Author Archives: Bob Neilson

About Bob Neilson

Bob Neilson lives in Dublin with his wife, two daughters, son, two dogs, one cat and a growing feeling of claustrophobia. In partnership with his wife he runs a successful retail business in Dublin city. His short fiction has appeared extensively in professional and small press markets and he has had two plays performed on RTE and one on Anna Livia FM. He also presented a radio show on Anna Livia for a year. He has had two short story collections published, Without Honour (1997, Aeon Press) and That’s Entertainment (2007, Elastic Press) as well as several comics and a graphic novel. His non-fiction book on the properties of crystals is a best-seller in the UK and Ireland.

I’m Back

This site has been inactive for at least a couple of years – probably the worst years of my life. I’ve been getting a divorce (I’m still getting a divorce but am now legally separated) and there was little room … Continue reading

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Shock Horror – Editor in New Pet Peeve revelation

Just a short note in case anyone cares what editors think. I have, as advertised, a new pet peeve: authors who submit stories with cover letters/emails that do not actually say that they are submitting their story for your consideration … Continue reading

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Liverpool FC Heretic

I’ve just finished reading Red or Dead, Bill Shankley’s fictionalized biography by David Peace. As a long-time Liverpool fan I couldn’t really avoid it. I picked it up in a bookshop and it opened at pretty much the best paragraph … Continue reading

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Writing That Risks

It’s not often that a book comes out sooner than promised – usually it is quite the opposite, as publishers and editors trot out a huge list of excuses for unforseen delays. A while back I sold a story to … Continue reading

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Reasons To Be Cheerful – Parts One to Twenty (The Premier League Manager-go-round)

1. Sir Alex Ferguson (winner of countless titles and cups) retired to be replaced by the greatly respected David Moyes (whose cups and medals also can’t be counted). The favourite to replace David Moyes at Everton is  currently Roberto Martinez … Continue reading

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Black Odyssey – a truly European comic

Black Odyssey is a truly exceptional idea with beautiful design, terrific artwork and an absolutely shitty story. Black Odyssey is told in three episodes (issues), each of which is presented in a different language. The first issue is presented in … Continue reading

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Music – In My Life

I have a story appearing in a forthcoming anthology entitled Song Stories Volume 1 and the editor requested that the writers blog about how music affected their lives and link to http://www.songstorypress.com/1/post/2013/03/blog-hop.html. As music is a part of my life every … Continue reading

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Sex and drugs and rock ‘n roll – hold the drugs, side order of poetry: the John W. Sexton Interview

John W. Sexton was born in 1958 and is the author of four poetry collections: The Prince’s Brief Career, (Cairn Mountain Press, 1995), Shadows Bloom / Scáthanna Faoi Bhláth, a book of haiku with translations into Irish by Gabriel Rosenstock … Continue reading

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The Lovechild of Anne of Green Gables – an interview with Kari Sperring

Fantasy Author Kari Sperring comes from Coventry (England). She says that is “possibly that’s why I am so in love with words and communication, having come out of that city that is so improbably associated with silence. I was born there and lived … Continue reading

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Lord of Film – an interview with Randal Plunkett

Randal Plunkett, the 21st Lord Dunsany, is an award winning director and producer hailing from one of the oldest and most prominent families in Ireland, the Plunketts. From a young age Randal was brought up surrounded by culture which has heavily … Continue reading

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