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FICTION

★ BOOKS

White Rabbit. Fox Spirit Books, Easter 2014.

Sometimes the shadows that haunt us 
           are what lead us back to the light

Disgraced former police detective James Draygo has sunk as low as his habit allows, working as a fake psychic despite his very real talents. When a media mogul’s trashy trophy wife gets gunned down at his tapping table he has to decide whether he can straighten up long enough to save his own skin. He may not have a choice with Essex’s loudest ghost bawling in his ear about cults, conspiracies and cut-rate drugs. Oblivion sounds better all the time…

Best Selling Crime Writer, Richard & Judy Summer Read Winner James Oswald on White Rabbit:

‘Being a fan of mashing up genres myself, I was of course delighted to see someone else playing fast and loose with things. The central idea of the story – a real psychic pretending to be a fake – is delicious, too. The mystery was deftly played with just the right balance of action and character interplay to keep me turning the pages. The seedy side of London is nicely worked as well – not too threatening, as befits the style of book, but still gritty enough. The cast of supporting characters are nicely drawn, too. Kate writes with a fluid, easy to read style.’

Extricate/Throw the Bones + a dozen Brief Capers. Collection. Fox Spirit Books, May 2014.

EXTRICATE is a violent tale of sexual obsession, unfolding on the dark streets of a nowhere town. Peter falls for Judy the instant he lights her cigarette, but she’s his best mate’s girl — and he’s already married. He decides to begin removing obstacles — starting with his wife. How far will he be willing to go? How far does lifelong friendship go when he finally meets the woman of his peculiar dreams?

‘EXTRICATE is a twisty- turny noir tale of dishonor amongst thieves that is skewered with hot lust and cold blooded murder.’ ~ Paul D. Brazill, author of Guns Of Brixton and Gumshoe

‘Crime meets erotica in a fevered novella. Graham Wynd has written a fluid and tight story with vivid characters in situations that are inextricably charged with a sexuality from which you will find it hard to extricate yourself.’ ~ Richard Godwin, author of One Lost Summer, Apostle Rising and Mr Glamour

The Print Edition is a double cover with additional novella ‘Throw the Bones’ and a selection of Graham Wynd’s short stories.

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Drag Noir. Anthology. Fox Spirit Books. October 2014.

Stories where glamour meets grit, where everyone’s wearing a disguise (whether they know it or not) and knowing the players takes a lot more than simply reading the score cards. Maybe everyone’s got something to hide, but they’ve got something to reveal, too. Scratch the surface and explore what secrets lie beneath — it’s bound to cost someone…a lot.

Hard-Boiled Witch: Charms O’erthrown
Book three in the series
Print Length: 25 pages
Publisher: Women’s League of Ale Drinkers
ASIN: B00MAN6ZZ4

Hecate Sidlaw finds herself in a wild storm of shady folks all looking for a priceless artifact that’s gone missing. With all the double dealing and surprising murders, it’s a wonder she and Henry can find out what’s really going on — and what this precious treasure could be. An ancient alchemical text may hold the answers if only Hecate and Henry can live long enough to get to the library!

Hard-Boiled Witch: Toil and Trouble. Women’s League of Ale Drinkers, June 2014.
Hecate Sidlaw finds herself caught between a wannabe witch and one of the oldest hereditary powers in the land. When she and her familiar Henry end up as seconds in a magical duel, will anyone be left standing at the end of the shootout? Enter the dark streets and weird magic of HARD-BOILED WITCH and your life will never be quite the same. This is the second episode in the short story series.

Hard-Boiled Witch: Hocus Pocus, You’re Dead. Women’s League of Ale Drinkers, May 2014.

Hecate Sidlaw eats punks like you for breakfast — at least that’s what her familiar Henry claims. When someone needs a protection spell or a nasty hex, they knock on her door. Hecate can handle most magical problems, but what happens when a new crime kingpin gets a magic man of their own?

 A new series!

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The Big Spin, a jazz age novella from Tirgearr Publishing, Sep 2014

When her fiancé Mr. Wood lets her down by flirting with another woman, Constance Wynne Hare tears off to Monte Carlo to forget him in the world of high rollers in the flashiest casinos on the Riviera. Will the ever-reliable lady’s maid Collier be able to rescue her from a dissolute life on the Mediterranean? The Jazz Age adventures of Constance & Collier return!

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The Big Splash, a jazz age novella by Kit MarloweTirgearr Publishing, Jan 2014.

It’s London in the Jazz Age: the times are fast and the women faster. Constance Wynne Hare has men eager to throw themselves at her feet—so why does she pine for the one man who takes her for granted?

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A Cut-Throat Business: A Chastity Flame Adventure
Tirgearr Publishing: October 2013

There’s a killer loose in London, protected in high places. Chastity Flame needs to look in the places the police can’t — or won’t — while a rogue colleague dogs her steps, looking for the key to secrets in her past. Can she find the killer before his bloodlust rises again? Will she expose her bitter rival before he targets more innocents? And how will she cope with the most dangerous mission — moving in with her boyfriend, Damien.

