NYC, Munch, Folk Art & QoE

Being far too lazy to choose between photos, I have posted the majority of them to a Facebook album which is publicly visible. But I had a fabulous day out with the Queen of Everything. As I got there a bit earlier than she did I popped over to the Morgan to see Warhol by…

#FolkloreThursday Freebie: Hard Boiled Witch 2

Up for grabs today: the 2nd Hard Boiled Witch saga, Toil and Trouble! Collect them all. Just 99¢/99p each (buy UK) for all the adventures of Dundee’s favourite witch. Click the picture to buy! Synopsis: Hecate Sidlaw finds herself caught between a wannabe witch and one of the oldest hereditary powers in the land. When…

#FolkloreThursday Freebie!

Today only get the first chapter in Hecate Sidlaw’s Dundee adventures for FREE in honour of #FolkloreThursday. If you’re on Twitter hop on over there to see all the fun. People sharing folklore from around the world and having a great time. Follow the hashtag and @FolkloreThursday for more! CLick the picture above or the…

On the Radio with Hannah Kate

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…

#FolkloreThursday: Palakainen

My Finnish murder ballad-based story ‘Palakainen’ first appeared in the Mythic Journeys magazine. It’s included in the Dream Book collection from Fox Spirit Books. Like all the tales in Dream Book I wanted to keep the original well in mind; I tried to capture the feel of the Kanteletar in the language, giving it something of…

Magic Music

One of the important themes of Dream Book is the music of the kantele. Long time readers of this blog know well the Finnish lap harp. I have a couple of five string kanteles, a ten string made by Gerry Henkel that’s waiting for me in Dundee and a fifteen string one that I got…

New Story: Confabulation

My tonttu-inspired story “Confabulation” was featured in the last issue of New World Finn.

Finland Bound

Assuming I awoke on time at dawn I am on my way to the land of my ancestors again. When I last visited in 2006 I had a Finlandia Foundation grant to go visit the ancient rock paintings (thank you!). It was an amazing trip! And you saw the results in Unikirja (if you haven’t…