My novella, Psyche – set during the emergence of the Judges system that underpins the 2000 AD universe – has been nominated for a European Science Fiction Society 2021 Achievements Award for Best Written Work of Fiction.
Michael Carroll and I have co-written the overall narrative for the 2000 AD Summer Special, now available for pre-order, and published on 7 July 2021.
In the ICN Awards 2020 I’ve been nominated in the Best Irish Writer (Major Publisher) and Best Irish Writer (Non-Fiction) categories.
My flash horror story, ‘Pay the Toll‘, is the 29th of December entry in the Sinister Horror Company’s creepy Advent Calendar.
I’ve been nominated for the ESFS 2020 Hall Of Fame Awards in the Best Author category.
I’ve a story in the forthcoming Misty & Scream 2020 Special called ‘The Thief of Senses’. The art and colouring is by Robin Henley with lettering by Annie Parkhouse.
The 50th issue of fanzine Journey Planet is out, and I’ve a review in it of ‘Hellman: At the Twilight of the Reich’, a Garth Ennis story, drawn by Mike Dorey and lettered by Rob Steen, which appeared in the recent Action 2020 Special published by Rebellion.
There’s now an Audible edition of the Judges: Volume Two omnibus, which contains my novella set in the 2000 AD Judges series – Psyche – along with Michael Carroll’s Golgotha and Joseph Elliott-Coleman’s The Patriots.
My novella set in the 2000 AD Judges series – Psyche – has been released in an omnibus edition with Michael Carroll’s Golgotha and Joseph Elliott-Coleman’s The Patriots.
The SMASH! 2020 Specialis out now, which includes my story, ‘King for a Day’, drawn by Andreas Butzbach.
On Sunday, 7 June 2020 at 6 pm I’ll be discussing the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, 2000 AD, and related works in a Zoom panel discussion moderated by Joe Gordon, with my fellow panellists, Michael Carroll and Joseph Elliott-Coleman, during the online Cymera Festival.
I’ve been nominated for an Irish Comic News Award in the Best Irish Writer (Major Publisher) category, for my Judge Anderson: Psi-Division story ‘The Dead Run’, which appeared in the Judge Dredd Megazine.
Judge Dredd Megazine #414is out, and it contains the final issue of my Anderson Psi-Division story, The Dead Run.
The Wom@rts roaming exhibition, titled I̶N̶ ̶VISIBLE, was opened by Compostela Cultura in Auditorio de Galicia, Santiago. My piece, ‘Interview with a Sphinx’, was part of the exhibition.
I’ll be doing a talk and a workshop during the Urgency Intensive symposium and related events at The Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht from 5-6 November. It’s theme is ‘on the role of art and design in times of urgency’.
I was on the arts/culture show Arena on RTÉ Radio 1, presented by Kay Sheehy, reviewing Cilka’s Journey, a loose sequel to Heather Morris’s book The Tattooist of Auschwitz.
I’m on the Rebellion Thrill-Cast podcast discussing the world of Scarlet Traces with co-creator and anthology editor Ian Edginton, Rebellion commissioning editor David Thomas Moore, and 2000 AD publicity droid Michael Molcher..
I interviewed George RR Martin at the GPO in Dublin after he received the An Post Special Recognition Award for his contribution to science fiction and fantasy, which is part of the annual An Post Book Awards.
My schedule of events for Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon, the 77th World Science Fiction Convention, which is taking place from 15-19 August 2019 in the CCD, Dublin.
You can now pre-order my collection, The Boughs Withered (When I Told Them My Dreams), from NewCon Press.
The radio adaptation of my short science fiction play, The Love of Small Appliances, will be broadcast on NearFM at 6pm on Friday, 28 June 2019. It’s a story about AI, love, and the evolution of ‘helpful’ devices all connected to the Internet, directed by Nicola Murphy.
NewCon Press in the UK will be publishing the first collection of my original short stories. It will contain a mixture of previously published work along with new stories, with an introduction by Kim Newman. The collection is called The Boughs Withered (When I Told Them my Dreams), and is scheduled to be launched at Worldcon in Dublin in August 2019.
