadly serial killer on the dusty streets of Tombstone, and many more. So ask yourself: are you a little bit crazy, and if so, are you up to the task of reading these twenty-two wild and crazy tales of darkness, wackiness, and outright debauchery?

My Thoughts

Just as the book blurb states, Andy Rausch has produced a hilarious, off-the-wall collection of twenty-one short stories and a novella, all with satisfyingly ironic and at times macabre twists. I much appreciate the author’s cutting and economic literary style and terrific dialogue. Vivid characters abound, including the ludicrous and inane Chunk, to the revolting, personal-hygiene-challenged degenerate Turk through to quirky Granny Wilkins and her special family dinner and the file predator Roach and his encounter with an attractive young woman at a gas station. Each story is distinct. Rausch manages to evoke vivid settings with the fewest words.

The novella ‘Wyatt Earp and the Devil Incarnate’ sees Deputy Marshall Wyatt Earp – in real life the legendary American West lawman and gambler of Tombstone, Arizona, best known for his involvement in the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral – dealing with a string of gruesome murders. Rausch inhabits the western genre with aplomb. I could picture the saloon, the men, the gun holsters, conjure the sound of boots on unpolished wooden floors. The tale is raw and I liked the twist at the end.

There is depth to all these tales, insights into the human condition, and oodles of amorality, derangement and hapless folk dealing with confronting situations. Rauch’s journalistic mind comes to the fore, telling it as it is, shooting from the hip, never blenching, almost as though the author is shrugging and raising his hands at his readers saying, well, people can be like that.

Where is humanity’s moral compass? Does humanity even have one? How far would you take a ‘what if’?

In all Crazy-Ass Stories for Crazy-Ass People is an elixir of a special kind, appealing to those after fast-paced shorts to escape into and get a kick out of, and those who enjoy the odd moment of pause and reflection. Highly recommended.

 

About Andy Rausch

Andy Rausch is an American film journalist, author, screenwriter, film producer, and actor.

He is the author of several novels and novellas including Elvis Presley, CIA Assassin. He also wrote the screenplay for Dahmer versus Gacy and is the author of some twenty non-fiction books on popular culture.

Books: Riding Shotgun, Bloody Sheets, A Time for Violence, Layla’s Score.

You can usually find Andy on Twitter @writerrausch1, and he maintains a blog at https://authorandyrausch.wordpress.com/

 

Isobel Blackthorn is an award-winning author of unique and engaging fiction. She writes gripping mysteries, dark psychological thrillers and historical fiction. Her dark fiction includes The Cabin Sessions and The Legacy of Old Gran Parks

New Release: Alice Bailey Biography

I’m delighted to announce the forthcoming full biography of Alice Bailey, to be released on Wesak 7 May 2020 thanks to my obliging publisher.
The Kindle edition is available for pre-order. http://mybook.to/alicebailey
Paperback coming soon….
I have created a dedicated Facebook group for those who want to follow the story of this biography and Alice Bailey more closely.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/394500304830614/)
And here is the book page on my website – https://isobelblackthorn.com/alice-a-bailey-life-and-legacy/

ABOUT ALICE A. BAILEY: LIFE AND LEGACY

From tragic beginnings as an aristocratic orphan to becoming the mother of the New Age spiritual movement, Alice A. Bailey is one of the modern era’s most misunderstood occult figures.

Bailey’s journey is a story of faith, from orthodox Christian beginnings, through a protracted spiritual crisis, to a newfound belief in Theosophy. A mystic and a seeker, a founder of global spiritual organizations, and a surmounter of adversity, Bailey’s past is rife with injustices, myths, and misconceptions – including that she was an anti-Semite and a racist with a dark agenda.

With scandals and controversies laid bare, Bailey’s extraordinary life is revealed as a powerful, remarkable legacy.

Some background on the creation of this book

I say this is my life’s work and it really is. I was first urged to compose a biography back in 2007, a year after I was awarded my doctoral thesis at the University of Western Sydney for my comprehensive study of the Bailey books, when I scored a job with a high-powered literary agent representing Nobel prize winners and prime ministers and the like. Back in 2016, the now retired agent wrote me a rather exasperated email in response to mine saying “Isobel, I just don’t know why you won’t write a biography of Alice Bailey.” Sometimes you just have to do what you’re told. I ‘obeyed’, but the manuscript I produced lacked the sort of detail that makes for a good biography. So I transformed what I had into The Unlikely Occultist: a biographical novel of Alice A Bailey.

