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“The Witch Hunter’s Account” in Nameless Magazine

Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Nameless Digest Issue #3 contains, among many other fine stories, my “Witch Hunter’s Account.” Like “The Astrologer’s Telling,” published in Daily Science Fiction last month, “The Witch Hunter’s Account” was inspired by one of Lovecraft’s favorite authors, Arthur Machen, and is also a response to Lovecraftian cosmic horror, again with fewer tentacles and, I like to think, less xenophobia than Lovecraft. Hmm, actually, scratch that bit...

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Review: Heaven’s Needle by Liane Merciel

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Review: Heaven’s Needle by Liane Merciel

You know how I said The White-Luck Warrior became horror a few pages in? The White-Luck Warrior would take one look at one page of Heaven’s Needle and run away crying. Which is why, despite it being marketed as high fantasy, Heaven’s Needle is my review of choice for Hallow’s Eve this year. (That’s a warning, by the way, that the following review will contain disturbing imagery and if you aren’t up for that, especially if you’re currently eating tasty food,...

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Review: The White-Luck Warrior by R. Scott Bakker

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Review: The White-Luck Warrior by R. Scott Bakker

The White-Luck Warrior by R. Scott BakkerFifty pages in, I realized I had come to approach this as a horror story rather than epic fantasy, as if I was reading Stephen King or the Lovecraft Unbound anthology.  I read horror in a much more defensive mode, trying not to get invested in any character’s survival, and nodding my head whenever a particularly disturbing (I would say, dryly, “quite effective”) scene occurred, making terror an aesthetic observation in hopes of...

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The Family: A Story for A Cause

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Family: A Story for A Cause

“The Family” originally appeared on my old LiveJournal page as part of Crossed Genres’ Post A Story for Haiti project. The idea of the project was that writers would post a free short story, and readers could show their appreciation by donating what in their minds the story was worth to a cause assisting Haitians after the devastating earthquake early in 2010. A bit like┬ásponsors supporting someone┬áracing for the cure. But instead of doing something easy like running a...

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News: Grim Corps’ Debut Issue and Dell Magazines’ Award Honorable Mention!

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Today I am reading my contributor’s copy of Grim Corps’ magazine’s premier issue, which contains a reprint of my psychological horror story and Poe* homage, “Ms Brellin”. Along with of course my own piece (I haven’t yet had the time to read up to the page where it starts yet, so my commentary is on other writer’s stories and thus perfectly unbiased), there’s some quite effective dark fiction here, with chilling lines dropped at just the...

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Added: Publications List

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you look to the right of this post, you can now see a link to my Publications List, probably the single most useful page on this blog. It offers links to my stories, roughly organized by length and genre and also by series. There are currently 3 of the latter in progress: A Dark and Wonderful History: Stories of Women and Monsters, is a sort of parallel history in a secondary world that has a share of similarities to our own. Also its share of differences. Gods, ghosts, the shapeshifting...

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