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Noir Carnival. Anthology from Fox Spirit Books, July 2013.
Table of Contents

Introduction: Caravan ~ K. A. Laity
Family Blessings ~ Jan Kozlowski
In the Mouth of the Beast ~ Li Huijia
Idle Hands ~ Hannah Kate
The Things We Leave Behind ~ Christopher L. Irvin
She’s My Witch ~ Paul D. Brazill
The Mermaid Illusion ~ Carol Borden
Natural Flavouring ~ Rebecca Snow
Madam Mafoutee’s Bad Glass Eye ~ Chloë Yates
Buffalo Brendan and the Big Top Ballot ~ Allan Watson
Carne Levare ~ Emma Teichmann
Leave No Trace ~ A. J. Sikes
Fair ~ Robin Wyatt Dunn
Things Happen Here After Dark ~ Sheri White
Mister Know-It-All ~ Richard Godwin
Trapped ~ Joan De La Haye
The Price of Admission ~ Neal Litherland
Take Your Chances ~ Michael S. Chong
Young Mooncalf ~ Katie Young
The Teeth Behind the Beard ~ James Bennett

Chas 2 from Tirgearr, cover by S. L. Johnson

Lush Situation: a Chastity Flame Adventure. 28 Mar 2013 from Tirgearr Publishing.

This time Chastity has to deal with human trafficking, a rogue insider and that biggest challenge of all: falling for her colleague.

Weird Noir. Anthology from Fox Spirit Books (Oct 2012).

Edited by K. A. Laity and including stories by Richard Godwin, Joyce Chng, Paul D. Brazill, Jason Michel, Andrez Bergen and more.

On the gritty backstreets of a crumbling city, tough dames and dangerous men trade barbs, witticisms and a few gunshots. But there’s a new twist where urban decay meets the eldritch borders of another world: WEIRD NOIR. Featuring thugs who sprout claws and fangs, gangsters with tentacles and the occasional succubus siren. The ambience is pure noir but the characters aren’t just your average molls and mugs—the vamps might just be vamps. It’s Patricia Highsmith meets Shirley Jackson or Dashiell Hammett filtered through H. P. Lovecraft. Mad, bad and truly dangerous to know, but irresistible all the same.

Unquiet Dreams. Story collection from Tirgearr Publishing (Oct 2012).

Where the wandering water gushes
From the hills above Glen-Car,
In pools among the rushes
That scarce could bathe a star,
We seek for slumbering trout
And whispering in their ears
Give them unquiet dreams;
Leaning softly out
From ferns that drop their tears
Over the young streams.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.  ~ from WB Yeats’ “The Stolen Child”

“Kate Laity’s Unquiet Dreams  is the long, deep plunge in the coldest quarry in the woods; the lingering look under the rotting wood at all the writhing life there; the stare into the abyss until one realizes something is staring back.” — S. R. Bissette

Owl Stretching. Novel from Immanion Press (September 2012). Available in paperback or ebook.

“It was in the fourteenth year of the war that Simon woke up…”

Shamans v. Aliens! It’s an alternative history/science fiction/urban fantasy/shamanistic retelling of the Descent of Inanna/great American road trip that takes in Albany, the Berkshires, Kripalu and Boston. I pull off the impossible task of making Worcester glamorous and exciting. There’s a dead cat whose ashes need to be taken to Mount Auburn Cemetery, aliens and a 300 year old magpie. I started writing this novel when Kurt Vonnegut died and I was thinking how dispiriting it was to realise there would be no new sad but funny novels from him. I hope it’s got a little of his spirit.

Chastity Flame. Novel. The trilogy begins: Tirgearr Publishing, September 2012. Book two, Lush Situation, out March 2013. Cover design for the series by S. L. Johnson.

“Step aside, 007, and make room for Chastity Flame. Ms. Flame outwits, out-spies and definitely out-sexes James Bond in this rollicking, witty and exceptionally well-written erotic spy thriller. If you’re a fan of British comedy, look for the in-jokes. If you’re not, there’s more than enough humor, action and hot sex to satisfy any lover of romantic suspense!”
Dana Fredsti, author of Plague Town, Ripping the Bodice, Champagne and Murder for Hire.

Chastity Flame is one thrill ride after another. [Laity] amazes me with her wonderful writing talent.”
— Coffee Time Romance (5 “cups”)

“Chastity Flame is my kind of woman — smart, savvy and always ready for a romp with the guy of her choice. I wish I’d created this character, but in [Laity]’s capable hands you won’t be disappointed. Erotic and witty, this is a page-turner.”
Philip Nutman, author of Wet Work

(Originally published as erotic romance: see the wide range of erotic romance titles from ‘C. Margery Kempe’ here.)

Pelzmantel and other Tales of Medieval Magic. Novel plus three bonus short stories and an essay on medieval magic. Immanion Press (June 2010). Available as an ebook, too.

“Laity is a very remarkable sorceress indeed.” — Elizabeth Hand

“Laity’s storytelling is magic in itself. The language is beautiful and weaves vivid pictures for the reader’s imagination.” — Matrifocus Magazine

Watch the trailer! Read an excerpt!

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The Mangrove Legacy: a comic gothic novel about mystery, romance and pockets by ‘Kit Marlowe‘. Tirgearr Publishing (2013)

Two English girls, pirates, kidnappers, orphans, disguises, a ghost, interesting facts about insects, cheese, the King of Naples and at least one improving book: this ain’t your mama’s Gothic!

This is a genuinely entertaining, superbly crafted, somewhat silly and utterly wonderful book. An antidote to too serious romances with ludicrous plots, knowingly tongue in cheek and yet still offering characters you can’t help but like and empathise with and adventures that have you almost skipping ahead to check everyone makes it out ok. It also makes a very serious point about pockets.

