the house

Only a shell of the house remains. A thick pelt of ivy crawls over its exterior so even the dead windows are mere slits in its green tangle. Inside, colonies of jackaws nest and roost. Watchful sentries are posted about the house’s gnarled crown, and in surrounding trees. At your approach they rise, a raucous…

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Twisted Myths in the house

It’s been a bit of an open secret that I’ve written a sequel of sorts to Twisted Fairy Tales, which is called Twisted Myths. It’s been up for pre-order on Amazon.com for a few months, and the eagle-eyed among you will have seen it mentioned at the end of my last interview with Dennis Abrams.…

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bank holiday

Bank holidays don’t really mean much to freelancers. Other than there’s usually extra people in your house, and the post doesn’t get delivered. I’ve been working all weekend on a project that’s nearing its conclusion, and I’m in the awful push at the end which involves the application of willpower and determination over fatigue. And…

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it's all about me…

People blog in a variety of fashions, and over the last month I set myself the challenge of writing a blog post every Monday-Friday about anything that came to mind. I also decided to incorporate photographs in them, and often the photographs were the inspiration for a post. I took that first photo of myself…

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Twisted Fairy Tales reviews

I haven’t mentioned my collection Twisted Fairy Tales in some time, which is available to buy on Amazon, and many book stores in the USA. The reviews so far have been mostly positive, and I’m hearing that it’s been selling well, especially in Barnes & Noble in the USA. This gladdens my heart of course!…

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guest post for Joseph D'Lacey

I am regularly asked to write articles for friends or blog posts for web sites I’ve worked with before, and sometimes I just can’t fit it into my schedule. Not surprisingly, I am often asked to discuss issues about women or feminism, but despite what people may think, I don’t want to bang on that…

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disappointment

Life is a constant state of flux. In any one day we can shift through a variety of moods depending on how the world acts on us. From rudeness from a stranger, to a kind word from a friend, to sipping that great cup of coffee while reading a good book, or seeing scarlet when…

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Journey Planet 15

The latest edition of the fanzine, Journey Planet, is online (issue 15). It’s edited by Hugo-Award-Winners Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon per usual, but half the issue is guest-edited by writer Lynda E. Rucker, and is termed ‘The Write Stuff’. That section is devoted to conversations with writers about the ins and outs of…

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Women in Horror 2013

It’s Imblog today, the traditional start of Spring in Ireland, and it’s sunny too – a welcome break from the recent fierce squalls. It’s also the start of Women in Horror Recognition Month, which I’ve discussed before on my blog. Two years ago I wrote a piece for the fabulous Bad Reputation web site in…

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2011 Shirley Jackson Awards Winners

The 2011 Shirley Jackson Awards winners were announced today at┬áReadercon 23, Conference on Imaginative Literature, in Burlington, Massachusetts. Congratulations to all winners! Thank you for writing such great fiction. NOVEL Winner:   Witches on the Road Tonight   , Sheri Holman (Grove Press) Finalists: The Devil All the Time, Donald Ray Pollock (Doubleday) The Dracula…

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