Sharman Horwood

Writer and Visual Artist

Juniper Wiles, by Charles de Lint

One of Urban Fantasy’s Stars          Canadian author Charles de Lint says that though he’s been cited “as the ‘father of urban fantasy’” (Introduction p. v), he doesn’t agree, and of course he’s right. According to Wikipedia, urban fantasy dates back to the 19th century, which may be a reference to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, […]

Parable of the sower, by Octavia E. Butler

A Sensible Future Octavia E. Butler won many awards during her life. Her novelette, “Bloodchild,” won the Hugo Award, the Locus Award, and the Nebula Award; Butler also won the MacArthur Foundation’s Genius Grant in 1995, the first science fiction author to receive this privilege. However, she received other honours that are quite rare for […]

Magpie murders by Anthony Horowitz

  To be honest, I was barely aware of Anthony Horowitz’s work, but I should have known his name. He was the creator and writer of an excellent television series: Foyle’s War. He also wrote the first few scripts for the Poirot television series, as well as others, like Midsomer Murders. The Young Adult television […]