Heartily recommended to anyone who has a sense of humour, even if comedy, gothic and romance are three genres they firmly shun under normal circumstances. ~ Un:Bound

Read an excerpt! Watch the trailer!

Unikirja [Dreambook]. Short Story Collection. Aino Press (April 2009). Now available as an ebook!

“You will want to savor every word, every page and read this book over and over. The warmth and peacefulness these stories bring to the reader feels like a big, comfortable blanket on a cold wintry day” — The Pagan & the Pen

“K. A. Laity’s efforts make Finnish mythology and folklore relevant today in ways that resonate with the modern reader. She mates myth and womanhood exquisitely. In short, her work is fabulous.” — FinNALA

Watch the trailer! Read the short story “Palakainen”! Buy it for your Kindle!

Jane Quiet. Comic book. Story by K. A. Laity; Designed and illustrated by Elena Steier.

“Algernon Blackwood and Dennis Wheatley, make room: Kate and Elena are here, and their heroine Jane Quiet is taking no prisoners in the occult wars.” — Steve Bissette

“Jane Quiet is my kind of woman: smart, sexy (it’s the smart that makes her sexy), fearless when fighting monsters…and, well, she doesn’t say a lot but she knows how to kick monster ass!” — Philip Nutman

Watch the animatic! See the latest panels online!

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★ SHORT WORKS

“The Ransom of Red Witch.” Short story. Forthcoming, 2015.

Missing Monarchs

“Headless in Bury.” (as Graham Wynd) Missing Monarchs: Fox Pockets Anthology. Fox Spirit Books: Dec 2014.

“Confabulation.” Short story. New World Finn. Winter 2015 (Jan/Feb/Mar): 8-10.

“A Fairy Tale: The Sage, The Scholar & The Administrator.” Humour. Medium: 9 Dec 2014.

“Smallbany.” (as Graham Wynd) Short story. Free promotional story for Drag Noir from Fox Spirit Books. Oct 2014.

“Don’t Call Me Darling.” (as Graham Wynd) Short story. Near 2 the Knuckle. Sep 2014.

“Nenn’ mich nicht Liebling.” (as Graham Wynd) Short story. Pulpcore: 22 Aug 2014.

“ZomPoc in Nashville.” Song lyrics. Girl at the End of the World, Vol 1. Fox Spirit Books: July 2014.

“The Tender Trap.” Flash fiction (as Graham Wynd). EXILES: An Outsider Anthology, June 2014.

“The Lost History of Ketlingr.” Spoof music review. Pulp Metal Magazine, June 2014.

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Extricate. Novella (as Graham Wynd). Fox Spirit Books: May 2014.

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“When Little Joe the Krampus Met.” Digital chapbook (reprint) 4 Dec 2013.

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“Carlos.” Flash fiction. Shapeshifters: A Fox Pockets Anthology. Fox Spirit Books, Nov 2013.

It’s a Curse: A Roman Dalton, P.I. Yarn. Blackwitch Press, Nov 2013.

“Kiss Like a Fist.” Noir Nation 3. Sep 2013.

“Losing My Religion.” Kwik Krimes. Ed. Otto Penzler. Thomas & Mercer: August 2013.

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“A la Mort Subite.” Short story. Atlantis eBooks/Lite Editions. July 2013. [English/Italian language editions]

“Kerttu.” Etemenanki July 2013 [reprint from Unikirja].

Coming soon from Fox Spirit!

“Black Ethel’s Beast.” Flash fiction by ‘Kit Marlowe’. Piracy: A Fox Pocket Anthology. Fox Spirit Books, Jun 2013.

“Mandrake & Magpies.” Lit Noir 9. Feb 2013. Also collected in Unquiet Dreams.

“Grotesque.” Short story. Thrillers, Killers ‘n’ Chillers. 21 Jan 2013.

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“How to Succeed in Academia.” Humour. So It Goes: A Tribute to Kurt Vonnegut, Ed. Max Booth III (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing), 25 Mar 2013.

“Proposal for a New Quiz Show: How to Catch a Millionaire.” Humour. The Short Humor Site. 15 Mar 2013.

“The Stages of Fame.” Humour. Short Humour Site. 26 Dec 2012.

“Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Beautiful.” Art instruction. Wild Violet. 11 Nov 2012.

“Spider.” Flash fiction. A Knife and a Quill. 31 Oct 2012.

“The Willimantic Frogs.” Short story. Broad Spectrum: The 2012 Broad Universe Sampler. 30 Oct 2012.

“Boo.” Flash fiction. Flash Flood Magazine. 12 Oct 2012.

“Guide Me Soft.” Flash fiction. Shotgun Honey: 2 Oct 2012.

“The Bride with White Hair.” Short story. Off the Record 2: At the Movies. Eds. Luca Veste & Paul D. Brazill. Guilty Conscience: 26 September 2012.

“The Price.” Short story. Tales of the Nun and Dragon. Ed. Adele Wearing. Fox Spirit Books: 10 September 2012.

“Open Letter to a Social Media Pill.” Humour. The Short Humour Site. 31 August 2012.

“The Flying Seal.” Poem. The Short Humour Site. 19 August 2012. Reprinted in People of Few Words 4 (Nov 2012).

“ASBO Bambi.” Flash fiction. Pulp Metal Magazine. 4 August 2012.


