News

  • I’ve been nominated for a British Fantasy Award in the Best Comic/Graphic Novel category for my writing on the Jennifer Wilde mini-series Unlikely Revolutionaries, along with artist Stephen Downey, and writer Karen Mahoney (who wrote the stand-alone JW story The Wilde Hunt). The comics were published by Atomic Diner Comics in Dublin.
  • I’ll be signing issue 1 of Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland at Sub-City Comics at its new location at 62 Dame Street, Dublin, Ireland 2, on Saturday, 21 June from noon – 4pm.
  • A paperback edition of Twisted Fairy Tales is available in France, titled Contes pour faire peur, which is translated by Marie-Paule Zierski.
  • My short story ‘Bone Mother’ has been optioned by the National Film Board of Canada’s Animation Studio with the view to make a short stop-motion animated film, which will be adapted and directed by Sylvie Trouvé and Dale Hayward, and produced for the NFB by Jelena Popovic.
  • I’m going to be a guest at D.I.C.E. (Dublin International Comic Expo) – 27 – 28 September, 2014 in Dundrum, Co. Dublin.
  • I reviewed MCM Ireland Comic Con for the Forbidden Planet International blog, which has photos I took at the event.
  • I recently appeared on RTÉ Radio 1’s arts show, Arena, offering a preview of the inaugural MCM Ireland Comic Con in Dublin.
  • I’ll be a guest at an event called Irish Comics Chat, which will take place at the Rua Red arts centre in Tallaght in Dublin from 12.30pm – 6pm on Saturday, 29 March.
  • The Mysteries of UnlandI’m very pleased to announce that I’m co-writing a comic book mini-series with Kim Newman which is part of the Hellboy universe created by Mike Mignola, and published by Dark Horse Comics.
  • My short story ‘Valerie’ will appear in the anthology La Femme, edited by Ian Whates from NewCon Press, due out in April.
  • Writer Ray Cluley analyses my short story ‘Water‘ on This is Horror.
  • I’ve written a new Jennifer Wilde short comic book story that is being drawn by Leeann Hamilton. It will be in full colour, and posted online during the summer.
  • Issue 1 of Jennifer Wilde: Unlikely Revolutionaries is now available to buy on ComiXology.
  • The Women Write About Comics web site announced their annual awesome awards, and I was short-listed in the Geek Feminist category.
  • My short story ‘The Hanging Tree’ is published in issue 38 of horror magazine Black Static.
  • I’m nominated in the Best Irish Writer category in The Arcade Awards.
  • I’ve been nominated for a 2013 ICN Award in the ‘Best Irish Writer Published Outside of Ireland’ category.
  • Twisted MythsThe next meeting of Laydeez do Comics – Dublin will happen from 2.30pm – 5pm on Saturday, 30 November, 2013, and will feature guests Leeann HamiltonMichael Carroll, and Gareth Gowran & Sadhbh Lawlor.
  • My collection Twisted Myths was published in the USA by Barron’s Educational Series on 1 October, 2013. It’s a 144 page large-size hardback, containing twenty myths from around the world with illustrations by Jane Laurie. It’s available to buy on Amazon.com.
  • The next meeting of Laydeez do Comics – Dublin will happen from 7pm – 9.30pm on Wednesday, 11 September, 2013, and will feature guests Sarah Bracken, Paddy Lynch, and Arja Kajermo.
  • At 4.30pm on Saturday, 3 August at the Lighthouse cinema there will be a screening of Kristy Guevara-Flanagan documentary Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. Following which I’ll be appearing on a Banter panel discussing pop culture’s representation of women on screen and in print with Irish Times journalist Jim Carroll, director Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, and Film Fatale’s Anna Taylor.
  • I’ll be a guest at this year’s Octocon in the Camden Court Hotel from 12 – 13 October.
  • Jennifer Wilde issue 3Issue 3 of Jennifer Wilde has been published by Atomic Diner, and it can be ordered ordered online.
  • I’ll be a guest at 2D, the Northern Ireland Comics Festival, which is happening from 30 May – 2 June in Derry.
  • Writer Lynda Rucker and I are setting up Laydeez do Comics – Dublin. The first meeting will be on 7pm – 9.30pm on Wednesday the 22 May, 2013 in the Rooftop Bar, 3rd floor, of the Odessa Club, 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2. Our guests are: Sarah McIntyreAlan Nolan, and Maeve Clancy.
  • I’ve written a short piece called ‘From Fan to Con-runner to Writer – different experiences of conventions’ for issue 15 of the fanzine, Journey Planet.
