Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Old Man And The Sea, Like You’ve Never Seen It

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This is one of the coolest stop motion animations I’ve ever seen. It was created by an artist named Marcel Shindler, whose drawing ability is just ridiculously good, and you must watch it.

If you’ve read one Hemingway, it’s probably The Old Man and the Sea. This stop motion animation captures that novel in one of the coolest ways imaginable.

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Making the art for “Rag and Bone” : a blog by John Jude Palencar

Rag and Bone. Illustrated by John Jude Palencar If you’re interested in the process behind this picture, there’s a fascinating post on this by the  artist, John Jude Palencar, including his preliminary sketches at

Once Upon a Time

Paula Guran has now annouced the table of contents for “Once Upon a Time “, a collection of new fairy tales that will be available from Prime Books later on this year. I’m really pleased that it includes my short story, “Egg”.

Eighteen extraordinary authors devise all-new fairy tales: imaginative reinterpretations of the familiar, evocative new myths, speculations Once Upon a Timebeyond the traditional realm of “once upon a time.” Often dark, occasionally humorous, always enthralling, these entertaining stories find a certain Puss in a near-future New York, an empress bargaining with a dragon, a princess turned into a raven, a king’s dancing daughters with powerful secrets, great heroism, terrible villainy, sparks of mischief, and a great deal more. Brilliant dreams and dazzling nightmares with meaning for today and tomorrow…

“The Giant In Repose” by Nathan Ballingrud

“Eat Me, Drink Me, Love Me” by Christopher Barzak

“Tales That Fairies Tell” by Richard Bowes

“Warrior Dreams” by Cinda Williams Chima

“Blanchefleur” by Theodora Goss

“The Road of Needles” by Caitlín R. Kiernan

“Below the Sun Beneath” by Tanith Lee

“The Coin of Heart’s Desire” by Yoon Ha Lee

“Sleeping Beauty of Elista” by Ekaterina Sedia

“Egg” by Priya Sharma

“Lupine” by Nisi Shawl

“Castle of Masks” by Cory Skerry

“Flight” by Angela Slatter

“The Lenten Rose” by Genevieve Valentine

“The Hush of Feathers, the Clamour of Wings” by A.C. Wise

“Born and Bread” by Kaaron Warren

“The Mirror Tells All” by Erzebet YellowBoy

“The Spinning Wheel’s Tale” by Jane Yolen


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Rag and Bone at

“I leave Gabriel in the yard and go into town, taking my bag with the vials of skin and bone, flesh and blood, my regular delivery to Makin. The Rag and Bone. Illustrated by John Jude PalencarPeels are looking for body parts.

I love the grandeur of The Strand. High towers of ornate stone. The road’s packed with wagons and carts. Boats choke the river. The Mersey is the city’s blood and it runs rich. Liverpool lives again.”

My new story, “Rag and Bone”, is now available in full at

The beautiful illustration is by John Jude Palencar.

My grateful thanks to Ellen Datlow and the good people at for taking this story.

More about how and why I wrote “Rag and Bone” can be found at this page of my blog.

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Ellen Datlow’s Honorable Mentions 2012

Ellen Datlow has released her list of Honorable Mentions that will appear in print at the back of The Best Horror of the Year volume V.

I am thrilled to bits that my story,”Pearls”, is included there. This appeared in Bourbon Penn last year.

The list includes horror stalwarts like Ramsay Campbell, Stephen King, Joe Hill, Neil Gaiman, Gary McMahon and Alison Littlewood. There are also some other brilliant stories in there-

“The Pest House” by Carole Johnstone, Black Static 28 (and if you thought  this was good, check out “Signs of the Times” in Black Static 33).

“The Churn” by Simon Bestwick, Black Static 27.

“Cracks” by Jon Ingold, Black Static 28.

“Skein and Bone” by V.H. Leslie, Black Static 31.

“The Little Things” by Jacob Ruby, Black Static 27.

“Eyepennies” by Mike O’Driscoll, TTA Chapbook. I couldn’t find a link to his site, so here’s an interview with him instead.

“The Ballad of the Wayfaring Stranger and the Dead Man’s Whore” by the marvellous Sean Demory.

There are stories that aren’t on this list from 2012 that I thought were superb and if I can be so bold as to make recommendations, they are Ray Cluley‘s “Shark! Shark!”, which appeared in Black Static 29, closely  followed by his story, “All Change” in Black Static 30. Both are very clever stories, in very different ways.

My other news is that I’ve had a couple of stories accepted, about which I’m chuffed-

“After Mary” by Alt Hist magazine, (thanks to editor Mark Lord), and “Thesea and Astaurius” by Interzone (thank you to Andy Cox and Andy Hedgecock).

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