When I was a kid – which I’m still try­ing to pre­tend re­ally wasn’t that long ago – sum­mer was never re­ally about the sun, or a hol­i­day abroad. It was about sum­mer spe­cials. Bumper edi­tions of my favourite mag­a­zines, poured over time and time again, well-thumbed for sev­eral school-free months. Well, comics, re­ally. But my favourite of those were the hor­ror an­tholo­gies, such as the short-lived Scream comic, which rev­elled in tales told at night, or in the Hal­loween-fu­elled au­tumn months. So it’s al­ways a lit­tle strange for me to em­brace GT’s sunny sum­mer edi­tion – we do 13 is­sues a year, so there’s al­ways an ex­tra month that needs a name! For­tu­nately for you, I haven’t filled it with ghouls and frights – it’s not about me, af­ter all. Though you will find a few things that I grew to have more of an in­ter­est in as the years went by... Be­ing a pasty-skinned Scot, my skin never took too kindly to the rays, so a ‘sum­mer’ or ‘beach’ body never re­ally crossed my mind, and doesn’t now. I say do what­ever makes you happy. In truth I’ve never re­ally been fond of the heat and the warmth. For­tu­nately, be­ing Scot­tish, that was never re­ally too much of a prob­lem. But in Lon­don that’s not the case, as an in­suf­fer­able city be­comes even more prob­lem­atic and I long for the cool, cold times of win­ter – and, of course, Christ­mas and all that brings with it. Which for me gen­er­ally means hav­ing a ‘hi­ber­na­tion body’, some­thing I find far too easily achiev­able. En­joy your sum­mer, and hope­fully it’s spe­cial for you with­out too many things that go bump in the night! Dar­ren Scott @dar­ren_s­cott

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