Thu, 19 October 2017 Kickstarter funded!

Today the Kickstarter for the Jennifer Wilde Point & Click Game (based on the comic book series I wrote for Atomic Diner) ended and it was successful! Thanks to everyone who has supported this endeavour by Outsider Games, and a big congratulations to Stephen Downey who worked so hard to achieve it.

The project passed the funding goal three days before the deadline, much to the relief of everyone involved.

Now, all that remains is the little job of finishing off the game…

Wed, 18 October 2017 Profile of Philip Pullman on Arena

There’s much excitement about the publication tomorrow of the next novel in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials saga – titled The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage.

This evening I appeared on RTÉ Radio 1 arts show, Arena, and discussed Pullman’s work for those unfamiliar with the stories, and those who are keen to get the first big instalment in Lyra’s adventures for seventeen years.

You can listen back to my discussion with Arena host Sean Rocks online.

After all the prep I did for the show my memories of enjoying the first series were revistalised, and now I’m eagerly anticipating returning to Pullman’s marvellous universes.

Thu, 12 October 2017 Slayers and their Vampires

As part of the Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin (27-30 Oct), I’ll be taking part in the Slayers and their Vampires panel from 1 pm – 2.30 pm on 28 October, in the Albert Lecture Theatre, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 123 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.

I’ll be joining Bruce McClelland, (Slayers and Their Vampires: A Cultural History of Killing the Dead) and David Skal (Something In the Blood: a Biography of Bram Stoker) in discussing the modern cultural significance of vampire legends.

As some know, my first M.A. thesis investigated themes in 19th century supernatural Irish fiction, which included a detailed look at Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I’ve been reading vampire fiction since I was a teen, and my story ‘Bone Mother’ (currently being adapted into a stop-motion animated short film) features a rather well-known vampire. As well as this I’ve written an Irish vampire hunter, and investigated our indigenous vampire myth, for the Róisín Dubh comic book series.

I’m looking forward to getting my teeth back into this old fascination of mine.

Mon, 02 October 2017 Octocon 2017

The National Irish Science Fiction Convention, Octocon 2017, is taking place this coming weekend.

Here’s my schedule for the convention:

FRIDAY 06 OCTOBER

08:00 PM
‘You Don’t Scare Me Anymore’ in the Salusa Secundus room
Paul Anthony Shortt, Maura McHugh, Frank E Whelan, Lynda E Rucker

SATURDAY 07 OCTOBER

06:00 PM
‘Plug In to Fear’ in the Salusa Secundus room
Esther MacCallum-Stewart, Nik Vincent-Abnett, Frank E Whelan, Dan Abnett, Maura McHugh

07:00 PM
‘David Lynch Panel’ in the Salusa Secundus room
Phil Dyson, Maura McHugh, R B Kelly, Lynda E Rucker

SUNDAY 08 OCTOBER

02:00 PM
‘Golden Blasters’ in the Arrakis room
I’ll be attending this event as a member of the judging panel.

I’m looking forward to another fun weekend with friends and colleagues!

Sun, 01 October 2017 Submerged in Mythic Delirium

My poem, ‘Submerged’, is in issue 4.2 of Mythic Delirium, along with a variety of work, including a cover by The Crosspunk Wanderer (aka Lasse Paldanius), new stories from James Van Pelt, Daniel Ausema and Premee Mohamed, and more poetry by Virginia M Mohlere, Trent Walters, David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Mary Soon Lee and Alix Bosley.

I wrote the poem in response to the discovery of HMS Terror, submerged in an Arctic Bay, after 168 years lost. Sometimes only a poem will do.

Mon, 25 September 2017 Excellence in Art Award for Jennifer Wilde

Congratulations to Outsider Games who won the Excellence in Art Award at the inaugural Awards at the Galway Games Gathering.

Particular Kudos go out to John McFarlane, who is the artist and animator for the game.

And don’t forget to back the game on Kickstarter!

Wed, 20 September 2017 Fantasycon 2017

I’ve always found the British Fantasy Society’s annual convention, Fantasycon, to be a welcoming and friendly event, so I’m looking forward to another fun weekend of conversation and perhaps the occasional tipple at Fantasycon 2017 (29 Sept – 1 Oct).

Here’s my schedule for the event:

FRIDAY
Writers and Computer Games – 4 pm (Panel Room 1)
Maura McHugh (mod), Chris Brookmyre, Allen Stroud, Nate Crowley, Jonathan L. Howard

Book launches by PS Publishing – 5 pm (Broadway Suite)
I’ll only be at the event for a short time, but it should be a fun occasion

TV Treasures – 5.30 pm (Panel Room 2)
Maura McHugh (mod), Anne Lyle, Stephen Gallagher, Steve J. Shaw, Gavin Williams

SATURDAY
The Twin Peaks Panel – 6.30 pm (Panel Room 2)
Phil Lunt (mod), Neil Williamson, Maura McHugh, Steve J. Shaw, Guy Adams

SUNDAY
Screenwriting Tips –  Noon (Panel Room 1)
Maura McHugh (mod), Stephen Gallagher, Sean Hogan, Stephen Volk

Tue, 19 September 2017 Jennifer Wilde is on Kickstarter

The Jennifer Wilde point & click adventure game, based on the comic book series I wrote which was published by Atomic Diner Comics, is now up on Kickstarter.

I’m also the scriptwriter for this, back with my old buddy Stephen Downey, who is CEO of Outsider Games, and the original artist for the series. The art for the game is being marvellously handled by John McFarlane, and Rodney McConnell is the man wrangling the code. And of course all thanks to Robert Curley, who was the original creator of the concept.

If you like the idea of a young art student solving a puzzle with the ghost of Oscar Wilde in 1920s Jazz-era Paris, then we’d love your support. There’s tons of information (and a video!) about the game on the Kickstarter web site.

Merci!

Mon, 18 September 2017 Talking Twin Peaks

Thanks to Emmet O’Cuana for inviting me onto The Hopscotch Friday Podcast to discuss my book on Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, and the new series, Twin Peaks: The Return.

I’ve thought a lot about the series since it aired, and it was great to have a chance to trash through some of the issues – we could have gone on for hours more, and there were aspects we didn’t get a chance to discuss.

I think we hit many of the major points, and I’m looking forward to going back to the series after a time apart from it, and pondering it further.

Tue, 05 September 2017 Electric Dreamhouse Press merchandise

Electric Dreamhouse Press, the imprint that published my Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me film book, is now doing t-shirts featuring artwork from its book covers.

You can get the t-shirt of the FWWM artwork (designed by Neil Snowdon), with or without the title, and in a variety of sizes.

All thanks to Steven Shaw at the Great British Horror clothing web site for facilitating this.

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