• Fantasycon 2018

    Newly arrived in Chester, UK for the start of the always-fun Fantasycon weekend, I’m dressed appropriately. I’ll be on the following panels: 5 pm on Saturday, 20 October The Horror Writers Association Panel I’m moderating, and also attending is Marie O’Regan, Ramsey Campbell, CC Adams and Phil Sloman 6 pm on Saturday, 20 October Screenwriting for TV I’m moderating a panel with Stephen Volk, Terry Grimwood, Gavin Williams and Stephen Gallagher. 8 pm on Saturday, 20 October Brave New Words I’m on the Brave New Words podcast with Ed Fortune, Anna Stephens, Rebecca Derrick, Anne Fortune and Claire North 1 pm on Sunday, 21 October Strange Fictions I’m on the…

  • Discussing The Quatermass Xperiment

      The inaugural episode of the Hammered podcast is now available for listening. The host of the series JG Byrne and I talk about The Quatermass Xperiment (1955). It was a fun and nerdy deep dive into the film. Perfect for fans of Hammer films, science fiction, and Nigel Kneale (though of course he didn’t write the movie, but it’s based on his original BBC TV series. I give a lot of love to Kneale in this episode.) You can listen to it online. There will be a different guest with John in the next episode, and I should be returning for more Hammer exegesis with The Mummy (1959). Make…

  • Hammered Podcast

    I’ll be taking part in an on-going podcast called Hammered, dedicated to examining the more ghoulish output of the British Hammer Film Productions studio. Starting with The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) and ending (maybe) with To the Devil a Daughter (1976), the discussions will be hosted by J G Byrne and aided by a rotating guest list. Each episode will work through one film from the studio’s horror releases. The original music for the podcast is created by David Blake. The first batch of films I’ll be chatting about with John are: The Quatermass Xperiment (1955), The Mummy (1959), The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960), The Curse of the Mummy’s…

  • 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…

  • The Light at the Centre in Best New Horror #28

    My short story ‘The Light at the Centre’ has been selected by editor Stephen Jones for his Best New Horror #28 anthology. I’m delighted! It was first published in Uncertainties Vol. 1 by editor Brian Showers for Swan River Press (and still available for purchase).

  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me midnight movie monograph

    I’m happy to reveal that I’ve written a Midnight Movie Monograph for Electric Dreamhouse Press, an imprint of PS Publishing, a series curated by editor Neil Snowdon with a focus on critical reactions to cult films. I’ll be looking at the iconic film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With me, written by David Lynch and Robert Engels, and directed by David Lynch. The book is now available to pre-order and will be published in June. The cover art is also by Neil Snowdon. The release of the book is well timed since the first four episodes of the new season of the TV series Twin Peaks – written by David Lynch…

  • Respectable Horror

    I’ve a story called ‘Spooky Girl’ in the next anthology by Fox Spirit, called Respectable Horror, which is edited by K.A. Laity. The cover, by Stephanie Johnson, has just been revealed and it’s a corker. The ToC is: The Astartic Arcanum – Carol Borden The Well Wisher – Matthew Pegg The Little Beast – Octavia Cade The Holy Hour – Chloë Yates A Framework – Richard Barber Malefactor – Austin Waller The Estate of Edward Moorehouse – Ian Burdon Spooky Girl – Maura McHugh Full Tote Gods – Damien White A Splash of Crimson – Catherine Lundoff Where Demons Don’t Tread – Suzanne Willis The Recovery – Edward Gauvin Running…

  • Women In Horror Mixtape

    Mark West asked me to contribute to his Women In Horror Mixtape, the third in his series of recommended works, which was scheduled to be part of the Women in Horror Month celebrations. This time I picked ‘Red as Blood’ by Tanith Lee. Partly it’s a tribute to the history of fairy tales, which have always been part of the horror tradition, and Lee’s version of ‘Snow White’ is a beautiful, complex re-imagining of the story. But it’s also to recognise the importance of writers like Lee who were trailblazing for women in horror long before that was an acceptable genre for women to populate. She, and other writers like…

  • Deluxe Madness

    I recently received the deluxe edition of the anthology The Madness of Dr Caligari, edited by Joe Pulver, published by Fedogan and Bremer, encased in a slip cover, signed by all the contributors, and with beautiful artwork on the endpapers by Nick Gucker. What a beauty! There are other editions too: Kindle, Paperback, and Hardback. Here’s the impressive Table of Contents: Ramsey Campbell – The Words Between Damien Angelica Walters – Take a Walk in the Night, My Love Rhys Hughes – Confessions of a Medicated Lurker Robert Levy – Conversion Maura McHugh – A Rebellious House David Nickle – The Long Dream Janice Lee – Eyes Looking Richard Gavin…

  • FantasyCon 2016

    This weekend I’ll be attending FantasyCon By the Sea, in Scarborough. I’ll be involved in the following events during the convention: Holding Out For a Hero Is the Rise of the Superhero Medium Boosting Genre Fiction? From 10:00 am – 11:00 am on Saturday, 24 September in the Palm Court Ballroom – The Grand, St Nicholas Cliff Maura McHugh, Mike Carey, Alasdair Stuart (Chair), Peter Sutton, Natasha Bardon Book Launch – NewCon Press Ten Tall Tales From 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Saturday, 24 September in Main Ballroom (Grand Hotel), St Nicholas Cliff With Ramsey Campbell, Edward Cox, Simon Clark, Andrew Hook, Paul Kane, Maura McHugh, Lynda E Rucker,…