It’s true; I am writing horror! Although it’s of somewhat higher quality than comic-Martin’s attempts. What I’m writing is tentatively titled Eighteen Every Second, and it will be one-half a novella and the other half short stories. They vary in content, but they’re all somewhere on the sliding scale of psychological horror to body horror.
I’ve made one of the stories – one of the creepy ones, not one of the gross ones – available as a free ebook. So if you like it, you’ll like the upcoming book. And if you don’t like it, well, maybe you’ll like one of the other ones in the book! Unless you don’t like horror, in which case, there’s always Ephemeris.
As a lover, and indeed purveyor, of weird sci-fi, the trailer for Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets leaves me cold – and it’s not just the utter lack of chemistry between the two leads. It ostensibly should be a great high-concept premise, but it’s one that only sounds good; just try and explain the actual premise to someone, without simply saying the title. There’s nothing there beyond an interesting arrangement of words. I actually read some of the comics – in the original French, nonetheless! – back in high school, and I enjoyed them for what they were. I can understand why they were so influential on the sci-fi that was then to come. They were no Métal Hurlant, but they were good.
The final panel is also a reference to the running gag of children outdoing Robert in various fields – I can’t find the strips to link to them here, because I can’t remember what they were called. But Robert has been previously frustrated by Irish teenagers inventing… something I don’t remember, and also by a five-year-old passing a Microsoft Certified Professional test.