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
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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
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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.

The Same Deep Waters As You • Brian Hodge
Mysterium Tremendum • Laird Barron
The Transition of Elizabeth Haskings • Caitlín R. Kiernan
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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:
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The Bitterwood Posts: Now, All Pirates are Gone


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
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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”
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The Norma!!

Norma K. Hemming in costume in 1956 -

Norma K. Hemming in costume in 1956 –

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

That’s the Norma K. Hemming to you. 🙂

The exciting news is
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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
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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
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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
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