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How the tragic movie maniacs of The Black Phone and The Menu are all the more terrifying for having a hopeless method to their madness. (This piece contains mild spoilers.)

New Substack blog right here: https://alecworley.substack.com

Judging by my stats, you lot seem to be really digging these! Thanks so much for reading. Hope they help with whatever project you're working on.


Creative Common / How To Write a 'Mission Briefing' Scene That Doesn't Suck
« on: 04 November, 2022, 05:07:39 PM »
New post on my Substack... https://alecworley.substack.com
Wrote this cos I was stuck on a scene in DURHAM RED: MAD DOGS (out Tharg only knows when). Re-watched ALIENS and all became clear...
If you enjoy, guys, please do consider smacking that 'share' button.

Here's me banging on about how to tackle scheduling woes when freelancing...


Bloody freelancers, bloody moaning all the bloody time...

Whacked another essay up on Agent of Weird. This one gets into the nuts of bolts of comic book technique when it comes to making horror books scary (rather than just full of monsters and grue).


Good old 'Scream!' gets a lot of love in this one...

Really appreciate everyone who's been taking the time to read these things. Really hope they're helping with your own projects...

Creative Common / Why Won't Characters Do As They're Told?
« on: 22 August, 2022, 09:41:53 PM »
Do fictional characters really have a life of their own? Or is it all just marketing bollocks and cultural mythmaking? Do writers really commune with the unseen?

New thingy about writing posted on my Substack: https://alecworley.substack.com/p/why-wont-characters-do-as-theyre

Creative Common / Alec Worley's Agent of Weird
« on: 22 July, 2022, 12:47:37 PM »
Just started a newsletter/blog thingy called 'AGENT OF WEIRD'. It's about writing comics, books, and wotnot.

The first post is all about online image and is called 'WHY WRITERS ARE FULL OF SHIT (AND WHY WE HAVE TO BE)' and you can read it right here: https://alecworley.substack.com/p/why-writers-are-full-of-s-and-why?sd=pf

It's free to subscribe if you fancy reading future posts, and if you like what you read right here then please do give it a share (especially if you're on Twitter - the platform upon which I fear to tread).

Hope you're all keeping safe and well.


News / Dredd / Anderson audiobooks
« on: 16 November, 2017, 02:13:53 PM »
Bored of sucking words through your eyebags like a big idiot? Now you can drink Thrill-Power through your earjugs with these Zarjaz new 2000 AD audiobooks:

Judge Dredd: Year One by Al Ewing, Matt Smith and Michael Carroll

Judge Anderson: Year One by Alec Worley

Events / 2000 AD signing @ Forbidden Planet, London, Sat 27 May
« on: 04 April, 2017, 02:55:32 PM »
Fun-sized 2000 AD droids SIMON DAVIS and ALEC WORLEY will be signing copies of SLAINE: THE BRUTANIA CHRONICLES: VOLUME THREE - PSYCHOPOMP and ANDERSON: THE DEEP END at Forbidden Planet, London on Saturday 27th May between 1-2pm.

Check here for more details (and to pre-order signed copies): https://forbiddenplanet.com/events/2017/05/27/alec-worley-and-dylan-teague-signing-judge-anderso/

The two droids will be accompanied by trained handlers, and will have access to nothing sharper than a variety of brightly coloured pens. Each droid will be fully briefed on how to spell their own names.

Visitors are reminded that this is mating season and are therefore advised NOT to look the Davis-bot directly in the eyes as he may think you are challenging him for leadership of the herd.

Following the regrettable incident that occurred in the Lewisham branch of Waterstones last November, please be assured that Worley is under strict instruction to remain clothed for the duration of this event.

Thank you.