“The Claddagh Icon.” Short story. Atlantis eBooks/Lite Editions. 21 July 2012. [English/Italian language editions]

“Won the lottery! Didn’t see bus.” Micro fiction. Stylo Writing Academy Six Word Story Competition. 3 July 2012. Runner up.

“Losing My Religion.” Flash fiction. Spinetingler Magazine. 29 June 2012.

“The Beaver Dating Service.” Humour. The Laughter Shack. 29 June 2012.

“Kingsley Amis in the Afterlife.” Poem. Short Humour Site. 19 June 2012.

“Homework.” Flash fiction. Necon E-Books. June 2012. Honourable mention, May Flash Contest.

“Twitter Wedding.” Poem. Asinine Poetry (Summer 2012).

“Just Waiting.” Short story. Near to the Knuckle, 5 June 2012.

“On seeking a place for a picnic.” Poem. Short Humour, 22 May 2012.

“Biscuits.” Flash fiction. Short Humour, May 2012. Also available at Postcard Shorts, May 2012.

“Chickens.” Short story. ACTION: Pulse Pounding Tales Vol 1. Ed. Matt Hilton: May 2012: Amazon US/UK.

“Horse Clock.” Short story. Burning Bridges: A Renegade Fiction Anthology. Ed. Heath Lowrance. Renegade: April 2012. Free at Smashwords / 99¢ at Amazon: 100% of authors’ proceeds will be donated to Literacy for Incarcerated Teens.

“Bill is Dead.” Flash fiction. Pulp Metal Magazine, Spring 2012.

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“It’s a Curse.” Short story. Drunk on the Moon: A Roman Dalton Anthology. Ed. Paul D. Brazill. Dark Valentine Press April 2012.

“Words.” Flash fiction/podcast. Dogcast 5: March 2012.

“Yuletide Feast.” Short story. Short-Story.Me: 21 Jan 2012.

“Mandrake Anthrax.” Short story. A Twist of Noir, 14 Dec 2011.

“And It Felt Like a Kiss.” Flash fiction. Blink|Ink 8 (Sep 2011): 13.

“Dracula X.” Humour. Defenestration Magazine (13 Jul 2011).

“The Wyandotte Haunting.” Short Story. There Was a Crooked House… Ed. Jessy Marie Roberts. Pill Hill Press (Jun 2011): 165-167.

“Soap Opera Digest.” Humour. Dragnet Magazine 2 (Jul 2011): 40-42.

“Lullaby.” Poetry. Chronogram Magazine (Jun 2011).

“There was a Professor of English.” Poem. Asinine Poetry (Apr 2011).

“State of the Union Deletions.” Humour. Polite Company (27 Jan 2011).

“Resolution for Better Sex in 2011.” Humour. Polite Company (6 Jan 2011).

“A Plea on Behalf of the Small Hat League.” Humour. The State of Imagination 1 (Jan 2011).

“Panopticon? Yes, please!” Humor. Polite Company (Nov 2010).

“Sex and How to Get It.” Humour. Polite Company (Nov 2010).

“A Charming Situation.” Short story. Written for the Sherlocking fan site: now free on Scribd (Nov 2010).

“Fear and Loathing in Deptford.” Short story. Women’s League of Ale Drinkers 1 (Oct 2010): 29-40. Reprinted at the World SF Blog (Feb 2012).

“High Plains Lazarus.” Short story. Rotting Tales. Ed. Jessy Marie Roberts. Pill Hill Press, 2010.

“The Big Splash.” Novella by ‘Kit Marlowe‘. Noble Romance (Oct 2010).

“The Last Ant.” Humour. Wild Violet 9.2 (2010).

“Touched by an Angel.” Short story. Kalkion (Jun 2010).

“Lachrymae Draconis.” Short story. Realms 2 (Spring 2010): 3-12.

“A Case of Dead Faces.” Short story. Nocturnal Illuminations. Ed. Kerry Morgan. Pagan Imagination (Jan 2010): 73-84.

“Rothko Red.” Flash fiction. FinNALA Newsletter 3.2 (Aug 2009): 6-7. Reprinted: Exposure. Eds. Holly Howitt & Jan Fortune-Wood. Cinnamon Press, 2010. 74-75. Audio version available at Soundcloud, also included in Dogcast 12.

“Kali.” Poem. Talking to Goddess. D’vorah J. Grenn, ed. Lilith Institute, 2009. 216.

“Wixey.” Flash fiction. Wild Violet 8.1 (2009).

“Kantele.” Short story. Kippis 1:1 (Winter 2009): 41-50. Collected in Unikirja.

“The Princess and Her Pig.” Poem. New Fairy Tales 1 (Oct 2008): 18-19.

“Fluorescence.” Short story. The Harrow (Jul 1008).

“Eating the Dream.” Short story. Femspec 8.1/2 (2008): 108-117. Winner of the Femspec 2nd Five Years Creative Writing Award for Fiction, 2010. Reprinted in The Best of Femspec’s First Ten Years Creative Writing Awards Anthology (2012).

“Tangled up in Some Sort of Cerulean Hue.” Short story. Ephemera 3 (Dec 2007): 49-52.

“Dear Friend.” Humor. Helium (2007).

“Raising Lempi.” Short story. Circle 100 (Winter 2007): 31-33. Collected in Unikirja.

“Corrections to the Rules of Fimble Fowl (for 3 players or 4).” Humor. Wild Violet 6.2 (2007).

