• Season’s Greetings!

    2018 has been an interesting year, with interesting being code for challenging (in the positive and difficult sense).

  • Comics Residency in Angoulême

    I’m really pleased to announce that I’ve been selected to be part of a special 10-day group residency in Angoulême in France, as part of one of the initiatives of a Creative Europe Project called Wom@rts. I’m equally pleased to hear that the other Irish candidate is Fionnuala Doran. We’ll be joined by the following talented creatives: Xulia Vicente (Cariño, Spain), Nanu González (Oviedo, Spain), Meriem Mesfioui (aka. Durgmaya (France), Scotty Hervouet (France), Raquel Lagartos (Oviedo, Spain), Korina Hunjak (Rijeka, Croatia), Akvilė Misevičiūtė (aka. Akvilė Magicdust, Vilnius, Lithuania) and Samira Kentrić (Ljubljana, Slovenia). During our time in France we’ll have to complete work for an exhibition entitled ‘The Second Sex’,…

  • Bone Mother Première

    Check out the cool poster for Bone Mother, the stop-motion animated short film by Dale Hayward & Sylvie Trouvé, which is having its World Première this weekend at Festival Stop Motion in Montreal. That tiny print with ‘based on the short story by Maura McHugh’ gives me a little thrill. Plus, I love its title in French: La Mère des Os. On Saturday, 15 September at 4.30pm Dale and Sylvie will give a Behind the Scenes talk about creating their film. Best wishes to Dale and Sylvie for this event, and a big congratulations for their years of labour on the project.

  • On a break (temporarily)

    No, not a still from the Mummy, but my (filtered) right hand in a cast after a fall last weekend. I’ve a small break of the distal radius and other than being supremely fed up of this already, as well as grumpy about sore ribs, I’m fine. Thankfully, no surgery is required – as breaks go this is the best you can get. Worse things happen at sea, etc. So: a major slow down for me for the next 5/6 weeks or so. Being cloistered (I can’t drive) during a spat of beautiful weather isn’t improving my mood. The Irish health system had been great overall – and seeing a…

  • 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…

  • Ten Tall Tales

    I’m happy to say that my dark fantasy story ‘The Fruit of the Tree’ will be in the Ten Tall Tales anthology from NewCon Press, edited by Ian Whates. You can pre-order it online now. The book will launch at 3.00 pm on Saturday, 24 September at Fantasycon in Scarborough, and I’ll be there (along with many of the other authors). The ToC is: Introduction – Ian Whates Ten Twisted Limericks – Ramsey Campbell The Power Of… – Paul Kane We Know By the Tenth Day Whether They Live or Die – Simon Clark One Little Mouth to Kiss You Goodnight – Lynda E. Rucker The Fruit of the Tree…

  • World Fantasy Award Nomination for Cassilda’s Song

    Cassildas Song

    I’m pleased to hear that 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. Congratulations to Joe for assembling such a super line-up of writers, and I’m so glad to be part of the project. The book is published by Chaosium Inc. and the artwork is by Steve G Santiago. It contains my story, ‘Family’. And congratulations to Selena Chambers, whose story in the anthology, ‘The Neurastheniac’, has also been nominated for a WFA, in the Short Fiction category. Here’s the entire Table of Contents of the anthology: Black Stars on Canvas,…

  • Dublin Ghost Story Festival

    I’ll be one of the guests at the Dublin Ghost Story Festival, which is taking place from 19 – 21 August 2016, at the Freemason Grand Lodge of Ireland, 17 Molesworth Street in Dublin. The Guest of Honour is Adam Nevill and the Master of Ceremonies is John Connolly. Other guests include: A.K. Benedict, Paul Kane, David Mitchell, Marie O’Regan, Sarah Pinborough, John Reppion, Lynda E. Rucker, and Angela Slatter, and the event is organised by Brian J. Showers of Swan River Press. It’s a terrific line-up of guests, and the venue should be conducive to our conversations about odd and uncanny stories. Tickets are limited, and popular, so grab…

  • Making the Modern Heroine

    Tonight 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’. I’ll be discussing the topic in relation to pop culture. It’s been a long time since I was a student at TCD, so it’s likely to be a combination of strange and familiar. Hopefully, it will also be fun!

  • Reading Territory

    ‘Territory’, a story written by Julie Steinbacher, has gone up on Podcastle today as a podcast. I read the story, along with Kim Jones, for Podcastle. I’ve done enough radio and podcasts before to know I enjoy this kind of work, so it was a no-brainer when Rachael Jones, the co-editor of Podcastle, approached me with the offer. ‘Territory’ is a rich, beautiful story, so that was a selling point also. It was a fun experience, and I hope people enjoying listening to Julie’s story.