So exciting! Ellen Datlow has just published the full list of Honorable Mentions for Best Horror of the Year, Vol 4 — and she gives the nod to SIX of my stories! Hannett, L. L. “Gutted,” Shimmer 13. Hannett, Lisa L. “Carousel,” Bluegrass Symphony. Hannett, Lisa L. “From the Teeth of Strange Children,” Bluegrass Symphony.…… Continue reading Six stories on Ellen Datlow’s Year’s Best Honorable Mentions List!
Last day of the year… so like many of you I’m feeling the urge to commit a bit of retrospective bloggery. 2011 sucked. Then it was awesome. Then it sucked again. Then it got better than ever… And so on. This was the rollercoaster year to beat all others, and it often felt like I…… Continue reading Here’s looking at you, 2011
My second ‘Advice for New Writers’ post is now up over at the Shimmer blog! I’ve been thinking a lot lately about superfluous words like “very” and “really” and “extremely” — and those thoughts have transformed into a post about ways to trim the flab from our short stories. Michelangelo, that Renaissance jack-of-all-trades, is given…… Continue reading Hewing Away the Rough Walls (Or, Five Ways to Put Your Story on a Diet)
I recently wrote a guest post for Shimmer ‘s blog, and it has just gone live! Short Story Collections: Gathering Places for Infinite Worlds Imagine yourself at a party. Not just any old party. There are no paper hats with snug elastics digging into your throat here; no streamers twisted and taped to the ceiling;…… Continue reading Guest blog post up at Shimmer!
Over at the Shimmer blog, Elise has written a brilliant post for new writers about the importance of reading broadly, and being aware of what has come before: When you first begin writing, it’s hard to know what’s new and what’s worn out. People tell you to read broadly and this is one reason why.…… Continue reading Of Death and Mermaids
Today has been a hodgepodge of crazy busy-ness, so it somehow seems fitting to post a hodgepodge of links in the hope that, in your own crazy busy days, you might find a moment to clickety click: Support ChiZine: “ChiZine.com has been free to readers since its inception in 1997. We want to keep paying…… Continue reading Clickety click!
…in which Jessica Barnes at The Portal has some lovely things to say about my story, ‘Gutted’: One of the best stories in this issue is “Gutted,” by L.L. Hannett. Erl doesn’t believe in selkies, but everyone around him does, and when his wife goes missing after confessing to an affair, Erl is pulled into…… Continue reading Great review of Shimmer #13…
So, teaching is well and truly finished and now it’s my last day at the Research Centre until next year. The summer looms before me (theoretically; I mean, how cold is it?!? It’s the solstice and I’m wearing my winter clothes, and we actually turned the heater back on last night to take the chill…… Continue reading 2010: A Year of Writing, Writing, Writing (and Teaching!)