The Final Stretch
Tuesday, 31 January 2023
Just a quick update to say that Perfect Organism is nearing completion. The finished manuscript will be winging its way over to Unbound at the end of March.
Thanks for your patience, and I hope you enjoy the final product when it lands on your doorstep. As a journalist I wrote a lot of deep dives into video games, but never anything on this scale. It's been an experience!
I still love…
Saturday, 8 October 2022
It's been a while since I last posted an update about Perfect Organism, so I just wanted you let you all know that I've been making good progress. I can't wait to get this thing in your hands.
This is my view this weekend. I'm locking myself indoors, drawing the curtains, and going through the whole game again, taking extensive notes and writing up the real meat of the book: a ridiculously in-depth…
Friday, 5 August 2022
Last week Perfect Organism hits its funding target, which means I now get to write an entire book about my favourite video game of all time.
To everyone who pledged: endless thanks for taking a punt on an admittedly very niche book about an 8-year-old horror game. I promise it'll be good.
I'll keep you all updated throughout the writing process, and will hopefully be able to share some information…
The Other Perfect Organism
Friday, 22 July 2022
As most of you will know, the name of my book comes from a particularly chilling line of dialogue in Ridley Scott's movie, when treacherous android Ash gets all gooey (literally) over the xenomorph infesting the Nostromo.
"You still don't understand what you're dealing with, do you? A perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility."
A great line, and also the…
Wednesday, 8 June 2022
Last week The Back Page, a very fine video games podcast, invited me on to talk about Perfect Organism. If you want to hear me explaining the origins of the book, what to expect from it, my history with Alien: Isolation, and why I think it's such a special game, you can listen to the episode here or wherever you get your podcasts.
Also, the book just hit 60% funding, so enormous, endless thanks…
The Story So Far
Thursday, 28 April 2022
First off, thanks to the 300+ people who have backed Perfect Organism so far. This is a dream project, and I'm delighted so many people are as enthusiastic about it as I am.
As a journalist, I love hyper-focusing on very specific topics.
I've written deep dives into the making of individual levels and quests, including BioShock's Fort Frolic, Deus Ex's iconic opening level Liberty Island, and…