The Monstrous Allure of the Book

I’ve been down for the count for the past few days with a terrible cold — throat still throbbing, can hardly speak — so I missed this when it first came out last week: the piece I wrote about Margaret Irwin (she of the most excellent weird story ‘The Book’ and the fantastic slipstream/time travel…… Continue reading The Monstrous Allure of the Book

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Other things I missed during the Attack of Throat Alien…

1) A fantastic review of The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2010 in which Katharine Stubbs heaps praise on my story ‘Soil From My Fingers’ (and also on ‘Slow Cookin” by the lovely Angie Rega, one of my fellow Clarionites from 2009! Yay Angie!) Sure, this review was published in December, but it’s still…… Continue reading Other things I missed during the Attack of Throat Alien…

The Mere Touch: Bluegrass Symphony reviewed at Weird Fiction Review!

So cool to get an email from my publisher today with a link to Maureen Kincaid Speller’s first column at Weird Fiction Review, which is a detailed essay / review of five excellent books, including Bluegrass Symphony! I love how the reviewer has integrated the reviews into a larger discussion of ‘what is weird fiction’…… Continue reading The Mere Touch: Bluegrass Symphony reviewed at Weird Fiction Review!

Here’s looking at you, 2011

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

Uncanny Ink: The Weird Illustrations of Beardsley, Niffenegger and Gorey

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

As the Weird Turns

Angela Slatter’s editorial is up at the WeirdFictionReview site, and it’s full of awesome recommendations for weird summer reading. Here’s a little snippet to whet your appetites: When I was a kid (yes,Virginia, dinosaurs walked the earth then), I read Saki’s “Sredni Vashtar” and have regarded garden sheds with an acute suspicion ever since. M R James was responsible…… Continue reading As the Weird Turns

WFR’s Managing Editor, Angela Slatter

Last night Jeff VanderMeer posted an awesome welcome to Angela (better known here as Brain or 1/2 of the Evil Drs Brain) as Managing Editor of the new Weird Fiction Review website: Behind the scenes, Angela Slatter has been working as WFR’s managing editor by, among other efforts, answering queries, working with writers on solicited submissions,…… Continue reading WFR’s Managing Editor, Angela Slatter