Horror in modern life

Horror in modern life

There’s this piece of received wisdom that horror cannot work in the modern world. There’s a way in which a lot of horror movies set in modern times play with isolation. Get Out starts with the main character driving out into the country, far enough away from the city...
Gothic horror

Gothic horror

I love gothic horror. Southern gothic scares the snot out of me. Give me a cornfield and some creepy scarecrows any day. The trouble with loving something like this as a writer is that I want to take it and roll around in it. This is a problem for me because gothic...
Knitting is Magic

Knitting is Magic

There was a lovely short story by Brit E.B. Hvide in Cast of Wonders a while ago, Knitting In English. It reminded me first of this quote: […] Knitting is a magic trick. In this day and age, in a world where science and technology take more and more wonder and...
Podcast Recommendations

Podcast Recommendations

Way back in the summer, before Worldcon, I posted two recommendation lists, one for fiction and another for non-fiction. I intended to follow up with a list of podcast recommendations around the same time, but life happened so it took me until now. Regardless, here...
The Watson Problem

The Watson Problem

There’s a joke in John Scalzi’s The Ghost Brigades. Sherlock and Dr. Watson go camping. They pitch their tent and go to sleep. Sometime in the middle of the night Holmes wakes Watson and says: “Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you...
Writing workshops

Writing workshops

I’ve had the great pleasure of taking part in two different writing in-person workshops – Viable Paradise and Clarion. The comment that I hear most often, especially when it comes to Clarion, is that people would love to do it. If only they could afford the time...
Content and getting paid

Content and getting paid

Nobody on the internet likes to pay for anything. I know, super-hot take right? But I have a point, bear with me. The fact that nobody likes to pay for things – including things they need or actively make things better for them, or even the news – means...

Concrud!

So yes, I came down with the con crud from Worldcon and I am tending to it as best as I can. In lieu of a blog post, have this truly strange artifact from Soviet-era Finland. We were never really part of the Soviet Union, but… well, you can judge for...

Worldcon!

Worldcon is almost upon us and I have my schedule! And it is such a good schedule! Come up and see me! Speed crafting – session 1 Format: Workshop15 Aug 2019, Thursday 15:30 – 17:20, Warehouse Art Demo Area (Point Square Dublin) It’s like speed dating for...

Fiction Recommendations

A few weeks ago I did a recommendations list of the non-fiction books I’d read lately and I threatened to do the same for fiction books. Today is the day. These are all books I’ve read recently and loved. Kingdom of Needle and Boneby Mira Grant One of Mira Grant’s...