“Palakainen.” Short story. New World Finn 7.2 (Apr-Jun 2007): 4-6. Reprinted: Mythic Passages (Feb 2009). Collected in Unikirja.

“Songs of Defiance.” Poem. Bayou Review (Spring 2006): 53-54. Reprinted: Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology (Nov 2011): 425-426.

“On Buffalo Bayou.” Short story. New Texas Review (2005): 92-108.

“Vipunen.” Short story. New World Finn 5.3 (Jul-Sep 2005): 22-24. Reprinted: Mythic Passages (Jul 2007). Collected in Unikirja.

“Sun Thief.” Short story. Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword and Sorceress XXI . New York: DAW Books, 2004. 133-142. Collected in Unikirja.

“Kerttu.” Short story. New World Finn 4.2 (Apr-Jun 2004): 7-9. Collected in Unikirja.

When Little Joe the Krampus Met. Chapbook with The Joey Zone (Dec 2003).

“Sacrifice.” Short story. New World Finn 3.2 (Apr-Jun 2002): 22-23.

“Wordgeryne.” Short story. Lovecraft’s Weird Mysteries 5 (Jun 2002): 42-46.

The Willimantic Frogs. Chapbook (May 2001). Reprinted: Broad Universe Anthology (2012), forthcoming.

“Sinikka Journeys North.” The Beltane Papers 25 (2001): 14-19. Reprinted: Mythic Passages (Feb/Mar 2004). Collected in Unikirja.

“Walpurgisnacht.” The Seeker Journal 13.5 (2001): 6-9. Reprinted: The Pagan Activist, Jan 2007 and in Pelzmantel.

Three Penny Dreadfuls. Chapbook (Jun 1998). Out of Print.

“A Gift House.” Masters of Terror’s House of Horror (Apr 1998).

“The Eleventh Commandment.” Rictus 9 (Apr 1997).

“Another Metamorphosis: A Moral Tale About Obsession.” Short story. Dream Forge (Nov 1996).

“Revelation.” The Official Clive Barker Page, http://www.clivebarker.com. Winner, MGM/United Artists/Clive Barker’s Lord of Illusions Short Story Contest, November 1995.

Cruel. Unpublished novella from 1992 [3 Day Novel Contest entry]. Available at

Not Waving update

Not Waving. 1991: reprinted (Women’s League of Ale Drinkers 2012)

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★ PLAYS

Lumottu. Play. Collected in Unikirja. Reading at Arts Society of Kingston: Aug 30, 2011.

Bell, Book & Candle: A Trilogy of ten-minute plays.

  • Bell appears in the Spring Equinox 2008 issue of Mused, the BellaOnline literary review.
  • Book appears in the Fall Equinox 2008 issue of Mused, the BellaOnline literary review.
  • Candle forthcoming

Con-Eire: A Play for Voices [premiered at Trinoc*coN 2006]. Aino Press, 2007.

Buy the ebook on Amazon!

“A very entertaining play!” Very funny, clever, and well-constructed. Fun for the audience and for the performers. Recommended!” — Van Plexico

Fiasco: A Comic Revue. Download a free reading copy via

The Infamous Medieval Studies’ Holiday Party Plays (coming soon to Scribd!):

  • Sir Thopas, M.A.
  • The Absolutely Fabulous Life of St. Margaret as Tolde by Marie de Brooklyn
  • Sir Gawain and the Black Knight
  • Dame! A Non-Singing Musical
  • Ethelred the Ill-Advised: Or How the English Nearly Became Danish Before Breakfast
  • The Saga of Saint Olaf (King) Down in Guthbrander Dale

The Lost Chemistry Plays: (recently uncovered, awaiting scanning)

  • The Taming of the U
  • Alice in Chemland

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NON-FICTION

★ BOOKS

Bold Warriors and Gentle Knights: Masculinity and Medieval Film. Proposal under consideration.

Ægishjálmur

Meditations on Hávamál: Translations & Interpretations. Project in progress at Witches & Pagans.

How to Keep Writing with a Full Time Job. Women’s League of Ale Drinkers, Oct 2013.

Have you always dreamed of writing, but didn’t think you had the time? Award-winning author K. A. Laity, writer of the CHASTITY FLAME novel series, OWL STRETCHING, THE MANGROVE LEGACY and many more books, essays and stories will help you attain your writing goals in just minutes a day with this short 60pp guide.

Rook Chant: Collected Writings on Paganism and Witchcraft. Women’s League of Ale Drinkers, June 2012.

H. Byron Ballard

“ROOK CHANT is a delicious in-gathering, a magpie’s nest of shiny new things about subjects old, gnarled and powerful. Sit with it, relish it and be bound likewise into a breathing tradition that puts Potter et al to shame. It is a charm well-sung and a talisman.”

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★ ESSAYS

“Rite Here: Ritual, Performance and the Magick of Place.” Alan Moore: Totems & Taboos (On/In Comics Vol. 2) Stephen R. Bissette, ed. SpiderBaby Grafix & Publications (ebook edition: Crossroad Press); forthcoming Fall/Winter 2014.

“Introduction to Shamanic Writing.” Magic on the Edge 2.0. Ed. Taylor Ellwood. Megalithica Books. Forthcoming.

“Flirting with Bond: Or How I Created My Sexy Female Secret Agent, Chastity Flame.” James Bond and Popular Culture. McFarland, Dec 2014.