  • I’ve been asked to be one of the Special Guests at ArcadeCon 2013, which is taking place from 5 – 7 July in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin.
  • I’ve written an article for UK web site, Bad Reputation in honour of Women in Horror Month, called ‘More Women In Horror for 2013‘.
  • Twisted Fairy TalesOn 1 February, 2013 Twisted Fairy Tales was published in the USA by Barron’s Educational Series. It’s a 144 page large-size hardback, containing twenty classic fairy tales retold with a dark slant, accompanied by lavish illustrations by Jane Laurie. It’s available for order on Amazon.com.
  • I contributed to Paul Cornell’s Twelve Blogs of Christmas, and wrote about Twelve Drummers Drumming, in which I give a brief overview of the history of women drummers.
  • At noon on Thursday, 8 November, 2012 I’ll be on the jury of the Script Pitching Competition, for the Galway Junior Film Fleadh, in the Town Hall Theatre. Best of luck to the short-listed candidates!
  • After the closing performance of The Hallowe’en Sessions on November 3rd in London, there will be a Q&A with all the writers. Two nights are sold out already so get your tickets while you can.
  • At the Octocon science fiction convention I’ll be on the jury of The Golden Blasters Short Film Competition.
  • I’m attending FantasyCon in Brighton (27 -30 September), and will be co-presenting the Comic Book/Graphic Novel Award at the BFS Awards ceremony.
  • My short story collection, Twisted Fairy Tales, will be published by Barron’s in the USA in Spring 2013, featuring lavish illustrations by Jane Laurie.
  • I’ve written part of an anthology play called The Hallowe’en Sessions, which will have a run in the Leicester Square Theatre, London, from 29 October – 3 November, 2012.
  • Jennifer Wilde, issue 2Issue 2 of Jennifer Wilde, is now on sale, and can be purchased via the Atomic Diner web site.
  • Jennifer Wilde, the comic book I write for Atomic Diner, has been short-listed for an Eagle Award in the Favourite European Comic Book category. Voting is open now.
  • On the Forbidden Planet International blog I review Irish artist/writer Leann Hamiliton’s self-published comic Finn & Fish.
  • I’m a member of the jury for the 2012 British Fantasy Awards.
  • I reviewed the graphic novel anthology, Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, volume 1, published by Archaia Entertainment on ComicBuzz.
  • On ComicBuzz I reviewed Underwire, a collection of cartoons by Jennifer Hayden, and published by Top Shelf Productions.
  • I’ve reviewed the graphic novel Hector Umbra, written and drawn by Uli Oesterle, and published by Blank Slate Books on ComicBuzz.
  • Stephen Byrne, Robert Curley & I will be signing copies of Róisín Dubh in the Library Bar, Central Hotel, Dublin from 7pm onwards on the 17 February.
  • I’ll be a guest at Epic Con in Maynooth along with Róisín Dubh teammates Stephen Byrne and Robert Curley on the 18 February, 2012.
  • I’ll be a guest at the Hi-Ex: the Highlands International Comic Expo in Inverness, Scotland from 31 March – 1 April.
  • I offered my choices in the ‘Best of 2011′ series of posts on the Forbidden Planet International blog.
  • Róisín Dubh, issue 2Issue 2 of Róisín Dubh, the comic book series I’ve written for Atomic Diner Comics, is on the shelves of comic book shops now.
  • I’m one of the judges of the Young Filmmaker Short Film Competition (for ages 13+) at the Galway Junior Film Fleadh, 2011.
  • I’m a guest at ComicsWest, a comic book event in Bailey Allen Hall in Áras na MacLéinn, NUIG from noon – 10pm on Saturday, 12 November
  • I’m a member of the jury for The Shirley Jackson Awards 2011.
  • I’m at guest at Octocon, the Irish national science fiction convention, in the Camden Court Hotel in Dublin, from 15-16 October, 2011. I’ll also be on the jury of the Golden Blasters Short Film Awards.
  • Jennifer WildeIssue 1 of my comic book series, Jennifer Wilde, is on sale in Sub-City Comics in Dublin and Galway, as well as other shops in Ireland and the UK, and can be purchased online.
  • My review of Lucille, the graphic novel by the artist/writer/singer Ludovic Debeurme, appeared on the Forbidden Planet International blog.
  • My short script, ‘The Nail’, will appear in the Womanthology comic book anthology, which is due from IDW Publishing in December. Star St. Germain is the artist assigned to the script.
  • I reviewed of the first deluxe edition of the post-apocalyptic comic book series Y: The Last Man for the UK Feminist web site The F-Word.