As a result of that book, which serves now as a companion book to the biography, a door opened. The vital element that was missing until we met was trust. Suddenly, what seemed an impossible if essential task was made possible because of that trust.

There are so many I owe my gratitude to in the creation of this work, those who have given vital resource material willingly and bravely so that certain key moments in the story of the Bailey community post-1949 could be told. Photos have been provided, the Lucis Trust, the Agni Yoga Society and the School for Esoteric Studies provided their assistance, and a number of key individuals with certain specialisms read over chapters to make sure I had things sitting right and had not omitted anything vital. Thank you! I have mentioned you all in my acknowledgements.
I am sure more detail will arise, oversights come to light and revisions will be made – I have a very flexible publisher who will facilitate this – but for now, the moment has come and this book will be in the world sitting alongside biographies of HPB and the Roerichs and Steiner and Jung…
In the end I am left with one essential thought about Alice Bailey. She was her whole life a spiritual activist and it is that activism that so inspires me and so many others. My life has been touched and shaped by Alice and DK for many decades. What an honour now this moment is! LLP

Book Review: Jon Richter’s Disturbing Works Vol 2

About Jon Richter’s Disturbing Works

Another compendium of delightfully macabre stories by Jon Richter, author of Deadly Burial and Never Rest. Jon’s first short fiction collection was described as ‘Black Mirror meets Tales Of The Unexpected’, and here he brings you another chilling assortment of twisted tales encompassing killer creatures, terrifying technology, and scientific experiments gone horribly wrong… These dark fables are perfect for anyone who likes their reads short, shocking, and laced with a dash of black humour.

My Thoughts

This collection of dark tales gets off to a suitably disturbing start as family man Walter attempts to cope with the garbage in his town’s landfill site, a quarry known as The Pit  – the stench, the rats, the maggots, the flies. Walter isn’t happy. He sends his wife and children away to enjoy cleaner air. The mounting garbage, caused by a strike, is mirrored in internal filth, in corruption in local government. The story unfolds through the lens of several other characters, but the main character is really the quarry itself, brought to life in visceral detail, the reader doomed to smell the smells and hear the buzz of the flies. Richter majors here in revulsion and he does it well.

Throughout these ten stories the prose is taut; Richter writes with that necessary poise required of good horror. There is no flab here. The stories are infused with intelligence and insight, the prose filled with crisp dialogue and evocative imagery, such as the following from ‘The Truth’:

“I suppose what I’d experienced had been something resembling a breakdown: a feeling like choking, of being slowly dragged beneath the surface of a lake, bureaucracy and corporate politics tangled around me like discarded plastic ensnaring a helpless sea creature.”

As this second story progresses, I’m reminded very much of Ivor Cutler both in terms of wit and in toying with the absurd. I’m also reminded that so much talent fails to get picked up by mainstream publishing with its orientation towards volumes of sales which lends itself to sameness and formulaic storylines to feed the masses, Fifty Shades style.

All of the stories in this collection set out to disturb, revolt and amuse. If it’s originality you want, look no further. Jon Richter has a wry sense of humour that shines through the pages and at times has you laughing almost in spite of yourself. Disturbing Works Vol 2 is an immersive journey in what is my favourite form of horror: British black humour. Jon Richer is a rare talent and his works surely deserve to be read.

Author bio:

Jon Richter writes dark fiction, including his two gripping crime thrillers, Deadly Burial and Never Rest, and his two collections of short horror fiction, volumes one and two of Jon Richter’s Disturbing Works. Jon lives in Elephant & Castle and is a self-confessed nerd who loves books, films and video games – basically any way to tell a great story. He writes whenever he can, and hopes to bring you more macabre tales in the very near future, including his upcoming cyberpunk noir thriller, London 2039: Auxiliary. He also co-hosts the Dark Natter podcast, a fortnightly dissection of the greatest works of dark fiction, available wherever you get your podcast fix. If you want to chat to him about any of this, you can find him on Twitter @RichterWrites or Instagram @jonrichterwrites.
His website haunts the internet at http://www.jon-richter.com, and you can find his books at Amazon here: https://amzn.to/2OXXRVP.

Isobel Blackthorn is an award-winning author of unique and engaging fiction. She writes gripping mysteries, dark psychological thrillers and historical fiction. Her dark fiction includes The Cabin Sessions and The Legacy of Old Gran Parks