Category Archives: On Writing: Short Stories

Spectral Book of Horror Stories: Brian Hodge’s Cures for a Sickened World

Brian-Hodge-112x150Mr Brian Hodge is so often one of my ToC buddies nowadays that if I don’t see him in said ToC I get a bit nervous and assume he’s met with an unfortunate accident. I am therefore very pleased to find him in The Spectral Book of Horrors and my
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Bad Women: Goneril

LearsDaughtersThe delightful and talented Thoraiya Dyer has chosen her favourite “bad” woman: Goneril from King Lear.

So, King Lear is supposed to be all about how shit it is to have ungrateful children. He has three daughters and also a massive head, apparently;
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Spectral Book of Horror Stories: Alison Moore’s Eastmouth

alisonmooreThe fact that Alison Moore’s The Lighthouse was shortlisted for the Man Booker should tell you all you need to know about the quality of her work – but I just can’t resist adding a quote from Black Static’s Peter Tennant about
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Spectral Book of Horror Stories: Conrad Williams’ The Devil’s Interval

conrad-williamsThe thoroughly unsettling Conrad Williams has written seven novels, including London Revenant, The Unblemished, and Decay Inevitable, as well as four novellas and two short story collections, and has recently signed with Titan Books – a sure sign of a
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Over at Alan Baxter’s place …

bbparts… Kathleen Jennings and I talk about illustrating and writing The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings. But first, Al has this to say:

By now you all know I’m good friends with Angela Slatter. You should also know that I’m a huge fan
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Spectral Book of Horror Stories: Reggie Oliver’s The Book and the Ring

r4eggieLeading off this week’s Spectral Book of Horror Stories posts is the superbly talented Mr Reggie Oliver, playwright, author, biographer, actor and director. His Tartarus collection Mrs Midnight won the Dracula Society’s Children of the Night Award, and was a finalist for
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Spectral Book of Horror Stories: Rio Youers’ Outside Heavenly

rioRio Youers is the very talented author of Mama Fish, Westlake Soul, End Times, Old Man Scratch and the collection Dark Dreams, Pale Horses. Here he talks about his Spectral Book of Horror Stories take “Outside Heavenly” and taking inspiration from folk
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Spectral Book of Horror Stories: Tom Fletcher’s Slape

TomTom Fletcher is the author of the novels  The Leaping, The Thing on the Shore, and The Ravenclass (all from the lovely Jo Fletcher Books), as well as a host of short stories, including “Slape” from the Mark Morris edited Spectral Book
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Spectral Book of Horror Stories: Steve Rasnic Tem’s The Night Doctor

srtAs a younger reader (back when dinosaurs walked the earth) I got my first taste of Steve Rasnic Tem’s fiction in the Giant Book of Vampires (edited by Steve Jones). The story was the slowly creeping “Vintage Domestic”, a tale that taps
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Shock Room reviews Home and Hearth

1912502_10152349104439813_635754832_nThe very talented S.P. Miskowski reviews my Spectral Press chapbook, Home and Hearth, over in the Shock Room.

Go here.

I mean, please go here.

“Angela Slatter’s gift is for making what is strange seem plausible. She brings that gift to bear upon
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