  • I’m one of the women featured in The Irish Times article called “The brave new world of comic-book heroines“, written by Sinéad Gleeson.
  • I answered a quick-fire round of questions on the Irish Comic News web site.
  • I’m a guest at Squarebound, the one-day Irish Comics Creators’ Convention, on Saturday, 18 June 2011.
  • I’ll be attending Derry’s 2-D Comic Book Festival (2 -4 June, 2011), and issue 1 of Róisín Dubh will be on sale all day on Saturday.
  • I was interviewed on the UK Feminist web site Bad Reputation about Róisín Dubh. You can read part one and part two on its web site.
  • Róisín Dubh, issue 1 coverIssue 1 of my horror comic book series, Róisín Dubh, is now on sale in Sub-City Comics in Dublin, and can also be purchased online.
  • Voices from the Past is a new e-anthology of flash fiction edited by Scott Harrison and Lee Harris from their fledging imprint H&H Books. My short story ‘Mustn’t Grumble’ is part of the Table of Contents. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
  • I’ve written a blog post for the Irish women’s web site, The Anti-Room, called ‘Fly in the Foundation’.
  • The podcast of my short story ‘Vic’ is now live on Dark fiction Magazine in its latest issue titled ‘The Waste land’.
  • University College Dublin’s Sci-Fi society is hosting a one-day convention called FanSciCon on April 15, and I’ll be attending as a guest.
  • I’m a guest at PCon VIII in the Central Hotel in Dublin from March 4-6, 2011.
  • I wrote an article for UK web site, Bad Reputation, for Women in Horror Month, called ‘Women in Horror: Five Recommended Writers‘.
  • My interview with Canadian horror writer Gemma Files is live on the Black Static Case Notes Blog.
  • My flash short story, ‘Water’, is appearing in Black Static 21.
  • For the Salon Futura magazine I participated in a podcast about the 2010 graphic novels and/or comic book series that are eligible for the Hugo for Best Graphic Story.
  • Issue 35 of Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction is now out and it includes my short story ‘Involuntary Muscle’.
  • I’ve reviewed World of Warcraft’s expansion, Cataclysm, for the Hi-Ex! Blog, and written a blog post about it.
  • My short story ‘Vic’, which recently appeared in the Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2010, will be podcast in the April edition of Dark Fiction Magazine.
  • Voices from the PastA story of mine will appear in an anthology of flash fiction, entitled Voices from the Past. The anthology will be sold through all major eBook outlets, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. There is more information about the project on my blog.
  • I’m guest reviewing for Peter Tennant on Black Static’s Case Notes Blog, where I discuss the new audio drama ‘Is This Seat Taken?’, written by award-winning horror writer Sarah Langan (Audrey’s Door, The Keeper), which is part of a new series of horror audio drama by Tales from Beyond the Pale.
  • I’ll be a guest at the Wexworlds Sci-Fi and Fantasy Festival from 26-28 of November, 2010 in Wexford town.
  • Congratulations to Emma Finnerty, whose pitch for ‘Web of Lies’, won the Script Pitching Competition at this year’s Galway Junior Film Fleadh. I was part of the jury, and blogged about the event.
  • My short story ‘Involuntary Muscle’ will appear in issue 35 of Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction, which is due out at the end of November.
  • Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2010, edited by Paula Guran, is now available to buy at Amazon.com. It contains my short story ‘Vic’. A full list of the table of contents is on my blog post about the anthology’s release.
  • Golden BlastersI’ll be a guest at the 2010 Octocon convention in the Camden Court Hotel, Dublin, from 16-17 October, where I’ll be on the Jury for the Golden Blaster Awards for best sf short film.
  • I’ll be a member of the jury for the pitching competition for the 16th Galway Junior Film Fleadh (3 – 6 of November 2010). The deadline for entries is Wednesday 13th October 2010. There are more details about the competition and how to enter on my blog.
  • Issue 18 of Black Static is out now. It features the second batch of winning stories from the Campaign for Real Fear.
  • Black Static, issue 17, has gone to the printers and should be available by June 11th. It contains the first group of ten winning stories from the Campaign for Real Fear, selected by Christopher Fowler and I.
  • My short story ‘Vic’ will appear in Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2010, edited by Paula Guran.
  • It’s Irish Free Comic Book Day this Saturday, May 15. Comic book fans can get a free copy of the preview issue of Róisín Dubh if they’re quick!
  • Soho GhostMy photograph, entitled “Soho Ghost”, is a top ten finalist in the Cities of Night contest, being run by ChiZine Publications. You can read my blog post about the competition.
