The Origin of Chastity Flame

When I describe Chastity Flame to people I usually use the shorthand description that she’s like an über-sexy female James Bond. Since Bond rebooted with Daniel Craig that’s a good selling point, although when I started thinking about Chas what I had in mind was the kick-ass heroine of Peter O’Donnell’s comics and novels (and…

Chastity Flame 2: Lush Situation

Chastity Flame returns: LUSH SITUATION Chastity Flame is back and hotter than ever. Her personal life is as complicated as ever but fortunately she’s got the small matter of an international human trafficking ring to deal with before she can even begin to turn her thoughts to matters of the heart. When an upscale private…

Chastity Flame is BACK!

Killing Eve meets James Bond in this addictive new series! Chastity Flame lives life at full throttle. As a secret government operative Chastity fights the bad guys, foils criminal masterminds and still finds time to enthusiastically embrace a catalogue of erotic adventures that would make James Bond blush. And then she meets art historian Damien…

Hellebore 2: Get Yours!

Issue #2 of Hellebore is out in the wilds. Get your copy here (and order the first issue, too). Jam-packed full of magic and lore. My piece is on fairies as ‘the wild gods of the land’ — of course I namecheck Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and Graham Joyce’s Some Kind of…

Catching My Breath

A lie, but finals due tomorrow (technically, many already in — thanks!) and the end of grading in sight, though no end of quarantine in sight, alas. Feeling relief at all the things being cancelled, yet I am not making progress on the remaining things due! Itching to get back to Dundee, so first here’s…

The Roots of Ripley @NoirBristol

Hop on over to Bristol Noir to read my latest musings on the mind behind Tom Ripley. I am working on a thing about Patricia Highsmith, with a little Burnt Orange Heresy in there as well. I was going to give a presentation at Captivating Criminality, but I think it will go to print instead. Possibly…

Buy JANE QUIET

The print run sold out long ago, but I’ve been thinking of writing some stories for Jane. She came up in discussion and I remembered that we had made a digital version for printing, so there’s no reason it couldn’t be sold as an ebook. I could go through all the palaver of putting up…

Monday Cornucopia of #Crime

Despite my dedicated devotion to idleness, I nevertheless manage to get some things done now and then (seldom what I am supposed to be getting done, of course). Today several spring into the ether at once and a few over the weekend. At Punk Noir Magazine — which you should be reading it every day!…

Pre-Order Hellebore #2: The Wild Gods

HELLEBORE #2: The Wild Gods Shipping in May: doesn’t it look gorgeous?! You can pre-order now. If you saw the stunning first issue, I know you’re already hitting that buy link. Here’s what’s up for the 2nd issue: A5 magazine, 80 pages approx. Printed on silk coated paper. Perfect binding. The notion of paganism as…

That Was the Year That Was

Every year I have to give myself a little shake because undoubtedly, having idled away my holiday break (if it has gone according to plan), I feel as if I have accomplished nothing at all ever, never mind for the whole last year. Some people are putting together ‘end of decade’ lists, too (never mind…