Skulk & #BFawards2016

Whoohoo! Glad to see some Fox Spirit skulk nominated for British Fantasy Society awards, including Fox Spirit as best small press AGAIN! After winning last year, it’s really great to see that Aunty Fox AKA Adele’s commitment to quality continues to be recognised. It’s a strong field all around, which speaks to the richness of…

Do Awards Matter?

I was away in Brigadoon for Write 4 a Day on Sunday, so it wasn’t until I got to my office Monday morning that I discovered Fox Spirit Books had won the Best Small Press award at the British Fantasy Society Con. It was a great moment for the skulk and for our fearless leader,…

British Fantasy Awards/On the Radio

More reasons to celebrate this weekend: Fox Spirit Books got not just one but two spots on the short lists for the 2014 British Fantasy Awards. Woot! I am so chuffed for Adele and the whole skulk, because it represents a group effort — though none of it would have happened without Adele’s vision, persistence…

Re-Imagining the Olympics

The 2012 Olympics are over. If you weren’t in the UK you might not have been aware of just how transformative these two weeks were. That I’m even talking about it is evidence enough. Like many of my geek and writer friends I’ve often found myself in the position of fighting against the popular attention…

Where’s Marlon?

Apparently there’s a big controversy around the British Fantasy Awards this year: One of the most out-spoken and much-forwarded commentaries came from noted anthologist, Stephen Jones. I wasn’t there and can’t say anything about the specifics (which look, by all accounts, particularly egregious). But I can comment on the general issues of awards presentations and…

Picking up the Chalk Again

I have to be on campus early to teach today and I’m still playing catch up, so here’s a “golden oldie” and a couple of bits of news: There’s still two more days to vote for my voodoo zombie western “High Plains Lazarus” as best horror short of 2010 in the Predators & Editors poll….

Honest Scrap Award

In the midst of the swirl of the first week of classes, I was very charmed to be told by Jane Kennedy Sutton that she had selected me as one of the recipients of the Honest Scrap Award. You are so kind, Jane! “The award rules are simple – pass the award to seven worthy…