Yes, The Horror Zine, edited by the delicious Jeani Rector has published a review of ARIA: Left Luggage. The review is wrtten by Dr Kevin Hillman and is here on The Horror Zine’s blog
Great that Kevin sees the subtleties in the story lines as well as the characterisation.
I popped into the Bluecoat Bookshop at 1, City Walls, Chester today and they’d sold a copy of ARIA this week. I have given them a few on sale or return. They are the only bricks and mortar shop to have all my fiction books on their shelves – even the now out of print Escaping Reality humorous thriller. I took my pay from them in children’s books to read to my grandchildren.
A strange experience on route home. The torrential rain obliged me to catch a bus home instead of walking. A potentially awkward bus ride lay ahead as it coincides with schools releasing the hordes. Sure enough th 16 to Saltney was packed with excited ‘it’s Friday’ pupils from Queen’s Park High School, Chester. I taught Geography and ICT there for 26 years, but left in 2002. As I scanned the faces of children filling up the seats and the laps of friends on seats, I found that although none of them knew me, I recognized at least a third of them! I could have nudged the girl sitting next to me and assuredly inform her of her surname and that I’d taught her older sister. Or… it could have been her mother – aaargh. Anyway, I am pleased to report that they were well behaved. Whoever it was that emptied the tray of Metro newspapers onto the floor near the door must have been from a different school. All that teaching of responsibility and behaviour to the previous generation obviously had a lasting legacy – except for those Metros. I felt warmly pleased.