Monthly Archives: August 2015

Darkness and Light: Exploring the Gothic

John Rylands Library“Housed in the neo-Gothic grandeur of The John Rylands Library, Darkness and Light reveals how Gothic architecture and anatomy inspired and influenced a literary genre, and how the lasting legacy of Gothic can be found in art, films and subculture today.

From the fantastical to the macabre, this intriguing exhibition unearths Gothic treasures from the Library’s Special Collections to investigate subjects as varied as the role of women in the Gothic movement, advances in medical science and classic literature.”


For those of you who can get to Manchester (UK!) and are fans of the Gothic. I absolutely love the library – it’s worth a trip for that alone.



Andy Cox has sent me the preliminary layout for “Blonde” which will be out in September’s issue of Interzone magazine. The artwork is by Martin Hanford.

Thanks Andy and Martin!

Blonde, illustrated by Martin Hanford.

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Things I Read In July by Laura Mauro

I wholeheartedly agree with Laura’s comments about Cate Gardner’s work. She is a very modest lady with talent in spades. I’ve bought “The Bureau of Them” and can’t wait to read it.

Also- thanks for the kind words on “Fabulous Beasts”.

Dispatches from the Sinister Room

botcover2The Bureau Of Them by Cate Gardner

The gorgeously hallucinogenic cover art is highly appropriate for this story – a vivid nightmare of a tale in which the world of the living and the world of the dead begin to bleed at the edges, merging into one but only for those who seek out the blurred lines. The titular bureau is a place inhabited by the dead, who appear to be nothing more than mindless automatons acting at the behest of their de-facto leader, Yarker, the kind of gleeful bastard villain Stephen King might have dreamed up. A few days ago on Facebook I described The Bureau Of Them as ‘bloody marvellous, a skin-crawlingly claustrophobic nightmare put to paper, but with a real vulnerability at its heart which grounds the reader in the here and now’ – and I think that’s pretty accurate summary. The main character’s fragility is sketched…

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