FFB: The Devil’s Mistress

The Devil’s Mistress J. W. Brodie-Innes The Dennis Wheatley Library of the Occult Sphere 1974 (original novel 1915) I taught a course on witchcraft and the witch hunts in the fall semester. Don’t ask me what took so long to get around to it. As usual with new courses I stuffed far too much into…

Out Now: Chastity Flame eBook Boxset

CHASTITY FLAME ADVENTURES BOX SET Price: $5.99 This box set includes: Chastity Flame, #1 Move over James Bond! Chastity Flame works for a nameless organization. You won’t hear about the work she does either. She loves her job as a secret government operative. She foils criminal masterminds, travels the world, and finds new lovers in…

Making Magic Respectable

Like many folks here, I am greatly enjoying Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. It’s a terrific fantasy series: I can’t tell you how well it adapts Susanna Clarke’s novel as I haven’t read it yet (so many books, so many of them to write!) but the author seems pleased. The next episode appears to focus…

April Fool: Con-Eire is FREE!

The joke’s on me for April Fool’s week: I’m giving Con-Eire away! Beginning today all the way through Friday you can download the ebook for the price of a couple of clicks. A comedy play for voices, Con-Eire takes you behind the scenes at a spec fic con so you can see all the madness*…

2013 Round Up

I think of this as the “sabbatical year” but the truth is it’s only the second half that’s been that delirious wild ride of freedom time for reflection, research and writing. I don’t tend to be the kind of person who spends much time looking back, but it’s helpful at times to assess where you’ve…

Carnival Playlist

By the time this posts, I should be in Glasgow for the Graphic Novel/BD conference. I hope to meet up with folks I know and folks I don’t yet know at the conference, and with some of my on-line friends who live in town. With luck I’ll get around to some galleries or museums as…

Writer Wednesday: Postcard Fiction Contest Closed!

Today’s the last day of the postcard fiction contest. I’ll give it a couple of days to allow for the vagaries of postal delivery. Then I’ll assess the entries and choose a winner for the $25 prize. I’ll reveal the results next Wednesday, so you don’t have to wait too long. I think it’s fun…

Sunday Supplement

I may have finally lost the tiny edition of the noir issue of Blink|Ink and if I did, it would be a pity as it was a lovely thing with some terrific words and pictures (including a mordantly funny one from Mr B, who tipped me off to the call for stories). But here’s my…

Writer Wednesday: Postcard Fiction Contest 2013

An inspiration I had last year and I repeat it now: a contest to celebrate brevity in fiction. Write a story that fits on a postcard! Send it to me. I’ll choose my favourite and give it a prize — let’s say $25. Entries open now until 1st May, 2013. All postcards I have received…