Week two of this Shirley Jackson marathon is all about what some people consider to be her masterpiece (others think it’s THOHH) and that is ‘We Have Always Lived In The Castle’. This book is about the surviving members of the Blackwood family: Merricat, Constance and Uncle Julian. What did they survive you ask? Mass […]Read more "2015 Reading Challenge: Shirley Jackson Marathon: Week 2"
Rather excited this week as my book deal was FINALLY announced on Publisher’s Marketplace. WOOT!! It’s a two book deal with Titan Books. The first book, ESCAPOLOGY, will be out in Autumn 2016 and VIROLOGY, the second, will be out in 2017! I’ll be popping up a blog about the whole thing next Monday or […]Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 21: Uprooted by Naomi Novik"
Saturday 29th ?? – Year of Elders, 1967 – The Village of Almado I think I’m dreaming. Every time I look out of my window the sun is setting, but when I step back sunlight fills my room like water. I drown in light, suffused by it. Hollowed of all else. I’ve forgotten what day […]Read more "The Blue Jay’s Daughter: Commelina…Backwards, Part 4"
The forest breathes silence and mist, cloaks itself in stygian robes. Time has all but stopped, exists only in the moments between stillness and movement. Lucian and his men lie in a line, shrouded by dewy undergrowth. Gaze unblinking into the darkness pooled between trees, straining to see, to differentiate. What is shadow and what […]Read more "Umwelt: Darkness Flows Like A River Episode 14: Three Hundred"
This past weekend I finally took the plunge and popped my con cherry at AltFiction. Re-locating this year from Derby to Leicester, under the management of the mighty Adele (@Hagelrat of twitter & a head Apoc Girl) and her team, it was held at the Phoenix Digital Arts Centre, which is a lovely venue; modern, […]Read more "AltFiction Gushery…"
In the spirit of my recent flash comp I thought I’d post another little flash of my own in the whole ‘twisted fairy tale’ genre. Written in response to one of Chuck Wendig’s awesome flash prompt comps, it didn’t win but I still like it and, one of these days, I’ll flesh it out and […]Read more "A little flash of fiction in the pan…"
The saw-edge screech of a lone crow razors the silence. Tangled in her hair from neck to ankles she awakes, screaming. Struggles violently in the dirt, fighting against the hanks of fine filaments soft as silk, fine as gold. They form cruel knots about her, squeeze the air from her lungs, raise red welts on […]Read more "Rapunzel: A Tale of Emancipation and Follicles…"