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“Christina of Markyate.” Heroines of Comic Books and Literature. Eds. Maja Bajac-Carter, Norma Jones and Bob Batchelor. Rowman: Mar 2014.

“Growing a Thick Skin.” Women Writers, Women’s Books. 27 Nov 2013.

“No-Tears Outlining.” Savvy Authors. 21 Nov 2013.

“Awesome Women of the Middle Ages.” Jump Magazine for Girls. 27 Jun 2013.

“Writing is my haka.” Music of the Night. Ed. Frank Duffy. Horrifically Horrifying Horror Blog. 3 May 2013.

“Desert Island Comics, Episode 54: K. A. Laity.” Forbidden Planet International. 13 Apr 2013.

“‘Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Children?’: The Case for Terry Gilliam’s Tideland.” The Cinema of Terry Gilliam: It’s a Mad World. Eds. Anna Froula, et. al. Columbia UP: Mar 2013.

“A Raven’s Eye View: Teaching Scopophilia with Dario Argento.” Fear and Learning. Eds. Aalya Ahmad and Sean Moreland. McFarland. Apr 2013.

“There’s Got to be a Word for It.” Ms. Magazine. 25 Mar 2013.

“All of the True Things I am about to Tell You are Shamesless Lies.” Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing 8 Mar 2013. Reprinted at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.

“Noir Goddess: Ida Lupino.” Pulp Metal Magazine Jan 2013.

“Moore v Albarn: ‘Between the Angels and the Apes.'” Thought Bubble Comics Forum. 26 September 2012.

“Casting the Writer’s Spell.” Women Writers, Women’s Books 8 July 2012.

“Before the Watchmen Palaver.” Drink Tank 309 (March 2012): 22-23.

“Avast, Land Lubbers! Reading Lost Girls as a Post-Sadeian Text.” Sexual Ideologies in the Works of Alan Moore. Eds. Todd Comer and Joseph Sommers. McFarland (February 2012): 138-149.

“Viking Wrestling.” Drink Tank 300 (December 2011): 58.

“A Beginner’s Guide to Erotic Fiction.” Night and Day: The Spectator Arts Blog. 20 May 2011.

“Finnish Charms: Appropriating Folk Magic from the Kalevala and Kanteletar.” Mythic Imagination Magazine (May 2011). Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

“When Joanna Russ Changed Us.” Ms. Magazine Blog. 15 May 2011.

“Converting Monks into Friars: Scholars in the Digital Age.” Keynote Speech for Craft/Critique/Culture Conference, University of Iowa, April 16, 2011.

“Falling for the Fall.” Night and Day: The Spectator Arts Blog. 21 Feb 2011.

“London Demons: Cursed, Trapped and Haunted in William Heaney’s [Graham Joyce’s] Memoirs of a Master Forger [2008].” 21st Century Gothic: Great Gothic Novels Since 2000. Ed. Danel Olsen. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2011. 410-417.

“The Gilda Stories” and “The Vampire Lifestyle.” Encyclopedia of the Vampire: The Living Dead in Myth, Legend, and Popular Culture. Ed. S.T. Joshi. Greenwood Press, 2010.

“Wild Desire: Gendering the Other in Sinisalo’s Troll: A Love Story.” Mythic Imagination (Aug 2010).

“Heofen rece swealg: Neomedievalism and Spectacle in Grendel: Transcendence of The Great Big Bad.” Studies in Medievalism 22 (2009): 15-25.

“Medieval Community: Lessons from The Black Knight.” LATCH: A journal for the study of the Literary Artifact in Theory, Culture, or History 1 (Nov 2008): 145-155.

“Me and Margery Kempe.” Wild Violet VII.2 (2008). Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

“Grimma Gaest.” Human Cuisine. Eds. Ken Albala and Gary Allen. NY: Book Surge, 2008. 209-213.

“Whatever Turns You On.” Up Against the Wall 11 (Feb/Mar 2008).

“The Virgin Victim: Re-imagining a medieval folk ballad in The Virgin Spring and Last House on the Left.” Folklore/Cinema: Popular Film as Vernacular Culture. Eds. Sharon R. Sherman and Mikel J. Koven. Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 2007. 180-196.

“Roses, Beads and Bones: Gender, Borders and Slippage in Tove Jansson’s Moomin Comics.” Tove Jansson Rediscovered: A Collection of Critical Essays. Eds. Kate McLoughlin and Malin Lidström Brock. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007. 166-183.

“Up on the Roof: Understanding an Anglo-Saxon Healing Practice.” Societas Magica Newsletter 18 (Fall 2007): 1-8. Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

“Imagineer: Clive Barker’s Queering of the Conservative Bent of Horror Literature.” Horrifying Sex: Essays on Sexual Difference in Gothic Literature. Ed. Ruth Bienstock Anolik. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2007. 248-258.

“Domus inferna Sancti Guthlaci: A Rediscovery of the Twelfth-Century Narrative of The Saint and the Money Pit.” The Interplanetary Journal of Comic Arts: A Festschrift in Honor of John Lent. Ed. Michael G. Rhode. Washington DC: JLME, 2007. 13-27.

“The Sorcerer.” Icons of Horror and the Supernatural. Ed. S. T. Joshi. Greenwood Press, 2006. 565-589.

