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John C. Adams

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I'm a non-binary reviewer and critic of fantasy, horror, fiction, comedy, murder mysteries and whatever else takes my fancy.

I review for Schlock! Webzine, the British Fantasy Society and Horror Tree, as well as placing reviews and articles across a wide range of blogs and magazines.

I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Writing from Newcastle University.

I blog three times weekly on my website at John C Adams Reviews. You can subscribe to my blog here: https://www.johncadamsreviews.com/

My horror novel, 'Souls for the Master', my fantasy romance novel 'Aspatria' and my fantasy and horror anthology 'The Red Dawn and Other Stories' are all free on Smashwords retailers. 'Dagmar of the Northlands', the sequel to 'Aspatria', and 'Blackacre
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John C. Adams Reading is always the best way to improve as a writer. I'm so lucky that reviewing for Horror Tree gives me a chance to read amazing classics of our g…moreReading is always the best way to improve as a writer. I'm so lucky that reviewing for Horror Tree gives me a chance to read amazing classics of our genre and share my responses to these books with visitors to the website.

Horror is in many ways a quite conservative genre and quite hierarchical. It's easy to see lines of development from writers like Lovecraft through to, say, Ramsey Campbell. Readers know what they like, but they are rightly constantly demanding fresh, innovative approaches to traditional themes.

My remit with Horror Tree was to review the best of the classics with a view to helping growing writers learn how the masters of our genre have succeeded in their writing. It's helped me as much as anyone!

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John C. Adams In many ways it was a very odd experience, but in terms of writing those can be the most exciting and productive. I'd created characters like Brett an…moreIn many ways it was a very odd experience, but in terms of writing those can be the most exciting and productive. I'd created characters like Brett and Radclyffe Flint, who farm at Blackacre and who lead strange lives in this malevolent farmhouse miles from anywhere, high up in the northern uplands, where everyone and everything is just so weird because it's so isolated. The Flints are a huge family, and I loved that Gerald's father Ian was the younger brother of Brett's father, who inherited Blackacre as the eldest son. Gerald and Brett are first cousins but they've gone in such different directions in life, yet they are bound together by childhood and blood ties.

When the resistance crumbles, I needed somewhere for Ivy and Don to run to with Gerald, somewhere that would take them in without question. But I wanted it to be a case of out of the frying pan, into the fire. If anything, they're in far more danger inside the walls of Blackacre than they were fighting the Master and his forces down in the Metropolis. And because Ivy and Don aren't on home turf anymore, they have to start from scratch in working out the terrain and learning how to defend themselves from dangers very different to the ones they faced back home.

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"Neither. Nor. Actually, a bit of both."

"It was great to know that there was a label for the way I'd always felt."

My review of 'Life Isn't Binary' by Alex Iantaffi and MegJohn Barker is up on the John C Adams Reviews website now!

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