Non-Fiction

How to Keep Writing

★ BOOKS

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.

The Unlikely Milliner & The Magician of Threadneedle-Street”: forthcoming.

Twice Reviled: Medieval Fact & Fantasy.’ Out of the Cloister: Lone Medievalists Making the Middle Ages Matter: forthcoming.

“Midwesterner in Exile.” Mystery Readers Journal 33.1 (Spring 2017): 51-2.

“Subtle Hues: Character and Race in Dorothy B. Hughes’ The Expendable Man.” TEXT Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, v20 n2, Oct 2016.

“The Sound of Magic.” Sounding Out: The Sound Studies Blog, 54 (May 2016).

“Frenching Mr Ripley.” Clues 33.2: September 2015.

“Tyrant Muse.” Journey Planet 24 – In Memory of Richard III: 17 Aug 2015.

“Strange Men and Magic.” The Cultural Gutter: 30 Jul 2015.

“From Ritual to Bad Romance: Drums and Dogma in Mad Max: Fury Road.” Vex Mosaic: 5 Jun 2015.

“The Myth of the Medieval Setting: Masculinity and Heroism in Modern Film.” VexMosaic: 18 May 2015.

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

“Noir Goddess: Ida Lupino.” Pulp Metal Magazine. 27 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).