Check out my website for Jock’s variant cover of the Anderson book: http://www.alecworley.com)

General / Council of Five question
« on: 14 September, 2016, 08:43:54 PM »
Pop quiz, hotshots!
Was Psi-Chief Ecks on the Council of Five in early 2101, during the time of the Cursed Earth saga...?
Script Droid WORL*E

General / Judge Anderson's hotdog run
« on: 07 July, 2016, 04:06:59 PM »
Hullo, all!
Can any Dreddheads out there recall if the story of Judge Anderson’s hotdog run has ever been told…?
Can’t seem to find any details on this…
Also, what exactly do we know about her parents...? (Apart from the fact that her father was abusive.)
Any pointers appreciated.
Cheers in advance

Events / Realm of the Damned London signing
« on: 28 April, 2016, 09:07:36 AM »
For anyone who’s been enjoying Realm of the Damned in the Meg, art-droid Pye Parr and myself will be signing at Forbidden Planet London on Saturday 14th May.

Check here for deets: https://forbiddenplanet.com/events/2016/05/14/join-alec-worley-pye-parr-and-sons-balaur-forbidde/

The band are on at 12...
We’re on from 1-2pm....

Happy to sign whatever you’ve got. (No body parts unless still attached to the people they belong to.)

Oh, by the way, big booklet thingy in this month's Metal Hammer: http://teamrock.com/feature/2016-04-26/metallica-kill-em-all-metal-hammer-magazine (The issue with him off Metallica's big scary face on the cover.) Been talking to the Metal press all over Europe and in the US tossing handfuls of 2000AD-love-glitter with every other word. Hope it helps.

Cheers, all

Announcements / New 2000 AD e-book - Judge Anderson: The Abyss
« on: 10 December, 2015, 11:46:09 AM »

I got a new Judge Anderson e-novella out tomorrow and it’s called 'The Abyss'. I’d show you the cover, but I still can’t figure out how you load images onto this drokking thing (I'm clearly not too hot on hyperlinks either), so here’s a promo teaser instead…

Psi Division, Quarterly Psyche Evaluation
Subject: Cassandra Anderson.
Date: 2100 AD

“I think I figured out what’s been keeping me awake at night, Doc. I made full eagle less than three months ago and I can say for sure there’s one thing the Academy can’t prepare you for, and that’s the level of full-on crazy this city can throw at you. What you see on the crime scenes is nothing compared to what I see in some people’s heads – delusions as real to them as rockrete is to us. The Academy taught us not to fall in, right? Don’t let the abyss gaze back at you and all that? It’s weird. I’m not scared of getting shot. I can tell if a perp’s gonna draw on me before he knows himself. I know exactly who’s waiting for me around every corner. There’s not much chance of anyone ever surprising me. Grud on a greenie, I can’t imagine what it’s like for Street Div walking into hell every day with just a Lawgiver and a prayer.

“With an edge like ours, it’s easy to feel like you’re invincible, right? That’s why the instructors keep telling you Resyk’s full of Psis who thought they were bulletproof. Heh! What they didn’t tell us is how many of us will end up in a kook cube by the time we’re 40. So here’s… Okay, here’s what scares me, alright? I’m scared that one day all those voices in the city are gonna get a little too loud, a little too many and a little too real. That there’re going to start crowding in until I can’t breathe, until I can’t tell what’s me and what’s them. I’m not scared this city will kill me, Doc. I’m scared that one day it might drive me crazy…”

Really hope you like this, guys. I flat-out LOVE Judge Anderson (despite her being the toughest character to write – ever! Dredd is a cakewalk next to writing her. FACT!). I’m really after exploring her unique perspective on the Meg, what she has to deal with, and the conflicts that make her the woman she is – as well as including all the cool stuff like putting her psychic powers to different uses and having her pummel bad guys or shoot them in them face.

Anyways, the e-book’s out tomorrow but is already on pre-order and it’s only £2.99! I mean, c’mon!


The previous adventure (which you don’t have to read in order to dig this one) is called 'Heartbreaker'...


People really liked that one and it’s even cheaper than this new one!


News / Script-droid(s) signing Shark book at Forbidden Planet
« on: 27 March, 2015, 09:35:38 AM »
Hey, you! Put down that sandwich and listen!

Me and fellow script-droid Al Ewing done stories for this new anthology coming out called ‘Sharkpunk’. It's a collection of pulpy page-turners about sharks. Obviously.

