Sunday, 27 May 2012

Darren Francis News Update May 2012

DF is currently finishing off the third album by his band Logos, following which he plans to return to writing for a while, perhaps taking time along the way to complete work on his second spoken word album. Bear in mind that as well as his many and varied creative endeavours, DF also works full-time. He is very busy.

Here is an updated list of DF's pages across the net for you to link to:

DF on Twitter - This is very new; DF has only just signed up for it.

DF on Facebook

Deviant Art - Here you can see some of DF's artwork and photography.

DF Bookstore
- Here you can buy DF's book Spell.

DF on Soundcloud - Here you can listen to a selection of DF's spoken word with music tracks. You can download (for free) DF's spoken album God Thing here.

DF still has a presence on myspace here and here, though myspace now seems occupied by little more than ghosts and tumbleweed these days. Tellingly, vitually everything in DF's myspace feed is a synced post from another network.

And herewith the links for DF's band Logos:

Logos website

Logos on Facebook

Logos on soundcloud

Logos Blog

Logos on myspace

Friday, 30 December 2011

news update

I've decided to put the podcast on hold for the time being, the simple reason being that with all my other projects I simply don't have the time to update it - the lack of updates in quite a while here no doubt testifies to that fact.

I'm currently mixing the third album by my band Logos, as well as working on a number of writing projects including a novel, a second collection of shorter pieces, and a second spoken word album.

I'll also be providing much better quality versions of the podcast tracks at my bandcamp page here (the tracks on there at the moment are the standard podcast versions you'll already have heard).

For news and updates on what else I'm up to, check my website at

For news and updates on Logos, go to

Friday, 18 February 2011

Podcast # 5: God Thing

My apologies for the very long delay in getting this latest podcast up. As some of you will know, I've been very busy with my band Logos - you can find out more about that, and download our first album, at

I've also finished and released my God Thing spoken word album, and you can listen to the album in its entirety - and download it - at

This podcast previews the God Thing material.

Download the podcast at

You can also now download all my previous podcasts at

Wednesday, 30 June 2010


Just a brief post by way of an update. I've been very busy with writing projects and finalising the mixing of God Thing, not to mention with my band Logos (for more information about that and to hear tracks, go either to the Logos myspace page or the Logos blog), hence the next podcast is a lot later in coming than I'd have hoped. I hope to have it up here before too long though.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Podcast # 4: Binary

My apologies for the fact that this one is much later than I'd hoped. I had intended to have it out earlier in the month but my laptop died and I've had all manner of technical frustrations getting my recording equipment to work properly with my new one.

Today's story is called Binary.

This story was written in August 1997, first published in the anthology em three in July 2001, and later published in my book Spell in February 2008. At the time of composition Clinton was US president, and the passing of comet Hale-Bopp, the Heaven's Gate suicides and an air of pre-millenial angst were the order of the day. These comments may perhaps help some of the story's lines make more sense to contemporary readers. Perhaps. 

This is the first podcast I've done with music. If you want a version of just the track Binary itself, without all my blather at the start, you can download it at my ReverbNation page at You can hear other tracks by me there, too.

Link to file:

You can also hear it at my myspace audio page:

Note that the latter version only features the track Binary itself and not my spoken intro.

For those of you who enjoyed my crop circle story last time round, I'm doing a lecture on the history and folklore of crop circles and crop circle making in London at the end of this month. Here's the info if you want to attend:

Darren Francis - Crop Circles: Magic, Myths & Makers

An illustrated talk for London Earth Mysteries Circle, Tuesday 27th April 2010

Since they first caught our attention 30 years ago, the debate on crop circles has raged; otherworldly communication, or trickster? Tonight's speaker has seen the subject from both sides of the fence, and presents for your entertainment a history of crop circles, an analysis of the research which some maintain proves that crop circles cannot be of human origin, and an insight into the theory and practice of their (alleged) making. Illustrated with slides.

7.15pm start. £4.50/£4.00 concessions/£3.50 members.

Venue: The Theosophical Society, 50 Gloucester Place, W1U 8EA. Nearest Tube is Baker Street.

Website for further information:

Sunday, 28 March 2010

The Owls Are Not What They Seem

Ahh! It suddenly feels like Spring!

I've finished recording God Thing. Subject to some mix-tweaking, and finalising of artwork, it'll be available to listen to online (and as mp3 download and CD) shortly.

This evening I've been recording my next podcast, a 'with music' version of the story Binary from my book Spell. It'll be up here when it's ready; shouldn't be too long.

Sunday, 28 February 2010

Podcast # 3: Circulating

My third podcast features the story Circulating, which is taken from my book Spell.

This is perhaps one of my most-read stories. It was originally published on Pulp, in January 2006, under the title Circles. After its appearance in Spell, it was published in issue 4 of Fissure magazine in October 2008. Thanks also to my friend 'peaceful', for posting a link to the Pulp version on a crop circle internet forum, which no doubt attracted a fair number of readers who would otherwise not have encountered my work.

Link to download:

Don't forget you can now subscribe to my podcast directly using iTunes:

Crop circle photograph courtesy of Peter Sorensen.