New Release: Unquiet Dreams

“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, creator of Tyrant, Taboo, Teen Angels & New Mutants and illustrator of…

Keeping Abreast of the Fabulous

All right, even I am having difficulty at times keeping up with all the news, so if I repeat something here, it just means you’re paying attention, well done, here’s a cookie! Soon I have to leave the glories of Alba for the um, gories? of Albany. Alas. Which means I have to figure out…

Tuesday’s Overlooked A/V: Wise Blood

Flannery O’Connor’s masterpiece of Southern gothic, Wise Blood, received an unusually effective film treatment. It probably had a lot to do with the cantankerous John Huston helming it, someone with enough weight to throw around to keep it cleaving to the same dark vision that inspired it. For those who sneer at “literary” it might be…

The Maltman

Happy birthday to my big brother, Steve! Wandering the Howff again, trolling for material I suppose as always. That’s what I do all the time. You know that by now, don’t you? That’s what writers do: absorb everything and turn it sideways and fit it into stories. You have to turn it slant, as Emily…

Six Sentence Sunday: The Price

Six Sentence Sunday has rolled around again: if all has gone well, I am in Dundee. After the long day of travel, I suspect I may still be in bed. Let’s hope! In the midst of packing and tying up loose ends, I was also writing (well, when am I not?). One of the things…

Unquiet Dreams & other things

I am so happy to announce that I just signed a contract with Tirgearr Publishing for a collection of short fiction to be called Unquiet Dreams. Stories old and new will be gathered up in this dark bouquet. I’m so excited! Some of these stories have not been available for a long time and people…

Postcards, Bridges, a Knife and a Quill

I model the latest SL Johnson design with lighting by Garbo I have got so far as narrowing down the entries in the First Annual Postcard Fiction Contest to a pool of final contenders (yes, Ale! Your card arrived). Agonizing to make the final choice! I may need a glass of wine for this. Alas,…

The Secret to Life, the Universe and Everything

My Ballardian dwelling Well, it sounded better than “Just another manic Monday.” But that’s what it is and already afternoon here. I have the excuse of going very late to bed — mostly due to the nice weather which means Club Karma has their “garden” seating now (can it be a “garden” if it’s just…

Writer Wednesday: Postcards, Bits & Bobs

The deadline is fast approaching for the inaugural Postcard Fiction Contest! Be sure to get your entries in the mail to me in order to be in the running for that $25 prize. Deadline is May 15, 2012. I’m interviewed over at Vic Watson’s blog about some of my current projects. Drop by, share, leave…

Burning Bridges on Walpurgisnacht

It’s a big bonfire night, Walpurgisnacht. Traditionally, bonfires burn and witches fly and the dark night clears the way for the bright May Day. How appropriate that it heralds the release of Burning Bridges: A Renegade Fiction Anthology. A remarkable anthology of 15 stories by a bunch of writers who let their imaginations flow around…