amwriting, Pagham-verse, The Crows, world building

Folklore of Pagham-on-Sea: The Meteor (Part 1)

The following folklore is, like Pagham-on-Sea, entirely fictional.  A Medieval Account of the Meteor Strike, c.1189 Chronica Maiora (Anonymous monk of Fairwood Abbey, a Benedictine foundation of 1165, dissolved 1532) trans. and ed. Harold Bishop, (Basingstoke University Press, 1973) In the days of the Romans, a hairy-tailed star fell from heaven and struck the ground… Continue reading Folklore of Pagham-on-Sea: The Meteor (Part 1)

amwriting, genre, Pagham-verse, The Crows, world building

So You’re Moving To Pagham-on-Sea: Doing the Groundwork

I'm taking a short break from my Goth posts to blog about my own work, and read a few more modern Gothic fic stories that I can review in the Goth is [not] dead series. So, without further ado, here's a few fun things about Pagham-on-Sea where my contemporary novels are set! N. B.: Pagham… Continue reading So You’re Moving To Pagham-on-Sea: Doing the Groundwork

Writing Prompt

Rapunzel Stories

Hair-Raising Twists Ah, another classic tale that's had a lot of interesting adaptations over the years... Hopefully my musings are also helpful for sparking inspiration, and it's a lot of fun coming up with prompts based on the various elements of the tales. Some of my favourite versions of this story include The Stone Cage by… Continue reading Rapunzel Stories

Writing Prompt

Beauty and the Beast Stories

Modern Perspectives on a Tale As Old As TimeThere's been a lot of discussion around the live action Beauty and the Beast [BB] film re: Stockholm Syndrome and whether Belle is a role model figure or not. I'm not going to go into that here - I think there's lots of ways retellings can go… Continue reading Beauty and the Beast Stories

Writing Prompt

Sleeping Beauty Stories

My Sleeping Beauty ThemeMy forthcoming paranormal novel, The Crows, is a kind of gender-flipped Sleeping Beauty story, where the [female] protagonist wakes a sentient house from its dormant state, only for it to fall in love with her. It's Sleeping Beauty meets Stephen King's Rose Red, set in a creepy town on the south coast… Continue reading Sleeping Beauty Stories