Monthly Archives: August 2012

To Write a Novel, You Really Need to Finish One

One of the best things I’ve listened to recently is Justin Cronin’s craft talks on writing.

Go to the Tube of You.

It’s totally worth it.

And the above bit of advice? Particularly apposite at the moment as I’m finishing Brisneyland by Night.

Midnight and Moonshine – the release!

And thus we threatened and thus it came to pass … or rather will do so in November this year. Yes, we have a cover for Midnight and Moonshine, we have stories, we have an Introduction
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Revisiting childhood

Last night I ordered one of my favourite books from childhood, Joan Aiken’s The Wolves of Willoughby Chase.

I read this when we lived out at Longreach and I was about nine … it was an incredible read for a kid
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And Jason Nahrung’s lovely and disturbingĀ Salvage has been launched!

Go here and get a copy.

Rough Music

As I work my way through the TBR pile, I’m finally getting to the rest of the Spectral Press chapbooks. The reading for the other night was Simon Kurt Unsworth’s wonderfully strange Rough Music.

There’s a great cadence to
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Vale the Pink Flamingo

My beloved laptop, the Pink Flamingo, has gone to the great tech graveyard in the sky. I had her since 2008 and she has served me well, producing two short story collections (Sourdough and Other Stories, The
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An appropriate Jennings

World Fantasy noms are out today and I cannot contain my delight to note that Lisa L. Hannett’s debut collection Bluegrass Symphony is on the shortlist for Best Collection.

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A Tales to Terrify Squee

Am very squeeful to report that the lovely Harry Markov is taking three of my stories for the Tales to Terrify podcast. Huzzah!

“Bluebeard”, “The Bones Remember Everything” and “Sourdough” will all be hearable for your listening pleasure.

It’s always so nice to hear someone reading out what you’ve written, and I’ve been fortunate enough to have “The
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Another winner from Spectral Press

Simon Marshall-Jones has done it again with another of his chapbook series, Alison Littlewood’s The Eyes of Water.

A tale of old gods, modern men, and water-filled cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula, it’s a source of bedtime restlessness and dreams about
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It’s just that kind of day