  • I’ve launched a new design of my web site with more up-to-date information about my projects, past and present.
  • Christopher Fowler and I have announced the top twenty winners, and seven Honourable Mentions, in the Campaign for Real Fear Competition we organised. The first batch of ten stories will be published in the June issue (#17) of Black Static followed by the second group of ten stories in the August issue (#18), and they will be podcast by Action Audio. Chris and I will publish feedback and analysis on the competition in the June issue of Black Static, and afterwards on our blogs.
  • Goblin Fruit Spring 2010My poem, “The Solace of Dark Places”, is now live on Goblin Fruit. The issue features an audio recording of me reading the poem.
  • I received four honourable mentions from Ellen Datlow (for 3 stories and 1 poem) during her reading for her Best Horror of the Year, Volume two.
  • During February through to April 2010 I was interviewed weekly for “Arts Brew”, on the Internet Radio Z103, about cultural events in Ireland.
  • This year’s Eastercon, Odyssey 2010, is going on in Heathrow, London from 2-5 April 2010, and I will be at the convention and moderating a number of panels. Please check out my schedule on my blog.
  • I’m attending the World Horror Convention in Brighton, UK from March 25-26, 2010 and I’ll be moderating a panel discussion on Women in Horror.
  • My short story “Vic”, published in Black Static #10, is on the long list for The British Fantasy Society’s Awards in the “Best Short Story” category.
  • Róisin DubhI’ve launched a web site for Róisín Dubh, the graphic novel I’ve worked on with Rob Curley and Stephen Day. It’s due out in Autumn 2010 from Atomic Diner.
  • Author Christopher Fowler and I are running a horror story story competition called the Campaign for Real Fear. We’re looking for 500-word stories that convey the fears and diversity of 21st century life – all are welcome to enter. The deadline for entries is 5pm GMT on the 16th of April 2010.
  • I’ll be a guest the Irish sf convention P-Con from 5-7 March 2010 in the Central Hotel in Dublin.
  • The podcast of my short story “The Tamga” is now available as issue 178 on Pseudopod, read by the talented Cheyenne Wright.
  • Issue 12 of M-Brane SF, which was guest-edited by Rick Novy, has been released. It contains my sf story “The Secret Names of Buildings”.
  • Pseudopod, the horror fiction podcast, has bought the audio rights to my short story “The Tamga”, which was first published in Shroud Magazine last year.
  • M-Brane SF 9Issue 9 of M-Brane SF has been released. It contains my horror sf story “Empty Mind Came Back with the Pearl”.
  • “The Secret Names of Buildings”, my near-future sf short story has sold to M-Brane SF magazine, and will appear in issue 12, which is being guest edited by Rick Novy.
  • I was part of the jury for the Film Pitching Competition at the Galway Junior Film Fleadh, on November 12, 2009.
  • My short weird script, “Training Room”, is being shot as part of the Hotel Darklight anthology film, in conjunction with the Darklight Festival. It’s being directed by Conor McMahon. The entire collection of ten films, which are themed around the location of a hotel, will be premiered on Saturday, October 10, at 9.30pm at the Light House Cinema, in Dublin.
  • Irish sf convention Octocon (10-11 October 2009) has launched the First National Irish Science Fiction Film Awards, called The Golden Blasters. Filmmaker John Vaughan is putting together the programme of short sf-themed films from around the world. Guest of honour Mike Carey and I will be the judges for the award.
  • I’m co-writing a three-issue comic book, called Róisín Dubh, with Rob Curley of Atomic Diner publications.
  • “Empty Mind Came Back With the Pearl”, my horror/sf tale featuring a multiverse war, has sold to M-Brane SF, and will appear in issue 9.
  • Garden of Death by Hugo SimbergMy story “The Garden of Death”, inspired by the painting of the same name by Finnish artist Hugo Simberg, has been chosen as a top ten finalist in Fantasy Magazine’s Micro-Fiction Contest. A readers’ poll will decide three winners, which will be podcast.
  • Issue three of the electronic magazine Arkham Tales has been published, and it contains my short story “The Diet” – a story in the Lovecraftian tradition. It’s available for download in two formats: .pdf for web viewing or .pdf for printing.
  • Issue 13 of Paradox: The Magazine of Historical and Speculative Fiction is now available. It contains my short story “Beautiful Calamity”.
  • Another one of my twitter stories has been published on Thaumatrope.
  • Black Static 10Issue 10 of British horror magazine Black Static is now on sale, and contains my short story “Vic”.
  • On April 19th I will be in conversation with Kim Newman in front of a public audience at the IFI in Dublin, discussing the variety of screen adaptations of Dracula, as part of the IFI’s weekend season of Dracula films.
