Six Sentence Sunday: Bill is Dead

Yes, it’s that time again, Six Sentence Sunday. For this week I share another work you can read in full for nothing over at Pulp Metal Magazine, where you will find lots more for your noirish pleasures, including the omnipresent Mr B. PMM loves stories inspired by songs; oddly enough, I tend to write a…

Six Sentence Sunday: It’s a Curse

Howling out of Dark Valentine Press later this month, “It’s a Curse” is one of the Roman Dalton stories in Drunk on the Moon, tales of the werewolf detective created by Paul D. Brazill. Mr B has lured me into the crime world much like a stranger with candy. I may be some time. This…

Six Sentence Sunday: Mandrake Anthrax

I’ve been getting all noir lately. I blame Mr B. Ireland’s so lovely, but I’ve been setting stories here that are undeniably grim. So I blame Ken Bruen, too. While I’m spreading the blame around, might as well point a finger (or two!) at Mark E. Smith, too. If he hadn’t written a lyric like,…

HB MES and Publications

Back from a fantastic trip to P-Con. With luck I can get a con report up soon, but I have to give a talk to the digital humanities doctoral students at the Moore Institute tomorrow, so I better get that completed first. Many thanks to Pádraig, Catie, Deirdre and all the organisers as well as…

How I Did It

I am guest blogging over at Mr B’s on how I wrote It’s a Curse: Drunk on the Moon, Vol 7. A careful dissertation of the creative process or a wild pack of lies? You be the judge. I had fun writing this story, I had fun writing about writing about this story — should…

Publication: It’s a Curse

 Whoohoo and hoooowwwwwwl! It has arrived. My contribution to Mr B‘s fine Trestle Press series Drunk on the Moon: IT’S A CURSE. Yes, of course of course, it takes its title from a song by The Fall and yes, there may be a few references to other Mark E. Smith lyrics in there. You’re shocked,…

Publications: Mandrake & Magpies/Songs of Defiance

Just back from a visit with Elena, Rod and Lydia in Dublin where we also managed to run into Bono, Michale Bublé — and more importantly @sirthopas and Pádraig. Pictures soon! I’ve also got some good news to share on the publication front. First, my short story “Mandrake and Magpies” — the first story to…

Mandrake Anthrax

You know how you get a song stuck in your head? Usually some annoying bit of fluff that you wouldn’t really choose to hear, but maybe heard from some passing car or in a store while shopping, but it worms its way into your ear and persists. I get that with phrases, too, and it…

FFB: The Fallen

For the full list of Friday’s Forgotten (or neglected or insufficiently trumpeted) Books, see Patti Abbott’s blog. If you’re in need of reading material, there are always wonderful suggestions. I remember when Marko asked if I had got The Fallen yet and I said, “Nah, I’m really only interested in MES, don’t think I’ll be…

The Fall in Manchester, 3 June 2011

I won’t say I flew into Manchester instead of Heathrow in June just to see The Fall, but once I realised the opportunity existed — well, no way I was going to pass it up. Besides, I’d never visited Manchester and had the chance to meet up with a couple of friends, so it was…