Anyways, it’s got a bloody awesome cover by Simon Coleby. Specifically, this one…

Hang on.

How do you work the image link on this bloody thing...


Look, just go onto my website, scroll down and you'll find a whacking great picture of it there: http://alecworley.weebly.com/ It's really very nice and definitely worth a click.

The book’s got other stories in there as well, mind. I mean, an anthology with just two stories in it would be a bit daft, wouldn't it? Even if you included a quirky biography bit at the end about how you were raised by cabbages and live in a sock in Dorset with your two cats. So, yeah, it's got other stories in there too by Kit Cox, Den Patrick, Jonathan Oliver, Gary McMahon, Andrew Lane, Toby Frost, Ian Whates, Sarah Peploe, David Tallerman, Steven Savile, Josh Reynolds and more. And it’s edited by Fighting Fantasy author and historian Jonathan Green (who wrote the pretty much indispensable history of Fighting Fantasy gamebooks ‘You Are The Hero’ http://www.amazon.co.uk/You-are-Hero-Jonathan-Green/dp/1909679364)

Anyway, the point is we’ve got a signing on at Forbidden Planet in that London on Saturday 9 May at 1pm, if you fancy coming along.

Something to do, innit…?

So here’s the official Forbidden Planet event page https://forbiddenplanet.com/events/2015/05/09/sharkpunk-forbidden-planet/

You can follow @Sharkpunked on Twitter (#Sharkpunk), on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/storieswithbite and the official Sharkpunk blog http://storieswithbite.blogspot.co.uk/.

You can also find out more about my story on my blog http://alecworley.weebly.com/blog/are-you-ready-to-be-sharkpunked.


Now go finish that sandwich before the dog finds it.

Announcements / New Judge Anderson e-novella out October 17
« on: 08 September, 2014, 01:13:09 PM »
Hello there!

I’ve written a 2000 AD e-novella called ‘Judge Anderson: Heartbreaker’ for Abaddon Books. Now I don’t mean to parp my own horn, but I must say that if you’re a fan of letters of the alphabet being arranged in such a way that they form words and sentences, then you really won’t be disappointed. This book is absolutely bursting with words (around 30,000 of them, some of them quite fancy), as well as all your favourite punctuation, including commas, full stops and those swirly ones with a dot on the bottom like the Riddler’s got.

But that’s not all! You’ll also find:
• Capital letters
• Similes
• Italics
• Descriptions of stuff.

Put simply, if you’re a fan of words typed onto a screen, edited and carefully proofread, then I guarantee this book will rock your ruddy world!

Then again, if you’re someone who – for some reason – prefers turbo-charged plots to essays on the value of fonts and is more interested in reading a violent thriller starring Judge Anderson charging around Mega-City One on a Lawmaster, making wisecracks while rummaging around inside people’s minds or punching them in the face, all that’s in there too. Each to their own, I suppose. (Seriously though, there’s a semi-colon on page 35, which I’m confident will land me a Booker. Howard Jacobson can go shite.)

So if full-throttle Thrill Power is your thing, check out the ‘Coming soon’ section on the home page of my website http://alecworley.weebly.com for a proper synopsis and a tasty bit of teaser text for ‘Judge Anderson: Heartbreaker’…


Creative Common / My Future Shock Hell
« on: 26 May, 2014, 06:54:57 PM »

Was going to post this last week but it took a while for my forum account to get set up. Anyway, I gave a talk at this year's Bristol Comic Expo about my experience of submitting Tharg's Future Shocks, from sending my first script to landing my first series. I've since written up my notes as a blog, which covers how I went about submitting scripts and coping with rejection to how I realised there's no such thing as 'breaking in'. Here's a link: http://alecworley.weebly.com/blog/my-future-shock-hell-breaking-into-2000-ad-and-what-i-learned-while-doing-it

I didn't have room to write anything on twists - different types, how they work, and wotnot (at least how I see it) - but will do so sometime soon.


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