The comic book narrative I created at the Womarts Illustrators & Comics Residency in Angoulême, France is part of a roaming international exhibition, and its first showing will be in Maribor, Slovenia from 26 April – 1 June 2019.
I’ve written a story for the comic book anthology, Mansion Of Madness, which is edited by Lee Robson and Dan Hill, called ‘Words Are Not Real’, with art by Alex Patterson, and lettering by Bolt-01. You can buy it on ComiXology now.
My short story ‘The Fruit of the Tree’ will be in the Ten Tall Tales anthology, edited by Ian Whates, published by NewCon Press. It will be launched at Fantasycon in Scarborough on 24 September 2016.
I’ll be writing the script for the Jennifer Wilde computer game, developed by Outsider Games in partnership with Atomic Diner Comics and Northern Ireland Screen, and is based on the original comic book series I wrote for Atomic Diner.
My short story ‘A Rebellious House’ will be in The Madness of Dr. Caligari anthology, edited by Joe S. Pulver, and published by Fedogan and Bremer, due out autumn 2016.
I’ll be giving a lecture for the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies in London from 7pm – 10pm on 8 December 2016, in the Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1JD. The title of the talk is: ‘Working the ‘Blue Rose Case: Signs, Codes, and Mysteries in David Lynch’s Fire Walk With Me‘.
Cassilda’s Song: Tales Inspired by Robert W. Chambers King in Yellow Mythos, edited by Joe S. Pulver, has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award in the Anthology category. My story ‘Family’ is in the volume.
I’ll be a guest at the inaugural Horror Expo Ireland event, which is taking place at the Freemasons Grand Lodge of Ireland in Dublin on Sunday, 30 October 2016.
I’ll be speaking at the two hundred and forty sixth Inaugural meeting of The Hist in Trinity College Dublin, on the subject of ‘Making the Modern Heroine’.
My short story ‘Spooky Girl’ will be appearing in a forthcoming anthology from Fox Spirit Books, called Respectable Horror, which is edited by Kate Laity.
My short near-future play, The Love of Small Appliances, has been selected by the Waking the Feminists West team, to be part of their New Play Reading, taking place on 6 May in the Town Hall Theatre, studio, in Galway.
I appeared on Arena – RTÉ Radio 1’s Arts & Culture show – during its 1 March broadcast, discussing the Fête de la Bande Dessinée, the Irish / French Comic Book Festival in Dublin.
I’ve been nominated for the Best Irish Writer Published Outside Ireland Award in the ICN Awards 2015.
I’ve written a script for a short comic that will detail the origin story for Lola Vita, a character from Wailing Heights, a new video game forthcoming from Outsider Games. It’s being drawn by Ron Salas (Marvel Comics, Dark Horse, DC Comics).
My short story ‘Family’ is in Cassilda’s Song, an anthology of stories inspired by Robert W Chambers The King in Yellow mythology, and edited by Joe S. Pulver. The book will be published by Chaosium Inc. in time for the 2015 NecronomiCon Providence convention in August.
I edited the Song of the Sea picture book, which is written by Will Collins, based on his screenplay of the animated film, which was directed by Tomm Moore for Cartoon Saloon. It’s available from the web site, and suitable for ages about 7 and up.
I’ll be a guest at the ComicCity Festival of Comics, Illustration, and Storytelling, in the Millennium Forum, Derry/Lononderry from 12-13 September, 2015.
I’ll be discussing Neil Gaiman’s latest short story collection, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, on RTÉ Radio 1’s culture show, Arena, this Monday, 9 March, at some point between 7pm – 8pm.
My short story ‘Bone Mother’ is being adapted as a short stop-motion animated film by Sylvie Trouvé and Dale Hayward (See Creature animation company), and produced for the National Film Board of Canada by Jelena Popovic.
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.
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.
On 1 February, 2013Twisted 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’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.
A 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’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.
My photograph, entitled “Soho Ghost”, is a top ten finalist in theCities 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.
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.
I’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.
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.
My 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.
Issue 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.
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.
Tim 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.
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”.
My 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”.
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.”
My short story, “Bone Mother”, appears in the anthology entitled Fantasy edited by Sean Wallace and Paul Tremblay, July 2007.