Monthly Archives: March 2015

Huzzah for Dreams of Shadow and Smoke!

grande_shadowandsmoke1Many and warm congrats to Messrs Brian J. Showers and Jim Rockhill of Swan River Press – their J Sheridan Le Fanu tribute anthology, Dreams of Shadow and Smoke, has won Best Ghost Story Book for 2014 (in 2015, as is the
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The Bitterwood Posts: St Dymphna’s School for Poison Girls

Art by Kathleen Jennings

Art by Kathleen Jennings

The title for this story came from a friend’s throwaway line about St Dymphna’s Home for the Wealthy Insane (thanks, Dr Carson). I thought “No, St Dymphna’s Home for Poison Girls” and my mind went off
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New Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird

NEWCTHULU2-200Another cracking read from Paula Guran and Prime Books! Collecting some outstanding reprints, this anthology is available for order here.

CONTENTS:
The Same Deep Waters As You • Brian Hodge
Mysterium Tremendum • Laird Barron
The Transition of Elizabeth Haskings • Caitlín
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Singing Her Scars: Damien Angelica Walters

Damien-Angelica-Walters-Author-Photo-744x731Damien Angelica Walters’ short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in various anthologies and magazines, including The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2015, Year’s Best Weird Fiction Volume One, Cassilda’s Song, Nightmare, Strange Horizons, and Apex. “The Floating Girls: A Documentary,”
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The Bitterwood Posts: Now, All Pirates are Gone

pirates

Art by Kathleen Jennings

In Sourdough and Other Stories, there is a tale called “The Navigator”, about ships and sirens and men with wings who act as navigators for said ships. There is a nameless narrator who may or may not die at
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Year’s Best Horror Volume 7

Best-Horror-vol-7-final-cover1Full ToC reveal and final cover! Squeeeee!

“The Atlas of Hell” by Nathan Ballingrud (Fearful Symmetries, edited by Ellen Datlow, ChiZine Publications)
“Winter Children” by Angela Slatter (Postscripts #32/33 Far Voyager, edited by Nick Gevers, PS Publishing)
“A Dweller in Amenty” by Genevieve
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The Norma!!

Norma K. Hemming in costume in 1956 - http://www.asff.org.au/hemming.htm

Norma K. Hemming in costume in 1956 – http://www.asff.org.au/hemming.htm

Gods, but I love that Australia has an award called the Norma!

That’s the Norma K. Hemming to you. 🙂

The exciting news is that The Female Factory
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The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror: 2015 Edition

YBDFH2015-600mock1Utterly delighted to have my fourth outing in Paula Guran’s The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, this time in the 2015 Edition (Prime Books) – and to share it with Lisa Hannett in her first appearance there makes it even more
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QWC Short Story Clinic

qwcIn just over three weeks I’ll be teaching the Short Story Clinic at Queensland Writers Centre. What I aim for is for students to come out of the course with at least one short story that’s fit to begin the process of submitting to
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The Bitterwood Posts: The Night Stair

bitterwood cover

Art by Kathleen Jennings

In 2012, my Significant Other and I were travelling around the UK and we visited Battle Abbey where the Battle of Hastings had taken place. We wandered through the ruins and one of the signs pointed out the
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