Monthly Archives: July 2013

First Lines: Joyland

Published by Hard Case Crime, Joyland is Stephen King’s second attempt at writing a pulpy crime story. His first one, 2005’s The Colorado Kid was more of a crime mystery novel, since nothing much was resolved. Joyland‘s main mystery—who killed Linda Gray?—gets resolved. But like it often goes with King, the stuff that happens isn’t… Read more »


Remember l’espirit d’escalier? So, today, when I was telling a colleague about my weekend, that I had six friends coming over for diner and I made this amazing risotto with tomato braised chicken and balsamic marinated strawberries for desert, she said to me that I’d make an amazing son-in-law, and I was all, like, “I… Read more »

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Seen Live: Willems Wondere Weiland

Last weekend, I finally made it to Willems Wondere Weiland, a small festival in the north of Amersfoort. The line up included two bands that seemed interesting enough: Alerion (who play progessive metal with influences by Camel, Megadeth, Threshold, Opeth, Dream Theater, Riverside, Vanden Plas, Explorers Club, Symphony X, Iron Maiden and Ayreon) and Purest… Read more »

First Lines: Short Story Special

Recently I’ve finished two (digital) volumes of short stories, Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness and Clockwork Phoenix 2: More Tales of Beauty and Strangeness. It seems logical to me to tackle them in one go. According to editor Mike Allen, Clockwork Phoenix collects stories that sidestep expectations in beautiful and unsettling ways, that… Read more »