  • You can read my twitter stories here and here on Thaumatrope, as well as my pico story on Outshine.
  • My poem, “Exchange“, is online at Goblin Fruit, in the Spring 2009 edition.
  • I’ll be attending the 60th British National Science Fiction Convention Eastercon LX from April 10-13 2009 in Bradford, Leeds. I’ve posted my schedule on my blog.
  • I’m a Guest at P-Con in Dublin from March 27-29th, and I’ve posted my schedule on my blog.
  • My poem “The Solace of Dark Places” has sold to Goblin Fruit for its Spring 2010 issue.
  • Shroud Magazine, #6Tim Deal, the editor of Shroud Magazine, is buying my short story “The Tamga” for issue number six. It will be the first edition of Shroud to be distributed throughout the USA via the Barnes and Noble bookstores.
  • My short story “Bone Mother“, is now available as a podcast on Pseudopod, read by the awesome Cat Rambo.
  • I’ll be interviewing Kim Newman on the subject of “Writing Horror” for members of the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild on March 26, 2009, in Filmbase in Dublin.
  • Jetse de Vries bought one of my pieces of twitterfic for his picowebzine Outshine. It will be twittered in April.
  • Thaumatrope, a new market that twitters stories that are less than 140 characters long, has bought six of my teeny stories. They will be twittered throughout 2009.
  • My short story, “Beautiful Calamity”, will appear in issue #13 of Paradox Magazine.
  • Pseudopod, the horror story podcast, is buying the audio rights of “Bone Mother”—my short story originally published in the Fantasy anthology edited by Sean Wallace and Paul Tremblay.
  • On November 25th in Dublin I’ll be participating in a conference, organised by the Irish Arts Council, entitled New Media, New Audience? The event is designed to discuss how new social networking technologies can help promote the arts, and I’ll be on the 11.30am panel entitled New Media in Practice.
  • “Bone Mother”—my short story published in the Fantasy anthology—received an honourable mention in the The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2008: 21st Annual Collection.
  • My poem “Exchange” will appear in the Spring 2009 issue of Goblin Fruit.
  • A new online magazine, Arkham Tales, has bought my short story “The Diet”.
  • Doorways Magazine, #8My poem, “Grave Taster”, placed second in the Doorways Magazine annual poetry competition. It will appear in Doorways Magazine #8.
  • Doorways Magazine has accepted my short story “Water” for publication in a forthcoming issue.
  • My story “Moments on the Cliff” will appear in a forthcoming edition of All Hallows, the journal of the Ghost Story Society.
  • UK horror magazine, Black Static, is buying my short story “Vic”.
  • I’ve been invited to be a guest at Phoenix Convention 2009.
  • My flash short story, “Homunculus”, will appear in the September 2008 edition of Aoife’s Kiss.
  • I completed the FÁS Screen Training Ireland certified course on Scene Analysis, taught by Beth Serlin.
  • Fantasy & Science Fiction columnist Dave Trusedale compiled a Recommended Reading List of short stories from original anthologies published in 2007, and placed my short story “Bone Mother” among the shortlist.
  • Shroud Magazine is buying my short story “Home”. It will appear in the second issue.
  • My poem, “Tattoo Destiny”, has sold to the Jabberwocky 3 anthology, ed by Sean Wallace.
  • Publishers Weekly reviewed the Fantasy collection, and said of my story: “.. while Maura McHugh’s “Bone Mother” brilliantly blends Slavic folklore with the vampire mythos to create a speculative gem of a tale.”
  • FantasyMy short story, “Bone Mother”, appears in the anthology entitled Fantasy edited by Sean Wallace and Paul Tremblay, July 2007.
  • My review of the Irish film, Isolation (Billy O’Brien, 2006), appears in the Halloween 2006 edition of the Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies.
  • I attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop, in Seattle, USA (June 18 – July 28 2006).
  • Cabinet des Fées bought my short story “In the Woods”, and it appeared in the journal’s first print edition.
  • The Winter 2005 issue of Film Ireland contains my book review of The Story of Irish Film.
  • An article on the Star Wars saga featured on Sigla, the Irish online magazine (May 2005).
  • “Who Hears our Cries in Forgotten Tongues?”, appeared in the online magazine, Flash Me Magazine, in October 2004. Read it online.
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    “Writing is rewriting. A writer must learn to deepen characters, trim writing, intensify scenes. To fall in love with the first draft to the point where one cannot change it is to greatly enhance the prospects of never publishing.” — Richard North Patterson

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