“Living the Mystery: Sacred Drama Today.” The Journal for the Academic Study of Magic 3 (2006): 263-276. Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012). Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

“Mr. Punch in Literary Space: Post-Apocalyptic Performance Ritual in Riddley Walker.” Puppetry International Magazine 19 (Spring and Summer 2006): 26-30. Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

“Picking up the chalk again.” Quiet Mountain Essays 3.4 (Oct 2005).

“Illusory Adversaries?: Images of Female Power in Sandman: The Kindly Ones.” The Sandman Papers. Ed. Joe Sanders. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2006. 65-76.

“Clive Barker” and “The Books of Blood.” Supernatural Literature of the World: An Encyclopedia. Eds. S. T. Joshi and Stefan Dziemianowicz. Greenwood Press, 2005. 80-84, 138-139.

“Clive Barker” and “Ramsey Campbell.” Supernatural Fiction Writers. 2nd edition. Ed. Richard Bleiler. Farmington Hills, MI: Scribners, 2003. 61-70, 177-188.

“Translating Saint as (Vi)king: St. Olaf in the Heimskringla.” Viator 35 (2004): 169-202.

“Smokescreens: Transparent Disguises, Fog and Smoke in Fostbroedra saga .” In preparation.

“From SBIGs to Mildred’s Inverse Law of Trailers: Skewing the Narrative of Horror Fan Consumption.” Horror Film: Creating and Marketing Fear. Ed. Steffen Hantke. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2004. 173-190.

“Constructing a Female Hero: Iconography in Les aventures extraordinaires d’Adle Blanc-Sec.” International Journal of Comic Art 4.1: 163-169.

“False Positives: The Katherine-Group Saints as Ambiguous Role Models.” Magistra 7.2: 64-99.

“A High Steppin’ Filly: Effluent Juissance in Dame Darcy’s Meatcake.” Indy (Spring 1998). Reprinted as “Dame Darcy e os poderes da BD.” Quadrado 3:3 (2001): 46-52.

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★ REVIEWS

Crime & horror reviews at A Knife & A Quill, 2012-present.

Róisín Dubh by Curley/McHugh/Byrne/Daly. Comic review. A Knife and A Quill. 18 May 2012.

“Oh Oscar, Where Art Thou?”: Winter’s Bone Soundtrack. Night and Day: The Spectator Arts Blog. 2 Mar 2011.

King Kong Theory by Virginie Despentes. Book review. Femspec 10.2 (Dec 2010): 98-99.

Women in Science Fiction and Fantasyby Robin Anne Reid, ed. Book review. Femspec 10.2 (Dec 2010): 100-102.

Women and the Divine: Touching Transcendence by Gillian Howie and J’annine Jobling, eds. Book review. Femspec 10.2 (Dec 2010): 103-105.

Women and Medieval Epic: Gender, Genre, and the Limits of Epic Masculinity by Sara S. Poor and Jana K. Schulman, eds. Book review. Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures 36.2 (2010): 256-258.

Faust: My Soul Be Damned for the World by E. A. Bucchianeri. Book review. Journal of Folklore Research (Mar 2010).

Deleuze and Horror by Anna Powell. Book review. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 19.1 (2009): 119-122.

“Vampires in Lapland.” DVD Review. Up Against the Wall 11 (Feb/Mar 2008).

Monsters of our Own Making: The Peculiar Pleasures of Fear by Marina Warner. Book review. Journal of Folklore Research (Jan 2008).

Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Vol. 2by Tove Jansson. Book Review. New World Finn 7.4 (Winter 2008): 25.

The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer. DVD review. Up Against the Wall 10 (December 2007).

The Mindscape of Alan Moore. DVD review. Up Against the Wall 10 (December 2007). Also reviewed for New Witch 17 (June 2008). Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

The Magical Self: Body Society and the Supernatural in Early Modern Rural Finland by Laura Stark. Book Review. Journal of Folklore Research (Sept 2007).

“Jodorowsky Box.” DVD Review. Up Against the Wall 8 (September 2007). Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Vol. 1, by Tove Jansson. Book Review. International Journal of Comic Art 9.1 (2007): 710-11.

Alice in Sunderland by Bryan Talbot. Book Review. Up Against the Wall 7 (June 2007).

“Fun with Sledgehammers or in Search of the Sampo.” Film Review [Jade Warrior]. Up Against the Wall 6 (April 2007).

“Standing on the Beach: Terry Gilliam’s Tideland.” Film Review. Up Against the Wall 6 (April 2007).

“Boskone 44: or Life as a Small Press Author at a Big Con.” Con Review. IROSF 4.3 (March 2007).

Lost Girls by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie. Book Review. Up Against the Wall 5 (Feb 2007).

How Very Interesting: Peter Cook’s Universe and All that Surrounds It by Paul Hamilton, Peter Gordon and Dan Kieran. Book Review. Up Against the Wall 4 (Dec 2006).

Sword of Hearts directed by David Schmidt. Film Review. Up Against the Wall 1 (Aug 2006).

Meet the Beatles by Steven D. Stark. Book review. Journal of Popular Culture; 39.3 (2006): 504-505.

Historical Dictionary of Witchcraft by Michael D. Bailey. Book review. Journal for the Academic Study of Magic 3 (2006): 321-323.

Anglo-Saxon Propaganda in the Bayeux Tapestry by Meredith Clermont-Ferrand. Book review. English Language Notes 43.3 (2005): 84-89 .

Troll: A Love Story by Johanna Sinisalo. Book review. New World Finn 5.3 (July-Sept 2004): 26.

