Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Sherlock Holmes's School for Detection

I am very excited to announce that my story, The Gargoyles of Killfellen House, is available to read in Sherlock Holmes's School for Detection, published by Robinson and edited by the gracious and talented Simon Clark.

Other authors include Simon Bestwick, Carole Johnstone, Alison Littlewood, Paul Finch, William Miekle, Steven Saville, and Guy Haley. You can purchase it in the usual places including Amazon UK and US.

Here be an extract:

Sometimes father scares me. I push him too far. At least, that's what mother says. Running from the room would have made me appear weak. Instead, I retrieved the newspaper, righted the lamp and headed to the roof where I could rant and rage and only gargoyles would notice. Oh, to be taught by the great Sherlock Holmes!

Although mother and James stood directly below me, due to the stillness of the day their voices did not carry to the roof forcing me to lean far forward. Beside me, Tweedledum wobbled but I righted him. Time must have weathered the gargoyles base. At this moment, my investigation into its instability ventured no further. Then James laughed and he sounded so much like Ted that I wanted to cry. If only father would open the telegram. I ache to know what happened to my brother.

He's dead. Will knowing the cause ease the pain of that?

Friday, 3 March 2017

Vicky's World

Many of you know I started a card business (The Handmaidens Tale) over on Etsy last year (still loving it) and it's doing far better than I expected. My study is suffering though as it is trying to balance my writing and my card making and is about the size of a wardrobe.
One of the joys of Etsy is discovering new artists and I am particularly interested in other card makers and regularly buy cards from other sellers. One I've discovered recently is Vicky's World and her artwork, mostly collages, is outstanding. The above piece is titled 'Flights of Fancy' and below are a few more examples of her extraordinary work.


Motherhood of the Monstrous

Due to the success of the Women in Horror Month project - Motherhood of the Monstrous - over at Ginger Nuts of Horror, Jim McLeod has decided to keep it as a regular feature. Today, my article 'Now Coward Soul is Mine' appears and features an author who influenced my writing and a writer to watch (hint: clue is in the book cover).

Last month, Laura Mauro kindly mentioned me in her article. A great honour especially as I'm a huge fan of Laura's writing.