Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Women in Horror Month - Ginger Nuts

It's February, it's Valentines Day, and my gorgeous husband's birthday, and my adorable niece and nephew's birthdays and the Wallet Moths are tearing at their paper wings.

February also means Women in Horror month and the wonderful Jim McLeod of Ginger Nuts of Horror is celebrating. Jim has invited a bunch of horror writers to write about the female writer who inspired them to write and a female writer who is publishing now that we should all take notice of. The series kicks off today with Nancy Kilpatrick who talks about Mary Shelley, Shirley Jackson and Tanith Lee, alongside Sandra Kasturi and Colleen Anderson. My article will appear some time this month featuring Emily Bronte, Enid Blyton and... (ooh, the suspense).

Other events:

Mark West will be publishing his Mixtape Blog Post where writers will be recommending horror stories by women. I will be wittering on there too.

Kevin Bufton will be hosting interviews with female horror writers. Yes, yes, I may be talking nonsense there too.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Favourite Short Stories of 2016

2016 has seen some amazing fiction published and I managed to (mostly) keep a list of my favourite short stories this year. In alphabetical order (by author) they are:

And Ashes in Your Hair by Simon Bestwick (Something Remains - anthology)
The Wrath of the Deep by Simon Bestwick (The Hyde Hotel)
The Scythe by Ray Bradbury
White Rabbit by Georgina Bruce (Black Static)
The Great Silence by Ted Chiang (Electric Lit)
A Tale Before Supper by Ray Cluley (This is Horror)
S.K. by James Cooper (Postscripts 36/37)
Damnatio Ad Beastias by Kristi DeMeester (Apex)
Floodwater by Kristi DeMeester (The Dark)
The Sound That Grief Makes by Kristi DeMeester (The Dark)
The Marginals by Steve Duffy (Black Static)
Melpomene's Heirs by Evan Dicken (Clowns - anthology)
A Whisper in the Reeds by Nerine Dorman (African Monsters - anthology)
Shadow Boy by Lora Gray (Shimmer)
Foul is Fair by Tyler Keevil (Black Static)
The Ice Plague by Tim Lees (Black Static)
Postcards From Natalie by Carrie Laben (The Dark)
Man of the House by V.H. Leslie (Black Static)
The Blue Room by V.H. Leslie (The Hyde Hotel - anthology)
The Oestridae by Robert Levy (Black Static)
Anthony's Vampire by Seanan McGuire (Nightmare)
Trying to Get Back to Nonchalant by Ralph Robert Moore (Black Static)
On the Road by Nnedi Okorafor (African Monsters - anthology)
Rusties by Nnedi Okorafor & Wanuri Kahiu (Clarkesworld)
The Chickens and the Three Gods by Kit Power
Tohoku by Danny Rhodes (Black Static)
The Old Roads by Lynda Rucker (Burrow Press)
Blonde by Priya Sharma (Interzone)
Egg by Priya Sharma (Mithila Review)
The Jacaranda Wife by Angela Slatter (The Dark)
Dog by Reece Shearsmith (Dead Funny - anthology)
Deep within the Marrow, Hidden in my Smile by Damien Angelica Walters (Black Static)
Sugar, Sin & Nonsuch Henry by Damien Angelica Walters (Sing Me Your Stars - Collection)
Darkness and Darkness by Robert Freeman Wexler (Postscripts 36/37)
Reapers Rose by Ian Whates (Nightmare)
The Men from Narrow Houses by A.C. Wise (Liminal)

Favourite Fiction of 2016 - Novels & Novellas

My favourite novels of the year:

Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
The Feast of All Souls by Simon Bestwick
The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-Mi Hwang
Day Four by Sarah Lotz
Slade House by David Mitchell
The Life & Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North
13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough
They Say a Girl Died Here Once by Sarah Pinborough
Unwholly by Neal Shusterman
Pretty Little Dead Girls by Mercedes M Yardley

My favourite Novellas of the year:

Lantern Rock by Stephen Bacon
Stag in Flight by S.P. Miskowski
The Hammer of Dr Valentine by John L Probert