More than candy – the real history of Halloween

Today is Halloween. I wrote this post a couple of years ago and thought I might repost it today, for anyone interested. Seeing as I’m a writer of all things macabre and occult (among other things) I thought I’d celebrate Halloween by posting on what Halloween is...

2011 World Fantasy Awards and Lifetime Achievement Winners

The winners of the 2011 World Fantasy Awards and Lifetime Achievement Winners have been announced: BEST NOVEL: Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor (DAW) BEST NOVELLA: “The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon”, Elizabeth Hand (Stories: All-New Tales)...

Murky Depths magazine is no more

I’m very sad to report that Murky Depths, the UK dark fiction magazine, has gone under. Here’s the relevant post from the publisher, Terry Martin. It’s a bloody shame, because Murky Depths was a consistently good magazine, with great fiction and...

Anywhere But Earth has landed

I’m very proud to have a story in this fantastic anthology from editor extraordinaire Keith Stevenson. Here’s the blurb: Twenty-nine all new science fiction stories of humanity’s adventures out there, anywhere but Earth. Featuring original works by Margo...

How to write a fight scene masterclass now online

You’ve read the book. Right? You’ve bought the t… wait, I haven’t made a t-shirt. Maybe I should. Anyway, none of that matters. I’ve taken my successful workshop on how to write realistic and convincing fight scenes online. I did an...