• Conventions,  News

    three things

    Today will be my last appearance on “Arts Brew”, the Z103 Internet Radio Arts Show, at around 1.30pm. I’ll be wrapping up the women and horror debate, and discussing forthcoming writers workshops in Ireland. I’ve enjoyed being on the show for the last four weeks, and it’s certainly made me think a lot more about doing podcasts in the future. I’d also like to point people to the blog of UK horror magazine, Black Static, where there is a constructive post on the issue of women in horror. It offers information about the female contributors to the magazine, statistics about the books the magazine receives for review and how many…

  • Conventions,  News,  Thoughts

    p-con schedule

    The science fiction convention P-Con is being held in Dublin next week, and the programme of events has been released. Here are the panels I’ll be on: Saturday 10:00 Red RoomIs it time for “Return of the Werewolves”?Nick Harkaway; Brian J. Showers; Laura Anne Gilman; Maura McHugh; R.F.Long 15:00 Blue RoomSocial websites: Bane or boon in the genre fiction world?Cheryl Morgan; Colin Harvey; Colin Smythe; Maura McHugh; Laura Anne Gilman 17:00 Red RoomPictionary Sunday 12:00 Blue RoomKeyboard or pen – Room for both?R.F.Long; Oisín McGann; Maura McHugh 14:00 Blue RoomHas the Internet become indispensable?Cheryl Morgan; Bob Neilson; R.F. Long; Maura McHugh Also, I’ll be chatting on the “Arts Brew” programme…

  • Conventions,  Fiction,  News

    podcasts and plans

    The podcast of my story, “The Tamga” is now available as issue 178 on Pseudopod, read by the talented Cheyenne Wright. It’s always a thrill to have my work podcast, because it gets it out to such a wide audience. Plus, the Pseudopod team produce excellent recordings. Cheyenne does a great job with the story. He’s not only a talented voice actor, he’s also the colourist for the fabulous web comic Girl Genius, which is one of my personal favourites. My own graphic novel project, Róisín Dubh, is proceeding well. Last week I had a meeting in Dublin with Rob Curley of Atomic Diner and Sub City fame, as well…

  • Conventions,  Fiction,  Ireland,  News,  Screenwriting,  Thoughts

    something for the weekend

    Another Thursday, another piece of micro-fiction in under 140 characters: The rooms of this great house are as familiar as the chambers of my dead heart. I walk in echoes, stir dust, and pine for the key’s rattle. Last week was busy, but very enjoyable. The question and answer session on “Writing Horror” last Thursday with Kim Newman, for the benefit of IPSG members, went well. I provided Kim with enough prompts to keep the discussion of the history and development of horror cinema going for well over an hour (not that Kim needed much encouragement), and the members’ queries kept us there for another hour. The audience was fuelled…

  • Conventions,  News

    a Dublin weekend

    I’m travelling to Dublin today. I’ll be interviewing Kim Newman on the subject of “Writing Horror” for members of the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild later in the evening. I’ve been prepping for it this week, but since Kim is an authority on the genre I expect I’ll only have to nudge him with the occasional question. There’s been strong interest in the talk, and I expect the room will be full. Yet, I haven’t forgotten it’s Thursday, so here’s my weekly piece of fiction in under 140 characters: We nibbled crumbs of data first – a byte filled us – then chomped and gobbled mega. Now, we swallow banquets…