News, a Wish and BitchBuzz

Criminy: it’s December! How the time has flown by this semester, even though I haven’t been in class. My sympathies to my colleagues knee-deep in exams and grading. I know how it feels — and couldn’t be happier that I am not. Sorry! But it’s true. NEWS:  It’s a Curse: Drunk on the Moon, Book…

Know-vember: Mildred

The stuff of legends! It’s Mildred, the Demon Den Mom, wrangler of the Horror in Film and Literature List and Mater Lachrimarum of the Three Mothers. Look — she’s drinking a beer that’s not the usual sex-in-a-canoe variety! Hee hee. 1. What’s the first thing you do upon waking in the morning? I have no…

Know-vember: Adele

Thanks to the lovely Adele (@hagerat) for being the first volunteer! Adele runs UnBound (your home for reviews and news on spec fic works) and has awesome skills at kickboxing and baking (a religion has been founded around her baked goods — that’s how tasty they are). And look: she’s just as cute as can…

Talk About the Weather

Everywhere I’ve lived people have always said, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.” Even in Houston, which flabbergasted me because nine or ten months of the year it is relentlessly hot and humid with only the regular 3pm brief thunderstorm to break the hellfire monotony. It was slightly more true in Michigan,…

Friday’s Forgotten Books: Werewolf of Paris

Yeah, I seem to have wolves on the brain of late. I’m not the only one as this window display in an Eyre Square shop shows. I can’t explain — oh, wait. Yes, I can. One reason is that I’ve got a story coming out soon: It’s a Curse which will be the seventh installment…

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…

Talking Myth at Alt.Fiction

The fabulous Adele has worked her magic on the audio recording from Using Mythology in Writing panel from Alt.Fiction in June and it’s now up as a podcast at Un:Bound. I appear alongside Mark Chadbourn and Adrian Tchaikovsky. I recall that we had to come up with one true myth and one fake one and…

Tuesday’s Overlooked Film: Jade Warrior

FUN WITH SLEDGEHAMMERS OR“IN SEARCH OF THE SAMPO” When did these filmmakers look into my dreams? I am, perhaps, one of a small number who form the ideal audience for this film that spins together Finnish mythology and wu xia action, but I’m sure its magic will appeal to a wide audience—if they can get…

Readercon Day One

I suppose this counts as day two now, since we arrived last night, but Thursday night serves as a bit of a warm-up. Nonetheless, I had a panel straight away at 8pm, so we needed to be there relatively early. Normally it’s a fairly easy drive but there was a lot of construction along the…

My Readercon Schedule

Just to whet your appetite, here’s my list of events at Readercon, July 14-17 in Burlington MA; looks like there will be some entertaining fun (as usual):  Thursday July 148:00 PM    G    We All Produce, We All Consume. Paul Di Filippo, Gemma Files, Robert Killheffer, K.A. Laity (leader), Jamie Todd Rubin. In a 2008 blog…