Monthly Archives: March 2011

Mammoth Book of Best New Horror #22

How could I forget this? My story, Lavender and Lychgates, from the Sourdough and Other Stories collection has been selected for the latest Mammoth Book of Best New Horror.

#22, no less – longevity much?

The editor is legendary Stephen Jones,
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Calling All Hambly Fans

Go here to check out Open Road’s author profile of the awesome and prolific Barbara Hambly. There is a video also!

When I teach …

this is the stuff I tell you not to do.

Justice – an absolute freaking JOKE

A 190cm police officer beats the proverbial out of his 160cm wife and gets a $2000 fine. Oh, sure he won’t do it again, he’s sorry.

I think my favourite line is:

Westergerling’s lawyer applied for a spent conviction order, arguing a conviction would unfairly impact on both his career with the police force and work as a model.

Big man didn’t give much
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An in-depth and considered review of Sprawl over here at Strange Horizons. Thanks, Dan Hartland.

The Sad Tale Drive-by: Jesse Bullington

As well as being possessed of an impressive moustache and a shoulder ferret, Jesse Bullington is also in possession of a prodigious writing talent. His debut novel from Orbit, The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart, sent two
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The shortlists for this year’s Ditmars have been announced and it’s great to see names like Peter M. Ball, Cat Sparks, Felicity Dowker, Kirstyn McDermott, Jason Fischer et al.

And awesomest of all: three nom-nom-noms for Lisa
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On Approaching Authors for ‘Stuff’

Most writers you approach are pretty nice. They’re collegial and willing to help newbies along the road. They’ll sign things. They’ll do interviews. They’ll answer craft questions. They’ll point you in the right direction – like to a
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New Wine in Old Bottles: A Meditation on Writing

Arthur Rackman's Little Match Girl

(This is an extract from my MA thesis from 2006, and is a meditation on my own writing of Black-Winged Angels and Carter’s The Bloody Chamber and Donoghue’s Kissing the
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A wowie-kazowie review over at Crikey (no less)

A truly fabulous review of The Girl with No Hands and Other Tales* by guest reviewer Lyndon Riggall on Angela Meyer’s LiteraryMinded blog (she who is Queen of the Bloggeist). Thus, I do snoopy dance.


For those of you who will read
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