Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Outer Dark: Episode 34- Interview with Michael Kelly and Kathe Koja

Scott Nicolay interviews Michael Kelly and Kathe Koja for Episode 34 of The Outer Dark. The full interview is here:

Michael Kelly is the Series Editor for the Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and a World Fantasy Award, Shirley Jackson Award, and British Fantasy Award Nominee. Head over to Undertow Publications to find out more. Below are covers to his beautiful books.

Kathe Koja is an acclaimed author who has won the Bram Stoker Award, the Locus Award and has been nominated for the Philip K Dick Award. She edited Year’s Best Weird Fiction Volume 2 with Michael Kelly.

Many thanks to them for mentioning me as one of their recommended authors (1hr 40mins in).



Story Acceptance

My thanks to Andy Cox for accepting my story, Inheritance  (or The Ruby Tear) for Black Static magazine. It’s the most traditionally Gothic thing I’ve written and I really appreciate him taking a chance on it.

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Nature Boy


This version is by Aurora Aksnes, a Norwegian singer-songwriter.


Black Feathers Edited by Ellen Datlow

I am very pleased to be included in Black Feathers, an anthology by Ellen Datlow due to be released in 2017 by Pegasus Books.

Table of Contents

O Terrible Bird by Sandra Kasturi

The Obscure Bird by Nicholas Royle  (reprint)

The Mathematical Inevitability of Corvids by Seanan McGuire

Something About Birds by Paul Tremblay

Great Blue Heron by Joyce Carol Oates

The Season of the Raptors by  Richard Bowes

The Orphan Bird by Alison Littlewood

The Murmurations of Vienna Von Drome by Jeffrey Ford

Blyth’s Secret by Mike O’Driscoll

The Fortune of Sparrows by Usman T. Malik

Pigeon from Hell by Stephen Graham Jones

The Secret of Flight by A.C. Wise

Isobel Avens Returns to Stepney in the Spring by M. John Harrison (reprint)

A Little Bird Told Me by Pat Cadigan

The Acid Test by Livia Llewellyn

The Crow Palace by Priya Sharma

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The Folio Society

The Folio Society produce gorgeous, expensive editions of classics but I love the fact they have a great selection of genre fiction too.


Sumptuously Gothic

Mancunicon, the 67th British National Science Fiction Convention, is approaching. It will be held over Easter weekend (25th-28th March 2016) at the Hilton Deansgate, Manchester. Guests of Honour include Aliette de Bodard, David L Clements, Ian McDonald and Sarah Pinborough.

Having never been on a panel before, I’m more than nervous about taking part in a discussion of Sumptuously Gothic on Sunday 27th, 7-8pm, Room 6, Hilton Deansgate.

The look and feel of gothic art and imagery in and out of the movies, from the work of Tim Burton to Penny Dreadful and the recent Crimson Peak, gothic art adds a new, old dimension to the production designers palette. This panel of artists, fans and authors discuss the phenomena, what makes it so velvety and rich and how it influences and manifests in their work.

Fellow panellist include artists Victoria Anne Stokes, Anne Sudworth,  Christopher Baker (who also produces work under the pseudonym Fangorn) and fellow writer Susan Boulton. Meg Frank will be moderating.

Please come and say hello- I’d love to meet you.


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