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The Beautiful Observations of Elena Limkina

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Elena LimkinaElena Limkina is a freelance artist specialising in printmaking and watercolor illustrations: botanical illustrations, jewelry illustrations and sometimes scientific illustrations. She has been painting since childhood. She’s studying medical engineering, but also creates patterns, illustration and artwork for brands, interior design, and for magazines.




Wolf Alice

Great news that Wolf Alice (named for Angela Carter) recently won the Mercury Music Prize.

“She” and “Blush” are from their 2013 EP.


It’s Friday

I was lucky enough to see KT Tunstall live a few years ago in Liverpool, where she performed this gorgeous song.


Gothic Manchester Festival 1st-5th August 2018

The 6th annual Gothic Manchester Festival is themed on “Gothic Hybridities”.

We are here this year to explore how the Gothic stitches together a dark and delicious patchwork of different influences, aesthetics and emotions into a shadowy, grotesque and strangely beautiful edifice.

The Gothic throws its pale arms out to encompass the monstrous, the fantastical, the gory and the glorious. The Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies is here to bring you all this, and more. Please join as we celebrate vaulted architecture, evocative music, classic and contemporary writing and all kinds of Gothic queerness.

Manchester will never be the same.


Events list

Gothic Hybridities

I’m sad that I can’t make it to this year’s celebration, particulary Twisted Tales of Hybridity which will bring together three authors who have all appeared in previous years; Rosie Garland (Vixen and The Night Brother); Helen Marshall (Hair Side, Flesh Side and Gifts for the One Who Comes After) and Laura Mauro (Naming the Bones) to explore how hybridity informs their work. The event will feature a reading from each author, a panel discussion, and Q&A. It will be followed by a signing session.

I’ve seen all three of them doing readings and Q&As and I reckon this will be a wonderful event.


Fabulous Beasts in Cross Stitch

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I went out in the rain to collect a parcel from the Post Office depot this morning. It contained an unexpected gift from fellow writer and friend Penny Jones. It’s a quote from “Fabulous Beasts”.

Thank you, Penny Jones. My eyeliner is all over my face now, but not because of the rain.




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A Pick of Six

Aliya Whiteley Alert!

Aliya Whiteley

There are six covers by Darren Hopes in the Eden Book Society project, and they make an eerie and stylish collection. I helped to prepare* one of the novellas in this series (although I’m not allowed to say which one) and I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on the entire set.

The other authors involved are Gary Budden, Alison Moore, Andrew Michael Hurley, Jenn Ashworth and Richard V Hirst, and Sam Mills, so that should make for a very interesting selection of horror-based writing if that’s your bag. Click here to read the blurbs and see if you can guess which one is mine…

*wrote under a pseudonym but don’t tell anyone

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