• Reviews

    talking fairy tales

    Thanks to Dennis Abrams at Publishing Perspectives for his generous words about my collection Twisted Fairy Tales today. I don’t bang on about this often, but of course the book is still available for sale at Amazon, or most independent book shops will order it for you. As part of the review Dennis also conducted a mini-interview with me about fairy tales, and my approach to writing the collection. It still seems a bit incredible to me that this book I enjoyed writing so much, and which has been produced to such a high standard, is out in the world, and people are reading it… I wrote the book over…

  • comic books,  Conventions

    2D 2013 Roundup

    I had a wonderful time at 2D Northern Ireland Comic Book Festival in Derry last weekend. As usual there was fantastic hospitality by the gang from Derry’s Verbal Arts Centre who organised the festival. All of them, including the volunteers, and the admins who most of us never see, did a wonderful job. I arrived in in the city on Friday afternoon, and while my drive up had been easy, the final navigation through the narrow, steep streets was a stressful ten minutes. After lunch, and time to rest, I headed out to dinner where I began meeting many of the other guests of the convention – some of whom…

  • Twisted Fairy Tales
    Writing

    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! One reviewer on Amazon mentioned that it was too dark and descriptive for her nine-year-old son. That made me smile. When I was nine I would have thought ‘challenge accepted!’ and sought it out at once. It all depends on the child, however. I’d always had a fascination with dark fiction. Two reviews have made…

  • Writing

    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 which I recommended five women horror novelists. This year they asked me to contribute again, and this time I’ve chosen to highlight the work of women from across the horror media spectrum. It’s a personal pick of women who are doing interesting work in the field, and of course there are so many more. Today…

  • Fiction

    Twisted Fairy Tales coming soon

    My first collection, Twisted Fairy Tales, will be released on 1 February, 2013 in the USA. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon.com already. I’ve also created an Amazon Author page (a rite-of-passage moment), and I’m on Goodreads too if any of you use that platform. I had a really good time writing this volume. First, I love the stories, and second my team were terrific: my editor Samantha Warrington, our illustrator Jane Laurie, and designer Martin Stiff. Plus, the finished book is beautiful: it’s 144 page large-size hardback. I hope people will enjoy it. The publisher, Barron’s Education Series, has created a Book2Look presentation for the first story (Snow White),…

  • Fiction

    Return from Brighton

    I returned from a long, intense, fun-filled weekend at FantasyCon in Brighton to a package. This was inside: As usual thanks to Martin Stiff for his fabulous design, Jane Laurie for her interior art (a collage of which you can see here), and our editor Samantha Warrington. It will be a couple of months yet before the book is available to buy, but the entire team is delighted with how this project came together. My name is on the spine. That’s just… wonderful. I also want to add that my über-talented Clarion West classmate, Tina Connolly, is celebrating the launch of her début novel: Ironskin. I can’t wait to read…