In the lead-up to the release of my forthcoming collection, Little Digs, next year, the excellent folks at ChiZine Publications are doing a new release of my first collection, the World Fantasy Award nominated Bluegrass Symphony, in e-book format — and Vince Haig has made this ABSOLUTELY PERFECT AND AMAZING new cover for it! You…… Continue reading Behold! New release of Bluegrass Symphony with AMAZING new cover art!
Artwork, horror stories, the reading experience — these are all aspects of creativity that I think about a lot, and generally adore. So it’s a great pleasure to have Harry Markov stop by on his blog tour to talk about these very things! Along with Lawrence Santoro and Tony C. Smith, Harry has edited the…… Continue reading Horror Visuals and Their Place in Fiction
Yes, I’m still working on that lecture, but in the meantime I’m thinking about my novel and wishing I was working on it instead, and so I’m looking at artwork online, as I tend to do, for inspiration. Ahem. I stumbled across Nicole Dextras’ work online a few years ago, while I was working on…… Continue reading Inspiration: Nicole Dextras
I’ve had the Guardian UK’s story about Kirsty Mitchell’s gorgeous ‘Wonderland’ series of photos open on my browser for over a month. OVER A MONTH. The madness must stop. So that I may finally close this tab, I will share some of my favourites here. But first, I had a look at the photographer’s website…… Continue reading Wonderland
While I was off getting Doctorified today (HOORAY HOORAY HOORAY!), my essay on the weird illustrations of Beardsley, Niffenegger and Gorey went up over at the Weird Fiction Review website. As most of you probably know, judging by how much I gush about painting and sculptures and exhibits on this site, I adore visual arts…… Continue reading Uncanny Ink: The Weird Illustrations of Beardsley, Niffenegger and Gorey
A while ago, Lee Battersby emailed to say he was running a series of posts about Art over at the Battersblog, and asked me to contribute to the Treacherous Carrot discussion. And, lo. Contribute I did. Art and beauty and writing — I could’ve talked about this topic for ages… In February 1880, William Morris…… Continue reading A carrot or two about writing as capital ‘A’ Art…
I’ve been writing a lecture for much of the day today, so my brain is now mostly emptied of words. So instead of witticisms or, let’s face it, roughly coherent sentences, today I shall offer you a post of visual beauty. Eugenio Recuenco is a photographer from Madrid whose editorial photographs I’ve only just discovered.…… Continue reading The World According to Eugenio Recuenco