• The Cursed Signing in London

    I’ll be at a signing for the editors and authors in the Cursed anthology at Forbidden Planet Megastore in London on Saturday, 7 March 2020 from 13:00 to 14:00.

  • Bone Mother for Halloween

      You can now watch the full short stop-motion animation of Bone Mother, created by Dale Hayward & Sylvie Trouvé and based on my short story, courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada. But be quick, there’s no guarantee she’ll remain online after Halloween…

  • Bone Mother optioned

    I’m delighted to announce that 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. I’m going to cut and paste what I wrote back in 2009 when ‘Bone Mother’ was podcast on Pseudopod. I wrote the first draft at Clarion West in 2006, and it was a pivotal story in my progress during the six-week workshop. I’d written a mediocre story the week before, and I felt extreme pressure (from myself) to produce…

  • spirits lifted

    A couple of days ago I heard from Tim Deal, the editor of Shroud Magazine, that he’s 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. I’m delighted to sell another story to Shroud, and to find a welcoming home for “The Tamga”, a story for which I have tremendous affection.

  • trampling virgin soil

    Today is a good mail day. Not only did I get a cheque for my short story “Home” from Tim Deal at Shroud Magazine, but I received the latest edition of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, which is always cause for celebration. It contains a new story by Maureen F. McHugh, whose molecules are imbued with awesome, and whose writing always pulses with genuine emotion. I can’t wait to read it, and the other work by an impressive line-up of talented writers. In the meantime I’m enjoying my stint in research-world, one of my favourite places to explore. Sometimes I discover entire new continents, and stand upon the shore breathless at…

  • "Home" sale

    Good news on a wet miserable day. Timothy Deal, the editor of Shroud Magazine, contacted me today to inform me that my short story “Home” will be in the second issue. I wrote the first draft of “Home” at Clarion West for the week Ellen Datlow mentored, but in a crisis of confidence I wrote a completely different story and presented that instead. I’m pleased it’s found a good home.