Popular Music from Vittula by Mikael Niemi. Book review. New World Finn 5.2 (April-June 2004): 26.

“Japanese Magic: The Girl-Friendly Films of Hayao Miyazaki.” With Wendy Goldberg. Film review. Femspec 5.1 (2005).

Coldheart Canyon by Clive Barker. Book Review. The Beltane Papers 27 (2002): 54-55.

“‘Celebrating Pale Hecate’s Offerings: My Favorite Witchcraft Films.” Film reviews. The Beltane Papers 27 (2002): 52-53. Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

“Magic as Performance Art: The Ritual Art of Alan Moore.” The Seeker Journal 14.4 (2002): 8-9. Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

The Book of Zines: Readings from the Fringe by Chip Rowe. Book review. Other Voices 1.2 (1998).

Dark City. Film review. Millennium (March 1998).

Alien Four: Foot Fetish.” Film review. Millennium (December 1997).

“Two Movies Clive Barker Hopes You’ll Never See.” Film review. Weird Times 1.4 (1996): 6-8.

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★ COLUMN/CONTRIBUTOR

History Witch for Witches & Pagans (June 2012-present)

Reviewer for A Knife and A Quill (May 2012-present)

Regular contributor & founding member of The Girl’s Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse (October 2011-present)

Weekly columnist for BitchBuzz (March 2009-March 2012)

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★ NOTES

“Wasting Time in a Writer’s Colony.” Clarion Foundation blog (14 May 2012).

“The Headless Saint.” Polite Company (20 Dec 2010).

“From the X-JOCA Family Archives.” The Interplanetary Journal of Comic Arts: A Festschrift in Honor of John Lent. Ed. Michael G. Rhode. Washington DC: JLME, 2007. 40-41.

“Haru: The Island of the Solitary, Introduced by Sophia Jansson.” New World Finn 7.2 (Spring 2007): 26.

“A Taste of Ancient Finland.” New World Finn 7.1 (Autumn 2006): 1. Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

“Reaching into the Past.” Finnish Connection 19.4 (Fall 2006): 13.

“Trancing with Tara.” The Beltane Papers 38 (Summer 2006); 35-36, 43-44.

“Feeding the Spirit in Exile.” The Beltane Papers 37 (Spring 2006). Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

“Coming Together from Many Nations: The Conference on Women and the Divine.” Beltane Papers 36 (Autumn 2005): 41-42 . Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

“Casting the Circle: Ritual and the Body of the Goddess.” Circle 94 (Summer 2005): 19-20. Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

“Ancient Texts and Venerable Tales.” Celebrating the Pagan Soul. Ed. Laura Wildman. Citadel Press, 2005.

“Hunter S. Thompson: RIP.” UHD Dateline March 4-24, 2005.

“The New Medievalism: Visual Rhetoric and Christianity in Modern Films.” The Beltane Papers 33 (2004): 48-49, 64.

“Where are all the Pagan Punks?” New Witch 4 (2003). Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

“The Sound of Magic: The Kantele.” The Beltane Papers 31 (2003): 30-31, 62. Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

“Holy Maidenhead! Or How Our Medieval Foremothers Were Sold Virginity.” The Beltane Papers 27 (2002): 39, 61. Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

“Taking the Goddess to Class.” The Seeker Journal 14.3 (2002): 3-4. Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

“Awaiting on You All: George Harrison 1943-2001.” The Seeker Journal 14.1 (2002): 9-11. Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

“Anglo-Saxon Yule.” The Seeker Journal 13.12 (2001): 4-5. Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

“Walking Among the Elders.” Circle 82 (2001): 6-7. Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

“An Early Witch Trial.” The Seeker Journal 13.11 (2001): 7-8. Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

“A Most Unusual Totem Animal.” Circle 81 (2001): 21. Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

“Music is Praise.” The Seeker Journal 13.8 (2001): 3-4. Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

“Teaching Medea.” The Beltane Papers 25 (2001): 10-11. Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

“Goddess, Waiting.” The Seeker Journal 12.12 (2000): 5-6. Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

“Edward Gorey 1925-2000.” Obituary. TheComicStore.com. April 2000.

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★ TRANSLATIONS

“Against the Water Elf Disease.” Translation. The Bayou Review (2003): 35. Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

“Anglo-Saxon Charm Against a Wen.” Dual-text translation. The Seeker Journal 13.5 (2001): 12-13. Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

“Against a Swarm of Bees: An Anglo-Saxon Charm.” Dual-text translation. The Seeker Journal 13.3 (2001): 11. Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).

“Erce: Earth Goddess, An Anglo-Saxon Charm.” Dual-text Translation. Avalon Rising 1.3 (1999): 14-15. Reprinted as “Erce: Earth Goddess.” The Seeker Journal 13.2 (2001): 18-19. Reprinted in The Pagan’s Muse. Jane Raeburn, ed. Citadel Press, 2003. Reprinted in Rook Chant (2012).
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★ ART

“5¢ per Word.” Mixed Media. Text as Art, curated by Nancy Klepsch. Arts Center of the Capital Region, Mar-Apr 2013.

“Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Beautiful.” Instructions for a Mixed Media Installation. Wild Violet, 11 Nov 2012.

“The Square Root of I is I.” Mixed Media. Text as Art, curated by Nancy Klepsch. Arts Center of the Capital Region, Apr 2011.
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★ ZINE

Wombat’s World (1996-2000, now a blog)

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