Listen to me have a natter with Hannah Kate on Hannah’s Bookshelf. It’s a free ranging discussion that takes in my many writing hats from academic to crime and historicals as well as the weird fiction that comes out under my own name. At the end I choose the three books I’d like to have left after the apocalypse. Have a listen!
How is it possible that I was interviewed on Manchester radio and never once mentioned The Fall?! Not sure, but I had a great time talking with Hannah Kate, whom you might know from Hic Dragones as well as her radio interviews. Last week she had Ramsey Campbell on, so be sure to check out her other interviews.
Tune in today at 2pm UK / 9am NY for Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM (if you’re in the area) or listen online wherever you are! Find out how I juggle my pseudonyms, what I’m up to next, why I love #FolkloreThursday and what three books I’d want to have on hand for the apocalypse. Be sure to let Hannah know what you think.
I had a delightful interview with Dave Probert at Tangential Deviation. The conceit of the series is that you begin wherever the last interviewee stopped, so we began with light sabers and ping-ponged through a variety of subjects in the very tangential way that comes to me perfectly naturally (attention span of an otter: check!). I know I got Rothko, the Tate Mod, film noir, teaching creative writing and Vic Reeves in there, so the usual sort of madness. Listen if you have the time to be amused.
We made a pilgrimage across the Tay to visit David, Anne and Tessa in St Andrews and no surprise, I took lots of pictures which are divided into two albums, one mostly the castle and the other mostly the cathedral with lots of other things thrown in:
Also just as I was packing away Miss C’s doll herd, I see that the cover is out for the special issue of Clues edited by Fiona Peters. It includes my essay on the French film adaptation of The Talented Mr Ripley, Plein Soleil with a suntanned Alain Delon, ooh la la. Naturally I had to watch it a few times. As you can tell, the whole issue is about Patricia Highsmith, so you will want to devour it all. Soon!
If you missed Friday’s programme, it was a short one with humour (the cardinal rule, keep it short) with Graham Wynd‘s ‘Ham on Heels’ and Henri Bergson. Be sure to check out all the interviews with the Rogue anthology authors at Graham’s webpage.
Tonight at 7pm I’ll be at the Arts Center of the Capital Region reading my poem “Songs of Defiance” in the Speaking Truth to Power event. It’s free! I wrote the poem after the 2004 elections, while despairing in Houston, and it appeared in the Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology right next to a poem from Alessandra Bava! Working on my multimedia presentation even though it’s not certain we’ll have the tech (and excuse to gaze lovingly at Blake images).
And happy birthday Euan!
Or I suppose, while I was out and about in the Big Easy with Miss Wendy and other folks (yes, write up to come) I neglected my blog. So a hasty round up while I get caught up —
Hector D Jr interviewed me for Sliver of Stone magazine and I natter on about all manner of silliness and William Blake because I seem not to be able to avoid mentioning him whenever I am asked about living the creative life. And in the same issue, a great interview by Hector with Mr B. We all met up at the Crime conference in Poland, so no surprise. If we can’t hang out in person, we’ll do so virtually because it’s always a pleasure. Oh and this Friday I’m interviewed on the Speculative Fiction Cantina. You can listen live and call in with questions.
My alter ego Graham Wynd has a new story out in Near to the Knuckle’s new crime anthology ROGUE, “Bonkers in Phoenix” which is of course a title stolen from a Fall song. Crude, rude and lewd! Also very funny if you don’t mind those other things. I’m almost thinking the story might go on from where it ends. You tell me. Pick it up at Amazon — and you will because it’s also got folks like Mr. B, Godwin, Tess Makovesky and more. Graham has been busy: Ham on Heels, Toy Monkey and 30 Versions of Warm Leatherette still getting hits over that fabulous Pulp Metal Magazine. Yes, I am writing too, but mostly non-fiction at the moment (and revising).
I’m not sure why I never seem to remember to add my History Witch pieces here. I’ve got a review of a cool grimoire, Rún that I got from Strandagaldur (The Museum Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft). Also there’s a musical version of An Anglo Saxon Chant and a bit about mud and spring in Solmōnaþ, which finally seems appropriate.
Somewhat disconcertingly, I keep hearing my name on the radio as they’re advertising the talk I’m doing Saturday on Kurt Vonnegut quite a bit. So now I’m thinking ‘gosh, better polish this really well!’ I’ve been re-reading Player Piano and rediscovering the novel all over again.
DREAM BOOK is almost here…!
I’ve been a bit off kilter of late, but slowly catching up with things. Here are some links to places I have been flogging my latest book with all my puny might (have to work on that upper body strength).
I’m over at Richard Godwin’s for a Quick Fire at the Slaugherhouse where I talk about the genesis of White Rabbit, a bit about Extricate/Throw the Bones and the forthcoming Drag Noir collection that features Richard and a host of fine writers. Richard’s also got a really lovely remembrance of AJ Hayes over at All Due Respect.
Mollie Cox Bryan had me visit and yammer on a bit about ‘What is Noir?’
I talked about the history of Spiritualism, Fakes and Table Rapping — topics that figure in the novel — over at Charlene Raddon’s blog.
I was also in the spotlight over at Annie’s Book Stop in Worcester, where I talked about all kinds of things. Drop by and see for yourself.
Heh, and he gave me a lovely and extremely flattering review, too:
White Rabbit is a marvelous and potent cocktail of crime fiction, screwball comedy and the supernatural. A cracking yarn choc full of brilliant lines that reminds you of Wodehouse, Preston Sturges and the Coen Brothers and yet is like nothing you’ve ever read before. Fantastic stuff. More please!
Mr B is aces. And a fine one also from the QoE: “White Rabbit” is a fun, intriguing story that sucked me in, took me on a corkscrew ride and never let go until the end. A wonderful blend of magical, gritty noir fresh from K.A. Laity’s literary cauldron.
I know, you may think she’s prejudiced because she designed that superb cover, but look here at this review over at Tony’s Thoughts that recognises what a wonderful job she did:
I love this cover. It screams Art Deco like a bakelite phone (there is one mentioned in this book). Did I mention how much I love this cover? This needs to be a poster, with shell shaped up-lighters.
Just so this isn’t all about me, here’s a picture of Charlotte bouncing on a trampoline: cute as a button, isn’t she?
Over at A Knife & A Quill, I get to interview the faboo Anne Billson. Drop by if you have any interest in films, horror, ghosts, vampires, cats or Belgian beer. Or if you just like to read interviews with smart, witty women.
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